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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 21:50:04 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Interesting. I've never heard of this before. What a peculiar way to keep your writing 'fit'. Do you ever find that your work needs to eat more or do sit-ups?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 22:14:02 BDT
Oh yes, sometimes it needs to do some sit ups (mainly verbs).

I've had to pad some of my writing, yes, but that's something I -- or the Betas -- figured. :-) The waistline test is fun and every now and again I check my writing. It normally comes back fit, which is nice to know. Doesn't mean it's good, though. haha.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 22:50:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jun 2012 22:53:27 BDT
No, I can listen to something and repeat it word for word. For one of my university exams a topic I'd attended a lecture about came up. According to the lecturer (who happened to mark my paper) I regurgitated it word for word. If something's interesting, it sticks. That said, it's why I seldom can read a book twice...

I tend to be able to repeat comedy scripts verbatim, too... and the meaning of liff, a book with which I am slightly obsessed. Here at Casa McGuire we are always using words like kettering, lusby, cheam, deal, smeal and our conversation is also liberally spattered - should I say that? - with vocab garnered from Roger's Profanasaurus.

Then there's the ones we make up. McOther is just as bad as I am.



In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 22:52:22 BDT
You know what, I'm like that. I may not repeat it word for word, but I got through school without much studying, but by being there and listening.

Rarely read a book twice, only if I love it so much that I want to 'feel' it again.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 22:54:25 BDT
Yeh, that's how I did school. I find I can never feel it with the same intensity a second time. Although sometimes I try! Poetry works though, I can read that several times.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:23:58 BDT
Jim Webster says:
An interesting page. I put the first thousand words in and nouns, prepositions and adjectives/adverbs came back as lean, the rest came back as fit and trim, so I tested the next two thousand words and it came back as never less that fit and trim and in one case was lean

What it really means I'm not sure

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:28:04 BDT
Perhaps you had the text in your pocket whilst jogging?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:29:41 BDT
I can, but I will only read the favourite passages and skip the ones that aren't. I'm far too slow a reader to actually read the whole book again.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:30:53 BDT
Neither do I. Though you can click 'advanced', which should leave you exactly with the same question.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:31:22 BDT
Oh, man. You two and Sandra are THE trio.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:36:56 BDT
Jim Webster says:
I have done a lot of strange things but I don't jog!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:38:36 BDT
You don't mean you sent the text out without you?

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 23:43:17 BDT
I did jog many years ago, but since my pulse runs on 190 a minute and I puff like an old engine, that's no option for me.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 00:06:30 BDT
I need toning because my verbs are flabby and although everything else is lean the flabby verbs are making everything else in need of toning... mwa ha ha hargh.

Now I need to find a bit I've finished with and see what happens with that... the same probably.



Posted on 11 Jun 2012 00:09:41 BDT
But how do you do that? Was there ever a book written without verbs? I know there's a book without the letter 'e', I think.

And that one existing entirely of punctuation marks. I mean a story, it was.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 11:50:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2012 11:51:03 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
I told my novel that it needs to go on a diet despite it coming back okay. Sometimes it's the only way of keeping fitness levels up. I just hope it doesn't take it the extreme and leave me with just a couple of words remaining.
How can you write a book without e? The letter, that is.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 11:54:11 BDT
No, clue, but it has been done and it's a proper readable novel.

Can I just brag for a moment? Please?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 11:56:52 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Umm, sure?

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 12:00:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2012 12:04:02 BDT
Ah, I'll do it anyway. I had feedback from a reader who recently read No Wings Attached and she just told me she only read two self-published books in her life. One of it was mine. I remember her being rather surprised when I told her that I'm self-published a while ago on Facebook and she started to ask all sorts of questions.

So she read the book, taking it for being traditionally published, loved it with a tiny remark on what she missed, but that's something down to taste. So, to cut a long story short: she thinks my books is of the same standard as traditionally published books. I'm well chuffed. It just confirms that my hard work paid off.

Sandra, you will build your own opinion on that, soon. Authors often read with a more critical eye. :-)

And sorry for the bragging. It's just really nice to hear such a thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:11:14 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Good for you! (I was going to go with congratulations but was unsure if it was appropriate. Either way I'm happy for you lol).
I have found that I am much more critical now than I used to be. I keep finding fault in a lot of novels I once loved, but it's never enough to put me off.
It's always great to hear the compliments. The people I know who read my books are often very kind, but because I know them I often don't believe them. It wasn't until somebody I'd never met said great things that I truly started to believe it myself. But of course everyone has different opinions. But there's no denying one thing, because no matter how much people vary in taste, a well-written novel will stand out against a poorly written one any day. So if she said it's in the same league as a traditionally published book then you have a right to feel pleased ;-)
I'm about halfway through your novel now and am very intrigued by the voice..

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:17:41 BDT
Half-way? Then the best is still going to come. :-) Jimmy is lovely, isn't he? He's so down to earth, so warm and funny; he's someone I'd love to have a drink with.

Re reading books: oh yes. Even harder for me because I'm an editor, so I scrutinise books even more. But I wish I had a switch to turn my inner author/editor off and read like I read before I started to get into writing. The losing yourself in a different world, I miss. Dearly.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:21:54 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
That's good to know. Can I tag along for that drink? He is someone I'd very much like to meet..
I miss it too, but thankfully I'm not yet so far gone that I can't get swept up in it all. It just depends on the novel. It's the reason I love fantasy so much. I can often overlook the flaws of a novel if it's able to truly immerse me in another world.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:30:30 BDT
Jim Webster says:
which comes round the full circle to my pondering whether in fantasy, the world is the main character :-)

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 12:31:15 BDT
I'm Ali - yes, it's my real name! I write general and literary fiction under my own name and paranormal spoof under the name of Melanie Dark. I'm currently on a bit of a break from writing and have been writing songs which I'm attempting to record. There are a couple in early draft stage playable on my website.

My interests include archaeology and psychology (which I have academic qualifications in), music (obviously) and art and the outdoors - including wildlife and silly sports (hence the novel, Cave. I also teach a bit of guitar. I love cats and have two of them. I currently live in Devon but have plans to move up to Midsomer Murderland.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:31:53 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
It could possibly be so, Jim. And what a delightfully horrific character it can be at times.
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