Mar 15 2009

Marissa’s Review Forum

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  1. Marissaon 25 Mar 2009 at 8:39 am

    Alright, a few things to start us off:

    B. Mac, what’s the usual format for the first post? Rather than “Please see the comments below.”

    For the rest of you… As my first question, I’ve got a problem that involves a lot of speculation.

    What will things be like in the year 2050?

    Overall, I suppose, but the main focus is on America.

    As for what I have so far… Politics are complicated, to say the least, so I’m not going to go into too much unnecessary detail on that front. The government is very out of touch with what America initially intended it to be, with corruption in the higher-ups and concerns for safety giving way to the desire for money and power. How does the public not notice, you ask? Some do, though they’re generally dismissed as ‘paranoid’ or something along those lines. The rest of the population is thoroughly wooed by convenience. Give a man a house that can take care of itself, from auto-washing clothing to a fridge that keeps up on what you need and has it delivered to your doorstep, and he’s generally not going to care exactly how much information the government leeches.

    That’s how it is with almost every house in America… In the late twenty-teens, there was a ‘scientific breakthrough’ that proved that a few of the materials that happened to be in pretty much everything, such as the paint or an ingredient in the plastic, were ‘hazardous and/or toxic to your health’. There was a mass recall on everything, from automobiles to appliances to electronics. They couldn’t force you to give it back, of course. They could just refuse to to make spare parts, make professional repairs illegal, things along those lines. Sure, there was a lot of grumbling, but it was to “protect the population”, and the new appliances and such were not only an insane amount more convenient, but they were fairly cheap, too.

    Really, though, the government is watching everyone. Like, alright, let’s say your friend accidentally cuts their finger, and when you go to help them bandage it, you get a little of their blood on your shirt. Later, you send that shirt through the wash. The washing machine analyzes what’s on the clothing, what sorts of stains, how dirty they are, whether it’s a heavy or delicate load, to know how to best wash your clothes. But oh wait, there’s blood. This sets off a small alert. After all, accidents happen, right? But the blood type isn’t yours. Now, it checks the dishwasher and the shower (if you murdered someone in a bloody fashion, the knife or fork or whatnot would go in the dishwasher or be rinsed in the sink, probably, and if there’s too much blood, it’d come off in the shower). Meanwhile, it’s scanning to see whose blood it is, and once that’s identified, it’s locating that person, and…

    You see what I mean. In this day and age, the government sees all. Or rather, their computers do, but those are pretty intelligent.

    Which reminds me. AI and hover-technology are among the things the government has outlawed. Both for the public’s ‘safety’. Really, artificial intelligence that isn’t in their hands is a huge liability, and hover-tech lets people color outside the lines, so to speak. It lets them travel off of the main-set roads, and rather than driving 2-D on the ground, there’s now up and down to deal with. The government feels that that sort of freedom would cause trouble.

    People are going very green, in that day and age. Nearly every house is pure solar power, which is entirely possible in even today’s world, and it’s cheaper in the long-run. Cars run on a mixture of optimized solar power and what equates to french fry grease. Fast food places have been forced to shape up, thanks to massively rising levels of obesity, so the grease needed someplace to go. Some modified engines do fine on french fry grease even today.

    For technology, there are earbuds rather than cell phones. As in, the entire device is the size of one music earbud today. The vehicles are all chipped and registered and have autopilot instead of cruise control, though for those that don’t care to autopilot their way to their destination, all vehicles have… Well, I suppose you could say a personal space bubble. They’re electronically aware of any impending collisions and respond accordingly.

    …Wow, I’m really not sure what else to add, though I know I’ve missed some. If you have any questions on an aspect that I didn’t touch on, feel free to ask. I may or may not have it figured out but forgot to add it on.

    If it matters, my setting is Neo-Seattle. It’s what happens when Mt. Rainier finally gets off its lazy buttocks and erupts like it has wanted to for years, destroying Seattle, Everett, and pretty much everywhere nearby, and then people come in and rebuild it. It is essentially the same city, in that it’s business-and-coffee as usual, and the Space Needle is still there, but the streets are all rearranged and parks and stores aren’t where they used to be. This is basically my excuse for not knowing the first thing about the layout of Seattle. (You’ll soon realize how frequently I B.S. my way to awesome. ;D)

    So, along these lines, what do you think the future will be like? Technology, science (be it in outer space or be it genetics, anything at all), the environment, zoology (Extinct animals? Endangered ones?), trends, beliefs… Absolutely anything you have an insight on, this list is just a few ideas.

  2. Holliequon 25 Mar 2009 at 10:37 am

    I think by 2050 we’ll be capable of cloning a human . . . or at least, by that point somebody will have done so in a government-endorsed trial. Not neccesarily publically endorsed, but still.

    I think the giant panda and several other breeds will have become extinct by then, or at least extinct in the wild. I expect several other species will be gone, too, but that would probably be the most famous one.

    We might have done several commercial flights into space by that time. Also, I would hope that the Israel-Palestine issue has been sorted out by then – probably in Israel’s favour, but still.

    No idea on trends, but I think that Christianity will have become a lot less important by 2050 – at least in Europe and North America. Or maybe just in Britain. I’ve only ever met one couple over here who regularly attend church. Um, anyway, I think in general followers of Islam are more dedicated, so perhaps by 2050 they’ll be at the sort of don’t-really-care stage. Perhaps. I don’t know, really.

    Education wise, I think by that time people won’t study the WWI much but WWII will still be a popular subject.

    Just some thoughts . . . hope this helps somehow. :)

  3. Ragged Boyon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:32 am

    I’m sure by then there would have been another World War. I’m not sure who would be in it though, everyone is mad at someone.

    I know for a fact that fashion would definitely be different, I don’t know how, though. I doubt people would be wearing metallic suits or neon lights (unless it’s couture fashion). I suspect a new type of fabric would be manufactured to make clothes from.

    Religion would definitely be scarce. With advancements in science more people would probably accept a scientific theory of creation.

    On a slightly relevant note, have you ever asked an atheist “what happens when you die?” I can’t bring myself to believe we float in a pit of blackness forever or that we cease to exist, like most I ask say. I especially can’t believe that we cease to exist, a soul can be deleted, it’s not possible. Sorry if I offended anyone, just wanted to make a point.

