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by JohnDurvin
July 28th, 2012, 11:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers with bad eyesight
Replies: 7
Views: 3725

Re: Writers with bad eyesight

Re the tangent from a few posts ago: I can honestly say that I personally make passes at girls who wear glasses. If you don't think they look good on you, by all means don't wear them, but for the moment it looks like Western culture is becoming a lot more accepting of them.
by JohnDurvin
July 28th, 2012, 11:39 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sins
Replies: 16
Views: 2416

Re: Writing Sins

I have a big problem with sentences that just keep on going; I like semicolons way too much, and even though it's a good approximation of how people really talk, it's a good idea--according to some--to not use too many sentence variations at once (such as semicolons, hyphens, parentheses, and so on....
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 7:11 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Paul Bunyan and his ilk
Replies: 0
Views: 2094

Paul Bunyan and his ilk

Reading up on American folklore, I discovered that sometime in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, a lot of industries gained a sort of superhuman patron--an ideal superhuman that applied amazing powers to being the greatest ever at their chosen task. Paul Bunyan, mascot of the logging industry,...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:56 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Why I'm On This Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 2713

Why I'm On This Forum

If anybody's been keeping track, it's been a while since I said anything much about writing; that's because my novels are all on hold until I finish up with this web-comic I'm working on. (I'm still working on my young adult series of fantasy novels based on American folklore instead of European, bu...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: If writing was a person....
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Re: If writing was a person....

Writing would follow me around, bugging me about how funny it is that my new boss talks to his bum knee like it's a person ("come on, buddy, we gotta pick up this chair") or pointing out interesting synchronicities in world mythology. It would get old pretty fast. He'd usually be pretty good about l...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:44 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which Role playing Game are you playing?
Replies: 11
Views: 2003

Re: Which Role playing Game are you playing?

I just discovered Pinball Quest, a game that combines RPG's and pinball. Unfortunately, it's for the original NES, so there's no save button, which is not good for RPG's...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:42 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: My Upcycling & Junk Repurposing Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 956

My Upcycling & Junk Repurposing Blog

Another thing distracting me from the task of novel-writing: I have become the Cromulent Bricoleur , semi-professional collector and re-user of things. I've been doing this stuff all my life, but it's apparently a big fad just now, so I thought I'd share my ideas with the Internet. For example, I sp...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:34 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: I had a dream - Multi Genre Mega Series?
Replies: 2
Views: 2393

Re: I had a dream - Multi Genre Mega Series?

This sounds suspiciously like how Stephen King left loose ends in his books for decades and then tied them all up together with "The Dark Tower". I don't know if he had always intended to do it like that--he might have talked about it at some point, but either way I'm not sure I'd believe him--but I...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy
Replies: 34
Views: 11766

Re: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy

It does sound boring based on that synopsis, but I have no doubt that it'll be good--just not in the same way as Harry Potter. I don't blame her at all; if she tried to go bigger than the HP septology she's have to write some sort of Tolkein-knockoff and keep it up for ten books, and I cannot envy t...
by JohnDurvin
July 19th, 2012, 6:03 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Animation Character
Replies: 16
Views: 5513

Re: Favorite Animation Character

It would take me a while to mentally go through the entire history of animation in movies, TV shows, and the Internet, but I'm pretty sure it would have to be Dr. Facilier, the villain from "The Princess and the Frog". I love that strange mix of dancing, magic, and evilness; he's fun to watch. Hades...
by JohnDurvin
July 10th, 2012, 2:51 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Characters with accents
Replies: 22
Views: 2988

Re: Characters with accents

bloke, git, knickers, bloody, etc. as well as some more complex phrasing. I didn't even think about how these aren't something a typical American says! I know we're talking about literature here, but...there's a scene in "Monty Python and the Meaning of Life" where John Cleese is playing an America...
by JohnDurvin
March 16th, 2012, 12:34 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Combine the Last Movie You Saw and the Last Book You Read
Replies: 5
Views: 1802

Combine the Last Movie You Saw and the Last Book You Read

I saw on some other forums where people were doing similar threads with video games and movies and TV shows and so on, and some people had some pretty cool results. My own example is currently "The Lorax" and "Tall Tale America", which isn't very interesting, but I think that's because it's a kids' ...
by JohnDurvin
March 7th, 2012, 2:52 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 31129

Re: Silly things we think about

In "The Big Lebowski", what ended up happening to the rug that got peed on? I mean, I know he wanted to replace it after it got peed on, but I'm a little surprised he didn't just keep the old one; we're talking about a guy that didn't clean off his sunglasses after he lost them in a toilet. Did he m...
by JohnDurvin
March 7th, 2012, 12:05 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Funniest First Words
Replies: 4
Views: 2122

Re: Funniest First Words

I don't know how true this is, but supposedly, Albert Einstein stayed completely mute for several years when he was a child; his parents were starting to assume he was mentally retarded. Then, after his baby sister was born, young Albert--somewhere between three and six by then--approached the crib ...
by JohnDurvin
March 6th, 2012, 11:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Signs You're Doing It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Signs You're Doing It Right

What are some things that have happened that let you know you're good at writing? Personally, I'm especially proud to have written lines that make me laugh long after I've written them. Serialized publishing might not be good for the wallet, but man is it good on the ego to see complete strangers co...