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01 February 2016 @ 08:18 pm
And now I have to decide between _Witch Wars_ and _The Dark side of the Moon_ because (1) too much like _Spy Wars_ and (2) I already have a cover.

John B. Connell: pic#125556192John B. Connell on February 2nd, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
Are you asking....
Which title to use for the story currently known as witch wars? If so, i definitely like the dark side better.
matapampamuphoff on February 2nd, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Are you asking....
Yep. I started using for a collection of short stories that kept changing. I started using "Witch Wars" just so I didn't have to dig through the iterations of Dark Side to find the current working draft. And since it's about witches, the moon is a good symbol.
hollybambolo on February 2nd, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Are you asking....
I like The Dark Side of the Moon and I love the cover.

Especially since the story is more policework than war. This is a more descriptive title.
hollybambolo on February 2nd, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
Apropos of covers, I was showing Oscar (who was lamenting lack of new Barton Street) your covers in my kindle app on android. We noticed that some books have shorter covers: Art Theft, Triplets, Heirs, Warriors, Fancy Free, Mall Santa. These range from just a smidgeon (Art) to three/quarter height (Heirs). So there's something wonky going on there. Everything else is uniform in size, and the same as the books they're hanging out with (Kate, Cedar, Sarah).

(The problem being I am fine with him reading Outcasts at thirteen, but not Black Goats. So he just has to wait for his fix.)
matapampamuphoff on February 2nd, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
I think I need to do a massively cleaned up rewrite of Black Goats. But there's a fair amount of sexual content throughout the series. Just, not so nasty. Mostly.
hollybambolo on February 2nd, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
Meh. Thirteen, I was reading Anne McCaffrey in my early teens. Most of yours is fade to black. Except when it's very matter-of-fact. The boy's a bit squeamish about sex. Which is all to the good, really.
At this point it's more what do I want to deal with talking about with him. Black Goats is beyond that. Outcasts and Gods, fine. There are some moments that would be quite worth talking about in all your books. Fancy Free I would give him in an instant. (I need to spend some serious time looking at kindle security, since nobody is publishing paper.)

You might be interested to know that we were teasing message out of Barton and Chicago and came up with 'People are people no matter what they look like but sometimes, like the t-rex and rattler, the packaging they choose is indicative of contents.'
matapampamuphoff on February 3rd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
I have no problem sending friends "Review copies" in RTFs so it can be read on a computer, if that would work better for any of you.
hollybambolo on February 3rd, 2016 06:31 am (UTC)
I would be delighted to take you up on that for Fancy Free. Do you have one of my emails? My posting handle here at gmail will work.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on February 2nd, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
Discussing the matter on Baen's Bar it seemed, as you imply, that much of the S*x**l content was ignored, so much so that folk were recommending books containing not just minor scenes (Anne McCaffrey - Dragondrums) but torture/rape (Mercedes Lackey Arrows) which they had forgotten all about.

So the parents may find a book objectionable for scenes the children hardly notice and things may go well until a book is not just in a library but is required reading).

matapampamuphoff on February 3rd, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
When i was a young reader, I skated right past such uninteresting parts. But then things like the Black Goats weren't available to me, back in the Dark Ages, when I was a teenager.
hollybambolo on February 3rd, 2016 06:26 am (UTC)
There's that part of it, and that he doesn't like PDA including in his reading. Which is amusing as a parent, and also somewhat of a relief. Son, if you protest your dad and I kissing, we're just going to do it some more.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on February 3rd, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
The Golden Ass by Apuleius ?

And of course Lady Chatterley's Lover.
matapampamuphoff on February 3rd, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Despite my parents' insatiable appetite for books, none such was to be found among their shelves. Nor references to same that I might have tracked down--if i hadn't been one of the most oblivious-to-sex teenage girls to ever exist.