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by taylormillgirl
March 10th, 2010, 8:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Avoiding the info-dump
Replies: 13
Views: 4306

Avoiding the info-dump

Hello all. I'm still revising my novel, and I have a lot of information readers need to know quickly (a brief history of an extraterrestrial race and the doctrine of a paranoid group of humans who loathe the aliens), but I'm trying to convey this information in a less dumpy way. As it is now, I have...
by taylormillgirl
March 5th, 2010, 8:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2927

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

Yep, Taylor, you dirty old woman, you got it in one! It's not yet my family's wake-up time (they sleep in on Sat mornings) and I let out a huge belly-laugh when I read your question. Everyone came running down to give me mouth-to-mouth. Regards, Eringayles Oh my gawd...did you just call me an old w...
by taylormillgirl
March 5th, 2010, 12:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2927

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

What does "roots" mean? I hope I don't DAMN you to HELL by telling you, Taylor, but it means (whisper) 'having inter. . .' you know what. Ditto the previous poster. Most Americans--at least the ones I know--don't balk at foul language in books as long as it's consistent with the character. As for r...
by taylormillgirl
March 5th, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2927

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

What does "roots" mean?
by taylormillgirl
March 5th, 2010, 8:03 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Head-Hopping - what's the deal people?
Replies: 22
Views: 3737

Re: Head-Hopping - what's the deal people?

I love reading from multiple POVs, but not if the author switches POV over and over again on the same page or within the same chapter. I prefer an entire chapter from one POV or (like you mentioned) the final half of the chapter or the final paragraph. Have you read Montana Sky ? I believe Nora Robe...
by taylormillgirl
March 3rd, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Purple Prose thing..
Replies: 3
Views: 791

Re: The Purple Prose thing..

I agree when you say it's all about balance. One of my biggest writing pet peeves is when authors try so hard to sound dramatic or "literary" that they wind up not making any damn sense. Some editor out there in Internets land said, "Stop trying to write and just tell me a story." I love the sentime...
by taylormillgirl
March 2nd, 2010, 12:49 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection: how do you know if it's the idea or the query?
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: Rejection: how do you know if it's the idea or the query?

Here's the thing--a really, really well-written query can make even the strangest idea sound appealing. If you're not getting any partial requests, I'd assume it's your query.
by taylormillgirl
March 2nd, 2010, 9:07 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Peeta Vs. Gale
Replies: 32
Views: 5437

Re: Peeta Vs. Gale

I'm team Peeta, but mostly by default. Let's face it, right now we don't know much about Gale. He's been absent for 90% of the story so far, but I know that will change with the next book. The main difference I see between the two men in Katniss's life is Peeta puts Katniss first; she is his world. ...
by taylormillgirl
March 2nd, 2010, 9:02 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 12032

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

Congrats, Linda! I haven't watched the link yet, but your show sounds like a riot. I think I've revised my contingency plan based on a lot of good advice in this thread. Here's what I'm thinking: A: If I'm rejected--we're talking form rejections--I'll shelve my manuscript and rewrite it when my skil...
by taylormillgirl
February 22nd, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Ghost Notes "Highly Recommended"
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Ghost Notes "Highly Recommended"

I stumbled upon the Self-Published Review last week and emailed the author to ask a question. She replied and told me how excited she was about a book she'd just reviewed. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was yours! Congrats on the review!
by taylormillgirl
February 22nd, 2010, 8:28 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11995

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

Ditto the others; they said it all. I still use adverbs in my writing, but sparingly. (See? ;-) When it comes to dialogue tags, the only adverb I use to follow 'said' is the rare 'softly.' For example: "Say it again," he said softly, "like you really mean it." I choose to break the rule here because...
by taylormillgirl
February 21st, 2010, 2:52 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?
Replies: 33
Views: 11022

Re: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?

I do not appreciate cover art or the hard work that goes into a good cover, but I know I'm in the minority. When browsing for books, I hardly notice the art and flip right to the back to read the "hook." Out of the hundreds of books I've read, there is only one cover that irked me, and it was a roma...
by taylormillgirl
February 19th, 2010, 1:42 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 99099

Re: Rejection Stats

I have to say this: Congratulations to everyone in this thread for *making it* to this stage! I'm still in revisions, and I long to join you...but it won't be anytime soon.
by taylormillgirl
February 18th, 2010, 7:26 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Request for a Full MS - It came...the rejection.
Replies: 57
Views: 7846

Re: OMG!!! Request for a Full MS!!!!

What fabulous news! Best of luck to you!!
by taylormillgirl
February 18th, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 26035

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

E McD wrote:My best friend calls the TWILIGHT saga "Candy Fiction." She says it tastes good, you know you're going to enjoy it, but they're empty calories. LOL

It was so much fun while it lasted, though!
That's funny. My favorite books are what I call "Pixie Stick Lit." Empty calories but mighty tasty.