Going to Comic Con?

Anyone going to Comic Con and need a great room near the Convention Center (the Hilton) at a cut rate?  The rooms are $400 a night that week, but...

Well, guess who bought non-refundable hotel reservations before getting tickets for Comic Con (which I couldn't get, it turns out)? Talk about cart before horse thinking. Anyway, I'm stuck with two nights at the Hilton which can't be moved or refunded.  But they said I could change the name on the reservation, so I'm looking to sell the reservation for half-price (2 nights for $400).  Has to be someone reputable that won't trash the room, of course, but I'm sure you all are nice. :)

Okay, I was REALLY dumb. I admit it.  

Best Buffy Fics Evuh! Please contribute!

I want recs for the best Buffy fics ever.  Any pairing or none at all.  Of course, I'm Spike!Forever, but enjoy other character stories too. I just want to know what I've missed, and really need to immerse myself in good reading this next week!

So... If you were going to list your 4-5 favorite Buffy fics ever, what would you say?

Synopsis class

Alicia's March Workshop -- Synopsis Writing


Do you have to write a synopsis? Do you dread it?

Are your queries and proposals being form-rejected, and you know you’re writing well?

Is your synopsis too long and you can’t figure out how to cut it?

Well, this class is for you. In two weeks, we’re going to work on creating a sensational synopsis of any length, from the one paragraph version for a query or pitch, a one-pager, or a longer one to go with the proposal. You choose!

The trick is to leave the plot behind. Too many writers get bogged down in events, and end up with a boring chronicle of “this happened, then this happened.” I can tell you from having to evaluate many proposals that this sort of synopsis will bore the editor– yes, no matter how good your story is. Instead, we’ll concentrate on writing a synopsis that reflects your entire story, not just the plot. I call it the SCORE method:






By focusing your presentation on that, you can weave in plot events but never lose the coherence and intensity of the story. In this interactive workshop, you’ll work on presenting your own story in your own voice, so that the editor will want to read the book.

If you’re facing the difficult job of writing a synopsis, here’s your chance to get expert guidance and feedback. This two-week class will be conducted entirely in an email list, with a limited number of students. SCORE with Your Synopsis will start March 1, and costs $50. To sign up and pay for the class,  go to www.edittorrent.blogspot.com and click the Buy Now button in the sidebar, or email edittorrent@gmail.com.


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Help!  I'm trying to track down a probably apocryphal but very affecting story. A teacher supposedly wrote it. She was having trouble with a class (7th grade?) one day, and on impulse she made everyone write their names on a paper and pass it around, and all the students were supposed to write only what they really liked about that kid.  And so every student ended up with a sheet of paper with nice things about him/her. 

Anyway, years later, one of the students died, and she went to the funeral, and the mother came up to her and showed her that page with the boy's name on it, all folded and wrinkled. She said he'd always kept it and looked at it when he was blue. And then other kids from the class who had come to the funeral approached her and pulled wrinkled sheets from their purses and wallets-- they'd all kept them too.

Anyone have a link to this story?  I don't care if it's not completely factual. It's TRUE even if it never happened!

The Shearing

Well, I wrote a few stories branching off that.  I don't know. I found them recently and there were some lines I liked. So here-- don't think I've posted this.

The Shearing (there might be other chapters, I don't know... I kind of like how it ends)
PG-13 (non-explicit sex, couple bad words)
Spike/Buffy  (mentions of Spike/Faith in the past


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Big love

Big love lovers out there? This has been recced to me as a great show, but I want to watch it from the beginning, and alas, not on Netflix that I can find. Anyone out there who has a link to a reputable place to watch?


Hi-- I'll come back and say more, but I have a class starting today (I teach online), so I'm futzing with the stupid program today.  (Students are fine-- it's the software!)

Nancy Kay invited me because she knows about my writing neurosis.  I've been successful writing novels before, but my muse has taken a powder. I can write lots of beginnings which sound good, but can't stick with a project past chapter 3.  I don't know why. 

Anyway, more later after I sort out what's wrong with my class announcement function.