Archive for July, 2008

The Anti-slush Report

Posted: 27th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Since the last ASR I’ve read a lot of slush, some client work, way to many traffic signs and license plates. I’ve also managed to read, or in one case reread three things with cover art that I liked. First up is a reread of Mercedes Lackey’s Magic’s Pawn. I haven’t had the time to […]

Other Stuff

Posted: 25th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For those living North of Boston, or anywhere within driving distance of Newburyport Ma, this weekend makes a perfect time to visit my favorite book store.You can wander the store that hooked me on reading and is indirectly to blame for me being in the business. Jabberwocky books is hosting a special guest. Patrick is […]

Slow Train 16

Posted: 22nd July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Freer, Flint, 10/08 – Baen Chapter 16                 “A societal structure based on group dominance has an intrinsic problem: it needs an underclass. Without them it has no reason to exist. It needs to keep them down, and this provides cohesiveness and also usually structures the society. For instance, if the discrimination is […]

Slow Train Chapter 15

Posted: 22nd July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dave Freer, Eric Flint, Baen, October Chapter 15                 “The social dynamics of societies have never really been studied with a total absence of external influences. This presents a unique sociological research opportunity second to none. It will finally put real Science into future interventions.”   Dr. G Zola, Chief Operating Officer Sysgov. […]

More Contenders

Posted: 20th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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MrMeval turns in proof that there is no need for the agent to actually open the book with a grammatic demolition derby: “As he thrust his quavering blade into the unyeilding flesh he felt a burning power and smote the foul beast. In it’s death throws the fare maiden fell and he catches her quickly. […]

Why are you here?

Posted: 19th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’m continually bemused by the amount of people who friend me and actually stick around. I see comments from people who I don’t know, and who haven’t commented before or in a long time and it kicks the curiosity up another notch. So why are you here? Almost everyone has been here a month or […]

Cover Letters: The Contenders

Posted: 18th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Ellen Denham had a nice example to work with It shows:Laziness: Dear Agent or Editor: (I know I’m one of the two, but does this fictitious waster of time know which, and what my name might be? Vagueness: I’m enclosing the first 500 pages of book one, in which the amazing story begins to unfold. […]

What takes so much time…

Posted: 18th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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On 6/23 I received a requested resubmission to my main business address. Since then I’ve sent and received about 500 messages from that address. This doesn’t count the email address that I receive slush to, most of which gets responded to there as well. It doesn’t count the email address that the comments on LiveJournal […]

“Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.” William Strunk

Today’s Lesson

Posted: 16th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Today’s lesson in reality is: Hard sells in the wrong places. The hard sell is a technique which uses subtlety and guile in the velvet soft manner of a battering ram to gain access to your wallet. You’ll often see this from used car salesmen, politicians, and late night infomercials. In the hands of the […]

Cover Letter Mania

Posted: 15th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Come on y’all, you can do better than this! There’s some that are ok, but at this point I might as well just pick a number out of a hat. Sheesh, most of you claim you’re writers! Get creative, and subtle!

Cover letter mania!

Posted: 14th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Ok. Do your wost. I mean best, whatever. Write me a plausible, but hideous cover letter. The contest runs from right now, until 1am et Wednesday 7/16. Winner will be announced as soon as i make my decision.

Slowtrain 14

Posted: 13th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Freer, Flint, October, Baen Chapter 14     Transcript of Justice Adriaan Vosloo’s reply to Inspector Mohataman Dhal of Sysgov Human Rights Inspectorate on his application for an injunction against the sysnet advertisements of the Women’s Matriarchal Movement for men to accompany their outsystem journey.               “No, inspector, what they’re planning on doing is […]

The greatest alive?

Posted: 13th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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So who is the greatest living science fiction and fantasy author? Is it Ray Bradbury who has done the rarest of all things for genre fiction and crossed over to being used in English classes from elementary school all the way to college and universities?  Does it go to Stephen King? He’s sold oodles of […]

Slow Train Chapter 13

Posted: 13th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dave Freer, Eric Flint. October 2008 Chapter 13       Transcript of meeting 37 of the Deepspace design and Engineering team (Slowtrain project), and Sysgov Administrator Belthazar Lowe (Accounts)                         .One of the things you’ve got to accept, is that it isn’t the habitat launch that we consider important. The gauss-rings are being […]

Slow Train

Posted: 13th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For no reason other than I can I declare today Slow Train Sunday! There will be three chapters posted. From Baen this October, by Eric Flint and Dave Freer Chapter 12                 In 2050 there was the Alpha habitat. By 2070, there were seven habitats; by 2080, there were 23; by 2100, there […]

Something neat

Posted: 13th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For those of us using a cranky desktop, I found a neat little tool on Download.com that can help prevent those nasty crashes. It’s called FreeRam XP Pro (it works for several versions of Windows) and it’s free.

Sale

Posted: 10th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dave Freer has sold the serial rights to his unpublished novel Save the Dragons to Jim Baen’s Universe. It will appear across six issues. Dave commented on it in his LJ, an SfScope posted the news as well. Speaking of Dave, it is a strong sign of how warped the world is that i have […]

Slow Train Chapter 11

Posted: 8th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Since no one commented the last time, or has mentioned it since I’d sorta forgotten i was supposed to be snippeting Slow Train. Available from Baen books this October by Eric Flint and Dave Freer. Chapter 11     Re Habitat 37. Date: 2120-11-4 Time: 15:31 NMT From: Chief Scientist S. Guthrie (Environment Construction) To: […]

Wow

Posted: 8th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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This is the best post on writing I’ve read in a while. Go read.http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1141019.htmledited to fix link