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Thomas Davidsmeier

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  1. I tried the same thing and got the same response. It looks fun though.
  2. Just as a factual clarification, one of the reasons they are impeaching him is because one of the punishments available after an impeachment conviction is being barred from running for office again. This is not available as a punishment for a regular criminal trial. I personally believe there are other reasons, but this probably is not the venue to discuss them.
  3. Men and women are very different from each other. We were made for completely different roles by our Creator, and we've filled completely different roles for all of recorded history. Women are more verbal and passive. Men are more spatial and active. They tell stories two completely different ways. Women now dominate the book publishing industry where text is passively consumed. Men dominate video games where visual/spacial media are used as a form of competition. There is no such thing as winning or losing a book. It not so much that men have be
  4. Unconvincing and insipid is generous much of the time. Men don't live "clean" lives. Most of our greatest battles and struggles are against filth and the dredges of the world.
  5. Good to meet you, Eric! The first draft of the first book is the toughest. Sure you've got a lot of work ahead of you, but you're rolling now.
  6. @Claire Tucker have you read Story or Dialogue by Robert McKee? He's one of the inspirations for the Story Grid guys, and I like a point that he makes in Dialogue that is kind of in opposition to that split that the Story Grid guys describe. McKee says that every decision and action (even if it is only a mental decision and words being verbalized inside the character's head) make a beat and that we need to be aware of our beats whether they are up or down and whether they are building properly within a scene. He seems to see it as a more wholistic approach, though he does talk about the subtex
  7. I actually think they do the "Inner" part of the content leaf wrong because they aren't Christians and so have very faulty models of what is going on during the inner conflict of real humans. But, they are just breaking up internal conflicts into particular named plot types and categories. For example, they consider a Redemption plot to be a plot that falls under the big category of "Morality." Redemption plots "turn" on the value of "Lost vs Saved." There are other specific plot types that fall under that "Morality" category that "turn" on different values like the Testing plot which turns on
  8. First, I'd highly suggest you consider picking a genre and adapting what you have as close to it as possible. You'll probably find the exercise more fun than you expect, and you'll get more readers who will give your book a shot that way. (That's assuming you are motivated by having others read your work. You can write just for yourself if you want...) Next, if you have a genre, you usually get a main conflict for free. For example, Action/Adventure = Life vs Death, Romance = Love vs Loss (Acceptance vs Rejection), Mystery = Justice vs Injustice, Horror=Life vs A Fate Worse Than De
  9. Have them act out the battle scenes with foam spears and swords and wooden shields. Just a possibility...
  10. It depends on your purpose. If you want to sell books, you should look at books that sold very well. One that I would suggest looking at that most folks don't think of is Green Ember. It is about bunnies. With swords and magic. Not kidding. These books will, by and large, be what authors often think of as "poorly written" because we focus so much on the little picture of line edits and prose style. But, these books that succeed all have engaging, page-turning stories that keep readers guessing about what will happen to characters that fulfill well known tropes and roles with the g
  11. Hi Vance, We trade completed works back and forth on occasion. If you've ever heard of LitRPG, that's the genre I'm currently working in. I'd be willing to trade back and forth with you to see if there is a mutually beneficial need.
  12. Good job, Sarah! Nice twist. I voted for you. I'm on their email list and saw the contest. It was a weird prompt for me. Still, I wrote a nice little opening to a novel. But, I forgot to put my entry up in time. I actually really liked the idea I had, I was actually gonna try a Christian Horror story based on my objections to the genre when someone brought it up. Yours feels like a complete flash fiction, I hope that's what you were going for.
  13. I draw decently well despite little official education in the area. So, I will often draw characters or layout battle scenes or draw locations for different parts of my novels. Here's some stuff I've made because I'm shamelessly fishing for complements. I'm also available for commissions and projects. I'm still working at learning how to do book covers though, as you remember with my most recent WIP. That is a surprisingly difficult task.
  14. Book covers are where this all smashes up together. It is because the ~$300 cost seems to be the hurdle for a lot of us hobbyist authors. We can't justify that kind of out of pocket for something that might sell single digits of copies because we don't know what we're doing!!!
  15. I've always found it a little disturbing how much I enjoy writing villains. But, I think I've been afraid of giving them free rein, of getting them right up to the edge of winning before the good guy can beat them back. But Darth Vader really is the perfect example. You think he's invincibly automatically evil until his humanity undoes him. I think I need to do a better job on the invincible aspects. I'm being too sympathetic to my heroes and it makes the story suffer.
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