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  1. K.S. Crooks

    Nobody reads?

    I think reading comes and goes for many people at different times during their life. Children are often read to by their parents, then begin to read themselves with their parents, then on their own entirely. Today with all the other options for distraction and to feed the imagination reading...
  2. K.S. Crooks

    Looking for feedback on my new novel prologue.

    I really like it and wonder about something. Mary Elizabeth (Beth) hears another girl scream while she is in the chair. When Beth escapes would you want to mention her fighting for the life of the other girl? It feels like you are introducing a scene that will occur later in the book. It has...
  3. K.S. Crooks

    21 Actual Analogies - Funny!

    This is great!! I'm laughing so hard, my family thinks I'm as crazy as a gorilla wearing socks with sandals while surfing.
  4. K.S. Crooks

    The Rise Of The Machines-New Research

    Whomever is working on this program should be placed in a locked room and forced to watch The Terminator, Matrix and I Robot repeatedly until they understand what should not be done.
  5. K.S. Crooks

    Agent Carter

    I agree. I usually don't like shows where all the events are sent in a past that needs to parallel the real world, but this is great. It will be interesting to see how the guys in her office continue to treat her and how people higher up do as well. It should be back since they used the show as...
  6. K.S. Crooks

    Who do you write for???

    I start with writing for myself. I'm the only person I know for sure I can please with the story I create. I after it is written I hope that other people enjoy the story and have questions. No matter how precise you think you are being there will always be people that see things differently. I...
  7. K.S. Crooks

    New Improved Website

    Pleased to announce my new enhanced website. Please visit http://www.kscrooks.com, watch my new book video and have a look around.
  8. K.S. Crooks

    How The U. S. Healthcare System Ranks Internationally

    I live in Canada where the system is much the same as in Britain, France and the other parts of Europe. Universal health care, which was adopted by these countries after the suffering of WWII, has shown to be a better system than what currently exists in the U.S. Not saying it is perfect, but...
  9. K.S. Crooks

    The Secret Recipe

    The slang is enough to give me a southern U.S. small town feel, but not enough to be annoying. Nice work.
  10. K.S. Crooks

    Novel with a black man as main character (in 3rd person), written by a white male

    If people only wrote from personal experience, there would be no fiction worth reading. The issue of including people of different colours and other characteristics is something many authors never consider. I applaud you for recognizing that there are many different people out there and being...
  11. K.S. Crooks

    Bram Stoker: Dracula

    I don't know if it has been mentioned already, but the Dracula sequel written by Darce Stoker (Bram's nephew) is an excellent read.
  12. K.S. Crooks

    Can writers make a living now-a-days

    I only read books in paper form, so downloading is not an option for me. I either buy the books, get them from a friend or go to the library. I like the light coming from over my shoulder, not from a screen and the feel of the paper. I also like the idea of plugging out. When it is possible all...
  13. K.S. Crooks

    Star Wars: The Force awakens

    It's an early trailer so it lacks anything substantial regarding the plot. It was nice to see the Millennium Falcon and I wonder how much of R2D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca will be in the new trilogy. They are very tight-lipped about the amount Luke, Leia and Han will be involved. what I am also...
  14. K.S. Crooks

    How to Edit Your Book in 4 Steps

    I would add a fifth step of having a few other people read your book. Even when you read out loud you may read what you expect to see and not what is actually there.
  15. K.S. Crooks

    The Bookshelf 2014: book catalogue

    The electronic version of The Bookshelf 2014: A catalogue of books by members of the Canadian Authors Association has been published on the ISSU platform and is now available to an international audience. The books listed are Fiction and Non-fiction of all varieties including fantasy and science...
  16. K.S. Crooks

    The First Ever Action Comic Book of 1938 which introuduced Superman To world

    Would be great to own...only second to Detective Comics 27, Batman forever!! If you have the spare dollars for issues like these but fail to get them, tyy looking for first issues of villains such as first Lex Luther, Metallo, Joker or Bane.
  17. K.S. Crooks

    Create a Fantasy Map

    I have created a map for my new novel, which I will mention in the appropriate place in the forum. The main page of the website I used is http://donjon.bin.sh. This site provides ideas for plots, characters, goals and several other things you may want in your story. The map maker is at...
  18. K.S. Crooks

    William Golding: Lord Of The Flies

    Lord of the flies is a look at how people seem to always start with the differences in each other rather than start with our similarities. The human need to always have some form of "Us" and "Them". We see it in the form of countries, religions, even sports teams. The truly saddest part is that...
  19. K.S. Crooks

    Medieval torture

    I like the Heretic's Fork because it can be used as punishment but it visually displays how motivated a person will be to provide you the information you want with or without causing damage. You can even modify the device so that the two sets of forks can slowly be wound away from each other.
  20. K.S. Crooks


    My ideas generally come from looking at the things I like in everyday life, then combining or putting them into a new context. When I am a little stuck in my writing I usually re-watch a movie that generally fits what I am writing. As I watch I think of ways that the story could be changed...