What are your thoughts on sites such as tuebl that provide epubs of books?
I'm all for it. I use tuebl sometimes and maybe that makes me an awful person, but I'm a college student that comes from a lower class family--I don't have that kind of money to spare for books, unfortunately. To be honest, a lot of people don't. That's not to say I don't buy books at all. I get a lot of second-hand books at Good Will or Bull Moose, I buy all my comic books/graphic novels, and I sometimes will grab a book from the kindle store. Anyway, I maintain that if you can afford to buy books, then that's amazing! Great! Good for you! But for those of us who can't, I don't see a problem with downloading a few epubs. -Melissa
Do you think good writing can be learned or is it a natural talent people have?
I think some people are more talented than others, but that's more dependant on how imaginative they are, and how well they can express themselves. I do believe that writing is more something you learn, though. It's all about reading widely and developing your own writing style, rather than having an intrinsic talent for it. - Rosie
Why does M/M fiction seem more popular then F/F fiction? Any good recs for any one?
That's a good question. I think women who are not sexually/romantically interested in other women in some way don't read f/f fiction, but they have no qualms with reading m/m because they are attracted to men; the majority of male slash readers/writers are women.My SC entry (which is also what I'm working on for camp nano) is actually going to be an f/f story! So exciting! As for recs, the story that introduced me to femmeslash was this one:https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2457343/1/More_Than_You_KnowAlso, if you're looking for good f/f books, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour and also Empress of the World by Sara Ryan are amazing! -Melissa
Marta, answer to these on your writing: Best thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite female character/Least favourite female character/Favourite male character/Least favourite male character
Best thing: “A Fleeting Crusade” which is taking me ages to write because I want it to be perfect (or as perfect as I can make it). It’s my try at writing in first person — so lots of focus on character development and character voice. Very simply put, it’s about a girl who gets involved with a cult and comes face to face with entanglements that force her to question what is right/wrong and whether morality should be her priority when decision-making, alongside a focus on what-makes-us-who-we-are and other identity issues.Worst thing: The first story I posted on fictionpress. I don’t even remember what it was called (something about shaken and stirred?) but it was bad. Flat characters, lifeless plot, over-sentimental.Favourite thing: Various poems I’ve written (with maybe “bonhomie tastes like black coffee” is my best).Least favourite thing: "The Choices We Make", which I posted on fictionpress as well. Such bad pacing. I got bored and basically skipped all the big scenes I wasn’t bothered to write, so I have all the chapters ending with fading to black and then the characters summarising what happened in the following chapter.Favourite female character: Philomena Whitley from “A Fleeting Crusade” because she’s got a very wry, self-depricating voice.Least favourite character: Louise from the fictionpress story — I think that even if she’d been written well, she’d still have been insufferable.Favourite male character: Santino Bautista from “A Fleeting Crusade” because he's self-aware and doesn’t make excuses.Least favourite male character: Hudson Hall from “Faded White”. Very whiny, not proactive at all.
Rosie, answer to these on your writing: Best thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite female character/Least favourite female character/Favourite male character/Least favourite male character
Best thing you wrote: my 2014 NaNo story that I haven't posted, which is a fantasy/slash novel called Between Gods and Men. I am so proud of it! I put a huge amount of effort into the world-building and character development. I have about 12000 words of notes?Worst thing: Key to the Kingdom. My first story on FP way back in 2007, and it is badbadbad.Favourite: my afore-mentioned NaNo story :P but out of my FP stuff, I'd say High and Dry or Transcendental. And also Where the Truth Lies.Least favourite: His Queen. Like, everything about it makes me shudder. There's so much wrong with it, but it's all a learning curve, right?Favourite female character: Kira from High and Dry. I found her so entertaining to write, because she's such an abrasive brat yet so loveable.Least fav female character: Sera from His Queen. She goes a little bit too close to the Mary Sue cliche of being perfect at everything and completely one dimensional. Yucky yuck yuck. Fav male character: Acailus Del'Nora from my NaNo story. He's got a bit of a martyr complex, but he's fiercely protective of the few people he trusts and his country. He's just my absolute favourite character I've ever written!Out of the FP stories though, I love Ezra from Caught in the Crowd. He's so bitter and angry and upset about everything, but is still so good - like a tragic, emo butterfly. Least fav male character: either Kailas from Burning Brightly or Aeron from His Queen. Kailas: mate, you're like 1000 years old, you dirty perv. Aeron: 22 year old feminist me has so many problems with you compared to my 15 year old self.
