I saw a guy on campus today with a canister on his back full of some liquid spraying for either weeds or bugs. For some reason (not at all because he looked like one--he didn't!), my imagination came up with a scene in which an ogre is spraying -icides. When asked by the human POV character what he's doing, he replies, "Eh...sprayin' for 'umans." He finally looks up: "Hey!"
I bet it would fit right into a story in which humans are blamed for all the death in the universe. Ironic yet fitting.
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2008 20:49:48 GMT -5 by myrthman
The same thing happened to me years ago, Robi. I was a staff editor for Multnomah Publishers but I was longing for more time to write my own stuff. Not three months later I was suddenly unemployed! I did write during that time, however. My Operation: Firebrand novels happened during this time, as well as the first nonfiction book I co-wrote.
The best of times and the worst of times...
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I realize this thread is probably dead, but I've been away for several months. The more I think about your opening post, the more I like it! It could be done either as humor or serious. Though, if you go with serious, I would suggest dropping the dragon as engine. As humor, there are many ways you could go. I have heard that comic fantasy is the hardest to write. I can see why.
For the serious side, Star Trek did something like this in a novel series- Invasion. In Invasion, many worlds of the Alpha Quadrant were once ruled by the Fury Empire. The history of the FE is remembered in the folk lore and nightmares of the enslaved worlds. Since they were driven out and flung across the galaxy, the furies have been searching for their old space. Now they've found it. And they want their old worlds back.
True holiness comes when we loathe sin not when we loathe getting caught.
My job is to help people find paid employment first, and encourage them to see to other needs and desires after that.
My relationship with my wife is to encourage her to do what's best for her mind and heart (read: "write her own stuff"), seeing as how I earn enough money (barely) to support the two of us at a lower middle class standard of living.
So I can see both sides of that.
I would advise, however, spending more time either writing stuff that pays, (e.g. freelance submissions to on-line or other magazines or newspapers) or looking for a day job that pays, than writing our own fiction novels. I'd probably spend six hours a day looking for a job, if I were currently un-employed, and the rest writing. And I wouldn't look for a job among the job postings. Rather, I would approach each company that I would consider working for, and inquire as to when they would next be hiring what sorts of people for which positions. That's what we refer to, in the human services field, as "mining the hidden job market." 75% jobs are never listed, and thus fit in this category. They are aquired by face to face contact with employers and by networking.
*hops off of job-related soapbox*
I pray favor and success upon all of you who are not writing, or not working right now.
Some struggle through the desert because He said . . .[br][br]". . .If you would be my disciples, you must take up your cross daily and follow me"