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  1. Contact me via facebook or direct E-mail. I am here but only occasionally.

  2. I figured as much. It was the run around because of 'privacy' and not passing the note on that pissed me off. Will send you my cell phone number so you can contact me direct next time.

  3. I was talking about it to a friend. I didn't think you could afford it unless you did it like I have done Cons: One guy with enough to pay for the room, and ten to fifteen of you all split the cost, and give him the money

  4. I know, I found out where it was and was there on Wednesday from ten AM to 4:30. Kept getting the runaround. 'We told them to come back after lunch', then 'We told them to be back after 4', then 'We couldn't have them help because it's a Union shop, so we let them go for the day'. All from the Conventions staff.


    Followed by getting the runaround on the phone from the hotel staff right up to someone from security (Why I was sent to them I have no idea) who told me that they could neither confirm nor deny if you were staying in the hotel, nor give you a message because it violates your privacy.


    Next time, maybe one of us, oh, I don't know, give the other a cell phone number? The note I left for you with that was obviously not delivered.

  5. All right, here goes:


    The person who reviewed your story pulled no punches. The first rule I have in dealing with an author, whether screen or print, is how much of the story entertained, amused and surprised me. As that person said, when you described the person they were looking at AS a human being, it was a forgone conclusion where it was located.


    Right now Josh Whelan is the one screenwriter I enjoy, because he takes situations and turns them on their head. Like having someone comment that 'the next time you are going to stab me in the back, try doing it to my face'.

  6. You aren't old. You're still a kid, kid. Just a friend I haven't seen in a while. Where is the con being held?

  7. It looks like my month for seeing old friends and family.

  8. Answer to message 2, While most of the story appears more symbolic rather than actual, what do you want me to look for?

  9. Answer to mention one, you're right, it doesn't make a lot of sense yet. Send me an email or facebook message to give me more data

  10. So should I put up an ad? Or do you want to and make it a Caesar style coup d'état? :p

  11. I'm starting to slow down, and thinking of handing it off to someone else. Could you take over? Or have an idea of who would? Or should I put up a want ad here?

  12. Hey, kid: Still interested in getting your critic's hat on?

  13. Is the update here or on Fanfiction?

  14. I will anyway because you asked. I think I owe that sale I made, since you did a working for me a few months ago.


    There is a woman corresponding with me from overseas, and she needs some cash. What I would like you to do is this:


    Do another work, asking for enough money to get her here. But if she is part of a scam, have it fail, and have your dragon tell you it has. That way if she is telling the truth, I can get the love I asked for as well.

  15. Hey, kid, can you do me a favor?

  16. Jae, do you know what's wrong with the Star Wars Knights site? I haven't been able to post my column there

  17. Put in THE FOUNT OF EVERY CURSE, and got 'no story'

  18. Sorry for the delay. RL interfering. Will review for next week, promise!

  19. remember that entire diatribe he and I got into a year or so ago about what is, and is not real? The additional thread he had to answer which got deleted? Read the reviews of his latest opus, and he is ignoring every damn critiques because it fit's what he bloody well believes!


    If I were a real bastard, I'd ask you and the other admins to make me one just to 86 him!

  20. You don't know how happy it makes me to see someone other than Christos200 posting anything!

  21. Since it was deleted, I can't access the 'reality of fantasy' thread I started. Can I get a copy of the original premise>

  22. Are you an admin? I'm trying to find my 'Reality of Fantasy' original post, but they deleted it because Christos200 and I got a bit hot and heavy

  23. Location, Location, Location Roger Ramjet, newly minted Officer in the Republic is sent on a mission beginning on Tatooine... A lot of stories I have read over the years could pretty much be summed up by that one sentence. All well and good. However as I learned back in the mid 80s trying to sell a short story in my own Gryphonrider series (Which later became a chapter of Gryphonrider II) editors who are buying stories look for lazy authors that can't think of a proper starting point. Not to buy, but to throw aside. You see, if the start is a generic stereotype, the story probably is almost as bad. While generic means 'the same as the others', it also means the author isn't willing to work, they would rather just take a scene they remember, drop it in, and put their character in the scene in the place of the hero of the original. I have lost count of the times the villain has both hands cut off by the hero, or slices off an attacker's arm. Back when the third movie of the original SW series came out, I heard several fans in the line say pretty much 'All right, who's arm (or hand) gets cut off this time?'. With all of the locations from the movies, TV series and books, why do we keep coming back to just four or five? Worse yet, the places don't grow beyond where we first see them. Yavin IV is still some rock with ancient temples in a jungle. Korriban is still where the Sith hang out, and both Dantooine and Tatooine are the worst. Face it, a planet is not going to just stay the same after several thousand years, or for that matter several hundred years. Look at our own planet, or for that matter the US itself. We went from a place with a stone age society when it was discovered in 1492, to a nation of 300 plus million who came from all over the world. Not bad in less that 600 years. Yet 4,000 years after we see Dantooine in KOTOR, it is still the same wasteland it was when we first saw it in ANH. In fact the only difference between the two views is that there is a second city, Mos Eisley instead of just Achorhead. Dantooine, which is a pastoral farming planet only mentioned in ANH, was exactly the same in KOTOR 1 and 2, and was still one when the New Republic relocated refugees there in the EU. The universe is not a static stage. It is a dynamic force that is constantly changing. So why, with several hundred planets mentioned in the wookiepedia, do we always see those two, Korriban, Yavin IV, and Coruscant? It's like writing a sweeping epic of American History where the only place names are from Texas, New York State and California. For a simple question, why is it that with three inhabited moons and planets in the Yavin system, no one ever goes anywhere but IV? It's because the authors are lazy. No other real reason I can see. So do this for me; Look in the Wookiepedia, find a planet. Better yet, copy the page into a document file, mark the planets I mentioned with the note not to use, and when you start your new story, find one not on that list. Better yet, assume that galaxy is like our own, with a hundred million stars, and probably as many planetary system. Make one up! That's what writers do! It will make my reviews a little less caustic. Oh, BTW, if you want to find my list of overused planets, I haven't created one, as yet. But as the Headsman in the Mikado sings, 'I have a little list'...
  24. Read and review posted today. Let me know about a personalized 'teacher' review
  25. Thanks loads, kid. May the new year give you as much of what you desire as you honestly need.

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