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by Seamus
February 26th, 2010, 8:43 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 19497

Re: How old are you?

Poptart -- A forum for those of us with a little more snow on the roof would be a blast. It would be an extra bonus to correspond with someone who actually uses the word "blimey" in common parlance. (I suppose it shows that I haven't traveled much.)
by Seamus
February 25th, 2010, 8:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 19497

Re: How old are you?

Okay, I'm geezing like r louis scott. It is interesting to see how young many of the Nathanians are. I'll be 53 in August and I have had stories in my head all my life. I have recited them to myself; I have lived them in my imagination; I have heard them in that time before dawn where reality mixes ...
by Seamus
February 23rd, 2010, 8:55 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Forum Suggestions Box
Replies: 98
Views: 57900

Re: Forum Suggestions?

I noticed on the "all things writing" forum, there have been lots of language grammar and style-guide discussions recently. Seems like you could have an "all things language and word usage" forum. Long riffs on the evil adverb or the much-to-be-avoided opening a story by commenting on the weather mi...
by Seamus
February 23rd, 2010, 8:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your MS go up or down in size?
Replies: 36
Views: 7482

Re: Does your MS go up or down in size?

I identify with tameson. My day job requires me to write with stiletto-sharp brevity. By the time I get to my fiction keyboard, I have to slow down, have a glass of wine, and show the reader that my story has flesh. My edits almost always require me to do what I call "warming up" my story. This isn'...
by Seamus
February 22nd, 2010, 12:57 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What Brings You to the Keyboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 2202

What Brings You to the Keyboard?

Is your writing mostly for external or internal affirmation? If you are reading (or writing) this, you have the audacity and possibly the arrogance to believe that someone wants to hear what you have to say. In fact, we writers go beyond the boldness of the message and believe that others may find o...
by Seamus
February 22nd, 2010, 10:38 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: You know you've been up too late working on your book when..
Replies: 20
Views: 2763

Re: You know you've been up too late working on your book when..

. . . when you read your MS the following day and see that your story has wandered into disturbingly dark places, making you incapable of looking at your characters the same way ever again.
by Seamus
February 21st, 2010, 8:07 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Staddicts
Replies: 18
Views: 7466

Re: Staddicts

I was addicted to stationary once, but then I moved. Now I just hang out at stationery stores. ;-)
by Seamus
February 17th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Should you share your writing before it's finished?
Replies: 22
Views: 5787

Re: Should you share your writing before it's finished?

My experience is like Simpatico's. I like first draft input because it gives you a deadline and it serves as a reality check as you move along. My writer's group (now no more) read one or two chapters of my first manuscript at a time. We were comfortable enough with each other that they could say, "...
by Seamus
February 16th, 2010, 8:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How to write thoughts in MG
Replies: 8
Views: 1364

Re: How to write thoughts in MG

Egad. I know so very litte. This must be why humility is so cruical to learning. Seriously, I've enjoyed everyone's wisdom on this topic.
by Seamus
February 15th, 2010, 4:19 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 612
Views: 171604

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi, Craig, I am still new and still aspiring. No point in linking to my published things or my awards -- I have Marilyn envy. (Marilyn is one of the more affirming presences here.) One manuscript was in the can a year ago, but no takers yet. I'm not sure when I'm allowed to say it's literary fiction...
by Seamus
February 13th, 2010, 8:42 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291795

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Interesting topic and blogs. I promise to read more of yours if you read mine. I'm up to a whopping 12 followers. Someone said in one of these forums that he had the feeling that he was talking only to himself, and boy, does that ring true. My idea was to simply post a couple-hundred words of dialog...
by Seamus
February 12th, 2010, 4:23 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: 'Fess Up
Replies: 14
Views: 2174

'Fess Up

Okay, so I just spent an entire week away from my day job, leaving my house only to shovel another foot of snow off the driveway periodically. I recognize that there are other demands on found time besides my WIP. For instance, my wife thought it would be a great time to clean out closets, and my ro...
by Seamus
February 12th, 2010, 4:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 2596

Re: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives

Thanks for these suggestions. Still looking. I've downloaded trial versions of a few, and now I have a few more. Trying to find the time for the test-drive is a little daunting. I guess I should rule out anything that takes too much time to learn.
by Seamus
February 10th, 2010, 12:01 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: East Coast Blizzard (Friday, Feb. 5)
Replies: 48
Views: 8699

Re: East Coast Blizzard (Friday, Feb. 5)

The dog just sits on the driveway and accumulates snow on her fur. She stares up at me as I shovel. She's a Corgi, usually sassy and energetic, but her four-inch legs have been over-exerted lately, and the snow is making any lively play restricted to the narrowing swaths of shoveled or plowed areas....
by Seamus
February 9th, 2010, 7:17 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: East Coast Blizzard (Friday, Feb. 5)
Replies: 48
Views: 8699

Re: East Coast Blizzard (Friday, Feb. 5)

Here in Montgomery County, MD, we're trying to figure out whether we're on the 8-15 inch band or the 15+ band that cuts right across the county. I caught the mail carrier today, who could not get to our rural mailbox because it had about 5 feet of snow piled in front of it by the plow. Federal gover...