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by JohnDurvin
August 24th, 2011, 12:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Some words I can't think of
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

Some words I can't think of

1. What's a non-colloquial word for 'bad-ass'? There has to be one, but I can't, for the life of me, think of it. 2. Let's say you get annoyed, frustrated, or let down; you let out a sharp sigh of exasperation. Is there a word for that noise? 3. Same but more indignant: the scoffing snort, or maybe ...
by JohnDurvin
August 18th, 2011, 2:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: YA series or one fat novel?
Replies: 7
Views: 2667

YA series or one fat novel?

I'm working on my American fantasy novel, and I've come to realize that it's getting pretty epic in length, or it will be once the plot's run through. Considering that it's YA, that's probably not a good thing. Now I'm considering turning it into a series and breaking up the plot--but wait! Like a g...
by JohnDurvin
August 17th, 2011, 1:24 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: WIP Playlist share
Replies: 23
Views: 3485

Re: WIP Playlist share

I don't know about everybody else, but my writing can't just go with whatever music I happen to like; the genres aren't always compatible. (This might be related to how I like way too broad a range of music and write in multiple genres.) My cyberpunk parody WIP about people getting so wrapped up in ...
by JohnDurvin
August 12th, 2011, 11:49 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 34505

Re: Silly things we think about

Thanks to the birth of the processed food industry in the 1950's, for the first time in history, it's easier to be fat than thin. Everybody wants to be with successful people, and for most of our history, the most successful people were the ones with extra money for food, and so were more likely to ...
by JohnDurvin
August 10th, 2011, 11:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: American folklore
Replies: 8
Views: 1766

Re: American folklore

Just wanted to note a combination that I thought was pretty clever: the Shmoo (of "Li'l Abner" fame) and Animal 57, an urban legend that KFC (and other Yum! Brand subsidiaries like Taco Bell, A&W, and Pizza Hut) get their meet from a genetically engineered monstrosity, variously described as a feath...
by JohnDurvin
August 10th, 2011, 12:17 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endless Summer (of Polishing)
Replies: 12
Views: 4371

Re: Endless Summer (of Polishing)

How many drafts does it take? As many as it takes. Honestly, I think a better question is "when should you not do another rewrite?" The answer, I believe, is when there is nothing that would improve the book by its addition or its subtraction; there is nothing left lingering in the back of your mind...
by JohnDurvin
August 10th, 2011, 12:12 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: American folklore
Replies: 8
Views: 1766

American folklore

So I'm writing a fantasy novel based on American folklore instead of European. It's going really well, but I'm running out of reference material. Anybody know of any? Here's what I've got so far: * Assorted works of Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, and Joel Chandler Harris * The "fearsome critters" of l...
by JohnDurvin
August 6th, 2011, 1:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Technology is catching up to Science Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1155

Re: Technology is catching up to Science Fiction

Technology increases on an upward curve, and it's hard to predict how quickly things will develop. Fun fact: the hard drive of the original Starship Enterprise contained what was then a ludicrous amount of memory: four gigabytes. Incidentally, I've seen a few videos of these wearable robots, and the...
by JohnDurvin
August 5th, 2011, 12:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: accidentally stealing ideas (again)
Replies: 2
Views: 613

accidentally stealing ideas (again)

So after shelving my sci-fi novel after realizing I'd made the wrong character the protagonist, I'm working on an idea that got a lot of positive feedback: a fantasy novel based on American folklore instead of American. It's going pretty well, aside from the fact that I think I might need to make it...
by JohnDurvin
August 5th, 2011, 12:32 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Hey There Cthulhu
Replies: 4
Views: 2339

Re: Hey There Cthulhu

Who thought putting Great Old Ones and earworms together was a good idea? It isn't!
by JohnDurvin
August 5th, 2011, 12:29 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What's your favorite lesser-known holiday?
Replies: 21
Views: 4245

Re: What's your favorite lesser-known holiday?

Since I'm in the USA, I'm going to have to say Guy Fawkes Day. I don't know why we don't celebrate it; what could be more American than blowing up scarecrows to celebrate freedom? (Actually, I do know; it kinda died out during Colonial times when we kinda wished somebody *had* blown up Parliament.) ...
by JohnDurvin
July 31st, 2011, 10:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is there a synonym for f**k?
Replies: 11
Views: 2634

Re: Is there a synonym for f**k?

In this particular instance, I would personally have used 'forget it' if I was avoiding the f-bomb. More broadly, though, generations of people around the world have been coming up with euphemisms for obscenities--I personally enjoy some of the hybrid euphemism/dysphemisms I've been hearing lately, ...
by JohnDurvin
July 2nd, 2011, 12:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Old fashioned dialogue
Replies: 15
Views: 2085

Re: Old fashioned dialogue

My suggestion: get on Netflix or something and watch some British TV set in the time-period. A lot of the actors, writers, and directors have degrees in the stuff, and they can pull stuff off that no American could make up. It doesn't even have to be a drama--Blackadder (second season) is the first ...
by JohnDurvin
June 22nd, 2011, 10:59 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Why food is more important than sex
Replies: 9
Views: 1539

Re: Why food is more important than sex

I agree that food, if described, needs to be there either as relative to the plot or as a world-building detail. The problem is, really, the same *should* go for sex, it just doesn't. Sex gets thrown into books, movies, TV, music, and everything else, because (A) it sells, and (B) people think about...
by JohnDurvin
June 20th, 2011, 3:40 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Which Celebrity Would You Eat?
Replies: 10
Views: 3284

Which Celebrity Would You Eat?

So let's say there's a restaurant where they clone parts of celebrities and historical figures for food. No celebs are harmed and it's just the parts you're going to eat, so let's just ignore any socio-ethical religious issues (or at least argue them under a different topic, since this is brainstorm...