Thursday, October 28, 2010

ARGH! NaNoWriMo Ate My Brain...and my M&Ms...

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I get home tonight, and 7PM I grab an unopened 20oz bag of Dark M&Ms and log in here to see what's happening on the forums.

I eat a couple of M&Ms, and read a thread.

I read another thread and eat a couple of more M&Ms.

I answer a few threads, and stop typing long enough to pop a few M&Ms in my mouth.

Three hours later, about 5 seconds ago...I reach into the bag and...it's empty. I'm looking at the bag and going, "What the hell? Where'd all the M&Ms go?"

Than it hit's me...wait a minute...did I just eat an entire bag of M&Ms? I was so absorbed in reading the forum I didn't even notice I eat an entire pound of chocolate! ARGH! It ain't even November yet and NaNo already ate my brain!


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silvermander wrote:
The first one is about a little white puppy who turns into a dragon when he goes to sleep. It's actually a two worlds thing that I haven't completely worked out yet. Bethany threw it at me last NaNo and it's been festering since then. I'm not sure if it would be young adult or an adult novel. I think the FMC would have to travel between the two worlds after the first chapter or so. Or maybe she's the same person, but living two lives in two different world. Either way, the puppy/dragon would be the tie between the two worlds.
I absolutely LOVE this one! I can see it being one of those great children's classics along side Pippi Longstocking, Cricket of Times Square, Bunnicla, My Teacher is an Alien, etc. I tend to do a lot of reading of children's novels.
But I can see this going very fantasy in a Sara Bella sort of way, where the dragon side lives in a happy world of flower fairies a painted ponies. (granted Sara Bella are very early reader picture books, but still, I love reading those too...it's official, I never grew up.)
I can also see this going into a sort of Brian Froud/Jim Henson world too, where happy fairy land gets taken over by David Bowie *cough*I mean gorgeous evil over lord goblin king and the girl and her dragon have to defeat the goblin king to save the fairy land in a very Dark Crystal/Labyrinth/Neverending Story sort of way. (Did I mention of love 1980's kids movies too?)
I really, really, really, really like the puppy/dragon plot best of all.

silvermander wrote:
The second one is a murder mystery that takes place at an amusement park.
My first thought was Old Orchard Beach Beach's Palace Playland and bodies mysteriously washing up on the beach. Serial killer at large (a town council woman no less), hates Massachusetts tourists and is out to rid the town of their incessantly bad driving. =P (Guess where I live?)
Wow - I should so write this. It's so me - not your plot - my serial killer in Old Orchard plot - I could go all slasher splatterpunk having people getting squished up in the gears of the ferris wheel, than the wheel break free and roll down Main St, crash through the Pier, decapitate a few more tourists on it way through, and than be lost under the depths of an oncoming hurricane . Attack of the killer ferris wheel :)
Dam, I'm suppose to be helping you with your plot and I'm coming up with a new plot for myself instead.
Your second plot, is the one you would probably enjoy writing most. I know I enjoy writing about places I've lived/been/worked, thus why Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playland end up in nearly everything that I write...I know that place - I love that place - it's like I can't write a story set anyplace else...actually, I can't write a story set any place else....but yeah, your connection to Funtown would make that the most idea setting for you to write about and really get into.

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in the 1920's. A young woman threw acid in her husband's face.
Did she watch Phantom of the Opera the night before?








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Does anyone else on here sell their writing on Lulu?? I recently self-published a short ( *very* short, about 13 pages long) non-fiction "10 Reasons to be Homeschooled", on there and have only now a month and a half later sold my first copy. I was wondering if anyone else has sold their work there.


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It's very, very, very, VERY hard to sell on LuLu, mostly because when the average person heads online to buy books they run to Amazon and ONLY Amazon, so not many buyers go looking for other places to buy books. Your best bet is to get your book listed on Amazon. Lulu's top sellers buy the Amazon option.

