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Questions and Help (187 new)
Jun 01, 2012 01:17PM

37092 Rose wrote: "I'm writing a Doctor Who story but am having trouble thinking up a name for a creature. It's half lizard, half snake, and half croc.Anyone have suggestions?"

How about a Venom Wyrm or a Reptilient or Slither Serpent?
Jun 01, 2012 07:02AM

37092 Xujun wrote: "Thank you very much, Anita! And good morning everyone. Just want to say I'm glad to be here, and welcome any questions on my book, writing, or China. Or anything. Looks like members of our group c..."

Okay, I added the other edition to the intro as well.
What do you enjoy writing more, essays or fiction?
Jun 01, 2012 04:32AM

37092 Please welcome Xujun Eberlein to our Q and A discussions. She is the author of the award-winning story collection, Apologies Forthcoming and a native of Chongqing, China now living in the Boston area. She is also a widely read essayist and blogger on China, and her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines in the United States, Canada, England, Kenya, and Hong Kong.

Xujun's literary awards include artist fellowship in fiction/creative nonfiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the VCCA’s Goldfarb Non-fiction Fellowship, first prize of the Ledge Fiction Award, second prize of Literal Latte's Essay Awards, honorable mention from Dana Award in the Essay, winner of Tartt Fiction Award and runner-up for Drake Emerging Writer's Award. She is a nominee for the Pushcart Prizes and several Best American series, and received special mention in Pushcart XXXI.

Xujun's recent essays on China have appeared at Los Angeles Review of Books ("The Teacher of the Future"), the Atlantic Web ("Another Kind of American History in Chongqing"), Foreign Policy ("China 2013"), and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir. More information about her writing and literary awards can be found on her website: www.xujuneberlein.com and blog: http://insideoutchina.blogspot.com/.

Her Goodreads Profile: Xujun Eberlein

Apologies Forthcoming  Stories not about Mao by Xujun Eberlein Apologies Forthcoming by Xujun Eberlein
Questions and Help (187 new)
May 31, 2012 05:13AM

37092 Sue wrote: "I have a question. My book, Great News Town, is about a serial killer. It's been out several months in print and Kindle and sales have been fair.But now I am considering posting it one chapter at ..."

I know a few writers who've tried the online serial thing and haven't had any problems. Free online postings are becoming more common these days.
May 30, 2012 11:09AM

37092 If you are confused, need site help or are new to Goodreads, feel free to ask a question. No guarantees I can answer, but I'll probably be able to steer you to someone who can.
37092 Congratulations.
May 30, 2012 11:02AM

37092 I believe you need an author profile to add a book manually, which you should have as an author on Goodreads anyway. As for the adding from Amazon, Goodreads recently changed their system and I don't believe that can be done anymore.

Also, I moved this discussion to the Writers folder as it was incorrectly posted. General questions should be posted in the Group Roundtable topic.
Introductions (926 new)
May 30, 2012 10:50AM

37092 Welcome to the group, Edward.
Introductions (926 new)
May 27, 2012 11:59AM

37092 Welcome, Jason.
Introductions (926 new)
May 17, 2012 07:46AM

37092 Welcome to the group, Doug.
War of Dreams (2 new)
May 13, 2012 09:51AM

37092 Blacerry wrote: "Please tell me if my story if nice and if I have to improve. :)

I haven't had a chance to read much so far, but I like the concept and the writing was good. I noticed a couple places that could possibly use some minor improvement, but I'll wait until I finish reading to go in to that.
May 13, 2012 07:41AM

37092 Jonathan wrote: "Hi A.F. I don't like violence in general but occasionally it serves a purpose. For example I hated Kill Bill - but admired Pulp Fiction. Interestingly one of my female readers felt the excessive vi..."

