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by Sam Hidaka
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: The map of my fantasy world and some past submissions.
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Re: The map of my fantasy world and some past submissions.

Lance, You're probably not going to like what I have to say, but I am trying to help. There is a huge difference between writing a story . . . and writing commercial fiction. To have a chance in this contest, you have to write the kind of stories that would sell to professional-level science fiction...
by Sam Hidaka
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 64022

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Is it Irish...? ... Basically, needed to make a cover that let potential readers know it's a fantasy novel ... It's probably just me . . . But that cover said to me: historical fiction, set in Ireland during the Middle Ages or early Renaissance (can't get a better feel for the era without seeing th...
by Sam Hidaka
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 64022

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Is it immoral to bring up the novel i just published? TARNISH is a 128,000 word fantasy novel about a 16-year old venturing out into the real world with his head full of the legends of his father and mentor. Most of the story is about Wil, the young hero, though the old retired heroes (who don't qu...
by Sam Hidaka
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4969
Views: 968404

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

And when I read words, I can't not hear them. Which is why I kind of don't understand how one speed reads. I read at marginally faster than I speak, because that's the most practical, enjoyable rate for me to hear the words at. Well, it appears that a critical factor is 'eyespan'. This is how many ...
by Sam Hidaka
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Please help me pick a cover :)
Replies: 9
Views: 3162

Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Of the two, I think the one for "Contact Made" fits better.

However, I like the illustration in the Gazette more than I like either of those two.

Sam
by Sam Hidaka
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Baen's "Exploding Spaceships" contest
Replies: 2
Views: 2186

Baen's "Exploding Spaceships" contest

I should have posted this earlier in the month . . . but I just thought of posting it here. Baen Books is currently having an "Exploding Spaceships" contest, for anyone who wants to try developing a 3 - 5 second spectacular 'sploding spaceship scene. Details: http://baen.com/contests-july2...
by Sam Hidaka
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221733

Re: Five Minute Rant

Ugh. Forget I said anything. I thought this was a RANT thread. Guess not. There's nothing wrong with your rant. In fact, it's a pretty common sentiment. It's just that people who've been at this longer than you have are trying to share the benefits of their experiences. Thomas K Carpenter, a new an...
by Sam Hidaka
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221733

Re: Five Minute Rant

{ snipped by SH } My only complaint is always getting a form rejection. I'd like to become a better writer through failure. Oh, and I don't want to hear the excuse "I get hundreds of stories each month, I can't give personal feedback on all of them." Bullshit. I have 40 students, each of ...
by Sam Hidaka
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807328

Re: Success!

... After years of hesitating about writing hard SF (people said it doesn't sell and I felt I couldn't do it because I'm no specialist in anything relating to space), there were two things that made me change my mind ... I think the notion that hard SF doesn't sell is incorrect. It's not that hard ...
by Sam Hidaka
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 123332

Re: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!

I cut out the plot summary in my quote box. He actually said what his story was specifically about in his post above, which I see is still there, and I think that's a lot of info to be making public, and on the contest's own forum, no less. It's supposed to be judged blindly; they can't do that if ...
by Sam Hidaka
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 123332

Re: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!

I think the current Nebular award-winning novel, The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi should stir up a storm. Much as I've loved the author's short stories, and agreed with the accolages they received, his first novel is no masterpiece. Many untied threads, wandering focus, breaks in believability, slight...

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