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by JohnDurvin
April 11th, 2011, 2:53 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling

This appears to just be a map of tvtropes.org; that's waaaay more addictive. I spend almost every lunch break perusing it; I've been doing it for months, and am only now getting bored.
by JohnDurvin
April 5th, 2011, 10:11 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: "I Just Need Some Space" (version 2)
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

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

I've been submitting drafts of this for a while now, and no takers. After browsing some of the other queries on here, I realize that the advice on length I got from someplace were way off--what should get cut? Near-omnipotent aliens are considering donating their advanced technology to the people of...
by JohnDurvin
April 5th, 2011, 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6793

Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

I've been submitting to agents for a while now, and have yet to get anything back but a form reply, and I think I know a related problem: in real life, people ask what kind of books I write, and if I say I've written a sci-fi novel, they all roll their eyes with a patronizing little smile and say so...
by JohnDurvin
March 25th, 2011, 12:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, what about short stories?
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: Okay, what about short stories?

Thanks--I thought the first-chapter-only stories were a bad idea, but I've read more than a few and thought maybe it was an okay thing to do.
by JohnDurvin
March 25th, 2011, 1:40 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Bacon + Chocolate???
Replies: 13
Views: 3024

Re: Bacon + Chocolate???

I can't even eat. The food keeps touching. I like military plates, I'm a military man, I want a military meal. I want my string beans to be quarantined! I like a little fortress around my mashed potatoes so the meatloaf doesn't invade my mashed potatoes and cause mixing in my plate! I HATE IT when ...
by JohnDurvin
March 23rd, 2011, 11:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, what about short stories?
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: Okay, what about short stories?

Completely forgot about a sub-question I wanted to ask everybody. What do you think of short stories that read like the first chapter of novels? You know, introducing a character, a setting, a conflict, and then instead of going on to resolve everything, just sort of sends them off into the world of...
by JohnDurvin
March 21st, 2011, 12:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, what about short stories?
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Okay, what about short stories?

We always talk about novels in here, and I realized last night that having a few short story creds might help my query letters. But what the heck do you do with them? Online or magazines? Word count? I've got a couple of things under 5000 words.
by JohnDurvin
March 12th, 2011, 11:15 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The "Random Quote" game
Replies: 19
Views: 4865

Re: The "Random Quote" game

"Avoid medicinal doses of all herbs while pregnant unless following advice by a medical herbalist or midwife." (There were four books within reach, but the one on top was my girlfriend's vegan cooking guide.)
by JohnDurvin
March 12th, 2011, 11:04 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite characters' names?
Replies: 43
Views: 9424

Re: Favourite characters' names?

I'd like to mention a few real-life people with names so cool they could have been fictional: firstly, the teacher-turned-pirate, real name unknown, pirate name Magister Wigbold, 'magister' being the contemporary equivalent of today's 'professor' and 'wig-bold' meaning roughly 'dangerous.' Professor...
by JohnDurvin
March 10th, 2011, 11:22 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: book recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: book recommendation

This might sound weird, but Kafka. I'm always surprised when his "In the Penal Colony" doesn't show up in dystopian lists, and "The Castle" was a pretty clear premonition of life in a 1984-type society, with horrifying beaurocratic aristocrats that run everything and crush the souls of the populace,...
by JohnDurvin
March 10th, 2011, 12:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Rewrite a lost WIP from scratch?
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Rewrite a lost WIP from scratch?

There's a good possibility my writing-computer has died, and it looks like my backup files didn't backup. So now I'm faced with a dilemma: my WIP and all my reference files and notes might be gone. I was about fifty pages of nine-point type in--hadn't checked the word count in a while--and now I'm w...
by JohnDurvin
March 7th, 2011, 1:32 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: USA Today Reports ebook Self Publishing Successes
Replies: 22
Views: 6294

Re: USA Today Reports ebook Self Publishing Successes

Does anybody else find it strange that this girl wrote fifteen books in a year? I don't have the hardware/software capable of reading the files, and I'm really curious as to whether the books are actually good or just marketable.
by JohnDurvin
March 5th, 2011, 11:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Subtext: What Does It Mean?
Replies: 6
Views: 1547

Re: Subtext: What Does It Mean?

Personally, I prefer books without subtext, or at least reading them as though they didn't have it. (Thousands have speculated on the meaning of Moby Dick, but what did Melville himself say it was about? "Whales.") Subtext is definitely an important factor in the fine-literature-versus-commercial-fi...
by JohnDurvin
March 1st, 2011, 12:02 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fun Facts
Replies: 13
Views: 2862

Fun Facts

I don't know, maybe you could use these in your books. We all love a good wiki-walk, right? I'll get it started: statistically, the world's most common first name (counting regional and language variations) is Mohammed, and the most common last name is Zhang. How many Mohammed Zhangs are there? Acco...
by JohnDurvin
February 28th, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Great words
Replies: 10
Views: 3370

Great words

Figured this would be a good thread to get going. I learned a new one earlier when I started wondering: if something can be new-fangled, can it be old-fangled? Just plain fangled? Turns out 'fangle' is an old word meaning 'create, manufacture, build, invent,' so yes, it sure can. Also, I'd never rea...