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THX1138

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Fixing up that 1500-word kid's story I wrote and spacing out the scenes to make the story board easer to illustrate.
I have two in-laws that are very good at drawing, so I might ask them if they want to give illustrating it a go. I have also been looking at some professional illustrators too.

Also came across Penguin Book Writers web site, but I need to do some more looking into it first.

And I am falling behind on my web-based Affiliate Marketing projects I am taking on too.

Just keep going!...:)
 

Mykle F

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It started with a 'What-If'.
What if electromagnetism was discovered earlier than gasoline? It started as a hard scientific history of progression, but when I discovered that electromagnetism is also the name of the force that holds everything together- well, the small train station literally exploded and built itself into a massive metropolis with Anthros, Nazis, planetary travel, and infinite energy.
 

MetalHorse233

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I'm writing a near-future sci-fi fantasy about a city ruled by very old yet very immortal babushkas (the Slavic term for grandmother for those who don't know). It's set in Kamchatka, where the women erected a metropolis on the modern day city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. I'm working through its second developmental edit with an editor at the moment, and I will be self-publishing it.
 

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After months of struggling with false starts, I think I've finally got a good idea for a new novel- or novella-length project. YA sci-fi romance set in the far future. I'm in the middle of chapter 2 at the moment and I think I've given (or am about to give) the main character enough problems to keep him busy for the rest of the story.

The first thing that happens is he is walking to the beach and he sees a fairy. Well, a half-meter-tall humanoid, who sees him and scurries up a tree like a squirrel. Is it just a robot? Is it real? What's going on?
 

psychotick

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Hi,

Just pubbed The Pirate's Son (a police procedural/sleuth/detective) and thought it would be the perfect time to upgrade my operating system - from Vista to 10. OMG!!! Since then I've been pulling my hair out! Nothing is anywhere where it should be! Nothing works the way it should!

I hate progress!!! There should be a law against it!

Cheers, Greg.
 

Mgellis

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Hi,

Just pubbed The Pirate's Son (a police procedural/sleuth/detective) and thought it would be the perfect time to upgrade my operating system - from Vista to 10. OMG!!! Since then I've been pulling my hair out! Nothing is anywhere where it should be! Nothing works the way it should!

I hate progress!!! There should be a law against it!

Cheers, Greg.
In other words, you've upgraded to Windows 10 just in time for it be rendered obsolete by Windows 11.

(I'm just waiting until I get my next computer in a year or so to make the transition. It'll probably be easier that way. 10 is okay, once you get used to it, and I'm hoping 11 will be good, too.)
 

Mgellis

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Slowly making my way through chapter 3 of A PLAGUE OF FAIRIES. Draft is nearly at 5K words.

All right. Back to work!
 

psychotick

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Hi,

Don't be too quick about that. Microsoft has a bad habit with putting out Windows OS's. They do a good one, then a bad one. So, 310 was bad, 311 good. 95 was crap - they put it out too early, (though bold), XP brilliant. Vista crap again, Seven - which I still use on my laptop, superb. Best of the bunch. And from my reckoning and what people have told me, 8 is going to have been poor, 10 good. (Not sure yet but my computer guy says so.) All I can say is it doesn't look good for 11! My advice is don't upgrade to a new OS until whatever one you're looking at has been out a few years and the bugs have been ironed out. (I learned that painful lesson with 95 when I was an early adopter of 95, until the bugs killed me, then got 95A and 95C, all to try and get something stable.)

But in any case, this computer won't be upgrading to 11, because it's simply too old to hold it. Besides it should last a good few years before I need a new machine. (And I may need a good few years to adjust to 10.)

Cheers, Greg.
 

Rafellin

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Hi,

Just pubbed The Pirate's Son (a police procedural/sleuth/detective) and thought it would be the perfect time to upgrade my operating system - from Vista to 10. OMG!!! Since then I've been pulling my hair out! Nothing is anywhere where it should be! Nothing works the way it should!

I hate progress!!! There should be a law against it!

Cheers, Greg.
I found 10 a fine upgrade after the initial 'irritated with the new layout' transition period, and the usual reining in big brother tweaks.
In other words, you've upgraded to Windows 10 just in time for it be rendered obsolete by Windows 11.

(I'm just waiting until I get my next computer in a year or so to make the transition. It'll probably be easier that way. 10 is okay, once you get used to it, and I'm hoping 11 will be good, too.)
11 is a useful enhancement to 10. Then again, if working with 10 drives you bananas, 11 isn't going to change your mind.

