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  1. That is by far my favorite adaptation. Reeves played a Harker who was supposed to be a wimpy normal guy, and he played it perfectly, I think. Gary Oldman, I had to look up, because I never pay much attention to actors' names, but he is by far my favorite Dracula performance. I too loved the idea of his wife being reincarnated (actually his third wife if memory serves). I like the idea so much, I kind of used it in a fanfiction, except instead of being reincarnated, her blood was used to craft an independent golem with false memories (she thinks she's human until the final chapter) to trap Dracula/Alucard. She's sort of a magical version of an android with an amazing AI. The book, I tried to read an unabridged version. Years and years ago. I was so super excited to read it, but oh my god it was so dry and slow. I have yet to finish it, though I do pick it up from time to time and tell myself I should finish it.
  2. I am a big fan of the classic deal with the devil origin. Alucard of Hellsing manga/anime comes to mind first. Magic is definitely preferred here, but I'm not entirely against genetic engineering, viruses, or other pseudo science type origins. In my main novel, I have a race of blood drinkers who take it as a serious insult to be called vampire, because actual vampires are more like the zombie of today which is what they were like in old myths and folklore before Stoker's Dracula started a Thing. The first of their kind discovered an arcane well, a natural font of magic. Drinking directly from it gave them incredible power. Too much power, so they started turning others with a bite and exchange system. This helped to ease the agony inducing level of power the well provided, but also turned the first drinker into a kind of conduit. Through them the other Sanguinari could tap the power of the well, but they could also half turn others which gave the half turned near immortality and a nice taste of power. Only the monarch could fully turn someone, and but the half turned were creating something of a drain on the font. It was powerful, too much for one person, but it wasn't infinite. So, being a power hungry lot of blood suckers, they manage their population by any means necessary, and a lot of backstabbing.
  3. I'm easy to remember cause it's Tangwystle in both places.
  4. I agree with both Penguin and bdcharles. Variety of structure is very important because it helps keep the reader fully engaged whereas repetitious structure or word use (as, like, said, etc) will inevitably create a sense of tedium for most readers no matter how thrilling the story or well developed the setting, plot, or characters. So, I definitely don't agree with "don't use as" for a good rule.
  5. From the question, I took dust jacket blurb (or internet equivalent) to be a given. I really hate doing summaries, but for blurbs, I think you want to establish the MC or MC's most interesting facet and initial goal/obstacle, and avoid spoiling the ending or any big twists. I'm too lazy right now to dig out any blurbs I've written, so I won't be putting up an example.
  6. So, Scrivener stuff. 1. Multiple Manuscripts: this is just easy since each manuscript is a "project" file in Scrivener. 2. Exporting: You can export the manuscript, but I'm not sure about other options for exporting. I think it has some though, I just haven't gotten far enough in my scrivener novel to look into it much. 3. "Breaking out what characters appear in what scenes, where they're located..." etc: So this is my favorite thing about Scrivener. You can really organize notes, character descriptions, and locales super easily. You can also click on manuscript (or whatever you name the section title for your novel) and it will give you a note card overview of every chapter (or scene depending on how your breaking up your writing). You can color code the pins in the notecards as well as put notes down on them such as who is appearing in that chapter, important items, places, events, etc.
  7. I have not, and it sounds annoying to me. I think Scrivener can do all those things they're asking for by you making notes as you go along. Although, it did remind me of an online tool for writing choose your own adventure style stories called Inklehorn. Er. . InkleWriter? I could swear it was called Inklehorn the first time I found it, and apparently they're shutting down the web based portion, but you can download the Ink (programming language) editor Inky (super simple to use for writers who don't study programming and coding) for free, so that's nice. https://www.inklestudios.com/ink/ There's a link in that page if you want to download the program and try it out.
  8. Everything I was gonna say has pretty much already been said, so I'll just add this; I love using as, and I figure as long as I use it fluidly and dynamically it's not going to bring my writing down any. Why do I love using as? Mostly I use it to create variety in the starting word of my sentences and to avoid repetitive noun usage especially when writing in first person where "I" can really dominate the writing. For example. I couldn't believe my eyes. The dragon we had been looking for was nearly the size of a blue whale. I swallowed nervously as my gaze traced the enormous form losing some of it in the shadowy depths of the cavern. vs I couldn't believe my eyes. The dragon we had been looking for was nearly the size of a blue whale. As my gaze traced the enormous form losing some of it in the shadowy depths of the cavern, I swallowed nervously. It's not a HUGE difference, but that's mainly how I use as, I think.