While books are very hard to sell on LuLu, chapbooks (any book with fewer than 75 pages) are nearly impossible to sell ANYWHERE LuLu or otherwise, so your 13 page chap book is going to be hard to sell no matter who you have print it for you. Chap books can not be sold on Amazon, unfortunately.

It can be done and there are folks who do it, but they build a personal website put a lot of time and money into advertising and marketing their website.

There is unfortunately a harsh reality about publishing that few people will tell you about: books DO NOT sell.

The average book (traditionally published) sells just 500 copies. (at the average 4% royalty of wholesale price that averages out to : $1,000 - $1,500 total pay for you the author for the entire life of the book) (The average self published book is lucky to sell 100 copies.)

Rarely does a first book make over $2,000 for it's author.

The average life of a book is 3 months. (meaning the publisher pulls it off the shelves and stops selling it just 3 months after it went to print)

In order to keep you book in print past those 3 months it must become a "bestseller".

In order to become a bestseller, you must sell an astronomical total of 10,000 copies in that 3 months time.

Most publishers DO NOT promote your book. The books that become bestsellers, had an author that put a lot of their time and money into marketing the book themselves. Most books, regardless of publisher, sell only as many books as THE AUTHOR promotes. This is true wither you publish via Scholastic Books (with it's 100 new titles each month, including Harry Potter) or Twighlight Manor Press and it's 10 books every other year.

Basically all a book publisher does is list your book in their catalog and hope that book stores choose to stock it on their shelves.

Books (such as Harry Potter -- traditional published--- and Eragon ---self-published---) get famous, not from the publisher's promotion, but from THE AUTHOR'S having gone out there and told everyone under the sun how great their book was and paying large amounts of their own money (we are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars of the author's private pocket money, money they already had BEFORE book's release, in the case of such authors J.K.Rowlings, Palini, Steven King, etc.) for advertising in such newspapers as The New York Times. Eragon, a self published book, became an over night best seller because of a single one day full page ad in The New York Times, that cost Palini's parents over $14,000! Within a few weeks he had big name book publishers begging to sell the reprint editions.

So you see. What you the author are willing (or can afford) to pay for a marketing campaign, is going to determine how many book you sell, not who you choose for a publisher. Keep in mind that when you see ads for book, either in newspapers or on tv, those ads were paid for by the author him-herself, NOT the publisher.

Most writers, once hit in the face with the harsh reality of these facts, never attempt to write a second book, which is why there are so many one book authors out there.

On the other hand a self-published POD book never goes out of print and you earn 100% of the profits off the retail price.

If you are willing to promote and market your book hard enough, you'll make more money in the long run by self-publishing, because you can keep selling your book for the next 10 or 20 years.

The problem is that though your self published book will be in print longer, than had you traditionally published - it's still probably going to sell less than 500 copies in your life time. THAT is the harsh truth of book selling. Which is why if a writer wants to actually MAKE MONEY at writing they have to write 4 or 5 books PER YEAR for the rest of their lives.

If you are serious about self publishing, than you need to get a copy this self published book on how to self publish http://www.squidoo.com/TheSelf-PublishingManual It was one of more than 270 self published books by this author, and to date at 16million sold it is his top selling book. He is the world's most successful self published writer and tells you step by step what he did so that other writers can have success at self publishing too

These sites should also help you out:

http://www.squidoo.com/PublishingMethods

http://www.squidoo.com/PublishingStartUp

LuLu has additional problems besides being a printer for self publisher (they are NOT themselves a publisher) they are a PRINT ON DEMAND printer, which in some ways is a good thing (you don't have to by the standard 2,000 minimum copies up front) but in other ways is a bad thing (cover price is nearly double the traditional standard for paperback books).

What about LuLu.com? Are they a printer or a publisher?

The answer to that is they do both. They offer two services: one is free and the other you have to pay for.

For their free service, they are a print shop, which you, the author and publisher hires to print up copies of your book. In this instance, you are the publisher. You are self-publishing a book. LuLu is simply the printer.

