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Subject:The Afflicted - Done!
Time:07:40 pm
Greetings, everyone!

Just over four years ago (on the evening of June 9/morning of June 10, 2009, to be precise,) I had a dream. I don't mean a metaphorical vision; I mean a literal "I was asleep and then suddenly I was back in my old high school" dream. I took from that dream a basic premise and, after editing, some workable story elements. More editing ensued, then writing, and now, just a day or two after its four-year anniversary, I am pleased to announce that my novel, The Afflicted, is DONE!

Well, the part that involves me working on it, anyway. The next step is to send it out to everyone who is interested, and await their feedback. I'm doing this at the same time I'm also waiting to hear back from the artists I'm commissioning for updated versions of the book cover and between-chapter illustrations. This waiting will continue until the feedback and new illustrations are in, at which point I will put everything together, and then put it on the Kindle store.

This is where you come in! If you have any interest in being one of my advance readers, please let me know! I am looking for people to read it and help me hunt down any random typos I may have missed, as well as general feedback. Just let me know who you are and where I know you from, and if you're on my cool list (I'm trying to limit this to friends and such rather than just fling free copies around blindly because it's still kind of a beta--I will let you know when the 100% finished version is out and ready for sale, believe me!) then I will set you up. :D For those who aren't familiar with The Afflicted, it is an anthropomorphic novel, and here's my best attempt at a quick boiled-down synopsis: A deadly plague has claimed most of the outside world, forcing survivors in one of the last remaining cities to live beneath an oppressive dome and an equally oppressive mayor. Outside, a group of infected exiles has formed, but must contend with disease, hunters, and their own internal friction. Undertaking a long and dangerous migration, can they pass on their legacy to the only other active city of which they know, or will they live and die in vain? Fair warning: This is not a bouncy upbeat happy story. There are sad feels.

Anyway, needless to say, I am very excited about this, and I anxiously await anything any of you have to say, especially if it's to point out something I missed. Every good book needs editors, after all! I know that some grammar errors are intentional (Scout and Girard are from the streets, and have the split infinitives to prove it,) I struggled a bit with figuring out pluperfect/past perfect tenses in situations where characters already in the past tense flashed even farther back ("Kjorteo recalled the time he had first started to write his novel.") I *think* I got it all fixed, but if anyone happens to be an expert in that field, I would love for them to check whether I missed anything.

I'm probably going to spend some of my time "off" (while waiting for everyone else to get back to me) working on an afterword/thanks/credits section to put at the end of the finished novel. If you give me any help with this project at all, then expect me to thank you by name. (If you are someone I know from the internet and have more than one identity between real life names and online usernames and such, please let me know how you would like me to credit you!) However, even before I have written that, just right now, please allow me to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported me. It has been a very long journey, and I know I never could have done it without you. I love you all. :)

This is a cross-posted entry that originated from http://kjorteo.dreamwidth.org/335971.html.
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crassadon
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Time:2013-07-12 02:30 am (UTC)
uhmm. . . . . . I forgot what I was going to say.

. . .

Can I get an advanced copy of it? I don't know if I'll read it right now, because I'm kind of busy; I just want to collect it =3
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terrana
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Time:2013-07-12 07:02 am (UTC)
I feel I should point out that the "split infinitive" is not a grammatical error. The linguistic construct itself dates back to the middle ages, whereas formal objections only started appearing in the 19th century. There was heated debate throughout the 20th century, but nowadays most serious linguists would simply accept the construct.

The objections stem from the fact that, in English, infinitives are usually composed of two words, "to [whatever]", whereas in most European languages, including the ancient ones English derives from, they are single words. There is a strong desire among linguists to preserve "purity" by keeping a language close to its roots.

The idea, then, is to try to treat the construct "to [whatever]" as though it were a single unit, a single word, but the abundance of split infinitives in modern speech demonstrate that this is simply not the reality.

There is no governing body for the English language, so it's ultimately defined as whatever the people speaking it use. As a writer, it is your right and duty to define what it means to read and speak English. Don't let yourself get hung up on technicalities unless you're trying to make a point with them.
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kjorteo
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Time:2013-07-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
The split infinitive may be technically not incorrect, but using it versus not using it sort of conveys a certain level of formality. Formal writing doesn't appreciate it, but informal conversational writing uses it anyway. Thus, it provides one of the many tools I use to subtly color certain characters' dialects (the medical researcher with the doctorate never uses them, the street thugs use them all the time) because language is fun like that. ^n.n^
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lupineangel
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Time:2013-07-12 11:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations on getting it finished, man! I'd love to be in on this; I'm sorry I never managed to get back to you regarding the WIP you sent me a while back, but I'd be happy to help with the proof-reading, or whatever you need done.

This is a major project - you should feel justly proud of having seen it all through! Well done, man!

D.F.
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ravenworks
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Time:2013-07-12 02:10 pm (UTC)
So, I'll keep looking for solutions on my end too, but it occurs to me, this might be a good time for you to ALSO beta-test whatever process you're going to be using to produce the actual ebook file, whatever format it takes.... None of the ebook reader apps I've seen will open a .doc file as far as I know, and the apps that DO open .doc files won't save my place, they just start from the top of the document every time.... But yeah, you're going to have to figure out how to make an ebook file out of it at SOME point, so now might be as good a time as any to work the kinks out of that process ;)
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davidn
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Time:2013-07-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
Guess what my wife does for a living :) So I may call her in for advice... usually a PDF will work on the DRM-free readers, as far as I know, except for the ones on which it won't.

I realized how annoying it was to read DOCs on the iPhone when I saw your Twitter message earlier today, as well - not only not keeping your place but having to redownload them and having no local store.
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ravenworks
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Time:2013-07-12 08:16 pm (UTC)
The official Dropbox app will give you a local store, but the keeping-place issue still stands!
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kjorteo
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Time:2013-07-13 01:47 am (UTC)
Wait, since when is the point to work the kinks out of a Kjorteo story
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xaq
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Time:2013-07-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
WOW! Congrats, man! :D

I hope you don't mind if I wait for it to hit Kindle, though; I honestly just don't feel like I'd have the time to read it right now. :[
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davidn
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Time:2013-07-12 04:36 pm (UTC)
This is a fantastic milestone - it's been a long journey, but enjoy the achievement now :) I'll make sure to give it some time over the next while, and to see what it inspires!
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tamakun
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Time:2013-07-13 01:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I know that this has been quite the production for you to get completed, and I'm happy to hear it's on its way!

I would volunteer my eyes for reading, but a) I'm a horrible grammaticist and b) I have enough of a backlog right now that I would feel bad to have it and NOT read it.

Congrats again and I look forward to hearing all about it! :D
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