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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone added music to an audiobook?
« on: November 14, 2020, 08:48:28 am »
I did it with my short story collection on both Findaway Voices and ACX. A friend of mine was a musician who passed away. I got permission from his mother to use the music with a promise to donate a portion to his favorite charity.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I've been assaulted by Douglas Adams fans!
« on: November 04, 2020, 07:34:22 am »
There's nothing wrong with fan fiction - so long as you don't publish it for profit without permission.

Unless it's in the public domain.

That's why Enola Holmes is ok, but Fifty Shades of Gray had to be rewritten to take out all the sparkly vampire stuff.

I'm currently outlining a novel which will be told backward. The first chapter will be what happened last. Each chapter after that will be what happened just before. Like Memento, but without the amnesia gimmick. Readers will find out things that happened that give different reasons than initially assumed for things that come to pass but which they already read about. After I outline it, I'll actually write it in order so I can be sure it flows correctly. Then I'll reorder the chapters, and do a subsequent readthrough to make sure the surprises aren't spoiled.

Fingers crossed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do-it-Yourself Cover Design
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:20:54 pm »
I did all of my covers but one, and I'm guessing you can figure out which one.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: October 18, 2020, 10:38:14 am »
How about the Smashing Pumpkins song that goes, "Despite of my rage I am still just a rat in a cage."  I always thought that it was just too good grammar.  For such a grungy song, the "of" and the "I am" have always seemed odd.  Ha, I get that it's just to get the syllables for the song, but still it's oddly proper.
'Acausin' all my rage, I is still jes a rat 'n a cage.

Same syllables. Less good grammar.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Genre Does This Cover Art Imply?
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:47:31 pm »

That flying Elf Ear grounds it in most Fantasy, although the drawing style evokes Japanese animation.

It could really cover a lot of genres through the careful selection of fonts. Jagged horror font and you've got a vampire novel.

If they are editing the drawing, have them create more space at the top and bottom that blends out where titles, sub-titles, and author names can go.

Definitely. If not for the ear, it could be super hero.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Domain email address
« on: October 07, 2020, 05:54:10 am »

I'm [email protected]

Editing to add, but you can have other redirects, such as [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected]

I did a graphic novel all by myself a few years ago. Kindle comic creator was the only tool I could use for creating mobis at the time. It was clunky and mostly useless. I wanted to do pop out panels, but just couldn't make it work. The software may be better now.

Also at the time, the big player for graphic novels was comixology. I don't even know if they still exist. I did get a nice paperback version from CreateSpace, but since Amazon gobbled them up I don't know if I'd have the same experience today.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX advice
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:28:12 pm »
I am a novelist who recently decided to take the plunge into audiobook narration after podcasting stories for 5 years. I recently booked my first project on ACX, and it's royalty share. That did not make my GF happy. So I'm motivated to find a PFH project. Message me if you'd like to talk about it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 27, 2020, 08:41:30 pm »
The song, "Don't Fence Me In," has a line "can't stand hobbles and I can't stand fences..."  Except, singers often change the word "hobbles" to something else.  I've heard both "hovels" and "harbors."  (Frankie Laine did an outstanding version, until he got to that word and sang, "harbors."  Hahaha!)

For this old song, written in 1934, I am not sure what the real lyric is, except that to my ear, "hobbles" goes with the concept of riding a horse on a range, and therefore saying you can't stand "harbors" doesn't make any sense at all.  Let's make Frankie come back and redo it!
Hovels makes the most sense to me. The singer wants to be outside in the open range. Houses and fences both inhibit the freedom he seeks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 27, 2020, 06:41:01 am »
I always wondered if the songs It's the End of the World as We Know it by REM inspired Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire

The REM song has some fancy lyrical footwork. Every name in the song has the same initials, LB. That's some dedication to theme right there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 27, 2020, 06:36:30 am »
What about Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire?  I feel like he's just saying words in that song.  What do Sugar Ray, Liberace, Stalin, Einstein, James Dean, Hula hoops, Space monkey, and California baseball really have in common?

Although an updated 2020 version would be fun.  Micheal Jordan-Edward Snowden, Dwayne Johnson-Action Bronson, Ip Man Kung Fu-Detective Pikachu, Global Virus Scare-Justin Bieber's Hair
LOL! Twitter had the same idea.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 27, 2020, 06:34:23 am »
I only know it as the opening line and title to the Bellamy Brothers song. Maybe they used the line from the Marx bros
They did. And then they tried to sue over a Britney Spears song that also used the line they didn't create.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 26, 2020, 08:43:22 am »
I always took the Toto song to mean that Kilimanjaro was being compared to Olympus not because of its height but because of its majesty. "Home of the Gods" and all that.
But it would still be a simile that isn't a simile since it's comparing one mountain to another.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 25, 2020, 10:22:07 am »
Not bad lyrics, but double innuendo.

"If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me."

