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I've received them too. I just ignored them, like I do spam elsewhere, except when I'm in the Monty Python group on FB. "Spam, spam, spam, spam, wonderful spam!"

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Welcome to the site, J.M. You'll find everyone very helpful here. I look forward to reading your stuff. Rachel.

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Kdot, not on Project R, which I'm finally reading, but in response to you thinking that Dareau would still be called Rann by the colonialists.  Well...here's a list of countries that changed their names and had the name change recognized by the imperialists:
British Honduras, Belize
Rhodesia, Zimbabwe
Abyssinia, Ethiopia
Basutoland, Botswana
South West Africa, Namibia
Burma, Myanmar
And as far as China keeping the same name, there is Peking, Beijing.

So, yes, I think that rather than keep a name from a medieval graphic novel, the Terrans would start calling the world by the indigenous name.

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Congratulations, Don!

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Thanks for the clarification. I did build some increased anger into earlier scenes where both were flirting with Jeb and he responded more to the military brat than the science genius/nerd.

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lol!

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Bobbie: You can use any grammatical or stylistic howler in dialogue as long as it is consistent with the character. You can use bad language. You can even use the N-word. (Just make sure the other characters are shocked.) As to when to use passive voice in general? The American Psychological Association prefers it as it is more objective sounding. "The experiment was conducted according to protocols," "The universe was in a highly charged state 15 billion years ago." The MLA (Modern Language Association) frowns on it. As to narration in fiction? Editor's choice. If you're self-published remember passive voice is inelegant and leaves open the question of subject, but that being said, it has its uses.

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And a Happy New Year to all of you. Big hugs. Hope you are safe and that Santa Claus has been good to you all.

Rachel.

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jack the knife wrote:
cookbooklady wrote:

Nope. For me too since this morning.

Thanks, Lauren. Rachel made me feel paranoid!

Sorry, Jack. It's my twisted sense of humor.

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They're on to you, Jack.

Congrats, Randy!

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Welcome aboard, Inksplatter

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I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for, including all you guys. As to points? I have enough to squeak by. I spend them as soon as I get them. (A lot like my paycheck).

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Congratulations to the winners!

Someone in Hawaii taught Mina birds or parrots to yell the name of someone he didn't like along with a predicate, "is an A**hole." Soon all over the islands were these birds yelling it.

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7sistersseen wrote:

Thought I'd break the ice and two year silence (seems last comment was posted 2 years  back) . Hope to scratch backs and have mine scratched in return. Lucky enought to stumble upon a very promising piece of writing in my first hour on the site.

NB
Oops. The two year silence, thang? The first of many blunders.

I took five years off. An editorial committee that I had a publishing run for said of a story, "It contained no new ideas." After using their picture as target practice, I realized that they were right. It took me five years to come up with new material. I'm now on a run, even if there are occasional pit stops. Welcome back!

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sheila wrote:

Hi! I'm new and hoping to have engaging conversations here!

Welcome to the site, Sheila. You'll really like it here.

Randy, way to go!

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I don't normally post two masterpieces (eh, hem) at once, but I got busy over the last week, the Muse struck me, and I wrote another novel. This one is YA. It didn't start out as YA, but the protagonist told me she was 15 years old when the adventure happened to her, and like the faithful amanuensis I am, I wrote that down. It has some sex, nudity, and swearing in it, but I checked and as long as it's necessary for plot and character development and you don't go overboard, you can get away with it. It is necessary, as it takes place in Rhiannon's World From about fifteen years before "Love in Exile to the end of "Out of Exile." It's Diane Witherspoon's story. Yeah. 'Niff said. lol Rachel.

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I don't normally post two masterpieces (eh, hem) at once, but I got busy over the last week, the Muse struck me, and I wrote another novel. This one is YA. It didn't start out as YA, but the protagonist told me she was 15 years old when the adventure happened to her, and like the faithful amanuensis I am, I wrote that down. It has some sex, nudity, and swearing in it, but I checked and as long as it's necessary for plot and character development and you don't go overboard, you can get away with it. It is necessary, as it takes place in Rhiannon's World From about fifteen years before "Love in Exile to the end of "Out of Exile." It's Diane Witherspoon's story. Yeah. 'Niff said. lol Rachel.

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Welcome, Kevin. You'll find this a great place to help you with your writing.

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Take care of yourself, Dirk. Drink chicken soup and watch soap operas. The latter will get you back to work if anything can. lol

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Bobbie.R.Byrd wrote:

My momma always said it was bad manners to toot your own horn. But I was sorta proud of myself, and figured, "fuck it.
I'm old. Go for it."  smile

Old fashioned attitudes, in these days of the gig and hustle economy, not to mention 13% unemployment and competition for jobs not seen since the 70s. Toot away.

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CJ. You're right, so I'll edit it and no one will ever know.

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Congrats, Bobbie. And I'm glad you finally got to brag about it here. Do you know if they accept quirky half-SF/half-fantasy? Asking for a friend (heh).