Tod Langley Tod's Comments (member since Oct 29, 2009)

Tod's comments from the THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB group.

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Nov 29, 2009 06:36PM

25350 so what made you become a writer? was it difficult in the beginning?

Actually, no. It was too easy (but that was before I ever considered it as more than a hobby).

I had a very vivid dream while I lay, freezing my butt off, in the back of a military vehicle. I was an observer for a military exercise in 1996 and had a hard time getting to sleep. When I finally fell asleep, I had a dream that seemed so real that I forced myself to wake up and write it down.

I shared the short story with a friend and he asked, "That's pretty interesting. What's the rest of the story?" From there the story took over and I kept writing for the next several years.

It wasn't until I thought about the deeper implications of my writing that I thought I might actually have a story that readers might enjoy. I learned how hard writing can be once I submitted my first query letters to agents.

I can't say I like the publishing industry's methods much, but they are what they are. It forces you to look very critically at your work, to constantly improve it and to submit your absolute best.

After completing Book One and Book Two, I became hooked on writing. Many more stories are just waiting for their chance to become published. I hope I get that chance.
Nov 29, 2009 03:21PM

25350 I'd like to start by thanking Rick.

He first invited me to this new group a few months ago and its numbers quickly grew. It grew because of Rick's passion for literature, his often immediate responses and feedback to questions and comments, and his support for new writers.

I hope that group members will see this discussion as an opportunity for both writers and readers to ask questions and learn from those (like myself) that have stumbled through the process of writing and publishing a book. My biggest wish is that this will help inform members about many aspects of the writing world, and possibly, open the doors for many more writers and readers.

Please refrain from asking me about how to order the book - that is not the intention of this discussion. Hopefully, if you become more interested in my work you'll do a little research and find a way ... but that is an extreme secondary goal to the main one - CONNECTING Readers and Writers!

With that said, I'm ready to answer questions!

You can see some of the things that I've experienced since completing my first book - Prince Kristian's Honor, Book One of the Erinia Saga - listed above the back cover description.

25350 Great run-down, Werner...especially since I'm reading Unabridged Edgar Allen Poe right now!

I don't know about filler (when it's coming from Poe) ... or reading it straight throug, either. I've not read his more famous stories yet (this time throug), but so far, there's been lots of filler!

It's interesting to see the choice of many words though ... when you know each one has to count for something.

For example, Poe wrote about the "desolation" of water lilies along the River Zaire. The use of that one word (in that context) speaks a whole paragraph.

Words definitely matter more in short stories ...

Nov 11, 2009 08:11AM

25350 hmmm. Definitely need to read the whole thing to understand the POV, then.
Nov 11, 2009 07:53AM

25350 I like it...I think you have to really think about it, which I like even more.

I see two different perspectives and am only guessing, based on the background you provided:

Is she upset that she has lost precious time in her life because of what her family is making her do? I base that question off of LOST and FOR IT IS GONE FOREVER.


Does she realize how precious her Grandparents are and realizes, afterwards, how little time she had with them? I base this question on GOLDEN, DIAMON MINUTES and GONE FOREVER.

Perhaps it means both? I'll try to see what I can find on the author and the stanza!
Nov 11, 2009 06:18AM

25350 I didn't even get the name of the poem right ... it's 30 stanzas long! I only got 5 pages read before I started nodding off. I'm reading them all in chronological order of publishing dates (which might mean I haven't even gotten to the ones that are considered great works).

I haven't seen anything overly dark-toned yet. A lot of romanticism - the ones that he sent to ladies he admired and desired.

Thanks, Catamorandi!

I've never participated in a reading group. I think Rick's issues are valid. It's hard to pick one that everyone has access to. It's harder still to manage one that focuses on "adult themes"; I'm definitely not interested in picking a team. Vote for Team E or Team J. Sorry if you're a big Meyers fan. :o)

Nov 10, 2009 07:36PM

25350 It's huge...I lugged it through the aiport last weekend in my back pack. I read a few poems last night and then got to Talmaridge. I fell asleep!