For their paid services they act as the publisher, provide an ISBN#, print their name in the book as the publisher of the book, and market your book for you on Amazon.com. In this case, they are the publisher.

In both cases, you, the author, keep all copyrights, and all profits. In addition, in both cases you never pay the costs of having your book printed. LuLu.com is paid by the customers who buy your books. LuLu.com takes a commission off the cover price of the book, which varies depending on if it's a hardcover or paperback; has b&w text or color pictures; is 4" x 6" or 8" x 12". For most books, they get $4 - $7 per book. You the author get to pick your own commission. How? LuLu's commission is automatically in the cover price; your commission is determined by how much you decide to sell the book for.

Example:

Let's say that for the book you have chosen, LuLu takes a $4 commission, yet you decide to sell the book for a cover price of $9.95. When a customer buys the book, LuLu takes their $4 and you get the $5.95 extra.

Should You Self Publish?

Only you can answer that question. There are hundreds of reasons to self publish your book. Likewise there are hundreds of reasons NOT to self publish your book.

I self publish, and people always are asking me if I recommend it to others, and you know what? They get shocked when I don't! Why? Well, for me, self publishing works, because I write in a very tiny niche, for which there is almost zero interest and is next to impossible to find a publisher for, simply because my niche is "not marketable enough". I write chap-books (too long for a short story, too short to be a novel), short story anthologies, plays, and niched non-fiction. So, for me it works because the sales market is so small, that I'm able to personally market to pretty much every one interested in the niche. It is pointless for me to even attempt to traditionally publish my stuff, because there simply is not enough demand to warrant it being mass produced.

However, if I was going to write something that would cover a wide audience, I'd send it out to traditional publishers, because they are better equipped to reach the mass market.

Of course the other thing is, I don't as a general rule write novels either. There is a huge world of difference from self-pubbing plays, anthologies, and small niche non-fiction books, and trying to self publish a mass marketable fiction novel. Self-pubbing fiction is very hard to do and not recommended (by me) to anyone seeking a wide readership.

As a general rule, self publish only if you are writing one of the following:

a short story anthology
a book of poems
a technical journal (which will only be read by a 100 or so college professors)
a non-fiction niche market (alien abductions interviews; sky-diving how tos; etc.)
a local history book or local travel guide
a play
a memoir
a church/business/family cookbook

The reason for sticking only with these types of books, is because these are not going to sell many copies to begin with, thus traditional publishers won't bother wasting their time on them. They'll sell 10 to 100 copies per year at best, even with a traditional publisher's best marketing team promoting it, and because of this, they are best suited to small press or self publishing instead.

So, if your book does not fall into one of those categories, than avoid self publishing it.

I do recommend, however, that you self publish a book, before you go on to anything else. It doesn't have to be anything much, maybe just a 30 page book of poems which you will only hand out to your cousins at the next family reunion, and try to sell a few copies of off of your MySpace page. The reason I recommend this, is, because it gives you a first hand "feel" of the actual publishing process and will help you to better understand the inner workings of what a publisher does to get your book, typeset, printed, and marketed. Think of this "first book" as a sort of test run learning exercise to see if you really want to self publish your other books later on, and not as a book that will make you rich and famous.

Remember, when you self publish, you are very unlikely to ever become either rich or famous, and you will have an extremely difficult time traditionally publishing later on, due to the "invisible rift" that causes many editors to not look kindly on any author who ever self-published a book, regardless of their reason for doing so.

(IMPORTANT: Never "test run" a book which you plan to "later" traditionally publish, because once you've self published it, traditional publishing houses won't republish it. It is very hard to convince them that they should REPRINT your book, if you didn't sell thousands of copies within the first few weeks of it's self published run!)

If you really want to get your book selling DO NOT rely on LuLu's storefront. Instead write up and PLAN A MARKETING CAMPAIGN. This will change over time and should be rewritten at least four times per year (quarterly). You need to plan a marketing campaign if you want to be a successful publisher. Knowing your ideal customer is not enough; you must plan how you are going to get your business out there for them to actually become your customer. Research what other publishers are doing. How do they advertise their business? What bookstores carry their books? How did they get their books in their customers reach?

