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  1. Thanks for your kind words, Thoth and Marguerite. Yeah, it's a flash site, so no good on an iPad or iPhone. But it's a pretty slick looking webzine otherwise. I'm going to try to get a few more excerpts published before the book comes out.
  2. Hey Guys, I've been absent for a while, it took me for a while to figure out my user name/password after so long. I've been working on a novel for a couple of years now and I'm working on the final edits. I'm so close to the end that I haven't updated my Storyist in the past few months. Every time I boot it up I see the reminder, but I figure I get this for with it the way it is, why change? Storyist has definitely been a valuable tool to completing my manuscript. A small press in Toronto is publishing my novel and I'm working on the final edits now. I'm hoping it'll come out this summer. Anyhow, a local lit-zine has published an excerpt. If you have a minute, have a look, it begins on page 64: http://burnermag.com/ Cheers, David.
  3. Seconded. I've been very happy with the product and I've been working on my manuscript for the past year with it. Good stuff.
  4. Nailed by the Heart by Simon Clark. I read in a camp a long time ago and I don't really read horror but that one stayed with me for a long time. It reminded a bit of the Fog crossed with In the Mouth of Madness.
  5. Hey there, I just gave your story a read and here are some quick thoughts: I thought it odd that no dialogue came until the fourth minute or halfway through the story, a bit too much show, not enough tell in the first half. I liked the listing of the minutes to pace the story and I thought the story was most interesting when dealing with the relationships between the characters. At the beginning of the 7th minute you refer to 'Laura' as 'Julia' twice. I guess you changed the character's name and missed these spots. The story reminded me of a few others (this is not a criticism, just a thought): Don McKellar's indie film 'Last Night' about how people behaved knowing the world would end at midnight, Aurthur C. Clarke's short story The Star where a group of space explorers come back to Earth with proof that god doesn't exist, and the accident part reminded me of The Time Traveller's Wife where the protagonist lost his mother in very similar circumstances. My main problem with the story is the reveal at the end. Our sun is not big enough to go supernova, it would collapse first after all the hydrogen is turned to helium and then after fusion stops it would become a red giant possibly consuming the Earth, so if that were to happen all of a sudden, there would be other signs before the 8 minute eradication of the earth. It's a bit hard to suspend disbelief unless the point is that god is punishing man for tampering with time, which seems a bit unsatisfying. The interesting part about Last Night is that the movie never says why the earth is ending, it just is. I wanted to hear an explanation but it probably would've been difficult to come up with something convincing. In the end it didn't matter why it was ending, because it was about the character's reaction to their situation. Anyhow, thanks for sharing, good luck with it. David.
  6. I don't know if I'm going to look at anymore writing tools. I think I'm going to try to master this one and see if I can utilize its full capabilities. I'll add the instruction manual to the long list of things I need to write. Good luck with the NaNoWriMo Challenge. I like your premise, very dangerous pixies can be a handful. Cheers, David.
  7. Thanks for the welcome. I feel much more productive using Storyist. BTW, I saw that you posted the first chapter to your novel in another section, but the link still doesn't work. D.
  8. Hello everyone, my name is David. I'm new to the forum and the software. I was using the trial version recently and had a technical question which Steve responded to promptly (and close to midnight too!). I was really impressed with this and immediately deleted the Storymill demo I was evaluating and bought Storyist the next day. I've recently signed a contract with an independent press to publish my first novel next summer, so I'm using Storyist to prepare the final draft of the manuscript. The novel is a work of fiction loosely based on a time I worked as a geologist in the Mexican desert. My workers believed that the gold we were looking for was cursed and that the devil lived out in a cave on our property. I'm playing with some aspects of magical reality to structure the story in such a way to suggest one of the characters may be the devil himself and over 200 years old. What the reader believes will help him or her interpret the events of the novel, but basically it is a story about greed and corruption and the nature of evil. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to hearing about other people's projects and getting to know Storyist more indepth. Cheers, David.
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