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by ryanznock
August 4th, 2010, 11:48 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 346563

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Not on my blog, but Sarah LaPolla (an agent who works at Curtis Brown with Nathan) has posted my personal essay Sleeping with Goddesses at her blog: http://bigglasscases.blogspot.com/2010/ ... esses.html
by ryanznock
August 1st, 2010, 2:48 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The 75% Rule
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: The 75% Rule

I got a good response when I posted my query for critique here, but I'm getting 80% form rejections when I send it out. Maybe that means I'm targeting the wrong agents, or that the folks here all have terrible opinions. I'm guessing it's the former, or perhaps just a fluke.
by ryanznock
August 1st, 2010, 12:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6376

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

My first workshopped piece in college creative writing class was basically a retooling of an event from my middle school Dungeons & Dragons game. My professor, Jim Grimsley, has written enough fantasy to know his cliches, and he called me out on it. The way he put it was that, while there's nothing ...
by ryanznock
July 29th, 2010, 10:44 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 346563

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have a new blog post about the metaphor of urns . Also, I'm going to ask really nicely that you swing by Ink's Alchemy of Writing blog and read my brief story Even Kings . Remind me tomorrow morning at work to check out these various new blogs. I'm on a "new stuff" kick, and it's turned out well s...
by ryanznock
July 27th, 2010, 5:38 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

Don't feel embarrassed to like tabletop RPGs. In fact, if you're looking for a friendly community to keep up to date with RPG developments, check out ENWorld (www.enworld.org). The messageboards there are very friendly and people share creative ideas all the time. It does have a focus toward the lat...
by ryanznock
July 26th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers meet up in Atlanta
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: Writers meet up in Atlanta

Hm. People don't seem to be replying much here. How about this? Email me at ryanznock@gmail.com if you're interested, and we can arrange in email discussion.
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 2:51 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 99094

Re: Rejection Stats

I started querying in April, did a batch of five, got a partial request, and then finally in early July I got a rejection for that. So now I've just started batch 2. Genre: Um . . . urban fantasy? (Two people who play the same online video game fall in love, and the narrative magically crosses betwe...
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 1:50 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

I'm a gamer. More so than my husband. And I'm proud my gamer score is higher than his :-) Yesterday we downloaded a new XBox arcade game called LIMBO. It has the most amazing, creepy, beautiful atmospheres in any game I have ever played. There is no music, just the sound of the character's foot ste...
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 1:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

Speaking of which, the novel that I'm trying to publish is based on parallel stories involving a man and a woman who fall in love, and their MMO characters who fight time-traveling Nazis in the 17th century Caribbean. I'm not surprised to see you post here, having read your synopsis! I really thoug...
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 12:22 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

My gaming tends more to the face-to-face, tabletop RPG variety. I wrote small press D&D products for 7 years, and I still dabble in that. When it comes to video games, I cut my teeth on Dragon Warriors and Final Fantasies and Metroids, but of late I've had a hard time really loving any games. I give...
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 11:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: ROCK PAPER TIGER review (and a brief mention of my new blog)
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Re: ROCK PAPER TIGER review (and a brief mention of my new blog)

Amazon has it full of 5 star reviews. I would not give out 5 stars ratings so lightly. It's a distinctive book, yes, but as for storytelling and what I took away from it at the end, I'd peg it at just being a good 3 stars. Of course, I generally think anything could be better, and a 'typical' book I...
by ryanznock
July 23rd, 2010, 11:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers meet up in Atlanta
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: Writers meet up in Atlanta

I've got a couple of off-line friends who'd be interested in this, so let's start pitching ideas of when and where we'd like to meet up. Two somewhat cliche places my friends go to a lot are the Thinking Man's Tavern, and the James Joyce Pub. Maybe we could go for those authorial classics, or we cou...
by ryanznock
July 19th, 2010, 1:02 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What superpower would you want?
Replies: 36
Views: 9818

Re: What superpower would you want?

Teleportation. I want to travel, and I can't afford it. Plus, fresh seafood every day, even if I live inland.
by ryanznock
July 16th, 2010, 6:09 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query
Replies: 30
Views: 5530

Re: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query

Yikes, 150 agents? I only have a list of 25 agents so far, though admittedly these are just the ones I've found by clicking through a web of agent blogs. Where do you find lists with that many agents?
by ryanznock
July 16th, 2010, 5:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers meet up in Atlanta
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: Writers meet up in Atlanta

Hi to both of you. Two's still a bit slim, so I figure we can wait a few days to see if we pick a few more up, and then try to schedule something. Tentatively, though, would you prefer something on weeknights or weekends? I can get free most nights but Friday.