Also know that by self publishing your book and having hired LuLu as your print shop, you are now a small business owner and need to start treating your new job as a job and work at it every day to see it bring in an income.

Is self-publishing the same as working at home? Yes it is. You own the company and you run it out of your home. Self-publishing is a home business.

The most important part of starting any business be it a restaurant or a craft shop or a publishing house, is to have a business plan. If you do not have a plan, than you could easily get side tracked from your original goals and lose your focus. So step one is to sit down and write up a business plan. This is easy enough to do.

Business plans will vary, but most will include a list of the goals you want for your business: immediate goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals, and at least one goal that says where you plan to be 5 years down the road. Once you have decided on your goals, next you need to make a plan as to how you should try to reach those goals.

Some businesses have a short five or ten page business plan; others may write up 30 or 40 pages, some may just have a one-page list. The length of your business plan is not important. What is important is that you have a plan that tells you where you want to go and how you will get there.

If you are serious about selling your self pubbed, LuLu printed book, your next step is to FIND A DISTRIBUTOR

Most publishers are not equipped with the ability to hire a sale representative to travel across country to visit each of the 100,000 plus bookshops and peddle your books to them. This is where a book distributor comes in. Distributors, take sample copies of your book and head out to shops promoting your books. There are dozens of book distributors out there. Some are huge national groups, other deal only with local bookshops, some deal only with libraries, while others deal only with schools. Your job is to research each of the distributors and determine which one is best suited to promoting your line of books.

Publishing is easy, selling marking, advertising, distributing, so you can get that first sale and keep sales coming in, is hard long, slow, and very expensive. It can be done, but know that it's a full time job.

I've been self publishing since 1978, due to the fact what I write is very outside of the mainstream and no publisher in their right mind will touch it. I know self publishing very, very well, and it's a lot of long hours and hard work.

And yes, I use LuLu btw, I've been with LuLu since 2005, I have several books on there, I have yet to sell a SINGLE COPY directly off the LuLu website. Every copy I have sold I have sold off my own websites.



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

IT'S ALIVE! The return of Friends Are Forever - The Book the Mormon Church Banned and Burned is about to be reborn!

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I've been talking about the discovery of my long lost outline for Friends Are Forever, and how it was the book that started the hate crimes that plauge my personal life. Some one asked, if I thought it was safe to rewrite it, what with what happened before. And than I was talking about how it's going to be bloodier and more graphic than the original, and I was just asked a question, and I quote:

What's the farthest you'll take your horror? What can the average reader handle? Do you feel comfortable writing this? What do you think the average reader can tolerate and process? How far is it okay to take your horror? Should some things not be done? What is acceptable and where do you draw that line? Any worries or concerns your book is a little "Too fucked up" for anything mainstream? Do you worry it can't be published?




Well, I already know it's not publishable. Why? Well, I'll tell you...

In 1978 I wrote and illustrated a 16 page easy reader children's picture book titled "Friends Are Forever". It was my first book. It was about a dog and a talking cat who became friends. It was simple and totally plotless and at that point very publishable. It could offend no one in it's first form.

In 1983 I created The Twighlight Manor and rewrote that first story. The cat named Miss Citten the EelKat still remained, but now she was not seeking friends, now she was a cat from outer space sent to observe humans and send back reports of their lives to her home planet Diona. She wrote of a man named Lincoln who owned a haunted house called The Twighlight Manor. Slightly longer than the original this short story comic book ended at 36 illustrated pages.

In 1987 "Friends Are Forever" was rewritten again, adding more of the history of Sir Roderic Lincolndona Swanzen, his bizarre family that originated on a burning planet many galaxies from Earth, and the house they built in Old Orchard Beach, Maine: The Twighlight Manor. It was still a short story, now with less pictures and more words, it still was only about 16 pages long and it was still not offensive.

