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by Louise Curtis
October 2nd, 2010, 10:45 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: S.A.N.E. plot outline.
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Re: S.A.N.E. plot outline.

I just wrote the following in reply to "Book of Shadows": be careful with writing about rape - first because you're a man, and you're writing about female rape (what would you know about such a personal thing?) and second because rape is too easy an excuse to explain a woman turning evil. It's becom...
by Louise Curtis
October 2nd, 2010, 10:33 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis: Book of Shadows
Replies: 13
Views: 3143

Re: Synopsis: Book of Shadows

As a Christian with Wicca friends, I found this whole story very disturbing (which is perhaps the effect you want). There were three things that rang false for me: 1. The claim that he made out with Kaitidid - I don't think that'd be a huge deal. Assaulted her, yes. Had sex with her (willing or othe...
by Louise Curtis
October 2nd, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: THE WYRM FIEND a YA Urban Fantasy UPDATED
Replies: 11
Views: 2627

Re: THE WYRM FIEND a YA Urban Fantasy UPDATED

This is a revision. I cut 200 words from it. Any thoughts? Though most dragons have gone into hiding over the past few centuries, sixteen year old Chris Drake and his best friend, Yvonne Steele, are ready TO become modern dragon slayers. To finish their training, they must kill the dragon that thei...
by Louise Curtis
September 30th, 2010, 8:40 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 346022

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today on my blog (and more officially on facebook) I launched Steampunk Earth Day - like Earth Hour, but more flexible and with better outfits. I also launched this month's twittertale - "Zeppelin Jack and the Deadly Dueller." The rationale behind Steampunk Earth Day is that the Victorian era was wh...
by Louise Curtis
September 27th, 2010, 6:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 5278

Re: Things I wish I'd been told when I started

Oh, and I forgot!

#9: There is a disproportionate number of mentally ill in the creative community. (Whether the crazy causes the writing or the writing the crazy is yet to be firmly determined.)

9b is: meet other writers. We make asylums fun.
by Louise Curtis
September 25th, 2010, 7:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 5278

Re: Things I wish I'd been told when I started

PS Also on #7 - I've thrown away six of my own books (which makes me a slow learner), and wrote my first book twelve years ago (which was technically sold, but to a very small company - I am yet to be published "properly" outside of my short stories). Richard Harland (known mainly for his young adul...
by Louise Curtis
September 25th, 2010, 7:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 5278

Re: Things I wish I'd been told when I started

Two quick questions: On #2, when you say the publisher hadn't accepted a ms for 3 years, do you mean from the slushpile or that they had overpurchased and hadn't even picked up an agented book in that amount of time? Could you share the name of the publisher? I have my suspicions of who that would ...
by Louise Curtis
September 25th, 2010, 3:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 5278

Things I wish I'd been told when I started

I'd love to know what you guys wish someone had told you when you were working on your first novel. Here's mine: 1. Successful writers generally make around $10,000 a year (see #2). 2. Around 1 in 10,000 slushpile manuscripts get published (at a conference recently, I discovered that a large publish...
by Louise Curtis
September 24th, 2010, 8:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?
Replies: 16
Views: 5125

Re: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?

As long as your MC is active and has the most important task (ie not necessary killing MBG), it's all good. It's possible for that main task to be accepting he doesn't always win, but I think a physical conflict almost always reads better than an emotional one.
by Louise Curtis
September 24th, 2010, 8:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 42140

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I'll be interpreting "sentence" as "paragraph". This is the beginning of book 1 of my kids' fantasy adventure trilogy. THE MONSTER APPRENTICE I awoke from a dead sleep – for once, a sleep without nightmares. My bedroom was pitch black and silent, but my heart was racing. Then the sound came again – ...
by Louise Curtis
September 24th, 2010, 8:09 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Fantasy Books
Replies: 44
Views: 13037

Re: Best Fantasy Books

I read hundreds of kids' and YA fantasy books each year. The ones that finally outdid narnia for me are (in order of youngest to oldest target audience): Most uplifting, funny, warmest books ever: Sandy Fussell's "Samurai Kids" series, starting with "White Crane". These books make life better. G Fun...
by Louise Curtis
September 24th, 2010, 8:01 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 32007

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

I'm not just scared of sharks, I'm scared of fish. Any fish. (Well, any fish in the water with me. They're so wonderfully alien.) Also seaweed. If it touches my leg, I scream and run for the sand. Someday I'll cause a mass panic that way.
by Louise Curtis
September 24th, 2010, 7:53 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 197622

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello *echo echo* I'm Louise Curtis, an Australian writer of adventure fantasy for children and young adults (most of it at the not-quite-accepted-but-perilously-close stage). I also write stories (generally one a month, and never more than three updates a day) on twitter @Louise_Curtis_ and have a ...