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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
3:35 pm
[hrj]
Now participating in "NaNoSellMo"
You know that novel I've been posting about for the last umpteen years? Daughter of Mystery? Well, Bella Books is sending me a contract for it. Just felt like sharing with the entirety of my on-line writing world.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
8:14 pm
[birdsedge]
WIP
What's your work in progress?

I've just delivered a middle grade fantasy to my agent. Called 'Your Horse Sees Dead People' it's about horses and magic (not magic horses) and two teens trying to reclaim their respective fathers.

So now I'm working on another middle grade fantasy called Secret Dragons (working title). I'm only 10k into the first draft so I'm planning to take it to Milford in September to see if the general consensus is that it's got legs.

In the meantime my agent is still trying to sell 'The Winterwood Choice' an adult fantasy, set in 1800, with magic, sailing ships, a cross-dressing privateer captain haunted by the ghost of her late husband, fae, a sexy American blackbeard-type and a bunch of barely reformed pirates. No luck yet.
4:55 pm
[birdsedge]
Is anybody there?
I notice there has been no post to this group since last year. Dorothy Heydt is trying to get set up to post here, but can't find us. I'm hardly surprised. We're not really here at the moment... but we could be with a little effort.

Anyone want to say hello?

Jacey
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
9:40 pm
[julesjones]
New Zealand quake
Irina posted this to twitter about 7:30 am this morning UK time:

Just got mail that @zeborah and her family are OK, they just have no comms.


No further updates since then, but as people have been asked not to text or phone unless absolutely necessary, that's not surprising.

There are other rascafarians who may be in NZ -- anyone got updates?
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
7:58 pm
[birdsedge]
Structure
I just posted a question of structuring a novel to 9and60 ways if anyone feels like wandering over there and taking a look. Thanks.

Jacey
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
4:24 pm
[dsgood]
Writing Future Politics
There are three easy ways to write about politics in the future.

The first is to assume your beliefs and causes will triumph. There may be solid evidence for this, as solid as Nevada's law banning gambling forever. (Passed 1909, took effect 1910.) Or the victory of monarchical power in Britain after Oliver Cromwell's death.

The second is to be certain your side will go down to defeat. The Satanic [liberals, conservatives, greens, pugoristas] will win. The Soviet Union will prevail over the Free World -- oops, that one doesn't work any more.

The third is to take for granted that future politics will be just like today's. This is plausible provided there are no new industries, geographic shifts of old industries, new technologies, population changes, major Supreme Court decisions, changes elsewhere in the world....

One way which looks easy: Assume the future will repeat the past. The US will fall apart the same way the Roman Empire did, and be succeeded by feudal societies. Knights will use flying cars rather than horses, and so forth.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010
4:12 am
[dsgood]
Writing Future Politics 1
There are three easy ways to write about politics in the future.

The first is to assume that your beliefs and causes will triumph. There may be solid evidence for this: as solid as Nevada's law banning gambling forever. (Passed 1909, took effect 1910.) Or the victory of monarchial power in Britain after Oliver Cromwell's death.

The second is to be certain your side will go down to defeat. The Satanic [liberals, conservatives, greens, pugoristas] will win. The Soviet Union will prevail over the free world -- oops, that one doesn't work any more.

The third is to take for granted that future politics will be just like today's.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
6:48 pm
[khiemtran]
Rhythm in prose
I've posted some thoughts about the use of rhythm in prose here.

Note that I don't actually know much about how this is all supposed to work, these are just my observations. Please let me know what you think.
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
8:51 am
[zeborahnz]
Monday, December 29th, 2008
5:11 pm
[zeborahnz]
Online Writing Groups - construction
More discussion about setting up an online writing group continues here - focusing on formats (blogs vs usenet vs mailing lists vs webforums).
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
11:28 pm
[dsgood]
MinnSpec (Twin Cities sf writing Meetup) January events
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:00 PM MinnSpec ESP (East St Paul) Meetup Davannis Pizza and Hot Hoagies -- East Side 310 White Bear Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 651-738-6992 "We'll be in the back meeting room. We're easy to find.”
We will have more in-depth discussion on avoiding the "info dump". How do you get the information across without boring the reader? How much info is too much?

To submit something for critique, please post it in Files at least by January 6, 2009. Keep the word count to less than 10,000 words.
FFI: http://www.meetup.com/MNspec/

Friday, January 16, 2009 6:30 PM John Calvin Rezmerski reads DreamHaven Books 2301 E 38th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
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5:51 pm
[hrj]
A concept in writers' communities
This post is an experiment in a sort of “distributed writers’ discussion community” concept that green_knight has proposed. The basic idea (interpreted through my understanding) is to try to develop a system … a set of habits … a process for using LJ (and, potentially, other similar media) to create the sort of ongoing communal discussion on common topics of interest that many of us fondly (if not always accurately) remember usenet being in The Olden Days. In brief, the idea is for the discussion to take place either in individual journals, or in a purpose-created lj community, or in both, with a system of cross-posted pointers to alert people to a relevant post. Said cross-posted pointers would be placed in the individual posters’ journals, in the community, in comments on discussion threads in other journals, with the idea being to funnel readers through to the discussion in a single click. Another part of the concept would be to encourage evolving discussions to be re-posted as new threads on a relatively short cycle time (to avoid the awkwardness involved in LJ’s short attention span).

