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by JohnDurvin
February 28th, 2011, 11:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When is fiction YA?
Replies: 15
Views: 2556

When is fiction YA?

What are the differences between general fiction and young adult? I've looked it up in a few places online, but none of them were very helpful; all I can see for certain is that you're probably going to have a protagonist between the ages of eleven and seventeen and any depictions of graphic sex or ...
by JohnDurvin
February 28th, 2011, 11:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Harry Potter effect in my MG/YA writing
Replies: 9
Views: 4385

Re: The Harry Potter effect in my MG/YA writing

As polymath said, a boarding school is a great place to set a YA novel, and any boarding school in the UK is (I'm pretty sure) going to have a headmaster, just as an American one is going to have a principal. As for arranging the kids into Houses, I'm not certain how common a thing that is, but in t...
by JohnDurvin
February 26th, 2011, 10:40 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3894

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Cookie wrote: All my characters are a variation on my name--thin mint, macaroon, chocolate chip, samoa...I'm hungry
As long as it's not about Ore'o and his evil twin Hy'dro'x overcoming their differences to battle G'inger's'nap and his army of g'oldfish.
by JohnDurvin
February 26th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Possible to re-submit query?
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: Possible to re-submit query?

The first draft of my query letter always got instant turn-downs, usually within twenty-four hours. Now I'm on my third draft, and I'm still getting rejecting, but it's usually taking a week or so--I suspect I'm moving up the ranks, at least. I choose to believe so, anyway.
by JohnDurvin
February 26th, 2011, 12:43 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 34116

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

I have a friend who is really intelligent, but he refuses to read fiction and would much rather read a textbook. He once said that when he was a child he thought if he read too much fiction there wouldn't be enough room left in his brain to learn things. He majored in Psychology and is now working ...
by JohnDurvin
February 26th, 2011, 12:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What medium - techno or old school?
Replies: 31
Views: 8827

Re: What medium - techno or old school?

I went to a talk by Toni Morrison one time, and she said that while she always uses a typewriter and feels like everybody else should avoid computers because they're too correctable and don't make you think about what you're putting down, she also suspected that in twenty years, authors that are old...
by JohnDurvin
February 25th, 2011, 1:37 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite characters' names?
Replies: 43
Views: 9952

Re: Favourite characters' names?

Another great one is "Levi who is called Biff" from Christopher Moore's "Lamb: the Gospel According to Jesus' Childhood Friend."
by JohnDurvin
February 25th, 2011, 1:36 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3894

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Even worse than my last suggestion is the hero of "Battlefield Earth", Johnny Goodboy Tyler. That's not a middle name, either--it's a cognomen. "Johnny who is called Goodboy."
by JohnDurvin
February 19th, 2011, 11:27 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Belief: Reading makes you smarter
Replies: 7
Views: 1458

Re: Belief: Reading makes you smarter

I know plenty of smart people that don't read books, but I don't know anybody that reads that isn't smart. (That's if we eliminate rubbish books, anyway.)
by JohnDurvin
February 19th, 2011, 11:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fictional Nonfiction: Publishable?
Replies: 5
Views: 3011

Re: Fictional Nonfiction: Publishable?

More along the lines of one of my favorite books which I managed to forget about while writing this, "The Toughpick Guide to Fantasyland" by Dianne Wynn Jones, which tells the gestalt ur-fantasy novel in the form of an encyclopedic listing of the tropes of the genre. I think my problem is that I hav...
by JohnDurvin
February 18th, 2011, 6:43 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 34116

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

I, too, have synaesthesia: I sometimes get temperature and sound-volume confused. I don't know how often this happens; the first time I noticed was when I got some fajitas at a restaurant and caught myself shushing them instead of blowing on them to cool them off. And I have a LOT of trouble decidin...
by JohnDurvin
February 18th, 2011, 6:32 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 34557

Re: Stupid things we think about

Like, what could possibly have motivated that first person who saw a chicken essentially drop an egg from its bottom and think, "Man, I'm totally going to eat that thing." Plenty of animals eat eggs; I think it's logical. Oysters, that's a little harder to believe. What I find hard to believe is th...
by JohnDurvin
February 18th, 2011, 6:28 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 34557

Re: Stupid things we think about

If there is such a thing as reincarnation, then could it be possible that reincarnation is not a linear event? Could I be reborn in 1478 A.D.? That might explain why some people can predict the future . . . Perhaps they actually lived it. Oooh! Dibbs on that novel concept!!! New WIP, here I come! W...
by JohnDurvin
February 18th, 2011, 6:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fictional Nonfiction: Publishable?
Replies: 5
Views: 3011

Fictional Nonfiction: Publishable?

Sometimes when I'm having trouble with my narrative prose, I'll do a bit of brainstorming in the form of a miscellany--sometimes it's a John Hodgman-style pile of fictional trivia, sometimes it's a manual to a non-existent video game. It's often helped me build the worlds I'm writing in, especially ...
by JohnDurvin
February 16th, 2011, 10:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer's Block: Ignore It?
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

Writer's Block: Ignore It?

What do you do when you should be writing but don't want to? Is it better to do it anyway and soldier through or go find something else to do? I've been drifting in and out of writers' block for months now, and I'm worried that part of the problem is that I keep cramming the laptop into my hands and...