In 1991, my real life was turned upside down when I was the lone survivor of a mass murder that left my 5 best friends chopped up in a bloodbath all over my back yard. The next year or so was over run by police and reporters and lawyers and court dates, ending with the execution of the murderer, whom had been caught the same day as the murders. I stopped talking after the last court date. I became depressed and suicidal. In order to keep my own sanity, I started writing more than ever before. But something had changed.

With the deaths of my friends, the arrival of a new character came to my stories: a serial killer, one who killed people in a manner not too unlike the way I had watched my 5 friends die. To witness a death changes a person, to witness the murder of a loved one changes you more, but to witness 5 loved ones gutted, beheaded, and disembolbed left me emotional scarred for years and did not do nice things for my mind and I soon found difficult writing anything else. My stories soon became a far cry from the children's stories they had started out as.

By 1993 the house that was the setting for all of my stories, had taking on a life of it's own, it's walls soaked with the blood of hundreds of souls, it absorbed hatred and anger and came to life as a flesh eating character of it's own in the fourth and most famous edition of "Friends Are Forever: Volume I of The Twighlight Manor Series". "Friends Are Forever" now had a new face and a new meaning - it was dedicated to my 5 friends in their memory, that the horror of the way they suffered and died, may never be lost or forgotten to the world. The 1993 edition of "Friends Are Forever: Volume 1 of The Twighlight Manor Series" was about to do more than change my life - it was going to change laws in the Mormon Church as well.

You see, I am a Mormon, and I wrote these books in church each Sunday. In between each of these revisions several 15 to 45 page short stories were written, each about the lives of each of the 75 other characters whom had inhabited The Twighlight Manor over a period of some 400 years. Each story seemed to be more graphic than the last one. Filled with graphic scenes of sex, rape, cannibalism, sadistic torture, and murder my set of short stories became known in the local congregations of the Mormon Church, as the M-Rated, boycotted, much hated and reviled "Twighlight Manor Series".

"Friends Are Forever" was the straw that broke the camel's back when a local Bishop got a hold of a copy and contacted the higher authorities of Salt Lake City, demanding my excommunication and calling me "The Great Apostate", citing this tiny short story as "proof". Banned by the Mormon Church in 1993, my only previously read by locals, set of short stories, suddenly became very famous, at least throughout the Mormon community. I soon started receiving a slew of hate letters demanding I cease and desist the writing of this "vile, immoral, detestable" series. The Twighlight Manor Boycott reared it's ugly head and I found myself shunned and disfellowshipped with the threat to stop writing or be excommunicated over my head.

Convinced that I was what he called "a demon possessed schizophrenic" the Bishop who started the boycott, called the state mental health institute one Sunday. I don't know what he told them, maybe he read them scenes from "Friends Are Forever" saying they were actual events I was doing in Church, but what ever he said, a team of doctors arrived at the Church in less than an hour, ready to drag me away in a straight jacket. I don't know what they expected to find, but I do know that the last thing they expected was to see a 16 year old child sitting quietly in Sunday School class, writing in a note book. Where was the dangerous criminal they were suppossed to take away? Alone in his office, with just me, the Bishop, and the administrative officer of the assylum, the Bishop railed on his tale of how demons had taken over my mind and were telling me to write these vile stories. The doctor asked me what I wrote and why. I told him about the murder of my friends 2 years prior and that it was the scenes of their deaths that I wrote and rewrote again and again. The doctor told the Bishop there was nothing wrong with me that finding new friends would not cure, he than told the Bishop that he needed to see a psychitrist about his belief in demons, and the men left the church angry that the Bishop had wasted their time.

This event was not the last of this Bishop's vendetta again "Friends Are Forever". Fans of the Twighlight Manor Boycott, all Mormons, gathered up nearly every copy of the 1993 edition of "Friends Are Forever" and burned it in a bonfire on my front lawn, making it one of the world's rarest and most obscure books ever to be written. Only one single copy of this book, the 1993 edition of Friends Are Forever, is known to survive today.

