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RADerdeyn

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  1. Rasman, thanks for the comments. I wasn't completely clear in that the characters in each case of the dungeons are different, so your "recall" comment doesn't quite apply. But, it turns out they do get out in a very different way, so I did have fun with that.
  2. Congrats @EBraten, very nice looking cover. Bad news though, someone else put their name as author on your book 😉
  3. Suspensewriter, I am genuinely sorry for the accident, but like many others, I am sure that, in re-writing your piece, you will be able to improve it. Unfortunately, I am also prompted by that odd little voice inside me. This is too good of an opportunity to pass up, to ask a question that I first saw in a MAD magazine many years ago: If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long would it take for a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick all of the seeds out of a dill pickle? The good new? No answer is really expected.
  4. No hurry Lynn. I pretty much know the rules. I was thinking more in terms of any newer folks who might need to see them, and how the error may give them pause. But, I will reread the rules if ever I can.
  5. Sarah, I'm no expert, but I can share a few thoughts. I sort of lost interest in my first story - for about 20 years. Then, several years ago, I had a very real sense that I was supposed to finish the work. So I did, and I am now on the third book in that series. I think you should ask yourself, why are you writing, or at least why are you writing that particular "fire book". If the reason is that you just want something to do, then finishing that story may not be particularly important. Maybe it was just good practice for the next "important work". If, on the other hand there is a compelling reason for writing that story - you have a story to tell, a message to deliver, or you simply want to give the reading people of the world another enjoyable story to read - then you should finish it. Sometimes, writing is more work than fun, but that almost always passes, especially when the hard work produces something that you envisioned when you started. If you want to finish the work and need encouragement, get a critique partner, or perhaps start the mystery, but only allow yourself to work on it after doing a few paragraphs of the fire book each time. Don't give up, unless doing so gets you to a greater good than finishing the story does.
  6. Oh powers that be, There is still an issue with accessing the Critique Forum Rules that Rebecca posted as a sticky at the top of the forum. If I click on that link, I get: Sorry, there is a problem We're sorry, the topic or section you are trying to access is unavailable at this time due to one of the reasons below. 1) You are a guest or new member. In order to protect the work of our members, the critique forum is only available to established users. 2) You are attempting to access an archived post. If you believe you have received this message in error, please let us know in the Support Forum. Error code: 2F173/H However, I can click into any of the posts and read them with no problems. To paraphrase the palace guard in Hamlet, "Something's rotten in the Critique Forum" Thank you kindly for your attention to this matter.
  7. If I've done all of the above, do I qualify as writing good?
  8. Good advice, Johne, thanks. It's that "just be brilliant" part that has me a little worried, though.
  9. I'm looking for some feedback here from the fantasy crowd. I'm writing a fantasy series targeted at mid-grade and up. It is not epic fantasy, but rather light fantasy - think George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin, or his Phantasties, or perhaps a Narnia-like adventure. In any case, in the first book, the heroine has to try and save a deposed king and queen who are in a dungeon. Then, as I'm writing the third book, I found my characters in another dungeon in a different country. But the female protagonist again has to save a couple of unrelated (but important) characters from that dungeon. The events happen in different ways, but "dungeon" plays a role in both. In one way, I think this is not too bad as it is in different narratives with different characters in different circumstances. On the other hand, how many dungeons are too many?
  10. I belong to a book club of fairly educated readers. We have 4 lawyers, 3 psychologists, a medical doctor, a bishop, an artist, a college literature teacher with a PHD - and then there is me. We read a lot of different types of books - everything from Russian literature to Classics, from Pulitzer and Nobel prizewinners to modern wanna-bes. The interesting thing is, we hardly ever all agree on the quality of a novel. In virtually every case, some will praise a book highly while others try hard to figure out what was the point of reading the story. And, it isn't always the same people on the "great" or "lame" votes. One month someone will love a novel and the next find it hard to finish the selection. My point (and yes, I do have a point ) is that even so-called great literature does not please everyone; nor does it need to. In my humble opinion, if you write a story that brings happiness, understanding, a deeper look at their world, or any number of other possible good outcomes, into one or more readers lives, you have been a success. At present, I am writing fairly simple stories with the hope that some mid-grade or older person will just enjoy reading them. I still remember the fun of getting a new book for a birthday or Christmas or even from the Scholastic book-club at school and being able to settle into a new story. I hope to be able to pass that feeling on to others.
  11. MaryKaithie, I like your question. I am writing a fantasy series that is targeted at mid-grade. but I purposely stick in a more advanced option for words sometimes because I am sure that having the reading be a bit challenging is WAY better than dumbing it down. Even now when I read, (and I've been doing that for a long time) I occasionally learn new words. I really enjoy that experience. I hope my readers will too.
  12. Nicola, I hope you have/had a great day. Happy Birthday!
  13. Well, bully for you Claire! I'm with you suspensewriter
  14. Nicholas, If you had just raised you hand and told us we could have been partying the whole time. Hope you had a great birthday.
  15. I wondered why Alley has been looking more mature these last few months. Happy belated birthday, Alley.
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