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    5-25-17, 3:05 PM
    They can be quotes from novels or movies…or from actual individuals, historical or otherwise. * * * There are two many to mention, but...
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    5-25-17, 2:22 PM
    I wonder how many of you suffer from the same springtime distractions that plague me. It seems that the moment the weather turns from cold and...
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    5-24-17, 4:48 PM
    Oh, yeah. CAS is now one of my all-time favs. The Zothique stories are indeed dark and disturbing--and wonderful! After reading The Dark Eidolon...
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    5-22-17, 4:17 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Editor Quest in Publishing
    I hear you Skip. In a sense, I've gotten a bit ahead of myself with this. However, what I sent to the editor has been through five revisions so...
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    5-22-17, 12:47 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Editor Quest in Publishing
    Great points, all around. From what I can tell, this editor is perfectly capable and professional, and would be appropriate for many writers. But...
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    5-19-17, 7:38 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Editor Quest in Publishing
    Thanks Steerpike. This is my thinking too. It would be so much easier if I didn't have to explain genre conventions to an editor. In a way, it...
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    5-19-17, 5:20 PM
    Incanus started a thread Editor Quest in Publishing
    (I wasn't sure where this thread should go, please move if this is the wrong place.) I won't need an editor for a while yet, but I had an...
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    5-19-17, 4:43 PM
    Ah, I see this thread hasn't died out. Thanks for the additional thoughts here. I've basically made a truce with this issue. My most recent...
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    5-18-17, 5:24 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    One of the best concerts I ever attended was Chris Cornell performing his first solo record, Euphoria Morning. It was a smaller venue, but this was...
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    5-18-17, 12:25 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    Sad. One of my favorite musicians just died. RIP Chris Cornell. You'll be missed. Fell on Black Days.
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    5-11-17, 12:59 PM
    As I said, giving up wasn't an option. So I did my home work: I studied, I listened to beta readers, I edited again and again, and I refined the...
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    5-11-17, 12:02 PM
    Hollo. A. E. Lowan. When you say we, who is the other person (or persons involved? Just wondering.
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    5-11-17, 10:56 AM
    I agree with the point about the "e" in "The", Kinslayer. And even considering what others have said, I find the cover interesting and thought...
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    5-9-17, 2:01 PM
    Excellent timing--were you aware that the first book of a new series of Osten Ard is coming out next month? It's called the Witchwood Crown. I've...
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    5-8-17, 2:19 PM
    Read that one last year. Recently read "Cannery Row". The answer to your question is: Yes. Yes he could sure write. Wonderfully, at that. One...
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    5-3-17, 3:09 PM
    I love the "chosen one" type of story. In fact, it's probably among my top two favorite story types. All I require from such a story is that the...
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    5-3-17, 12:47 PM
    Ronald T. replied to a thread Feeling better now. in Chit Chat
    Thank you all so much. Your sympathy and compassionate words fill my heart with joy. You can't know how much I appreciate your kindness. It is...
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    4-30-17, 1:50 PM
    Incanus replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    Happy Walpurgis night, one and all! Try not to stay up too late--
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    4-28-17, 1:32 PM
    I’ve been absent for the last couple of weeks, but I’m slowly trying to make my way back. I suffered an “Atrial fibrillation” episode (also called...
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Ronald Taylor Smith:

I was born in Selma, Alabama, although I spent most of my younger life in Oregon, near Salem. In my late teens, I’ve lived in the suburbs northeast of Sacramento, California. After I got married to my beloved wife, Jane, she and I lived in the Sierra foothills and built custom homes on rural country properties between Loomis and Grass Valley.

I've been a passionate reader for the past forty-five years. And for more than thirty years, I’ve been a devout subscriber to two magazines: WRITER’S DIGEST, and THE WRITER. During that time, I have accumulated an impressive library of books designed to aid those wishing to become proficient writers. For many years now, most of the hours I spend in front of a TV screen have been with a “self-help for writers” resource in my lap.

The excitement and joy of learning something new is a reality I discovered only as an adult. However, I wish I’d made this wonderful discovery during my school years, when it might’ve saved me endless misery.

But during the last eleven years, along with reading other authors, my focus has been on actively writing during the day, while the study of writing still continues in the evenings — always in front of the TV.

I am writing an epic-fantasy series -- THE BLOOD-RUNE SAGA -- that I expect will require 6-10 books to bring about a satisfactory ending. The final book count might be fewer, but it’s unlikely to go longer.

I have completed book #1, THE UNNAMED RUNE (including final edits), at just over 155,000 words. I am finishing the last edit on book #2, A DIRE ONUS, at just over 197,000 words. And I have more than 425 pages written on book #3.

I plan to e-publish book #1 in the near future, soon to be followed by book #2.

My best to all of you…particularly those with secret dreams. May the powers of the Universe grant you the determination to see those dreams fulfilled.
Location:
Grass Valley, California
Interests:
Reading, art, architecture, clasical and Doo Wop music
Occupation:
Writer/author (Used to be a general contractor of custom homes).

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