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by pigfender
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Sci-Fi
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Re: Sci-Fi

Then again, I also like the definition "Sci-Fi is fiction with robots in it".
by pigfender
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Sci-Fi
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Re: Sci-Fi

By my own (*) definition of Sci-Fi, I'd call myself a Sci-Fi writer. (* - okay, it's not my defintion. I read it in the "author's note" in the back of a book once, but I can't for the life of me remember which book or which author. Possibly Philip K. Dick or FM Busby.) The definiton is abo...
by pigfender
Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Why do you write?
Replies: 33
Views: 4800

Re: Why do you write?

"Why do you write?" It's a good question. I think I write because I like making things up and I'm fairily sure that I'd get fired, sued or both if I did that in my day job. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed telling stories. Sadly, it only occured to me to write as a hobby about ...
by pigfender
Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Stress is good
Replies: 20
Views: 1889

Re: Stress is good

Actually I wrote the thing about health and longevity above four days ago as a joke. (Sorry, my wife says that I have no humor at all and my brother says that I could easily win the contest for lousy jokes). As long as you promise not to take this as an insult to your wife and brother... I liked th...
by pigfender
Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Stress is good
Replies: 20
Views: 1889

Re: Stress is good

However the only proven results come from the reaserchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. They found that healthy people live longer than sick people. So if you want to live longer, you should stay as healthy for as long as you can. Other valuable research may have included discoveries that people...
by pigfender
Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing a novel as a script first
Replies: 24
Views: 6192

Re: Writing a novel as a script first

We are discussing how screenwriting technique can help or improve writing a novel. Pigfinder was proving an example of the pitfalls. This isn't the "Scrivenings" section where we post some of the work we are most proud of for comment and critique? I mean <cough> yeah I knew that. Juuuust ...
by pigfender
Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing a novel as a script first
Replies: 24
Views: 6192

Re: Writing a novel as a script first

DAVE: "John, you seem to be carrying an axe" JOHN: "Yes, yes I am" DAVE: "You are lifting the axe and advancing towards me in a threatening manner. You have never done that before. It's such a sudden change in the character for you that I have grown to understand since we fi...
by pigfender
Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing a novel as a script first
Replies: 24
Views: 6192

Re: Writing a novel as a script first

I'm fairly new to writing, and drafting a story as a script first seems like a good way to learn how to show rather than tell. a As long as you don't go too far the other way, and the script format leads you to try and tell too much through the dialogue. JOHN: "I see that you are wearing green...
by pigfender
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Da Nu McBook Pro'sezes
Replies: 26
Views: 2143

Re: The new Macbook Pro's

Jobs hated the Newton. Killing it was one of the first things he did once he was back in charge. Credit for smart portable devices goes to RIM (the Blackberry) and 3Com/USRobotics (Palm Pilot). (Or else you can give Apple credit for the Newton, but then Xerox gets to keep the mouse and GUI.) Kather...
by pigfender
Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: When bad characters do bad things
Replies: 22
Views: 3153

Re: When bad characters do bad things

Even some of the (supposedly) best of us do that. Stephen King with Misery, or Yann Martel's 'Self', to pick two books poles apart. It's forgiveable, I suppose. They (whoever they may be) say you should write about what you know... Good point! Probably 50% of Stephen King's books are about writers ...
by pigfender
Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: When bad characters do bad things
Replies: 22
Views: 3153

Re: When bad characters do bad things

Of course, some writers are their own worst enemies on this front! They draw heavily on their own experiences in pulling together a character (eg same town, job, basic age, appearance etc, maybe even throwing in a couple of conversations that friends would recognise as being insprired by actual even...
by pigfender
Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Vocabulary
Replies: 35
Views: 2395

Re: Vocabulary

An Unabridged dictionary is the cheapest method. The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd Edition) has twenty volumes and costs £750 sterling. I think in the case of English I'd go for an "abridged" dictionary :wink: Best, Martin. Whilst I have no idea on their pricing, the online version of th...
by pigfender
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Yet another 3 word story.....
Replies: 321
Views: 22691

Re: Yet another 3 word story.....

almost fallopian fellow.
by pigfender
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Vocabulary
Replies: 35
Views: 2395

Re: Vocabulary

I think that if you really want to grow your vocabulary, read older books. Would that make your vocabulary "better", or just "more archaic"? To take an extreme version of this, one way to increase your vocabulary would be to learn some foreign language words. Perhaps a nice word...
by pigfender
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Vocabulary
Replies: 35
Views: 2395

Re: Vocabulary

I would agree. My guess is that the *best* way would be to learn organically, but through putting yourself into situations (through reading, etc) where you are exposed to new words. As an aside: Whilst I don't claim to have a very high vocabulary, I've reached the stage where I'm comfortable that I ...