While I've written more than 30 stories for The Twighlight Manor Series, the gruesome story "Friends Are Forever", remains the pulsating life blood from which all of the rest of the series builds upon. Most of the series are modern tales set in the house during the 20th century. Friends Are Forever, was not, it was set in the 1660's, it is the prequel to the rest of the series. The history of the house, it's curse, and the madman behind the terror of the Twighlight Manor. Set in the 1660's when the house was still the new honeymoon of of a pair of secret lovers, Friends Are Forever is the background story of how the Manor went from the home of hopes and dreams to the house of blood and sin. And yet, due to religious hysteria, this book remained banned, burned, and obscured from the public eye, while the rest of the books in the series, lived on.

As many of my fans know, the hate crimes started by that Bishop so many years ago, did not stop, and still go on to this day, in 2006 the hate crime escalated to the arson that left me homeless, (see http://www.squidoo.com/OnBeingHomeless2 ), while in 2010 the worst of the boycotters of my books, the woman known as "my stalker" stole my car and cut it in half (see http://www.squidoo.com/StolenCar for more info). What started as book burnings in 1993 has in essence destroyed my life, cost me my family, my friends, my pets, my car, and my home.

The Twighlight Manor Series, is now long out of print, and largely forgotten to every one outside of the Mormon Church. Today there are many who look at these hate crimes and ask: Why? What did you do to make them hate you so? What did you write that was so terrible as to offend these people into such hatred? The answer: In 1993 I wrote a book called "Friends Are Forever", a book that was read by a Mormon Bishop and several local members of the Mormon Church. A book that sent shock waves through the congregation and sent members to demand my excommunication. A book that they gathered up and burned. A book that few outside the Mormon Church have ever seen. A book that today, no longer exists, except for the few surviving, but badly burned pages locked in a safe. A book that people starting asking: Can you rewrite it?

While I continued writing other books for the series, the controversy and violent hate crimes at the hands of local Mormons, behind "Friends Are Forever" kept me from rewriting it.

Requests for the republication of this book, have been among my fans most asked question: When we we see this book in print again? Along with the other question: Can you write as a novel length edition of it next time?

In 1996, three years after the book burners left my books, original manuscripts, and artwork in ash, I wrote the outline for a much expand, revised, and bloodier than ever, full novel length edition of "Friend Are Forever", but due to the hate crimes and vandalism and the murder of several of my pets, which followed the announcement of this book's rebirth, I put the outliine aside to work on other less controversial projects. Over the years vandals 3 times desimated my home, with the worst attack being the fire of 2006. It was thought that the outline for the novel length edition of "Friends Are Forever" was lost in the blaze.

On October 24, 2010, fou years after that fire, while going through my files, I came across that long lost 103 page outline, and now for NaNoWriMo 2010, plans are underway to bring to life once again, the infamous story of a 70 year old man obsessed with lust for a 14 year old girl, the psychotic doctor with a lust for blood, and the serial killing twin brothers who built a 500 room house that demands blood in it's mortar. By December 2010 "Friends Are Forever: A History of The Twighlight Manor" shall live again, and the scene that got it banned: The Red Dragon Murders, with it's beheaded, tortured, raped, disembowled bodies, will no longer be a single page, but span over the space on many chapters.

How far will I go with The Red Dragon Murders? The whole scene will play out from beginning to end. The kidnapping. The torture. The rape. The sodemy. The torture. The discections. The murder. The necrophilia. The bloody reconstruction of the bodies as sculptures put on public display. With the point of view from the man driven to madness while being forced to watch his beloved wife and children slaughtered. What was previously a single page description of the discovered aftermath, is now going to be a large part of the plot.

