Archive for October, 2007

WFC and me

Posted: 30th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Anyone who wants or needs to make an appointment to see, pitch a book, pick my brain or get me liquored up can contact me either via the contact form on my website, or calling me. Appointments are not needed, they just give you priority. Feel free to walk up and say “Hi, i’d like […]

Among the half a trillion things that bemuse me about writing, is the “chapter quote”. To me, it seems like entirely more work than is needed. To me, a non writer, the extra work spent putting them together could be better spent working on the text. Also there is the fact that for consistencies sake, […]

There may or may not be satire in this…

Posted: 25th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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WFC roll call

Posted: 24th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Who’s going? When are you arriving? When are you leaving?

Favorite Books

Posted: 21st October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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What are some your favorite books? Children’s books? (first readers to teen), “classic literature”, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction? I don’t think, for various reasons I’ll comment to much on the last couple of categories, but I’ll say that the books I’ve recommended to others don’t always fall into the field of favorite, although I […]

Too true!

Posted: 19th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.   – GK Chesterton

1 Year

Posted: 18th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I just looked at my profile and realized its been one year since i started this LJ. Amazingly I’ve even learned things in that one year. The three most important are probably that A) I’m not the most patient man in the world. B) that i have not yet seen the best thing in the […]

Since i haven’t seen my own brain anytime since the Gipper was a Presidential hopeful (at least) i rely on the brains of other people to say things intelligently. In this case the fantastic Sarah Hoyt is making a couple points more than a few need to consider. Part one: http://sarahahoyt.livejournal.com/10844.html Part two: Http://sarahahoyt.livejournal.com/11566.html?view=68654#t68654

Telling

Posted: 16th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Contract negotiations are always interesting. Sometimes they are pretty simple, sometimes they just make you laugh. Sometimes they make you wonder which person is the idiot, them for sending you the contract, or you for not immediately disposing of it. As any poker player can attest, everyone has a tell. That little thing that lets […]

In the shadows of a small room.

Posted: 16th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The whole publishing industry is a small, small community. If you know ten people by name and sight, they can probably introduce you to anyone else you can name in the business without a great deal of networking. It’s entirely possible they know they spend time together off the clock as well. Most outsiders don’t […]

Reading slush has done it. I’m convinced that about forty five percent of the people who submit stuff to me have taken what they consider the best linguistic affections of Dickens, mixed in double handful of the Prose Edda, and thickened with equal parts Tolkien and Homer to arrive at ‘their own’ literary style. I […]

Ensemble casts.

Posted: 7th October 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I happen to like them. Sometimes. When done right they are able to give the reader a far more complete view of the universe the writer has taken them too than any single character could do. When done wrong, they are just as deplorable as single character narratives that fail to make the grade. Some […]

Since almost everyone reading me reads at least a fair amount of things in the science fiction – fantasy spectrum I’ve got some questions. What creatures in fantasy (including urban fantasy) are you just plain sick of? Are flashbacks annoying, sometimes needed, or just the most wonderifous things eva! ? (Ok, so i need to […]

A couple days ago as I was watching the documentary on the events surrounding the bombing of the Sixteenth St Baptist Church, I realized how effectively the director had used a number of subtle cues. One of the fascinating things he does is use an extreme close up to show you all the textures of […]