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Posting original fiction

(My last question worked so well, let's see if this is as helpful.)

I have some original fiction which so far only a couple of friends have seen, and they've been mostly positive about it. Is it likely to be helpful to me to post it here on LJ to get a wider audience?

Should I lock it in a particular way? Should it improbably enough turn out to be any good, will posting it here prejudice anything I want to do with it later that might earn money? Is there a better place or method?

Mashing vegetables

I learned my lesson about potatoes: boil them then mash them, grate them, whatever. I tried grating them raw last week and ended up with a grey mush which my girls forcibly disposed of.

Carrots worked just fine. Now I want to mash up swede and potato, so I'll parboil the potatoes. Do I have to parboil the swede as well, or can I grate it raw?
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Well, I should have expected really…

So, phil_boswell, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 0% unique and 7% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy tv). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is overcomplicated.

Your overall weirdness is: 70

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 95% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!
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I went to this page to get my "Peculiar Aristocratic Title" and this was the result:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Grand Duke Philip the Idle of Durdle Door
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

How did it know that we went to Durdle Door several years running on holiday? (it was utterly magical, by the way, to be recommended thoroughly—just so long as you're happy in a caravan in a thuderstorm, anyway ;-)
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"Undead and Unwed" by Maryjanice Davidson

Yet another series I wish I had started way back when it first came out, because I absolutely loved this book.
I'm not too certain about the author's claim to have started the genre of "paranormal chick-lit"...maybe she did, maybe she's pulling our leg...but I care not. I'm busy requesting the remaining volumes from the Library as fast as I can in the correct order.
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"Gil's All Fright Diner" by A Lee Martinez

Another good one, and this is only the first! The next one ("In The Company Of Ogres") isn't a sequel, but the sneak-peek at the back already has me drooling for more; the third is on its way.

This one is about Duke, the werewolf, and Earl, the vampire, who stop at "Gil's All Night Diner" to refuel and find themselves averting an apocalypse. Oh yes, and there's this ghost who falls in love with Earl, and the ghostdog who teams up with Duke...not to mention the assorted zombies, ghouls and sundry supporting cast.

Here's hoping there's time for another outing for this crew once the new book's done and dusted...
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"Balance of Trade" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

A re-read this time, now I've managed to acquire the MMPB, and as worthwhile as ever.

An interesting exercise, which I can now perform for myself having both this book and the Liaden Universe Companion #1 in my possession, will be to compare this book with the original novella of the same name. No doubt this is an FAQ somewhere, but it's more fun in person.

A delicious example of a book which poses questions even as it answers others. leaving you thoroughly satisfied but eager for more. Apparently there is a sequel about to enter the far end of the pipeline...which is nice! Whether this will clear up the hinted-at connection with the Great Migration Duology is anybody's guess, but I'm guessing the ride will be exhilarating whatever.
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Tales of Kolmar by Elizabeth Kerner

  1. Song in the Silence

  2. The Lesser Kindred

  3. Redeeming The Lost

Lovely three books, with a nice ending which nonetheless left me wanting to know what happens next...
which is presumably the idea ;-)
I hear tell she's planning to write more in this setting, which would be fine by me on any level you care to check.
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"Dzur" by Steven Brust

So now I'm cross again, but for a different reason this time: I can never read this book for the first time again. Which is a pity, because it was kind of fun wondering what on earth Vlad was up to this time, whereas next time (and there will be several next times if I can manage it ;-) I will with any luck recall at least some of what is coming up.
Some mysteries solved...and some more set up for our collective crogglement and enjoyment.
Now I simply have to re-read the previous ten books...oh, and the "Khaavren" catch up on the little nuances I missed the first time around.
Not exactly a chore I'm going to grumble about...