I'll try again tonight.
Nov 10, 2009 07:33PM

25350 What type of book club, Catamorandi? I'm interested in how book club discussions are formatted and how they choose books.

Thanks - Tod
Nov 10, 2009 07:25PM

25350 I just started The Unabridged Edgar Allen Poe. Poetry isn't really my thing, unless there is a substantial mood to it. I want to understand his work better though and will try to get through most of it, especially the novellas and major poems.

Brown's Lost Symbol was both good and bad. I wrote a review on it ... if anyone's interested.
Nov 09, 2009 06:36AM

25350 I think you will find that holds consistent throughout. I immediately understood what you meant :o)
Nov 08, 2009 07:55PM

25350 I'm interested to hear what you thought of the Shadow's book...

I loved the premise, but thought there were editing issues.

It's a three part saga and it gets much deeper and darker.
Nov 08, 2009 05:24PM

25350 Call me a moth to the big flame ... I'm reading Dan Brown's Lost Symbol.

I wanted to identify his writing style to see what seems to interest general readers. It's highly conversational (rather than narrative), to the point (little character emotion, background story, or description), except when there is a new widget, puzzle or architectural place ...

I hoped it would help me with my own writing ... it did, a little :o)

I have to say I am not impressed with the plot though.
Nov 03, 2009 06:02PM

25350 Discworld! Never read that one, but supposedly pretty good. I never read Stardust either but I am sure it's better than the movie.

American Gods and Ansansi Boys shared some characters making me think they were connected by plot or theme. I later learned that he likes to do that to keep people thinking.
Nov 03, 2009 02:51PM

25350 Neil Gaiman - American Gods, Anansi Boys and Stardust. Winner of numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker. I highly recommend.
Nov 02, 2009 08:34AM

25350 I don't want to push someone one way or another on the series. I LOVED them at the beginning, but it got to be too drawn out for me.

Trying to keep it all straight was like my wife using the DVR to catch up on her soap opera after missing it for a week.
Nov 02, 2009 07:03AM

25350 Rick wrote: "Charles wrote: "Tod wrote: "I'm not sure I'd say he's my all time favorite Brit author but I'd recommend reading George MacDonald's "The Princess and the Goblin". CS Lewis claimed he respected MacD..."

I believe everything Macdonald wrote was fantasy (late 1800s). He was an inspiration for CS Lewis, a little for Tolkien (I think).

Jordan's last novel (a three parter written by someone else) just came out. Jordan died in 07 and his wife discovered the outlines for the final book. It was so large that the assigned author had to break it into three separate novels. Have fun and let me know what you think of the series. Tod
Nov 02, 2009 06:57AM

25350 Rick wrote: "Tod wrote: "I'm not sure I'd say he's my all time favorite Brit author but I'd recommend reading George MacDonald's "The Princess and the Goblin". CS Lewis claimed he respected MacDonald more than ..."

Sorry, Rick - was out all weekend for my first signing.

There is a film adaptation for Day of the Triffids (1970s?). I don't remember it being very good. The plants weren't frightening like they were in the book. The allagories for the Soviet nuclear attack are also missing.
Oct 30, 2009 06:20AM

25350 OHMSS developed Bond as the vulnerable hero that turned me into a major fan of the films.

Fleming's books were in man ways much better. In Casino, Bond was much more human. The background story to Ian Fleming as portrayed in "The Secret Life of Ian Fleming" was really good, but I wonder how accurate it was.

Oct 29, 2009 08:03PM

25350 I also loved John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids - outstanding SCI-FI with current events woven into the author's theme. I haven't read it since High School but remember the cold war implications very clearly.

Oct 29, 2009 07:57PM

25350 I'm not sure I'd say he's my all time favorite Brit author but I'd recommend reading George MacDonald's "The Princess and the Goblin". CS Lewis claimed he respected MacDonald more than anyone else. It is enlightening to see how the development of fairy tales and rhymes changed during the 17-18th centuries. I think MacDonald was one of the early writers to set up the more modern version of the fantasy genre.

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