  4. Marissaon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:33 am

    Yeah, human cloning would be one of those under-strict-wraps projects.

    I’d have to disagree on that Christianity thing. I’ve only seen that get stronger over the past few years.

  5. Marissaon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:34 am

    Oh, that was to Holli. I hadn’t seen that you’d posted, RB. One moment, let me read it…

  6. Holliequon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:36 am

    Ooh, if WWIII were to start in this period, I’m placing bets the Israel-Palestine issue would cause it. I believe it came close to starting nuclear war a few decades ago, so it’s not that farfetched.

  7. Marissaon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:37 am

    Eek, so I’ve got a war to figure out it seems. Maybe America can keep their noses out of this one?

    And fashion, I’d not thought of that, even if it is glaringly obvious. Anyone got any fashion trend predictions/ideas?

    You’d be surprised how much science is pointing toward divine creation, actually.

    And yeah, I’ve asked. Most atheists are totally convinced that things just… end. It’s kind of depressing, actually. =/

  8. Wadeon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:44 am

    I don’t think we would have another world war but I don’t think in 2050 that the UN would exist. More likely there would be small republics of countries. I still believe that there would be strong religious groups but would think that a new sect of Christianity would have emerged by that time. I think there would be a massive divide between pro-life and pro-choices group.

  9. Holliequon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:52 am

    Teehee. I’m one of those depressing aetheists. :P

  10. Tomon 25 Mar 2009 at 11:54 am

    Human cloning is technically possible with today’s technology. But the fact that it’s highly immoral prevents anyone from doing it.

  11. Ragged Boyon 25 Mar 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Oops, I meant a soul can’t be deleted.

    I don’t think it’s possible to have peace for 40 years. I’m not a history buff, but I doubt in history there has ever been peace for that long.

    I knew it! I’m so psychic! I know Hollie was an atheist. No offense, though, I respect everyone’s opinion. Especially one that’s extremely writing savvy and congenial. Unlike most Christians, I accept everyone. ;-)

    As for fashion, you could go minimalist. Have everyone wear slight futuristic variations on jumpsuits. I don’t know how advance your tech will be, but I suspect everyone at a certain age will recieve some type of futuristic armlet. The armlet would feature standard devices for day-to-day living. And if you wanted to upgrade them with features, you would purchase a chip from a company. The chip could have things like MP6 players (it’s the future), cell phone plans, weather alerts, games, internet, etc.

    Alternatively, you could go to the “Crave the Outrageous” side, like I would. Have fashion be all about abstract shapes, asymmetry, contrasting colors, counture lines, etc. You could add interesting little accessories and such. However, this would probably only work in a comic book.

  12. Marissaon 25 Mar 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Actually, I’m in a pretty big church, and I don’t know a single person there that wouldn’t accept everyone. So “unlike most Christians” isn’t exactly true.

    And no, I don’t think we’ll be minimalistic. What sort of ‘crave the outrageous’ would you suggest for a novel?

  13. Stefan the Exploding Manon 26 Mar 2009 at 5:25 am

    For a novel set in the not-so-far future it’s probably worth considering that China will more than likely be a world superpower, economically, at least.

    I like your idea about people who are content with the status quo not wanting to change the existing political system. That is the Singapore political model in a nutshell, sadly.

  14. Avi Arunon 26 Mar 2009 at 5:26 am

    Nothing much will happen in the next 50 years. People have always imagined future. In animated series Astro Boy, Earth had flying cars, teleportation was possible, thinking robots etc…in the year 2003. We’re in the year 2009 now, and nothing of the sort had happened.

  15. Asayaon 26 Mar 2009 at 8:26 am

    You know, for the type of thing you’re discussing you could try reading up on the Ender’s Game series for refererence on what the state of the world would be like in the future. Or you could look up Ender’s Game on the Wikipedia(half of my research is done on the Wikipedia).

  16. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Marissa

    Fashion: Take a look at fashion now. The going trend is for things to get more risky. I’ve also noticed that what was couture fashion generally shifts down to current fashion over the years. So take a look at what is couture now, take out all the unnecessary bits, and you might be set. I’d probably stay away from the jumpsuits. No matter how far in the future we go, Jumpsuits will always make some girls feel fat. I just don’t see them catching on. Go with bold contrasting colors. Blocky. I also would predict that the “hobo-chic” look isn’t going to fade any time soon. Also, I see ethnic garb becoming more and more prevalent.

    Wars: They tend to happen when the male population count is up globally. If we were to have WWIII, I would estimate that it would happen around 2010-2020. America would definitely stick its nose in things, if it weren’t the instigator. America would probably be backed by the UK and possibly France.

    If you start the war with a terrorist act, chances are that it would seem more realistic to your readers. Maybe USA, UK, and France against some of the Middle Eastern countries? Seems plausible.

    Endangered species: I’d go to wwf.org and look at the lists. Cross out 1 out of every 4 of the “cuter” animals. One of every two of the “non-cute” animals. Sad, but true.

    On a side note: I really like Ragged Boy’s armlet idea… It seems very likely.

    Thought I’d throw in my input. :)

  17. Ragged Boyon 26 Mar 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I was being a little overdramatic about the whole christians thing. I’m biased because most “christians” are jerks and bashed me because they thought I was gay. Even if I were, that’s no reason to demean me.

    Anyway regarding fashion I think Kynnaston is onto something. I didn’t think you’d go for outrageous. I like the idea of condensing couture clothing into outfits to make them more subtle, yet maintain style. I definitely think bolder colors will be in. And people will probably be way more experimental with dress.

  18. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you, Ragged Boy.

    And you can call me Kynna.

  19. Marissaon 26 Mar 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Stefan: Alright, I’ll look into that China thing.

    Asaya: I’ve read that book a dozen times, actually. That, Ender’s Shadow, and Shadow of the Hegemon.

    Kynna: For the fashion, thanks, I’ll look into that too. And oh darn, was hoping to keep America out of the war, since getting them involved would screw up a lot of what I’d written and planned, as far as history goes. And that endangered species thing sounds about right, I’ll get on that.

    Ragged Boy: If they’re jerks, they’re more focused on others than they are on God. Feel free to ignore those sorts of people. They get on my nerves, too.

