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jani321
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I am new to the community, and I wanted to stop in and say hello to everyone, so "Hi!" I am also new to the speculative fiction genre. Customarily, I write nonfiction/academic, and I have traditionally published books and articles in music history and linguistics. Ever since I was a young girl, though, I always wanted to write science fiction. So, in between my music history work, I've been sneaking in some time to work on a science fiction book. It is completely different from what I am used to writing, so I feel a little strange and uneasy about it. I could really use some guidance from everyone here. I hope to hear from a lot of you!
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Welcome, welcome! Sounds a lot like me though the academics things is still in question.

First advice: have fun. If you're having fun, you're learning. If you don't, you're doing something wrong.

Did I already say welcome aboard?

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Meredith
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Welcome to the treehouse.
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Grumpy old guy
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Welcome, jump write in, the water's fine. Perhaps while you're leaning to write SF, I can too.

Phil.

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lizluka
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Welcome!
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MattLeo
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Hi. It'll be terrific to have a linguist and historian onboard. Do you work at U of Ark or Tenn?

Tell us about your project.

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jani321
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

@MattLeo: I live in northeast Arkansas (near Memphis), but I don't teach there. I used to work at the Univ. of North Texas teaching undergraduate music history courses to non-music majors. Lucky for me, I was able to secure grant funding for the next ten years, so I am now an independent scholar who can work full time writing, rather than teaching. I do miss the classroom, though. Eventually I will go back, but for now, I am going to focus on writing.

The project I am working on is a 9-volume series titled "The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt." It is a critical edition of the 19th-century Hungarian pianist/composer extraordinaire Franz Liszt's philosophical and music essays and books. So far, I've published 2 volumes with Scarecrow Press, and I should turn in my first pass copy of the third volume in April 2013. The project is a labor of love for the discipline, but it is probably pretty boring to those outside of the musicology field. I like it, though!

As you can imagine, writing sci-fi is going to be quite the treat, considering what I now do. And I'm not even sure how successful I will be at it. All I know is that I want to try. I am working on a query for a literary agent in New York, which is due by Dec. 27th. In the next few days, I am going to try to get a few lines of a query written for you all to critique. Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?

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Sure, but having published is a big leg up with agents. I have a friend who landed an agent in a very short time because she was an editor at a college magazine.
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I'm a bit late here but be welcome anyway.


As you probably know by now others here have a similar background as you do and all are a friendly bunch who like people and like to share what they know of writing; be it little or be it a lot and they don't mind showing newbies what they do wrong, like writing massively long sentences. [Wink]

That is a bit of an inside joke a few here might be able to explain to you.


And in either case do be careful as you look around. There's always something new in the treehouse no matter how long you have been here...but that unicorn isn't so new, be careful she can be mean.

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