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1  Discussion / Fanart / Re: 2009 Comicon Art Show on: December 06, 2008, 04:27:49 AM
I'd do it if I understood better HOW to do it.   Smile  Dont Know
2  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo 2009 on: November 23, 2008, 03:03:52 AM
116973. A good solid double Nano.  Hyper

Well, you're almost to 100,000 with a week to go -- you going to beat that record?  Wink
3  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo 2009 on: November 10, 2008, 12:25:09 AM
I'll bite.  How many words last year, Julieann?

(Prepared with her  Shocked face, which is easy to do when she sees Julie's current wordcount)
4  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo 2009 on: November 07, 2008, 01:35:05 AM
Holy &^%#$*, Julieann, you've written 30,000 words in 6 days?  Maybe I shouldn't be your buddy -- you're going to give me an inferiority complex!

I saw Janet Sides is also doing NaNo, but I don't recognize anyone else's usernames -- is anyone else NaNoing?

I'm katsesama.
5  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Help - Ideas for Comic Con on: June 25, 2008, 03:37:40 AM
standing in uniform with headgear off but in hand, dirty and sweaty as though they've just finished with a monster of a base-cleaning mission, looking very satisfied at the damage they've done, all smug and badass.  Gunner's gaze at the viewer, expression reading as "I'm tired as hell but I can still kick you and your army's ass."

*swoon*

I'd add more to the conversation, but the description alone totally did me in.   Bow   Smile
6  Discussion / Original/Other Fandoms / Re: Favorite Writerly Books? on: May 31, 2008, 01:54:07 AM
I can't tell anyone about the story before I write it, or else the story has been told and I never write it!  I learned that lesson quickly!

Ok, now I'm in front of my bookshelf.  Here is my list of writerly books I like best.  (I have a LOT of writers' books!)

NAMES

Character-naming sourcebook by Kenyon w/ Blythe and Sweet

EDITING

Make Your Words Work - Provost
Write Tight - Brohaugh
Revision - Kaplan

RESEARCH

Macmillan Visual Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary
Ultimate Visual Dictionary
Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science (see a pattern here?)

BOOKS FOR WHEN I HATE MY WRITING AND MYSELF AS A WRITER

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
The Courage to Write - Keyes
The Writer's Book of Courage - Keyes
Rotten Reviews and Rejections - Pushcart Press

PROPOSAL WRITING

Write the Perfect Book Proposal - Herman
How to Write a Book Proposal - Lerner

MARKETING

Guerrilla Marketing for Writers - Levinson et. al.
7  Discussion / Original/Other Fandoms / Favorite Writerly Books? on: May 25, 2008, 03:32:00 AM
I have several shelves filled with writers' books, some of which I found far more useful than others.  I am curious about what others have on their shelves.  What are your favorite writerly books?  Which ones do you pull off the shelf more than others?  What do you like best about them?

I'm not in front of my bookshelf to make a complete list, but I know I have shared before that some of the books that were really pivotal for me as a writer were the ones that taught me to edit, including Make Your Words Work (Gary Provost) and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (Renni Browne and Dave King).

I am currently reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott because I have heard about it so many times.  She makes some nice points about how writing doesn't come easy, even to the masters, and that you have to sit down and write, not just want to write or think about writing.
8  Discussion / Original/Other Fandoms / Re: Originial Writers sites. on: May 25, 2008, 03:22:08 AM
Of course I have to plug my own: http://www.archetypewriting.com  I've collected a lot of articles on writing & editing (http://archetypewriting.com/resources/resources.htm) and on writing better romances and villains (http://archetypewriting.com/muse/creativity_keys.htm).  I wrote most of the articles for that last link, so you can get a peek inside my little writer's head if you dare to go there.  Shocked

I participate over at http://www.absolutewrite.com as well.  Their forums are incredibly useful, if rather overwhelming at first.  They include lots of "stickies" at the tops of different topics to help newbies.