    Okay, those of you talking about clothing (RB and Kynna, mostly), got any pictures of what you’ve got in mind? From online, probably. Just so I have an idea what you’re picturing.

  20. Holliequon 26 Mar 2009 at 3:25 pm

    You don’t have to have WWIII, you know. A major war in the Middle East would still affect America, but you probably wouldn’t go charging in there after what happened in Iraq. (Not that I’m a politician, but the war seems very unpopular.)

  21. Marissaon 26 Mar 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Alright, I think I’ll do that, Holli. :D

  22. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Until they’re attacked again. Yeah it’s unpopular. But they’re Americans. They love violence! lol

    Just joking.

    Holliequ is right. WWIII isn’t inevitable. But minor battles and skirmishes will be happening all over the place.

    I don’t have any pics in mind but I’ll find some… :)

  23. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 4:22 pm

    found a few ideas from Fashion week… here they go…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dazedandconfusedmagazine/2889967978/
    http://www.london.gov.uk/londoner/images/07sep/Fashion-Week.jpg
    http://www.kapaljka.com/grad/fweek/bigimages/fashion-week-6.jpg
    http://www.shinystyle.tv/Gucci_Milan%20fashion%20week.JPG
    http://www.shinystyle.tv/2007/09/milan-fashion-week-gucci-1-079806.html

    if you go to any search engine, type in Fashion Week or haute couture. That should give you a pretty good idea. It’s the extreme in extreme fashion.

  24. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I especially liked Balmain’s jacket here:

    http://www.shinystyle.tv/new_fashions/

  25. Ragged Boyon 26 Mar 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I didn’t know we had another fashion fluent person here.

    I nearly got distracted by model gorgeousness, but I think these are good examples. However, I doubt that everyone will be a fashionista in the future, so try to add some subtlety. That jacket was so sexy, I’m gonna draw a character with that one. I think you could incorporate some mod aspects to some of those Gucci gowns. Maybe shortening the length and elaborating straps, no one wants to walk around with a train all the time.

    Well, we’ve addressed women’s fashion, but what about the guys. I still want to be fashionable in the future. The way trends are going, form-fitting clothes for men will probably still be in. I’ve already started wearing deep v’s. Nowaday, geek chic is in, and I think the etiquette of that look will stick around.

    Is there a men’s couture? I’ll look it up… Eww, that stuff was ugly as hell. Oh well, I think it’s possible. I’ve once seen a couture men’s suit, it was pretty kickass, if not a bit flamboyant. I’d model it.

    Reading this back, I sound pretty fruity. Oh well, I can’t help it if I love fashion. ;-)

  26. Kynnastonon 26 Mar 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I’m sorry Ragged Boy. I should have warned you about the men’s couture. Pretty horrible yes?

    Geek chic is definitely in. But the “goth” look is always pretty popular, I don’t see that fading either. I’d say that depending on the tone of the novel and really the tone of the characters it could go either way.

    But then again, fashion as a whole doesn’t really change all that much over forty years. I’d say if you just make things a bit more revealing you’d be set. After all, we’re still wearing the same things essentially as the seventies.
    You also get to make some choices here. Retro is always coming in and out of style, you could revisit the current style and call it “retro”.

    Fashion is and always has been a matter of choice.

    And Ragged Boy? It’s perfectly acceptable to be fruity some of the time. :)

  27. Marissaon 30 Mar 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Alright, I’ve got another question. I hate asking for names, but I just can’t lower myself to this level of corny:

    One minor villain is totally in it for the ego-trip. He thinks he’s the best, wants to kill the SENTRY to prove it. His name was Doomsday, then I saw that this name was taken by the Superman comics.

    I need a new name along those lines. Anyone got any suggestions?

  28. B. Macon 30 Mar 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Would you like to borrow Catastrophe or Paingod from Superhero Nation? Alternately, you could try something like Despair or Scorn or Reaper.

  29. Marissaon 30 Mar 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Well, I’m going to be published, see, so I’d feel horrible borrowing a name from you guys. =/ Along those lines, I adore your Catastrophe, so I’d not use that either way.

    Paingod, that’ll be under consideration. It has the right impression. (I was actually very tempted to steal Godforce when I saw it suggested on that ‘Naming your Superhero’ article, since it fits perfectly, but it seems to be in use already, so I’ll pass.)

    Rather than, like… Sad, violent names, I’m thinking the sort that imply an all-encompassing power. Doomsday, for example. The names that have ‘god’ in it are good examples, but like I said, I’d rather not take some that are already in use.

  30. Marissaon 30 Mar 2009 at 8:12 pm

    And B. Mac, I sent you an e-mail that I was wondering if you’d look at. No rush, though.

  31. Marissaon 31 Mar 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Nobody else has any suggestions?

  32. B. Macon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Hmm. It’s sort of hard to use “god” in a compound word. I love the sound of Paingod, but other similar names (Deathgod, Endgod, etc.) do not have very much rhythm. I suppose you could use God as a prefix rather than a suffix, but that will probably lead to aggressively unconventional names. (Goddax, Goddite, Godark, etc).

  33. Kynnastonon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I like Goddite ;]

  34. Marissaon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Deathgod reminds me too much of things like Death Note, anyway. Goddite… Eh, not the same feel as Paingod or Godforce. I’ll keep thinking on it, if nobody else has any ideas.

    It doesn’t have to be a ‘god’ name, either. Any name that hints at a highly superior strength… Something an egomaniac would call himself.

  35. Kynnastonon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Hercules! lol

    Atlas held up the earth…

    I suck at names. I know. :[

  36. Marissaon 01 Apr 2009 at 2:19 am

    Another question altogether:

    What will prices be like in 2050?

    As in… A general estimate, what percentage will inflation be? If something costs a dollar now, generally how much will it cost in 2050?

  37. B. Macon 01 Apr 2009 at 5:00 am

    Let’s see. If inflation is a fairly low 3% from 2010-2050, something that costs $1 in 2010 will cost about $3.25 in 2050.

  38. Marissaon 01 Apr 2009 at 5:26 am

    …That’s gonna be crazy. Wow. Alright, I underestimated then. (Was thinking the cost would double.)

  39. Kynnastonon 01 Apr 2009 at 7:39 am

    B.Mac’s suggestion seems fairly reasonable.

