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by orbivillein
Thu May 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Over-thinkers Anonymous
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Over-thinkers Anonymous

Stories stray when what a given story is actually, truly, really about wants to be realized. The tangible action strives for a complete process, meantime, the subconscious wants to be heard. Subtext is a story's subconscious. Without subtext that is congruent to and opposite of a tangible action, a ...
by orbivillein
Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma

Scrivener's Windows' release is a year old and developed by a second party, the original developed for Mac. Mac and Windows have never played together well. Cross platform and application compatibility issues are inevitable. And Scrivener's more useful proprietary codes and formats are more likely t...
by orbivillein
Wed May 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 6425

Re: Contest Questions

Questions satisfied. What they say about curiosity killed the cat; satisfaction brought it back. Thanks!
by orbivillein
Tue May 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 6425

Re: Contest Questions

Hi, Wolf Moon, Do winners receive, say, 1099s from Author Services or Galaxy Press? If so, do the numbers only reflect prize money and anthology paid publication, or do the numbers include travel and room cash values? Questions not intended to elicit private and monetary data, rather a generic what ...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?

my protagonist, who is a story-teller, recently re-told a story by the Brothers Grimm. it was largely paraphrased, and also obviously wasn't in the original German. i, the author, clearly stated that it wasn't his story but rather one that he was familiar with, but my protagonist passed it off as h...
by orbivillein
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Dialogue Tips

4. How to make writing do two things at once... Writing dialogue that tells the character in the story one thing, and the reader who's had the advantage of reading 28 chapters before the conversation, two things The more complex dialogue, etc., matter. SUBTEXT, Subtext, subtext, s------, and dramati...
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Your first -- "Ozmandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley, Dame Mary Shelley's spouse.

Your second -- "Hills Like White Elephants," Ernest Hemingway.
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: How do you write eloquently?

  Angry girl on fire, she fumed over the brim out of the O'Rickie's Tavern there to 10th and Live Oak Street.     Crackholes.     Wasn't that drunk.   Next to Susie's Cakes and Sweet Dreams.     Big fat dream sick lies.   The poodlehead taxi driver parked at the curb said he didn't drive drunks. &qu...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Dialogue Tips

2. How to make dialogue read smooth, natural, and to your personal style (> not clunky) 3. How to avoid cliche, and the services that can help identify cliche writing for you Smooth, natural, and personal style dialogue orients around personal idiolects. An idiolect is already a personal dialect its...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?

The uses of other creators' intellectual property may be limited to brief incidental content, allusive, that is, for other review, education, and criticism purposes otherwise. Uses for parody, lampoon, and social commentary are broad exceptions to intellectual property infringement limitations. &quo...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: How do you write eloquently?

William Faulkner, Light in August, 1932, and "Pantaloon in Black," Go Down, Moses, 1942, seven interrelated short stories, both Random House.

Read all of Cormac McCarthy's novels. I favor No Country for Old Men, 2005.
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Dialogue Tips

1. How to fuse World Building and Characterisation into dialogue 5. Dialogue tips for short stories exclusively, full-length novels exclusively, and everything in between World building's best occasion is when incidental to the action of the moment, extends to larger parts, and overall. Plus, that a...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Eloquence (noun): " 1 : discourse marked by force and persuasiveness; also : the art or power of using such discourse 2 : the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness ( Webster's 11th ). By force is meant emphatic expression and emphasis amplitude progression. By persuasiveness, for pro...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Dialogue Tips

This below response to number 6 of the original post, more to come for 1 through 5. Distinguishable dialogue types and melds of several include: Echo: speakers echo each other's diction and syntax, or one or the other, at least congruent expression mode echoes, for alignment and rapport persuasion, ...
by orbivillein
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 14
Views: 795

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

From mental composition to raw draft processes suffer from missed-the-page disease and inconsistent craft skills due to raw drafts are little more than outline summary and explanation sketches -- tells. The dramatic craft facet wanted next or in the first instance is show's reality imitation sequenc...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

