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Welcome Noobel Blewd! / Re: Not Exactly New
« on: July 18, 2019, 05:40:26 am »
I think i'm going to haunt this place one a year FOREVER.   I just spent the last 3 hours re-reading stuff.

Love you and miss you all.  *random hugs all around*

Welcome Noobel Blewd! / Re: Not Exactly New
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:11:19 am »
*leaves you all much love*

Embarrassed to say I dropped in a year ago, and promptly disappeared.   Time is...strange.

I've been thinking about you all.  Hope things are good in your universe.

Ara -- book in stores yet?  I wanna read.

Welcome Noobel Blewd! / Re: Not Exactly New
« on: February 03, 2017, 09:41:06 pm »
I don't know -- do I need to strut?  I'm a little rusty.

Glad you're all still alive too.

Welcome Noobel Blewd! / Not Exactly New
« on: January 23, 2017, 10:54:02 pm »
But hey - I'm alive and wanted to say hello.

Been thinking of you all lately.  Happy New Year.

Fan-Based Roleplay / Re: Hogwarts & The Society of Teeth
« on: February 07, 2016, 09:16:16 pm »
It wasn’t uncommon for Nero to hit.  Benji had learned this last year, and he’d also learned to position himself far to the left and out of range when appearing as part of the entourage.  The elder Gryffindor insisted upon being surrounded by adoring fans.  Now that he was head boy, it was no different.  Benji understood that part of Prefect duty meant being seen – an expression of house solidarity – but everyone knew only one Gryffindor was in charge.

Not that it mattered.  One more year and Nero would be gone, replaced by someone else equally blinded by his own popularity.  In the meantime, Benji tried to keep a low profile and out of the way of the stick.  The stick was worse than the wand, hidden behind a smile, and used more often than the carrot.

Benji kept his expression carefully blank while Nero moved to keep the peace.  His eyes scanned the area looking for the potential source of entertainment, the reason why Nero had come.  Benji suspected he found it as Nero’s sister made quick work of her own departure from the bright star.

“I need to get to class,” Benji muttered, Demetria’s movements reminding him of his own schedule.  “Potions.” Hardly something to be excited over, but a necessary evil all the same.   At least it was a blended class, now that NEWTs were over.  He wouldn’t have to put up with as much house rivalry in the interest of science.

He started to drift towards the door.  Not so close to Demetria that it would appear he was following, not so fast as to be perceived as leaving without permission.  He adjusted the book bag on his shoulder, looked out the window and took a few more steps to the door.

Betsy should be around here somewhere…

The sixth year felt a bit like the White Rabbit, late for an important date, but still waiting on Alice, as he inched his way to the exit.

OOC Discussion / Re: HP thread! Interested?
« on: February 06, 2016, 08:29:52 pm »

Benjamin Kyle Wood
Sixth Year, Gryffindor Prefect, 16

The quieter, more thoughful of the twins, he plays Keeper for the Gryffindor team, and maintains a protective air about most things and people.  He has a love for both flaura and fauna - perhaps preferring them to the people around him - which explains why he sometimes slips out of the castle late at night when he should be patrolling.  The forbidden forest has almost as many secrets as Benji.

He's reluctant (if not afraid) to challenge the authority of the headboy.  Indeed he believes the rumors told.  He's secretly always admired Estelle.  One day he'd like to present her with a "cure" which could be the reason he spends so much time making notes and experimenting in the dark night.

(I do hope you all weren't waiting for me.  My posting prowess has not been much of late....)

Hype / Re: Publishing/Querying
« on: January 23, 2016, 07:21:53 pm »
Two pretty good articles:

I've been reading a certain agents twitter.  I was really hoping her Jan 10 tweet was about GW -
"Please send any and all manuscripts for which I can use Fatal Attraction and No Way Out as comps." - but i haven't heard from her so..yeah...hate this process.

For some reason I thought Jill would like this one in particular:

OOC Discussion / Re: HP thread! Interested?
« on: January 21, 2016, 03:47:40 pm »
Dare I even ask what a "bosom friend" is?

Don't wait for me.  Very sick.  I'll catch up if I can but I may just sleep for a week. 

