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  1. TDDracken

    What's Your Novel On?

    If you send me a PM with your email I can invite you to the WIP Gdoc.
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    tech support Disappearing Messages

    When I switch from one page to another in the same PM conversation I catch a glimpse of a post as everything scrolls but the post is hidden when the page finishes loading. It might have something to do with the transition effect.
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    Author Website

    Nice looking website so far! And for those needing websites of their own, when I was still running my game studio I built my website with Wix. They have a paid add-on that lets you tack your own domain to the site and an option to remove their branding from the site. Their website builder is very simple to use and has a lot of helpful add-one to customize your site with things like mailing lists, page view counters, and SEO optimization. It's worth checking out if you need a good looking and easy site.
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    just published My Books Out Now!!

    Congrats!
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    What's Your Novel On?

    Well, providing it doesn't matter on whether the novel is one specifically for National Write a Novel Month, I do or do not have something to share. I've just mostly put more emphasis on my writing this month so far and have managed three chapters per week, a very big accomplishment for me, with hopes of getting a fourth in this week. Mine is a sci-fi novel that takes place within an increasingly dangerous galaxy. To set it up here is a basic description of what is the central nation for this story: ============================================= Corinth is the home world of the Corinthian races, beast-like branches of the human race, and serves as the capital for Beast-Human settled worlds who have chosen to come together under the banner of the Corinthian Confederation. The Confederation's governing body is called the Corinthian Central Government, or CCG for short, which also is used as an alternate name for the confederation as a whole. Beyond the CCG lies the Corinthian Frontier, a large lawless area of space surrounding the CCG worlds that were settled during a period of unregulated and uncontrolled colonization of space. So many people left Corinth during this period that the economy the CCG came dangerously close to complete collapse. The Frontier had become increasingly dangerous as the half of the Frontier separating the CCG from the interior of the galaxy has been organized by two opposing powers. In Quadrant 1 lies the Teresfall Empire, which was founded and ruled a renegade geneticist and scientist, Adravious Noroban. Quadrant 2 has been increasingly dominated by the vicious Black Thorn pirates who have assimilated numerous other pirate and raider bands in response to the threat posed by Noroban to their interests. The danger has escalated to the point where the only safe way to traverse through the Frontier is to be accompanied through the Median Trade Routes by escort fleets operated by the CCG. If the situation were to degrade much further to escalate further, the CCG faces the possibility of being nearly being cut off from the rest of the galaxy. The first book centers on the first meeting and coming together of a team at the CorCent Military Academy. They are determined to make it into space together as Sanctioned Mercenaries capable of going wherever they're needed while at the same time operating under the rules and regulations set forth by the CCG. ======================================= The central characters in the book thus far are: Tarvin Dracken - A gray Fox and the latest in a family of Sanctioned Mercenaries who had migrated to Corinth after a tragic disaster that he bares evidence of in the form of a long scar on the right side of his face. Traken Zephier - A confident and cocky Badger with somewhat of a checkered past that landed him in a reform academy in his youth. After reforming, he excelled and managed to test into CorCent, the top military academy in all of Corinthian Space. Sharon Dell - A beautiful Ring Tailed Cat and an unlikely cadet who, beyond being the victor in a youth mixed martial arts competition, was also a champion gymnast, youth beauty pageant victor, and actress who participated in numerous plays and had minor roles in two movies. Rufus Icelin - A technical genius and friend of Tarvin's who managed to get into the academy with hopes of leading a life other than being confined to a lab in his family's business. Cosmos Firin - A genetically modified Corinthian Fox with pawed feet, two large wings, and unnatural coloration. She was adopted by a top Corinthian General after being rescued from a black market genetics facility as a young child. With the help and tenacity of her father, she was able to test and earn her way into CorCent with the hope of proving herself despite her status of a Mod. June Suen - A genetically modified Corinthian Leopard of giant stature possessing immense strength and a massive twelve foot tale capable of being used as a whip-like weapon. Like Cosmos, she was able to become eligible for testing with the help and backing of some influential backers. Her dream is to be able to put her talents to use and help wherever she can. Timpt Sirin - A Red Panda of small stature, 4'5". At 18 he had already become a master of stealth infiltration under the instruction of his parents and adopted Uncle. It was his antics and scheme of seeking out interesting individuals to potentially open new potential doors for his future that planted the seeds for the formation of the group. Under the leadership of Tarvin Dracken, the group organized and entered into an academy system-wide tournament called the Grand Tournament Games. After passing the initial testing they were given the name of Team 27 and became the first team of first year cadets to pass all required testing for formation of a team before their first semester ever began. Drifters: Origins tells the tale as the members of Team 27 and other key figures work toward their goal of entering into space as a Sanctioned Mercenary team. It will cover the first year of their academy life.
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    Christian Writers Market Guide: What Is It?

