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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Last post by Lady Ty on Today at 10:28:06 AM »
I watch a movie

I'm seeing a movie later

I don't use the word season for series.

Agree with watch and seeing as @Eclipse but there is a difference between a series and a season. A series can go on for years eg Big Bang Theory, but it is only available to buy and download, or on DVD, at intervals after a certain number of episodes are complete and it is off TV for a while.  Each of these collections of episodes are a Season. At present I have all available episodes of BBT series, ie up to Ninth Season. Waiting for Tenth to become available. Each season has 24 episodes.
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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Last post by Eclipse on Today at 10:08:06 AM »
I watch a movie

I'm seeing a movie later

I don't use the word season for series.
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I'm back home, and I manage to only buy 2 books. I mean... Forbidden Planet? Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory which isn't published in the UK... and signed! And then Aliette's second book, at half price, also signed!

You mean you didn't stock up at the 3 for 1.99 shelf with its enticing display?
I must have missed it... so not so enticing, hehe

And I was trying not to buy books I could easily get elsewhere, since I still have giftcards for Waterstone's and Amazon.
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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Last post by ScarletBea on Today at 09:59:43 AM »
I also have a question, because I've heard/seen both used.
Which is best (and brit)?

Do you 'see' a movie/series? Or do you 'watch' it?
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*I have decided to read books with numbers in their titles, in numerical order, and see how far I can get. I'm currently aiming at a rate of 1 per month. I reckon I can get to 13 without too much trouble, if I can plug a couple of gaps. Obviously I'm only up to 2 so far, but being a programmer I did start at 0 (Towards Zero by Agatha Christie in July, Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor in August).
I don't really have a comment about the books (although I did thoroughly enjoy Between Two Thorns and the rest of the Split Worlds series, I believe the 5th and final book has recently come out, too), but I do love that challenge you've set for yourself there. That's very cool and novel.
I agree :D
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I'm starting to see more of this

Young  female character who work in brothals and try to escape from them.
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I've  read Karen Memory on my kindle about a year ago, Not signed through!
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Writers' Corner / Re: "Murky middle" problem with outlining a story
« Last post by Peat on Today at 07:20:21 AM »
Is the problem that you're plotting this out and aren't sure what should be in the middle, or you're writing it and finding yourself in a muddle? Different answers to different problems.

In any case, 9 times out of 10 you can't ignore a writer who hasn't come across murky middles as either a bald faced liar or not actually a writer.
At the moment I am still in the plotting stage.

Options I know of here

- Write the story you've got until you run out of plot and see if being with the characters inspires you with what they should do next when you run out of plot.

- Find a plot template and follow it closely through the middle in the hope that the extra structure gives you the ideas you need

- Plot backwards. You know they're going to reach X. Okay, how do they reach X, what complications do they have to overcome. So to reach X they need to do Y, how they do that, what complications do they have to
overcome, etc.etc.

- Or break it down into these mini-chunks going from the front. I sometimes think of the middle of the story as a story in its own right, so I come up with the opening and ending of that - again, easier to do than middles - and that leaves me with less middle. But I can treat that middle as a series of really closely related short stories - again, intro ending easier to think of. And keep making it smaller and smaller.

- Find a book you like with a good middle and construct a template for getting through the middle based on what happens. Their character fights - your character fights. They find a vital clue - you find a vital clue. They stop to chew the cud with an ally - etc.etc.

- Treat the plot like a game between the protagonists and antagonists. Each action provokes a counter-reaction and you can get your plot like that.

- Throw in a big problem the MC has to confront where you run out of plot, then run from there with her trying stuff to beat it, then fixing the complications from that and so on.

That's the stuff I can think of. I've used a mix of the first 4 and the last one. I would add that Cupiscent is very wise to put it all down on paper in front of her and if I had any sense I'd do the same thing.
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Octlantis

This had me smiling with happiness all morning, such a glorious concept for a story. I'll doubt I'll manage one, but offer it to you all. Treat them well. ;D

And I love the name of the octopus specie: "Gloomy Octopus"
Poor critters.
Maybe now they'll change it... metroctopus? ;D

I'm back home, and I manage to only buy 2 books. I mean... Forbidden Planet? Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory which isn't published in the UK... and signed! And then Aliette's second book, at half price, also signed!

You mean you didn't stock up at the 3 for 1.99 shelf with its enticing display?
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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Last post by Eli_Freysson on September 19, 2017, 11:02:16 PM »
Hi. Guess who.

I've never had any reason to learn a lot of English technical terms, and I need a word to describe the function of futuristic powered armour. Specifically, I want to mention the sound of the... thing... in the suit that elevates the wearer's strength. That is, the things that do the lifting/punching instead of the wearer's muscles.
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