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General Writing Discussion / Re: To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 27, 2016, 08:28:53 PM »
I fear the TSA is all about taking an existing, living functional being and altering it into something else.

Oh my gosh there are so very very many obvious jokes I want to make about that statement out-of-context if you think of other things that TSA stands for...

So what is the general idea on the critique board as far as... how much should I post? I mean it's a public forum so... if I post too much of my novel are people going to steal it or not want to publish it? I'm not quite sure what the threshold here is. I am ever so paranoid that I will do the wrong thing with posting my writing, but I so desperately want to share it with an audience I think would be interested and receptive of it!

General Writing Discussion / Re: To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 24, 2016, 07:41:43 PM »
Note that the TSA, easily the larger of the two lists, is for transformation-type fiction only. Since I write so much of that, they sort of let me slide in ordinary-furry type stuff sometimes. But for a newbie, this might not go over so well.

The entire point and driving principle of my universe is that these new intelligent bipedal species were created via genetic engineering. I should hope that creating new life with various animal and human traits, should count as some sort of transformation. At least, for my Origins stories. After the point the talking animal people are created, they more or less go and do their natural breeding procreating thing.

But thank you very much for the mailing list links! I had not known such things still existed.

General Writing Discussion / Re: To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 22, 2016, 06:42:58 PM »
So... would anyone be interested in looking at my writing works-in-progress? I would love to find someone to discuss my alternate history universe with!

General Writing Discussion / Re: To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 18, 2016, 02:36:18 PM »
Wow, how did you do that? I would love to have such an audience for my writing!

General Writing Discussion / Re: To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 18, 2016, 03:00:11 AM »
I suppose, that being said, is there anyone interested in reading some of the work of my latest novels set in my Wildstar universe?

General Writing Discussion / To Preview or Not To Preview?
« on: April 17, 2016, 09:31:43 PM »
So I am in the process of writing a couple of novels, all of them set in my carefully-constructed universe of bipedal talking animal people. I would dearly love to share my writing, but at the same time, since it is a novel in progress, I am liable and more than likely to change and modify plot points and narrative markers in what I have already written. So I would love to share my work with people and get their opinion and input, but at the same time, I am afraid that if I share these 'alpha' drafts with people, their perspective will be biased and altered by what they had read before, and they might not notice the changes I had made. I have this fear that they will skim over parts that look 'familiar' that they'd seen in a previous draft, and not realize any important changes I had made.

So I am conflicted... some of my best feedback has come from friends on early drafts, but I don't want to 'spoil' them for the eventual ending experience. I'm just not sure. How much should I share openly? A chapter or two? Where should I post it, here or on my profile? Or should I wait until it's finished to show it to anyone?

The Realm of Inspiration / Re: Music to Write Your Character To
« on: April 16, 2016, 04:15:11 PM »
I find the diversity of 'writing theme musics' to be quite interesting, really! Growing up in my time, when science fiction was considered more-or-less nerdy, and hand-in-hand with the tech crowd, I am surprised there are not more people listing various video game songs as inspirational. Perhaps the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack has such a profound effect on me, because it was the first real PC game I owned and could play?

I am always fascinated by the way the human mind links various memories together, for an ending emotion. Perhaps MechWarrior 2's soundtrack is my driving force because I was just starting to become a creative person when the game came out, and it holds a sort of special place in my heart for that.

On the flip-side, I can no longer listen to Whitesnake's Fool For Your Loving No More, because it was the last song I heard on the car stereo before I went into a particularly disastrous job interview.

I am impressed that so many people also have such deep feelings for music, that it inspires them or puts them in specific moods or energizes their creativity. Interestingly enough, I had thought that instrumentals would be preferred but I see some people who write even to music with lyrics. I would have thought it distracting, but perhaps, they consider the entire musical piece as one 'object' and the actual words and vocals become sort of an instrument in and of itself, where you don't notice the actual words. So fascinating!

Thank you all for sharing what music inspires and/or triggers your creative drive, or that you put on when to feel creative.

On an additional note, I always feel inspired and creative to write when I hear the Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan soundtrack. It is my favourite movie of all time, absolutely, and I think Nicholas Meyer is a fantastic story-writer. Wrath of Khan always makes me feel productive. It is such a powerful and moving soundtrack. If you have not heard it, you can find it here : and yes I could talk forever about how Wrath of Khan may be the greatest movie ever made YES I SAID IT SO THERE

The Realm of Inspiration / Music to Write Your Character To
« on: April 13, 2016, 06:44:43 PM »
Yes the topic is sort of some kind of reference to the infamous Motley Crue album.

Anyway, I would like to share with you all the things that I listen to, generally, that either inspire me or at least encourages me to write things.

Usually, and this might be obvious considering my source, I prefer the instrumental tracks (words seem to distract me!) and such, and my number-one go-to source for that is the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack. I find it inspiring, calming at times, and with the emphasis on various Native American tribal thematics - e.g. Clan Wolf, Clan Jade Falcon - I believe it has a nice sort of feel and vibe to the animal-side or such.

Another thing I often listen to while writing is the soundtrack from the games Doom and Doom II. The way they are designed mostly to loop around seems to have a positive effect on me when I am writing and working. Also sometimes I throw in various tracks from Command & Conquer, to help flesh out a nice long playlist for a good long writing session.

I hope this inspires some people, I know when I listen to the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack, I feel much strong pull, perhaps nostalgia, of the big Mechs and such. It makes it more conducive to writing about my big Mechs in the same theme.

So how about you? Do you have certain songs that bring or encourage specific types of writing?

Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 10, 2016, 12:42:17 PM »
Well gosh, thank you all for your nice comments. I am always somewhat self-conscious of my work because I write it to appeal to a regular, 'mainstream' audience. I don't really like to consider it as furry writing, I think of it as legit science fiction... not to denigrate the furry fanbase and all. But I took a logical and realistic approach to the anthropomorphizing of my various animal people. I would like to think that my writing should appeal to the science-fiction audience first and foremost. But I would like to tap into some of the furry audience, that they would be already receptive to anthro creatures. In my writing I try to make them seem natural and realistic. I don't point out that they're furries all the time but by design they exhibit their animal qualities. To make them feel like they are a real race, a real species, all the things you have to consider...

Introductions / Hello!
« on: April 09, 2016, 08:07:45 PM »
I just discovered this place existed and thought it might be relevant to what I have written! You see, I have written a science-fiction novel featuring various genetically-engineered 'uplifted' animal people, set in a future where species lines lead to battle lines, and all the futuristic weapons of war that comes with that. Think Zootopia meets Battletech (although I wrote it before Zootopia was a thing, admittedly).

My novel Foxhunt! is available on -
You can find my other assorted writings set in the same universe, which I call Wildstar (and I had it before that other thing dag-nabbit screw those guys) at . Yes that is also my YouTube handle for those of you interested in various retro gaming Let's Plays, but that is not the subject here!

You can read the first chapter of Foxhunt! on my page. I hope you like it! I have been working on other stories set in the same universe, at different points in time. I am just not sure where I should find an audience for my potential novels?

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