01-29-2007 08:48 AM
01-29-2007 10:39 AM
Books are a big part of my life, from my own collections to two of my jobs, writer and librarian. I've published several short stories in the fantasy realm, ranging from romantic to dark fantasy and am in charge of the sci-fi/fantasy section in the library.
I'm looking forward taking part in this group, there seems to be a wide spectrum of personalities to make it all the more interesting.
01-29-2007 12:04 PM
Thank You Marta for running this workshop!
I'm Linda and currently live in Wisconsin. I have been an avid reader since my mother first introduced me to the public library back in the late 60's (and now I've aged myself - oh well). My favorite science fiction authors are H.G. Wells, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Mary Doria Russell, Connie Willis and Robert Heinlein. I've also read tons of earlier short story collections (70s/80s), but the authors names escape me now (although some of their concepts still enthrall me). I've also (recently) read Tolkiens Lord of the Rings and found it fascinating, and Diana Galbaldons first in the Outlander series.
I write poetry, mystery and science fiction and have more manuscripts-in-progress and story ideas on loose leaf paper than I can keep track of. I need to master the kmbits (keep my butt in the seat) rule and practice the f.o.c.u.s. mantra (follow one course until succesful). Hopefully I'll learn some good ways to do just that during this workshop because I have two science fiction manuscripts-in-progress that I really want to finish.
I enjoy writing science fiction because it gives one a certain freedom to explore the 'what if' questions about technology, the worlds potentially 'out there somewhere', the world around us and the world inside us. I would try my hand at fantasy if I could concoct an idea that is totally different from what current fantasy novels seem to be about, but so far I haven't had any 'aha' ideas.
I'm looking forward to this workshop!
01-29-2007 02:34 PM - edited 01-29-2007 02:34 PM
I could say I've wanted this (to be a writer, I mean) "all my life" and such, and it HAS been in the back of my mind for quite some time, but I've never been really serious about it until recently. I think I tell good stories.
I sat down a few months ago and pushed out a story that I'd started waaaay back when I was a baby Airman in the USAF. I've since retired and needed a job, so here I am. I am now writing whenever I get the inspiration, and have actually finished three shorts and begun a novel that will (if it's good enough for publication) probably be at least three books, and maybe as many as ten, depending on what they tell me to write about them.
Oddly enough, other than a rough outline, I really have no idea what will come out on the screen when I write.
I have been a SFF fan for as long as I can remember, and that's where I my stories are taking me.
I have submitted one of my shorts (titled "51st State" ) to a major competition and am hoping for a shot at the big time
I think readers make the very best writers, and I love to read. I have also recently realized that writing is hard work!!
Good luck to me and all of you hopeful writers out there...hopefully we'll all be famous writers someday!!
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01-29-2007 05:47 PM
I started a Fantasy story in 2002 and have plunked away at it when it screams to be heard. I can't say that I've always wanted to be a writer but my path seems to be heading in that direction.
I have started a writing course and look forward to the knowledge that I will gain from it. Through this Book Club I also hope to gain the confidence and skill to pursue a writing career.
01-29-2007 07:14 PM - edited 01-29-2007 07:14 PM
My name is Eric Burt, I am 33 years old and have four beautiful girls. I spent the last 10 years in the Army and still can't seem to get away from post. I got a job out there as an excuse to keep myself close to the military without actually having to still be in.
I took have been nursing a desire to write a novel for some time now. However, I always have a different excuse for why I can't sit down and do it. I am joining this group so I can persue that life long tickle of a dream. To strengthen my typing skills I have a program that will help me learn to touch type. That hopefully will increase my speed on the keyboard. We'll see how that goes(as I look at my fingers).
I took this class last year and because I have A.D.D or something I never finished the class. I am looking forward to the 5th of Feb to get the ball rolling again. I look forward to bouncing ideas and such.
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01-29-2007 08:05 PM - edited 01-29-2007 08:05 PM
Since I was a kid I've started to write stories. I say started because I could never finish the darn things! It always starts out with me having a really good idea for a novel in my head and I have to get it down on paper or the computer. But I havn't been able to finish them, for whatever reason. I have many stories that have just a few chapters or pages to their credit and then it cuts off, undone. I'm hoping that with some help I can finish my stories that I have started to write and write new ones with all the ideas bouncing around in my head.
I really look forward to learning, writing and helping!
Message Edited by book_worm on 01-29-200705:24 PM
01-30-2007 04:39 PM
01-30-2007 06:34 PM
I have been writing off and on for most of my life, starting with a three-sentence “story” I wrote in first grade called “Chicken Little and the Easter Bunny”, and continuing on to the present. I’m proudest of the fact that I’ve written a 127-page (permanently unpublished) Star Wars novel, but I’m mostly a short story writer; novels are a lot of work, and I don’t really have the time right now.
