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by JohnDurvin
June 6th, 2011, 2:42 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: In the Land of the Super-Geniuses
Replies: 7
Views: 3287

In the Land of the Super-Geniuses

First draft of first chapter of a sort of post-cyberpunk/absurdist-dystopian thing. I know it goes all over the place, but that's kind of the point. Simon was parked on an overturned laundry basket in front of his bedroom screen, which was set to ‘mirror’; it was really just a cam on the frame feedi...
by JohnDurvin
June 4th, 2011, 10:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: fake ads in a novel about ads
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

Re: fake ads in a novel about ads

For some bizarre reason, it hadn't occurred to me to use ads as epigrams for chapter headings, but yeah, that's the kind of thing I'm talking about. In a world where pop-ups, phishers, and spam-bots have come into the real world, they're treated as dangerous vermin infesting the cities, a bit like z...
by JohnDurvin
June 2nd, 2011, 1:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: fake ads in a novel about ads
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

fake ads in a novel about ads

So I'm writing a book about how smartphones have given people short attention spans, advertising is infiltrating every part of life, and social networking has increased our communication with others but at the cost of real interaction, replacing it with viral videos and acronyms. I had an idea, poss...
by JohnDurvin
June 2nd, 2011, 1:06 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Post-Cyberpunk recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Re: Post-Cyberpunk recommendations?

Literally might help--I'd know to look up from my phone. (I'd just like to mention that the comment reminded me of one of my favorite parts of "Gulliver's Travels", on the flying island of Laputa when the aristocrats had to get their servants to whap them with sticks so they know when they're suppos...
by JohnDurvin
May 29th, 2011, 11:35 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Post-Cyberpunk recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Post-Cyberpunk recommendations?

Having lost my muse for both my alternating WIPS (one a YA cosmic horror/historical mystery, the other a fantasy novel based on American folklore instead of European), I was thinking about what to write, and I've decided I might try writing something not just for entertainment, but also with some so...
by JohnDurvin
May 29th, 2011, 11:03 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Manga, Magic and Genre Pedantry...
Replies: 4
Views: 1608

Re: Manga, Magic and Genre Pedantry...

If I were a famous columnist or essayist, I would have written one on just this subject long ago, as I have noticed it to be an emerging theme in the depths of culture today; for lack of an established term, I call it "awesome-ism." It's the sort of fiction where traditional laws of subtlety and nua...
by JohnDurvin
May 15th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: divorcee vs. ex-wife, space aliens
Replies: 4
Views: 3335

divorcee vs. ex-wife, space aliens

I'm in desperate need of a beta-reader that would want to read my novel. I've passed out manuscripts to everyone I know that would take it, and I haven't gotten much useful feedback. "I JUST NEED SOME SPACE", 113,000--I know it's long, but sci-fi is supposed to be epic, damn it. Anybody care to swap...
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 10:50 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Proof of my Writerly Nerdhood
Replies: 20
Views: 6058

Re: Proof of my Writerly Nerdhood

My biggest proof of nerdhood was when I read Eric Partridge's slang dictionary cover to cover. It was bigger than most novels. Also, I usually keep an unabridged dictionary within reach of my kitchen table--yes, I have multiple unabridged dictionaries, the biggest being two phonebook-sized hardback ...
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 10:41 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Roll a D6 - just how nerdy are you?
Replies: 11
Views: 2768

Re: Roll a D6 - just how nerdy are you?

I'm such a nerd I once received props from a hardcore player because I was teaching myself how to play D&D as research for a novel.
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 10:30 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Zombie Awareness Month
Replies: 14
Views: 2610

Re: Zombie Awareness Month

I was all for the original "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," but I think the imitations by other authors are getting a little too strange. Tom Sawyer, maybe, but Lake Woebegone? Star Trek? Incidentally, if anybody is a writer of this kind of stuff, may I suggest "Baron Munchhausen"? Maybe even Rabe...
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 10:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you "warm up" before writing?
Replies: 18
Views: 4384

Re: Do you "warm up" before writing?

I usually warm up by doing a bit of brainstorming, usually with some irrelevant creativity prompt like "name the suits for a deck of cards in a fantasy novel" or "name ten fictional cocktails the alcoholic historian baffles the bartender with." I've developed dystopian breakfast cereals, lines of ac...
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 10:03 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: "I Just Need Some Space", first 400 words
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: "I Just Need Some Space", first 400 words

I actually had been picturing the waitress pretty young, probably early twenties; there's a bit in the exposition that follows establishing the story as happening around five or ten years from now. She called him 'hon' because I've lived my whole life in the American South--all waitresses, from high...
by JohnDurvin
May 10th, 2011, 1:11 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: "I Just Need Some Space", first 400 words
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

"I Just Need Some Space", first 400 words

I know this doesn't seem like the beginning of a sci-fi novel, just trust me. Would you keep reading? “Rough day, hon?” the waitress asked Shapiro, her smile beaming like xenon headlights on a dark country road. She was awfully perky for a night-shift waitress in an off-ramp diner. Considering how S...
by JohnDurvin
April 26th, 2011, 11:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Retroactive Idea Thievery
Replies: 6
Views: 3112

Retroactive Idea Thievery

So I wrote an amazing book, but someone that read it took a time-machine back to the late 1970's and stole my ideas for a series of influential novels. Now everybody thinks HE came up with them first, just because his books were published before I was born. I know we recently discussed what to do wh...
by JohnDurvin
April 23rd, 2011, 12:28 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: appropriate word counts for books
Replies: 7
Views: 1235

appropriate word counts for books

Turns out the book I'm trying to get published is probably too long--118,000, specifically. (I'm working on shortening it.) I had no idea this was too long; I've read up on various writing topics, but all I ever saw about word count was that if you've got more than a certain amount, it's a novel, an...