While it isn't currently the intent to use the existing LJ rasfc community as the touch-point for this idea, it seems like a good place to do some concept-testing.

This is, perhaps, more introduction than an experimental post ought to include, but the concept will need some initial explanation to make sense. So the actual post will “live” on my journal. Another, briefer, pointer will be posted in the discussion on green_knight’s journal that proposed the idea. And we'll see if anyone jumps in the pool.
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
7:34 am
[zeborahnz]
New rasfc FAQ
If you haven't been in rasfc over the last couple of weeks, there's been a change: we've reached a consensus that when a non-sfnal topic risks becoming controversial, either a participant in the conversation or a bystander may request that it be taken to rec.arts.sf.misc instead. This has been carried through successfully a few times so far with only minor glitches in getting used to the new system and both groups are flourishing in their own ways.

I've updated the rasfc FAQ accordingly (see section 2 -- red stuff is new to this version of the FAQ).

If you've been away from rasfc because of off-topic controversial threads, you may want to poke your head in and see if the current climate is better suited to your tastes.
Monday, June 9th, 2008
2:21 pm
[khiemtran]
The slow reveal...
When telling a story, do you aim to:

a) get as much background as you can as fast as possible (allowing for pacing and international conventions on the limitation of infodumping)

b) hold as much of the background in reserve for as long as you can (allowing for international conventions on opacity and cruelty to readers)

or c) there's always something else?

I ask because I've noticed that I tend to lean closer to b) than a) on my first drafts, but I tend to be very close to a) after revision. I'm wondering if maybe I should be sticking more closely to b), on the grounds that the pacing is more important than keeping the reader fully informed and, plus, it's fun to keep secrets.

When you're reading, which approach do you prefer?
Thursday, May 29th, 2008
1:19 pm
[birdsedge]
Meta Plots
We've been talking about sub-plots in a conversation started by heleninwales, but what about meta plots? Do they have a place in your writing? Do you think big? Do you paln the meta plot in advance?

In my 'verse the two rival mega-corporations that are in the background will begin to shake themselves apart following the events in Empire of Dust (my current WIS), ultimately causing the collapse of a centralised spacefaring civilisation and the separation of colonies into autonomous worlds, some with spacefaring capabilities, some without. In future books (if I ever get the opportunity to write them) my protags will play out their lives in the collapsing civilisation scenario. Ultimately it was their actions in Empire that sparked off the whole thing (though it was an accident waiting to happen and if they hadn't done it someone else would have - eventually).

I'm not sure I had the meta plot in mind when I started Empire, though I did have an idea that in the long term there would be some kind of expansion, collapse and reclamation of lost colonies and without ever trying to write it down I found that the events in Empire fitted perfectly into the beginning of the collapse.

Within that meta arc I could continue writing a fairly wide variety of space opera forever.
1:27 pm
[zeborahnz]
Ways to get comment notification
Someone somewhere mentioned the "Track this" feature, which I just found out is the tack in the little icon bar near the top of each LJ post when it's opened in its own window. This notifies you by email, IM, or TxtLJ, whatever the latter is.

I've also been playing with Page2RSS which works really well: copy the LJ post URL, go to http://page2rss.com/ and paste it in. There's also a bookmarklet there. Then subscribe to the feed in your RSS feed reader and you'll get a really nicely formatted update every time someone adds a comment. At least for small threads; I'll have to play more to find out what happens once the threads get complicated and/or go past the first page.

Any other ways?
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
7:12 pm
[heleninwales]
Subplots -- what are they for? Do you need them?
As an experiment, I thought I'd see if we can continue the interesting discussion about subplots over here?

zeborahnz said:
> A subplot could be a sensible story in and of itself, even if it might
> not be a *good* one without support.

brownnicky replied:
But what is it for?
If it does not add depth motivation, complication or emotional
resonance to the main plot then what is its function?


I'm about to start poking a new novel and the basic plot is pretty linear, so thinking about subplots could be useful.

I can see that they have several functions, eg to stop all the events in the main plot happening all at once; to give subsidiary characters a life of their own and add depth to the overall story; to make life even harder for the protags.

Other?
Friday, May 16th, 2008
7:29 pm
[green_knight]
Psst. Wanna have some writing discussion?
There are a couple of interesting threads on rasfc right now, quite apart from the usual intense political stuff.

It would be nice to see more people taking part.

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
7:29 pm
[green_knight]
Calling all Pixelstained Technopeasants!
I wasn't going to mark the day - April 23rd - but given the previous post right here, I've thought of something.

I really like rasfc, and I like the usenet format. So for the yearly celebration of all things electronic, I challenge y'all to come up with a topic to throw to rasfc, something writing-related that is designed to keep in motion the flow of interesting, challenging, thought-provoking discourse.

I vow that I will not get sucked into politics.

I will not let rasfc slip gently into the cold, dark night.

I *do* have a question that burns on my soul right now - that of my currently not overly sympathetic protagonist - and I shall use the next three days to compose a long post with samples and questions and all that.

Are you with me?

Current Mood: agitating
5:31 pm
[birdsedge]
rasfc getting quiet
I'm not sure how many rasfcians are on this LJ list, but is anyone else getting worried that all the spammers have scared off the regular rasfc crowd on the ng? I'm fairly new to LJ, but I wondered who else is here?

Jacey

Current Mood: curious
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