    But I would also take in to consideration that we are in recession, so I would increase that 3% to something like 6% for at least half of those years. I’d say we will get back on top of things before then…

  40. B. Macon 01 Apr 2009 at 11:15 am

    I’m not an economist or anything, but I think that inflation is usually higher during boom times. (There are exceptions, though; sometimes hyperinflation comes along with an economic collapse. See Zimbabwe or Weimar Germany).

    If we allow for 4% inflation, items would cost about five times as much as they do now.

  41. Kynnastonon 01 Apr 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Five times sounds about right.

    Marissa, will I get to read any more of your novel? It’s been trapped in my mind for sometime now…

  42. Tomon 01 Apr 2009 at 2:13 pm

    But of course, even though the prices are higher, the wages will increase by a similar amount, so nobody will notice the difference too much. 50 years ago in Britain you could live off £4.00 a month. But that was different because there was a currency change in 1971.

    I like how you’re thinking that much into what the future will be like though. It shows how much effort you’re putting into it.

  43. Marissaon 01 Apr 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Of course you will, Kynna. Working on a chapter right now.

    And I know that wages will be higher, too. I just wanted to know what I’d say as far as, for example, the price of a packet of instant oatmeal.

  44. Kynnastonon 02 Apr 2009 at 9:14 am

    Sweet.

    What are you working on as far as technology is concerned?

  45. Marissaon 02 Apr 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Technology… Didn’t I include that in the paragraph up there? If not, what exactly do you mean?

  46. B. Macon 02 Apr 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Marissa described some of the setting’s technology in her introductory post.

    People are going very green, in that day and age. Nearly every house is pure solar power, which is entirely possible in even today’s world, and it’s cheaper in the long-run. Cars run on a mixture of optimized solar power and what equates to french fry grease. Fast food places have been forced to shape up, thanks to massively rising levels of obesity, so the grease needed someplace to go. Some modified engines do fine on french fry grease even today.

    For technology, there are earbuds rather than cell phones. As in, the entire device is the size of one music earbud today. The vehicles are all chipped and registered and have autopilot instead of cruise control, though for those that don’t care to autopilot their way to their destination, all vehicles have… Well, I suppose you could say a personal space bubble. They’re electronically aware of any impending collisions and respond accordingly.

    Does that help, Kynna?

  47. Ragged Boyon 02 Apr 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I think Kynna means how technologically advanced with they be in 2050?

    I think we touched that issue, but we didn’t get very in-depth with it. I, too, am interested in what you think technology will be like. Sci-fi is my favorite genre, so maybe we can compare opinions.

  48. B. Macon 02 Apr 2009 at 2:00 pm

    This isn’t exactly a startling prediction, but I think that society will be even more Twitter-like/ADD than it is now. Ray Bradbury and many other sci-fi authors have already covered that ground pretty thoroughly, though.

    I don’t think that many newspapers will survive the next four decades. The New York Times is already reeling. I suspect that universities will undergo a major transformation as well. Their position isn’t nearly as perilous as that of the newspapers, but I think that it will dawn on employers and the public that a liberal arts “education” is an extremely expensive shell-game that mainly benefits universities.

  49. Ragged Boyon 02 Apr 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I think news and other forms of communication will become more streamline. This is a sci-fi cliche, but I do think there will be large TV screens everywhere broadcasting news and advertisement. This may definitely happen if society is more fast-paced. They simply won’t have time to stop and read a newspaper, but they can watch 15-second commercials while rushing to work.

    I doubt my futuristic armlet will actually come into fruition, but who knows. They are coming out with desk-sized touch screen computer, maybe by 2050 they’ll have condensed that to fit on an armlet.

  50. Kynnastonon 02 Apr 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Si, Ragged Boy has caught my meaning.

    I definitely think they will have condensed it into an armlet. It seems very plausible. And if not an armlet, then some type of device. I’d imagine that if the world is at the level Marissa described in the Blood on the Shirt scenario, the device may even be implanted into the skin and have some sort of tracking device included.

    The device would not only track their location, but also their choices in music, tv, internet viewing, and such.

    Of course this is purely my paranoid speculation.

  51. Marissaon 02 Apr 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Oh yeah, everyone’s chipped. In the last ten years, all babies being born, plus all people who come into the doctor’s office or hospital for any reason… Plus, you can volunteer to get chipped, because it has benefits. Not sure what those are yet, but things like you suggested, storing movie and music choices, favorite color, etc.

  52. ikarus619xon 10 Apr 2009 at 11:17 pm

    If anyone was aware of government control/loss of liberty it would be hackers. Probably anyone who posts on 4chan (specifically /b/)

  53. Marissaon 14 Apr 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Hackers are most definitely aware, yes.

    And B. Mac, I was just curious as to whether or not you got my e-mail? I’m really not trying to be a pest, but since it’s been at least two weeks, I was kinda wondering whether or not it even sent. :D

  54. B. Macon 14 Apr 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Could you send it again? Thanks.

  55. Marissaon 14 Apr 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Just sent it.

  56. Davidon 21 Apr 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hey, Marissa. How are you? I’m just curious. Are you still interested in helping me with my review forum? No one’s been there in weeks.

    Ta :)

  57. Marissaon 22 Apr 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, alright, sorry. I didn’t notice that you’d posted, David.

    Sure, I’ll take a look. I just saw that you were rewriting it a whole bunch of times, so I was waiting until you had something you’re going to keep around for a while before I comment on it.

    Expect a comment sometime in the next couple of days.

  58. Davidon 23 Apr 2009 at 1:46 am

    hey no problem im sorry to be a pain i think what iv got just now is acceptible for a british publisher

  59. Davidon 30 Apr 2009 at 10:46 am

    Don’t give up with your story. What I’ve read looks good. Keep it up and I shall do my best to help you this time. :)

  60. Wingson 30 Apr 2009 at 10:54 am

    *reads earlier comments*

    I’m looking for a Doomsday rename too….I liked Apocalypse, but it was taken too…

    Must all of the good names be used????

    - Wings

  61. Davidon 30 Apr 2009 at 10:57 am

    well how about “see if i can spell this right” Harbinger as in Harbinger of death

  62. Wingson 30 Apr 2009 at 11:00 am

    Harbringer….

    I like that.

    I’ll take it!