  9. Well, I just got up, so I haven't learned anything writerly today, but the most recent thing I learned (or arguably relearned) was that, as a pantser, I can't stick to an outline. I am definitely a gardener type of writer, and my outlines are like trellises. They're good for the story to climb onto, but once it gets big enough, I need to let it go where it wants to go and save the trimming for editing after the first draft is complete.
  10. I think about something an artist friend taught me. There was this really good manga artist we were discussing. I was lamenting my inability to draw and she pointed out that the artist (I can't remember who now sorry) can't draw hands. I was stunned, but she started showing me more of the art. Very often hands were left cut out of the scene or obscured by angles, and when they weren't the character had gloves on. Gloves are easier to draw than hands, at least for that artist. So, when people say, write what you know, I kind of think about it from that perspective of focusing the reader's attention on the elements that are strongest for you, be that science, magic, character, or plot. For example, a lot of fantasy writers have never ridden a horse. They may not know that it's important at the end of the day to brush your horse down and check its hooves for debris that may have gotten lodged between shoe and hoof. But, that doesn't matter because they just leave that part and sort of gloss over the horses as a mode of transportation. When you focus on writing something you know about, you can pull a reader in by sharing with them the thing that is most interesting to you about your writing. It won't appeal to every reader, but it will appeal to many. At least, that's been my experience.
  11. Hmm...I don't often write about children or childhood memories. In my main novel I'm trying to finish, among the Fae children are exceptionally rare because they are a very long lived race. I touch on the MC's childhood in one chapter where she mentions winning a wager against a stable "boy" who's prolly like sixty years old, but looks (and acts) like a human lad of about 12. Toys though...I can't really think of any. Daisy chains maybe. Does that count? Her adoptive father never had a child of his own before her and his own childhood was extremely Spartan because of his caste. Mostly, I imagine her playing games and running around the castle, grounds, and local woods and town.
  12. Project: The New Trilogy, Book 1 The New Queen. Book 2 The New Priestess. Book 3 The New . . .not sure yet. Goals: Finish first draft of Book 1 and publish by the end of October. Start Book 2 for NaNoWriMo this year. Summary: I created an original world that blends folk lore from around the world, though what's presented in the book is predominantly anglo-saxon, celtic, and Germanic inspired with a little sprinkling from the middle east and eastern Europe. In this mythical other world the daughter of a witch is traded to a goblin by her mother for a rare magical ingredient that will help save the lives of her coven and many other innocents (thought has crossed my mind of writing this up as a separate novel that is sort of a prequel to the trilogy, like The Hobbit to LoTR). Shortly after acquiring the child the Goblin is killed by a slightly delirious Fae fleeing his exiled people who were forced into the eastern mountains and deep underground long ago. He adopts the human infant who grows up among the court until she's about twenty. At that point a seer informs the queen that a gathering darkness threatens every life in the realm ( I still haven't settled on a name for the Fae country -_-') and the human Berry is key to preserving the land, though how is unclear. It's important she travel South before it's too late and do so with the Prince (who has just turned 100 and is officially an adult though he's still pretty immature in a lot of ways) and her adoptive father. Unfortunately, Berry's father was just sent North as a spy and can't be conveniently reached because he's spying on allies and if he's caught spying it could push the two countries into another war since the new king in the North doesn't like the Fae as much as his predecessor. phew. That's about it without going into spoilers.
  13. My current project The New Queen is 3rd person omniscient and skips around a good bit between the MC, her allies, and her enemies. I like this because it gives me a lot of freedom to build anticipation of impending threats and dangers as well as explore and share my world. Most of my work though is limited to 1st person, but I like to throw in dreams and visions (sometimes just my MC straight up going, "I wasn't there, but this is what I was told happened," or, "This is how I imagine things went.") to shift to a 3rd person omniscient briefly. I feel like this PoV is super immersive for me as a writer and a reader. Sometimes the sheer number of I's and my's can border on the obscene, but that's a matter for tackling when I eventually get around to editing.