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Feb
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answered How can I have my characters do bad things, without sending the wrong message?
Feb
12
answered Is it OK to add chapters to slow down the pace of the story?
Feb
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comment How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?
... down to your writing skill: If you do it well, people will say, Wow, cool, that was a really clever literary device. If you do it poorly, people will say, What a lame literary device.
Feb
11
comment How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?
RE deliberately write "retro SF". As someone on here mentioned, there is the whole "steam punk" genre, which isn't exactly retro, but sort of. I recall years ago reading a couple of books that tried to update Buck Rogers by putting in explanations of why the seemingly out-dated technology really would be used in the future, how impossible inventions could work, etc. I'm afraid I forget the titles, but they had "Buck Rogers" in them and were published in the 1980s, I think. I can't think of an example that's really what you describe, but why not? Like many "gimmicks", I think it all comes ...
Feb
11
comment How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?
I'm sure that there's technology described in SF stories today that 100 years from now will be considered equally laughable. Of course I don't know exactly what that is. There's an amusing game there. Some simple technologies have been in use for centuries because high-tech solutions are no better. I read an article years ago saying that an example of a perfect technology was the simple mechanical can opener. Sure, you can make it electric, but that doesn't really help much and it makes it non-portable, etc, he went through a whole discussion.
Feb
10
answered How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?
Feb
6
answered How do I choose the most appropriate font for a professional document?
Feb
6
answered At what point in editing / revising does one poem become another poem?
Feb
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answered How to keep going after a failed project?
Feb
2
comment Using a pen-name: possible legal issues
Hmm, people get trademarks on names all the time. I'm quite sure that if you tried to start your own line of clothes and called them "Calvin Klein" or "Levis", you'd be sued and lose very promptly. Maybe they mean that you can't trademark a name as an identifier of a person, rather than a product. If you could than all the "Jim Smith"s in the world could be sued, and what are they supposed to do, change their name because someone else made it to the trademark office first?
Feb
2
answered Quoting Song Lyrics or Naming a Song, Or Possibly Group/Singer
Jan
23
comment Distribution, a competition with myself
My point about total sales was just this: Unless you are already famous, no one except a few friends and relatives is going to be saying, "Hey, I heard Porton wrote a book. I wonder where I can find it?", and then your problem is to steer them to the channel that gives you the highest royalties. Your problem is to get people out there to know that you have written a book that they might be interested in, and to get them to buy it ANYWHERE. I quit keeping track, but I think I sold about 700 copies of my last book through Amazon. I sold I think 3 through my personal web site.
Jan
23
comment Distribution, a competition with myself
... You talk about how radio ads would mostly or all lead to Amazon sales rather than personal site sales. Probably true. But if you don't run the radio ads, how many of the people who might have heard the radio ad and bought on Amazon, find some other ad that drives them to your personal site, versus how many will never hear of your book at all? Unless you have a substantial advertising budget, I suspect that the answer is that very, very few people who do not hear one ad will hear another.
Jan
23
comment Distribution, a competition with myself
You're missing my point. My point is not, How many total copies do you sell? But, are sales on one channel taking away from sales on another channel, or are they sales that you would not have made otherwise? Is the choice you are facing between, say, 1000 sales on your personal site plus 1000 sales on Amazon, versus 2000 sales on your personal site? Or is it 1000 sales on your personal size plus 1000 sales on Amazon versus 1002 sales on your personal site, because most of the people who bought on Amazon would never have bought on your personal site? ...
Jan
23
answered “Thought” Verbs: A sign of weak writing or a stylistic choice?
Jan
23
comment “Thought” Verbs: A sign of weak writing or a stylistic choice?
Tangentially, this also reminds me of advice I got years ago to avoid simple, "sterile" language in favor of more descriptive or metaphorical language. An example the writer gave was "She is lovable" versus "She is like a cuddly kitten."
Jan
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answered Distribution, a competition with myself
Dec
31
answered Legal ramifications for writing about fictional relationships with celebs
Dec
19
comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
... to declare that two people are now married. Is there hope of abolishing such rituals? My first question is why you would want to. They add richness and meaning to life. I don't know how you could without fundamentally changing human nature. It would certainly be an interesting experiment to raise a group of children and teach them nothing about such rituals, and see if they then proceed happily with a ritual-free life, or if they end up inventing their own rituals.
Dec
19
comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
Is there widespread acceptance of using formal language at weddings and funerals, of clapping for performers, and kissing your girlfriend? Yes, there is very widespread acceptance of all these things. I don't know where you're from. Do you not see such traditions and rituals in your own culture? I'm not a well-traveled person, but I've seen, for example, books and documentaries that discuss wedding rituals in different cultures, and while the details certainly vary, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a culture where the people do not have SOME sort of formal procedure they go through ...