    Thanks, David! :-)

    - Wings

  63. Davidon 30 Apr 2009 at 12:49 pm

    yey i helped someone lol

  64. Marissaon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Glad that worked for you, Wings, ’cause it doesn’t fit mine. =/

  65. Davidon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:11 pm

    well Marissa what guy you trying to rename tell me abit about him powers and such and i can give a name a go for ya

  66. Marissaon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve said all the necessary stuff up in the above posts, I do believe, but…

    All you need to know is that he’s a rather egotistical guy, thinks he’s super powerful. That was why he named himself Doomsday, as kind of a ‘fear me’ statement… But I have to change that. I want it something to that effect, though. I curse that ‘Godforce’ is taken. D:

  67. Dforceon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Are you looking for people names or aliases?

  68. Ragged Boyon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Hooray! People like Godforce. I think she needs an alias because Doomsday is already taken.

    How about Hellforce or maybe…Beelze-bub? :-)

  69. Davidon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:46 pm

    hmm i shall have a think in the meantime try this

    http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-supe.php

  70. Dforceon 30 Apr 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Ragged Boy, let me help too!

    Here’s my pitch, to be taken or left:

    (person’s name)
    Vis Compello- force

    (aliases)
    Intumesco- anger

    Compleus~ to bring up to strength, from compleo

    Fortitudas~ physical strength, from fortitudo

    Valiturus- have power

    Acidus- sharp, sower, ~ strong

    Alkimos- strong

    Erythros- red (red is evil)

    Angistron- hook

    Kakos- bad

    Kompleo, Taurus (means bull), eh… I suggest if you use any of these you mispell them or mix and match. Hope this at least got your imagination started…

  71. Holliequon 30 Apr 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I think Valiturus especially sounds great. I think the fact that it just means “have power” is a good understatement; like his power is the only one worth anything.

  72. Marissaon 30 Apr 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hellforce is the closest so far. Beelzebub reminds me of a bumbling old man. =/

    He wouldn’t use Latin. Not enough people KNOW Latin to understand the threatening meaning behind his name.

    The seventhsanctum site is… really not very good. It uses the ____-Boy, _____-Woman format, and I refuse to have any alias end in Boy, Man, Woman, Girl, etc.

    Thanks for the help, though, guys I really do appreciate it. :D

  73. Dforceon 30 Apr 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I see– I was not aware of that. ;) Carry on!

  74. Marissaon 30 Apr 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Nono, thanks for your help, Dforce. I totally appreciate the try, sorry for not being informative enough.

  75. Marissaon 01 May 2009 at 1:41 am

    B. Mac, I’m almost ready to show you chapter one. Are you super busy?

    And besides asking you your general thoughts, I have a few specific questions. Is that going to make it harder/give you more workload?

    I read somewhere that you’ve got either 30 or 50 other people you’re trying to help at once, so I kinda don’t want to bother you with too much. Heh…

  76. B. Macon 01 May 2009 at 2:07 am

    Specific questions are generally a good idea.

    I’d like to help you with your chapter, but I’m not very familiar with futuristic sci-fi or (particularly) romance. However, if that’s not a problem, please feel free to e-mail it to superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com . There has been a lull in comments here (only about 150 a day), so I feel like this is a good time for me to start your story.

  77. Marissaon 01 May 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Oh, the romance thing isn’t even really around until later, but darn, not sci-fi? Hm. Ah well, you’ve still been more help than everyone else I’ve asked combined, so I’ll send it as soon as I give it a once-over.

  78. Davidon 01 May 2009 at 3:22 pm

    hey im gd with si fi i’ll have a crack at it for ya whats the question?

    im not to bad with Romance eaither so i can try and help there two if you like

  79. Davidon 01 May 2009 at 3:23 pm

    also iv finshed the second chapter of my novel and posted that could i plese get ur thoughts on it?

  80. Davidon 01 May 2009 at 3:25 pm

    ps i have finshed the second chapter of my novel obn my reveiw form could i plese get your thoughts on it?

  81. Marissaon 01 May 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Oh, it’s not a question, it’s… B. Mac reviews my story for me.

    And I will, but I’ve got to go to a movie right now, so sometime later?

  82. Davidon 01 May 2009 at 5:05 pm

    ohh i love movies i saw the new X man movie

  83. Marissaon 01 May 2009 at 11:49 pm

    That’s what we went to see.

  84. B. Macon 02 May 2009 at 12:13 am

    How was it?

  85. Marissaon 02 May 2009 at 12:22 am

    It was actually very good, in my opinion. Some parts were a little cringe-worthy, but in more of a ‘that must hurt’ sort of way.

    The special effects were very good, in my opinion, though Sabertooth’s run (Victor is what he’s called in this movie), on all fours and whatnot, seems unusually fake.

    It’s one of those movies, though, where death doesn’t mean anything because somehow it never works. =/

  86. Davidon 02 May 2009 at 9:23 am

    I agree with Marissa. There were some inconsistencies between X-Men Origins and the first X-Men movie.

    One was Sabertooth. They looked totally different. Sabertooth never ran on all fours in the first movie and he hardly spoke.

    Also, in the first movie, when Logan is dreaming about the experiment the water is green. In the new movie, the water’s blue.

    There might be some other differences that I didn’t notice.

  87. Stefan the Exploding Manon 02 May 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hello, Marissa. I feel a little bit guilty for pinching the Godforce name so I’ve been thinking pretty hard about a name that would fit the parameters you described. How do you feel about “the Absolution” for a name? It seems quite egotistical and also slightly forboding.

    If it doesn’t work for you, then I really don’t mind if you use Godforce, because you’re going to be published, as you said, so it would be better to have a name you think fits the character. Besides, my project is still very much in the planning stages and I’m playing around with characters, so nothing is for certain in my story just yet.

  88. Marissaon 02 May 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Absolution sounds… like a good guy. Absolve sins and whatnot.

    And I may pinch names occasionally, but not from fellow SN-ians, because then when B. Mac reviews my story, he’d be like, ‘Wait, what? I thought Godforce was one of Stefan’s?’

