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by JohnstonMR
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Dan Simmons Writing Well
Replies: 15
Views: 3808

Re: Dan Simmons Writing Well

I would recommend Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion which are actually one long book. Second the recommendation, but do buy both books at once. Otherwise you will find the ending of Hyperion extremely frustrating. Endymion and Rise of Endymion are set in the same universe and are also good. They sh...
by JohnstonMR
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books you haven't read but feel you should
Replies: 37
Views: 8272

Re: Books you haven't read but feel you should

As always, late to the conversation but eager to take part: I teach American and English literature, so I've read an awful lot of the usual "classics," but the books I haven't read are kind of telling. For pleasure I mostly read either non-fiction that is associated with my field or, more ...
by JohnstonMR
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books you haven't read but feel you should
Replies: 37
Views: 8272

Re: Books you haven't read but feel you should

I have to say, I found the Dan Simmons remark you refer to pretty offensive, and somewhat surprising, coming from a Sci Fi writer. Normally you would expect that kind of snarkiness from a member of the 'literary' class, not a mere genre-ist. Pretentious, or an inferiority complex? Or does he actual...
by JohnstonMR
Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Coffee and Writing
Replies: 80
Views: 8047

Re: Coffee and Writing

Could you write without drinking coffee? I personally dread the thought. How about you? How important is coffee to fueling your writing? Not important at all; I loathe the very taste of the stuff. No matter how much sugar or cream you put in it, it just makes me gag. I LOVE the smell of it, but the...
by JohnstonMR
Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Desktop image of Scrivener website digression
Replies: 78
Views: 8396

Re: Desktop image of Scrivener website digression

If there is nothing beyond my death, no immortal existent soul, then there is no point in benevolence, knowledge, giving a rip, etc. We should just live for self pleasure (which may include benevolence, knowledge, giving a rip, etc). In the end none of it matters though. Once the body is dead there...
by JohnstonMR
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Desktop image of Scrivener website digression
Replies: 78
Views: 8396

Re: Desktop image of Scrivener website digression

Apologies In a system with trillions of variables and data, it is entirely possible for two rational people to come to conflicting, logical points of view and find no fault in their chain of decisions. We wouldn’t have fully rational political strife, otherwise. Thank you . I hammer that point into...
by JohnstonMR
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: Why I love Scrivener
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Why I love Scrivener

Hi folks. I'm a California high school teacher. Consequently, I don't get a lot of time for my writing. That said, Scrivener helped me get more work done on my novel project in four days than I'd done in the previous three months. The ability to use the corkboard and the Inspector pane for notes has...