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AGIT Beta update

Posted October 21, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

Decided to split the upload into three. There's little reason not to let everyone have at the 1st Act later today. I have a chapter to finish writing first, but then I'll post the copy so it's avialble over the weekend.

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insomniac puts forth...

Posted October 21, 2016
Will the master alphas still get 2 weeks for each?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 21, 2016
I send it to edit on Nov 11.

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DarrenBloomfield asserts...

Posted October 21, 2016
I meant to respond in earlier thread. Personally i think the drop feed works best for me as a beta reader. Lets me focus on the task assigned and not get swept up/distracted by the story!

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted October 21, 2016
*drip feed

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Don Bagert mumbles...

Posted October 24, 2016
I'm still available :)

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted October 25, 2016
Invite sent.

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted October 24, 2016
Just finished my first full sweep through.

Hats off my friend. Hats off.

jl reckons...

Posted October 25, 2016
Agreed. JB has done something completely different with this work but the effect is the same as his other books- riveting reading.

DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 25, 2016
Majorly kicks arse.

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Robertkocsis has opinions thus...

Posted October 27, 2016
Well, I'd love to peruse this if still possible :)

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted October 27, 2016
Your invite should be in your email.

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Vallon Davis has opinions thus...

Posted November 4, 2016
Where can I access the AGIT beta post??

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A Girl in Time Beta is coming

Posted October 20, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

I'm still trying to decide whether to push hard and get this out before Christmas, or take a couple of extra weeks and release in mid Jan when things are very quiet with the trade publishers.

To give myself the former option, I'd have to do the beta in two parts. Releasing parts 1 and 2 (which luckily are quite self contained) and finishing Act 3 while the betas read them.

If I wait until January to publish, it's less of an issue.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who'd like to see the early version, and particularly what they think of a two part process.

The first part of about 60-65K words will be ready in a couple of days. The second of approx 30K words, maybe a fortnight later.

Also, I'm thinking of calling the betas my alphas because they're that awesome.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon asserts...

Posted October 20, 2016
if you want to add an extra beta/alpha, my timeline has freed up with the aligning of the planets. I'm trying out Damon Young's #nowhitedudes . . but . . . well there are always exceptions and i'm currently inbetween lovers . . . i mean books at the moment. A two part process shouldn't be a problem? The beta's would have the first 60k to get through anyway. I can only offer you my services as a reader of pure enjoyment not encumbered by the fine details of the laws of physics and credibility, although there is a point where that wears thin (i have done maths at uni) : )

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Leftarc has opinions thus...

Posted October 20, 2016
I was going to say take the time. This is not an agile project, throwing out iterations like nameless drugs to mad monday footballers at Surfers.
But I have re-read the question, and you have to ask yourself, do you want to be writing part three, knowing that there maybe some changes required based on the feedback you will receive in parts one and two.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted October 20, 2016
Send it. I should have some time soon to read it.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien reckons...

Posted October 20, 2016
If you wish to entrust me to be a beta, I will gladly take it on. I will submit my CV and references if necessary ;-)


As far as the two-part process, I think it will work. We read 1, then 2, then you finish 3 and tie it all back together with the feedback.

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John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 20, 2016
Yeah, on further consideration, a little consultation with industry insiders, I'm leaning towards pulling a few late nights and getting this sucker into play before Christmas.
Anybody who'd like to be in on the beta, let me know via email.
My initials at jbismymasternow dotcom.

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Surtac asserts...

Posted October 20, 2016
I have some time in my reading schedule, while I wait for Dave Hutchinson's 'Europe in Winter' to drop in a few weeks time. And I'm saving the new Peter Hamilton for my Christmas break.

So I might put my hand up this time.

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted October 20, 2016
Personally I will have more time in December but if you command I shall deliver, even though 65K words in two weeks will be a stretch, especially while still being giddy at the thrilling, world record beating, largest ever margin victory by the mighty All Blacks over the hapless Wallabies.

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Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted October 20, 2016
I like the idea of pre-Xmas and I finally have some time I think. Beta away!!

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AuntyLou swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 20, 2016
Excitement! And of course you can call us anything you like...except master betas...