The Player
Name: Beau Winters
Age: 30
Occupation: Strategic Planner for a Fortune 10 Company
Appearance: 5' 11", brown hair, blue eyes.
Personality: Too bright for his own good.  He has a strong sense of responsibility and will cover for the mistakes of others for the good of the department.  He'll work through the holidays so someone else can take vacation (he likes the quiet so there is something in it for him). Currently bored at work, and decided his long term relationship wasn't going anywhere either, so he broke up with his girlfriend right before Christmas.  This has given him some extra time to escape on-line.

The Adventurer
Username: Jordon
Race: Beast Person (fish/serpent/mere)
Class: Mage
Level: (1-100) 81 
Appearance: Fair hair, oversized blue eyes, his skin has a greenish tint and there are gills on his neck.
Gear: Some sort of body armor with a metallic hue.  Knife.  Pouch of magic stones and runes. Experienced with water spells.  (I'll update this later)
Personality: Scholarly.  Thoughtful.  Doesn't talk much - so there is an air of mystery.  Gets down to business, plays and leaves without saying goodbye.
Bio: Distance fighter and strategist.  Recruited because he "plays well" but doesn't clutter the game with chat about personal stuff.

We should start soon, or break will be over.....

If you need another body I could probably recycle past character and a mage/summoner for you -- assuming it doesn't step on any-ones toes.  Procrastinators unite!

Hype / Re: music: let's make some kick ass playlists.
« on: December 21, 2015, 08:25:15 pm »
Stumbled on a new artist while listening to a Billy Joel song.  I like her version, and some of her other stuff, so sharing.

Marianas Trench

Hype / Re: Halloween plans?
« on: October 27, 2015, 04:29:26 pm »
++++See the avatar.  Bask in its amazing halloweenness...

Yeah, that's about it.

And eating...I mean giving out...candy

I love the idea of trunk and treat.  Love it!

Hype / Re: I need a hug
« on: October 27, 2015, 04:17:11 pm »
You can borrow my trebuchet when it gets built, and lob earthworm-cream pies at said editor.

What is a trebucket?  At first I thought catapult but if it only holds something the size of a pie it may not serve my purpose.

Quote from: ara

O.O You... You have another book!?

Yes.  Two actually.  One I wrote with Shadow (called Perfect Crime) and one I re-crafted from a romance RP circa 2004 (called Homecoming).  Neither is as polished as GW, but I'm tempted to write another genre since I obviously can't write mystery.

*continues pity party because I can*

Hype / Re: I need a hug
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:28:59 am »
Yeah, he must be stupid, because my name was on each of my emails and every page of the manuscript.  It was a common misspelling, but yeah, if he can't even get that right....

The bad guy doesn't want Hale dead - that's the point! At least I didn't get the "add some sex to it" suggestion.  I was waiting for that since he prefers "guy fiction" what-ever that is.


*eats cake with mintchip icecream*

On the bright side I did discover an agent yesterday who used to own a minor league baseball team.  If that isn't kismet I don't know what is.   Hopefully he'll read my stuff and be intrigued.  And if not I'll pull out that old romance novel and sell out to Harlequin

Hype / Re: I need a hug
« on: October 26, 2015, 11:27:11 pm »
I need cake too....

So, after 12 emails/which included a minor manuscript revision, I got this today from a prospective agent:

Dear (my real name, but misspelled as usual):  I am as sorry to say as you will likely be to hear it - but I'm afraid this won't work for us. About 3/4 the way through this version I stopped making specific notes because (and this is my main issue) the revenge plot just seemed to be so unnecessarily complicated and elaborate. I started saying to myself - "For God's sake, just get a gun and shoot him."

But since you write so very well, others might feel differently, so please don't take my response as the final word.

It's probably for the best.  If he didn't get why it's so complicated (because the reader is supposed to think Hale is crazy and talking to himself) then he probably didn't really get the jist of the novel, let alone the ending.  The bad guy wins "for god sake".

--- still sad and depressing though.  I don't like this process much.

Hype / Re: If
« on: October 25, 2015, 06:58:43 pm »
If you'd allowed mythical I would have picked dragon.

But, if it has to be real then I'd go very mundane.  House cat.  Sleep 22 hours/day.  No chores.

Fantasy Roleplay / Re: Falling Shadows [Closed]
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:24:31 pm »

"Ora." A beat.  "But that's not your name."  He blinked and wondered over it as the words spilled from his mouth.  Something else not yet revealed like the veil she wore.  "Hum.  Perhaps that is wise.  Names hold power."