I have been reading science fiction and fantasy novels for over 30 years. I discovered Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek all within months of each other when I was in seventh grade. (It was a banner year!) There isn’t enough room to list all of the books and series I’ve read, although I’ve hit the highlights, like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders, Isaac Asimov’s robots and Foundation series, LotR, Narnia, James A. White’s Sector General novels, various comic books and graphic novels, and a lot of novels and series aimed at children and young adults.
What I would like from this forum: I’m mostly interested in just talking with other authors about writing in this particular genre. Most of the people I work with don’t read science fiction or fantasy (in fact, I did seasonal work in my local Barnes and Noble over Christmas, and the head of the Juvenile department followed me around one afternoon and took notes on the books I pointed out, because she said she knew nothing about SF and wanted to be able to recommend things to kids and parents). I don’t know anyone who actually writes science fiction or fantasy, except for authors I’ve met online. At the moment, I have no burning need to publish anything, but I’ve spent the last few years writing what’s known as fanfiction, and it might be nice to write something original for once.
01-30-2007 10:28 PM
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis in Minnesota. ( Yes, it is currently VERY cold here!) I enjoy reading and writing just about anything. Like most aspiring writers, I do a lot more reading than writing, but plan on buckling down and getting a bit more serious about writing daily.
I am currently reading the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. I enjoy Niven, Brin, Orson Scott Card, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin. I also love Mary Renault and Stephen King, oh.. and Dorothy Parker. Wow.. I think I could go on and on.
I look forward to seeing how this forum progresses.
01-30-2007 11:05 PM
If you’re a fan of fantasy author Barbara Hambly, you might recognize my user-name.
Another Star Wars fan! I just finished reading Barbara Hambly's "Children of the Jedi" and "Planet of Twilight". I thoroughly enjoyed them. I would like to ask your opinion of something that has nagged at me a bit. I lurked on the Star Wars official web site, and it appears to me that the fans seem to prefer the male Star Wars authors. Timothy Zahn and Kevin Anderson are great writers, but I enjoyed Barbara Hambly and Vondra McIntyre's entries into the Star Wars Expanded Universe, also. I'm not trying to be controversial because I believe women can write sci-fi just as well as men. It's just that some fans' perception seems to be that the female authors' work isn't as good as the males. Any thoughts about that?
01-31-2007 12:34 AM
Glad to see yet another woman who's a Star Wars fan! Look for a PM from me in the next day or so.
01-31-2007 09:38 AM
Ever since I was a kid, I loved to read, and started writing a few years ago about a fictional country on a small board. About two years back I started a project called Blairwood, Vermont, which is about kids and experiments done to them.
Seldes directed me to this board from another where I write a bunch of small time stories, nothing major, just to make people laugh. Hopefully, one day, Blairwood will see some time in the limelight
02-01-2007 12:33 AM
02-01-2007 06:05 PM
At the moment, I have several ideas that I am trying to get onto paper, one of them an almost-started novel. The three or four chapters I do have are now backstory that may or may not make an appearance in the actual book, so I don't count them anymore. I hope that this discussion will get me past the 'lying down until the urge passes' stage.
02-01-2007 07:45 PM - edited 02-01-2007 07:45 PM
I'm Anne. I live in Illinois, near Chicago. I work with computers and people. My job is pretty stressful so I write for fun - I'm a bit of a workaholic. Sometimes I get stuck and can't write. Sometimes, I write poetry. I have no idea where it comes from, but it appears.
I have written in the SF and fantasy genre previously. Sometimes I write science fantasy, sometimes fantasy; sometimes it could be anything - all while I'm trying to write science fiction. One day, I will get there. I have a few science fiction ideas that I'm working on from time to time.
Science fiction is so interesting to me, that I momentarily forget all those reasons I can't write, and I just do it. It feels pretty good. I'm still writing primarily on inspiration. I would like to get to a point where I can write more freely.
Over the years I've read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. Currently, I’m currently reading a novel by Vernor Vinge called A Deepness in the Sky. It seems pretty good. I like Pat Murphy(starting with the Adventures of Max Merriwell), and Thomas Pynchon( V, Gravity’s Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49), Douglas Adams (especially the Dirk Gently stories), Phillip K. Dick(everything) and Marta Randall (all of them, including the ones that have yet to be written).There are more.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to start my own subgenre. I just need some new thoughts….
With this course, or in the course of this book club, I'd like to find that inspiration that will help me get writing again. I hope to be challenged and inspired. I hope to meet new people and find common ground in our goals.
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02-01-2007 07:57 PM
02-03-2007 11:21 AM - edited 02-03-2007 11:21 AM
I use to love writing fiction, and still love reading it, but have gotten into the habit of just writing what needs to be written- I do a lot of report writing at work- and not writing just for the catharsis of it. What I like to read is fiction, romance, fantasy, and science fiction hybrid stuff. I have tons of fantasies and made up stories in my head, I'd like to learn to get on paper (or screen really) better.
Message Edited by Bonnie824 on 02-03-200711:23 AM
02-03-2007 12:29 PM
02-03-2007 12:50 PM
"Because there is no where safer then inbetween the pages of my heart."