How far is too far? There is no too far. If my book is able to strike horror into people to the point that they take action again, than next time I hope there action is not to burn the book, but rather to stand up and do something about the way the US legal system is run - to do something to make the streets safe for children - to do something to make sure that what happened to my friends, is never allowed to happen to any one else every again. And to that end, there is no too far. I don't care if the readers can't stomach it. At 14 years of age, I witnessed it is bold life. No child should ever be forced to watch her friends murdered. Death is not pretty. I do not write this to entertain. I write that the horror of my friends' deaths not be ignored, and that the serious nature of trauma caused by murder, not be overlooked and tossed aside. Serial killers are out there, they are real, and the things they do, are way beyond anything fiction can retell. As horrifying as my stories are, they are nothing compared to the horror of the real life events that inspired them. So no, nothing I could write will ever be too far, for the only too far there is, is allowing the monsters that kill to kill again.


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Endings...

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Endings...

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I can;t seem to figure out exactly how to end this. It seems like it just kinda fizzes out. Any advice?
Plot;
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Personally, when I plan my ending ahead of time, I find that for some reason it sucks when I actually get to the point of writing it, and end up writing a totally different ending, so I just stopped pre-planning how my stories would end.

I think the reason is because as I write my story it's plot slowly evolves and changes and by the time I reach the end it seems to need an ending different than I had planned on.

So my advice is, don't worry about the ending right now. Right now, worry about the start, and when you start writing, just let the characters tell you where they want the story to go, and when you finally do reach the end, you'll just "know" what the proper ending will be.

maybe not the answer you were looking for though...oh well





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A doctor's education

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A doctor's education

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Oct 26, 2010 - 03 20
Hello! I'd like to ask about how the education of a doctor goes in the USA. For example, when does med school start, and when does it end? When does internship begin, and how long does it last? Basically, I want to know age estimates.
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age varies...some folks start college as early as 17, others wait until they are in their 30s before they start - between 19 to 25 is the average age most would start -

if your character started college at 19, he would get his Bachelor at 23, his Masters at 25, his Post Masters at 27 and start Med School at 28, than depending on the Doctorate he was trying for he would become a doctor at either the age of 30 (nurse or general practitioner or M.D.), 32 (psychiatrist/mental health Psy.M.D.), or 34 (surgeon or other specialized M.D. field)

they start out with 4 years of undergraduate studies to get a Bachelor of Science - their major would be Psychology or Mental Health Nursing or Social Work or similar - this may or may not include a 6 month internship depending on the college, if it does it will be something like being an assistant to a professor at the college

next they move on to 2 years of graduate studies to get a Masters in Science - their major would be a more advanced form of their Bachelor and may or may not be a pre-med course - this would often include a 6 month internship as a secretary or office/desk clerk at either a hospital or doctor's office - again this depends on the college

for most students the road ends here as very few get grades high enough to advance on to actual Med School

(note - it is very, very, very hard to get into medical school, your grades have to be way above and beyond average - many who would like to go to med school do not make the cut and are thus forced to go to nursing school instead - which is another 2 year Masters)

if their Masters was not a pre-med course (and it rarely is) they will take a 2 year Post Masters Pre-Med course, this time at a Medical School, providing they made it into med school at all - an internship here would usually be working at a desk in a hospital

now after being in college for 8 years, they are FINALLY allowed to actual start their medical training

their medical training or Doctorate will last from 2 to 8 years depending on the type of doctor they are looking to become, and most of their studies will be "hands-on" with them working as a "student doctor" along side a "real" doctor in an "Osteopathic Hospital" (a hospital that trains medical students) - their medical internship (called a residency) starts when the doctor they are training under feels they are ready to have a go at it on their own and usually lasts for 2 years AFTER the first 2 - 8 years of medical training.

I know all of this because I myself am working towards a Psy.M.D. (Psychiatrist) and this is the course of study I will have to take to get there. My goal is to get into Harvard Medical School, http://hms.harvard.edu/hms/home.asp but they only take 150 students at any given time (often less) and only 1 out of every 1,000 who apply are able to pass their entry exams, and only a small handful of the few who pass are actually accepted into the college - it is very, very, very hard to get into med school, your IQ has to be through the roof and your grades have to have been near perfect scores your entire 6 first years of non-med school.

