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  1. I'm sorry! I didn't mean to upset you. And please don't think by making errors, that makes you unworthy of being a writer; if that held true, nobody would write in the first place.
  2. I'm there with everyone else in saying that the world doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but @industrialistDragon has pretty much covered every possible square inch of that issue, to the point that I have nothing more substantial to add. Your prose is good, and it's nice seeing some straightforward fantasy (though I hope you'll avoid the pacing problems that plague WoT, if it's a main influence). I'm in agreement that you need to go back through this and make some edits for the sake of your world-building to clear up inconsistencies on why a matriarchy has the societal problems it does. There's a lot of potential here, but it needs some tweaking. Notes below. Notes without annotations are just corrections: (pg. 1) -her shoulder clanking as its objects jostled within.—I'd replace objects with 'contents' -“It’s my armor, after all.”—Italicized 'my' for emphasis (pg. 2) -“Come on, then. The blacksmith is only the first of our stops.”—If this is in answer to A's question, why doesn't L just say 'The blacksmith'? -Not all parts of the body looked or smelled nice (pg. 3) -the glowposts were built from a shimmering white marble that sparkled during the day and shone with brilliant golden light at night.—Ooh, I like this image. -“It is. It’s right over there,” she said as she pulled her attention away from the glowpost—Bold text added for clarification (pg. 4) -A blinked, her lips parting in a half-smile, half-I-can’t-believe-you-just-said-that look of horror.—This line is indented at 'half' in the doc. Not sure if that's just a problem on my end. (pg. 8) -It was an absurd argument to be having, anyway, and one she’d get nowhere by having, since she seemed to be the only one in the Queendom who thought so.—Repetition of 'having' (pg. 9) -Children’s skirts were never weighted, and to help keep them from stepping on them only came down to their knees.—I would change this to a simpler "Children's skirts were knee-length and never weighted, to keep them from tripping." (pg. 13) -You don’t become a knight by lollygagging (pg. 14) -Fort A—I would not use this name for the fort; as far as fantasy names go, it's pretty common. -gratuitous number of arrow loops throughout the walls of the lower levels (pg. 15) -with a sobbing story—I'd change sobbing story to just 'sob story' (pg. 16) -“Mommy’s helping wif the Queen,” A said with a smile. “She told me to wait faw you and bwing you to the capin.”—This kid sounds like he's three, at most. Not four or five. -S, one of the other boys who was his friend -She loved children.—If she loves children, why did she sigh when A showed up? Sighing makes it sound like she finds him annoying. (pg. 17) -A led them through the keep -Though all three women were different ages and statures, and all three wore different outfits, all three wore matching expressions of dour consternation. At their entrance, all three women’s heads snapped up.—Repetition of 'all three.' Three times in one sentence is two too many. - L said carefully stepping further into the room—Did she say something carefully or did she carefully step? Add a comma to clarify. (pg. 18) -The prince is very knowledgeable (pg. 19) -The M nodded, accepting L’s apology—Well, that was easy.
  3. I want to ask you, @shatteredsmooth, please turn on spellcheck. There are lots of little errors you could easily fix just by having this on. And after that, look out for errors when you do a re-read. Finding grammatical and spelling mistakes while reading makes doing so a more time-consuming thing than it ought to be. Story-wise, something I've noticed is that E has some skewed priorities. Despite that their mother has been turned into a mannequin (which they react very little to; you'd expect a kid to be horrified, scared and confused) they seem to spend a lot of time worrying over what gender pronouns to use with people. I feel that the worst thing that could happen if you get a pronoun wrong is you get corrected. Also, E also does a fair amount of agonizing about whether or not she can bring the dog certain places or not. Worst case scenario: leave the dog outside. Again, E's mother turned into a mannequin. There are so many consequences that can arise from this—homelessness, police questioning, mother stuck that way, etc—and none of them are delved upon. Whether or not E is able to save their mother is much more interesting and tense than whether or not they get someone's pronouns right and/or is allowed to bring a dog into a building. All these children, also, don't feel like children. They don't talk like children, they don't act like children. They act and speak like adults we are supposed to believe are children. They react very little to events going on around them, their dialogue feels very stilted (not much in the way of contractions) and their vocab is too advanced. I feel like you're not taking advantage of your premise. At least, not as quickly as I'd like. The pacing is slow; you gave us a tour of an antique store that we didn't need, delivered the dramatic buy-in (mom turns into a mannequin), before going to meticulously, unemotionally describe E's library research, before delivering a series of conveniences in our lap (D's mom is in the same place A died, E finds the two establishments she's looking for in the same building) and then finally giving us a new character. But there has been very little in the way of actual action, thus far. To improve this, I think you need to cut a lot of extraneous details, put us inside E's head to tell us what they are feeling, have them stay mostly focused on helping their mother, and reworking the characterization of all the children's characters to make them feel less like robots. And put your docs through spell-check before you submit, please. Notes below: (pg. 1) -And if I was home with an overprotective Dad made more overprotective—Overprotective is one word. -Where were a few things I could take from the shop.