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Work was dead this week, so I did a complete edit of my Cyberpunk WIP. Plot holes are all sealed up and language is smoothed out. Feeling pretty good about it...
Hello Litopians and Happy New Year!
Sorry I haven't been around lately. Had another knock-back when my MS was rejected, but have now resolved to run it past an editor one more time. I've also found an interesting looking indie publisher which is asking for exactly the kind of MG series I'm writing. AND my new copy of W&A Yearbook has arrived, which is always cheering. Onward and onward :-)
I have been drinking, so my social networks and my call list are unsafe from my sometimes cruel honesty. The world can also blame my writer's observation skills for being despairingly on point!
Amber
Amber
Did you drunk post? Can we see these posts?
Rainbird
Rainbird
You will have to have a few more tonight and delight us with your acerbic commentary
To make a big plot change, or not to make a big plot change? That would be today's question.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Yes, that's the thing to work with, using what echoes or chimes. The dead friend is the thing to keep, says the page of cups. The friend pops ups in waking visions or dreams, says the 7 of Cups. Example of this device, TV series 'River'. The back story, and maybe the plan that goes wrong, could it be drip fed that way.
Barbara
Barbara
I haven't seen 'River'. The friend is killed half way during the story. The plan that goes wrong is actually her plan which he gets drawn into to make money. Friend killed, plan over - if that makes sense (it's been a long and fuzzy day). :-)
Amber
Amber
Why choose, do one of each.
Likes: Barbara
My mind has been hijacked by Netflix and I now have two imaginary boyfriends duking it out: the murderous stalker from ‘You’ and the jealous pageant coach from ‘Insatiable’. I actually prefer the stalker in theory, but in practice, since I don’t have a death wish, the pageant coach’s inaccessibility makes him much more my style. I’m drawn to deep weakness. How fiction is born: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
I've set aside fiction to work on my non-fiction, turning my brain off and ordering the 400 pages I've written over the past year and a half. All I have to do is sort it, stitch it, decorate it, and weave in a running theme to give it structure. I'm 200 pages in and still have faith that this will be readable! Ha. Did I mention that many of the 400 pages sound maniacal? Meh. I can always tone it down. This will work.
Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m starting my 2019 out by taking a short reading break after a 50k+ word sprint to finish my cyberpunk MS by the end of 2018. Editing should start in a few months, then querying. This one is remarkably better than any other MS, so fingers crossed that 2019 is my year.

What’s everyone else up to?
I just finally, FINALLY finished the latest editing pass of my primary MS with feedback from @Nmlee and @Rainbird.

...this is the absolute LAST time I am working on this thing. It will succeed or fail as it stands now.
I'd love to learn how you went about getting published by a big league author (apart from the obvious fact that your book is superb). What is the top level piece of advice you can give that could shift a good writer with a good novel into a novelist with a renowned publisher? Thanks.
@AgentPete, what's the situation with copyright about postings that any of us make on the Colony? As I contemplate what to do with my five novels, I'm considering way of self-promotion, including re-activating my dormant WordPress blog, and it would be helpful to use some of the posts I uploaded to the Colony.
AgentPete
AgentPete
Absolutely your copyright! You can do anything you want with your past posts. All you do here is give Litopia permission to show them here (I think this is irrevocable, 'cos pulling down posts from backups etc is nearly impossible, and if we have to restore from a backup, something we'd previously pulled down might easily go back up again).
On today's Pop-Ups there's a murder mystery from Haydn, speculative fiction from Anirudh, a self-help memoir from Sona, horror/noir from Samuel, a thriller from Steve and new adult from Teriah. Join us live at 6pm!
Woah.... that was intense. Just finished the latest re-draft. It feels more right than ever (but who am I to judge? I thought the previous drafts were right too..!)
Anyway, nice to be back *waves*
We've just adopted a little tomcat, 12 weeks old, and our dog is spending every waking moment staring at this creature with such intensity that my head is threatening to explode. I'm absorbing our dog's anxiety and the kids have gone similarly nuts. They've even started waking up early to do their chores, just so that they can spend an extra five minutes staring at the kitten. This situation is not fostering writing.
Kirsten
Kirsten
Pet births and deaths are always dramatic. I'm sorry about your kitty, Emily. I will definitely try to find a camera tomorrow. I am actually quite bad at taking photos!
Kirsten
Kirsten
While investigating the camera situation, I discovered that my kids had downloaded an app which posted their pictures and videos to 400 "followers" that they had quickly accumulated. Damn internet. Now I'm trying to figure out how to erase the account, but they want more personal information to erase everything!! I had planned to email myself a photo from the camera, but now I'm stuck worrying about that app!
Rainbird
Rainbird
All the "eeek"s, Kirsten... Terrifying.
My husband's theory about why my M/S hasn't found an agent yet is because in my 'world' telepathic communication between species is the norm. He thinks, if only the main protagonist has this power, agents might like it more. Sounds clichéd to me.
Quillwitch
Quillwitch
Makes sense when you think of it, because then, where is the challenge if everyone has it? And you have to understand that childrenś and YA books thrive on clichés.
Leonora
Leonora
But my sense was that your novel is a political allegory, so to change that might spoil it. Unless you can do it in a way to bring more cowbell to your idea?
Leonora
Leonora
But my sense was that your novel is a political allegory, so to change that might spoil it. Unless you can do it in a way to bring more cowbell to your idea?
I´m freaking out. I just realized I left my USB at office depot where I went yesterday to make copies. I have 2 completed WIP on the USB and nowhere else!
Carol Rose
Carol Rose
Dropbox is free, too, up until you have a ton of data stored on there and then it's not expensive at all to get more storage. You can access it from anywhere and any device as well. Or if you're on a Mac, just use the cloud. I haven't used USB drives for backup in a dog's age. Too easy to lose the little suckers. Glad you found yours.
Quillwitch
Quillwitch
Thanks Carol, I think dropbox sounds something doable for me.
NoviceWriter
NoviceWriter
Stuff of nightmares... Hope you got the USB back
On today's Pop-Ups there's a mystery from Gerard, memoir from Lisa, a crime thriller from suzanne, literary fiction from Edward, historical intrigue from Alasdair and historical fiction from Gary. Join us at 6pm UK.
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