Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    There's an insight here that I think you're in danger of losing by using the pithy and provocative "plot is character" and "exposition is plot"*. If character means anything distinct, then what you're sort of saying is that character is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Check if your surname originates from the Scottish- English border. Sigh. Paternal Grandmother from Alnwick. Clearly horse theft is in my blood. My brother is allergic to horses, while I have not stolen any thanks to sheer willpower....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    My Dad's great-uncle was a corporal in Allenby's headquarters*, and one of the few members of my family serving in WW1 who managed not to be punished for misusing army horses. It's a recurring theme; they're always borrowing the company...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    If Greg doesn't like Times New Roman 11pt, then good for him. One advantage of an ebook is that you can change the font to suit yourself. I had reasons for my choice*. I've read some of Rusch's posts which...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    General Allenby twice broke the Turkish lines and followed up with cavalry exploitation by the Desert Mounted Corps during the First World War*. Although they did occasionally skirmish mounted, especially during their pursuit of the Turkish forces, in general they...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Well the easy answers: Book designed in Microsoft Office Word 2007 Cover in gimp Wordcount: just over 100,000 words (the file including title, copyright page etc. says it's 101,798) Font: 11pt Times New Roman Line Spacing is 1.15. Paragraph Indent...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Neil, sorry, but when was the last time you were a brand new writer with a finished book and you've just started the multi year process of trying to get Trad published. Have you seen the latest "first contract" as...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    The other thing to remember is, that if you can some how make a deal with Trad Publishing today, you lose total control of your book, for life plus 70 years, all for a few bucks, and the glory of...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    "I have a series of simple edits here, which I will resolve be rewriting the entire book, because then my editor will be more impressed with me." I apologise for being THAT GUY but having a tiny mistake in this...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    As an aside, people I know who are into Robert Anton Wilson enjoyed this play about him, on in London until the end of the week. I haven't seen it. Here's some of the background....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Look guys we aren't going to get a better gnomic weirdo conspiracy theorist who makes more sense than we expect unless we make our own. If you want to join the dots between the strange, the hidden and the normal,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Any sufficently advanced satire etc....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Couple of possible sub-plots: - Orcish teenagers forming their own groups and wandering the countryside playing bad versions of the PCs songs. - Elder Orcs blaming the music for everything wrong with modern orckind* - Another group of bards to...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Trump: Cthulhu, strong leader, great guy, admire him a lot. Official Statement: The Donald J Trump campaign had no contact whatsoever with any Elder God and has no plans to visit the lost city of R'leyh, the planet Yuggoth, or...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well I was going to say someone knows how to get him in front of a microphone and stick pretty close to the script when he really needs to (I assume one makes sure he sleeps/eats/goes to the toilet/takes medication...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Wait a minute. Looking at the original letter again I recognise the name of the editorial director. He is an expert in electrical engineering, information technology and communications. In other words he knows perfectly well how plausible or otherwise Charlie's...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Unlikely is the word. The "transition" is going to be at least a generation. Still, if a final peaceful resolution is unthinkable then we're sort of left with the current slightly unstable and uncomfortable situation with hideous war the most...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Surely from a game theory persepctive it would be better to negotiate a unification between SK and NK, offering the NK elites important positions during the transition, immunity and generous pensions (in return for some sort of Truth and Reconciliation...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I find it fairly easy to forgive super-hacking in a world in which a bow is used as a hand-to-hand weapon, no one knows how to pronounce Ra's Al Ghul (even his own own children) and going back in time...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Looks like Farage is going to stand again in my constituency. Last time this had the tiniest of silver linings as we got a lot of entertaining fringe candidates. I will be deploying my usual argument to those considering voting...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yeah. I mean if May completely drops the ball and for some reason no one is interested in Brexit then there'd be a contest but if at any point things stop going the Tory's way they'll shout "Brexit" and promise...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Presumably the election will therefore be ran with both LD and Lab saying they'll reverse article 50, instead of offering a different way of leaving. May will probably get a landslide. Since Corbyn and the Labour Party are officially Leave...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Sigh. I have to approve. I've been saying May ought to go to the country to put her changes in direction since the election and her full Hard Brexit plans into action... And she's probably going to win. Because the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    (Although there's some — it's rarely documented so hard to tell — evidence that Victorian unmarried folks got up to everything short of penis-in-vagina-and-ejaculation intercourse, sex was a risky activity for women, so economics comes into play ...) In...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    ...car culture will be tweaked to dead (note the changes from the loss of 19th Century horse culture), so that's a not of new words and phrases to evolve. What will replace "you're driving me nuts?." I could drive a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    IF (and it's a big if) we follow Charlie's thoughts on development of global languages I would expect English to push out Urdu and probably Hindi. 40% of Indians speak Hindi as a first language; if you are a non...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Not having IoT items in your home is a good start but unfortunately even I sometimes leave my house in which case one might discover that, to make up an example at random, a hotel might have replaced light switches...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Okay, re-tasking the drone now....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    If I dump my Carbon stocks now, and the bubble continues for, say, another US Presidential election cycle, then I lose money and look like an idiot. If I am a professional investment consultant this is bad for my career....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I partially agree with you; abortion, infanticide, and birth control were issues the Romans were concerned with throughout their history; there were many laws passed to increase birth rates (one of Augustus off the top of my head). Yet birth...
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