—Is E asking a question here? (pg. 2) -I also texted my friend K, whose -Plus, if K was feeding him, then no one would suspect anything had happened to Mom.—That's a pretty big logical stretch there. What happens when someone tries to call or e-mail her and gets no response? They're not gonna take the cat they may or may not even see as an indicator that she's fine. -I emptied the contents of the vampire hunting kit into it.—Why not just take the kit wholesale? (pg. 4) -I used another bungee cord to the secure the tent—Delete bolded 'the' -Last but not least—I wouldn't use this. It's cliché. It's the equivalent of ending your essay with 'all in all.' -The building, one story and kind of square—Kind of square? What makes it kind of? -The latter didn’t (pg. 5) - Is there something specific you are looking for?—Paranormal books are already pretty specific. -I hated the idea of her falsely assuming that he was a service dog, because people pretending dogs that aren’t service dogs are creates huge problems for real service dogs—A few problems here. For one, this feels like preaching, which never reads well. Also, 'hated'? That's a pretty strong emotion to be feeling for something E doesn't even really know the librarian is doing or not. And finally, everything after 'because' is nonsensical: what does "pretending dogs that aren't service dogs" mean? And why is it more of a problem for the service dogs than humans? -If I had anywhere else to bring him, I wouldn’t bring him in a building pets weren’t allowed in.—Why doesn't E leave him with a friend? -The shelves were full of hardcovers with plastic protecting the spines and call numbers.—You mean like all libraries? -There were titles about doing tarot readings, about spirituality, and about communicating with the dead.—And suddenly, we've teleported to the paranormal section. (pg. 6) - and took them to the most hidden table I could find.—What makes this table hidden? And why is E even trying to hide? -and Googling related topics. -That owner’s name was MF.—What's E's emotional reaction to this? Thus far, they've displayed little to no emotion. (pg. 7) -I’d have something to compare them to. -Conveniently enough, there was one psychic place listed on the same street as a sub shop.—You're right. That's convenient. Way too convenient. Impossibly convenient. - I ordered a small cheese pizza, because you can get that at any pizza place.—Please don't tell me you can buy pizza at a pizza shop. - I gave G a chance to do his business in the woods behind the library—Small details like this are not advancing the plot. (pg. 8) -it probably wasn’t a neo pronoun, but that didn’t mean it hadn’t started using a new pronoun as a ghost.—E's mother turned into a mannequin. Wondering what pronouns a dead child would use—said child probably doesn't even know what a pronoun is—ought to be the last thing they're worried about. -I walked my bike around the back entrance that led to the psychic's shop -I wasn’t sure what you called said place.—Definitely not a lair. -put some of his kibble in the lid of my thermos while I ate.—What? E's putting dog food IN the lid of the thing they drink from? Ew. -made an effort to minimize conversation with grown-ups -There were no signs telling me pets were not allowed—Why is E worried about this? Their mom is a mannequin! -before I told that person—I would replace with 'them' (pg. 9) -Maybe if the psychic was the real deal, he, she, or they might—I would delete the bolded part -G certainly thought there was because his tail thumped against my leg.—I don't see how that translates to 'danger ahead.' -more makeup than I would be allowed to wear even if I actually ever wanted to wear makeup—Makeup is one word. -The person wore—Replace with 'they' (pg. 10) -I stood in the dark, mystical room and filled with candles—Deleted bolded 'and' -“You’re talking about Mx. R who owns JJ, right?" I asked, wanting to make (pg. 11) -“Then why was the open sign lit?"—I would either capitalize this or put apostrophes around it, and all further instances of sign names. -Some of the breaths caught on tear snot, like it was a gooey sad net—What is tear snot? And also, yuck. -This girl’s mom could’ve fallen through the floor or gotten killed by some violent criminal who was hiding out in that mill.—I am having trouble believing any kid's thought process would run like this. -“We called the police, but they searched the area and didn’t see any sign of her. Her car isn’t even anywhere."—This girl is awfully trusting of E, for only just having met them. (pg. 12) -“I was planning on sleeping in a backpacking tent I took from JJ, but I’d rather not illegally camp if I can avoid it.”—Why can't E just go home? -That is where A died.—Their delivery is robotic ("That's where A died!" might be an improvement) and this fact is too convenient. (pg. 13) -A formed into a zombie kid ghost. -“What pronoun should I use for you?” I asked because I really didn’t want to think of A with the wrong gender.—Why would E presume a dead kid from the 19th century have any idea what this means? -No one ever gave me to the option—Delete bolded letter. Also, I do not buy A knows what gender pronouns are. -was there are creepy lady—Delete bolded letters (pg. 14) -but all vampires allegedly—No child's vocabulary is this good. Not only that, all these children talk like emotionless adults. -Without this vessel, I might lose myself. (pg. 16) -You use masculine pronouns for A three times.
