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by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 1:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does anyone write humor?
Replies: 18
Views: 3843

Re: Does anyone write humor?

Hey cassnow, yes, I write humor. I know exactly what you're talking about, too. I write humor both ways. I'll let it emerge in the first draft, but I try not to push too hard. Sometimes it comes, sometimes not. Sometimes, I'll wait for it. I'll try one thing, then another, until I hit on something t...
by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 10:38 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What works better for you: praise or critique?
Replies: 24
Views: 4727

What works better for you: praise or critique?

I'm curious about what helps motivate us more? Does praise get you going? Or critique inspire you? Or some combination? For me, it's mostly praise. I can get challenged by critique, but usually I just wilt. Praise will get me leaping tall buildings with a single bound. How about you? What works for ...
by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 10:26 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: a Query Letter—what it means for me...
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Re: a Query Letter—what it means for me...

Wanda - that's interesting. I admit to being confused at this point. I've heard that agents want to know the plotline - they want to get a picture of the book in one quick shot to help them make a decision. Leaving the ending out will irritate them, actually. But lately, it seems as though people ar...
by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 10:22 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: I'm getting more confused by the minute ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1879

Re: I'm getting more confused by the minute ...

That's interesting.....maybe they're just delaying e-book releases for big names.

Is that a big name?
by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 10:19 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 9941

Re: Favorite quote

I like quotes.

I'm just going to keep going. :)


"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."

~Anton Chekhov
by Mira
December 16th, 2009, 10:17 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?
Replies: 45
Views: 11560

Re: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?

Oh, no. Star Trek all the way. Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, but Lucas needs to stop directing his own movies. No matter how wonderful the actor is, under Lucas' direction, they'll become simply awful. I like Star Trek's theme: how ultimately it's not weapons or technology that triumphs, but...
by Mira
December 15th, 2009, 10:23 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Query and Book Proposal...Getting and Evaluating Feedback
Replies: 24
Views: 4690

Re: Query and Book Proposal...Getting and Evaluating Feedback

Skyhawk, Yes, I totally feel for you. I think the query system is especially frustrating because it gives so little guidance to the author. I think if I wrote a memoir, I'd try to write the query in the same voice as the memoir. Probably flow more easily and sell the concept for the get-go. That sai...
by Mira
December 15th, 2009, 10:03 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: "Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts"
Replies: 3
Views: 2133

Re: "Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts"

That's a really interesting article! I didn't know there was such a thing as a literary scout. Thanks for posting it - good to know.
by Mira
December 15th, 2009, 10:01 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Surprised Kitty
Replies: 6
Views: 5001

Re: Surprised Kitty

Okay, now I have to somehow and somewhere find a kitten to cuddle.

I'm holding all of you responsible for that. ;)
by Mira
December 15th, 2009, 10:00 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 9941

Re: Favorite quote

Great quotes! :)

Okay, here's one I found. I just thought it was funny:

"It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." ~Robert Benchley
by Mira
December 14th, 2009, 10:07 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 9941

Favorite quote

I love quotes. Love them. If anyone feels like sharing their favorite quote, that would be very cool. Here's a quote I read this morning that I like. She's talking about the artist's path, but I think it applies to alot of things. "I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do ...
by Mira
December 13th, 2009, 11:43 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 5028

Re: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

I liked Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Very accessible and encouraging. Helpful ideas, too. Probably my favorite writing book is If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. It's alittle outdated, but very inspiring. She really captures why people should write, no matter what. So, it's not so much instructi...
by Mira
December 13th, 2009, 11:39 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Spiraling Blue Light Over Norway
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Re: Spiraling Blue Light Over Norway

Yes, although, I don't know if we're ready to go through wormholes ourselves. I'd like to see us handle our own planet alittle better before we go off to others.....still, it would be wonderful to get proof that other lifeforms exist.

Um, assuming they are friendly. That's a good point. :)
by Mira
December 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Good-Bye Man (round three coming up)
Replies: 31
Views: 6643

Re: My father had nothing to do with making that ship disappear.

I think most of us need feedback. Oh, yes. If you have anything in process that you feel you need fresh eyes on let me know. Thank you again for you help. I also see now that part of my problem as the co-author has been in finding the right POV after maintaining strict invisibility throughout the w...
by Mira
December 13th, 2009, 11:27 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 8105

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

Marla - Who should we call for catering? Julia Child, of course! :) I enjoy Patricia Wrede too. Hav you read the Enchanted Chocolate Pot? That's a fun one. It came out of a writing group - the two authors wrote letters back and forth in character, and then decided to create a book out of it. Kind of...