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by Shipple
September 8th, 2012, 10:19 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Re: All time Favorite movies
Replies: 22
Views: 10911

Re: All time Favorite movies

1. Princess Bride 2. Blues Brothers 3. Bring it On (nope-no separate guilty pleasures list for me) 4. Hackers (I don't know why I love this movie so much, I just do.) 5. Pride & Prejudice (w Lawrence Olivier) 6. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 7. 12 Angry Men (w Henry Fonda) 8. Singing in the Ra...
by Shipple
September 8th, 2012, 10:08 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Learn a Language to Procrastinate
Replies: 10
Views: 8185

Re: Learn a Language to Procrastinate

Sounds like Amanda Elizabeth & CharleeVale ought to start talking over the phone. Getting through these things is so much more fun together.

Mira, hope the site helped!
by Shipple
September 7th, 2012, 9:51 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions and Same Agency Submissions
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

Simultaneous Submissions and Same Agency Submissions

Alright, so I have definitely done my homework on the query process but there are still two issues that I'm a little hazy on (mostly b/c it seems like different agents want different things, which, obviously they do). And I was thinking this might be one of the best places to get an answer. 1) When ...
by Shipple
September 7th, 2012, 9:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you (personally) query?
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Re: When do you (personally) query?

I completely agree with Sanderling on when and how to query, but I'll add a little of my personal experience to it. I started querying my current novel after my third draft, but I wasn't getting any hits, so I decided to do a fourth draft. So now I have a better novel, but all those query letters I ...
by Shipple
September 7th, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The hardest part of the novel
Replies: 26
Views: 6118

Re: The hardest part of the novel

I think the hardest part for me are the action scenes and knowing how to make them sound cool and active and keep the pace flowing. Usually these parts involve flying and weapons, and all sorts of things that I have no practical experience with. But as for beginnings, I definitely edit, edit, and re...
by Shipple
September 7th, 2012, 6:41 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: KEY OF EDEN, YA paranormal romance
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: KEY OF EDEN, YA paranormal romance

I actually really like the second one better. I thought the first one had more generic ideas/cliches ("how good they have it until it’s gone", "lost everything", etc.) but the second one, for me, made the story sound more unique. So, of course, its all up to you, and everything I say is just my own ...
by Shipple
August 18th, 2012, 10:59 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Paranormal: GRIM
Replies: 2
Views: 983

Re: YA Paranormal: GRIM

Honestly, I don't see much I would improve about this. It's short, got a good punch, and it sounds like a very active & engaging story. I guess one thing I might like to see more of is the voice of Jeff and what he thinks about all of this. Maybe just a little more of your individual voice as an aut...
by Shipple
August 18th, 2012, 10:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Most Favorite/Least Favorite characters
Replies: 4
Views: 2793

Most Favorite/Least Favorite characters

So I was thinking about writing the other day, and it occurred to me that there are lots of great character types out there that are used over and over. Or at least some of the elements of these characters are used over and over. I started a list by asking myself (and my husband): "Who is your favor...
by Shipple
August 12th, 2012, 10:03 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Queries make this aussie girl feel stupid.
Replies: 18
Views: 5533

Re: Queries make this aussie girl feel stupid.

Sounds like you did just fine without us. I hope it works out. Good luck!
by Shipple
August 12th, 2012, 2:56 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Where to Start with Sci-fi
Replies: 16
Views: 3915

Re: Where to Start with Sci-fi

I'm a fan of both sci-fi & fantasy & I'm not going to bog you down with classics. You're a beginner after all! So my first thought was Ender's Game (and I am very glad it's well represented here). So I guess this is actually a classic, but it's easy for kids to read, and you don't get bogged down in...
by Shipple
August 12th, 2012, 2:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Separate email accounts for personal and writing ? names?
Replies: 18
Views: 5680

Re: Separate email accounts for personal and writing ? names?

Ok, so I personally do not keep them separate, but I could see a real case for keeping them separate. For example: -If you don't have a professional sounding email address, I'd start one just for writing. And, at least for queries, I'd definitely use my real name. Everything else is up to you, but i...
by Shipple
August 11th, 2012, 11:52 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Historical Fiction Novel--Trooper
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: YA Historical Fiction Novel--Trooper

Definitely improved! I even like the beginning quote much better with the "he told me." I'm still quite uncertain who the "he" and "me" are, but perhaps it's a good thing for the reader to have that sense of curiosity about what you wrote. (Oh, now I get it after writing the next paragraph.) "Told a...
by Shipple
August 11th, 2012, 11:36 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Merm-8 (sci-fi/fantasy)
Replies: 5
Views: 2685

Re: Merm-8 (sci-fi/fantasy)

-I agree with Kristie, "future" throws you out of the story -it might be nice to have some idea of how far in the future this story takes place. I actually think it would be quite appropriate to tell about the setting in the last paragraph. For example, "MERM-8 is a 86,000 word science-fiction novel...
by Shipple
August 10th, 2012, 10:21 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Historical Fiction Novel--Trooper
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: YA Historical Fiction Novel--Trooper

Alright, so obviously the following are just my opinions about your query (feel free to ignore) *REVISED* It’s that person’s mission. This is a bit too vague and mysterious for me. I personally find it a bit confusing. When someone dies, I believe that means whatever they were put on earth to do is ...
by Shipple
August 6th, 2012, 7:14 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG Query: Under Sentinel Guard
Replies: 11
Views: 3336

Re: MG Query: Under Sentinel Guard

Thanks, everyone for all of the feedback! Suef, you're probably right about the hook. I'm not exactly sure what to do with that, though . . . guess I'll have to think on it for a while. Thanks again!