  4. All right, I'm behind and I read both sets of chapters today. I'm just going to post my notes for now, and get into critiquing the story itself on the thread for chapter 3 and 4. If you see a line without any comments, it means I made a bolded edit. Notes below: (pg. 1) -“E, will you flip me a coin?” called Mom from the front seat.—If this is in a car, 'called' is not appropriate. It suggests shouting. -I held the coin on my dirt-stained palm, tossed it up, caught it, and then slammed it into the opposite palm.—'Slapped' would fit better. 'Slammed' sounds painful. -“I guess that means Vermont,” she sighed.—Isn't tails what she wanted? Also, neither of them called which side of the coin they were taking. (pg. 2) -It was also right next to a gorge that Mom and I sometimes hiked down if we wanted stretch our legs before the long ride home—Add 'to' -EBay being both the savoir and doom of her business.—It's 'eBay.' 'Savior' is misspelled. And you don't explain how it both saves and dooms. -Kodak moments were when she found the stuff I thought of as treasure—I know what you mean, but this could be construed as mom interpreting stuff E finds as treasure. -Back in June, she had found a ten-dollar item that sold for almost a thousands dollars.—Delete bolded part -Her denim shorts were threadbare and probably would have a hole soon if she kept wearing it -My t-shirt and cargo were in better shape, but that was because Mom always spent money on me before she’d buy anything for herself.—What does that mean? Is Mom buying the protag newer clothes? -I looked at the bikes, some vintage and others new, lined up outside the shop (pg. 3) -JJ always smelled like sawdust and mothballs.—You wrote the name backwards. - I imagined they were full of bugs because there was always a layer of dust on them—I see no bug connection. -He let out a squeaky, scratchy bark -A jingling gradually got louder—What's jingling? -The second most important rule of antiquing was “respect the shop dogs.”—Why? -Their chin length hair was dyed violet (pg. 4) -plum-colored eyeshadow and lipstick -Even their goatee was dyed purple. -My cheeks heated up—Just say 'I flushed' -He knows you love and respect dogs more than other kids do. Plus, you always give him treats.—Expository characterization. -“I used to have a dog, but she had cancer, and Mom misses her too much to get another one.”—E hasn't told R this by now? If not, why doesn't R offer condolences? -Don’t touch things that can break was my third most important rule. G came over and sat on my feet as Mx. R walked away. “Um, Mx. R, are there any new mannequins I need to worry about?”—This should all be one paragraph. (pg. 5) - It belonged to a 90-year-old woman -and this one lonely, lovely -She’s in the back room modeling a stunning cocktail dress.—Please elaborate why it's stunning. -She is called M—I'd delete bolded part. -“Oh, I don’t know if dolls creep you out too—R seems oblivious; it's obvious E is creeped, just by her dialogue. -Dolls look creepy, but you won’t turn into one if you look in their eyes—You later say that this is the exact cause of turning into one. (pg. 6) -Antiquing was like a treasure hunt. Most of the stuff in the shop was actually junk, but there might be something on a shelf for twenty dollars that mom could sell for two hundred, or if we were really lucky, two thousand.—Started getting bored by this point. -There was a silver blade, which glinted like it was in the sun instead of the dull shop light. -Mom said before I even fully started to reach my hand towards it.—Replace with 'could touch it' (pg. 7) -“It’s not obvious?”—I don't think a kid would say that. -“This is a vampire hunting kit, back from when people actually believed in vampires.”—How does E know this? Has E seen a vampire hunting kit before? And who in the right mind would even make one? -I laughed anyways.—I'd delete, or combine it with the previous sentence. -How come you get to touch it?”—What has established thus far that E can't touch it? -Mom put the knife back where it was and pointed at a series of empty depressions in the box.—Delete first bolded part. (pg. 8) -“Would you believe me if I told you the truth?”—Nothing thus far has convinced me this woman is a figure of mystical knowledge. (pg. 9) -then with the undead corpse of a kid my age. -“things to possibly ask for if Mom finds a ‘Kodak moment’ list." -He was in Sturgis -There was no reason girls couldn’t play with spaceships and boys couldn’t play with kitchens.—E's emotional reaction is enough to convey this. (pg. 10) -He sneezed.—Heh heh. -The two sidewalls were boards with holes in them and dolls hung from every inch of that wall.