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  • EverKing
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    Actually, Gray Mouser (btw: on a side note, I just picked up the WW/Borealis "Ill Met in Lankhmar: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Vol 1" with an introduction by Mike. Haven't read any Leiber yet, and am looking forward to it) I didn't realize that DGB was still here! I was out of touch for a while this last year as I was moving around and trying to get my life back in order. When I came back I couldn't find DGB. Now that I know it's still around, I guess I'll just have to work on Rodelkeep...but that won't be for a few weeks. especially since I'm trying to get away from always writting the same ol' fantasy. For most of my writting I've used only four main protagonists, Kein Van Tepes being the second most prevelant (the fist is named Nao'la...I wrote a fantasy/chemistry report on hydrogen bonds using Nao'la).

    Thanks again for all the support and suggestions!

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  • mordenkainen
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    Originally posted by Perdix
    Can someone get me details of 'Adult Swim'?
    Sounds really sleazy.
    Nah. It's just Cartoon Network's not-completely-stupid cartoons hours. Cool stuff, but nothing even close to sleazy :D

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  • xidrep
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    Can someone get me details of 'Adult Swim'?
    Sounds really sleazy. I'd like to see it.
    Go to it, Everking. Much good advice, here: Despite being an 'editor' (pfh!), however, my writing is quite shockingly bad: I found my first 'published' story again yesterday (I'd forgotten about it) in the 1985 'Suttonian' magazine (er, think 'school' and 'local') and I'm getting the distinct feeling I'm getting worse...
    Look forward to your submissions! As LSN says, write for you, not us or some nebulous public, and it's likely to work better...

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  • Grey Mouser
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    Everking, you probably already know this. The old DGB was merged with this forum, so Rodelkeep is still here. :)

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  • A_Non_Ymous
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    As a suggestion, if you are casting around for something to write about, pick something about which you feel strongly as the starting point. Pick characters and a setting to illustrate that starting point.

    It works. You'll be surprised how much you feel you have to say.

    As an example, I suggested a story challenge for people to write a story set in their home town 25 - 30 years in the future. I laid down a ground rule that the story should NOT be about the changes that have taken place, but should REFLECT those changes.

    In part, this was bait for Dee, whom I gather harbors strong negative feelings towards the place of his birth.

    So far, we've gotten 3 pretty nice stories out of him from this challenge.

    LSN

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  • A_Non_Ymous
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    It's free game.

    Just do your best, and let the sheditor sort things out!

    LSN

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  • EverKing
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    Oh wow! Thanks everyone. Here I was just doing my best to convey how impressed I am with everyone here and how pleased I am to be part of it all and what I get is volumes of support and advice that has done the trick that was intended: spur me on! :notworthy:

    Perdix: I will fulfill your request to the best of my ability. Feel no obligation to include the piece(s), although I will write them in a manner worthy of such. I won't be over due! I love cats and I could not bear the thought of being the reason for the suffering of but a single poor feline soul! Are there any particular styles or themes you are looking for, or is it free game?

    As far as ridding myself of the TV...er...well, I watch Adult Swim once or twice a week and occasionally I'll catch something on History, History International, BBC-America, or one of the Discovery channels that piques my interest; but not often. I'm not even going to get into detail about the game console; I haven't owned one since Super Nintendo and I haven't found a video game or computer game I like since the American version of Final Fantasy 3 (FF2).

    Thanks for the encouragement! I have writing to do...

    PS: pupblishers was an enjoyable accident.

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  • A_Non_Ymous
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    I thought of it as "Come to the dark side..."

    It worked for Carter and his inner Rod Steiger, didn't it?

    LSN

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    There's a story that Robert Rodriguez tells on the commentary for one of his films (possibly the second Spy Kids), which I found very inspiring... it involved a pottery teacher who decided to give her class the option of how they would be graded for their work. They could either go for quality or quantity, basically. So half the class set about producing 50 average pots, and the other half set about a single "perfect" pot. At the end of the year, the ones who'd gone for quantity were churning out far better pots than the ones who'd spent the whole year trying to create a single "perfect" pot.

    So, the moral of this story is... er... practice makes perfect. The more work you finish, the better you'll get. I was lucky in that I got a lot of writing practice done in university, with tutors around to point out my mistakes. I'm not sure how good my writing is now, but I know that the stuff I was handing in back then was awful. The first week of a new job is always hell, and the first pots/poems/stories anyone writes will always be a bit crappy, and a bit derivative. But you have to get through that stage before you can find your own style/voice, and figure out how to bring your own obsessions and interests into what you're doing. It's an on-going process sadly... I'll get there one day...

    Yes, there are some cheeky gits who get it right first time, and they can be very discouraging, but I'm pretty sure no one here falls into that category.

    Sorry, I'm ranting again. But P-X is a force for good in this world. Join us...

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  • A_Non_Ymous
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    Don't think about publication. That comes after the process is complete. Think about what you want to write, then shape it and write it as succinctly as you can manage.

    Post it on Enclave if you want comment.

    Don't compare what you do to the work of other people, unless you are interested in trying to copy some trick or effect.

    Read all that you can.

    Set aside time in your day to write and write at least 3-5 sentences every day on the work. (More if you can.) It adds up.

    Publication will take care of itself if you're happy with the work.

    All of the above is personal opinion, of course.

    Mes 0,02 euros.

    LSN

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  • xidrep
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    Everking, your eloquence is more than up to speed. You have exactly two weeks to send me a 1000 word piece and two 100-200 word flashfictions, for consideration for publication in Prototype X.
    For every day you are overdue, I won't feed my new 7 week-old kitten*...






    *Not the second bit. But the first bit stands.

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  • David Mosley
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    Don't sell the PC though, or you may have trouble posting afterwards. :P

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  • mordenkainen
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    sell your game console, too.

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  • Whiskers
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    Let me give you some advice.

    Sell your television or at least the remote.

    Completing some pieces, regardless of their merit, is the key to feeling successful in my experience. Once you've succeeded a couple of times, you may feel enthused to get through those epics you're thinking about.

    Boil your epic down to a 1000 words or so. For you and I, writing very small stories is just the trick. Try a couple of flash fiction pieces, say, 100 to 200 words. Write 6 or 10 of them over the next week and toss them up onto the site for peer review. Don't bite off more than you have time to chew.

    If you're looking to practice, writing about something that you will feel is unique, then write about yourself and one of your experiences that is sure to be different than anything else, and twist into something that's not about you, but about your character.

    Anyone else?

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  • mordenkainen
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    pupblishers
    LOL

    wether it was intentional or not...

    LOL

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