So sometime in early January, I was talking with an Achaean, whom I recently became their friend on Skype, when the topic that they were a published author came up. "Cool" I thought, although I hadn't heard of the book they had wrote. A few days later another Achaean friend on Skype, after reconnecting with them, mentioned something about them working on a few more chapters. Apparently, they're also a published author. Two author friends, neato
Then the other day I was with a friend online, just talking and making jokes. The conversation started to lagged because I was talking to one of the before mentioned authors on Skype. I apologized and explained I was distracted on Skype. They mentioned talking on Skype too. A sneaky suspicion grew for some reason and I asked if they were a published author, taking a shot in the dark. Few questions later, turns out they've self-published two books.
How many Achaeans are secretly authors?!?!
I've always figured that players of Muds might be more inclined to writing and such, but I never figured that not only would I become friends with them, but that I would find them within a short span of each other. We all come from different walks of life but if I find out someone I know is secretly an author I love, I'm going to cry. (You better not be L.E. Modesitt Jr., @Skarash)
On a side note: After finding the first two, I've decided to try to
write more stories and hopefully some of them might get published. Most going to be doing
sci-fi/fantasy short stories for now, but if anyone wants to become
friends and talk with me on Skype for reading/editing my stories, let me
P.S. No names are mentioned because I respect the trust in sharing the information about themselves to me, and that if they want to do so with other Achaeans then it's their choice, not mine. So don't go asking!
You know, that one thing at that one place, with that one person.
Yea, that one!
> cultivate vocabulary
> gotta make money somehow
> hey, I can write better than this 50 Shades trash
> I've got the dirtiest mind I know, I know like 40 synonyms for turgid wiener
> lol omg all these fucking romance 'novel' ebooks aren't even full books??? they're like 30 pages, I crank out more than that talking shit on the internet on a daily basis
> they don't sell for much, but I just want some extra beer money here, I don't need JK money... yet
> get me some wine, let's do this, bring on the residuals
Love Upon the Slopes
Thaddeus Barton - late 30s, white but in a dark kind of way, green eyes, stubble, salt-and-pepper streaks of grey in his otherwise black hair - reclined by the fireside in his private Aspen resort. A snowboarding accident three weeks prior had left him with a broken leg, but his billion-dollar software company wouldn't require his return to Los Angeles for a further fortnight.
A tentative knock came at the door. The help, here to clean, no doubt. Thaddeus smiled slyly, but kept silent, waiting to see how they would react to intruding upon his unexpected presence.
Her back turned as she pulled a trolley of cleaning supplies, the maid entered. Her name was Ana Lucia - late 20s, Argentinian or something, carrying a little extra weight around but in a sexy think-you-can-handle-what-I've-got-hot-stuff kind of way, too much lipstick and not enough eyeshadow - and unbeknownst to her, he'd supervised her hiring, singling her out specifically. She was hot as the dickens with a fat can and natural tits and they banged for 27 pages of mild sexual deviancy broken by an interlude of clumsy political discourse **REWRITE WHEN SOBER**
(Sorry for tarnishing your thread)
The book only cost my mom like $30 too, what a deal.
I very much enjoy writing, and I'm slowly working on putting a little story together that who knows, maybe someday I'll attempt to publish. The hardest part is recognizing that a rough draft is essentially garbage on a piece of paper. Reading my own drafts discourages me.
I do real want to publish someday but I'm still pretty young for my field and haven't found a topic that grabs me enough to take my spare time doing it. I do really want to write a fictional spin on my time bartending nights on Beale Street while I was building my criminal practice during the day. I didn't have any huge cases at the time, but I had one or two that were so weird I could spin them into a bigger fictional story that I think could be compelling. That and I met so many good people and real characters. I'm kinda afraid to start though because I feel like I'm in Grisham's shadow with the setting.
Oh wow! Poetry.com published my poem too! But I had to buy 2 different books because my poems were so awesome I got into 2 books.
ETA: (That was a really cool experience, the judges actually responded to my submission with feedback that was surprisingly helpful)
As long as the magazine wasn't "Hooters and Shooters", it probably does!
There are many great stories out there that I feel like as long as you give it your own spin and voice, it should be fine. Some people are going to compare it to Grisham, but I think that's true of many new stories: you judge it based off of a criteria that previous works that you have read have established. I'm pretty sure that Terry Brooks Shanara series and other early fantasy authors was compared with Tolkien's LOTR, but they were unique, interesting, and enjoyable to read despite any similarities they might have shared. You can always make corrections or show a different personality with the characters and how they interact with the setting and plot. Get writing and worry about the details later on.
tl;dr Start somewhere, write it as you will, and if you need to edit it later on to make it unique then that's okay!
I find it's true that people can be the harshest critic about what they do. Everything could be improved and worked on. Moby Dick wasn't jotted down on a napkin perfect the first time.
Yea, that one!
Yea, that one!
Had a few short stories and such sent to publishers, but no luck at the moment.
Stories by Jurixe and Stories by Jurixe 2
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