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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: November 30, 2009, 05:07:43 PM
WRITE! Don't talk about it, do it. Write everyday. Write 500 words a day and when that is a breeze write 1000.  finger

Take a creative writing class. I had a lot of success at the Gotham Writers Workshop. After a year of classes there I felt like I had a handle on the craft. But really the first 10 week course taught me more than a dozen writing books ever did. But do read Stephen King's On Writing. As others have pointed out this is a great book. I'm a horror novelist but this book is for any writer.

I recently did an interview as part of my friend Rhiannon Frater's tips for beginning writers. I also have a new blog series called It's Freaking hard to write a freaking book where I talk about the thought process involved in doing a novel. I have part three just about done and will try to post it today.

Feel free to drop me a PM if you want to talk about writing more.

962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why is your handle your handle? on: November 12, 2009, 03:12:55 AM
Crusis is short for Anacrusis which is a term from Poetry that I barely understand.  icon_biggrin I found that when I started using it a long time ago people would shorten it and call me Ana. I dropped the first three and called it good, it does sounds sort of evil but when I tell people where it came from they usually say "huh".
963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 12: The Gathering Storm on: November 10, 2009, 09:13:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 10, 2009, 07:58:26 PM

It looks like Sanderson will be signing in town this Saturday.  So I just might have to go pay retail for the book and get me an autographed copy.

Sanderson seems like a really cool guy. He posts a lot of great info on his webpage/blog and he has released one of his books on his site for free. I know at a Jordan book signing I went to he was very brusque but I was all awestruck and barely got out a "Nice-ta-meet-cha" before he handed me my book and I was pushed out of the massive line of people.
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 12: The Gathering Storm on: November 10, 2009, 07:55:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 10, 2009, 01:16:50 PM

Jordan is dead - he doesn't need an editor to trim things up, he needs a necromancer.

That got a serious LOL out of me.

I'm halfway through the new one and it is really good. I am quite surprised at how Sanderson managed to step in and make the characters flow like they used to AND advance the plot. There was a section last night where I could not put the damn book down and go to sleep.

Unless it goes south in the second half I think there is hope for the series. I am a huge fan of book 1 - 6, have been reading these since 1990.
965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meat Hand. That is all... on: November 05, 2009, 03:03:23 AM
I MUST make this for the next family get together.
966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Motorola Cliq on: November 04, 2009, 04:03:02 AM
So the Droid is getting a lot of press but I am on T-mobile so I decided to check out the new Cliq. The name is dumb but the phone is not. If you are a social networking whore you need this phone (or the Pre). It compiles all of your inboxes into one and even provides the emails in one big pile if you want to look at them that way.

Now this is my second Android phone, my first was the Fisher Price inspired G1 which was a great phone but slow and rather generic. The Cliq is sleek and sexy, like me on a word processor. It has a front page with all of my feeds on it so I have twitter, FB, various email addresses. You hit a feed and you can flip through all your messages with the swipe of a finger which is similar to the Pre.

The hardware is quicker than the G1 but Android still lags somewhat. I have not been into the city yet to see if the 3G is any better.

The keyboard is pretty stiff and the space bar is annoying because it is concave. Not sure what genius decided to make the space bar lower in the center than all the other keys. I was trying to enter an email today and did not see the @ symbol on the keyboard and had to switch to the on-screen. Minor annoyances.

Keys are back lit. It has a satisfying slide that really does 'cliq' open and closed. Very bright screen, brighter and clearer than the G1. It has a headphone jack on the top. Nice addition.

This is not the best phone in the world but I like it a great deal. Anyone else pick one up or considering it?

967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight, a follow-up to Fate and Mythos on: November 01, 2009, 04:57:32 PM
Stupid game!! I need to be writing and I can't stop playing.