That answered my question nicely, as did your further point, thank you.
May 12, 2012 06:17PM

37092 You talked about controversial scenes of violence in one of your books, and I was curious as to your views regarding graphic violence in general in books. Do you think it's used too much simply for shock value?
May 11, 2012 05:08AM

37092 Please welcome Jonathan Chamberlain to our Q and A discussions. He is a writer who has been hijacked by life. When his daughter, Stevie, exploded into his life with all the problems she had to cope with, he ended up founding two charities for children with developmental disabilities (and wrote a memoir of this time in his book: Wordjazz for Stevie). Then when his wife was diagnosed with cancer he had a new battle on his hands - and this led to a series of cancer books starting with Fighting Cancer: A Survival Guide (1996) to the latest book The Cancer Survivor's Bible (2012) - see his website: www.fightingcancer.com and cancer blog: www.cancerfighter.wordpress.com
He is now seeking to get back to his writing career and in recent years has published the rather controversial novel, The Alphabet of Vietnam, and his comic take on the London 2012 Olympics (Dreams of Gold) - He has also started a blog In Praise of Older Books: www.2ndhandbooklover.wordpress.com

Jonathan's Goodreads Profile: Jonathan Chamberlain

Some of Jonathan's books:
Dreams of Gold by Jonathan Chamberlain The Alphabet of Vietnam by Jonathan Chamberlain King Hui  The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong by Jonathan Chamberlain Wordjazz for Stevie  How a Profoundly Handicapped Girl Gave Her Father the Gifts of Pain and Love by Jonathan Chamberlain Chinese Gods  An Introduction to Chinese Folk Religion by Jonathan Chamberlain Fighting Cancer  A Survival Guide by Jonathan Chamberlain
Introductions (926 new)
May 10, 2012 04:05PM

37092 Pam wrote: "Hi my name is Pam ... I just joined this group about a week ago. I love reading and writing and I look forward to reading the threads and putting in my two cents (or sense) worth :)"

Welcome to the group, Pam.
May 07, 2012 01:10PM

37092 I have a guest on my blog today, fellow member Angela Yuriko Smith, author of End of Mae. She stops by to talk about "Truth in Fiction". She's also having a giveaway of End of Mae so come on over:

End of Mae by Angela Yuriko Smith
May 07, 2012 01:08PM

37092 It should be interesting to see how things progress.
Group Roundtable (24 new)
May 07, 2012 12:34PM

37092 Linda wrote: "Can anyone tell me if there is a way to have ratings and reviews of my book here on Goodreads automatically (or otherwise) posted to amazon.com and/or smashwords.com??"

Goodreads reviews do automatically post to some sites (I think Barnes and Noble is one), but they're not, I believe, posted to Amazon or Smashwords.

Reviewers might post their reviews manually to those sites, if asked.
May 07, 2012 09:24AM

37092 Clay has been regressing people for years. He gained access to temporarily declassified Past Life Regression protocols when he worked at the Stanford Research Institute, and since then he has set himself up as something of an armchair treasure hunter. He takes his roaming parapsychology practice direct to his subjects and then guides them through their past lives, coaxing out information about lost valuables or hidden treasures along the way. The subjects remember almost nothing of their sessions, so the rewards are all Clay’s for the taking.

Despite his success, there is one treasure that continues to elude him. He thinks it could be the big one. He has only heard whispers about this collection of “hidden writings” that may have ties to some influential and famous figures in history. But no matter what he tries, he can’t get any of the souls he has regressed to open up about it. The secret remains heavily guarded.

Determined to uncover this elusive prize, he sets off around the world with his full-time colleague and occasional girlfriend Shali. Together, they must make contact with the present-day people whose past-lives are tied to the writings and who could reveal more. But Clay and Shali soon realise there is a reason these writings have been hidden and protected for millennia: the knowledge contained within them could change the world as they know it, and there are certain groups who will use any means to ensure this never happens.

Through the Third Eye by Lynn Boston
May 07, 2012 09:23AM

37092 Global warming is playing havoc on Earth, and when 17 year-old Haley tumbles to a parallel world, she discovers that Earth’s issues stem from a war between the Eyids, the gods of nature. Because her necklace is a stone that holds the power of the Air Eyid, Haley is called upon to stop the war

But Haley has a problem. Actually, two problems. One named Tuggin, and one named Ian.

Both lie to her. Both have secrets. And neither are who they say they are. With her stone of power, Haley’s forced to make a choice that will decide the fate of all the worlds. But who should she trust, who should she fight, and who is the one with fire in his blood bent on betraying them all?

Fire in the Blood (Last Moon Rising #1) by Dale Ibitz

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