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1/18/08 11:55 P

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OMG is my writing that bad already or do I just have no sense of humor!? emoticon

Thanks for saying Hi - Serial Killers er, uh Thrillers, my favorites, too. Plus a variety of other oddities. Read Val McDermid if you like serial killers. Especially her Tony Hill series - really very good. English author (Scottish maybe) and a BBC series called Wire in the Blood based on the books. The actual book Wire in the Blood scared me witless. I slept w/the lights on for three nights! LOL!

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1/17/08 9:57 P

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I am n a health professional.I am however taken courses. Mystery is my favourite; especially serial killer.

p.s There are spelling and gramatical (I did this on purpose.



Just had to make it funny.


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1/17/08 10:59 A

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Good luck on the book! If you still don't get the help you need contact the local hospital or surgery center and ask for the name of someone who could help.

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1/17/08 12:39 A

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For the most part, when I posted a plea for research assistance, I was trying to "hook up" with someone for future use. So far I don't have anything that needs a professional opinion. But I am bound to sooner or later! I was think vecuronium or pancuronium, they last longer. The fact that they are reversible is immaterial for my purposes.

I'm beginning to think that writing the way I was taught - starting w.some sort of outline - might be truly beneficial. My ideas & thoughts are all scattered.
Don, my mom told me that when I was a child I would write little stories about horses and cats etc. Then I would fold them, draw pictures, and make a "cover" for them from a cut-up cereal box - inside out of course, so I could write the title & put more pictures. Hilarious, I wish i could see those now.

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1/15/08 10:47 P

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Anesthesiology can be scary under the best of circumstances. Ok, here's some food for thought.

A dart dipped in curare, blown through a blow dart as the S. American Indians do, can cause death which is pretty hard to find on autopsy.

Impossible to find is succinylcholine. Picture a dart dipped in that, then blown through a blow pipe. Anesthesiologists know this stuff.

How 'bout them apples?
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1/15/08 10:24 P

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Hey, have fun, enjoy your writing...wordsmithing has its own pleasures, whether or not it's ever seen by anyone else!

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1/15/08 10:08 P

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I think telling anyone you're writing a book is similar to telling them you're dieting. You're right about that. I know quite a bit about anesthesiology, but want more down & dirty. The last guy I dated is an anesth. & I heard some pretty scary stuff. I used him as a resource for awhile, too. He kept saying "How do you think t his stuff up? You're freakin' me out." Which is my intention in the writing.

In any case, it's therapeutic and I'm not counting on retiring on my ability to write. LOL - I don't even care if I get published, but I do like to be accurate - and I think that's an aspect of my desire to constantly learn new things.

Thanks for your advice of course, it's always good to have your (or my in this case) feet planted on the ground! emoticon

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1/15/08 9:38 P

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Um, writing is the hardest thing. "Even writing badly is hard." (That's a Rex Reed quote.) So...wouldn't it be better to choose a subject you know well? Anesthesiology is "sciencey" enough, but you'll also be needing " forensics, police policies in detective stuff..." I know cops who couldn't get their own manuscripts to chapter 3 or 4.

One thing you said is terrific: "I don't know where to start other than to just start writing." Good, that's how it works. Most novelists get to their 3rd full draft before they realize what they're really trying to say. Your story likes to hide on you, but you'll find it.

As far as Strunk, White & style -- if Faulkner & Hemingway were to edit each other, there'd be nothing left on the page. But do continue writing. "It's a dog's life, but it's the only life." I forget who said that. Someone famous...

Hope I haven't been too much of a killjoy. One problem with "I'm writing" announcements is, people will yes you to death. You don't want that. Your own life is rich, full of intense human experience.

Go there. Dig deep.

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1/15/08 9:37 P

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Um, writing is the hardest thing. "Even writing badly is hard." (That's a Rex Reed quote.) So...wouldn't it be better to choose a subject you know well? Anesthesiology is "sciencey" enough, but you'll also be needing " forensics, police policies in detective stuff..." I know cops who couldn't get their own manuscripts to chapter 3 or 4.

One thing you said is terrific: "I don't know where to start other than to just start writing." Good, that's how it works. Most novelists get to their 3rd full draft before they realize what they're really trying to say. Your story likes to hide on you, but you'll find it.

As far as Strunk, White & style -- if Faulkner & Hemingway were to edit each other, there'd be nothing left on the page. But do continue writing. "It's a dog's life, but it's the only life." I forget who said that. Someone famous...

Hope I haven't been too much of a killjoy. One problem with "I'm writing" announcements is, people will yes you to death. You don't want that. Your own life is rich, full of intense human experience.

Go there. Dig deep.

Warmest wishes to you,
Dana


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1/15/08 9:32 P

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Um, writing is the hardest thing. "Even writing badly is hard." (That's a Rex Reed quote.) So...wouldn't it be better to choose a subject you know well? Anesthesiology is "sciencey" enough, but you'll also be needing " forensics, police policies in detective stuff..." I know cops who couldn't get their own manuscripts to chapter 3 or 4.

One thing you said is terrific: "I don't know where to start other than to just start writing." Good, that's how it works. Most novelists get to their 3rd full draft before they realize what they're really trying to say. Your story likes to hide on you, but you'll find it.

As far as Strunk, White & style -- if Faulkner & Hemingway were to edit each other, there'd be nothing left on the page. But do continue writing. "It's a dog's life, but it's the only life." I forget who said that. Someone famous...

Hope I haven't been too much of a killjoy. One problem with "I'm writing" announcements is, people will yes you to death. You don't want that. Your own life is rich, full of intense human experience.

Go there. Dig deep.

Warmest wishes to you,
Dana


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1/13/08 1:40 P

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Thanks everybody for your support! I've written about 50-60 pages, but I'm sure they're TERRIBLE. I need to take a writing class, my college english skills have surely faltered after so many years of disuse.

Then again I enjoy reading the dictionary, books that cover grammar (some are entertaining reads), and I have Strunk/White & APA websites set up under "My Favorites."

Anyway, grammer, punctuation, and proper research are things I need to work on. As well as plot & character development, keeping the pace moving, that sort of stuff. I don't know where to start other than to just start writing. So that's what I did, but I'm stuck now, how to move forward - where to go, what to say next. So much to learn!

And of course, I really will be needing the medical research as well as some forensics, police policies in detective stuff, psychological research.....

It's going to be fun, even if it never gets published. What the heck, maybe if it's turned down by every publisher on earth I'll just start a blog and post a chapter a month or something. emoticon

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1/12/08 9:44 A

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Congratulations on being a writer! WOW!

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1/11/08 11:07 P

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i'm neither of the people you seek .........i too wish you success with your writtings...........lita


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1/11/08 10:35 P

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I've always been drawn to writing, but never had the ambition and/or stick-to-it-iveness to seriously tackle it beyond some poetry and short stories way back in college.

I am impressed, envious and wish you the best of success with your efforts!

Sorry I can't be of assistance re: anesthiology, but am hoping someone may help you out soon!

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1/11/08 10:25 P

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I am writing a novel with a central character that is an anesthesiologist. As a respiratory therapist I have some knowledge, but not sufficient knowledge to write with full accuracy.

Are there any anesthiologists or Nurse Anesthetists out there? Specifically any that might be interested in acting as a sounding board & editor of what is right & wrong?

Thanks!

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