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Reduced If you hate rants, then read no further.

I swear if I read, "give it to us to read--for free!",one more time I'm gonna pop.

I thought groveling at the feet of literary agents was demeaning, boy--not even close. I thought I had a mountain to climb...nope, turns out that once you finish your written work, you are already at the top. The remaining forward progress is a long, head-banging roll into the rocks of begging for reviews. And let me tell you, it stinks down here.

Which is worse, a 5 star review or none at all? I say a phony 5 star review is worse. Give me the gritty-realism of a 2 star any day. At least a kick to the groin lets you know your work had some form of inspiration on your opponent.

Oops, did i just say opponent? Yeah, that's how readers see us, punching bags that can't hit back.

I say we self-published authors unite and take 'free' completely off the menu.

From now on, if they want to read my work, their gonna have to arm wrestle me for it!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, my debut novel Tribunes of Altward will be offered for free for the next three days on Kindle.

c

March 11, 2015, 05:55:45 PM
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Re: Reduced But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and that Reviewer is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:

It is a literary Agent, O, it is my only hope!
O, that she knew she were!

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

March 11, 2015, 11:16:38 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

I decided to dive into this book because I have never read her work before.

I am on chapter 5 and I have to say, If this story doesn't get out of first gear soon I am going to put it back on the shelf.

The Silmarillion, was a breeze to read compared to the amount of characters being referenced to in Mirror Empire.

I feel like I did as a kid, listening to my mother or grandmother talk about how so-and-so, is related to so-and-so, and they had a kid who was married to so-and-so, and they lived next to so-and-so, who was a cousin to the nephew of so-and-so,....on and on and on

The level of world building is incredible but overwhelming.

My eyes are glazing.

Does it get better, should I go on?

c




March 22, 2015, 08:41:30 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? Made it to chapter 8,

Must have been another 20 names to absorb in as many pages.

Kameron Hurley is obviously very talented, but even as the author, she must of needed a list of names propped up next to her computer while writing this story.

Sparse prose was championed by the baby-boomers, probably born out of their love of Salinger, and even though that style is extremely popular, I cannot digest it without falling asleep at the wheel.

I'm going to have to spend two hours reading Shakespeare to wash this prose out of my brain.

c

March 23, 2015, 12:01:10 AM
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Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions
Grey. Always grey. Colour instead of color, honour instead of honor, and so on and so on until the ends of the earth.  8)

I dothst sympathize, yet--pray--mark me, I dost afear thine days of olden speak, are numberedth.

Gray is the new Black.

March 30, 2015, 05:05:18 PM
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Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions
Grey. Always grey. Colour instead of color, honour instead of honor, and so on and so on until the ends of the earth.  8)

I dothst sympathize, yet--pray--mark me, I dost afear thine days of olden speak, are numberedth.

Gray is the new Black.

Wot u sayin m8... we got 2 typ lyk ppl rli typ? An tlk lyk dey rli tlk?  :P

I'm saying that my editor doesn't let me get away with old habits. English will continue to evolve whether we like it or not.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Mid West of America is the current seat of the English language empire. It is up to us that live here to drag the rest of the world into the 21st century.

Gandalf the Grey will soon become Gandalf the Gray.

I don't like change either, but--I learned to like the look of a bikini wax, so--I can learn to like the letter 'a' too.

I am a poet/wordsmith, and therefore refuse to speak text.

c

March 30, 2015, 05:42:41 PM
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Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions
Grey. Always grey. Colour instead of color, honour instead of honor, and so on and so on until the ends of the earth.  8)

I dothst sympathize, yet--pray--mark me, I dost afear thine days of olden speak, are numberedth.

Gray is the new Black.

Wot u sayin m8... we got 2 typ lyk ppl rli typ? An tlk lyk dey rli tlk?  :P

I'm saying that my editor doesn't let me get away with old habits. English will continue to evolve whether we like it or not.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Mid West of America is the current seat of the English language empire. It is up to us that live here to drag the rest of the world into the 21st century.

Gandalf the Grey will soon become Gandalf the Gray.

I don't like change either, but--I learned to like the look of a bikini wax, so--I can learn to like the letter 'a' too.

I am a poet/wordsmith, and therefore refuse to speak text.

c



America isn't the center of the world. There are different subsets of the English language, and none are more or less valid than others. Personally I prefer English spelling and grammar, since I come from England.

I was just teasing and did not mean offence. I do not think we are the center of the world. But there is an undeniable evolution of our bastard language. Romance languages are easier...no spelling are B's required.

March 30, 2015, 06:13:06 PM
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Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions I'm going to start writing fantasy in Portuguese instead.

Eu muinto mais gosta palavras dos brasilieras, e gosta muinto ella's bumdinhos tambem. Brasil tem sol e prias bonitas. Aqui esta muinto mais mao e frio. Os palavras do Englese no esta bem.

c

March 30, 2015, 06:52:23 PM
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Re: Bear in Sheep's Genre I already said uncle. You do not need to kick me when I have already admitted defeat.
And I'm not a snob, I like romance too.
I love all literature.

March 30, 2015, 07:35:28 PM
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Re: Need help with dead meat If they are going to use everything, then they would have to have a system already in place.

They would need access to clean water and very sharp knives and possibly an ax or a bone saw.

Much depends on temperature. If the internal organs have been stewing for a couple days, those would need to be removed first and discarded.  The tongue and eyes would probably need to be thrown also.

You could possibly boil the heart in salt and herbs, but I would ditch the liver.

They will need to string the animal up by the neck to get it off the ground and away from dirt. If the animal is in the 400 lb range, then a good hemp rope might work. One end will need a loop. Thread the rope through the loop and make a lasso, put it around the neck and then feed a new loop from the free end under the noose and loop it over the nose so that it can't come off.

If the animal is heavier, a ratchet come-a-long with a steel cable will be needed. It's possible the hide could still be saved, but they would need an adequate quantity of salt to cure the hide until it could be properly tanned. 

Best bet scenario--peel the hide and strip the carcass of the back straps. Then quarter the animal and hang it in a smoke house for a week. If it still smells gamy, they should still be able to digest the meet without getting sick if a huge amount of pepper is added. Of course, the smoked meat could also be stewed or roasted or whatever is most convenient. 

It is a labor intensive job and very exhausting. You would need a table for sure and if it is cold out you would need a way to keep your fingers from freezing.

Add some post-apocalyptic potatoes and toxic beer and you've got yourself a party.

c

April 04, 2015, 01:02:09 AM
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