Stupid game.
968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Online Schooling? on: October 28, 2009, 08:50:12 PM
I have taken all of my writing classes online at Gotham Writers Workshop. Now, some would argue I need to take more  Tongue but for the most part I loved them. Granted, this is not a university but they really targeted just what I wanted. The virtual structure of the class was such that I could go when I had time. We had weekly chats but they were always at a good time and didn't interrupt my schedule. The best part was the classes were taught by published writers and one of them was even the president of the SFWA. Another has taught Clarion.

Overall I give online classes a thumbs up.

969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: October 28, 2009, 07:48:06 PM
Hi all, your friendly neighborhood zombie author here. I just got a look at the final art for The Zombie Wilson diaries and thought I would share it. But before that - I have some good news for fans of the blog. It lives! I am not content to let the thing die so I put up the newest entry.

Anyway, here ya be!

970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 13, 2009, 03:02:26 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 13, 2009, 12:39:43 AM

I think I've posted about it before, but I don't recommend the DX unless you've got a specific need for the size - like technical diagrams or textbooks maybe.  I had one and didn't like the size.  It's like reading your book off a legal pad, and not comfortable to hold in one hand.  I sent it back and got the Kindle 2, and it's much better for plain reading IMO. 

I saw someone on the bus the other day reading a DX. It was freaking huge I can just see his backpack getting dropped of bent and the screen cracking - ouch. I think I am happy with my lil 6" screen. I do love the kindle and I really dig pre-ordering books and waking up on release day to see them already loaded.
971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: October 13, 2009, 01:55:15 AM
After consulting with my editor and an angry fan. LOL I did some adjustments to the last day. It is a little more upbeat now. I think I rushed the end and some didn't catch the last joke. Now it is much clearer.

This one is on the fast track for publication. I'm already looking at cover art. The thing grew by about 10K words as I revised it so it really is a proper book now. As soon as the cover is finalized I'll put up a pic. I get a lot of visits from GT so thanks everyone for swinging by.

972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My book Among the Living is now on Kindle on: October 12, 2009, 09:17:15 PM
Yay!  icon_cool
973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My book Among the Living is now on Kindle on: October 12, 2009, 08:16:28 PM
FINALLY! Man that was painful. My book was waiting for amazon approval for a month. It is finally live for $5.99. Thanks for your patience.

<a href=">Among the Living - Kindle[/url]

974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: October 09, 2009, 02:15:04 AM
The kindle version. Please avert your eyes for just a moment while I vent ...


Thank you.

Because of the rise in people uploading public domain stuff - or stuff that just plain doesn't belong to them,  Amazon has been taking forever to approve books. Mine and three other authors on my label have been waiting over a month for our novels to be approved.
975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: October 08, 2009, 10:51:23 PM
This is the first review I have seen on my book:

My publisher wants a sequel so I will start on it soon. With any luck I can have it out by about April/May next year.

976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: October 08, 2009, 07:27:18 PM
The very last entry is now live. What a fun trip that was. Over the last month ZWD has racked up about 6K hits. Now I just have to finish the revisions on the novel version and deliver it to my editor. The finished book will actually look like a diary and there will art for each of the 30 days. Thanks for stopping by!
977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombacalypse on: October 06, 2009, 03:04:30 PM
This is good stuff LOL. Is anyone going to submit stories for this? Even a well written FAQ if it is long enough. Just tell me if you are form GT and I will help however I can when you send in the article.

I'm hoping someone will do a funny survivor story, like a bunch of IT nerds trapped in a building that argue about how they would escape a zombie plague if they were in WOW.

978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 02, 2009, 12:42:55 PM
I'm a casual SG watcher but I am really looking forward to this show for some reason. Probably because BSG is no longer on the air and I need a Sci-fi fix.
979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombacalypse on: September 29, 2009, 09:40:32 PM
Oh man - that one got a good chuckle.
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombacalypse on: September 29, 2009, 09:33:08 PM
Hi All!

