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    Here's Unwelcome Admirations, a wuxia-style tale about a swordswoman burdened with a young charge and an unreasonable challenger. Enjoy!

    http://bigpulp.com/lore_wong_unwelcome.html
    Last edited by glutton; July 1st, 2008 at 10:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titangnome View Post
    You might want to check out "To Reign in Hell" I think it was by Brust; you might like it. That's a great idea that you can do a lot with.
    To Reign in Hell had an interesting plot, but I ended up dissapointed in the end. What I want is a book that features a plot idea like that, but actually relates it to characters on a more personal level. I liked it, but I was dissapointed because it wasn't entirely what I wanted. I wanted more depth.

    What I've found with most books that follow the "war against angels" theme is that they're far, far too alike.

    I like to think that what I'm trying to write is something that perhaps tries to make sense of "cruel and uncaring gods", possibly even to suggest that such a god might not be evil as their actions seem to be. It's mostly a device to explore the theme of good and evil, and asking "when is evil not evil?" and "when is good not good?"

    Anyways, that's my plan, if I ever get the thing written. I seem quite stuck to know what to do with it next really, though I did find an interesting post at another site which discussed a few considerations for first person narrative. Since my story is written in first person point of view, I've been going over what I have written so far and checking through it based on the comments made there about overuse of "I saw", "I felt", "I thought", etc.

    I guess that counts at some sort of progress (though somewhat minor progress at that)

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    Hey All-

    My last visit here was July 2002*L* I'm surprised that my name is still registered. Anyway, you'll be seeing my name again on these boards(I was goine so long because life too me on a strange journey ) I've still got a couple of old stories on these boards, have to find them.

    Seems like the posting here is still just as good as it used to be. I'm currently working on a novel called "Mirrorball" a Science Fiction story. I would like to post excerpts in the near future for your purusal and suggestions.

    Good to be back on the boards here at SFF, look forward to posting with you all

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    It's odd that I registered here in 2006, but it's only since May that I've started posting here. (Though I too was pretty surprised that my account hadn't been deleted after being inactive for so long.)

    Recently, I've been working on revising part one of my story, but after a massive computer crash last weekend, I lost everything and have had to redo all the changes again. I'm slowly getting back on track with that, though it's slowed my writing down somewhat. It's a pain: I'm finally in a writing mood again, and I'm stuck having to repeat old tasks rather than be able to write something new.

    Was thinking about future scenes and plot ideas, and got rather excited about some of the stuff I have in mind. But I can't really write any of it until I get to that point. I'm just not the type of writer that can jump from various parts of their story as they like.

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    What gets me is when I have one of those "read it over again moments" and my character basically tells me "you know what, that part doesn't work-this is what really happened", giving me an entirely rewrite to do-sheesh!

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    I do that too. A lot of the time, I think it happens because my brain easily gets bored, and by the time I've read and re-read the same thing over and over again, I want to see something new happen. So I end up wanting to change what I have already, even if it does not always need to be added.

    If a change only requires an extra few sentances or lines of dialogue, then I'm happy to make those changes straight away. Small little things like that tend to always be good additions to my writing, and I don't mind letting the characters "take over".

    With bigger changes, I like to give myself a little longer before I get to working on those ideas. Bad ideas tend to start out seeming great, but if I leave them any time to sit before I get to writing them, I tend to find that I'm more objective about knowing what is, and is not a good idea to include.

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    Anyway, I actually managed to get my "Hunt" story going again after some spontaneous insight.

    Now I'm trying to write the story with a bit of twist-ever had the problem of trying to "out-think" what the reader is going to think(I know it's a slippery slope)

    What is recommended more for a review/critique? Starting a thead by itself, posting to a link as some have done in this thread or just posting in the body of a thread like this(I'm talking about less than 1000 words-don't feel like having my whole novel on page )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrightStar View Post

    Recently, I've been working on revising part one of my story, but after a massive computer crash last weekend, I lost everything and have had to redo all the changes again. I'm slowly getting back on track with that, though it's slowed my writing down somewhat. It's a pain: I'm finally in a writing mood again, and I'm stuck having to repeat old tasks rather than be able to write something new.

    You should have made backups onto a Flash Drive, or external Hard Drive, or a backup internal Hard Drive. Possibly, you could set up some hard drives in a RAID setup, have one for your primary work, and one for backups.

