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bio website oz.itsalocke.com
location UK
age 28
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seen Apr 11 at 13:00

I currently work in finance, mainly using SharePoint, Excel and SSRS but I am looking to become a developer; home learning ASP, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL and so on.

I am a writer but pure laziness has led to me never being published, though I have had reasonable success in local competitions and been short listed for a BSFA award. I am currently polishing my portfolio, that includes everything from flash fiction up to two novellas.

I'm learning photography purely as a hobby. Started out recently, using my Sony Xperia Z camera phone and PhotoShop. I've got a protfolio at http://ozlocke.deviantart.com/ and would greatly appreciate any feedback from the community.

Finally, I'm also the Creative Director of the fledgling table top game design and publishing company, Clocksmith Games, as well as being active in the local game design community.


Apr
9
comment How do you write a character's internal monologue?
Just thought I'd add; I've been reading Peter F Hamilton lately; finished his Night's Dawn trilogy, where he always uses italics for thoughts and then read A Second Chance at Eden - a collection of old short stories he wrote - where he has, in one or two of his old shorts, used in-narrative thought.
Apr
9
comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
Absolutely, the pilot has to sell the whole series or it will die before it's begun
Apr
8
answered Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
Apr
7
comment How do you write a character's internal monologue?
Absolutely, I think convention is key here :)
Apr
7
revised How do you write a character's internal monologue?
deleted 7 characters in body
Apr
7
answered How do you write a character's internal monologue?
Apr
4
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
If you need an English degree to be able to write then I'm screwed! The best way to write something big is with practice, so start by writing smaller stories. I used to find it hard to write long short stories, took me a lot of practice to get up the stamina for novellas...
Apr
4
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
Most publishers will require First World Publishing Rights, so if you've self published they won't touch it, but as Lauren points out, they are able to make exceptions.
Mar
26
comment Stardate(Julian Day) - Problem
Perhaps a little simple, but what about Since Settlement? So 4500 years since they landed would be 4500 SS. On a random note, considering that our perception of time and our calendar is based on Earth years, will your new planet have the same orbit time?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How should I capitalise headlines for professional Web writing? (Sentence case vs title case)
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How do I make an ESL character sound realistic?
Mar
11
reviewed No Action Needed How do I recover my confidence after a harsh writing group?
Mar
11
reviewed No Action Needed My publisher copyrighted my book cover and interior
Mar
11
reviewed No Action Needed Writing an article avoiding Libel
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How do I make an ESL character sound realistic?
Mar
11
reviewed No Action Needed What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How do I make an ESL character sound realistic?
Mar
11
comment Critque on how this sits as a prologue
In that case, simply swap the position of the first and second paragraph :) The key to a prologue is the hook, and the first paragraph doesn't hook, even if it is key for what you're trying to do later. I've heard it said, and I tell everyone; many (perhaps even most) publishers will read only the first few lines to a paragraph of a submission before deciding to read on. If they aren't hooked in, they'll trash the submission without continuing.
Mar
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I search for tick marks not smart quotes in Word?
Mar
7
answered Critque on how this sits as a prologue