But both are worth it for running Word '21 and related Office packages. Being in the UK, we get access to a standalone Office, a non-365 variant. An absolute delight.


But I digress...

Having just released my first newsletter about the stack of books I have underway, I'm back to scribbling around with a five-book sequence that are technically standalone, but linked by a significant scientific discovery and the increasingly dangerous attempts by governments to exploit it.

I'm also working on a weird horror adventure set within the Carcosan mythos.

Which of these six will win out is currently undecided. Which is, to be fair, nothing new.
 

sinister42

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Querying my first novel to literary agents and hashing out the first puzzle pieces of my second novel. :)
 

psychotick

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Hi,

Naturally all over the place. I started the third edit of Druid an urban fantasy, and then hey presto I was starting and finishing a brand new detective. It's eight days now, and the first draft of The Hunt (82k) has been written and the first edit has already been completed! Damned if I know what's going on with my muse lately!

Happy Christmas all!

Cheers, Greg.
 

F.J. Hansen

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While I develop a series of short stories/novellas based on my Draconia books, I'm reading through the first book, which was also my first published novel, trying to get back in touch with characters.

I'm cringing a lot. My appreciation for those who left high reviews on Goodreads, those readers who were able to sift through the awkward prose to find the gems of the story, just went up substantially. Initially, I was going to try to resist the urge to make any changes. Now, I'm considering releasing a whole new edition--this would be the 3rd--raising the quality of prose to my current level.
 

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After a year of writing bits and bobs for one or other of the small library I have in progress, the storymaking engine has finally settled on an action-adventure riff upon a fairytale set in my fantasy realm of Khyr. It's called 'Snow Blight' and the riff in question goes something like this -

What if Snow White was betrayed by some of her staunch seven? What if the prince turned on her too?
Then it's a good thing one who remains loyal is a part-fae redhead with phenomenal anger management issues, a grudge against the witch queen, and a sword that is closer to Stormbringer than Excalibur.
There's going to be a lot more than three drops of blood on the snow.

“Mirror mirror before my eyes,
Answer me true and without lies,
Who is the fairest in the lands today,
Now that Rudenhilde has gone away?”


"Your obsession is going to get you killed, witch queen."

"Mirror mir- What?"

"You heard me."
 

Liz Bent

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I'm trying to decide which of three things to work on tonight: my long-languishing novella which I wanted to self-publish last summer, which is taking too long because I can't find a reader so I'm having to let it sit and then read it myself, my nonfiction book project about problem solving, or some short stories for my blog- I had a number of ideas last week which I'd like to explore. Decisions, decisions.
 

Culhwch

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I'm edging ever closer to the end of the first draft of my WIP, which will be the first time I've gotten that far, and I'm both excited and nervous about the approaching revisions. I already know the front half is going to need a whole lot of work to meet up with the back half.

Oh, I was so young and naïve... So almost four years later it's still not done - but I am edging ever closer to the end! I swear! I had a long interruption and when I went back I decided to start at the start to refresh myself with the story, and I ended up rewriting a few fairly large chunks to introduce more action and conflict (probably still not enough). I'm now facing blank pages for the first time in years, but I have a vague idea of how I'm going to wrap it all up. I'm sitting at around eighty-five thousand words currently, so it's going to top a hundred by the time it's done, which might need to come down in the edit.

My goal is to have a completed draft by the end of March or April, with the goal of submitting to a local manuscript development program. Let's see how that goes...
 

selvaproject

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Last fall I started working on a hard science-fiction novel (?) inspired by much of an eco-dread. In short, the premise is that in the 2050s, an engineer designs a structure intended to act a large self-contained ecosystem, with the purpose of preserving biodiversity as the climate crisis exacerbates mass global extinction. Such structures are constructed in various regions (such as the Amazon rainforest, California redwoods, and Indonesian mangroves), but a sudden suspension of solar geoengineering causes widespread societal disruption that results in failure to complete most of these habitats. Over a century later, a Antarctican descendant of climate refugees is recruited onto a team lead by a space-based company to infiltrate one of these surviving structures and study the aftermath of the habitat's isolation. I'm 17,000 words in right now and having a great time writing this work, although I naturally have the anxiety of not ever finishing it. Fortunately, most of the story is already plotted and my enthusiasm hasn't waned yet, so all I have to do is actually write this thing.
 

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