Rosie, which country did you move to and why? I just did the same thing about two months ago :)
I moved to China again! I'm studying in a city called Hangzhou. For part of my university course, I spend a year going to uni in the country that I've been studying for the past two years. Where did you move to?
Melissa, answer to these on your writing: Best thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite thing you wrote/Worst thing you wrote/Favourite female character/Least favourite female character/Favourite male character/Least favourite male character
Best thing you wrote: The thing I'm most proud of was my secret santa story "Writing to Reach You" I really liked how it turned out.Worst thing you wrote: I loathe "Slowly Sinking", despite its slight popularity. I don't even want to reread it because I'm sure it's riddled with 2011 Melissa problematic-ness and bad dialogue.Favourite thing you wrote: I don't know about favorite, but I really enjoyed writing this one story that I ended up taking down called "Blood on the Moon". Favourite female character: The main character of my NaNo 2013 story that I never showed anyone. Her name is Emma (I swear I didn't name her after Emma Swan). Or Nia from the same story.Least favourite female character: Erm Hailey (I think that was her name?) from SS.Favourite male character: Mikah from WTRY.Least favourite male character: Unfortunately, Greg from SS.
If I want to participate in the ADropofRomeo's writing contest but I don't have a fictionpress account, can I still submit a story?
Yes you may! You can post it on Wattpad, Tumblr, Figment, or any other writing type of site - even if you have your own personal blog that would be okay! But it has to be public, so that Juliet can leave a review and everyone can read your wonderful work.-Melissa
Do you happen to know who received my fixtionpress suggestion? I suggested the fantabulous [REMOVED]...:)
I removed the name of the story so I could answer this. We don't answer suggestion updates publicly so as not to make anyone upset if they find someone has suggested their story and we didn't accept it. To answer your question: I'm the only one who deals with Fictionpress suggestions now, so I'm the one who received it. Just got it today and will take a look when I have a chance :)-Melissa
Who are your favorite Fictionpress authors? I want some great reads! :)
Some of my favs (not including any ADoR judges): Carmel March, Mad For Figs, xoxluurve, Vena Cava, thenifoundfivedollars, thenorthface, seventhswan, SophieInPink, DevonnyAuriel, star123, RoughDraftHero, and CassandraRose526. Just to name a few :)-Melissa
Lately I've been reading all the New Adult books by the twin duo Krista and Becca Ritchie. I don't generally like the New Adult genre that much but I'm absolutely devouring every single book they've written (and I'm waiting eagerly for the next ones)!
I force myself to write. I don't really believe in the whole 'just let the words flow out and don't force them'. I am 100% for just getting words on the paper and squeezing it out until it eventually becomes easier, then reviewing later. I also try to get myself passionate about the story again by reading through what I've written, my notes and watching/reading things that will inspire. Ie, right now I really want to read a good fantasy m/m story, so imma just work on my own one! - Rosie
SHINE!!!! I have just moved countries and today is the second day in the three weeks I've been here where it's been sunny. Nothing compared to Australia of course, but I miss it! - Rosie(PS - however not much beats curling up in bed with a good book when it's raining outside)
I am in various stages of reading the following: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller The Qur'an (for school) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell (for school) Pretty Deadly (Vol 1) by Kelly Sue DeConnick-M
The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan is my favourite director and you can't ask for anything more in this film. IT IS GENIUS AND PERFECTION AND GLORIOUSNESS IN ONE. No other movie comes to mind where the sequel is better than the first. Plus, Nolan did that unheard of thing where he saved his best villain for the second film! I think about this movie a lot - Rosie