—I don't think a child reading this book would be paying attention at this point. Very little has actually happened, plot-wise. (pg. 11) -They were neither porcelain nor but some—Nor what? -The doll's hand -My muscles were so rigid they were starting to hurt.—I don't think that's possible. -G held his head up in the air and sniffed. The dolls eyes rolled towards him.—This needs to be its own paragraph. -My head throbbed.—Why? You didn't say if E hit their head. (pg. 12) -painted-on eyes -Are we proof that ghosts and monsters and magic are real? Or proof that we’re just toys, magic only lives in your imagination, that there is a logical explanation for everything you think lacks one?—This is oddly specific. -It had an aqua-blue background -Mollusks and anemones were carved on the bottom in equally bright colors.—Why isn't anything happening by this point? (pg. 14) -Come out from wherever you're hiding -I said even though in my heart (pg. 15) -She had looked a mannequin in the eyes and became one—This needs to be several pages earlier. This is obviously your dramatic crux, and it's quite interesting. I just would rather not have gotten a several-page tour of an antique store to get here. -He took a step towards me and gave M a good snarl. She lurched forward.—This needs to be one paragraph. (pg. 16) -because the not plastic not porcelain doll was standing in it—I'd delete the bolded part. (pg. 17) -I jumped back. “Sorry. I’m not used to seeing dolls move.”—Should be one paragraph. -it was relatively person-shaped. -“You can see me.” It crossed its scarred arms. It was missing its left index finger.—Again, make this one paragraph.
  5. Saber is on its fifth draft; I plan on revising Act 1 based on the changes I've made after receiving feedback here. Confederates is on its 2nd draft, which will be significantly shorter than the 1st (as I have removed the POV chapters of two characters who will still appear).
  6. I might post the rest of Act 1—I want to test the waters on some new characters—but beyond that, I don't know. I'm also trying to re-evaluate how I want to tackle my writing projects right now; it's a confusing mess. I'm torn between doing more editing of Scarlet Saber, revising 'Confederates' and kicking myself into finishing my third novel, a project I've been trying to figure out how to write for years now. Thank you for the critique.
  7. First off, kudos to you for having this workshopped for the autism aspect. Second, I think this is the best chapter you've submitted thus far. The pacing's pretty quick, events are clear-cut and concise, and there is a set-out path for our characters, which I appreciate. Though I struggle to comprehend why they think casually approaching the GK is a good idea. I know they lay out their reasoning, but when THAT'S your title, I think most kids would keep their distance. I can't image a teenager in England thinking to themselves, "Well, I got a problem, I guess I'll just visit Buckingham." Other than that quibble and some mechanical errors (listed below), good job. Notes: (pg. 2) -“I don’t think it’s General K up there. If it was, this place would be swarming with bluecoats already.”—If Z knows it's Mother G, why doesn't M? -“Coming!” M called back and then addressed the teenagers again—This confused me for a moment, as I don't know why she would reply to Z's father. Also, saying she addressed the teenagers makes it sound like she isn't one. -The teenagers climbed the ladder, exited the shed and fell into line between two rows of avocado trees.—I'm not getting a sense of where the adults were, spatially. (pg. 3) -Fighting at the Front must be particularly bad today; usually, mage fire was only visible at night.—I don't really have much of a sense of what mage fire actually looks like, though. -who was stiff-backed—Added a hyphen. (pg. 4) -I suppose you wouldn’t know, would you?—This is awkward. We know they know, but she's talking like we know they know. -The GK’s general, General K—I think his allegiance can go without saying. (pg. 5) -We shall see, but either way the festivities will not go on as scheduled, despite the hard work of the pueblo—This feels stilted to me. (pg. 6) -cancelled--—I would look up how to add an em dash on your computer. -For a wild moment, Z thought they had actually distracted the adults well enough that they wouldn’t ask about the bunker, but she was wrong.—I'd delete the bolded part. You've already cued us in that her expectations are going to be subverted. (pg. 7) -Like most people, she assumed, Z practiced her expressions in front of a mirror—I don't buy she'd assume anyone would do that. -Her punishments always seemed to lessen if she accepted them if she put on a good enough act.—I can't tell if you have a missing comma or you forgot to delete one of these. -It meant P wanted you to agree with him.