    However… If you’ve got MSN or AIM or G!Talk or Y!IM or anything like that, mine are on my contacts page on my LJ (click my name). If you talk to me there, we might be able to work out some kind of trade. I’d just rather do it on instant messaging because the sheer lack of speed of boards like this would make it take forever, I’m not trying to get your contact info and stalk you or anything. :D

  89. Davidon 02 May 2009 at 12:37 pm

    i have msn if ud like to talk on there as well :)

  90. Marissaon 02 May 2009 at 1:18 pm

    If you’d like, you’re free to add me. :)

  91. Marissaon 02 May 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, darn, I didn’t specify it on there. E-Mail my G-Mail and I’ll give it to you.

  92. Davidon 02 May 2009 at 1:25 pm

    ok thats the email sent

  93. Stefan the Exploding Manon 04 May 2009 at 7:17 am

    Right, I’ve just sent you an email, so my name might pop up in your junk folder sometime soon.

  94. Marissaon 06 May 2009 at 12:31 am

    Stefan, I added you to my MSN, but you haven’t gotten online?

  95. Marissaon 06 May 2009 at 12:34 am

    New question for all of you.

    What office job can I give my character?

    The criteria?
    1. The runner up was a law firm, but I was too law-retarded for that. So that kind of feel. A pretty high-up job.
    2. The kind of job where one would have a partner, or share an office with one other person.
    3. This one’s preferred, but not necessary: The kind of job that doesn’t need a metric ton of education to get into?

  96. B. Macon 06 May 2009 at 1:22 am

    He could be a translator. That’s a high-paying job you could plausibly get without a college degree.

    His partner would probably be involved in any of the following…
    –logistical work, like handling clients. (Unless this logistical work is interesting, it’s best to hand it off to someone else. For example, in Daredevil, Fogey takes care of the details so that Matt’s story doesn’t get bogged down).
    –a specialized translator. Let’s say he specializes in medical translation and the hero specializes in something else, like legal. They might consult from time to time if there’s an overlap or if the hero’s not sure. This is useful because it gives you an easy way to make sure that the hero doesn’t get overshadowed by the partner. (The partner doesn’t have the relevant expertise to handle The Big Assignment).

    One thing I like about translation is that you could tie it into a plot pretty easily. Who knows what he’s been asked to translate?

    Aside from translation, I suppose you could try something like a marketing consultant. I think this would be harder to work into a story than a translator that asks no questions, though. (Not impossible, though. Jennifer Government is about a black-ops marketing operative for Nike).

    Or a tutor… or anything with computers (like a software designer).

  97. Marissaon 06 May 2009 at 1:19 pm

    So far, the closest is marketing consultant. She’s not exactly able to be a translator, since she only has one language under her belt. Thanks for all your suggestions. :D

  98. Marissaon 19 May 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Alright, a new question for you guys.

    What kind of slang do you think we’re going to have around 2050?

    Anything that comes to mind, preferably words, but also general themes work too.

  99. Tomon 19 May 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, that’s a difficult one. I’m tempted to invoke the trope related to that which I can’t seem to find at the moment which states that in the future language will remain the same. But to be fair there is another trope dedicated to the opposite:
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FutureSlang

    Basically, it sounds crazy but just make up words! Over the course of the past few years I’ve heard several nonsense words crop up where I live. ‘nang’ and ‘peng’ mean the same thing, ‘attractive’, ‘good’, ‘tasty’, basically anything good. My dad informs me of when he used ‘mearce’ to mean anything bad when he was a kid, and ‘reem’ to mean anything good, imagine my surprise when I found the words still in use today in another city!

    But whatever you invent will never be as good as ‘smeg’ from Red Dwarf, apparently meaning every swear word in existence.

    I recommend ‘drun’ for boring, lame, bad. Why? Why not?

  100. Marissaon 19 May 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Well, I’m not going to abuse slang, just slip it in on occasion so that the time difference isn’t ignored.

    And really, just nonsense words? I was thinking that they’d at least be real words, like they are today. Or shortened versions, of course, like ‘rad’ for ‘radical’.

  101. Tomon 19 May 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Well… not exactly making up words. But my example, ‘drun’, sounds like it’s connected to boring. It sounds like drone. Onomatopoeia is more prominent in language than people realise. Sounds are assigned to things they’re ‘connected’ to subconsciously. I’ll always remember an experiment I heard about where they showed people two objects, one resembled the Nickelodeon splat logo and the other a ‘kaboom’ straight out of a Roy Lichtenstein painting. They were both blank. The people were asked to name one ‘Bobo’ and the other ‘Kiki’. Most people named the spikey one ‘Kiki’ and the curved one ‘Bobo’, due to the subconscious link between the ‘k’ sound and sharpness. It sounded right.

    To make realistic slang, I’ve basically just set you the task of forgetting every connotation you have for concepts like ‘good’ and bad’, then imagining a word that ‘sounds’ right for them.

    And of course you can use ‘awe’ to be short for ‘awesome’, but then it’ll look like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 2050s edition. (kidding, it’s a good idea)

  102. Marissaon 19 May 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hmm. I’ll think about that, thanks. :D

  103. Tomon 19 May 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, you totally bought my total nonsense as advice-I mean… any time!

    Seriously, I was just making it all up, well, not the examples I gave like Bobo, Kiki, nang and peng, but I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to this. You’re better off reading the TVTropes article.

  104. Marissaon 19 May 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “I’ll think about that” is a polite way of saying “I appreciate that you tried but probably won’t use it unless I’m desperate”. :P

  105. B. Macon 19 May 2009 at 6:38 pm

    What do you think about using an archaic word in a slightly adapted way? For example, teens of the future might use something like “rancid” to mean something that is unpleasant. That’s similar to the use of “lame,” I think. Lame dates back to at least the Bible to mean someone that is crippled or elderly, but as a slang term it’s probably fairly modern.

  106. B. Macon 19 May 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “I’ll think about that” can also mean something like “I’m not sold yet… I’d like to see what other people think.”

    As you noted, it can also be a tactful way to say “can we talk about something else?”

  107. Marissaon 19 May 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Yeah, as for that first part, I had ‘dismal’ in mind instead of ‘rancid’, but that was one of the few ideas I had on my own, as far as slang went.

