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@infinitelywriting Oh man, I totally understand the obsession factor! I got *quite* obsessed with Elementary. I even started picking up Sherlockian mannerisms. I feel sorry for my housemates.
Now I'm dying to get started on TKAM!
1 year, 6 months ago on What’s Up Wednesday! End-of-May Edition!
@Miss Cole It's such a timesuck, but so much fun!
Sorry to hear about the stomach bug. :( My holiday was great apart from that, I can't complain! :) The sickness was worth it for all the stories.
Wow, that Deborah Copaken Kogan article is a depressing truth.
1 year, 7 months ago on Buzz Worthy News: 29th April 2013
@Miss Cole Heh, I wrote some stuff as a teen that I was worried to share in case I got locked up in a mental ward. It all helped me get rid of the bad junk in my head, though.
I'm going to have to go read the sequel to 'The Knife Of...' after this interview. But I'm still slightly annoyed with him for that cliffhanger!
1 year, 8 months ago on Write It Dark
@Miss Cole Glad you like the title and the art! :)
1 year, 9 months ago on New Commission! Ghia Mercado draws Tyler
@AdeleFS Hi Adele, thanks for the quick response! I'll definitely be submitting. :) Sorry about the e-mail problem. I have no idea what would be causing that, I'll look into it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Emma Maree Reviews: Teeth
Fantastic interview! Laura's enthusiasm is contagious. :)
It seems like the photo of the "giant Taschen book" has been accidentally missed out though?
1 year, 10 months ago on Pantomime by Laura Lam Blog Tour
@Tromaras I hope so. :) Once it gets published it's out of my hands, but I'd love to have another book out in Greece!
1 year, 11 months ago on Dragon Tamers
@Roan Weterings Thank you Roan! I'll have to come up with a blue haired character, I don't think I've got one (but blue, especially cyan, seems to be a reoccurring theme in my clothing designs).
Inking is fun! What tools are you using? I've tried inking with Indian Ink and a brush, Staedtler pigment liners, a Pentel brush pen and Sharpies. I think I like the pigment liners best because I can choose when I want a thicker line.
Do you have a DeviantArt account?
1 year, 11 months ago on Art Improvement: 2005 – 2012
@squidfather Thanks John! I've been looking back at your comments to keep me motivated, this revision is kicking my arse. But I'm going to get it done, because it is now my destiny to fulfil the prophecy! Haha. :)
1 year, 11 months ago on Emma's Big 2013 To-Do List
@Colin D Smith Thank you Colin! You two are amazing, I really appreciate the optimistic thoughts. :) And I'm so happy to see the alien in Victorian London story going places! :)Have you seen the Doctor Who Christmas special yet? It seems like the kind of episode you'd love.
1 year, 11 months ago on January Targets
@Miss Cole Thank you! I'll need it!
@Colin D Smith Thanks Colin, same to you. I was happy enough with the book reviewer/book blogger label because hey, if I write and call myself a writer I can review and call myself a reviewer. No point putting false barriers in my way -- I don't need any qualifications other than to be able to write a balanced review. It felt right to claim the title when I started getting a lot of review copies and reviewing became both expected and a serious drain on my time.But I never anticipated what a minefield the writer-reviewer combo was, and I just can't be bothered with the drama. But I want to keep my critical skills sharp -- Janet Reid's advice for writers to be able to critically review work was what started me seriously reviewing in the first place -- so I'll be doing it more casually from here on.
@Colin D Smith Heh, I really hope so. This revision is exhausting! It better be worth the suffering, haha.
1 year, 11 months ago on Looking back at 2012
@Miss Cole You too! And may all your writing dreams come true in the New Year. :D
replying with lasers.
2 years ago on Test Author Box Feature
Testing comments shoop da woop
@Miss Cole I like that interpretation, it fits very well. :) Travelling to Stornoway comes with a lot of family baggage, and I spend a lot of my time there on-guard and just waiting for the inevitable moment when things go to hell. It's a very high-anxiety environment for me (as much as I try to focus on the awesome scenery).
2 years ago on My Weird Stornoway Dreams
@luciesmoker Oooh, that's a great idea! Not sure if I could handle the embarassment, though! :O Also, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's much appreciated. <3
2 years ago on My Revision Strategy: Wing It Offline!
@Miss Cole Yeah, it's a lot easier to get fatigued when editing compared to drafting! And godo luck with all your writerly activities, as always. :)
@Miss Cole Thank you! Looking forward to posting more, just need to charge my camera and convert them for web.
2 years ago on Back from Stornoway
Woo, I can reply now that Livefyre sorted my comments! Definitely agreed on your advice re: a good but flexible outline, I find it can all work out as long as I know how it ends and have a rough idea of the big events ahead.
