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justjenn001
03 December 2009 @ 10:08 am
It's been ages since I used this blog, and I don't really see the need for two...

So if you're only my friend on this one, I plan to friend you on my other blog. Friend me back, or not, that's fine;)

Jenn
 
 
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justjenn001
27 February 2009 @ 08:39 am
Got this from david_de_beer:

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

ok, so here we go:


IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY?’ YOU SAY?

He took my stapler (Snippet from Office Space)


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

Curious, Olive


WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Only Time, Enya


HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

A Little Piece of Heaven, Avenged Sevenfold


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?

One Day I'll Fly Away, Moulin Rouge


WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?

Points of Authority, Linkin Park


WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

Brackish, Kittie


WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

Because You Live, Jesse McCartney


WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

Long Ways, Urban Mystic


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Traffic, DJ Tiesto


WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Alive, P.O.D. (LOL!)


WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Dance With Me, 112


WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

Truly Madly Deeply, Savage Garden


WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?

Absurd (Whitewash Edit), Fluke


WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

Du Hast, Rammstein


WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?

Going Under, Evanescence


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

Live Your Life, Tantric


WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?

A Song for Yukiko, Tricky, featuring John Suzuki & Yukiko Takahashi



PS - I only chested a few times, when the Griffin Technology iTrip channels popped up or duplicate artists did. Honest.


Jenn
 
 
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justjenn001
11 February 2009 @ 01:05 am
Because I'm bored and awake...


Your result for The Ultra Ultimate Personality Test...

The Protector

You scored 24 Extroversion, 74 Intuition, 55 Emotional, and 36 Spontaneity!

INFJ


INFJs are intuitive, caring, quiet and peace-loving: deep and complex people who may seem equally at home dealing with the personal and analytical spheres of life. The interior world of vision and ideas is this type's most comfortable domain, but some degree of human connection is essential for the INFJ's happiness; a potential conflict for this type. Articulate, empathetic and idealistic, INFJs often say they just know things, they know them directly, and they may not be able to tell you how or why! INFJs seem to be able to feel others' feelings vicariously and sense the good and evil in situations: an almost psychic ability which may be an asset in many "people professions." Spiritual, sensitive and committed, INFJs enjoy being of service to others. Once this type's goals are set and the mind is made up, no argument based solely on reason and practicality is likely to divert the passionate INFJ from a mission or chosen project. Whether this characteristic manifests itself as admirable tenacity or bull-headed stubbornness may determine the individual INFJ's potential for life success.


Relationships

INFJs are warm and affirming people who are usually also deep and complex. They're likely to seek out and promote relationships that are intense and meaningful. They tend to be perfectionists, and are always striving for the Ultimate Relationship. For the most part, this is a positive feature, but sometimes works against the INFJ if they fall into the habit of moving from relationship to relationship, always in search of a more perfect partner. In general, the INFJ is a deeply warm and caring person who is highly invested in the health of their close relationships, and puts forth a lot of effort to make them positive. They are valued by those close to them for these special qualities. They seek long-term, lifelong relationships, although they don't always find them.


Strengths

Warm and affirming by nature

Dedicated to achieving the ultimate relationship

Sensitive and concerned for others' feelings

Usually have good communication skills, especially written

Take their commitments very seriously, and seek lifelong relationships

Have very high expectations for themselves and others (both a strength and weakness)

Good listeners

Are able to move on after a relationship has ended (once they're sure it's over)


Take The Ultra Ultimate Personality Test
at HelloQuizzy

 
 
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justjenn001
14 November 2008 @ 01:41 am
A friend of mine posted a link to this blog page that's changing the names on some famous books in humor.

I thought most of them were cute:)

Jenn
 
 
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justjenn001
05 September 2008 @ 04:17 pm
I found this online after following a link to a different post by the same person:

"there is a sweet spot in query word count between 250 and 350 words. Anything shorter than 250 usually (but not always) seems too short and anything longer than 350 usually (but not always) seems too long."

Flash fiction writers should be able to fully understand the length (and depth) of this size of a query.

I read more of his blog and found this:

"Tight, concise three sentence opening paragraph. Tells me the plot, genre, and leaves me wanting more."

The link above is to a query letter he pounced on right away. It's different than I'm used to, with a one-liner, one sentences asking a question, then one more link explaining the word count, genre, and basis of the book.

I followed a few more links and see that he, in particular, likes queries that have this format in there:

My XXX,000 word {type of} novel, TITLE, explores or follows {what}.

He also says this:

"A good flow is perhaps the most important aspect of any good query. Whenever I come across an awkward turn of phrase (like "I've written a 100,000 word historical fiction.") or extended passive voice ("the main character was betrayed and has decided to not be a sucker anymore"), or if there's a poor word choice where it's clear it's not a typo, 99% of the time I reach for the rejection button. Professional writers just don't make mistakes like this -- the sentences wouldn't look right to them."

He also wants the quest and the conflict clearly stated.

And this:

"Then in the third paragraph she brings it home by giving a nice sense of the themes. At this point I wouldn't even have needed the writerly qualifications in the fourth paragraph"

But I am concerned by his liking people who mention his blog. I research agents carefully, and will certainly read their blogs, but to me it sounds like fawning.

And since I'm already there and reading it, let me continue with the Query Letter Mad Lib:

First I'm going to need these things:

[Agent name], [genre], [personalized tidbit about agent], [title], [word count], [protagonist name], [description of protagonist], [setting], [complicating incident], [verb], [villain], [protagonist's quest], [protagonist's goal], [author's credits (optional)], [your name]


Again with the "personalized tidbit." Huh. I thought these were out of date?