    Yeah, the ‘I’ll think about that’ definitions you gave are generally what I meant. See, my tact gland ruptured, and there aren’t any available donors, so… ;D

  108. Bretton 20 May 2009 at 4:15 am

    Random advice: To get ideas about possible futureslang, watch Batman Beyond, specifically the episodes where you see more of Terry McGinnis than of Batman II. They did a pretty bang-up job of making their futureslang believable, even though it didn’t pop up too often.

  109. Marissaon 20 May 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Ehhh, I can’t stand Batman besides the Dark Knight. =/

    A very good example, though highly emphasized (as opposed to the fact that I’m only occasionally slipping in a word), is the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. The slang in there is amazingly used. I already wrote a total review of his slang on my LJ though, so I’m just gonna leave this off here. Hahah…

  110. Bretton 20 May 2009 at 12:41 pm

    oh. =/ I loved Batman Beyond. As a bonus, they managed to show what would happen if Batman, Wolverine and the Hulk fought in a free-for-all. And they did it without lawsuits! XD (the video is here, and the fight starts at about 7:20)

  111. Holliequon 20 May 2009 at 3:25 pm

    The other day, my stepdad was astonished to find that people [read: teenagers] have use ‘ace’ regularly. Apparently, that word went out of use when he was younger. (Ace here means awesome, cool, etc.)

    Ask your parents and recycle some phrases. Or at least use them to give you some ideas. :) I can give a few examples from my own area:

    -nesh (sensitive to cold)
    -bost (burst, or sometimes caught)
    -well ______ (very, but better! ‘Well hard’ would be ‘very tough’)

    If you like the idea of archaic words, you could pick up a copy of Shakespeare. It would be interesting to see several of those words used in their original context (‘glass’ for hour is the example that springs to mind right now – from the opening scene of The Tempest, if I remember right).

  112. Marissaon 21 May 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Got another question already.

    Okay, today we have cancer, but in the future that far, I’m thinking it’ll be cured enough to hardly be an issue. However, once they cured it and saw how much money a bunch of people lost (like, the ones that got their pay by giving people chemotherapy, or the ones who produce the pills you take after you’re cured), they realized that a large part of the economy depended on a life-threatening disease, so in secret, the government crafted one of their own.

    What would this disease be? What would it be called? The symptoms would be…?

  113. Ragged Boyon 21 May 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I suspect you would want something like a stronger cancer. I think what makes cancer such a dangerous disease is that it can show up anywhere, unexpectedly, and can’t always be cured.

    Or you could go with something more specific like AIDS, because it has one major symptom but can’t be cured completely.

  114. B. Macon 21 May 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t get the government’s motive for secretly engineering a plague. It doesn’t seem plausible to me that someone would engineer a disease to keep an economy afloat. However, engineering a plague might be an effective way to make people dependent on the government. I think that motive is less likable but more believable.

    Alternately, engineering a disease might be a way to discourage negative behaviors. For example, maybe everyone has this disease present in their blood, but it only becomes active (dangerous) when exposed to common narcotics. Kids, don’t take marijuana or heroin unless you want to gush blood out of every orifice. If this is the future, you might want to add tobacco to the list. (I think it’s plausible that smoking tobacco in public will be banned in some cities within 20-30 years. As governments spend more on health-care, private matters like “should I smoke?” will become more important to the government because it’s the government that foots the bill for your throat cancer treatment).

  115. Marissaon 21 May 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Well, the government knows how to cure it, they just act as if they don’t, and they keep a careful balance between curing enough of them and not curing enough so that people feel the crucial need to always get checked for it and to treat things ASAP and stuff like that.

    Plus, if all of a sudden everyone is like “OH MY GOSH, TERMINAL DISEASE X”, it helps distracts them from other things. Then, when the government says things like, “Our scientists might be reaching a breakthrough!” The population thinks, ‘Wow, the Government is on our side and trying to cure us. :D’

  116. Marissaon 21 Jul 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t know where else to put this, so I’ll put it here.

    Everyone? The backspace key came off my fricking laptop, and I’ve been trying to fix it but the parts won’t cooperate, so my only option left is to send it to India for three weeks. However, that’ll only happen while my annoyance overwhelms my need for a laptop, so… I don’t know. Just pardon any typos?

    Sigh.

  117. B. Macon 21 Jul 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Ooh, I’m sorry to hear that. Well, I hope that the Indians are able to fix it. Hopefully the techie will be more competent than the guys working the call centers. On the plus side, we haven’t had moderators/proofreaders long, so I’m still used to proofreading all the comments myself.



    If typos really bother you, you can cut out the offending letter or line with Control-X.

  118. Tomon 22 Jul 2009 at 2:45 am

    Doesn’t your keyboard have a delete button? You put your cursor BEFORE the letter and press delete and it well… deletes the letter. Alternatively, highlight some text and press delete.

    On that note, my Microsoft Word has been screwy for several years now. Whenever I highlight some text and press backspace it doesn’t delete the text, it sends the cursor to the start of the text. This means I have to use the ‘delete’ button instead of the backspace. This only happens on Word. When typing, for example, here, the backspace works fine.

  119. BrainStormeron 29 Jul 2009 at 12:39 pm

    For future disease: H1N666

    For future slang it could be arabic slang if you want to know some:
    - eshta (okay – awesome – great).
    - A 7 A (Dammit – Shit – probably will be censored).
    If you want more, ask me.

    Another wacky suggestions:
    - The Kingdom of America.
    - Jetpacks instead of motorcycles.
    - Eating normal food is considered a delicacy for the rich. Most people take Nutrition Pills.
    - No more electronic devices. All built in the human brain when a baby. You’ll need regular maintenance, of course.
    - The government now owns you, tracking everyone and knowing everything you do.

    I hope you find any of these useful.

  120. Marissaon 26 Aug 2009 at 10:06 pm

    B. Mac, I’ve edited Chapter 1 at long last. If you’re on anytime tonight, can I send you the changes? I’ll highlight the parts for you to look at.

  121. B. Macon 27 Aug 2009 at 6:24 am

    Sure. However, I’m working on a $1200 rush project today, and barring a flight cancellation I’m headed to Washington very soon. (I’m not bringing my computer with me so my time on a computer will be limited to how often I can get to a library).

