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[sticky post] (no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2012|11:33 am]

JUNE 17, 2015. New writing website at moirajmoorewriter.com


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Alcina Noatak had grown up knowing she would one day be the High Scribe of Gydnerth, but that day was not supposed to arrive so soon. Responsible for drafting the laws that rule her country, Alcina must navigate intrigue and danger no one could have expected her to anticipate, and one wrong move could blow apart not just her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Available through smashwords, which can accommodate any e-reader and provide pdf downloads, here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586346 and through amazon. I'm providing the US link, but you can get it at any Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Scribe-Shadows-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016V14S6I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1445342152&sr=8-2&keywords=scribe+in+shadows

Chapter One online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391110.html

Chapter Two online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391300.html


Catherine is a happy novelist, but a little strapped for cash, so the six-week job at computer software company Create and Conquer is a welcome chance to make some extra money. She meets the CEO, Lance MacCallan, on her very first day. He’s gorgeous, rich, admired by all around him, and a total bully.

But it’s not the attacks on her competence or the threats to fire her that have Catherine rattled. No, it’s when the CEO starts trying to convince her to go out with him that things get really unpleasant.

Available through Smashwords. The book can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, and can be downloaded as a pdf to your computer. $2.99 US. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537568

Available through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/CEO-Can-Drop-Dead-Romance-ebook/dp/B00WIV6GE8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429882909&sr=1-3&keywords=moira+moore

A portion of the author’s royalties is donated to organisations working with survivors of abuse. Currently, the organisation is the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. Please follow the link to see the kind of work they do. http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/

Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters and enjoying the lack of interference from both the council of the Triple S and the Emperor. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the council, Lee and Taro learn that while they have been living at their isolated post, there have been a lot of changes in the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.

E-versions are available through Smashwords and can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, apple i-pad, personal computers, i-phone, sony, kobo, android, and others. If you don't have an e-reader, you can download it as a pdf file. You have the option of getting it for free or paying if you want. If you choose to pay, you can pick any amount you want. It's here:


You can get it on Amazon for anywhere from 80 cents to 99 cents, depending on the day and time. This is the amazon link:


The list of short stories in the Triple S world is here: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/128007.html
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Heroes Short Story Master List [Oct. 22nd, 2020|10:56 am]

I've put most of the stories in a single pdf document. If you'd like a copy, send me an email at moirajmoore@yahoo.com


I'm organizing the stories according to the timeline of the world, not in order of my writing them. The link to the most recently added story with be in bold.


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one

Matching from Taro’s point of view

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, between book two and three

Taro, book three

Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)

Taro: Early in book five

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five

Lee, shortly after book six

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
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"Literature." Ugh. [Aug. 24th, 2016|05:25 pm]
It seems to me that literary writers and fans are just desperate to pick on genre writers and readers. It's kind of sad, really. Why don't they just write their literary books and give out their literary awards and let the rest of us read and write in peace?

So, along with the warnings of the collapse of western civilization and complaints about the weak-willed pandering to people who aren't straight white men, we have the claim that those who read literary fiction have a better understanding of people's emotions than those who read genre fiction. Which is so ridiculous that I don't know where to start.

There seems to be a little confusion about what exactly the tests involved. Here's a paragraph from the article that I found on twitter.

First, they showed 1,000 people a list of names that included authors identified as literary, authors identified as genre, and random names of non-authors. In a subsequent test (I’ll come back to this in a moment) the ones who identified more literary writers scored better in the “reading the mind in the eyes test”, which correlates social intelligence with the ability to “read” closeups of people’s eyes.

That's from this article - https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/aug/24/genre-readers-have-less-empathy-feeling-val-mcdermid?CMP=share_btn_tw - which misstates the information a little. I think this writer is referring to a different test by the same people, which involved 2,000 participants.

The first test, with about 1,000 people, took place a few years ago, and people actually read a few pages of books before taking the eye test. However, that test received a lot of criticism because of the books they chose. Here is a paragraph from a different article:

One of that study’s critics was Mark Liberman. On his influential Language Log blog he expressed surprise that the study had even been accepted for publication – after all, he argued, the researchers had hand-picked just a few seemingly arbitrary examples of literary and genre fiction. It was, he said, a “breath-taking overgeneralisation” to extrapolate from the effects of these passages to say anything about lit fiction or genre fiction as a whole. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/08/22/more-evidence-that-literary-but-not-pop-fiction-boosts-readers-emotional-skills/

So in an attempt to shore up their theory, they devised a new test, involving 2,000 people. This is how they found them, according to the second article:

Some of the participants were recruited via a link in a New York Times article about the association between reading fiction and interpersonal sensitivity, others were recruited via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey website.

That is a really narrow sample pool. And someone is going to have to explain to me how the Amazon's Mechanical Turk website is relevant to this. According to the FAQs, this is that website's function:

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The Mechanical Turk service gives businesses access to a diverse, on-demand, scalable workforce and gives Workers a selection of thousands of tasks to complete whenever it's convenient.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is based on the idea that there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, performing data de-duplication, transcribing audio recordings, or researching data details. Traditionally, tasks like this have been accomplished by hiring a large temporary workforce (which is time consuming, expensive, and difficult to scale) or have gone undone.