I'm editing an anthology for Library of the Living Dead Books called "The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombacalypse". This will be a humorous guide to how to survive the zombie invasion. Think zombie survival guide but slapstick. I'm posting here because there are some very funny people on GT. Please feel free to shoot me a PM if you have questions or email me at stupidzombies @

The requirements are up on Duotrope:

Edit: this is a semi-pro market. .01 per word AND you get a free copy of the book when it is released. Minimum word count is 1000 words.

981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA Rep almost gets the beatdown on: September 26, 2009, 01:13:43 AM
Holy hell that was funny.
982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flash Forward on: September 25, 2009, 02:44:42 PM
I'm a big fan of the book this was loosely based on and I expected the worst. BUT I thought the first episode was excellent, and surprisingly well written. The character that Cho plays was probably my favorite. At first he annoyed me but then he settled into the role as the 'skeptic' that questions everything and everyone's motives. Joe Fiennes was decent - man he looks like his brother. The girl from Lost and Tell me you love me looked great (can't remember her name of the top of my head) and was very good in the show.

It did have a bit of a Lost feel to it and a touch of Heroes but you have to give the network credit for bringing more of what people want. Beats having another medical drama. It certainly earned a spot on my DVR.
983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 23, 2009, 11:01:56 PM
I love Dr. Pus's zombie podcast - but I may be a little biased. One of my serial novels is being read on it every week.

984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 23, 2009, 07:32:06 PM
The next two entries are up. I also added two hidden ones. Well not hidden, just new but in the past.

The newest ones are:

Day 22: My girlfriend is a dirty pirate
Day 23: My girlfriend bites
985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 23, 2009, 06:08:18 PM
Check out the first 10 or 15 seconds of this video. The guy launches it from his hand.

Another hand launch

This one the guy shows it off the air and hovering with no hands on the controls. This is how the heli should perform

Hope these help.

986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 23, 2009, 02:42:05 PM
That is really odd. I can launch that thing from my hand with just throttle and it hovers like a champ. You won't be able to trim it until it is in the air. You should be at least 3 or 4 feet before you can tell how it needs to be adjusted.

I know this sounds crazy and be careful. Hold the msr in one hand out and away from you. Make sure the trims are centered. Sort of cup the landing gear very lightly so that it won't fly away and give it some throttle. This is just to get the feel for how light it is. Now give it more throttle until it is light in your hand and either drop your hand and backup or just go for it. I think that because it is so light the wash from the blades is really strong on the ground.

987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jones "Spellcasting" Soda on: September 22, 2009, 09:05:50 PM
Sneak attack, eh? Does that mean it hurts worse going out?

988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 08:48:04 PM
My 15 year old never flew one before and he was doing pirouette with it the first night. I personally find the CX's boring, I mean I was bored with mine in a week. I think the MSR is a good compromise because you can hover it almost immediately. It's not like a CP where you spend a month just trying to hover three feet off the floor. 

Get a couple of extra batteries! It comes with two but you will want a pocket full after you get the hang of it.   nod
989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 02:59:09 PM
I didn't even think about it until later, what is up with that guys house? I don't think my wife would let me fly a heli inside if that was my place.

990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 03:32:37 AM
Still looking for the perfect indoor choppa? Get the Blade MSR. For the record I have a Novus FP, Blade CP with a crap load of upgrades, Honeybee King 3 - and my best choppa, the Blade 400 (really, this one is a monster) but I use the little MSr more than any other. It weighs 1 oz, can do 20 MPH and anyone can pick it up and hover in about 15 seconds. It is the most stable chopper I have ever flown. I even took it outside on a clear day and raced it up and down the road and it is fast. I also smacked it into the ground pretty hard and it was good to go in seconds.

The last time I crashed my Blade 400, a week ago, I had a blade strike which cost me one feathering pin, one blade and one MF'ing boom section. GAH, it took hours to fix.

I grabbed a random video off youtube of the MSR.

