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Thirty Minute Pony Stories: Prompt #458: "A Step Faster"

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Interesting fact about Equestria Girls: Pinkie Pie gets both the final line as a human and the final line as a pony in the movie. While one of my co-mods would present this as yet more proof that Pink Pony is Best Pony, what I’m concentrating on is her last line as a human: “Oh. Bummer.” Such…

Just for the record, the co-mod is totally right. Pink Pony is best pony. Anyway, time to get planning

totalrewrite:

Formatting your Manuscript

If you’re planning on one day turning your manuscript in to literary agents and publishing houses, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. In many cases, your manuscript will be skipped over if it isn’t done to industry standard, so here’s the basics that you’ll need if you don’t want to be ignored. Before I get started, please know that this is aimed specifically at fiction manuscripts. If you’re writing non-fiction or a memoir, the expectations will be different, so it would be wise to Google what you need.

The Basics

  • Make sure your font is 12 point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial. These are the only three fonts you are allowed to pick from.
  • Your spacing should be 1 inch on all sides of the text. This is the default on most word processors, but double check your settings just to be sure.
  • Your text should be double spaced.
  • All of your indentations must be a half inch. Do not press indent. Instead, drag over the top arrow on the ruler to have every new paragraph automatically indent.

The Title Page

  • The top left-hand corner of your title page will have all your personal information. They want to see your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the novel’s genre, and word count.

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  • Your novel’s title is allowed to be between 20-24 point font if you want. Bold is also an option, but not necessary.
  • The title will appear halfway down the title page.
  • “A novel by [your name]” will be about three quarters of the way down the page.

The Next Pages

  • If you have a dedication, it will be on its own page.
  • If you have some sort of verse or quote, those will also need their own pages.
  • Do not include a page for acknowledgements.

The Chapters

  • Chapter titles will be 12 point font. No bolding or italics.
  • Chapters will start from one quarter to halfway down the page.
  • An easy way to format chapter headings is to press enter five or six times
  • Make sure you always start your chapters the same way every time.
  • When you start a new chapter, make sure you use a page break to bump the new chapter onto a new page. This will keep it in place so that it will never budge, no matter how much you cut out or add to the previous chapter.

Page Numbers

  • Page numbers will start with 1 on Chapter 1 of your manuscript. Page numbers will not appear on the title page or dedication page.
  • Page 1 will be labeled in the footer of Chapter 1. It should be centered.
  • Page 2 will be in the header of the next page.
  • From page 2 onward, your headers will be labeled like this:

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  • If you insert a section break after the title and dedication pages, it will make it easier to insert the page numbers.

For the most part, this is the most important of what you’ll need to know for formatting your manuscript. I used this video as reference, so I’m trusting everything it says is true because it was made by an author who has several novels published, and because it was uploaded this year, it should be up to date.

But just remember, whenever you go to turn in a manuscript, make sure you check the website of the agent or publisher you’re trying to contact. They might have specifications that differ with the ones stated in this video, and you should always do whatever you can to abide by what they want.

I have no idea but let’s go anyway

You know, I suppose eventually I’ll have to start writing something in here; I just reaaaaaally suck at keeping up with this kind of stuff. I had a blog once but after the ones that were along for the ride bailed I kinda let it go because discipline sucks.

BUT! There are things coming, things like NaNoWriMo, which means that if anything, I’ll have to develop a little bit of discipline to complete it this year….Which means, writing!

Yes, writing! What, I don’t know. I like ponies, so probably ponies, but also other stuff. I’ve been reading some things that are pretty inspiring on the ideas department, namely, stuff from Neil Gaiman (Awesome writer, by the way. Check him out you guys.).

So here’s the thing. I KNOW I am not going to be able to just post in here every day because I’m a  lazy bastard, but let’s try something. I am now setting a goal; I’ll put some things in here, maybe stories, maybe drawings, I just want to have some ORIGINAL stuff on my little corner before NaNo starts. Why NaNo? It’s as good a mark as any, so why not?


Sooo….Yep! Look forward ya’ll. STAY TUNED.

tastefullyoffensive:

Crazy Ideas That Are Borderline Genius [via]

Previously: Useless Things You Don’t Need to Know

THROWING MONEY AT THE SCREEN. I STILL SEE NOTHING HAPPENING

Random awesomeness: Não é sobre 20 centavos, estúpido

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(To postando aqui porque o link original, http://oesquema.com.br/olhometro/2013/06/13/nao-e-sobre-20-centavos-estupido/, está fora do ar.)
Texto por Ana Freitas (no caso, sou eu, dona desse tumblr aqui tbm)

Ontem eu acordei e, como faço todos os dias quando começo a trabalhar, abri…

dresdencodak:

Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link. 

Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.

This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.

Hope you like it!

(for more info about this project, check out my FAQ)

kateordie:

jl8comic:

JL8 #74 by Yale Stewart
A very special “thank you” to Neil Gaiman for being such a great sport.
Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.
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Batman and Superman and Vera Brosgol and Neil Gaiman all in one comic? Holy gosh! I was behind in reading JL8 when a friend nudged me that it might be time to catch up - now I see why. This comic is straight-up perfect, and you should all be following it.

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kateordie:

jl8comic:

JL8 #74 by Yale Stewart

A very special “thank you” to Neil Gaiman for being such a great sport.

Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.

Like the Facebook page here!

Archive

Batman and Superman and Vera Brosgol and Neil Gaiman all in one comic? Holy gosh! I was behind in reading JL8 when a friend nudged me that it might be time to catch up - now I see why. This comic is straight-up perfect, and you should all be following it.

d’aw