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November 1, 2011

Susan Kaye Quinn is a regular here at Author's Echo and one of my critique partners. She writes, she blogs, she mothers, and I understand she once politicked and rocket scienced (it's a word now -- shut up). Her new novel Open Minds, which I talked about yesterday, is out now, and to celebrate, Susan wrote like a billion blog posts.



Her book is awesome because it's about a world of mind readers and hidden mindjackers (who control minds). This guest post is cool because it talks about how...
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Published on November 01, 2011 04:46 • 9 views

October 31, 2011

Susan Quinn is a regular here at Author's Echo and (I'm proud to say) one of my critique partners. She wrote this book. It comes out tomorrow.



It's pretty cool.



Title: Open Minds

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Published: 2011

My Content Rating: PG-13 for make-outs, tense situations, and the occasional bullet



In a world where everyone can read minds, Kira is a zero -- a freak who can't read or be read. When she accidentally controls her best friend's mind, nearly killing him, sh...
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Published on October 31, 2011 05:26 • 12 views

October 28, 2011

I'm just playing with a new comment system. Don't know if I'll use it. This is not the post you're looking for.[image error]
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Published on October 28, 2011 20:32 • 11 views
I don't automatically follow people back on social media, but once I decide to follow someone, I rarely unfollow. Unfortunately, it does happen. The likelihood of getting unfollowed can be determined (sort of) from the following chart.





What constitutes signal?

Anything funny.
News I want to know.
Interesting links.
Talking to me directly (esp. saying nice things to me or retweeting my tweets).
 What constitutes noise?

Follow Friday tweets, thank you's, and any other random list of...
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Published on October 28, 2011 05:00 • 5 views

October 26, 2011

My previous confession proved to me I'm not alone in these things, and I know ascetic writers are more common than analytical ones. But still, I feel the need to confess...



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I can't listen to music while I write. If there are words, I sing them (and sometimes type them -- seriously!). If there are no words, I still get caught up in the story the music is telling, and it becomes impossible to tell my own.



Sometimes I can edit with music, but even then, if I listen to an epic song during a so...
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Published on October 26, 2011 04:48 • 10 views

October 24, 2011

So. Naruto.



For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Naruto is a ninja orphan, shunned since birth. He's determined to make the village to notice him, even proclaiming loudly that he will be the next Hokage -- the greatest ninja in the village.



Everyone laughs because it's ridiculous. Naruto is loud, foolish, and pays zero attention. He fails most tests, and when he does pass, it's by some fluke. How could he possibly be a ninja, let alone the Hokage?



But throughout the series, Naruto ha...
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Published on October 24, 2011 04:50 • 3 views

October 21, 2011

So, I suck at description. In the previous round of querying and beta reading, poor description was the #1 complaint. It's not that I don't know how to do it, it just doesn't come naturally to me.

But I'm learning. And the fact that it doesn't come naturally to me means I'm a good person to teach it.



Because, of course, I have an algorithm:

Imagine the scene. This sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised how many times I just don't care what a scene looks like as much as what happens there...
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Published on October 21, 2011 05:03 • 5 views

October 19, 2011



Some days, this is exactly how I feel.



Sometimes it's the novel's fault. As I plow through the draft, crap gets built on crap, building into a gargantuan pile of whatsit that I'm just going to have to fix later. Mistakes and weak plot points devolve into puzzles I no longer want to solve. And I've already used all my stock phrases and have to think of new ways to make people look, shout, cry, and laugh.



Sometimes it's the query process' fault. Being a tad insane, I've been charting my r...
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Published on October 19, 2011 04:54 • 5 views

October 17, 2011

By now, the entire world knows I'm querying Air Pirates and, as a result, am subject to the entire toxic cocktail of emotions that implies. (Seriously, can we nominate querying as a leading cause of bipolar disorder? That's how it works, right?)



But also I have a great many awesome friends both on and off the internet, who constantly tell me encouraging things. Yes, I most certainly am looking at you.



I got one comment in particular I want to share with you. A good friend reminded me that r...
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Published on October 17, 2011 04:49 • 4 views

October 14, 2011

Cross-posted from Anthdrawlogy.





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His tweet says, "Had justice peas again tonight. So. Awesome."
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Published on October 14, 2011 05:35 • 5 views