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by craig
July 27th, 2010, 11:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How long did it take you to write your Manuscript?
Replies: 19
Views: 3097

Re: How long did it take you to write your Manuscript?

Umm... a year? And I'm still not done... To be fair, I was working three jobs at a time through most of that. Or, when working only one/two jobs, I was also a student on top of that. The actual time spent writing, though, was two months (give or take several weeks), then nearly a year of no writing,...
by craig
July 26th, 2010, 10:48 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's Market: Yay or Nay
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Writer's Market: Yay or Nay

Cool. I'm glad I'm not the only one that's never been overly happy with Writer's Market. I think it definitely serves its purpose and can definitely be of immense help to people starting out in this journey of writing -- but for someone like me that's looking for an agent who specializes in sci-fi, ...
by craig
July 26th, 2010, 10:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Text to speech software
Replies: 24
Views: 3257

Re: Text to speech software

This function is part of the Mac OSX software -- it's in System Preferences. It's not the most handy feature -- you have to set a keyboard shortcut to use it, then highlight what you want read aloud, key in the shortcut, and listen. It doesn't allow for pausing playback or anything like that. (I th...
by craig
July 26th, 2010, 4:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Text to speech software
Replies: 24
Views: 3257

Re: Text to speech software

This function is part of the Mac OSX software -- it's in System Preferences. It's not the most handy feature -- you have to set a keyboard shortcut to use it, then highlight what you want read aloud, key in the shortcut, and listen. It doesn't allow for pausing playback or anything like that. (I thi...
by craig
July 26th, 2010, 4:09 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's Market: Yay or Nay
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Writer's Market: Yay or Nay

I'm ever so-slowly approaching the end of my novel and after some rewrites and edits will be querying agents and/or publishers directly. I have on hand a Writer's Market from 2008. Would the info in here even be accurate anymore? My understanding is that turnover rates are high in agencies and publi...
by craig
July 24th, 2010, 11:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing after a long break...
Replies: 27
Views: 4836

Re: Writing after a long break...

I've had a busy week -- I had to do some homework as a follow-up to a job interview -- chances are pretty high I'm getting hired on Monday. So... I've had difficulty focusing on writing the past few days. However, I've found it super helpful to keep track of my progress -- and I'm now 90% done my ed...
by craig
July 22nd, 2010, 9:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes
Replies: 7
Views: 1277

Re: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes

five WHOLE books! Now that's a big reading commitment, but I expect life to settle down again one of these days and I just might do it. thank you! rose Cool! I HIGHLY recommend it! The first book was average, the second pretty good, the third kinda dull (cuz it was more like fantasy and I don't do ...
by craig
July 22nd, 2010, 8:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

Re: Canucks

I personally don't feel that being a Canadian really shapes my identity as a writer. It seems like the vast majority of Canadian authors deal explicitly in Canadian content when first starting out, and I've always felt that this was somewhat of an irritating constraint on Canadian writers. I know i...
by craig
July 22nd, 2010, 8:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

Re: Canucks

Canadian here, from Quebec City. And yes, this does influence my writing. The second way is in themes: cultural clashes, the importance of history, characters trying to define their identity, etc. I'm not trying to push a message into my stories, and the worlds are nothing like the Quebec-Canada dy...
by craig
July 22nd, 2010, 8:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

Re: Canucks

I'd love to visit but I think my blood would freeze in my veins. I get the best (or worst?) of both worlds here in Winnipeg. We measure our temperature in two scales -- real temperature and "feels like" temperature. In winter, the feels like temp calculates in the windchill factor. In the summer, i...
by craig
July 22nd, 2010, 12:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes
Replies: 7
Views: 1277

Re: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes

Craig, you are going to leave us hanging, without telling us the name of the book that impressed you so? How cruel! rose Hahaha -- sorry! It was "Orphan's Triumph" by Robert Buettner. It's the fifth book in the five-book Orphan series. (Orphanage, Orphan's Destiny, Orphan's Journey, Orphan's Allian...
by craig
July 19th, 2010, 11:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing after a long break...
Replies: 27
Views: 4836

Re: Writing after a long break...

I'm not a fan of fantasy, but I totally respect it. I know exactly what y'all are talking about, though, cuz I often get the same reaction with sci-fi. They automatically think of the cheesiest thing they've seen on TV and assume that's what I write like.
by craig
July 19th, 2010, 10:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

Canucks

So... any other Canucks in here? Where y'all from? I'm in The Peg. (Winnipeg.) Difficult question (for Canadians): do you find your identity as a Canadian influences your writing in any particular way? Difficult question (for everyone): do you feel that any certain aspect of your identity influences...
by craig
July 19th, 2010, 9:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10652

Re: What's your genre?

I WRITE dark character-driven soft sci-fi. I READ... not so much of that... I find a real gap in that particular vein, so I read what I can, but it's hard to find. (Plus, I find a lot what is available to be not to my liking for various reasons.) I read a ton of Star Trek, a bunch of other sci-fi, g...
by craig
July 18th, 2010, 10:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes
Replies: 7
Views: 1277

Re: Endings Are Sweet Goodbyes

I've found the ending can sometimes make or break a book. I once read a thriller -- it wasn't terribly thrilling, but it was enough to hold my interest. After the novel, there was a short interview with the author, so after finishing the book, I skimmed through the interview. In the interview, the a...