2 years, 1 month ago on Analysis of a First Draft
@Colin D Smith Thank you Colin! I can tell you're excited, nothing else drives a writer to excess grammar. :D
2 years, 1 month ago on I’ve Got An Agent!
Thank you John!
@Robin Moran No problem, I hope it's useful. :) I didn't feel right sitting on all these resources and not sharing.
2 years, 1 month ago on Emma Maree’s Guide to Getting A UK Literary Agent
@Miss Cole Haha, I had the same reaction when I found it. Who knew Wikipedia had such a thing!
I've got no idea, sorry -- it went through fine when I tried it but I don't have a locked T-Mobile phone to try it on now. You might have better luck asking around on the XDA forum, maybe on thread for the software:
2 years, 1 month ago on How to Unlock a UK HTC Desire for Free
Thank you, and good luck with querying! :)
@Mrs Silverstein Thank you, Mrs Silverstein! I'll definitely be doing my best to get through them as easily as I can. I got far too stressed out last time I revised.
@Miss Cole When they mention a writing CV, they just mean a query bio paragraph, basically. I used my normal UK covering letter, which is basically my query with a touch more formalities (very first lines are "Dear X, I would like to submit for your consideration my novel REBEL AGAINST HEAVEN, a 90,000 YA urban fantasy novel with series potential." instead of jumping straight into the plot, then I follow on with the query). Some covering letter guides, like the one by Nicola Morgan, say to bring down the plot to a 50-word pitch sentence... but using a longer query-style summary never came back to bite me.
@Roan Weterings By the way, Roan, I replied to your forum post. :)
2 years, 2 months ago on A Passive Voice Lesson with Zombies
@Roan Weterings Haha, thank you Roan :) You can 'like' my posts over on the Facebook page (linked up in the 'Find Me On' sidebar), but that's all I've got!
@Roan Weterings Roan, did you get my reply to your comment re: sharing your work? It's not showing up here so I'm not sure if the system's misbehaving.Go right ahead and share them <a href="http://emmamaree.com/forum/" rel="nofollow">on the forum</a>, but it's been very very quiet there. If you want, I could put up a 'share what you're working on' blog post which might be more visible?
2 years, 2 months ago on The Week Long Birthday
Loving Ink, Tidal and Neverfall's covers.
2 years, 2 months ago on Hot New Releases and Reveals 7th October 2012
@Roan Weterings Oh yeah, and the 'likes' carry across between any blog that uses the Livefyre system. Mine's at 12 right now because I was in a discussion over at http://cuddlebuggery.com/
@Roan Weterings They represent how many likes you've received. You get five for joining up, and +1 per like -- so right now you've got 8 points, one like on your original post and two on the one above this. :)They don't do anything, apart from show who the most 'liked' commentors are (and probably the most active ones).
@DavefaceFMS I liked this comment! Because this is a thing I can do now.
@Colin D Smith Multiple exclamation marks! You flatter me with such a gift. :D Thank you Colin.
@Roan Weterings It's October the 2nd, and thank you. :) Next time I'll try to actually put a blog post up in the day, I got a bit distracted. :)
It is a very epic keyboard, and it's front and centre in the picture. :) Thank you sir!
@LenaMarsteller Ah, that makes sense! Agreed there, that's a sensible way to look at it. I think Maggie was trying to show that despite all the money around them, the boys were still totally messed up. And in reality you're right, that definitely doesn't make a good boyfriend... though they were all sweet guys in their own ways.
2 years, 2 months ago on Shit I’m Sick of Reading Part 3
I think a lot of the negative commentors are missing the key thing here: abusive, messed-up behavior is interesting to read **if it's portrayed honestly as unhealthy behavior**. This blog post is calling out books who try to pretend violent, threatening behavior is normal. That's never OK, especially when your audience is young and easily impressionable.
@LenaMarsteller I just read the Raven Boys, but I didn't get an abuse vibe from Gansey, Adam or even Noah (Ronan was quick to flip out, but he was never viewed romantically and this was always portrayed as not good behavior). Do you mind elaborating? I'm curious what I might have missed.
"At that time I was new to reviewing, new to being the YA addict that I am today and I hadn’t yet developed the strong opinions on books that I hold now. Basically, certain things just did not bother me. For me, it took reading several bad YA romances to wonder, “Why the hell are so many females treated like shit in these books?” And I think in a lot of ways, my anger at the love interest in Enclave stems from anger at myself for not seeing the problem with this book the very first time I read it."
This is exactly how I feel about "Hush, Hush". I reviewed it when I was new to book blogging, before I'd really got my feminist strut on. Knowing what I know now about YA love interests, I feel guilty every time I think back to how much I enjoyed reading it.