I would actually be interested in which books other writers love best.  I rely on books more than websites, which is just because I started writing before the internet.   Reading  Maybe I will start another thread for that.
9  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Gatchaman Art Calendar Contest on: May 15, 2008, 03:32:49 AM
I started mine, and it's (*gasp!*...not) Joe.  Big Grin
10  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Gatchaman Art Calendar Contest on: May 13, 2008, 02:45:17 AM
I think Thunderbird did one for April and May each, though he hasn't submitted them to the Club yet.

I am going to do at least one, though I have two different pictures, maybe three, in mind to do. (One of Joe, one of Jun, and one of Ken and Jun.)  And so you'll have to do one or two too.

Oooh, now that I told you what I have in my head, I just GOTS to draw them!

Now...who else can I talk into this...?  Shocked  We need a Gatchaman calendar!  Yay
11  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Zero ratings on: May 13, 2008, 02:39:29 AM
Thanks, Julieann! That does make me feel better...I keep hoping it's only a troll...but you never know...
I just went over and looked and it seems as though Reboekah and Katsesama got hit today, too... poor Katse got two zeroes...

I probably shouldn't say this, because it's going to sound arrogant, but in hopes that you'll find it helpful, Springie, I will.  I know I'm a good artist.  I'm not the best in the world, and there's lots for me to learn, and I make mistakes, but my work is not 0-quality.  So the 0s don't bother me.  They have nothing to do with me.  The internet is filled with miserable, petty people looking for someone else to make miserable, too.  The funny thing is that someone that bitter isn't even going to feel better after doing that, so I can't even say "I hope they feel better now that they did this mean thing to me."  I know they won't.

Everybody who's posted work has wonderful things to offer -- not one person's work is 0-quality.  And I've been through every piece of art on here, more than once!  We are a wonderfully talented group.  (And speaking of Reboekah, she's done a ton of great art she hasn't put up yet...she needs to add some more!)

I have been thinking a lot lately that I need to do more work so I can get better, because practice is the only way.  I guess at the end of the day the only thing that upsets me about the Zero who's posting 0s is that s/he might manage to discourage someone who has a thinner skin, and that would be a real travesty.

Here are a couple of things that make me feel better when I finish something that I feel is crap...it's all about practice! 
http://messa.deviantart.com/art/For-Old-Time-Sake-19448661
http://cataclysm-x.deviantart.com/art/From-2002-to-2007-62360464
12  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: Other Fanfic Fandoms? on: May 02, 2008, 05:16:27 AM
It sounds like you both do a lot of writing outside of Gatchaman/BOTP.

I do; I picked up fanfic (I'm a Gatch/BotP/etc. purist Smile) later in life.

Julieann, was this year your first NaNoWriMo?  I''ve never done it.  I have trouble coming up with ideas!  Bang Head  Have you written mostly shorter works?  (I'm guessing, since you're excited to be over 100K.) Wink

Ebony, do you write any OF, or do you more enjoy doing just the bios?
13  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: Challenge in a Can on: May 01, 2008, 04:18:39 AM
While wandering through a field awash with buttercups, the cow reached a creek and wondered how to cross.

Did I do it right?  Good words.

If I did, I submit the following words: siren, stealth, apricot
14  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: Other Fanfic Fandoms? on: May 01, 2008, 04:08:24 AM
It's a soft sci-fi (possibly YA) story with a teenager named Kelsey Hale (no, not a know-it-all who can do everything better than those around her who have actual experience), who finds out she may not be human after all. Which makes her wonder what else her supposed father has been keeping from her. All set across a backdrop of multiple universes.

Great mini-synopsis.  I'm definitely interested.

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The first line: While other girls her age worried about acne, boyfriends and college, Kelsey Hale's one sole goal in life was to have enough food not to starve, which wasn’t easy when food kept disappearing on her.

Over on Absolute Write, I've been participating in a thread where people post the first 3 lines of their WIP (work in progress), and this is wonderful!  (Better than 90% of what I'm seeing over there, and there are a lot of published folks over there  Clap )
15  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: Other Fanfic Fandoms? on: April 28, 2008, 04:54:58 AM
Oooh, tell us more about your OF (original fiction), Julieann!!  What's your genre, what's it is about, and wow, 100,000 and counting!
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