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looking for some help (maybe a co-author)

jvoi2
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first I'm not a writer

at best I'm an avid reader who happens to have a few good ideas gathered together in something looking like a story

second, English is not my first language so as good as they may be my ideas are poorly worded at best

thirdly, despite all my efforts (or because of them) I can't really focus on developing my story and writing it, each time I have a good idea and I'm trying to write it some new ones develops in my mind and either I stop to write them and soon forget to keep writing the story or I keep on writing and loose the new ideas :(

what I'm looking for is probably more a co-author than an editor so if someone is interested in helping me please contact me ;)

so far the "story" starts with a guy being abducted by aliens and sent on a planet to live in a stone age era surrounding (classical Cmsix style)

aboard the alien ship he befriends an AI who will be in charge of the "mission" on the planet and follows with him on the planet and his meeting with some locals ...

actually the codes for what I already have written should be slow, alien, time travel, celebrities (maybe robots) ...

even though it already contains some sex I can't really say what amount nor the codes for the couplings in the story as nothing is set in the stone so far ...

if you are interested please contact me...

but be warned I'm somehow technically challenged and don't really know how to share what is already written :/

richardshagrin

@jvoi2

I wouldn't say "nothing is set in the stone so far." Clearly most of the story is set in the stone age.

jvoi2

funny

not really helpful but funny ;)

jvoi2

"bump"

when I say "classical Cmsix style" it doesn't mean I intend to just to make it a cmsix story by another author (me) it's just that the basic plot is in the vein of his style but I really would like it to become something more ;)

actually the first part is already about 31 000 words and the .doc file is more or less 150Ko and the second part is 36 000 words with a .doc around 160ko

richardshagrin

Classical Cmsix style would indicate the hero is from Texas, is a blue collar worker (often a steel worker), and the story stops before there is a formal ending.

Replies:   tppm  jvoi2
tppm

@richardshagrin

And then, later on is merged into Nanovirus

Replies:   jvoi2
jvoi2

@richardshagrin

the protagonist in indeed a blue collar but the initial location was left rather vague ...

as for the formal ending I already have some pretty good ideas of what should happen then but I keep an open mind to suggestions ;)

that's precisely why I'm asking for some help in order to complete the story before posting anything

jvoi2

@tppm

actually despite the fact that several of my projects have a common basis in the social class of the protagonist I've been quite attentive to "spread" the stories I'm working on enough to prevent them to overlap on each other so even if I'll publish it (or several of them) it should remain standalone

a crossover remains possible but unlikely

Ernest Bywater

@jvoi2

but be warned I'm somehow technically challenged and don't really know how to share what is already written :/


The easiest way is by attaching a copy of the text file to an email you're sending someone.

If you've no other takers I'm prepared to look at it and give you some advice, and also prepared to send a copy on to my editors to look at.

Replies:   jvoi2
jvoi2

at the very first I've attempted to contact Cmsix to get his authorization if not his participation in the project because technically it's both a homage and some sort of anti john and argent but all my attempts were in vain :(

in his story no matter what the main character may say he becomes the slave of his lesser instincts and succumb to the ease of the alien technology at hand (basically he is given everything and take it) in my version it's not the case he really try to start something

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
jvoi2

@Ernest Bywater

that's a wonderful offer

although actually I only have the text in a .doc and if I recall correctly I've read somewhere it was not a recommended file format and the email system here don't allow me to attach something with my message (as stated in my original post I'm technically challenged )

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@jvoi2

The SoL wizard does accept .doc files, and most word processing programs will open .doc files. Personally, I use Libre Office because it uses less system resources and is easier to use (in my opinion). As to contact, I don't like posting email addresses in the forum, but I am an author and post here under my real name, so you can find me on the SoL Author's Page under 'E' - there you'll find an email link and can send me an initial email to which I can reply and you can then use your normal mail client to send me a copy of the .doc file as an attachment. Yes, it's a bit convoluted, but the last time I posted an email address in a forum I got snowed under with Spam because some spammers picked it up.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
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@Ernest Bywater


The SoL wizard does accept .doc files


No, it does not. Plain Text, tagged plain text, markdown plain text and html files are the only formats accepted.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

No, it does not. Plain Text, tagged plain text, markdown plain text and html files are the only formats accepted.


Sorry, my mistake, I must be getting mixed up with something else. I never use .doc so it never affects me.

Crumbly Writer

@jvoi2

at the very first I've attempted to contact Cmsix to get his authorization if not his participation in the project because technically it's both a homage and some sort of anti john and argent but all my attempts were in vain :(

You shouldn't need permission if your story is only similar to Cmsix's. You'd only need permission is you set the story in his universe, used his characters or continued on of his unfinished stories. That said, you still have to respect copyright (i.e. not copying the content of his stories). Actually, asking for permission to write a write is legally seen as admitting to imitating his work. If you like another author's work, feel free to admit that you're inspired by him, even asking for advice or comment, but don't say you're using his stories.

