I’m new to the internet game, at least insofar as it comes to writing. Several months ago, I read that an author needs to build a platform if he wants to be taken seriously – so I set about doing just that. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way, but there are some things about this game that concern me. Participating in blogs, Twitter, Facebook, forums, NaNoWriMo, or any of the gamut of writing outlets, despite the benefits, comes with some serious risks. Here are four of them: (more…)
Archive for June, 2010
The last week has been a busy one. I’m officially hands off editing The Dead Don’t Cry, with the exception of edits suggested by my beta readers, Suzanne from her excellent new blog, Two Words One Pen, and my old man, Papa Lopez (who is exceptionally talented at finding grammatical errors). TDDC excerpts will be discontinued, however, Part I in its entirety is available here. Due to the workload, I will be foregoing today’s usual post, with a regular week (Monday/Friday posts) next week, as well as something special planned for Wednesdays, should it pan out. Until then, Happy Blogging everyone!
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I remember when I first got an Ipod. I was a couple of years late in the game, which meant I had benefited from a slicker, fancier model than the first generation mp3 players. I enjoyed the device – it was trendy, practical, and well, cool – for all of about two weeks. The sad truth is that I’m woefully lacking when it comes to musical savviness, my familiarity being limited to The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phillip Glass, with a nostalgic affinity for 90′s alternative rock. That’s it. Hardly enough to capitalize on a device designed to hold, manage, and ultimately glorify a love for music. Well, readers, guess what? Our Ipod has come, and no, it isn’t the Ipad. (more…)
Funny thing happened at the movies yesterday. We took the kids to see the new Shrek (recommended for anyone w/children), and somewhere around the half-way point the film turned into The Dead Don’t Cry (my book). Now, this lasted all of thirty seconds, max, but when I looked over to see my girlfriend’s reaction, her expression told me that she was thinking the same thing…holy crap, it’s Mark’s book. (more…)
First off, let me thank everyone for their advice. I may not have won the contest, but the lessons I’ve learned in the process have been nothing short of inspiring. That said, I’ve come up with two new single sentence doozies. The first is my response to the “What’s your book about?” question, and the second is my new and improved logline. Hope you like!
The Dead Don’t Cry is about a ten year old girl who gets caught in the middle of an interplanetary crisis, and how she and her family come together to save two planets from the wrath of one man.
When a ten year old girl gets caught in the middle of an interplanetary crisis, it’s up to her to unite the two worlds before one man can destroy them all.
I wanted to incorporate key words like ‘wet-born’ and ‘Old Earth,’ but I don’t think the required brevity permits it. So, what do you think?
Hi, everyone, hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weekend (if you’re in North Jersey)! I finally got around to writing a one sentence answer to the dreaded question, “What’s your book about?” thanks to this terrific contest. I’m broadcasting it for some input.
“Worlds collide when an extraordinary girl determined to save her father wanders into an ancient wilderness embroiled in a life or death struggle against a legacy of tyranny.”
Do you like it? Is it too wordy, not wordy enough? Writing these are terribly difficult, so every bit of feedback helps!
Last week, on The Dead Don’t Cry, Jack was assigned to pilot Operation GODSPEAR, a mission to Old Earth. This week, we join Lillian as she and Jack argue over the implications of leaving their daughter behind. Because this is the end of Chapter 2, I will be including the last two sections [Words of Wisdom - GODSPEAR] in addition to “The Reclamation.” As always, enjoy!
Posted in On Structuring Plot, tagged action, addiction, Atlantic City, book, casino, emotional, gambling, give and take, investment, mechanics, monetary, nerd, plotting, principle, protagonist, repetition, reward, scene, slog, time, time sink, video games, winner, writing on June 1, 2010 | 5 Comments »