    Good to hear! I hope to be getting a sub for it... In about 31 days! ...Is it really that close already?
  7. TDDracken

    Happy Turkey-leftover Day!

    lol. I think she meant sending Photoshop to make food here!
  8. TDDracken

    Wwii Brainstorming

    I don't know if it would play into what you have in mind, but I'm a bit of a war and strategy buff. One of my favorite video series to watch growing up was 12 Crucial Turning Points of WWII. Anyway, on to the point of this yammering. While I don't know anything about romance (sci-fi/fantasy type here) I do know that WWII involves a great many of aspects that can affect the life and romance of characters. The war was long, horrible, and involved a lot of upsets in daily life. Things like rationing, food shortages, bombings, raids or skirmishes nearby, drafts, and more all could have great impacts on characters depending on the angle you want to have. Such as the life of characters being turned upside down when the front line of the war reaches their village and they're forced to flee. Drafting of a lover, deserting soldier hiding out who is later forced to stand for his convictions or go against his own nation to protect the one he loves. There's any number of possibilities. If you want to go that route, it would be important to research any major battles that took place around your chosen settings, and that alone could be a major story driver in terms of how your characters adapt and deal with it. Any important figures that were in or around that area may be good to look into for a touch of realism. Mentioning concurrent or recent events that would be common knowledge at the time, if you can do so without it being forced, may help to make your own narrative more believable, and perhaps a part of the larger conflict. Okay, done rambling now.
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    Christian Writers Market Guide: What Is It?

    I was thinking that myself. It would be better than dealing with a book that could be potentially out of date within... Days if agents are fickle enough.
  10. TDDracken

    Happy Birthday, Eclayrowe!

    Happy-happy birthday! Hey!
  11. TDDracken

    Christian Writers Market Guide: What Is It?

    I checked early on and it isn't in our local library. Not even out Christian Bookstore carries it,
  12. TDDracken

    Christian Writers Market Guide: What Is It?

    So the recommendation is to go for the subscription version, then? I assume that it's regularly updated?
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    Christian Writers Market Guide: What Is It?

    Do they go through the trouble of weeding out all the agents who aren't accepting unsolicited manuscripts? That's been the most difficult chore for me. There's so many out there online but most of them that cover what I've written don't want new clients.
  14. It's been about two weeks since my submission to an agent and about one since my submission to a publisher. Even though I'm waiting with baited breath on those two fronts, I'm trying to figure out what else I can do to find leads on getting Razmataz Rigamoraz into consideration somewhere. One of the places I was referred to before was the Christian Writers Market Guide. I haven't been able to find one in any local book store and have no idea if it would be something worth spending money on. Is there anyone here who subscribes to the online version or who has the book that can tell me more about what's in it? At the moment, all I'm interested in is finding any possible leads/inroads to get my work in considered by someone, whether agent or publisher, and past the vast pile of competing manuscripts they're sure to have laying around. As a side question, if you do have connections and would like to help, would you mind sending me a PM? I promise to keep any help/advice that you don't want to make public strictly confidential.
  15. Rain is fine for Texans. The threat of ice is what does it. Take it from a relocated Texan.
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