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Posted on 28 Jun 2012 21:27:46 BDT
The most important thing is to keep the characters in character. Everything else ( including the plot) is secondary.

Except for me, when the plot is sort of an optional extra...

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 21:40:37 BDT
The plot might feel like an optional extra in yours but you have to hang the jokes on something. Methinks the (not lady) does protest too much. But surely that's how it's done, you get an idea you point the characters at it and with the odd nudge in the right direction, you just sit back and see what they do.



Posted on 28 Jun 2012 21:48:26 BDT
I though a plot was a piece of ground where you plant vegetables...

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 21:59:57 BDT
Nah. That's an allotment. Phnark

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 22:06:38 BDT
and grow marrows...

ok, a plot is what you build a house on

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 22:13:08 BDT
And there's me thinking that was foundations.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 22:26:56 BDT
The foundations go on the plot. And the house goes on the foundations.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 22:55:07 BDT
Like the cake, the plot is a lie.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 23:26:23 BDT
My plot's all over the place. I'm not sure I'd ever put a house on it but it might support a book. I'll have to see how it turns out.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2012 07:54:10 BDT
Cake is truth, truth is cake.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2012 10:47:45 BDT
Jim Webster says:
I'd suggest that if we're talking foundations, the plot is the foundation garment that sort of holds the book into shape

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2012 11:21:14 BDT
Like a corset? Or a girdle?

(I typed that as 'griddle' at first!)

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 11:25:14 BDT
I suppose if you're cooking the books a griddle is very useful.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 11:28:57 BDT
You don't want those telltale burnt lines all over them...

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 12:07:56 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Mind you, with dodgy finances, you might want something that will 'lift and separate'

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 16:24:25 BDT
MTM, I wish to present you with an example of the benefits to be obtained from proper parenting.

Teenage daughter is allowed to control the music in the car, when her ipod playlists runs:
Transvision Vamp,
Guns & Roses
Lenny kravitz
Blues brothers...

See what proper parenting does?

*Smug grin...*

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 16:42:21 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Many years ago, daughter was small girl, playing with toys on carpet, and was aged about three.
Small girls that age will often talk or sing to themselves as they play. I walked through the room, daughter was singing,and I thought 'how cute'
I stopped to listen. She was singing 'Hotel California'
Now that's a proper education!

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 17:21:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2012 17:22:48 BDT
I apparently used to make up my own songs when I was small. My Mum tells my my favourite consisted of repeating the words 'Don't you call me porridge man' over and over again to a made up tune. Not sure how I survived...

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 17:41:17 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Oh I don't know, great musical careers have been launched on the back of somewhat more inane lyrics!

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 17:42:31 BDT
I would easily qualify for the X Factor I suppoise.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 17:45:45 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Sorry, I hadn't realised you were that bad!

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 17:52:32 BDT
Well at the age of 3 I was...

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 20:49:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2012 20:53:47 BDT
I know that I sang the first three bars of Three Blind Mice from 11pm to 4am one night. I lived in a school and the dormitory was all one side of the building and then it turned the corner and the first window of the abutting building was my bedroom. The boys in the dormitory woke me up. I didn't like it, I sang 3 blind mice at them. When I went to that school in the 6th form this story had been passed down through generations of intake through the house in question (my Dad was a housemaster) and they were all very intrigued, in a slightly nervous kind of way, that I was now fully grown, and among them.

McMini, meanwhile, likes the Stranglers - No More Heroes/Walk on By/Duchess/Hanging Around kind of era because he likes Hugh Corwnall's voice.

He makes up stuff too it's lovely to listen to.

Meanwhile the plot bomb has completely exploded and the whole of book 3 is now completely radioactive. Not rip it up and start again radioactive but... Although I don't mind because I think it's going to make things far more interesting. I'm not sure if it was on here but someone was talking somewhere about a fantasy series were some woman got trapped in a cave and the author forgot about her and nobody found out what happened to her.

Yeh. Well my MC's snurd is here with us and he's back in his version of reality. But it's got a portal in it so I have to get it back there somehow because Lord Vernon would never leave the portal out in the wild. He'd want it back. And the Snurd. But only The Pan's fingerprint will start/call it.

So I think they'll get it by using his limp hand while he's out cold, remove the portal and crush the snurd. But... Ah Ha! Because it's hyper de-luxe it will silently re-shape itself on a dump somewhere and go to find its master. Phnark. He does have spare keys because Snurd (the company) haven't returned them after they did the re-build.

What am I going on about...?

Hello everyone.


Edited to make it slightly less mad.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 21:14:23 BDT
Jim Webster says:
You don't need his hand. Do a quick google, I came up with this

"There's an old adage in the security community that any lock can be picked. Well in this modern age of digital doorlocks with fingerprint scanners, you can't exactly pick them with a bump key, nail file or other such assorted tools, now can you? Luckliy for budding criminals, the smart cats on "Mythbusters" discovered that one of these "never been broken" digital fingerprint scanner locks (they didn't cite the manufacturer) -- which also comes with thermal sensors (to detect if there's a real human behind that print) -- can in fact be quite easily duped. So how'd they do it? By copying the master fingerprint onto a piece of latex and attaching it to his thumb, Adam Savage was able to open the lock without a problem. Savage and his team then duplicated the feat by making another copy with ballistics gel. And to top it all off, they did it a third time (check the video link below) with a just a photocopy of the master fingerprint and a little saliva."

I think you can have the security services come up with a system for forging fingerprints, or perhaps the criminal fraternity have already used it on them and they pinch the idea

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 21:24:41 BDT
And there we have it. Now I suddenly have Bent Tony, the guy who forged the NGLF pass for The Pan so he could drive into Grongolia in Book 1 being one of GM's boffins and making a latex of The Pan's fingerprint at the behest of the security forces, using only photocopies of the smears found on the reader and keys... and a little bit of lick...


Food for thought there, definitely. They could just take a fingerprint while he's out cold and use that. Scratch Bent Tony, I'm sure Captain Snow is borderline criminal, he'd know about it anyway - btw you'll meet him at the end of book 2.


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