You sound like what you really need is an editor, maybe even more than one. If Ernest lends you some of his, that's a great place to begin. They can iron out the English issues, though they usually won't suggest better wording/phrasing.

@Ernest

Sorry, my mistake, I must be getting mixed up with something else. I never use .doc so it never affects me.

Don't know if you've ever posted there or not, but you may be thinking of BtFH (BeyondtheFarHorizon.com). They only accept MS WORD's .doc format files for submission.

Replies:   jvoi2  Ernest Bywater
jvoi2

@Crumbly Writer

that's precisely why I wanted to talk with him about my story because technically it could be perceived as a continuation or a spin off of his works ...

even if it's not

I'll freely and willingly admit being inspired by his stories because I am (he indeed wrote a big page of the genre)

my dilemma is that even if no character by Cmsix is namely named nor used and most of the content is way different of his works (I've been very careful to only stick to the genre rather than loosely to any story) at one point one of the developments could recall "John and argent" in some descriptions of past events

I have not read every single story in that gene so maybe some other stories use these events too but since john and argent do and cmsix inspired me I was worried about that, hence my numerous attempts to contact him

Ernest Bywater

cmsix didn't invent the genre, and just a mention of his story or characters doesn't require you to have his permission In Times of Old I make an oblique reference to John and Argent by stating the alien's TV show is to compete with another one.

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Don't know if you've ever posted there or not, but you may be thinking of BtFH (BeyondtheFarHorizon.com). They only accept MS WORD's .doc format files for submission.


Tried to post there at one time - just ran into too many problems to make it work the effort. Most relate to the moderator.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Tried to post there at one time - just ran into too many problems to make it work the effort. Most relate to the moderator.

Yeah, she can be particular. Last I heard, she wasn't reachable either (I haven't tried recently). You have to be careful not to mention anything political, because she's pretty right-wing and will ban anyone she objects to.

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John Demille

@Crumbly Writer

You have to be careful not to mention anything political, because she's pretty right-wing and will ban anyone she objects to.


Right-wing Lesbian? Wow, that's a very rare occurrence.

graybyrd

If by right-wing you mean somewhat to the right of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, that's about it. She and a small cadre of followers on the BTFH forums have taken to calling the other side 'Dims' and 'Progs.' GM claims not to have banned anyone yet, but is threatening to ban references to 'Tea Party' as derogatory.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@graybyrd

GM claims not to have banned anyone yet, but is threatening to ban references to 'Tea Party' as derogatory.

She may not have outright banned anyone, but she and her cohorts (fans of the site) aren't reluctant to attack and intimidate anyone they object to, often chasing them away from the site.

Not the best way to grow a site, which is partially why the site has so little content.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

I look at it every Sunday night, which is when the current stories add a chapter, most of the time. There is some discussion of science fiction and current events that may lead to advances in space travel. Recognizable authors post stories there, some of whom including Gina Marie have posted here on SOL. The political stuff mostly goes on the other half of the forum you don't need to follow, if you don't want to. There is a reasonable supply of older stories available by author most of us would recognize, and reading what gets posted chapter by chapter avoids having to buy the completed work on Amazon or some other pay site.

Robert Heinlein got a little politically intense (that may not be the right word, but his very early years as a socialist did not extend to his later years) towards the end of his career. Good writers tend to get passionate about things. The good thing about not arguing about politics and religion is that there isn't much about religion on Beyond the Far Horizon. Gina isn't interested in erotic fiction these days so her site isn't a great fit for the typical SOL much sex story. But there is good stuff to read there. You don't have to visit every Sunday, but monthly or every couple of months might pleasantly surprise most readers.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@richardshagrin

The good thing about not arguing about politics and religion is that there isn't much about religion on Beyond the Far Horizon. Gina isn't interested in erotic fiction these days so her site isn't a great fit for the typical SOL much sex story.

Gina has no restrictions on sexual content (as far as I know). She stopped posting erotica because she got bored with it and wanted to try other things, not because she's philosophically opposed to it. That said, I wouldn't try posting kiddie-porn there, and she might frown on stories lacking a substantial plot. If in doubt, just write and ask her. She's pretty good about responding quickly (at least to authors, she doesn't always respond to forum posts).

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Gina has no restrictions on sexual content (as far as I know).


She has a no person under 18 in a sex story rule which she applied, and got rude about, to a story of Caz's I tried to post there for him several years ago. In the story a 16 y/o watched others having sex, and she hit the roof about it - despite the US laws on sex in stories having a lot more leeway than the Australian ones.

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