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Re: Writer's Complaint of the Day I feel like my best ideas have been organic, spur-of-the-moment things. When I plan, things get kinda wooden.
April 21, 2017, 10:13:52 PM
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Re: UGH... self-promotion I've been promoting my first book -- the first in a now-four book series -- for four years It's all peaks and valleys, and I'm still hoping for a respectable valley floor (like, say, five books a day, for starters). But it's all about building a fan base and a collection of work.

And reminding folks that your stuff's still out there! :)

April 21, 2017, 10:19:47 PM
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Re: Hello to all! Where am I from? I've often wondered, but I tell most people Seattle. What can I do? Well, that's the question, isn't it? Can you drive? Please do. As long as I can drink.
April 22, 2017, 05:37:19 AM
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Re: Is historic fantasy better than speculative? Better? I haven't read the entire thread, so I don't want to be redundant, but that's like asking if apples are better than oranges: to my mind, they're two different things.
April 29, 2017, 09:40:19 PM
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Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not. Self publishing also guarantees your book will even get published, and it'll be out faster.
June 09, 2017, 08:42:35 PM
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Re: Writing Question Well, this is all very helpful -- and freeing, in a way. And, obviously, it hasn't hurt Mr. Lynch any.
June 12, 2017, 01:20:26 AM
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Re: UGH... self-promotion 'Nother five-star review for Steel, Blood & Fire!

http://coldcoffeecafe.com/profiles/blogs/immortal-treachery-series-by-allan-batchelder?xg_source=msg_appr_blogpost

June 15, 2017, 10:09:08 PM
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Re: Pictures of Your Forum Peeps Thanks. Got it.

I'm the impossibly good-looking one.


July 17, 2017, 02:36:55 AM
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Re: Is "Talent" Subjective? I've been a professional actor for more than thirty years. Along the way, I've been an opera singer and a stand up comedian...and now, a fantasy author. In many ways, I think that actions we take -- jumping, eating, fighting -- can be judged objectively. But when we're attempting to capture and articulate the feelings, ideas, images, etc., we must, of necessity, be subjective. We are, after all, subjectively expressing how we perceive reality. I think we can objectively say, "That person doesn't understand the difference between "it's" and "its," but I'm not as convinced we can say that person has no talent. Time was, I'd have said Chuck Norris can't act. But he clearly has fans who think he can. Perhaps -- perhaps -- my opinion has more weight because I've got a degree in acting, but that doesn't invalidate others' opinions.

I have no idea if any of that was remotely coherent. I guess I needed to say it for my own sake!  :)

August 03, 2017, 04:43:00 AM
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Re: Anyone ever feel conflicted about tone? I was born conflicted. Ultimately, I figure whatever tone I generate is part of my overall style. I'm writing Grimdark (right now), but it's got a fair amount of humor in it. But then I look at Shakespeare: right after Lady M and her hubby murder Duncan for the crown, we get...the Porter -- the only overtly funny part of the play. And that's just one example. Shakespeare varies his tone constantly. Not a bad model to follow, all things considered.
August 07, 2017, 04:30:50 AM
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