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by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 21st, 2010, 10:53 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 612
Views: 183800

Re: The Introduction Thread

Welcome, thrintone.

If you have any questiosn, just ask. And the first thing you have to do for a query is relax. :) It's just a story, though a short one. Hook, character, conflict, rising action, conclusion. Easy Peasy. If you can write a good novel, you can write good query.

Best,
Bryan/Ink
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 20th, 2010, 6:20 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Multimedia or Straight Text?
Replies: 20
Views: 3087

Re: Multimedia or Straight Text?

Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Conan Doyle, and Pynchon all used illustrations well. WG Sebald and Javier Marias use photos well. Very few people use them well. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/a/a9/20060119154504!Trystero-small.png Well, Sebald doesn't have any frigging paragraphs, so I t...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 20th, 2010, 1:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Multimedia or Straight Text?
Replies: 20
Views: 3087

Re: Multimedia or Straight Text?

Text text text text text. And then some more text. Unless I'm reading a graphic novel. Which would sort of defeat the point.

An end to straight text would be pushing a stake into my poor little vampiric heart.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 19th, 2010, 11:42 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 612
Views: 183800

Re: The Introduction Thread

amyashley wrote:This feels oddly like I imagine an AA meeting might, but in type.

My name is Amy and I'm a writer too.
Congratulations. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.


:)

Seriously, if you need anything, just ask. Welcome to the forums.

Best,
Bryan/Ink
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 18th, 2010, 2:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: (This thread is not yet titled)
Replies: 38
Views: 9784

Re: (This thread is not yet titled)

My wife and I actually have a title game: we pick fragments out of people's conversations (and our own) that would make great titles. I'm a complete sucker for a great title. A great title just grabs you: Of Love and Other Demons. Thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 18th, 2010, 1:54 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 133110

Re: What are you reading now?

I'm reading:

Strange Piece of Paradise, by Terri Jentz.
Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcon.
The Paris Review Interviews IV
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 18th, 2010, 1:52 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite non-fiction book
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Favorite non-fiction book

oooh, and Michael Herr's Dispatches , and Tim O'Brien's If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home , and 102 Minutes , and Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking , and Elizabeth McCracken's An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination , and Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty (which every w...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 17th, 2010, 11:37 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite non-fiction book
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Favorite non-fiction book

Though I'd put Into Thin Air up there, too. And Vassily Grossman's A Writer at War. And A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 17th, 2010, 11:32 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite non-fiction book
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Favorite non-fiction book

I'm rereading (to my wife) perhaps the best book I've ever read, and it's a memoir -- http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Piece-Paradise-Terri-Jentz/dp/0312426690/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282101615&sr=1-1 Strange Piece of Paradise, by Terri Jentz. Ignore the Publishers Weekly review, as it's ridicu...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 17th, 2010, 1:35 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Important Announcement About Page Critiques, 8/16/10
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: Important Announcement About Page Critiques, 8/16/10

Well, Nathan, you certainly know how to make more work for yourself!

Seems fine to me. If you need anything, just ask.

Bryan
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 17th, 2010, 1:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Boring
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: Boring

Man, I love that guy. Brilliant article. And he's one of the great writers, in my opinion.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 17th, 2010, 8:11 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Which NFL team do you cheer for?
Replies: 14
Views: 2168

Re: Which NFL team do you cheer for?

Vikings!

Where's my horned helmet?
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 16th, 2010, 11:13 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 612
Views: 183800

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi Marlan,

Feel free to lurk away, but it's a good crowd here - very friendly and polite. Occasionally silly. But it's all between friends.

If you need anything, just give me a holler.

Best,
Bryan
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 16th, 2010, 11:02 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world
Replies: 90
Views: 22896

Re: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world

Nathan, isn't there a part of you that's just dying to get your hands on your final copy of Jacob Wonderbar? I mean literally in your hands, not an electronic, downloaded version that your agent or editor e-mails you. Have you thought about what it's going to feel like the first time you see some t...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 16th, 2010, 4:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Narrative Distance Limbo Closer Now
Replies: 10
Views: 1594

Re: Narrative Distance Limbo Closer Now

Well, it's not necessarily "should". There's no direct correlation between "close" and "good" or "distant" and "bad". There's no objective value placement on the choices of narrative distance. There is subjective value; certain people like certain distances better than other distances. Typically, fi...