  122. Lighting Manon 27 Aug 2009 at 10:41 am

    If the point of the disease is to ensure that the pharmacutical industry stays fairly active, I’d say it makes the most sense for your disease to be an inheritable autoimmune disorder, perhaps introduced to a past generation in the guise of a vaccine. A severely weakened immune system would force even a person with the cold flu to seek immediate medical attention in order to survive, infant mortality rate would most likely triple and as more and more people are prescribed antibiotics, the viruses and bacterium themselves would become more and more resistant to treatment.

    In-story, you could use this as an unforeseen consequence of the government’s actions, since although they wouldn’t be afflicted by the autoimmune disease, viruses and bacteria would attack them all the same.

    If you wanted, you could actually go all the way as to kill off the entire homeless, and extremely poor population, since they’d be exposed to the element far more then most, and even with the drop in profits, this would make the upper levels happy.

    “Eating normal food is considered a delicacy for the rich. Most people take Nutrition Pills.”

    I”d actually suggest reversing this, the fact of the matter is that the poor and lower class can only afford the food that is absolutely the worst for them, you can get a meal for a person from McDonald’s for the less then the price of fresh vegetables for a meal, and there’s no way for a lower class person to end up in the black if they don’t eat something horrendously bad for them on a regular basis. It’s actually a cyclical pattern in someways, because the proletariat eat what they can afford to eat, and they like it or grow to like it, and so even if they move to an area where they can afford it, or rise in social status, they only really like food from that level and they pass it on to the next generation.

    Contrast that with the foods of the rich and wealthy, they don’t eat hearty foods for the calories so they can work, they don’t eat until full because they don’t know if there is going to be food tomorrow, they eat what’s expensive, what’s popular, and they eat it in small amounts.

    Take lobster, and I think this has been brought up before, but it is a terrible, gross food, they’re strange violent insects from the water that nobody would purposely eat, and they didn’t used to. Lobster was given by seamen to their workers because it wasn’t worth anything, and they couldn’t avoid accidentally catching a few. Lobster was the primary food given to prisoners in several countries, and I think one had laws limiting the number of times a prisoner could have lobster in a week without it being cruel. It was only when it became popular food with the wealthy that it became rare and expensive, that it winded up with the people that didn’t ever want to eat it, but had to, being unable to afford it.

    Hedonism isn’t as important to the wealthy anymore as giant urinating contests with everyone, if a company developed nutrient pills, they’d market them as illustrious, cutting edge, and they’d be priced at the wealthy, otherwise the market for fast food, excessively cheap junk food and sugary cereals might dry up, a field that literally almost every corporation has a hand in, in some way.

    Plus, they might actually be expensive to produce, considering her universe. If the majority of the workforce is sickly, employing those that are the least sickly in a factory would be expensive, unreliable and other bad things, so they might have to with an entirely automated system, which would also be expensive, but robots don’t ask for health insurance.

    Of course, this is just my opinion.

  123. Marissaon 27 Aug 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Ah, alright. I can wait until you return. Last night, I also got Chapter 2 ready for you as well, so I don’t want to start on this if you’ll be busy. :)

  124. B. Macon 27 Aug 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I return in January. My flight has been bumped back to Sunday, so I can give it a look before then.

  125. Marissaon 11 Oct 2009 at 9:22 pm

    HEY EVERYONE.

    B. Mac and I just settled on my penname.

    Gender-neutral, set at the beginning of an alphabet-organized bookstore shelf…

    Salem Cullaby.

    Thoughts?

  126. B. Macon 11 Oct 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Very exotic. ;-) Might help to swap out either word with something a bit more familiar. I really like Cullaby.

  127. Marissaon 11 Oct 2009 at 10:31 pm

    And Salem was the only gender-neutral name I liked, of the list.

    But you yourself said you liked it a ton as-is, via G-Talk. Change your story, eh? ;D

  128. B. Macon 12 Oct 2009 at 11:27 am

    I remember that my first reaction was very positive. I need half an hour to get my thoughts together, okay? ;-) I like Salem and I like Cullaby, but I feel that “Salem Cullaby” sounds kind of soft. (Even though the only soft syllables are “em”, “a” and possibly “cull”).

  129. Lighting Manon 12 Oct 2009 at 11:58 am

    This might be an odd thing to notice, but isn’t Salem Cullaby kind of easily interpreted as inappropriate? Salem, Massachusetts, is home of one of the most infamous collection of witch trials ever, and 24 people accused of witchcraft, if I recall correctly, died because of them. Culling is the act of picking out the unwanted parts of something, easily construed to refer to culling the witches from the community.

    Kind of like calling yourself Abby Ghuraib, in a way, but not really, and I just said that because I found that name funny.

    Ignoring those connotations, it is a good name, so boffo on that.

  130. Marissaon 12 Oct 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Whoa, really? It never occurred to me, Lighting Man, but I now see your point.

    Quite possibly back to the drawing board. xD

  131. B. Macon 12 Oct 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t think that many readers would interpret Salem Cullaby to mean “I support witch-burning!” Also, suspected witches aren’t an unacceptable target. I don’t think that there’s a distinct group of people today that will get particularly offended by some perceived slight to the alleged witches of colonial Salem.

    In contrast, I think that the public is generally a lot more aware of potential grievances against different races, sexes and sexual orientations, respected religions*, etc.

    *It would probably be offensive to say that “Catholicism is crazy” or “Sunni Islam is crazy.” But you could probably say “Scientology is crazy” or “Wiccanism is crazy” without upsetting polite company.

  132. Marissaon 14 Oct 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Dylan Cullaby? Dylan is supposedly gender-neutral. And I like it. :D

  133. Lighting Manon 14 Oct 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Just for the sake of clarity, I wasn’t implying that I suspected that name might bring about political backlash, just that much of the articles on this web site go to a great deal of trouble to point out the exact difficulties of getting published, anything quizzical or odd is a bump in that road that already has way too many potholes and a potential liability, so I simply pointed out that meaning that I derived from the name in an attempt to be helpful.

    I think Dylan Cullaby is a good name, but I wonder about how it fits with your ideal market, I’m not quite sure where you are aiming with your work, but despite historical uses of the name, it seems like Dylan has seen a huge uptick in usage in more recent generations, so it might artificially date you as being younger then you intend, since to some it might imply you received the name because of the uptick in popularity, and only recently reached maturation.

    I’ll stop offering advice about this now, since my chosen pen name is Billiam Crowe.

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