Seriously, if you know how this site is relevant to taking a survey, let me know.

This time the participants didn't even have to read anything. This is another paragraph from the second article:

As well as completing the emotion recognition test, the participants were also shown a list of 130 names and asked to say which, if any, were the names of established authors. Sixty-five of the listed names were authors, some of them of pop fiction (such as Dick Francis, Tom Clancy and Stephen King), others of literary fiction (such as Salman Rushdie, George Orwell and Kazuo Ishiguro). Greater recognition of literary authors was interpreted as an indication that a participant had read more literary fiction. Bolding mine.

That is such a baseless assumption that I want to bang some heads against the wall. High school English gave me a deep-seated hatred of "literature," but I know hundreds of authors I've never read because I worked in book stores for about seven years. I never read Moby Dick but I know who Herman Melville is. James Joyce. J.D. Salinger. (He counts as literature, right?) Thomas Hardy. Never read any of them but I know who they are from social osmosis. And I could remember a whole lot more if I was provided with a list of names. I am confident that these so-called researchers were aiming for a particular result and crafted their test to achieve it.

Michael Ignatieff was the disastrous leader of the federal Liberal party for a while. He bragged about reading War and Peace, because he was so clueless that he thought we would care. He was cold and arrogant and led the party to their worst defeat in history. Just sayin'

Also, call me weird, but I think the best way to be able to understand human behaviour is by interacting with human beings.

I have no statistics to back me up. I just remember not being able to identify with any of the characters I was forced to endure in high school. (And my sadistic book club.) The characters tended to be unlikeable, and they made stupid decisions. I didn't identify with anything in these books. All I learned from them was how to write bullshit answers in my exams.

I will now go back to reading Tanya Huff and writing my fantasy novel.
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Another Canadian School-Discrimination [Aug. 20th, 2016|08:03 pm]
I was thinking, "Is Trinity Western University the only Canadian university to discriminate against LGBTQ people?" I decided to check.

Answer: no.

Turns out Ontario has a thing called Redeemer University. I find the belief that your average person who's done no harm to anyone else (beyond the accidental slips we're all guilty of) needs supernatural redemption revolting. Here is a quote from the student handbook:

10) Sexual Misconduct
This covers a broad range of sexual behaviour by students when it falls outside Biblical
intentions and/or explicit guidelines. These include sexual intimacies which occur outside of a heterosexual marriage, including any type of intercourse or sexual relations or involvement with pornographic material.

Any student can rat out anyone else and it may result in an investigation and suspension.


See, this is a tiny university that isn't seeking to create a law school, so no one is paying any attention to it.

It's freaking expensive, too.

I'll be checking other schools to see if any others are discriminatory.
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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2016|08:02 pm]
After the gazillionth draft, my dissertation is finally shaping up into something I wouldn't be totally humiliated to show to random strangers. My school puts all dissertations online, so if someone else were to look for information about filial responsibility laws they might stumble upon my paper. The thought of someone seeing one of the earlier drafts is horrifying.

It is very frustrating that I have to write so many drafts of everything. I could never live off my writing because I simply can't produce multiple projects in a year. (And don't create the kind of work that makes a mint.) It takes me at least two years to write a novel, the CEO Can Drop Dead being the single outlier. Why does it take me so long to get it right?

This would also be a weakness should I try to make a career out of being an academic. I wouldn't be able to produce enough to make a university happy.

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Trinity Western University Update [Aug. 15th, 2016|07:36 pm]

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society has decided not to appeal the ruling against them to the Supreme Court of Canada. I'm kind of disappointed but not really surprised. They're now facing costs for the first two court decisions, and it's not like they've got money to throw around. Nova Scotia is tiny. Besides, it's likely that Ontario's case will go to the Supreme Court, and that will probably decide the thing for the whole country. No reason for Nova Scotia to go through the hassle and cost. There's the principle of the thing, of course, the Trinity covenant didn't stop being discriminatory, but money is finite and if Ontario is going to fight the battle, which, being the largest law society in the country, it can more easily afford, Nova Scotia can sit back like almost all of the other parts of the country and watch.

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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2016|12:26 pm]
Feeling miserable because my fan and dehumidifier can't combat this level of heat and humidity, getting frustrated because Quicklaw is suddenly claiming it has no entries under the Ontario Family Law Act - seriously, WTF? - I knock my mug of coffee onto my couch. Yeah, great day.
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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2016|09:22 pm]
I spent a very relaxing weekend with my parents. The first night involved eating steak and drinking scotch while watching Star Trek: The Search for Spock, which my mother had recorded for me. Cheesy acting and effects aside, I really enjoyed it for nostalgic reasons, reminding me of when I was an avid Trekkie. I kind of depressed my parents during the credits, though, by saying, "He's dead. And he's dead. He died last year."