I am right now 35, I started school late, I won't be a Psy.M.D. until I am at least 43



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Describe Your Novel in TV Tropes Links

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Describe Your Novel in TV Tropes Links

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What the heck, I had fun doing this, so I thought I'd share.
Describe your novel using links to relevant TV Tropes pages. Be as detailed or as vague as you like.




Seeing how my plot is basically an none ending bloodbath in a house of death (interrupted only by time out for graphic sex) and there are 3 serial killers, one whack job psycho doctor, a paranoid madman, a haunted mansion, a bevy of scantly clad blond sex crazed teenage girls, and a body on just about every page (the girls of course), this is going to be a long list. (Keeping in mind I'm rewriting into novel length a short story that I originally wrote in 1983 when slashers flicks reigned supreme, and the point of the story was to have no point at all other than to gruesomely slash as many sex crazed girls as possible, than run by screaming while throwing their severed heads at the next victim.). Yes, I write practically unpublishable Extreme Body Horror Splatterpunk Gorn and am damn proud of it, too.

Here we go. These are more or less in order, sort of:

HauntedCastle
Always Night
Slasher Movie
Connect The Deaths
Death By Childbirth
Artifact Of Doom
Oubliette
Evil Overlord
Serial Killer
An Arm and a Leg
Room Full Of Crazy
Gorn
Cruel And Unusual Death
Death By Sex
Cold Blooded Torture
Complete Monster"
Bloody Handprint
Brain Food
Curiosity Killed The Cast
Fate Worse Than Death
Strapped To An Operating Table
An Arm and a Leg
Organ Theft
Eye Scream
Everything Trying To Kill You
Paranoia Fuel
Ax Crazy
The Can Kicked Him
Life Or Limb Decision
An Arm and a Leg
Half The Man He Used To Be
Artificial Limbs
There Is No Kill Like Overkill
Unreliable Narrator
Through The Eyes Of Madness
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You
Or Is It


It's the story of a scandalous romance between a 70 year old man and a pre-teen girl, that is interrupted by a haunted house that wants to eat them. Pregnant pre-teen girl gets eaten on page one, elderly lover loses hands and face on next page, locks himself up in his 500 room mansion and than goes crazy. It's the "prequel" to The Twighlight Manor series, the back story that tells how the mansion went from a honeymoon home to a house of death. The POV is a roller-coaster ride forward, backward, and side ways through the mind of it's schizophrenic owner. It's flash back on top of flash back inside of night mares and daydreams and in the end you can't tell what's up or down and what's really happening or what is just the delusions of a madman. He's got all these things happening all around him, and you don't really realize until you get to the end, that Roderic is, you know, insane.

My main characters = a psycho doctor, 3 serial killers, a drag queen prostitute, a sadistic cult leader, & an elderly pedophile; yeah, 3 serial killers - it's a pair of whacked out twin brothers and one of their sons - a serial killing trio, each kind of kills to out do the other two, though one of the three gets killed by the drag queen - and those are the heroes - the villain is a 400 year old house that eats people. But than again, is it really the house eating people or is it the faceless hook-handed madman who owns it eating them? No one really knows...I don't even know and I've been writing The Twighlight Manor series for 31 years now! LOL! When we see the next body, we'll just agree with Roderic when he says: "It's the house. The house did it. She's evil. She won't let me leave. She's trying to kill me. You can't stay. You have to leave. She's going to kill you. She kills every one."

But than again, wither or not the house is eating people is not the point of the story, either - it's all about racking up the body count with each murder more gruesome than the last. It's almost frightening that I can come up with enough ways to kill people that there can be a murder in each of the Manor's 500+ rooms, and when I run out of rooms the Manor obligingly builds a few more that no one can remember being there yesterday. . =P

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