    Anyway, I'm currently working on a plan, and writing a trilogy, which explores the themes of Good and Evil in - what I believe to be a new and interesting way. Unfortunately, in Chapter 2, I've come to a little stand still. I think I need a little break and work on my other major project.

    I'm working on extensive notes, history, character profiles, maps, cultures, and plot plans and ideas for my major, major story arc, which again explores the themes of good and evil.

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    Now I'm trying to write the story with a bit of twist-ever had the problem of trying to "out-think" what the reader is going to think(I know it's a slippery slope)
    I know that feeling. Sometimes it can be quite disheartening to think that a reader will be able to see through our plot before it's even had chance to play itself out. I spent a lot of time worrying unnecessary about this one and imagining that my plot was too predictable, that was until I let someone else proof read it and then quizzed them a bit about what would happen next. With most of my ideas, I was relieved to find that they were not as obvious as I had worried they were.

    You should have made backups onto a Flash Drive, or external Hard Drive, or a backup internal Hard Drive. Possibly, you could set up some hard drives in a RAID setup, have one for your primary work, and one for backups.
    I know. Well, it's always easy to say that *after* it's happened. What I find completely maddening about the situation is the fact that my computer has proven itself to be so completely unreliable over the past eighteen months or so that I've become somewhat paranoid about making backups. Yet, I lost everything!

    My error was that I'd become paranoid about being able to make the backups, and not so much about being able to access my computer and retrieve the files to back up in the first place. Usually, I can get to my files via safe-mode if all else fails, but this time even that failed me.

    But, after about 2 weeks of trying to recover from the crash, I think I'm just about back to where I was with things. I'm currently re-writing chapter two (something I'd been meaning to do before the computer crash) and I did set up an email account which I've been using consistantly to email myself backups for the past few days.

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    Email

    I read somehwere that one of the safest ways to make a backp of yor work is to mail it to yourself using a free email service. As long as you dont let your account go inactive. I have to agree as its worked for me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afrobro View Post
    I read somehwere that one of the safest ways to make a backp of yor work is to mail it to yourself using a free email service. As long as you dont let your account go inactive. I have to agree as its worked for me so far.
    It's a pretty simple and effective solution really. I pay for my own webspace and the sort, so I don't even have to worry about them deleting my account because it's inactive. I just have to remember about the mailbox size limit: each document is about 300kb in size, which isn't *that* much. But could start adding up in a few months time.

    But, that's assuming I actually do any work so I have something to email to myself. I figured that if I get into the habit of downloading my emails once a month and backing them up (onto both CD and external hard-drive) then the chances of all three backup systems failing at once is extremely unlikely.

    Anyways, as to my current progress:

    I couldn't sleep the other night, so got up at midnight to write. Only did a few hours of work, but I was rather pleased. Beginning to wonder whether I work best at night, as I've been doing a lot of writing at that time lately.

    However, although I went to bed satisfied with what I'd written, when I woke up in the morning and looked over my work again, I realized that I must surely have been sleep-typing as at least half of what I'd written is useless. My imagination is too prone to going off on its own random tangents at 1am, so maybe I should not write then after all.

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    Nothing like getting a great idea just drifting off at 1 am and then saying "ah I'll remember it" and then forget it completely

    Keep a pad of paper handy now when I have those moments.

    Never sleep-typed before, that's interesting. Would have been interesting to see what your subconscious was saying

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    Never sleep-typed before, that's interesting. Would have been interesting to see what your subconscious was saying
    My subconscious usually has quite a lot to say, though most of the time it's all a load of nonsense. I miss those days when my subconscious was actually a lot more creative than it is now. There used to be times when I'd practically be able to dream a scene in my head; like directing a movie, almost. Sometimes I do that when I'm incredibally tired and have a sudden desperate desire to write. Too tired to actually manage to put anything down, but too distracted by a certain idea to be able to sleep, I end up managing to dream what I want to write instead.

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    Barely started my sci-fi novel. It's in first person perspective and I have placed a lot of detail into it.

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    Here's the first part of the first chapter of Mirrorball(there's more here than in the Mini Critique

    Love some feedback.


    http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/3111p0.html


    Enjoy Ting

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