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Author Archives: Loni Townsend

The Beat Sheet

In my post about my second draft journey, I mentioned Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Well, I’ve decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo during April and have chosen to do something I’ve never done. Plan. Blake Snyder has a beat sheet that pretty much every big movie hit follows. He says a good screenplay…

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C# Lab

I had a job interview recently. Before you ask, I’m not looking for a new job. I was emailed asking me to apply, I talked it over with my boss, and he said no harm in trying. So I tried. The job is for a C# programmer, and I’ve been Java for the past year…

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ePUBs and Readium

Last week I posted about formatting an ebook using Calibre and Sigil, and said I would post an update if I figured out why my ebook didn’t work in Readium. Well, here’s that post. Readium only supports ePUB 3. Calibre and Sigil generate and edit ePUB 2. From what I’ve researched, all ePUB compatible eReaders…

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Fun with Formatting

I’ve been seeking out beta readers for the freshly finished Thanmir War, since I need to use my CreateSpace code before it expires in June. So if you know anyone who would be interested, please let me know. I’ve been dabbling with different formats to make the reading experience as easy as possible. I know…

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The Second Draft Journey

When I read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, he mentioned a formula he received in a rejection letter: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. That inspired me and I set it as my goal. Numbers and me are good friends and I like having achievable goals I can see and…

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Blog Hop: World Building Excerpt

Day 5 of the World Building blog hop, hosted by Sharon Bayliss. World Building Excerpt Book: Thanmir War Name: Cameron Hartford Title: Commander Age: 19 Race: Human Hair color: Auburn Eye color: Green The change was instantaneous. Cameron stared down at the invisible line dividing the two provinces. On one side, a breeze stirred the…

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Blog Hop: Religion and/or Magic

Day 3 of the World Building blog hop, hosted by Sharon Bayliss. Religion and/or Magic Chikara was created by the elemental deities, collectively called the Drethamir. There are five Drethamir, just like there are five clans. The Drethamir embody creation, order, and meticulous design. They created the elements, the elementals, the oazmir, and many other…

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Blog Hop: History and Politics

Day 2 of the World Building blog hop hosted by Sharon Bayliss. History The human Chikaran calendar starts at 0 EE (Elemental Epoch). Elementals have no use for calendars or other time telling devices. Elementals are eternal and have existed long before the humans ran ashore on the hot desert sands in the Embrathael province…

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