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by Grand Evander
Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: Is fantasy easier to write than science fiction?
Replies: 33
Views: 29237

Re: Is fantasy easier to write than science fiction?

I think the ratio of new SF to fantasy in the marketplace today is more a reflection of what readers are reading. Agents and publishers receive manuscripts by the millisecond across genres, and it's hard to believe that there's a shortage of SF writing being done in the modern day. There is some evi...
by Grand Evander
Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: I figured something out
Replies: 11
Views: 10385

Re: I figured something out

I've heard writing compared to a muscle. The more you flex it, the better you get at it. I've noticed that, if I take a break from writing for more than a few days, I feel really rusty and lack confidence when I try editing. I write almost everyday but do take breaks because I find you can overheat ...
by Grand Evander
Mon May 18, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: The Master's Bar and Grill
Topic: The Master's Bar and Grill
Replies: 7637
Views: 743796

Re: The Master's Bar and Grill

The pun would have been "That's some Rhode trip Ariel has gone on..."
by Grand Evander
Mon May 18, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: What do you drink?
Replies: 12
Views: 11874

Re: What do you drink?

My high school physics teacher once told me that the best buzz comes from a combination of mountain dew and salt & vinegar chips. I've moved a lot more toward ice coffee these days. A good trick is to freeze coffee into ice cubes so that the ice doesn't dilute the coffee. I tried drinking white ...
by Grand Evander
Sat May 16, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic Conversations
Topic: What are you listening to???
Replies: 1606
Views: 258623

Re: What are you listening to???

Audioslave's "Like a Stone." I can't watch the music video though because it gives me headaches... so hypnotic. :drunken:
by Grand Evander
Sun May 10, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Movies
Topic: Star Trek (2009)
Replies: 9
Views: 5186

Re: Star Trek (2009)

Simon Pegg as Scotty... just brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie despite being a bit too young to have been hooked into the franchise without seeing it as vintage sci-fi. I think J.J. Abrams pulled some of his Lost shenanigans I don't particularly care for, but overall it's absolutely worth se...
by Grand Evander
Wed May 06, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: King Arthur Copyright?
Replies: 6
Views: 10083

Re: King Arthur Copyright?

I was just using Sherlock Holmes as an example, but point taken. I know while Doyle was still writing, in France Maurice Leblanc pitted Arsene Lupin against Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate Lupin's superior skills as both a detective and a thief. He was sued and forced to rename the Holmes character t...
by Grand Evander
Tue May 05, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic Conversations
Topic: Very sad and fed up
Replies: 12
Views: 3826

Re: Very sad and fed up

From a quick look at your site, I'd say it needs the image reworked a bit. It kind of looks like a site I'd be directed to if the one I was trying to reach was no longer available... or if someone trolled a URL I thought would take me to a certain website. I've seen you post on a UK-based forum I vi...
by Grand Evander
Tue May 05, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: -doctor_odd's writing guide-
Replies: 14
Views: 19727

Re: -doctor_odd's writing guide-

Just simple "rinse, cycle, and repeat" to put it glibly. I envision the scene I want to write loosely, keeping in mind where I need to be in 5 pages or so. I then write, letting my characters take me where they will. That's rinse and cycle there... Then go back and edit. A lot of my writin...
by Grand Evander
Tue May 05, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: too attached to your characters?
Replies: 55
Views: 64613

Re: too attached to your characters?

Sometimes it can be a positive thing to kill the characters we're attached to. I mean, if we're so attached to them, then hopefully the reader will be too. I've always viewed a meaningful and tragic death as the greatest honor I can bestow upon a character. And if we're not attached to our character...
by Grand Evander
Sun May 03, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: Dipping Into the Character Well
Replies: 57
Views: 61300

Re: Dipping Into the Character Well

Some suggestions for revising I've picked up over the years: 1. Try to understand your characters' motivations and the attitudes that differentiate them. This includes minor characters. Add tension to your scenes based on these motivations and use dialogue to flesh out characters more than just adva...
by Grand Evander
Sat May 02, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic Conversations
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 351
Views: 164704

Re: Favorite Quotes

"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."

-Thomas Hardy