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by sbs_mjc1
October 22nd, 2010, 5:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What Is It about Bad Boys?
Replies: 7
Views: 3205

Re: What Is It about Bad Boys?

susancshea: Congrats on finding your novel a home! I've never dated (or even lusted after) the "bad boy" type myself, but I suppose I'm the gender-flipped version of the bad-boy type (or at any rate, I have 2 X chromosomes), and I suppose the appeal is in the adventure. At least, that is what the pe...
by sbs_mjc1
October 22nd, 2010, 5:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ever Get Completely Blown Away By Edits
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: Ever Get Completely Blown Away By Edits

Oh dear. Have just received numerous developmental editing suggestions for a WiP. All good. I see what needs to be done. But, they are simply overwhelming to take in. I have to step back and absorb them, not just chop them into the existing story. I am doing a massive avoidance. (In my case, I star...
by sbs_mjc1
October 22nd, 2010, 5:33 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Book research - Body Language
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Book research - Body Language

I'd recommend a search on Google Scholar if you're academically minded-- Burt Trivers has done some really interesting work on how we subconsciously judge people based on their body language (and their dancing skills!). One BIG thing to keep in mind, though, is that body language can read differentl...
by sbs_mjc1
October 22nd, 2010, 5:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Random Name Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 10049

Re: Random Name Generator

''Normal names'' for any specific culture? (says the person whose first name is even weird in its home culture/language). http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/gen-random-en-uk.php This one does a good job generating Anglo names-- if you reset it to German, you can basically get some generic ''white Amer...
by sbs_mjc1
October 21st, 2010, 6:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: WANTED: Opinions for Novel Research
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: WANTED: Opinions for Novel Research

First of all, I think everyone visualizes/experiences their emotions differently. So each character will probably have a unique set of sensory descriptions for their emotions. As for me, I tend to associate tactile sensations with emotions. For example, the fine prickling of anticipation, the damp c...
by sbs_mjc1
October 20th, 2010, 6:13 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 23569

Re: How old are you?

I (S.B.) am 22, wrote my first (totally crap) novel at 14.
Michael is 24, and wrote his first novel (our current project) at 23.
by sbs_mjc1
October 19th, 2010, 5:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum Game - a story 7 words at a time
Replies: 29
Views: 4636

Re: Forum Game - a story 7 words at a time

Crystal sat at her desk, unhappily reading her query letter for the 9,284th time. Her cat, Quincy, jumped directly on the keyboard of her laptop, deleting her synopsis. Crystal sat at her desk, unhappily reading her query letter for the 9,284th time. Her cat, Quincy, jumped directly on the keyboard ...
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 11:12 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: The Pterrible Pteranodon
Replies: 7
Views: 1310

Re: QUERY: The Pterrible Pteranodon

A steam-driven mechanical pterodactyl is out of control over Victorian-era London and the Queen is not amused. This is feels like the movie-poster tagline, and is out of sync with the rest of the query. Nine-year-old Ib couldn't believe his luck. He finally had a room and bed of his own and a bount...
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 9:49 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Victorian YA w Steampunk Elements - Beta Needed!
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

Re: Victorian YA w Steampunk Elements - Beta Needed!

Michael and I would be game, particularly if you'll read through our MS. It's historical fantasy set in 18th century Britain, and there's a fairly strong military angle. Also, we like our critiques harsh!
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 9:45 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forgotten Gods Query-- trying again
Replies: 17
Views: 2864

Re: Forgotten Gods Query-- trying again

Taking another shot at it. Thanks again for the feedback. @DownTheWell: Glad you liked the black bean stew! ** It’s winter, 1745. Scotland is losing a war for independence. The advancing British army has orders to leave no survivors. In desperation, Robert Maxwell and his fellow soldiers beg for sup...
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 6:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you listen to music? What motivates your muse?
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Do you listen to music? What motivates your muse?

Michael doesn't listen to music while writing fiction (though he is a huge fan of Gothic/Industrial, which he listens to if he's working on something else). While working on Forgotten Gods (our novel), I had an almost exclusively Scottish Celtic soundtrack: Silly Wizard, Tannahill Weavers, Alasdair ...
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 5:33 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Forsaken Excerpt
Replies: 8
Views: 2373

Re: Forsaken Excerpt

The sound of boots kissing the marble floor resounded down the long hallway, ricocheting off the stone pillars as the general made his way to the throne room. [I'm conficted here-- love the creative verb use, but kissing may be too soft a verb for very hard footfalls which are clearly making quite ...
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 5:12 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What is the worst thing you have ever thrown up?
Replies: 16
Views: 3644

Re: What is the worst thing you have ever thrown up?

Whatever your grandma says about the curative powers of whisky, and whatever your previous experiences with whisky helping your colds/coughs...Glenlevit does not cure stomach flu. LFMF
by sbs_mjc1
October 18th, 2010, 5:09 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY -- THE FERRYMAN -- Revision No. 1
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Re: QUERY -- THE FERRYMAN

I think you have an interesting concept, but I'll have to echo the other posters: where is the plot? What is the main conflict? Here is how I like to think about writing a query (and since I don't really know your book, I'm going to make stuff up on the fly): 1st paragraph/opening: introduce the sit...
by sbs_mjc1
October 17th, 2010, 6:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forgotten Gods Query-- trying again
Replies: 17
Views: 2864

Re: Forgotten Gods Query-- trying again

Thanks for the feedback! There will be a new attempt shortly...both Michael and I are being eaten alive by work :( @Fivecats: I saw your latest blog post, and I'm delighted I'm not the only one who is turned off by "sex for the sake of sex" and "swearing for the sake of swearing" in books. Also, I f...