—But he didn't ask for her opinion, he asked for information. (pg. 8) -so you using such a bay name—A what name? -Z blinked. She had missed... something. Again. “Like what?” Z asked.—This should all be one paragraph. (pg. 11) -It’s okay that I’m not normal.—Everything after this is a little too on-the nose. And she just happened to have this speech prepared? -There are plenty of others that I’m happy to be a part of, though. Smart. Cunning.—Not very humble, is she? If that's what you're going for, then keep at it. Pride's a good character flaw. (pg. 15) -Beyond a few barely remembered spankings when she was small—Added an 'ed' (pg. 16) -She snapped her fingers.—I'd add 'repeatedly.' I don't get that she's trying to find something to say. (pg. 17) -“We go directly to the GK himself!”—Well, that sounds like a terrible idea. (pg. 18) -Everyone raised their soul lanterns, the things that were secretly killing each and every one of them—Secretly? How does Z know this? Or are we in omniscient narration now? If so, why? -innards.She—Missing space. (pg. 19) -the other parents didn’t like letting their children play with her.—Added 'her'
  8. Awesome stuff, as always! Great detail on Kaza.
  9. Hi guys, thank you all for the critiques! I appreciate them, and I think I'm going to take some extra time to work on the story before I submit for this again. I realize now that the story is obviously is in a very rough state, and since I can say that it doesn't get much better from here onwards, I need to put some extra work into re-writing and editing. I'd like to re-submit this knowing that it's of a better quality. Thank you!
  10. Greetings, This is chapter 4. It's a shorter chapter with a bit of a faster pace. Hopefully, it feels like it gets the plot moving. Please criticize. Thank you! Also, I admit I kinda jumped the gun in submitting; as I have not been technically confirmed for Monday yet. But seeing how there's a spot left and there hasn't been a swell of other potential submitters, I hope that this could be excused just this once. I apologize, and will not do this again. In chapter 3: JV, who now suffers from crippling pain thanks to Channeler's Reflux, has sold off her family ranch and works as a barmaid. She ends up talking with two strangers from out of town, one of whom appears to be blind. The strangers leave, then one of them burns down the local house of worship before attacking J's boss, L.
  11. I think switching POVs is interesting, as I'm wondering how all of this laboratory/hybrid stuff is gonna connect back to Q and M. Problem is, this chapter just felt like one continuous stream of info-dumping that made me mentally check out multiple times. Descriptions of office politics and sub-levels of laboratories are doled out with lots of telling, very little showing. Plot-wise, I feel like the only thing really advanced this chapter was that there are dinosaurs (always cool) and that E works in a crummy office. Other than that, the copious amounts of description bogged down the pacing. I would do a fair amount of editing down, and/or saving a lot of the info presented for later, when you are in a better position, narrative-wise, to show it. (pg. 3) -We’ve beaten these odds before two weeks out.—Missing comma? (pg. 4) -“It’s government, not business—Added a comma (pg. 5) -there was enough computing power in the human worlds—Human worlds? Are there aliens? (pg. 6) -D M sat on his own in the company café, his bento box finished, sipping cranberry-infused water and watching E M's chull as she progressed along the counter towards the pay-point in her nicely-snug business suit trousers.—Pretty good way to establish a slime-ball. Also, curious; have you read any Michael Crichton? (pg. 8) -The corridor was silent, but for the barely audible hum of the strip lights.—I'd delete the comma -E had decided to be bi at university—Couple issues here, which've already been pointed out but I'm gonna harp on anyways. Uno: nobody 'decides' to be bi. Sexuality is not something you pick and choose on a whim. And dos: you established E is willing to use sex to advance her career and that she's sleeping with a married woman. Tread carefully; there are a lot of negative stereotypes of bisexuals out there, and you're creeping towards that sort of portrayal. (pg. 9) -Did she shiver just now? Many of them are her creations!—I'd make this its own paragraph, since it's the thoughts of another character than the one who just spoke. (pg. 10) -Wham!—Holy onomatopoeia, Batman! (Sorry, I just really wanted to type that). I'd personally leave out the sound-effects, and just say the creature slammed into the glass. (pg. 11) -trying to bite them, trying to eat them.—I'd leave one of these out. (pg. 15) -M was a head office appointment with a roving brief—A what?
