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by JohnDurvin
April 23rd, 2011, 12:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 4045

Re: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself

Now that I think about it, I have these all the time, except it's not things that I don't have time for, it's things that are too ridiculous for novels. (Most end up becoming in-story comic books, video games, etc.) The most recent one was when I saw a copy of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and t...
by JohnDurvin
April 22nd, 2011, 11:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Replies: 19
Views: 4998

Re: Do you work on more than one book at a time?

I tend to have one main project that's a full work-in-progress novel, but also a number of smaller brain-storming projects, usually in different genres from my main book, so that I don't get sick of dealing with one aesthetic. For example, while I'm revising my sci-fi novel, I'm also working on a be...
by JohnDurvin
April 16th, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody
Replies: 4
Views: 676

Re: another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody

Wait! The over-muscled lunatics with neon colored chainsaws are trying to steal a robotic helicopter exoskeleton to use it as a time machine to travel back to kidnap Moby Dick, but the Space Monkeys get in on the action and foil their plans! NOW THERE's a BEST SELLER! So Ahab teams up with Dr. Who,...
by JohnDurvin
April 15th, 2011, 3:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5911

Re: megalomania as motivation

My personal favorite villain would have to be Mojo, a little-known foe of the X-Men. He's a giant slug-man that is king of another dimension, which he rules using TV shows--most of them reality shows, recorded from various superhero battles. He's the most over-the-top, ludicrous villain ever, and I ...
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 3:25 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: I'm moving out!
Replies: 26
Views: 4415

Re: I'm moving out!

Here's some advice I wish somebody had told me (assuming you're also broke like most first-timers): When shopping for groceries, plan ahead; remember that you need whole meals, not just delicious snacks, and you need several a day from now until the next time you plan to be at the grocery store. Sto...
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 3:16 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: In case of zombie attack...
Replies: 8
Views: 3070

Re: In case of zombie attack...

http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html At the office supply store where I work, a lot of the guys are really into the whole 'zombie' thing--me, not so much--and we periodically have discussions about what to do if an outbreak occurs while we...
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 3:06 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite misheard song lyrics
Replies: 33
Views: 17656

Re: Favorite misheard song lyrics

"Secret Asian Man", which is now the title of a webcomic. (There's also been some kids books about Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear.)
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 12:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: "I Just Need Some Space" (version 2)
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: QUERY: "I Just Need Some Space" (version 2)

Near-omnipotent aliens are considering donating their advanced technology to the people of Earth…if the randomly-selected test crews, abducted randomly from around the world, can prove the species worthy. Recently divorced cost-management banned word Shapiro Townsend is tapped to be the vice-preside...
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 12:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5911

megalomania as motivation

Why in the world would somebody want to take over the world? I'll be honest here, my writing is heavily influenced by non-literary sources: movies, comic books, even video games. I try to avoid having those "Big Bad" type villains, evil fellows with superpowers and black capes, but at the same time,...
by JohnDurvin
April 14th, 2011, 11:51 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: "I Just Need Some Space" (version 2)
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: QUERY: "I Just Need Some Space"

All right, see, I think the advice I'd been getting about query letters might have been leftover from the snail-mail-and-typewriter era; they all said for it to be a page long and include a biography paragraph. The more I look through this forum, the more I think every damn word I'd heard was wrong....
by JohnDurvin
April 13th, 2011, 8:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody
Replies: 4
Views: 676

another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody

This is just something I've been thinking about writing, and I'm not sure anybody would ever want to read it, but it sounds fun to write, anyhow--might end up a book-within-a-book that the characters make fun of. Remember how ludicrous the 1990's were? Duke Nukem, Johnny Mnemonic, that sort of thing...
by JohnDurvin
April 13th, 2011, 7:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creator or Channel of Creation
Replies: 64
Views: 14856

Re: Creator or Channel of Creation

There's many an author that writes by having conversations with their characters. Peter S. Beagle wrote everything this way, and Samuel Beckett did it for "Waiting for Godot." On the other hand, my ex-girlfriend did this too, and by the last time I saw her they had levelled up into schizophrenia-rel...
by JohnDurvin
April 13th, 2011, 7:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 4045

Re: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself

I'm afraid the bit about Mars has been done--I think it was the plot of the "Doom" series of video games. I could be wrong, I've always hated them. But on the subject of video games, I've always wanted to read something--probably only a short story--from the POV of a Non-Player-Character in an old N...
by JohnDurvin
April 13th, 2011, 7:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you keep a journal?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Do you keep a journal?

Journal + the ADHD generation + technology = Facebook and its cohorts. These days most of us--Amish folk and Thoreau imitators aside--keep a journal of sound bytes written on impulse and on display for the entire world to read. I suspect that in a hundred years, instead of publishers printing famous...
by JohnDurvin
April 13th, 2011, 7:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6793

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

I thought as much! It was just that friends, family, co-workers, and dental hygienists had all reacted badly when I used the term, so I was worried everybody else would too. Turns out my problem is more that my query letter was about twenty times longer than it needed to be, and I somehow hadn't not...