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About Matalina

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  1. Shredder renames: Taming the Shrews Funny story: I was hitting up thesaurus.com and misspelled shred (shread), it gave me some suggestions. One of which was shrew, which immediately brought up the classic tale in my head. Could go with Taming the Lions too since a shredder is all about taming those words and making them behave. I like the Shrews better cause it makes me giggle inside.
  2. An interesting concept Arie. I do like the easy/hard, and think it could work.
  3. I'd be interested in seeing the point system you have. As far as names I don't really have any suggestions short of using a thesuarus. My mind is full of code and permissions systems atm so renaming isn't in my scope atm. Maybe later I can think of something. Google Docs is probably best - the editing/suggestion feature making it great for the "shredder" stuff.
  4. Totally agree that it's not a very active club and the demographic for two people is just as easy to share a folder between pms to drop copies etc into Which is also a possibility, if we don't have enough. Create a shared folder in google docs and do an entrance 'interview' with new club members to see if they want to participate in those 'private' critiques, and behind the scenes you could send them the share access. But sharing links and passwords is not safer than just posting it here. Though I do know we have a few more active parties just not seeing much from them right now - maybe they forgot lol. I have to remember to check back. I'd really like to get an active online writing group short of the chaos that is my facebook groups of tens of thousands of people.
  5. the RPs have private clubs for their subsections. I don't think they'd have a problem with one specific to copyright protection. At least it makes more sense in this case IMO. I get it's a separate club and all but it would be better than posting passwords to google docs in public places. Still the same problem as posting it here imo.
  6. I don't think incentives work as well as say deadlines do. Nothing overly extensive, but stickers don't do it for me. Though gamifying things always is fun. I'm currently using habiticia for my daily life, work and writing cause it has levels. Something simple like each level is 2x the points so level 1 (is free) or 2 points, 2 would be 4 pts... assign each 'activity' a point value at creation and let us keep tabs on that. But I'm happy with just having someplace active to talk writing so whatever others might want to spur activity/participation. All the public clubs are public to everyone. I don't know if we are an open but private group. Don't even know if that is an option. You could ask if you could create an invite only private group specifically for copyright retention.
  7. I made a daily word prompt, music prompt and photo prompt that posts new stuff everyday. It's random. The word list is short not sure if it's duplicating or not, but I don't think it is yet. But it could be. You can pull from that: https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/ and if there is some other prompt that could be randomly pulled with a large enough data source I could add in more. It was just a word prompt.
  8. The walk was nothing new. Nox had spent more time traipsing around cities. The only difference was there were roots and bushes to contend with instead of people and garbage. It was rather refreshing. Ful and Mer followed along or at least, he assumed they did. Once to their destination, Nox would have preferred to get straight to work but instead they offered up refreshments and Nox declined their hospitality. He just wanted to get this done. One of the Band was there with them. "Which one of you is the craziest?" The mere question made Nox's head snap in his direction. He hated that word. He'd heard it one too many times. He was about to answer when a girl stepped in. She easily covered up the mistaken words. Craziest to volunteer. "None of us volunteered." Nox said with a smirk. Nox chose, instead of taking offense at the intended words, to chuckle. "But I'm more crazy than them. Been at it longer. But the taint is gone. You have nothing to fear." Nox knew first hand the difference in before and after. Saidin was so clean now. That sticky residue made him sick to his stomach. But he had touched it before. Damage was done. He knew that. Nox wanted to change the subject though. "So where are we digging this hole?" **** [[ ooc: pretty sure it's cleansed if not I'll retract my bits but pretty sure that's the right time line. ]]
  9. Nox waved off Ful's concern. "I'm fine." He prayed he didn't have to go past the thin veil that kept him from losing his grip on reality. It wasn't the madness, he knew that, just extreme paranoia and caution. But the power made Nox feel safe and he didn't want to go in the stedding. "I was told we didn't have to go in. I can't help dig a well inside there." He wasn't going to dig a hole for them with a shovel. If they thought that was why he was here, they were mistaken. He could dig a well with the Power out here. And if it was in there, then he was just going to be transportation. Nox waited for instructions. He wasn't going inside no matter what.
