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Author Topic: "Distortions" is Here!  (Read 11780 times)

ShadowBrain

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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2011, 09:12:04 PM »
Glad to hear you're enjoying it, Luigison... I think?

Oh, and in case anybody's worried they got ripped-off, the card was a spur-of-the-moment thing, seeing as I had some incorrectly-sized ads for my next book (Love&Darkness) and I figured I'd toss one in.
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2011, 10:00:31 PM »
I think WeeGee's post was less pointing out the lack of a capital letter and more of a reference to how he doesn't read fiction or whatever.

« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2011, 10:13:08 PM »
Neither: I was pointing out his improper use of "it's".

I rarely read fiction because learning that all polar bears are left-handed is more interesting than The Adventures of ***** [bundle of sticks]gins.
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ShadowBrain

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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2011, 09:26:42 AM »
Somehow, that's now the most surreal thing I know about you.
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

Luigison

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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2011, 04:09:23 PM »
Glad to hear you're enjoying it, Luigison... I think?
I am enjoying it.  The second story is cool.  It reminds me of R. A. Lafferty and Fredric Brown's short short stories. 

It may take me awhile to get through all your stories because I have a habit of reading several things at a time.  I am currently on the third novel in a five book trilogy and reading a nonfiction book for school, not to mention the numerous magazines, websites, and the children's stories I read to my daughter. 

I rarely read fiction because learning that all polar bears are left-handed is more interesting than The Adventures of ***** [bundle of sticks]gins.

But reading fiction increases your social skills.  That's nonfiction. 
“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know."

« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2011, 09:41:52 PM »
Well, that explains a fair bit.
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Turtlekid1

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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2012, 05:50:19 PM »
So I finally got around to buying this, and then I was able to start it when I got home (where I had had it shipped) this weekend.  I finished the first story so far.  I like this.  I like the cover, I like the language (which is well-crafted, but not so heavy that it drags the plot down).  The first story held my interest through the whole thing, and that's more than I can say for certain books.  As far as "The Mall" itself goes, the ending seemed a bit rushed, with the explanation of what the heck had just happened spanning no more than a paragraph.  That said, you clearly know what you're doing.  I definitely look forward to continuing with this one.
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but death is life and so we move on"

ShadowBrain

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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2012, 09:08:55 PM »
All right, glad to hear! Let me know what you think of the whole thing in time, of course.
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

Turtlekid1

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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2012, 07:31:32 PM »
Oh, yeah, forgot to mention that I finished this a few days ago.  *Is sheepish*

Anyway, I really liked it.  So many great premises, which were well-executed.  I especially liked "Dimension for Rent" and "People of the Paper."  Which is odd, since I'm not usually a fan of downer endings.  But yeah, all of it was nicely done, and I didn't find myself wanting to put it down when I had other things to get done - and trust me, a sure sign, in my book, that you've got good writing is that it's engaging.

Would recommend, for sure.
"It'll say life is sacred and so is death
but death is life and so we move on"

« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2012, 08:47:56 PM »
I think I'll try to buy this in eBook form when I get the chance. I'm a big fan of crazy Twilight Zone-esque stories so I believe I'll enjoy this one a lot. Also, I have a book of my own in the works, and I'd be very interested in hearing how you got your self-publishing off the ground; I'm looking at a few prospective options, but I'm not sure I've settled on where to start when my book is finished.

Good luck in your continued efforts, nonetheless!
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ShadowBrain

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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2012, 12:10:56 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it, Tk! As for Bigluigifan, you might be interested to know that I'd just caught word of there being a printing company in my town, and went through with that. I'm a bit embarassed to confess that, as busy as I was wrapping up high school at that point, my ever-generous grandmother handled the fees and actual process after I finished the whole book and consolidated it into one document. As I understand it, they just took what I had, ran it through this that or the other computer thing, and BAM, fifty copies, right there (first shipment, of course). No more publicity than I can drum up on my own, of course, but it's better than sitting on the thing forever and then losing a lot of money and creative rights to some publisher -- besides, I think indie's really the way to go these days. Sorry I can't be much more specific than that at the moment, though. :/
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

ShadowBrain

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« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2012, 11:26:37 PM »
Next book's finished! "Love&Darkness": more stories, more poems, twice as long and hopefully equally better than its predecessor. There's editing to be done, a cover to be fashioned with my graphic designer accomplice, and a legitimate effort at low-cost advertising to be made this time, but it ought to be out by the end of the year. As always, keep yourself updated, at http://notesandsketches.wordpress.com/ or my Twitter: @TrevorNWhite

Also, I kinda want to use people's positive remarks here for promotional purposes, seeing as everybody else who's had something good to say about my writing has been a close friend or relative, which skews the results a bit, but I don't know what legal issues that could theoretically entail. Also, it would look like this:

PRAISE FOR DISTORTIONS

"I thoroughly read and enjoyed every chapter. Highly recommended."
--nensondubois, Guy I Know On The Internet
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Luigison

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« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2013, 04:08:19 PM »
I just got an email about a new Sci-Fi anthology that is taking submissions and I thought of you, but can't decide what should be submitted. 

KickStarter:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2144873007/gigantic-worlds-science-flash-fiction-anthology  <-- I paid $10 anticipating a Kindle edition. 
Submissions:  https://giganticmag.submittable.com/submit/69f649cf-bb4e-433a-9900-9200aaa7c074  <-- I'm not sure if the code at the end is specific to me or not...
“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know."

ShadowBrain

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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2013, 09:58:56 PM »
Hey, cool! Thanks for the heads up--I'll check it out.
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

ShadowBrain

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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2013, 10:05:27 AM »
So seeing as this is an unofficial organized page for my writing progress, I thought I'd spread the word that I have joined in on a write-a-thon! It's orchestrated by Clarion West, a Pacific Northwest scifi/fantasy writers collective currently running an intensive workshop in Seattle. Circumstances prevented me from actually joining the workshop, and while there's no actual competition, the write-a-thon has motivated me to make comparatively rapid progress on my long-dormant novel, There's Something Wrong with the Neighbor's Cat! (trying for 1000 words a day, but it's been more like 600 lately)

You can see my author's participant page for the event here: http://clarionwest.org/writeathon/trevorneilwhite There's even a Paypal donation button! (hint, hint)
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

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