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by One of the Mad Ones
August 22nd, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite non-fiction book
Replies: 14
Views: 2070

Re: Favorite non-fiction book

A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 21st, 2010, 11:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: what is your aim of writing??
Replies: 21
Views: 3417

Re: what is your aim of writing??

I write for roughly the same reason I read. To understand. The world is full of mystery. There are some things that make sense, but then there are inexplicable moments of joy and pain, and even if I'll never really be able to understand these moments, I feel compelled to try. Usually I write with qu...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 20th, 2010, 4:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: (This thread is not yet titled)
Replies: 38
Views: 10354

Re: (This thread is not yet titled)

What about thoughts on titles that come from the book? (Someone just mentioned this.) I find it really hard to title a story or novel anything but a phrase or line from within the work, but I know this irritates some people. They get to the phrase in the story and it pulls them out. I also refer to ...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 18th, 2010, 11:57 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Important Announcement About Page Critiques, 8/16/10
Replies: 8
Views: 2387

Re: Important Announcement About Page Critiques, 8/16/10

I'll appreciate them wherever they are!
by One of the Mad Ones
August 17th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10192

Re: Post Your Genre Here!

A Room by the Sea
Literary Fiction
by One of the Mad Ones
August 17th, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 282992

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

A Room by the Sea Literary Fiction The winter before I turned ten, when the days were short and bruise-like and the city was constantly tearing down the beaver dam behind our trailer park, I saw dead birds everywhere, lying in shadows and at the edges of woods. Beautiful black birds with oil-slicked...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 17th, 2010, 12:13 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh

Because of where I was reading through these alternate titles, I was trying not to laugh out loud. The James Joyce made tears run from the corners of my eyes. I actually had to clamp my hand over my mouth to keep from laughing out loud, and I mean loud . Same here. I was at Starbucks where a studen...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 17th, 2010, 12:10 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?
Replies: 22
Views: 3369

Re: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?

PaulWoodlin wrote:Determined by how often I reread them:

Dead: Jane Austen, Cervantes, Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde, Tolkien, Lewis.

Alive: Stephen Donaldson, Lane Robins, Joss Whedon, Dan Simmons, Jeanette Winterson
I love Jeanette Winterson!
by One of the Mad Ones
August 17th, 2010, 12:09 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 143436

Re: What are you reading now?

Just read REALITY HUNGER by David Shields. Everyone's buzzing about it, but no one else I know has read it. For what it's worth, I didn't agree with everything he writes about fiction, but I still appreciated it.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 15th, 2010, 1:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41276

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Mine: To me, death would be a welcome visitor. This one grabs me. It's short, unexpected, and packed with voice. The sentences that follow can go dark or darkly funny, which to me is promising. It immediately brings up questions, and finding answers to interesting questions is part of why I keep re...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 14th, 2010, 4:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Moleskine Passions Book Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Moleskine Passions Book Journal

Ha! I missed that. That's awesome.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 14th, 2010, 3:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 7025

Re: Writer Conferences

I just found out I'm going to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Conference in Denver this September. Turns out I'm a finalist in the writing competition in the Fantasy category. Woohoo!! The final judge is a certain well-known, well-respected local agent. The winner will be announced at the dinne...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 14th, 2010, 1:37 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: REALITY HUNGER
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: REALITY HUNGER

That's an interesting take. I probably didn't provide a very wide sampling of what's in the book, just some points I found interesting. He also makes a case for plagiarism and why it's not so bad and another for blurring genres instead of sticking with traditional novels and stories. Mostly, at leas...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 14th, 2010, 1:10 am
Forum: Books
Topic: REALITY HUNGER
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: REALITY HUNGER

Okay, how about a snippet or two to whet your appetite? "The American writer has his hands full, trying to understand and then describe and then make credible much of the American reality. It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one's own meager ima...