As a chat up line meaning physically, I think they could possibly mentally hold it against you as being cheesy.
That was actually a Groucho Marx joke from - I think - Duck Soup.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:05:10 am »
Those are always entertaining. My favorite is still the first one I ever saw, Joe Cocker at Woodstock

I also enjoy the bad lip reading and the literal video versions.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question about allergic reactions for a story
« on: September 24, 2020, 10:45:45 am »
So I have this character who is allergic to shrimp. And he goes abroad and orders a dish but asks for no shrimp, the people at the restaurant however only remove the shrimp from a previously prepared dish instead of preparing a new dish with no shrimp.

My question is, if juices from the cooked shrimp got in the food before they were removed, would the character still have an allergic reaction? Maybe not as severe or delayed? I can't seem to find an answer to this question on a google search.

Yes, especially if the dish contained shrimp stock. But like the previous commenter said, it wouldn't be delayed, and severity depends on exposure level.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 24, 2020, 10:43:47 am »
Ah, I heard one on the radio today that was always weird to me.  Carly Simon singing, "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you."  Because whoever this is about, the song is about them, it's just about them thinking that it's about them.  I may be thinking way too far into this.

That was the genius of the song.

But it did have a lyric that bugged me.

"and your horse naturally won."

She could have sung, "And naturally, your horse won." It would have been better syntax and still fit the meter.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:54:20 am »
Lyrics need not always rhyme. There's a lot of give and take between what the lyrics are and what the music is--the two have to fit together well. Lyrics are meant to be evocative, to pull on the imagination in a different way than books. You're listening to music the way you might try to listen to an audiobook--and therein seems to lie your frustration. They're different worlds on purpose (musical lyrics and book writing). Poetry/Lyrics do not adhere to the rules of strict language because they are attempting brevity and matching pace with rythym.

I live with professional musicians, so I hear this kind of stuff all the time. I get in my own way with lyrics constantly, so I feel the same way you do. This is how it was explained to me. It helped me (a little) to let it go a little more every time I hear certain songs. 

I've written lyrics too, and I also get in my own way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Lyrics
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:53:28 am »
"Gliddy glup gloopy
Nibby nabby noopy la la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba nabba le le lo lo
Tooby ooby walla nooby abba nabba
Early morning singing song."

Bahahahaha! I was in art school when Phil Collins remade Groovy Kind of Love. My roommate hated it because nobody says "groovy" anymore so he felt Collins should have changed the lyric and title to be more contemporary. But yes, nonsense words are a weird choice. It makes it less likely anyone is going to sing along which is kind of a necessary thing. They don't call it a "hook" for nothing.

Side story, I was in a local production of Grease several years ago. "We go together like rama lama lama ka dinginty ding de dong." That song was a killer.

Writers' Cafe / Bad Lyrics
« on: September 23, 2020, 03:09:01 pm »
There are certain lyrics that always drive me crazy for various reasons. Every time I hear them, I want to take a time machine and travel back into the studio and say, "Please tweak that."

One is the Toto song Africa. "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti." So you're actually going to make a metaphor comparing one of the world's highest mountains to another mountain? And one that isn't even that tall?

She's Gone by Hall & Oates "Think I'll spend eternity in the city. Let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away" The carbon and monoxide? That's not how chemistry works.

Duran Duran, "Smell like I sound." Huh?

But the worst of all time, the one that gets me every single time it plays is Steve Miller Band: "Billy Mac is a detective down in Texas. Ya know he knows just exactly what the facts is. He ain't gonna let those two escape justice. He makes his livin' off the peoples' taxes."

There's just so much wrong there. The first sentence, mmmmmoookay. But that second sentence. Nevermind all the colloquial abbreviations (which I don't think are appropriate to Texas;) the "just exactly" kills me and then the subject/verb issue... Ugh! And I'll let the third sentence pass since we already established that we're using slang, even if maybe just a little too much. But the fourth sentence is just unnecessary information. And then there's the issue that none of it actually rhymes!

Anyway, as writers, what are your pet peeve lyrics? I'm curious.

EDITING TO ADD: Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the songs are bad. In fact, I like most of them very much and I even sing along, but those phrases, they just grate.

Writers' Cafe / Re: First three words, last three words
« on: September 12, 2020, 08:43:35 pm »
Entering Pittsburgh, PA timing was improving.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Overwhelmed by people who want to be friends on FB
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:40:30 pm »
It is an election year, and there are a LOT of bots and trolls looking for "useful idiots" right now. Not saying anyone is an idiot, that's just the term used.

As an author who has narrated a few books myself and am now trying to break into narrating for others, I can tell you the narrator spent more than an hour on that 15 minute sample. I can also tell you, you shouldn't feel obligated to keep him/her if you feel it won't work. But the noble thing is to be honest about why when you void the contract and to offer a small stipend since he/she has put in some time and you are the one who made the mistake.

Just my opinion, for what it's worth.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Here's the Thing None of us Want to Admit
« on: August 24, 2020, 11:40:14 pm »
Personally, I don't believe in God, I'm an out and proud Democrat, and I post about it on my social media with abandon. But if it means I don't get a publishing contract or some readers leave my mailing list, so be it. That's the price I pay for speaking my truth.

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