Posts Tagged ‘reading’

So, shocking as it is, I read. I read Big 5, I read the ingredients on my food, I even read independently published and some small press stuff. As you probably know, I’m not a big fan of ereading. I have a tablet that’s got a great screen, but never felt the need for a […]

If like the rest of the explored universe you’ve been waiting impatiently for another fix of fantasy by marvel maker James Enge, you can breathe again.   In fact please, please breathe its very hard to run, walk, skateboard, or drive for very long. You certainly wouldn’t be able to do it long enough to […]

Goodreads: Diving In

Posted: 8th December 2012 by onyxhawke in Social Media
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So, recently I decided to give into Goodreads. I’ve had an account for a year or two, I just never used it much. The basic daily navigation tools are ok, but for stuff like adding reviews, or finding out you have to rate or review 20 books before you get recommendations¬† you have to dig. […]

People think differently. Because of this they behave differently. Every so often I’m reminded how differently people behave. They behave differently because theythink differently. The behavior follows the thinking and is as closely linked as light source and shadow length. Some people don’t get this. For some the entire concept is invalid. For others they […]

Espresso Book Machine

Posted: 25th October 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’ve been watching the instant print machines for years. The first time I heard of one was about ten years ago. I was really expecting them to take off then well, instantly. With all the other things done instantly (or claimed to be done instantly) or at least quickly they idea that a book that’s […]

While I’m waiting for more entries for the bad cover letter contest. I figured I’d say a little bit more about what it takes to become published or picked up by an agent. The "it" or portion of "it" that I as a reader, agent and sales schlep is "what" and "who" are operative. What […]

Both much and nothing have been made about B&N being for sale. They say their stocks are undervalued. They also have a legal showdown at center stage as some of their largest shareholders have lawyers drawn and blood in their eye. I’m not a market genius, but I do know enough about human nature to tell […]

Hmmm

Posted: 25th August 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For those of you on Facebook who have friended me, how hard is it to find my occupation? Or intuit it? I had a post in a group that shall remain nameless deleted because they said there was no mention of my being an agent in my profile.

Short Fiction Fix

Posted: 16th August 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For those of you craving a dose of short fiction, another edition of Darwin’s Evolutions has been released for your enjoyment.. http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=c39b7a1a97a1cfa0ab1eab3e9fa335ca749e188c72fa9a4c

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 […]

Having read several thousand novels over the course of my life, I can’t say there are as many characters I’d like to meet. Not all of the characters are ones that I liked, but all had their own personal gravity that inescapably draws the minds eye to them. It goes without saying that most of […]

The Anti Slush Report + Where have I been.

Posted: 31st March 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The past couple weeks have graced me with the time to read some really good books. Some are by authors I’ve only heard of in the last year or so, others are books I’ve owned for years and somehow just never opened. Way back in ’04 I won/purchased the first five Dresden Files books, autographed. […]

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I’ve blazed through months of slush. Some of which got rejected in the first three or four pages, some which held me until the end but didn’t quite tip the scale to being something I’d pick up. Some of the common problems have been; redundancy, black and white universes, […]

News! Submissions

Posted: 3rd December 2007 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Effective immediately The OnyxHawke Agency will now begin accepting non-fiction in three categories.History, Political Science/Commentary and Psychology Submissions:All non fiction books must include at time of submission: Educational credentials Glossary of terms and acronyms. Must be referenced. All books submitted with only a list of sources and no foot/end notes or other in text references […]

I ran into J.V. Jones, who i hadn’t know was coming, and must have publisher her first novel at twelve. Sean Wallace of Prime Books and I exchanged quips about slush and rejection letters we wished we could write, I hope no listening took either of us too seriously. Alan Dean Foster was quietly conversing […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]