November 22nd, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

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I've never read the book myself, but apaprently something called "Story" by Bob McKay might hold potential - I don't read how-to writing books, as a rule, preferring to plunge into the deep end by myself and teach myself how to swim if I don't want to drown, but I've just seen someone in my newsgroup say THIS:

I guess definition is the wrong word, but [Bob McKay] splits research out in three categories:
1. Memory (research from what you know / have experience)
2. Imagination (research from noodling)
3. Fact (research in books etc.)

Hey, I LIKE that. It explains a lot of things, actually. Everything you'll ever write about is covered by one of those categories or a combination thereof. And the whole "write what you know" chestnut - which, if believed, would consign the ENTIRE genre of fantasy and science fiction to the flames - becomes a lot more manageable...

Back to your regularly scheduled entertainments now. More later. Maybe.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

"It's Star Trek, Jim, but not as we know it..."

shadowhelm apparently couldn't get past #5 on this without cracking up. Hell, I couldn't get past Number Eight.

This is fricking HILARIOUS.

(And I might add one more thing to that list. Over all the damned CENTURIES that the series timeline spans... *haven't you idiots learned to stay AWAY from space time anomalies instead of hurtling into them without a thought for the inevitable consequences...?)