My mother and I went to see Star Trek Beyond. I enjoyed it, sort of, but wouldn't recommend it. Extremely thin plot, and way too much shaky cam. I think there should be a warning for those who suffer from seizures. Seriously, at times I was nauseated.

I also watched the tail end of another movie my mother had recorded, and I recognised almost instantly that it was a Canadian-made tv movie that was trying to appear American, in order to sell to the American market. I don't know how successful such movies are, but they must do well enough because people keep making them. Mom didn't think so, but someone born and raised in Canada can spot fake-American movies in an instant. And I was right. Made by the governments of Canada and Quebec.

So yeah, most of the weekend involved watching, eating, and drinking. And air conditioning, because this unnatural heat is still lingering. Go back south, you!

I just got more feedback from my professor who now feels my dissertation is almost ready for submission, which is a huge relief. My first draft - actually, the third draft - was a bit of a mess, but after several months of non-stop research and writing in a string of different projects, I was kind of brain dead when I wrote the dissertation. While the professor had that draft, I read bad novels and binge-watched Downton Abbey, so I was in a much better frame of mind when I got the dissertation back and had the perspective to see the dissertation with a much more objective eye. And I did what he told me. Keep repeating what I was doing and why. I just have to fix up some formatting and sentence structure, and beef up the conclusion a little by providing a suggestion for reform. That last bit will be the challenge. My suggestion for reform is to eliminate the law all together. Anyway, I am very relieved because I was beginning to wonder if I couldn't write anything appropriate and I might actually fail.

And for some fun, a satirical "news" paper ran a story claiming that Donald Trump had stated it had been a bad idea for America to let Canada have independence. While I know Trump is utterly ignorant of Canada/US relations, he didn't say this. But people are believing it. http://www.burrardstreetjournal.com/trump-canada-independence-was-mistake/
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On The David Benjamin Thing [Jul. 28th, 2016|05:04 pm]
David Benjamin is a writer who describes himself like this:

Being the reflections of an aging writer bereft of his esteemed literary agent, seeking a new friend in the book racket while plying his craft — novelist, essayist, newsman, smartass — as humbly as his ego allows

He has published four books and is seeking representation for his current one, The Voice of the Dog. From the scraps that I've seen, in this book the dog is the protagonist, and can talk, and its master is a serial killer with "sexual inadequacies." In one of his posts, Benjamin describes the book like this:

Cuteness isn’t my turf. My protagonist, Farfel, has qualities that are both human and canine. But nothing about him is either cute or romantic. As the story unfolds, Farfel realizes that his adopted master, Reggie, is a violent misogynist who evolves into a serial murderer. Farfel faces an increasingly complicated moral struggle between his loyalty to Reggie (the Code of the Dog) and his agonizing empathy for Reggie’s victims. This is the central conflict of my story.

I think I'm safe in assuming this is not a children's or young adult book. I'm not sure what genre you would put this in. In his various posts, Benjamin has stated that it's not a mystery or a literary work. It's only 70,000 words long, which is an awkward length for a book. You can probably get away with that for some romance lines - he dismisses romance as schlock, because of course he does - mysteries, maybe sci-fi, and literary novels.

The reason he's in the spotlight today is because he had a pitching session with an agent and chose to write a bitter post about the rejection, full of misogyny and arrogance, comparing himself to people like Twain and Hemingway. Basically, he doesn't like the rules of pitching and chose to ignore them, then blamed the agent for turning him down. He also mentioned the young woman's appearance in unflattering terms. A link to the rant: http://www.davidbenjaminwriter.com/mylatestrejection/mlr-7/

I wrote about this on moirajmoorewriter.com, but my interest in the subject has shifted a little. This isn't the first bitter rant he wrote. I decided to read all of them and look up the agents he has bashed. I'm starting at the most recent and going backward to the first one.

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Common Themes: He varies in his opinion as to whether his book belongs to a genre or not. He never explicitly states what genre it belongs in, except sometimes he says none and sometimes he says many. He refuses to learn how queries and pitching work, and really resents the rules. (Yeah, they're annoying, but no point bitching about it.) Everyone he deals with is less, sometimes considerably less, experienced than him, so they don't know what they're talking about. He assumes he'll be preferred, or should be preferred, based on irrelevant factors. He seems incapable of objectively evaluating whether his book will appeal to the targeted agent, aside from stuff like "She wants an awesome book, I've written an awesome book." Despite the fact that he's published four books, he doesn't seem to understand the "industry" in publishing industry. It's a business, and everyone is in it to make money. He needs an agent willing to go out on a limb to push a book like this, and he won't find one if he acts like an entitled, condescending jerk. Or possibly ever, given the attention he's getting now.
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Reminder About Increase in Price Re: Heroes' Reward [Jul. 28th, 2016|09:24 am]
For 3 more days, Heroes' Reward will be available for free (smashwords) or 99 cents (Amazon, Barnes & Noble.) On the 1st of August, four years after I published it, it will be $4.99.
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