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted October 20, 2016
OH GOOD GRIEF!

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AuntyLou is gonna tell you...

Posted October 20, 2016
What?! Grandma can be rude too you know! She ain't all milk and cookies...in fact this one is more wine and vodka!

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted October 21, 2016
Get it done before Xmas. Every day that it is not online is a day that you don't get money.

Ship it.

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Don Bagert asserts...

Posted October 21, 2016
JB, I'd like to see the early version, and would suggest waiting on publication until January, since it seems you have so much in the pipeline right now.

DaveC reckons...

Posted October 21, 2016
Like Red Dead Redemption 2?

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she_jedi puts forth...

Posted October 21, 2016
Ship it! I'm in project deadline hell at work at the moment (we're opening a new hotel AND re-lauching our loyalty program at the same time, so no pressure) but will commit to beta reading this one, as I failed so miserably on Cairo and Paris :(


And then I can buy myself the finished product for Christmas. Win win.

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STALIN'S HAMMER PARIS. Prelaunch sequence initiated

Posted October 4, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

The final version of Paris should be off to the formatting factory later today, after which I start pressing buttons and pulling levers to release it into the world.

Thanks are due to the beta team, who gave their usual best, and to everyone who's been contributing to the WW 3.1 threads below.

I finished Final Impact pretty much burned out with AoT, and the experience of traditionally publishing ROME didn't help. But walking the indie path with this story has reignited my enthusiasm for the whole narrative. I'm looking forward to closing out the year working on the first new full length novel in the series since the end of the main trilogy.

I do have plans to release the HAMMER as a complete set, and as an audio book. Probably as a print on demand title too. All that is for the New Year, however.

Before then, we have a date in Paris. I'll be dropping some freebies through the week, via the mailing list, here at the Burger and, God help me, over at the Book of Face. Tomorrow, there'll be a short story set in the Axis of Time, written by Mr Jason Lambright.

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sibeen puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2016
*drums fingers*

I'm not sure I can forgive you for knocking off Viv, but I will give you hte benefit of the doubt.

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MarkatVAVS mumbles...

Posted October 4, 2016
SPOILERS!!!!

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John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2016
Sibeen wrote:

*drums fingers*

I'm not sure I can forgive you for knocking off ****, but I will give you hte benefit of the doubt.

(And I edited out the spoileriffic name) - JB

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KreepyKrawly swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2016
Sweet, just finished Navigators of Dune . . . now something 'Splodey...

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Peter Bradley is gonna tell you...

Posted October 4, 2016
You knocked off ****! How could you? Just when...... oh the hell with it I'll just wait 'til I read who it was.

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Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2016
Oh jolly, straight to the top of my 'Read this' list!

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DarrenBloomfield asserts...

Posted October 4, 2016
Man I forget that some of us know more than others.

Well done JB - and thanks for the privilege of being on the beta team. I hope our usefulness outweighed our sheer bloodymindedness and frustration-inducing pedantry.

insomniac asserts...

Posted October 4, 2016
How about actually being on the beta team and still not having any idea who **** is? I have a vague recollection of the death but cannot remember who. I know who it wasn't.

DaveC mutters...

Posted October 5, 2016
Indeed and agreed. Unless we're talking about the third goon from the left? The one with the Slavic features who practiced casual brutality? Yeah. The series will totes be the poorer for losing that goon.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted October 5, 2016
I loved that goon. He was my favourite.

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Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted October 4, 2016
Happy for the freebies, and also happy to contribute to the new wing of the bunny mansion.

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Dirk mumbles...

Posted October 4, 2016
Huzzah: Let it rip!

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Al reckons...

Posted October 4, 2016
It's with my pyro and dets course on the reading list. Tough times ahead!

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Joe is gonna tell you...

Posted October 4, 2016
Excellent - let the freebies roll. Just need to finish these assignments first...

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted October 5, 2016
There should be a sound track. We should pull a John Ringo and come up with a playlist that goes along with Paris.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien would have you know...

Posted October 6, 2016
Can't wait. Need something to hold me over between my birthday and Christmas - besides Halloween :)

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GUTZ ducks in to say...