The pending question on his lips was held silent as Ollie came barging back in.  Shen lifted a brow over the antics, then moved to help right the cot in the intended place.  The man's reaction to the atmosphere confirmed Shen's own perception of the banked hostility.  Nervousness he understood, one should be cautious with the unfamiliar. But he wasn't used to the clandestine - people tended to be too open with him.  And yet while that was often a source of trouble, he found he preferred it to the new circumstances.

Ollie grabbed his hat and offered instructions.  Shen took a look around and decided perhaps that his presence wasn't welcome after all.  His words about gratitude seemed to have fallen on deaf ears even though her hearing was good.

He raised his voice.  "I'll come and help you," a call to the parting back of the host.

Shen turned back to the woman.  "I can help you as well, but you'll have to ask." And you will when the time comes.  "For the record I wasn't traveling with the wolf, although I will admit that Bowan led me to you.  She seemed to think I needed to find you."  A pause, and step to the door.  "And you are correct.  Pity is not what I'm feeling."

With that he took his leave.  He waved to Gail in the kitchen and went to the door after Ollie.  Fires and forest didn't tend to go well together. He wanted to be sure that this, at least, didn't get out of control.

Fantasy Roleplay / Re: Falling Shadows [Closed]
« on: October 24, 2015, 03:48:05 am »

She was blind.  He didn't realize it at first, distracted by her witty retort over the luggage handle. The smile on his face flickered a little as he considered this new wrinkle.  Maybe that's why the lady of the house thought he might not want to sleep inside, his expression a bit less than enthusiastic.    Surely, no one knew who he was. 

"Mighty kind of you to offer," he said without committing to cot or hammock.  He offered a small bow in deference to the festival.  "I do enjoy a good party. And one should always give thanks to the gods."  The smile returned like he told a joke.  The twinkle in his eyes elicited a return smile from the lady of he house as she went off to her pies.  "Pies, music and dancing.  What more could one ask for?"

His  companion didn't seem emamored by an eve of revelry.  Shen watched her reluctance as the luggage was taken away.  "I'm honored by their hospitality."   He glanced at the humble surroundings.  "Such blessings are often returned."   

Did she think the same?   "Pity that misfortune befell you."  He took stock of her appearance. "Wolves can be vicious if provoked."  His tone implying she might have done something to spur the attack although he knew it wasn't true. 

The were alone now. He started to shadow her as she roamed about the room. "Why were you so far from the road?"

Then he snapped his fingers. "So sorry.  Where are my manners. They call me Shen. And you are?"

Hype / Re: Publishing/Querying
« on: October 16, 2015, 09:43:34 pm »
Well deserved!  Once the title and release date are finalized you need to let us know so we can be first in line.

Hype / Re: I need a hug
« on: October 12, 2015, 07:02:03 pm »
So sorry to hear this Krystal.  I've been in flux with my job for several months so I know a bit about what you are going through.  It's hard to think these things happen for a reason, but I'd lose all hope if I thought otherwise.


Hype / Re: If
« on: October 10, 2015, 08:16:01 pm »
The enterprise with a holodeck and a food synthesizer.  Magic wand - beat that!

Hype / Re: If
« on: October 10, 2015, 05:44:43 pm »

What fictional object would you like to posess?

I'd take pretty much anything created by H.G. Wells --- specifically the nautilus or the time machine

Or, thinking bigger, I'd like my own personal Enterprise.

Hype / Re: If
« on: October 09, 2015, 11:01:41 pm »
If you could live in a fictional world, not of your own creation, which world would it be and why?

I looked at my bookshelf, but I have mostly contemporary fiction and what I would label as "one shots" not exactly fantasy or sci-fi series stuff.  So its hard to say there is a world out there that I lust for beyond this one.

The only "fan fiction" I've really written is Battlestar Gallactica, Harry Potter and X-1999.  So, I could be Starbuck, or Sorata.  Being a student at Hogwartz would be cool - but all the adults in the wizarding world have serious issues, so I'm not sure I'd really want to live there long term.

(edit) -- I went to my son's bookshelf.   I could totally do Percy Jackson's world and be a demi-god. I'd have to think on parentage though, but that would sort of be cool to be questing all the time...

