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The new topic is up:

Which just leads us to "What are you going to do with it????"

I was just reading a description of "How to pitch" to professional markets that I thought was quite interesting. (Completely paraphrasing) She said to find an angle that fits with a current need of the publication, and work the story you want to tell into that angle.

That's pretty much what happens with Idol topics! I put out a request for a specific concept, and then you figure out how to make it work with something you want to write about! :)


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Aug. 1st, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
I want to do fiction. I am displeased with the shorter time frame. I am drawing a blank on what to do with this topic. Too many possibilities!
Aug. 1st, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Woo hoo, you're first again.
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Aug. 1st, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
The topic made me think of "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray.

Not sure where I'm going yet but it will likely be fiction.
Aug. 1st, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I read that book ages ago, and I believe it was possibly a trilogy? But I never read past the first book for some reason.
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Aug. 1st, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Thoughts, in order:
1. Yeats. ("The Second Coming.")
2. M. Shelley.
3. R. Browning.
4. The above thoughts are really obvious.
5. Coleridge. ("Christabel.")
6. Gaiman. (Brief lives.)
7. I need to try harder.
8. The Wright Brothers.

Edited at 2014-08-01 03:19 am (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
Dang! That's a short deadline this time!
Aug. 1st, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
Exactly. Hope nobody byes-out due to lack of attention.
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Aug. 1st, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
For those of you interested in pitching books, look up the Query Shark blog. I'm not interested in the publishing industry myself, but the blog is fun to read. Though it's frustrating when somebody has a really cool query and you can't read the book yet because it hasn't even been printed.
Aug. 1st, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
IIRC, there's an LJ feed? But it's not posted in ages, so I don't know if it's working.

P.S. If someone were to compliment your writing, what pronoun would you prefer that they use in reference to you?

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Aug. 1st, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
All I know is, I love the topic, and I look forward to seeing what people do with it! We'll see if it knocks something loose for me for home game...
Aug. 1st, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
First thoughts are apocalyptical, something like the birth of the mother of Antichrist. And also any inventions hat were created to help people, but ended as weapons or worse instead, like dynamite.

Edited at 2014-08-01 05:29 am (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
YIKES that's a short deadline! Especially today / this weekend - the first anniversary of my grandmother's death, my husband just got a vasectomy, this morning our washing machine flooded the house and basement, every single towel in the house was used containing the disaster but of course I can't wash them until we get our new washing machine which arrives on Monday and used all of our savings and then some....


Topic makes me think of Imraith-Nimphais in the Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy.
Aug. 1st, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
I love that this made you think of Imraith-Nimphais! :)
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Aug. 1st, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Usually I get some kind of idea when I first read the topic. I don't always go with my first thought, but it usually allows me to work my way around the topic and find my own voice with it. This one isn't ringing any of the creative bells yet. I'm going to have to sleep on it.

As for the deadline, that is the one part of this I'm not worried about. I've been looking forward to speeding this train up again. So fasten your seat belts, I think this train might have just become a roller coaster!
Aug. 1st, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
Gary, was capitalizing "Terrible" intentional?
Aug. 1st, 2014 09:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wondered the same thing. For the first time since... well, for the first time ever in Idol, I've got ideas up the wha-zoo, but they're all based on the notion of this as a general topic, rather than a quote, title, etc.
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Aug. 1st, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
Except for the verb tense, it's a line from a poem about a war. Having read the wikipedia article about it, for a reason known only to the back of my brain, it makes me think of the song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday.

That said, I have no ideas.
Aug. 1st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't read the Wikipedia article, but I did read an article from the Poetry Foundation which breaks down the poem stanza by stanza. It's right here.

What strikes me is the "reluctantly political" stance Yeats supposedly took on the situation. There's also meta in the sense that he talks about certain people involved but conceals their identities within the poem.

My first thought is still something so violent it's beautiful. There's quite a few options within that.

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Aug. 1st, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
All I can think about for the topic is something atomic bomb related. I've had a weird response to prompts this year.
Aug. 1st, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Icon love!
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Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:56 am (UTC)
I have no idea what to do with the prompt..*wails*..:/
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
Me, too.

Given what I normally write about.., I'm not sure where to turn.
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Aug. 3rd, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking about the "terrible" beauty of the love of the steroid-induced long ball in the post-strike era of Major League Baseball, & how Bud Selig turned a blind eye. those who are not sports-inclined individuals should be able to understand it as well so fear not if you're not sporty spice
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