Posted October 7, 2016
I full applaud going the Indie route and saving a plethora of migraines and the like..HOWEVER....i would like to address the elephant in the room (yes his name is Stampy). I do not see how being ensconced in casa del Birmo pumping out words faster than a room full of proverbial monkeys, gets you out and doing the ' Birmos, i have released a shit ton of new stuff buy me drinks world tour'.
This tour, which no doubt would be Beatlesque in its ...er...well everything apart from the singing and maybe Yoko has been sorely missed.
Any plans for getting about amongst the great unwashed? You can even use the t-shirt idea if you want!!
GUTZ out.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 7, 2016
You raise some interesting points.

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Update

Posted September 15, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

No, I'm not dead. Just busy.

In the last six weeks I've written just over 80,000 words. I intend to keep going at this rate until mid-December. By that time I will have finished Stalin's Hammer: Paris, A Girl in Time, and the new, full-length AOT novel which kicks off the world War 3.1 series. (Oh, and the Dave Hooper fanfic project).

I'm not sitting up until midnight with my underpants in my head to do this, but I am working consistently, continuously and at a pretty intense level.

At a minimum I drop 2000 words into Scrivener every day. Most days I shoot for two and a half or three thousand.

As always, come mid-afternoon I crash back to the surface of Planet Parenthood for a couple of hours of kid wrangling.

That's why you're not seeing many updates around here. I'm prioritsing the books and by the time I'm finished for the day... I am fucking finished for the day.

I have been following the discussion in the World War 3.1 thread, copying and pasting the highlights across to my research files. I've also had some very useful OOB stuff sent to me by Dirk and JL. I'm grateful for the help.

Also hugely helpful, the beta readers on Paris. I've been gradually taking in their edits and suggestions over the past fortnight, and will wrap that up and send the finished draft off to the pro-editor in the next couple of days. The cover art was finalised a long time ago, and the formatting won't take long, so it will be published within a month.

I will have another topic for 3.1 which I will put up later today. But right now, I have those KPIs to hit.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted September 15, 2016
I thought it would be something like this.

I've not been much use in the Pepsi Challenge...what with knowing next to nothing about military strategy, materiel or history. My history major kind of focussed on the causes of wars 1 and 2, rather than the military consequences. It's been interesting but quite intense to follow the threads.

Look forward to the next update.

Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted September 16, 2016
"what with knowing next to nothing about military strategy, materiel "

Yep, same here. My only contribution would be '(a) supply lines? have you thought about your supply lines? Oh, and (b) don't invade Russia during winter, because, well (a)'.

Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 16, 2016
Plus: Never get involved in a land war in Asia (tip o' the hat to the Princess Bride).

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Leftarc asserts...

Posted September 15, 2016
Is that how you re calibrate the diesel emissions code in a Golf?

Dirk puts forth...

Posted September 15, 2016
Naah that's easy :)

Well John bring it on!

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Halwes mutters...

Posted September 15, 2016
I just read your SMH article on the plebiscite. I was determined not to care about this issue until I had to but I think that time has come. The full enormity of how the debate will unfold has finally penetrated. As I listened to how the two sides would be funded I realised how this funding will be used by the homosexual bashers and I despaired. Most can handle it I reckon and will give as good as they get but what about the fragile and the young.? They are about to get a bashing that they will never forget. There is no way that there wont be serious collateral damage and lasting enmity. By the way, the line on the plebiscite carrying less legal weight than a fridge magnet poem was gold.

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jl asserts...

Posted September 16, 2016
A little bit of staff work on our part frees you up to do what's important- writing. This is entirely selfish because the more you write the more I get to read, and it sounds like you've got some good ideas brewing down there.

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Rob reckons...

Posted September 16, 2016
I love that gif so much.

JB send me an email about the cover image you wanted if you have the time. I have ...erm ,,,, more time that I know what to do with.

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Rhino reckons...

Posted September 16, 2016
You keep banging that keyboard. Me 'n H got this shit locked down tight.

I wanna get my mitts on that commie stomping opus you are working on ... So, if any a these mooks try to derail ya, well, that'd be bad.

