Author has written 4 stories for Harry Potter, and Elder Scroll series.
My name is Rob and I'm a computer programmer. I thought I might be too old for this place so I'm glad to see there's a healthy population of... senior... readers and writers on the site.
Sturgeon's Law notwithstanding, there's a lot of great writing on this site. At some point I'll inflict my own stuff on you all, but for now I'm just a reader.
13 October 2013
Does anybody have advice for getting past writer's block? I have three stories with plots mapped out but I just can't write them.
5 September 2013
And another couple. If you "lose" something, it means you can't find it; it has vanished from the immediate vicinity. If something is "loose", it's not tight; it is relaxed. "Loose" can also mean to shoot an arrow or similar projectile - "He loosed an arrow at the deer", but that's a bit archaic. That means sentences such as "I thought I was loosing you" and "You're going to loose" need editorial attention.
If I "accept" something, it means I realise a truth, or take something into my possession. If I talk about, for example, "all stories except that one", it means that one particular story is excluded from the group "all stories". So "You'll just have to except this" is wrong, as is "Anyone accept Malfoy".
There are loads and loads of this kind of thing but these examples keep appearing.
4 September 2013
Does nobody learn basic English any more? There's a difference between "their", "there" and "they're" and between "your" and "you're" - people should really learn them. Similarly, a group of people called Weasley may be referred to as "the Weasleys", something belonging to one Weasley would be, for instance, "Ron Weasley's broom" and something belonging to several Weasleys would be "the Weasleys' home". Plurals vs Possessives, people.
24 August 2013
I've just thrown away what I thought was a great (and original) story idea. The concept was that Tom Riddle's diary from book two was sentient the whole time, and the story was from the perspective of the diary. It began with some almost psychedelic stuff where the book is on its own, then described its dialogue with Harry. Once Harry throws it away it went back into the weird stuff before being rescued by Ginny, and then describes the battle between the diary, basilisk and Harry from this new POV. The twist would have been that it all came from Ginny's POV because Harry had been a bit too slow and Riddle had been able to consume Ginny before the diary was destroyed.
Sounds interesting, right? Well the trouble is that no matter how I tried to write it, the sequence where Ginny writes in the diary and it writes back to her always came across as an older man trying to groom a young girl. I re-read book two for inspiration and it's pretty clear that grooming is what's going on here. Tom manages to gain Ginny's trust by playing on her fears and insecurities, and even after Ginny tries to rid herself of this unhealthy relationship, it ends up coming back. I don't know if this is what JKR was trying to imply but it's pretty clear with hindsight.
So in essence, I found myself writing a story that could have been titled "This is how I'd ensnare a young girl", and decided to ditch the whole thing for reasons of taste.
If someone wants to take on the story I've described, they're welcome to try. A hat-tip would be nice if you do.
23 August 2013
I posted Crystallised Amber. It's intended to do a few things. First, it means I've published something. Second, it got a particular form out of my head (starting every paragraph with the same word bar the last). Third, it let me give a shout out to an author who deserves it.
I've given a couple of bad reviews over the last few days. I don't like doing it but sometimes it's what has to be done. If the only feedback you ever get on your work is positive there's no incentive to improve. I like to think that what I've said offers at least something that could be used to improve future work. Yes, that applies to my own work. If you want to flame me, feel free. I'm pretty much immune these days.