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by Grayson Morris
Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 46898

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

For me, the best kind of story is the one that makes you so immersed in it that you forget you're reading a story and you feel like you're actually there. So I suppose that's beautiful prose for me. How interesting...I agree completely with your first sentence. Rather than define writing that does ...
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 46898

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

Aaron, you're right, LeGuin's writing is lovely. I just don't think "beautiful prose" when I think of her, because her writing so captivates me and pulls me into her stories. Annie mentioned Robin McKinley, another huge favorite of mine, and again, another writer I've never thought of as w...
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 46898

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

FWIW, I wouldn't say LeGuin, Card, or Butler write "beautiful prose"; it's never occurred to me as a way to describe their writing. But they write damned compelling prose. Every time I open one of their books to study how they do what they do, I forget what I'm doing within two pages and r...
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 151489

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

Oh....wow....that beetle typewriter...that must have been Edgar Allan Poe's. I swear, the dark creepy would just POUR out of my fingers if I had that kind of inspiration under them.
by Grayson Morris
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 46898

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

The authors I love the most and whose books I will reread are the ones where I forget I'm reading someone's writing. Both clumsy writing and "beautiful" writing make me aware of the author, which I think is a bad thing. A little beauty in one's phrasing can be a good thing, but I don't wan...
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1230725

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I came second. Marina (a woman anyway, and I'm pretty sure it was Marina) came first, and a male was third. Wait a second now....what color was her hair? How tall was she? How old was she? Though I'd love to see Marina win. Hmmm...that third "male" winner: are you sure? Because my first p...
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 600
Views: 288361

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Wow, his work is amazing. Annie, does he know about this contest?
by Grayson Morris
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: How to put live hyperlinks in signature?
Replies: 9
Views: 8152

Re: How to put live hyperlinks in signature?

In BBCode, the tag is [ url ] (without the spaces inside the brackets).

So you want [ url="http://www.zazzle.com/teamsnark*" ]Writer swag[ /url ] without spaces.
by Grayson Morris
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: How to put live hyperlinks in signature?
Replies: 9
Views: 8152

Re: How to put live hyperlinks in signature?

The url code should work. Perhaps you have too many lines in your sig? Then it would be ignored.
by Grayson Morris
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

izanobu wrote:(though Daily SF can't be *that* picky, they've bought like 5 stories from me and I'm a hack...)


Hey! Stop that!
wotf051 <---- *me beating the Sneaky Horses of Writing Doubt to a pulp*
wotf028 wotf044 <---- *then pumping them full of ammo for a thorough job*
by Grayson Morris
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

Woo hoo Patty!! Fantastic. Can't wait to read it! (I am a HUGE fan of Patty's fiction.)
by Grayson Morris
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Strycher! Well done. I look forward to reading it.
by Grayson Morris
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Connie Willis
Replies: 13
Views: 6464

Re: Connie Willis

I always assume someone who voraciously attacks someone else in an "and the kitchen sink, too!" way has some personal beef with them that has nothing to do with the ostensible "problem."
by Grayson Morris
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 159292

Re: Cover Workshop

Even for NASA images that are free to use: are they free to use for commercial purposes?
by Grayson Morris
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2988
Views: 649126

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I understand what George is saying, and though I agree with you, Martin, that "it does the cold of the bear" sounds delightful, what it doesn't sound is English. It would only work for representing a non-native speaking the local language, to highlight their non-nativeness. If you tried to...
by Grayson Morris
Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1230725

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Oh, Damon, YAY! You're in! So glad to hear it.
by Grayson Morris
Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2988
Views: 649126

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Michael!
by Grayson Morris
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 159292

Re: Cover Work Shop

1) Yes, I get an undwerwater vibe, from the bubbles and the fish. 2) I like the all-blue version better. The yellow emphasis gives me cognitive problems with the moon (is it behind her? in front of her? Am I seeing through her?) and the tree (similar). 3) Yes, because the moon is now definitely not ...
by Grayson Morris
Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 141258

Re: Analog Submissions

It depends on the magazine. Abyss & Apex is always looking forward to your next submission. John Joseph Adams rarely is: when he says he is, you've reached his top-tier form rejection.
by Grayson Morris
Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1230725

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Stewart, you hairy nincompoop.

(See Analog thread for context.)
by Grayson Morris
Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 141258

Re: Analog Submissions

Oh, no, Stewart, that's exactly how mine read, too. Those darned form rejections!

At least they often include a coconut macaroon, which is tasty.
by Grayson Morris
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2988
Views: 649126

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Nice to meet you, and welcome, Vor!
by Grayson Morris
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 600
Views: 288361

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Data point for Meghan: I read e-books on my smartphone using the Kindle app, and buy exclusively through Amazon.
by Grayson Morris
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1230725

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Yes, the average sci fi judge's attention span is only 4 inches...wait, I think I may be getting that confused with something else...
by Grayson Morris
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1230725

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Just got feedback from two alpha readers that made my Q1 a better story. I'm thinking it'll be ready to submit early next week.
by Grayson Morris
Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 600
Views: 288361

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Yay, Scott! Arresting cover art, and wow: what a description. Very evocative. I'm hooked.

(BTW: It cost me $3.44 in the Netherlands -- I'm not completely sure on this, but I think somewhere you can indicate that the $0.99 price is worldwide.)
by Grayson Morris
Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 141258

Re: Analog Submissions

For those of you overseas who might worry (as I do) about paper copies lost in transit, you can e-subscribe to Asimov's, Analog, and F&SF through Amazon's Kindle store.
by Grayson Morris
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

Not to be anal, but for posterity's sake...the way you quoted me and JLM, Kyle, it looks as though *I* said I had something coming up at SH soon, which is not the case. (Alas!) That would be the lucky (and clearly talented) JLM.
by Grayson Morris
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

JLM wrote:I've got something coming up at Strange Horizons next month. I've got pterodactyls in my stomach at this point.

I bet you do! What a coup. I'd love to sell to them. So far all I've managed to do is hit Jed Hartman's sore spots.
by Grayson Morris
Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1083377

Re: Success!

Thanks so much, guys! This has been a very encouraging experience...I've gotten two e-mails and one blog comment from total strangers telling me how much they liked the story, plus some wonderful comments on the FB page. Wow...maybe I'm OK at this writing thing after all. Huh.

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