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by Collectonian
May 24th, 2011, 9:42 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Manga, Magic and Genre Pedantry...
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: Manga, Magic and Genre Pedantry...

Nope you aren't alone at all. Two of my WIPs, and to some degrees a third, are heavily influenced by my love of manga, anime, and Japanese light novels, particularly in terms of where a story might go and the various themes. When I read one of my novels to him, my sweetie said he could tell it was m...
by Collectonian
May 23rd, 2011, 11:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: CreateSpace
Replies: 10
Views: 3259

Re: CreateSpace

Woops, forgot to put a guest pass on it. These should work:

http://flickr.com/gp/collectonian/620i8E
http://flickr.com/gp/collectonian/6SQJNr

:-)
by Collectonian
May 23rd, 2011, 4:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Viewpoint Character Dies
Replies: 43
Views: 9396

Re: Viewpoint Character Dies

I'd certainly hope a viewpoint character could die, otherwise it makes for a boring reading world. :-) I've read plenty of novels where a viewpoint character dies (particularly suspense novels that also include the viewpoint of the "bad guy"). In my own novels, I have major view point characters die...
by Collectonian
May 23rd, 2011, 4:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: CreateSpace
Replies: 10
Views: 3259

Re: CreateSpace

Since NaNo gives you a free proof for "winning", I've done one with them. After reading the instructions and going down them while working with my Word doc, I was able to get the formatting done nicely. I used their cover creator web app, using a photo I took as the main image. All in all, I found i...
by Collectonian
May 22nd, 2011, 6:17 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 18
Views: 10705

Re: How do you read?

Depends on where I'm reading :-) When I'm reading on the sofa, I'll usually lean against the arm with my head on my left hand and my right holding my book in my lap or in the air. If it is a larger book, both hands holding. When I'm reading in bed, I'll either lay on my side with the book on the pil...
by Collectonian
May 20th, 2011, 12:21 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: (Humor) 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent
Replies: 23
Views: 9857

Re: (Humor) 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent

10. This 200,000 word novel is the start of my 20 book series, and I fully expect it will be bigger than Twilight, Harry Potter, even Lord of the Rings! Hollywood is going to be beating down your door to turn them all into films!
by Collectonian
May 20th, 2011, 12:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sex Scenes
Replies: 123
Views: 31069

Re: Writing Sex Scenes

Although, I still, for the record, admire someone who can write a darn good sex scene. I can't do it. I can't write fight scenes either. The mechanics of it baffle me when it comes to writing. I'm not that aware of the physical universe - I tend to be be more intuitive than perceptive, so writing s...
by Collectonian
May 19th, 2011, 9:11 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 385928

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My scintillating look at the issues with MySQL, BOOLEAN, and ColdFusion :-)
by Collectonian
May 19th, 2011, 9:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sex Scenes
Replies: 123
Views: 31069

Re: Writing Sex Scenes

Wow, overnight/day thread explosion! Weeee....skipping some of stuff (though Poly rocks!), to get back to this question. I'm curious about a few things (and, everyone who writes sex scenes, please do chime in). Have you written other books with sex in them? Did you go about writing the scenes in the...
by Collectonian
May 17th, 2011, 9:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chances are, you won't get rich.
Replies: 12
Views: 2671

Re: Chances are, you won't get rich.

Heck, a $5000 advance would make me pretty happy :-) I know I'd dance around my house if I got that check in the mail and start calling people I know to scream in their ear. LOL Depending on the tax bracket, though, put away $1450, not $1k for the taxes. The rest isn't a lot, but would pay off nearl...
by Collectonian
May 17th, 2011, 11:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you revise your MS?
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: When do you revise your MS?

Normally, I would wait until you hear from all of the ones you have out first to see if it is consistent. However, if you agree with it, I'd say go ahead and get to work. Just keep a separate copy of the one you have out in submission now so you know which version the responses are responding to. :-)
by Collectonian
May 17th, 2011, 11:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you keep your drafts?
Replies: 13
Views: 3399

Re: Do you keep your drafts?

I do while I'm working on it, in case I want to go back and compare, or review any notes I made in an area, especially with the paper draft. If/when its accepted and published, I'll probably keep them zipped up (electrons don't cost much) for historical purposes for awhile. The printed ones will be ...
by Collectonian
April 21st, 2011, 10:12 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 385928

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Year End Review: In a Years - a belated look at the books I read, movies I watched, and video games I played in 2010, with lists, pie charts, and random statistics that amused me. :-P
by Collectonian
April 19th, 2011, 2:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Why I Don't Tell People I Write
Replies: 27
Views: 4494

Re: Why I Don't Tell People I Write

I tell family members who care (i.e. my mom, who loves to read as well), my best friend, my blog readers, two or three coworkers who are actually friends (and even then, not much about what my novels are about), and of course my boyfriend. I don't talk about it much with any of them, though, except ...
by Collectonian
April 17th, 2011, 7:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What to do with parents?
Replies: 16
Views: 3431

Re: What to do with parents?

Hmmm...of my two YA area WIPS, the female MC is an orphan due to some violent circumstances, the male MC has a father, but his mother is dead, and the supporting characters all have parents mentioned but unseen. In the other, most of my characters are either orphans or have a father but no mother an...