  12. I'd like a spot for Monday as well, please.
  13. Yes. Yeah, from the sound of everyone's feedback, it just isn't working. Not sure what to do with it for now, but I do not want to remove it outright. I'll give some thought on how it can be more believably integrated into the world. Indeed! I think what you are capable of doing in Elysium is up for interpretation, though I agree that the idiom I used probably doesn't fit.
  14. Right, here're my thoughts: As a prologue, I think this works much better than the original prologue with the snow globe. The events portrayed are much more clear-cut and the premise of soldiers versus demons, while a somewhat cliché premise, the addition of the chasers gives it some much-needed flavor. The info-dumping though, I'm a bit mixed on. I am guilty of info-dumping myself, but there's a lot of it in a very short amount of time here. I think you can do with letting at least a couple things go on unexplained until later. Nevertheless, this sets a much more solid foundation for the rest of the story (at least, it does for the parts of it you've let us read thus far). Good job, I'd say. Notes below: (pg. 1) -The MCs had an official-sounding name for the sensation, but everyone just called it the C—always sure to pronounce the Proper Noun.—Added a hyphen and em-dash. Also, you can't pronounce a proper noun; the fact that you have put the C in caps lets us know it's important to the people in this world, and that they considered it a proper noun. (pg. 2) -“It was strong.” C nodded.—So this appears to be C responding, but the period and the nodding make it seem like B is speaking, and he's responding with a nod. -Someone at the back of the barracks screamed, and not just any scream, a high pitched shriek that tore through the room and awoke everyone at once.—I'd delete the bolded part, and let the rest of the sentence speak for itself. -The barracks held exactly thirty-six bunks, but R immediately knew from whose lungs the scream had emanated—Purple-y. I'd just say "R immediately knew who'd screamed." (pg. 3) -She wore only her skivvies, revealing almost all of her toned and tall body.—Clothes don't conceal height. Also, I'd change the phrasing to "revealing toned muscles." It's reads as somewhat male-gazey otherwise. (pg. 4) -She didn’t even stop to grab something to cover her nakedness—She's wearing underwear. She's not naked. -That first horrible screech had blown out her vocal chords but—That seems a bit much. I'd change this to something like "rendered her hoarse". Also, change 'but' to 'and' (pg. 5) -the soldier was right—I'd fuse this with the next sentence, regarding what he's right about. -Being a shadow was worse than death.—So it's basically a Dementor's kiss/being gentled? I don't think that's all that scary anymore. -She was and out of the barracks in moments.—Delete 'and' -He was a beautiful man with soft features, smooth skin that was quite a bit darker than average, something R liked.—Not sure I'd buy that she'd be checking the guy out at a time like this. It's not very soldier-like. (pg. 6) -He nodded and turned back to his work, though everyone knew that once a soul lantern was gone, there was no hope.—It doesn't feel like anyone's really wondering what happened to it. Lost? Stolen? -she was out the door in moments—Missing period. (pg. 7) -five hundred-plus—Replaced comma with hyphen. - A continued:—Make this the start of the next paragraph. (pg. 8) -The response was like the roar of a world killer. It shook the compound.—Combine into one paragraph. I notice you have a tendency to take things that aren't all that dramatic on their own and make them into their own paragraphs, like the second line. From now on, I'd double-check stuff like this to see what warrants a single-line paragraph and what doesn't.
  15. Hi everyone, Here's chapter 3. I tried to elaborate on the Greek+American culture bits, and if it falls short, please tell me so. Summary of chapter 2: RL, while guarding a group of archaeologists excavating dragon fossils, is attacked by JT, leader of the BRs. He intends to get revenge on the M—feared federal mercenaries—that killed his daughter and other BRs years prior. He tells R that he wants her to scare frontier towns for some mysterious purpose, and she figures that he wants to use the dragon fossils as well. P.S. I made two big flubs. When B talks about compounding channels, she should be saying different channels, not the same. That was a major error on my part. Sorry. And I imply B was also a channeler right after A says she wasn't. That's really embarrassing; if nobody minds, I'm going to send a fixed version of this to the e-mail list. Sorry about that! If you have already read through it, please don't read through it again; just take me to task.