The general science fiction culture consensus only distinguishes by science type, not by fantasy or otherwise real-world or fantastic science and technology "enabling devices", like faster-than-light spaceship drives: " Hard Science Fiction " Wikipedia ; among many others, reader...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

In Soft Science Fiction, artificial gravity is produced by gravity plates and repulsor or attractor fields. Sometimes, the author doesn't mention it at all, leaving the reader to wonder what fantastic mechanism keeps characters on the floor. Soft Scifi, or Fantasy in space, doesn't need to adhere t...
by orbivillein
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

A thought about artificial gravity, of whatever type, does life require tidal flux for metabolism triggers, from ebb flushes and flood inflows? Extant real-world ebb and flood cycles, of course, follow lunar and solar tide cycles, lunar more so. Sagan noted some degree of variable tidal force might ...
by orbivillein
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to handle lots of characters?
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: How to handle lots of characters?

Consider how many close acquaintances you can manage. What, six, twelve? Magic numbers, by the way, Seven Samurai, thirteen diners at the Last Supper. Seven also happens to be the usual number for an ensemble cast of main characters. Anyway, more than seven or so personal relationships causes shortf...
by orbivillein
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?

A central question, also known as dramatic question, as I learned, is what will happen, sort of plot, though other transformations, too. For example, mystery's conventional dramatic question is who done it. Thriller, why who done it. Romance, will they or won't they . . . Western, will the rugged in...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?

Publisher submission guidelines occasion whether a given publication considers self-published stories posted on a personal website first publication rights expended. Some say yes, some say nothing, a very few say no. Too many publications to sort those and links out from among the fray. Everyday Fic...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Reading vs writing
Replies: 13
Views: 1571

Re: Reading vs writing

Reading and study of writing overall, plus motion picture narratives, and other arts that inform writing growth, editor work, etc., for me, consume a hundred times more time than narrative creation.
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: brain chips
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: brain chips

Don't know of any real-world analogues for evolution to adapt to a foreign object. An opposite example might be a hand that evolved a strap for a sling, an atlatl, a hammer, a lance, a lasso, etc., and never did despite eons of such tool and weapons' uses. Instead, opposable thumbs evolved beforehan...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 21149

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wrestled with myself about whether I'm still eligible, whether to submit, whether I even had anything to submit. Portal is still open and I'm so, so tempted. This contest meant a lot to me. And I really wanted to do 4 in 35. But at this point, sitting on five pro-paying publications with another to...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?

When I studied astrophysics, course materials included companion application and software discs that were bundled with textbooks, websites for exercises and assignments, too. The courses explored the cosmos, and the apps and such did pieces of what you want -- way back in unstable hand-me-down stepc...
by orbivillein
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 21149

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

My way to cope, transcend even, is to ask why did this perform below wanted level and -- and -- the way of dramatic movement incitement, follow-thru, and satisfaction -- plot, that is -- strong motivation to answer why and don't do and do do whatever why. Emotions channeled into growth.
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing

My top hurricane motif chuckle is that weather-news bureaus send out storm-naive correspondents to cover on-scene events. Send those who don't know so their emotions are genuine and high strength, so the public gets the message that hurricanes are not to be taken lightly. Been through dozens of hurr...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 21149

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

. . . I feel drained after writing my Q4 story. I took it easy the middle 2 quarters of this year but Q4 I went all in. Usually I finish a story bored and ready to move onto something more exciting but this time I am not sure what comes next. I need some time. I am in a weird transitional stage whe...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?

Celestia is a 3-D animated celestial freeware program that offers viewable results from user developed scenarios, objects, models, and scripts. Steep learning curve and no fact checks, though. A planet and three moons, probably other planets, maybe many moons and planetesimals, comet clouds, asteroi...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Space Force
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Space Force

To declare a military space mission gives away extant strategies and installations, methods and sources, too. Plus, once realized, adversaries of less rocket science competence join extant multidimensional battle theater competitors, learn force multiplication's true methods and advantages, and affo...

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