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One of the not-widely-known writers in Turkey started dating Adriana Lima. He is the most famous writer now :)

I’m going to run this strategy by Mrs. JMack to see if she thinks I should find a super-model once I’ve written my first book. Mrs. JMack is very supportive of my writing.

Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: Today at 11:44:16 AM »
My dum memory of reading Hemingway was that he is spare with the visuals.
Read this:
Spoiler for Hiden:
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast. The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.

You see every thing, but there’s not a bit of “description.”
So I thought, yeah, that proves that at least one guy sold books without that stuff. Yay, me; there’s hope.

And then I read the next paragraph:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.

Lots of description. And pretty freaking brilliant.
But what makes it brilliant is how everything serves character, setting, and theme. It’s not description for its own sake; it’s part of a whole.

If all I did with this post was have a few of us read two paragraphs of Hemingway, I’ll take that.  ;D

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: Today at 10:16:25 AM »
I'm an aspiring author, like most here, who found this website while trying to find info about writing a book. I love reading, mostly mystery, crime, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi. From joining, I hope to become a better author, and read good books. Oh, I'm also a Texan.

Welcome back !

And still a virgin Texan!

Whoops, did I post that?

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: Today at 10:11:47 AM »
Hey, @Peat.
I have one the thing to wish you:

Spoiler for Hiden:

Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: Today at 02:00:33 AM »
quote author=NedMarcus link=topic=12464.msg204011#msg204011 date=1585835255]
It's more a sort of knowing (when I'm writing) and a feeling of vibration or rhythm of the words and sentences. Hard to describe. I'm curious what experiences others have of this—not only people with degrees of aphantasia. Could you imagine writing without literal visual imagery?

This is me. It’s all about the words and their sound, their rhythm. I really should try to visualize while I write. I bet I’d enjoy it even more.

I'd love to watch a cross between Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats, with--hold it--cast from the Scooby Doo show as well.

Hi, @laughs. If you’re a Scooby fan, you might enjoy the book “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero. Scooby crossed with HP Lovecraft. Very cool.

Ken scholes Psalms of Isaak I’ve been waiting for the price to come down on kindle since dec 2017 as the price was too high at £20.00  today I checked on kindle and it’s over £20.00 for a 400 page book. Time for me to stop waiting and move on.

I think that’s a total rip off the previous books is the series were only like £ 5.99

I won’t be reading anymore of his books why set your price for an e book that high

It’s why  I won’t read the rest of the  murderbot series (unless the price comes down in the next year) either plenty of books out there just as good and cheaper

Ooh. The last Murderbot? I’m in at most any price. But they’ve all been pretty hefty, and it has bothered me. But soooooo good!

It's good to see life in this place again!

And it’s good to see you here!

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« on: April 02, 2020, 01:51:16 AM »
Yeah, well. Due to the forums disappearing into another dimension for over two weeks, we couldn't use March to talk about the new writing contest. Therefore we'll have a normal theme for April and start the discussion about how to change the contest to make it better sometime in the next days. See you then and there. :)

A normal theme,  heh heh. Das its lächerlich.

Darn, I missed the poll. I’m unsure what I’d say. Hmm.  A few thoughts.

I love the contest structure and themes. But, maybe some tweaks:
A. With so few stories these days, we could relax the word length rules, say to 2,500. Or do so anyway , even if we build up again.
B. Vote on the theme.
C. Maybe there’s a C. I’ll probably think of a C.

We need more folks, so we need to do some of:
A. Post in the Facebook group
B. Offer a $25 amazon card as long as we have 8 (or whatever) stories
C. Run a joint month with fantasy-writers.org or other contest sites
D. Advertise somehow (say, what? Just spitballing, here.)
E. Ask members with published books to guest judge; plus we vote

But most of all, I just appreciate you guys very, very much. Thank you for running this for 6+years or whatever.

Heiliges Perlmutt, Batman !!
Dies muss eine hinterhältige Handlung die Joker sein!

[APR 20] The Prince of Cats / Re: Ask the author a question
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:42:26 AM »
My question is: How do I find your book? Not available on Amazon here in US.

Edit: Found it!

General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 30, 2020, 05:44:06 PM »
It’s just, barely, possible that the U.S. will adopt a more universal healthcare system, because “red” states will find themselves hammered, though a good several weeks after the blue states.

Agree about the babies. Been saying that for a few weeks  ;D
Good thing Mrs. J and I are old.   8)

And entered. First short story for a while, so hopefully you enjoy it.

@Alex Hormann, it’s definitely good to be back!

General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:17:54 PM »
Alright, some people feel more comfortable with plain perfect facts, others are better with emotions, we're all in this together, trying to make sense of a senseless thing - I hope no one is upset about posts here, we're all trying our best.

At least there are no conspiracy theories, like what my dad tries to tell me over the phone ::) ;D

I heard the virus is extraterrestrial.

Met with my daughter 3 weeks ago for the first time in 5 years which was awkward and weird. Then nothing, no response to texts no word. She just dropped me off a cupcake. I am crying at the moment.

Wow. I can only hope she’ll reach back out to,you. I’m sure the loss feels so,terrible. Man hugs to you, Rostum

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