If you could be any fictional character, which character would you choose? No, you can not pick one you've made or one that has been made specifically for you.

Indiana Jones

or Rick from Casablanca, or Sam Spade --- I like Bogart.  He's a survivor, great come-back dialogue and snazzy dresser.

Fantasy Roleplay / Re: Falling Shadows [Closed]
« on: October 03, 2015, 10:50:05 pm »
The people here lived simply.  He liked that.  Shen never really understood why people wanted so many things when nature could provide what they needed.  Here he sensed a core set of values based more on fortune and fate, rather than opportunity.

It didn’t surprise him that he was easily accepted into the village.  Rarely did people shun Shen’s smile and obvious friendly demeanor.  The curve of his lips came naturally, rather than cultivated.  Bowan had made this all too easy.  Everyone loved a hero, even if they were covered with fur.

Good thing.  He glanced up at the sky and noted the time.  The moon would be full tonight.

Long strides took him towards a house in the center of the village.  Humble, but obviously the home of someone important given its size and the location near the water.  Bowan had further served him by picking well, although he doubted she would have admitted to any calculation.  He hadn’t been lying when he mentioned she favored the ‘young ones’.

His fingers gently stroked her ear as he kept pace with the group.  The mother and boy had rushed ahead.  Already he could hear the hurried explanation to the woman standing in the door.  Family member? Guest?  All too soon the woman and boy moved further inside, leaving Shen with the other man, and the obligation to display his luggage carrying prowess to the woman with the veil who remained in the doorway.  He refused to admit he found it disconcerting that he could not see her face.  He didn’t need the gentle nudge from Bowan to advise that he’d found the victim from the night before.  His astute senses caught a hint of magic, although he suspected it was more an ability to manipulate the flow than anything one would label as casting.

“Hello,” he offered, deliberately choosing not to reveal his name or identity.  “No walking stick, but the bag, coat and bedroll are here.”  Shen bent his elbows to lift the burden a bit higher in an awkward wave.  He found it curious that she was completely covered.  What would she need the coat for? 

“The bone handle is rather curious.  Caught my eye.  What sort of animal is it?”

He stopped just short of offering to make her another walking stick to fill in the gap.  He wasn’t quite sure where the urge came from and that further stilled his tongue.

Bowan let out a low growl.  Her nose lifted to sniff the air and her tail swished.  Shen offered a small tweak to her ear, but that wasn’t enough to calm her.  The wolf sprinted off into the woods, in the direction from which they came. 

For the first time, Shen’s smile faded.  “She’ll be back,” he said, but whether the thought was to explain, or offer himself some confidence in the fact, it was difficult to tell.

Hype / Re: Publishing/Querying
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:20:07 pm »
I'll give you one, Beau, because I have no spreadsheets or information yet since I'm not at that point.

Link is:

I saw the name when browsing google for mystery agents in literature, and I just liked this one since they mentioned debut authors. So, if I were in your shoes, they sound like someone I'd consider.

I just sent the info to Amy Cloughley.  We met last year at a pitch event in San Francisco.  Got a good vibe.  So, basically I sent off 10 others, and tried really hard to do hers without any typos or misquotes.

Now, I'm gonna try hard not to be sick since I think she'd be really good to work with.  Rejections should start rolling in about 2-4 weeks from now.

OK.  Enough wining.  I'll go write something else now....

Hype / Re: goals/accomplishments
« on: September 18, 2015, 06:13:31 pm »
1) revise chapters 27/28 of my novel by Sunday
2) Send one query letter (selected recipient) by 7/15
3) Start editing Royal Series --- again -- -Aug 1


1) All but last three pages of Chapter 28 are done.  Might finish this weekend and send to Ara and Pere
2) I did 4 last weekend, figured out how to do a 5th, but needed a printer so, I'll say 4.5 down.  Working on more today.  If I get to 10 I get to write post for Pere
3) Massive fail.  Halloween is new target.  Too much going on at work to really focus....

OOC Discussion / Re: The Woodland Wounds - Horror rec
« on: September 03, 2015, 05:56:01 pm »
Oh no....He didn't win again did he?

Epicenter / Re: OOC Oct.1 -
« on: September 03, 2015, 05:54:10 pm »
Where are my marshmallows?

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