“Holy Crab”

Rewriting... 

37 comments:

  1. Diandra Linnemann2/08/2012

    Sounds like fun! 

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  2. Sounds like a fun filled adventure..."Holy Crab!" Love it hahaha...:D XXX

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  3. My experience: 
    Goodreads is not the place to go for "stirring the pot" as a serious writer. Goodreads, Writer's Café and Booksie, are all sites for vanity teenage writers. It's okay if you want to get some initial feedback about your writing. But most of the feedback you receive will be the equivalent of eating popcorn - tastes great, but doesn't really feed you. Besides there are so many people there, that you will never stand out between all the hearts & flowers poetry and "dear diary vampire fantasies". I think I only found about 3 works worth reading at Goodreads - worthy enough to make an honest critique of strong and weak points. 
    Writing.com and TheNextBigWriter are slightly better, because they require their members to pay, but they won't get you any closer to being published than you are now. All of these sites have one thing in common: You will put lots of effort into reading other people's stuff, and critiquing it. Most of them won't care. Many are teenage writers who are only jotting down their Twilight fantasies of making love to Edward Cullen between English and gym classes. Ask yourself: is that the sort of input you want or need? Do you want constructive criticism or do you want, "Oh, wow! That's cool!" And the end, they cannot publish your book; they won't even buy it. 
    I found  Writer's Digest is the best sight for obtaining professional tips about becoming a published writer. And blog rings with published writers is a good way to get to know other successful writers to find out what they did to get published.
    And if you want to go the self-publishing route, you might consider Smashwords, although the self-publishing route is a hard road, because most of the books out of self-publishing pits are vanity books. America Publishes doesn't give a damn if you can write a coherent sentence or not. They will publish public restroom grafitti scribbled on toiletpaper if you submit it. They only care about you paying your money upfront, and selling the books is your problem. It's hard, but keep trying for a reliable lit agent, and not one which wants you to go to their seminars before you can submit your work. 
    ....
    I'm using Tumblr for blog bait now; it's blog survival. 
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    Bit.ly is supposed to be something of a scam, and many people have started to tweak their virus protection so that Bit-ly leaks cannot be clicked. Bit-ly did it to themselves by allowing all sorts of spammers on their wagon, so that many of the bit-ly links (especially from East Europe) where loaded with trojans, worms, etc. The Russians love bit-ly, because most virus links cannot "sniff" their germs ahead of time. The result: Norton, McAffee and Kaspersky generally block bit-ly links. 

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  4. brain riot occurred when reading the exerpt; am having visions of holy crabs with gold leafed carapaces and silverplated pincers encrusted with jewels

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  5. Is the Holy Crab like the Golden Calf, LOL?

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  6. OOHHH  this is so exciting!!!  I read a lot of short stories (novellas?) on my ereader...am so looking forward to reading yours...

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  7. Thanks for your detailed comment, Celeste. The accounts I've just opened for school have little to do with my actual writing, neither does the publishing course. We will study the platforms in relation to e-reading devices and e-publishing in general. You are absolutely right about Bit.ly, and that is one of the notes I made to discuss in our next class session. I did a bit of research before opening the accounts, and read about the spam issues, so I attached my account to a school email and won't access it away from my school computer. I was looking at the account yesterday, and I have gotten all kinds of questionable messages already. 

    Anyhoo, I'll share more as I go.

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  8. Hm, I didn't even think about that. Interesting...

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  9. Linda Wildenstein2/08/2012

    What a lovely adventure you're having. I can see why you are so excited about the prospects.
    Now to the Holy Crab......I want more to read. Just a few passages and I'm hungry for more Crab.
    Oma Linda

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  10. Craftysandi2/08/2012

    Ok wth!?!? You never told me you had a blog, and blogger never listed one when I went to look!! I love this blog!! I am so following you lady! And your story looks like it's going to be amazing! I wanna read the rest! :)

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  11. I'll cross my fingers for you, and my toes too; for good measure! :)

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  12. Magaly, I am crossing my fingers, my toes, my arms, my legs and anything else I can ;o) This is so exciting!!!!

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  13. Sounds like a fun read! How exciting for you! Crossing fingers :)

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  14. Sounds like a blast!! And "Holy Crab!" I want to read some more ;-)

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  15. "hungry for more Crab," ha!

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  16. Welcome, my crafty one ;-)

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  17. And I'll follow your lead ;-)

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  18. Hi magaly! Holy Crab is BRILLIANT!!!! This is exciting and I anxiously await the news of how your class progresses. I am interested in learning how to get published too so this is fantastic! Celeste's imput was very valuable info also. Oh I wish I just had more time.... off to worky poo! Hugs, Deb

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  19. ljrich2/09/2012

    LOL, "Holy Crab". My fingers are crossed for you! Sounds great!

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  20. lilacwolf2/09/2012

    That sounds like a fun class.  And from what I've heard the e-books are tricky.  But why do you have to set up brand new accounts?

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  21. I'm quite excited, too! I'll let you know how it goes.

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  22. I'm not sure of why we need new accounts, but I'll ask. I don't like the idea of having a bunch of homes all over the web.

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  23. Pixie Allen2/10/2012

    Only YOU could entise me to read more with the title of HOLY CRAB hahahahaha of Magaly how I have missed you lol Im back in the world of blog, and as ever would love to read more about Holy Crab hahaha
    You sound like you are on one hell of a journey right now, hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

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  24. I am very glad you are back in the blogging business ;-)
    Guess I better stop by and see what else you've been up to!

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  25. Sounds like tons of fun! Of course be careful, tumblr is a time suck. I love it though.

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  26. After speaking to the instructor, I was able to delete the new accounts and use my existing ones. Good thing, I already have very little room for any time-sucking activities ;-)

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  27. OMG Magaly! This is super exciting. What an absolute thrill to be able to spend your time in subjects you adore doing things you excel at.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I have read of "Holy Crab" and feel a bit teased, in a very good sort of way. I really want to read it in it's entirety.  I was spellbound from the start. I can actually see the movements and facial expressions of your characters and the mood of this scene. Superb, my lovely friend. You are amazing!  

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  28. I had so much fun writing "Holy Crap." I still laugh when I read it. I can't wait to share it, too ;-)

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