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by werebear
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:37 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: fictional places, or real places?
Replies: 15
Views: 2105

Re: fictional places, or real places?

One example I've always admired is the series of police procedurals by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter.) He fictionalized New York City in a way that let him rework the city as needed (thus not dating the novels too quickly) but captured all the flavor and personalities of the different boroughs. You mig...
by werebear
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...
Replies: 66
Views: 26324

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

I'm so regularly disappointed by fiction I find non fiction a great comfort to return to in between disappointments.... That is sadly so for me as well. The more I write my own fiction, the fussier I have become. But, being an information junkie, I am glad to read good non-fiction. Anything by Jack...
by werebear
Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Getting text onto Corkboard
Replies: 5
Views: 540

I want to make a scene by scene outline of a plot before I plunge in start writing. Excellent idea. I am currently using long synopses. If you hit Return while typing into the index card on the corkboard, it will either take you to the next card or deselect the card, depending on how you have your ...
by werebear
Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Got maa audition!
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Break a leg!
by werebear
Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Folder syncing software?
Replies: 7
Views: 1690

I use ChronoSync, which can start out simple and get more complicated as you refine your system. http://www.econtechnologies.com/site/Pages/Downloads/downloads.html If you can navigate to it with Finder, ChronoSync lets you drop a folder into a rule box, which really helps on those long path names.
by werebear
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Outlining - examples
Replies: 28
Views: 4253

I always know what the end of the book is like, and write towards it, and while one can lose their way, their is a destination that I can keep as Magnetic North. I do sometimes get to the end, and realize it's not the end. But that's not a bug, that's a feature. I have 2/3rd of a novel I'm working o...
by werebear
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Shuffle, shuffle...hop - assembling a novel
Replies: 19
Views: 2963

The Muse performance will be of lesser quality.

Because all the Muses have a union, and such poor treatment of my Muse would not only tick her off, it would get word around the Museland.

Nah, I just can't risk it.
by werebear
Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: MacBook Air Thoughts: World of Wireless
Replies: 5
Views: 935

MacBook Air Thoughts: World of Wireless

The word on the digital street on the MacBook Air seems have a lot of complaining sandwiched into it. It lacks features; namely ports and drives and all those ways of getting stuff on and off the computer. And's sloooow, they say. I think they're whiners. I want one. All those bugs are actually feat...
by werebear
Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 9175

Since the thread split up I've lost track, but I can' t say too many good things about Alfred Bester. The Stars My Destination and The Demolished Man are absolute classics of speculative fiction. I've coerced snobs into reading them, and they wandered away with their minds blown. Keith, or anyone, d...
by werebear
Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: How to find your life's purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 3429

As a Steve Martin fan, I can't help but think of his famous line in The Jerk:

"I have found my special purpose!"
by werebear
Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: George RR Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 8853

I'm a big fan of his science fiction and horror, never been much of a fantasy fan.

He's a wonderful craftsman in any genre.
by werebear
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:49 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Sticky Keyboards - Inquiring Minds Want To Know
Replies: 17
Views: 2312

I just hope the wife didn't swop you!
by werebear
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:46 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: My Huntington's Disease Poemies
Replies: 6
Views: 1154

You have a lovely style in your poetry. Thanks for sharing!

And by the way... you should write more.
by werebear
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:38 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Online "scrivener"?
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

I use my Palm for those times I'm stuck somewhere, but of course this only works if you have a Palm. Still, I've gotten pretty fast with the little onscreen keyboard. Then I can synch the palm, and copy and paste from it. I'm much better at doing that than copying from notebooks, which I've basicall...
by werebear
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:28 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Websites promoting freelance writing
Replies: 3
Views: 956

This site is especially good for newbies:

http://Helium.com

It pays rather low, but it does pay, without snatching away copyright and sucking one into weird deals.

And you get feedback from it. They also post writing opportunities; I just sold a story through one of their leads.