He goes on to say:

"if you can't fill this mad lib out in two seconds and craft a pretty decent query letter, something might be wrong with your novel.

These are the ingredients that absolutely positively completely totally must be in your query -- if they are not, something is wrong."

Meanwhile, here are things to leave out of a query letter

I thought this stuff was useful, and you can follow all of the links to read everything for yourselves...

Jenn
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justjenn001
27 August 2008 @ 11:58 pm
A miscellaneous email from a friend took me to this place where you send 1st chapter or prologue as an attachment and he'll critique the first couple of pages.

Um, awesome!

But anyone know the ramifications of having your first chapter or prologue posted for the world to read?

I think I'd like to try this with all three of my current WIPs, one at a time, of course, starting with FH. Has anyone done it? If so, what were your impressions?

Meanwhile I'm busy reviewing, though my eyes are starting to get sore. I did four reviews today, but still have no idea what the current rankings are.

Oh wait! She posted them just in time!!

3 Brenta
5 Greg
0 Leah
7 Jennifer (AKA ME)
1 Mike
3 Eva
1 David
2 cathy
4 Jennifer
3 Cacy
9 L. David
8 Patty
5 Barbara
0 sheryl
1 Jessica
7 Ruthanne
1 Elizabeth
3 Stelios
1 John
2 Lindsay


So it's L. David, Patty, and then ME...

And I'm not too far behind. And my latest review just missed her deadline, so technically, unless Patty just posted another one, I'm tied for second. Not bad.

And the best part is so far I've only review people I owe. I will *try* to review everyone I owe during this thing (although obviously those people - Patty, Crash, and Anna - I owe more than three to will continue to be reviewed as they post new stuff). Of course if you don't have anything posted, I can't review you. So... post!

Jenn
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justjenn001
26 August 2008 @ 12:23 am
... are amazing! Ever need to buy me a gift? It's easy as pie, now:)

My mother got one at work and gave it to me. In two seconds I'm listening to new music I've been craving. Awesome.

This is the most fun I've had reviewing in ages...

Jenn
 
 
Current Music: If I Never See You Face Again - Maroon 5 ft Rhianna
 
 
justjenn001
25 August 2008 @ 09:07 pm
I know who one of the upcoming EC choices is! Hah! And I'm not telling who it is:)

I will admit that I'm jealous, though. How DO you get noticed for such a wonderful thing?

E? You did it once upon a time. Remember anything special about that chapter to get it chosen?

Is it luck? Having alot of reviews? Knowing people who know people?

Or is it really based on having a kick-ass post? I'm 50/50 for wanting that to be the answer. 50% for because it should be merit-based, and 50% against because that indicates nothing I've posted has been kick-ass.

Somebody enlighten me... I've been a member for what, ten years now? Something like that. I'm sick of being invisible.

::Jumps up and down waving hands in the air like an idiot, shouting "Pick me! Pick me!"::

Yes, I'm in a zany mood right now. Finishing something as monumental as a new book is super kick-ass exhilarating. I wanna throw a party or something:) Don't think that would work considering everyone who reads this blog lives in different states.

So instead I'm bouncing around like an idiot. Good thing the kids are in bed:)

Jenn
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justjenn001
25 August 2008 @ 08:32 pm
A friend of mine asked me how to network at a writing convention. I don't have the faintest idea but I'd better get one asap, huh?

I did a little bit a research and learned this much:

"You go to writing conferences and learn from panelists. Afterwards, you query the agents whom you met or saw and mention the conference in your first paragraph."

I realize a conference isn't the same as a convention, but they both have agents and panels, so I assume they're safe to lump together for this exercise.

So if I had to guess based on this, I should bring synopses, sample chapters, and maybe the whole book on CD(?) and go to the convention, not intending to propose anything, but instead to meet. Then you go home and query the people you met, mentioning meeting them at the convention.

Does that sound right? Anyone?

I'll keep looking, but the panel idea is a good one. All conventions have various panels and discussions held for audiences; I've been asked if I want to join a few panels at Archon 32 and decided to email the people at WFC to see if I could volunteer for them, too. I got a little email back saying they'd let me know. I figure as long as you have an opinion on something and don't mind answering questions, volunteering for a panel or two can't be bad, right?

Of course I'm an editor, as well as a published author, so maybe you need some sort of resume to be accepted on a panel. Who knows? For Archon I received an email saying they'd seen on my website that I was attending the convention, and asked if I'd like to help out. How did they find my website? Who knows. Anyways, they sent me a questionnaire about my interests and experience and said they'd get back to me if I fit on any of the panels. Still waiting...

Anyways, I'd love feedback on how to network at a convention. I don't want to look like an idiot carrying around a folder of synopses...

Jenn
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justjenn001
23 August 2008 @ 01:36 pm
I'm looking for a name for these beasts:

Dark as onyx from head to tail, with large pointed ears that could hear sounds up to five miles away and large jaws filled with brilliant white teeth, both animals were designed to hunt down and kill prey quickly and efficiently. With the souls of two gifted humans, they were intelligent, as well. They knew who their targets were, and would use their new forms to do what no other had yet succeeded at. As big as small horses, with fangs a finger length long, the snarling beasts continued their steady, slow approach. One animal snarled as if laughing. You could see the intelligence and hatred within their eyes. Lurching to its feet, one beast opened its massive jaws and took the top half of a guard’s body off.

I haven't come up with a name I like so any suggestions would be wonderful:)

Jenn
 
 
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