991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: September 17, 2009, 10:07:30 PM
My grandfather was a paratrooper and saw a lot of action in Italy. He was awarded a medal (I can't remember which one) when his group of stragglers (men from several groups) were chased up a hill and were almost out of ammo. They held their position, fighting hand to hand when they ran out of ammo. His best friend died in his arms and shortly after that he took shrapnel to the face from a German tank round. He was also awarded the purple heart. He died when of a heart attack when I was young. Guy Meadows was the bravest man I have ever known. No pacific action though.

I'm really looking forward to this mini-series. I am a fan of War in the Pacific (game).

992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 14, 2009, 07:58:07 PM
Two more entries are up. Enjoy!

993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 11, 2009, 06:22:43 PM
I didn't want to drive everyone crazy with weekly updates on the blog.  icon_lol

994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 11, 2009, 02:26:53 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 10, 2009, 02:42:40 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 10, 2009, 02:37:20 PM

It looks like there are three more novella's planned in this series.

Here is a recent interview with the Erikson

they say his recent book, The Bonehunters... That would be a few years back ;-)

I hadnt read it though, so thanks for the find :-)

Ooops, I copied the wrong link, here it is:
995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 11, 2009, 02:23:40 PM
That's funny  Tongue

I wonder if the last book will be a 1000+ page monster.
996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 11, 2009, 03:50:47 AM
It's been a while since I posted an update on this. Work is still progressing on the diaries and it is now up to day 19. I can also say that the diaries have been picked up and will be published as a revised and expanded edition running 30 days with all new artwork and more content per day. It will be a smaller book and it will actually look like a diary. I am very excited! This is due in part to the great sales of Among the Living and thank you very much to all who purchased it!!

So go read the sickest, grossest, disgusting-est, even-the-author-got-the-heeby-jeebies, entry yet. Really, this is the one that will make you hurl. Tee-hee - or maybe you are just a bunch of sick puppies, like me.

Day 19 - My girlfriend's husband is a jerk

997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 10, 2009, 02:37:20 PM
It looks like there are three more novella's planned in this series.

Here is a recent interview with the Erikson
998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 10, 2009, 03:40:35 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 06, 2009, 06:32:51 PM

really? I think its about 100 dollars for a normal one...Wonder what you can get for yours :-D

I dug it out of my book shelf. It is numbered 435 and is in perfect shape since I kept it in a bag. I saw one on ebay for $195. I think I'll shelve it for a few more years.  icon_twisted

I finished part one of Dust of Dreams. So far so good, I love the stuff with the Bonehunters the best.

Any idea:

Spoiler for Hiden:
What ever happened to those masked guys (I think it was them). They said their people were being butchered and they were off to raise an army. I'm trying to remember this from a few years ago so I may have some of this confused. I know it was in Memories of Ice, though. It was the Segueh (sp?) guys.

999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 07, 2009, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 06, 2009, 06:32:51 PM

Btw - That book about those two crazy necromancers, anyone read that? Kallu something? It goes for insane prices on Amazon, I'm guessing limited print run or something

Oh holy hell, are you kidding me!? I just looked at the prices. I have a copy of Blood Follows that is signed and numbered by Erikson. I should sell it LOL.

1000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 06, 2009, 05:01:45 PM
Erikson is something else. I more or less savor his books. I will sometimes read the first 150 pages of a new one and then start over because there is so much going on. He really is an amazing writer, he has so many characters and plot lines that it's crazy.

Well said on how he ties up loose ends. I love how he wrote (sort of) the sequel to Memories of Ice in book 8. Poor Toc - man ... Also, it takes a big pair to build up a character over the course of 8 books, I mean a guy that people love and then kill him. I don't want to say who since others reading this may not have read book 8 yet, I know about the spoiler warning but still.

And Kallor, oh how I love to hate that bastard.  icon_twisted

Does anyone hate Kruppe? I think he is one of my favorite characters but I have read a lot of comments that people detest him. Him and Bugg.

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