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Link: Keira on BlogTalk Radio

Time: 8pm Pacific, 9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern

Character profiles, personal history, dialogue, and speech patterns. How to make fake people more real to yourself and to your reader. Building a three dimensional person on a page is one of the fundamental skills of a fiction writer. Ignoring the character process does the story and your craft a huge disservice.

I'll take writing related questions the second hour. You can call in OR leave feedback on this post with your questions.

keiramarcos: (farscape)

I've created a new site for our writing challenges and it is located here: www.roughtrade.org

You can not use the log in for MY site on the new one. They are run by the same software and have similar layouts (but different art) but they are ENTIRELY SEPARATE in function.

This means -- if you want updates, you'll have to subscribe. If you want to read/comment on Rough Trade, you'll have to register. Period.

Due to the nature of the site, I've decided to make it members only. It's free to join and I found a new painless registration form that doesn't require you wait for an email. Don't bitch about this. It's the way it is and I'm not going to change my mind no matter how much you bitch about it.

Keira

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DO NOT FALL FOR THIS AMAZON WORLDS SHIT. IT IS VERY BAD NEWS FOR FANDOM AND FOR WRITERS. I MEAN THIS. DO NOT JUMP ON THIS BANDWAGON AND BECAUSE THEY WILL ROB YOU BLIND -- INTELLECTUALLY AND FINANCIALLY.

The only person I let screw me these days is my husband.

Read this:
Cats & Dogs Living Together: A Response to the Kindle Worlds Announcement



Then watch this to get your mind off how horrible this whole Kindle Worlds crap is:

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Someone sent me an ebook this morning. A commercial ebook they hacked so they could pass it around to their friends. I responded to the email that I didn't want to receive such things in the future and that I had deleted the ebook without opening it. 

Ebook piracy is a slap in the face of an author. In accepting a book like that, I'm telling that author they weren't worth money. I've been a writer for 25 years. I don't treat other writers that way.

Anyways, the person in question emails back is grossly offended by my "judgment" of her activities. I suppose she's waiting on an email where I tell her I wasn't judging her or her stealing. Well, she'll have a long wait.  I totally judged her, measured her, and found her wanting. Really. I did.

It's theft. It's wrong. It's disgusting. I want no part of it. I don't pirate books. I don't download movies and I only watched one episode of a tv show illegally. Earlier in the year I watched the first episode of Sherlock on megaupload (before the implosion) and felt really guilty about it. I didn't watch the rest of the season as  result and now I have to wait until it comes to Amazon so I can buy the season (which was how I rationalized watching it to begin with -- I always intended to buy it). Still, a moments of enjoyment left me feeling really guilty afterwards. It certainly wasn't what I've considered "fair use". 

No matter how good that book might have been --reading a pirated copy would've been wrong and I would have eventually gone to buy it anyway just so I could feel better about myself. Because, yeah, that's right -- it's really all about me.




FAQ

Feb. 16th, 2012 04:21 pm
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So, I received my THIRD email today from someone suggesting that I have a Frequently Asked Questions on my site. 

Okay, so the thing is that I don't what to put on it.

So you guys want to ask some questions and I'll answer them?
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HI All,

Many of you know I host a community on wordpress.com called Slash World where I and about 10 others post our recommended reads. 

If you are interested in participating in this community, I have about 10 slots open for posters. There is no minimum requirement for postings recs so it's not a serious commitment. We are multi-fandom and I recently added categories for Original fiction (print, free, and ebooks). 

If you are interested in participating email me at: keiramarcos@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who emailed. I've invited a few and have a few more conversations going on. I think I've added some great people with different fandoms so we'll get some great recs out of it.

I would really love a Generation Kill fan! btw!



Have you listened to Josh Groban's New Album? Run to iTunes or whatever music service you subscribe and check it out! It's amazing.

My Site

Jun. 26th, 2011 01:59 am
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Thanks to donations-- I have enough money to rent server space and host my own wordpress site. This would allow me to do a lot of fun stuff and give me options for lots of different templates and perhaps even create a members only section that would obviously be free to join but not available to the public. I could also host my own ebook files which I can't currently do on my site because of the different file type restrictions on uploads.

It wouldn't be much of a change from the outside -- even the links would stay the same after the move was complete.

What do you guys think?

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