  10. So.... I just finished the first read through of 5 books (the prequel, and the first 4 completing the first arc). I have a ton of work left to do. But I think I wrote down all the plot holes and the questions. And going in I knew book 4 was WAY too short. So I kept in mind things that I could address in that last book to fill it out since there was nothing but the main plot in the whole thing. I'm going to flesh out the 4th book. Work on getting my story bible complete. Then work on the scene by scene analysis and editing. But I found this Self Publishing Podcasts and one of the things that they said was cool that was't usually seen was something like the Walking Dead where you could visit the page/app while watching the TV show and it gave you behind the scene footage. Which really said to me I REALLY need more time in the day so I could do my epic ebook app where all my books are offered through the app, and at the touch of the word you could see information about that word... so say it's a characters name, you could see their biography, a rendition of their likeness, where they appeared in prior books etc.... (no spoilers unless you'd enable them but they'd be off by default). Want to know more about the place the scene is taking place you can do that too. Like I said epic ebook plans. It's a lot of work as both a writer and programmer. And can't really do both at the same time le sigh. And if you wanted to make money with the app it'd have to work for other authors too.... with minimal coding ... ugh... more work lol. So yeah that's one thing I'm thinking of doing. But I'm thinking that a simple web page too for each book with the same information could work too. Again in order to enable spoilers based on a book that still requires programming. Which I've dunked into before. (All this is why the story bible is important) But none of this matters if people don't ya know buy the book. My first draft has been published on Nox's blog. Why? Because I wanted people to read it. And I have no intentions of removing it when I get these published. So the free version will always be available if you can wade through typos and the blog style format. (I was going to start with another But... lol so I'm not) I read an article somewhere don't remember where or when it was dated that said the best way to stay on top at Amazon is to put out books every 30 days... no way I can manage that. These books have taken me 3 years to get to this point. Granted the next 4 won't but I won't start editing until I finish the next 4 book arc... why? So I can fill in the plot holes over the arc. So give it another 2 years to do. At least. I can release the 4 books 6 months apart and cover the 2 years I think it'll take to write and edit the next 4. BUT I was thinking that I could break up my prequel into the short stories they actually could be, and sell then 30 days apart, for as my stories as there are, and then release book 1 30 days after the last short, and offer up the whole short story compilation for free 30 days after release of book 1 (or the first short for free release the compilation 30 days after) Sound good? Bad? What have others of you who have self published. I know Jason and Mashiara are both traditioanlly published so not sure what that differs for ya'll.
  11. Start writing? See which one like Lily says suits your fancy. My current story looks nothing like the first go. The character and world are the same, but that first book is nothing like the original version.
  12. I like the prompt/theme idea as well. Though I'm less likely to participate. As I'm in editing phase I'd be happy to share pre and/or post edited works too. I always like collections of what happens in writing articles around the web too. I could help with collecting some from my favorite authors. Or we could all post those that we liked/found useful etc.
  13. Pintrest can have some great prompts. I'll share my board as it's mostly magical in nature and might spawn some plot ideas. But it's not easy to grab on my phone.... But my pintrest is linked in the sidebar... It'll be the writing prompt board.
  14. Sounds like you need a multi boss/plot with lots of sub bosses/plots. My current series is broken down into 2 arcs with 4 subplots all working towards the one end defeat the bad guy. But knowing nox he won't follow the generic outline to a t. The first book being not thought of as a series in this case would need to get a bigger why. Why did these events happen on a larger scale? Who could have been pulling strings? And why? Then after i have these big main points. I work on the subplots for each story. Where each book defeats a sub boss untill you get to the big boss. If ever. My first book in the series revolves personally around the love of his life coming back into his life as part of the bigger plot. Even though they haven't see each other in 5 years. The next book deals with a very personal matter that does touch the main plot but is all about destroying his inner demon... Quite literally. And in each book they defeat a sub boss. The reason the story takes place. My four book arc takes place in 2 months. But look at the wheel of Time. 14 books that takes place in two years. A lot happened in those 2 years. Realistic. Maybe. Maybe not. Just make sure you don't switch seasons quickly or you will lose those other moments in between. We as readers won't care really how much time passes as long as it's logical. As a writer timing is everything. I have a few timeline issues I need to fix. Because the first draft I skew accidentally when writing looked at the wrong calendar. I use Pinterest to find prompts when I'm looking for an idea on what type of sub story I want to tell.
  15. The gateway was closed and everyone was through. It was tiring, and being this close to the stedding made Nox nervous. He didn't want to be without his power. It was a curiosity but no, he wouldn't cross the line unless he absolutely had to. And this was optional - so no! he thought to himself. She had made the comment he'd heard a lot over the past years. But it was normal to him now. He remembered the first time he stepped through the gates into Tear from the Farm. It was the first time he'd been awake to do so, and it had been daunting at first. Now he did it with ease. Which only went to show he could adapt. Even if it was anxiety bound - he could adapt. Nox looked around for the other two under his charge and found them with a few members of the Band of the Red Hand. He only knew they weren't wolfkin, their eyes were normal. Every wolfkin in the area all had those golden eyes. He didn't want to interrupt but he also didn't want them to get too far out of range. They were his students after all. Nox answered Rhya. "I don't think I will." He said it loud enough for Merdyn and Ful to hear "Though they might want to give it a go." Nox had no interest in losing his power. But they were far more curious than he was.
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