All I'm sayin is, You don't get theses eatin' borscht and pettin Uncle Joe's pecker.

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DaveC ducks in to say...

Posted September 17, 2016
80 K words in a month and a half is pretty epic. Of course I'm drooling to read 3.1, but I'm also really looking forward to reading A Girl in Time. That premise has been bouncing around in my head and I can't wait to see where it takes them.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien asserts...

Posted September 20, 2016
I am interested in A Girl in Time as well. I didn't submit a favorite time period for the story suggestion because I couldn't decide on one.

But for me the main show will be WW 3.1. I still hold on to my boyhood dream of getting Tuckerized into one of the novels.

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insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted September 20, 2016
We need a new post. The current one should be labelled NSFW in an open plan office.

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First Draft done

Posted August 25, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

Just put the last full stop in place and compiled the Scrivener file of Paris. 48 250 words. I'll give the Word doc a read thru this arvo and tomorrow, and send it out to Beta.

Publication in late September, I reckon, depending on the pro-edit.

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jl reckons...

Posted August 25, 2016
Always gives a feeling of accomplishment when you get to that stage. Well done, sir, take a micro break. Looking forward to reading your latest effort, revisited all of the AoT books recently so that I'm up to par.

Alister mumbles...

Posted September 6, 2016
Just like JL, I've trawled AoT over the last few days, and am back doing Stalin's Hammer. It's bloody awesome, and better than moping over having put my beloved on a plane yesterday and not seeing her until Dec.

BRING ON PARIS, JB! Watchu got?

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted August 25, 2016
Boom! Mic-drop.

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Peter Bradley swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 25, 2016
Just a tad excited by this....just a tad.

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Marzuk mutters...

Posted August 26, 2016
So excited, this can't come soon enough. Will make the wait till the new AoT stuff next year a but more bearable

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien has opinions thus...

Posted August 26, 2016
This just made my day! I will make myself one of those website countdowns that calculate it down to a second until arrival...

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Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 26, 2016
Choice bro!

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she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted August 26, 2016
I can feel an epic *squeeee* coming on

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NBlob reckons...

Posted August 27, 2016
I'm going to need an infographic and some reading time to catch up before spoilopalooza

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted August 28, 2016
Finished first read through on the beach.

All I have to say is, dammmmnnnnnnnnnn, dude.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted August 28, 2016
No beta read this time?

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted August 28, 2016
Yeah. I'll just sending out the main round of invites now. Wanting to test the new platform with a smaller group first.

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Rhino reckons...

Posted August 29, 2016
I hate to taunt, (read that as "sorry, not sorry") ... But this is some awesome stuff. Since AoT is what brought a lot of us to the table to begin with, there is great joy in seeing these characters again ... And so many surprises.

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted August 29, 2016
I just read up to chapter 4 on my lunch break.

I'm just waiting for the shocking JB Universes cross-over reveal: Slim Jim to The Dave "I am your father". Kinda both think with the same brain.

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DarrenBloomfield asserts...

Posted August 29, 2016
crap, posted in wrong thread, Soz

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jl asserts...

Posted August 29, 2016
Paris is fkn awesome! Highly recommend it to AoT junkies (like me).

DaveC mumbles...

Posted August 30, 2016
I concur with Jason. Paris be God damned righteous!

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DarrenBloomfield has opinions thus...

Posted August 30, 2016
I just finished it at lunchthine. Awesome.

I now needto go back again, since I found the last 4-5 chapters so compelling I forgot to read for edits, you know, like he's paying us big bucks to do...

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Ron Schaffer asserts...

Posted August 31, 2016
where do i find the beta - I cant wait

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted September 2, 2016
Ron. Send me your email and I'll send you a link.

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted September 2, 2016

NO! He doesn't get a link just by ASKING! Flinging betas out willy hilly and higgedly piggedly.That just isn't done. It has to be bestowed, after years of toil and meritorious Burger service.



Oh, who am I kidding? Come on in, the water is fine. If mostly beer and piss counts as fine.

HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted September 2, 2016
um...did you tell him about the INITIATION FKN CEREMONY! or fkn what! cos I need advance notice to buy all those fkn leftovers!

Rhino mutters...

Posted September 3, 2016
This really needs to be on the agenda for the next meeting.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted September 5, 2016
I concur. Where is Man Clumsy, always banging on about an agenda, well here's something for his agenda.
Ahem " This house agrees that Beta Readers be no longer referred to as "exclusive" "discerning" nor "select.'

HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted September 5, 2016
I think we say yes kinda and the CAP THE FKR!

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Sparty is gonna tell you...

Posted September 1, 2016
still doing proofing - but story wise - bang on perfect! kind of all the good things of the Force Awakens...

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Nathan would have you know...

Posted September 1, 2016
I'd love to give it a read

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted September 3, 2016

Nathan, quick question, How the hell am I supposed to be able to gloat about being a member of an exclusive club if everyone can be a member just by asking nicely?



Do you not give one whit of caring about my privelege?



What kind of monster are you?

DarrenBloomfield puts forth...

Posted September 6, 2016
He's history's greatest monster. That's what kind.

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ShushKebab has opinions thus...

Posted September 5, 2016
Wouldn't mind reading the beta too. And before anyone asks - I've been bere for ages. Long time lurker. And before you ask, I still have my copy of WW2.3 paperback copy - a tad worn out yes, but only because I read it whilst sitting on the loo.

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted September 6, 2016
YOU should be SHOT for that , fk me man, Its a Coulda been Nobel Prize winning fkn book if ol kb wasn't shafted. And you read it whilst on the shitter.

Adiry whips and Books, AoT dont go together in my opinion.

Loved a term I heard last night online.

" FECAL EXPLOSION" fkn wicked

HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted September 6, 2016
no..sorry it was that he did a FECAL JACKSON POLLACK

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Marzuk asserts...

Posted September 7, 2016
Haha fecal explosion, i will somehow have to work that term into a conversation today.

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Paris progress

Posted August 22, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

Just passed 40K of a planned 45K final word count. Unless I am suddenly siezed of a madness that demands I add a couple of last minute chapters, I should have this bad boy ready for beta in a couple of days. I'll probably send it out at the end of the week. I'll need a day or so to go through the compiled manuscript and do a light edit.

I could push on today. I got plenty left in the tank. But I've adopted the practice of finishing up when I hit my word goal for the day, even if I finish early. It's one of a couple of tweaks I've made to my work flow and it's helped a lot. I'm writing more consistently over the course of the week by not thashing myself every day.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted August 22, 2016
Huzzah!

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insomniac asserts...

Posted August 22, 2016
Out of interest, how many words are in one of the original trilogy books? ebooks make it hard to get a sense of the relative heft you get with a dead tree book.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted August 22, 2016
They ran to 160K. When I do the long form AoT booklet in 1942 and 1955 next year, I'll shoot for 110K, which was the length of the Dave novels.

jason is gonna tell you...

Posted August 23, 2016
I adopted the idea of a word budget from "how to be a writer" and I love it. I hit the word budget before lunch last Friday and was floating on air for the rest of the day, ended up almost doubling it which made up for only just making it in the previous week.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted August 23, 2016
There is no finer feeling than being in surplus by lunch time.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted August 22, 2016
That'l do bunnies. That'l do.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted August 22, 2016
Looking forward to seeing it.

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DaveC would have you know...

Posted August 22, 2016
I'm preparing my steepled fingers, and well loved catch-cry.

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Dave W would have you know...

Posted August 22, 2016
Saw your Digital Preservation talk thingy on the Nat Library website today. Very interesting.

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jl asserts...

Posted August 22, 2016
Sweet, beta reading! If I'm not on the list, pretty please put me in there, sir.

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Chirurgean ducks in to say...

Posted August 23, 2016
Good news. Will you be using an iPad friendly collaboration app so I can lie on the couch and type in comments to my heart's content?
Dropbox Papers (in Beta)?
An article on your worflow in writing books would make interesting reading

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Dirk puts forth...

Posted August 25, 2016
the sacred words "So, bring it on!" spring to mind :)

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