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by Watcher55
August 12th, 2011, 11:13 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT
Replies: 39
Views: 4817

Re: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT

Maybe I'm closing in on this. Version #666: Dear Mr./Ms Agent, Ted is a 17-year-old 21st Century boy. Gifted with intelligence, he should know things – like his name and his past. The gods, whose origins lie in an alternate future, kidnap Ted, wipe his memory and enslave him in their effort to add a...
by Watcher55
August 12th, 2011, 9:41 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Which Genre?
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: Which Genre?

At first I wanted to say near future sci-fi, but I think it crosses the line into distopian.
by Watcher55
August 11th, 2011, 11:46 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT
Replies: 39
Views: 4817

Re: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT

Thanks y'all. Hopefully this is a step forward. Maybe I'm just too caught up in trying to capture the essence of the book in three short paragraphs. I'm not sure about the part in red, but I want to put across the idea that the historical aspects aren't just made up - I might just leave that bit out...
by Watcher55
August 11th, 2011, 12:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT
Replies: 39
Views: 4817

Re: New Query - THE NINTH ADDICT

I know it's taboo to talk about a series, but if I take the first book out of its context, it's nearly impossible to convey a sense of what the book itself is about. Dear Agent, A slave can’t be a god -- can he? Kidnapped from his kitchen, an inter-dimensional war slave starts Nero’s infamous fire a...
by Watcher55
August 11th, 2011, 12:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Favor perhaps?
Replies: 0
Views: 411

A Favor perhaps?

I’m posting this here because this is where I like to hang out, and I need a favor. All my queries suck. No-really. That’s one of the reason’s I don’t critique them (the other reason is that my eyes limit my screen time), which is why I get no responses. But I think I’ve figured out why my queries s...
by Watcher55
August 10th, 2011, 11:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: 250 Word Sharathon--post the opening of your WIP
Replies: 126
Views: 29328

Re: 250 Word Sharathon--post the opening of your WIP

Well, here goes nothing. This is my baby. Rip her to shreds while I cower over there in the corner. ________________________________________________________ Anika twirled her labret between the fingers of her barcoded hand. Through the passenger window, she scanned the area, noting the number of gu...
by Watcher55
August 9th, 2011, 10:25 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Another technical technicality question
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Another technical technicality question

What do you call high school boys in a query? YA males? YA men? YA boys...?
by Watcher55
August 8th, 2011, 12:44 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Anyone up for a Meet 'n' Greet?
Replies: 159
Views: 39004

Re: Anyone up for a Meet 'n' Greet?

Very funny, and it gets my vote - I just wonder if y'all understand if I get the hoodie instead. http://www.cafepress.com/+awesome_writer_mirror_hoodie_dark,342880788 How else are we going to recognize you if you don't have a hood? Absolutely! We'd be like "who's that random person invading our mee...
by Watcher55
August 8th, 2011, 12:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Calling all Sci-fic writers I need your help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1071

Re: Calling all Sci-fic writers I need your help!

I know I'm double posting, but this thread has me thinking about "world building" and why I don't think it should be called that. World building? Building? Really? Buildings are built, planets and universes take shape, but worlds grow and evolve. If a world is part of my story then it’s right here -...
by Watcher55
August 8th, 2011, 12:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Decisions, Decisions
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Decisions, Decisions

Personally, I'm not a big fan of writing classes so I can't say one or another whether a class is a good idea, but I will say I once took English and History the same semester so I'd only have to write one research paper. If you do take a course there's no reason you can't apply the exercises to you...
by Watcher55
August 7th, 2011, 10:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Working titles
Replies: 18
Views: 2597

Re: Working titles

Thanks for sharing, everyone. It's fun to hear everyone else's process and seeing how titles develop and are chosen. Watcher, I particularly like Nine Days in July. What did you end up settling on for that ms? That's interesting that you consider how it matches up with your name; I hadn't given tha...
by Watcher55
August 7th, 2011, 9:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Calling all Sci-fic writers I need your help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1071

Re: Calling all Sci-fic writers I need your help!

It's usually best to start with the simple things. Your two characters are in the middle of chaos/void/hard-drive. That means that the laws of physics as we know them only exist within the realm of their immediate influence. That being the case, any metaphysical effects will have to begin with their...
by Watcher55
August 7th, 2011, 8:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tell and Action
Replies: 14
Views: 2466

Re: Tell and Action

If you've researched agents you may have noticed that that one of the big thing they look for is voice. I think voice is key when you're trying to balance show and tell, because voice is the element that "tells" the story. I have a couple of techniques I use. Segues at the either the beginning or th...
by Watcher55
August 6th, 2011, 8:47 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Anyone up for a Meet 'n' Greet?
Replies: 159
Views: 39004

Re: Anyone up for a Meet 'n' Greet?

BTW, I vote that this is the official shirt of our meet n' greet. :D http://www.cafepress.com/+awesome_writer_mirror_womens_long_sleeve_dark_ts,342880791 CV Oh my gosh Charlee, that is freakin' hilarious!!!! Oh, I'm gonna be giggling about that one for a while. :D Very funny, and it gets my vote - ...
by Watcher55
August 6th, 2011, 7:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Another technical technicality question
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Another technical technicality question

Thanks y'all, that's kinda what I guessed - but guessing always get me in trouble. I'll just go with 51 pages which covers the last four lines of chapter 8, and like Quill pointed out, the agent can stop reading whenever he wants. Thanks again.