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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Jack Cunningham » 13 Feb 2010, 01:02

I have to say, next to the journals, the online serials were a major driver behind my subscription to the Society.

Thank you to the writers for the serials which have always been (and will continue to be) the one bright spot on a Monday morning!
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Wayne Pyer » 13 Feb 2010, 01:53

:D Welcome Jack.
Great username.
I like the way you think.
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Eddie Muir » 13 Feb 2010, 10:21

Welcome to the forums, Jack. :)
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Timmy254 » 13 Feb 2010, 16:05

Hi Jack, welcome to the forums! :D
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Jack Cunningham » 16 Feb 2010, 01:55

Thanks for the warm welcome, guys.

Wayne, glad you like the username. I was aiming for "Jack Trent" but alas, it was already taken - hence a compromise. In my view of "what happened after" in the Adventure Series, Bill adopts all four kids (and has one of his own with Allie Mannering).
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Chrissie777 » 29 Dec 2014, 22:09

I was wondering about this: are the continuation stories in blyton.net and on EBS actually as long as the original Enid Blyton books (ca. 180 pages in a book)? I do print them all out, but have no way of estimating how long they are.
Maybe somebody can figure it out by the word count (proper term???) or a similar thing?

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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Tony Summerfield » 29 Dec 2014, 23:30

I can't tell you anything about the things on eb.net, but I can tell you that the books on our website are about the same length as Blyton books from whichever series they come from.
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Chrissie777 » 30 Dec 2014, 02:17

Thank you for the information, Tony, I'm glad to know about this.
Do you need a certain software to do word count?

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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Dec 2014, 03:07

Speaking for my own FFO novel 'Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp' I remember that I did a rough word count of one of Enid's FFO books (I think it was Pantomime Cat, but not sure) and ensured that mine was roughly the same length. I didnt do it meticulously, but it is indeed roughly the same length. :)
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 30 Dec 2014, 09:54

If you want my word count, Chrissie, it is this.

I just write whatever story is in my head, and I have no idea of the word count of Enid's Find-Outer books. My first book on this site - The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage has 47,340 words.

The second book - The Mystery of the Grey Heron has 53,146 words, and the last one I have written which is not yet on this site but waiting in the wings with Tony in his cave has 47,356 words.

I don't know about anyone else, but I write in the programme within my computer and the word count comes up automatically at the bottom of the page. This is why I don't have to guess at my words, it's in black and white for me to see at the end of each page and continues to the end page with the full total.

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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 30 Dec 2014, 10:52

Lisa Newton wrote her Malory Towers continuation books with the intention of submitting them to Mammoth to see if they would publish them, so I expect they're around the standard length as well. Lisa didn't send them to Mammoth in the end because she found out that Pamela Cox had already been commissioned to continue the series.
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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Chrissie777 » 30 Dec 2014, 15:38

Julie2owlsdene wrote:I don't know about anyone else, but I write in the programme within my computer and the word count comes up automatically at the bottom of the page. This is why I don't have to guess at my words, it's in black and white for me to see at the end of each page and continues to the end page with the full total.

Hi Julie,

Thank you, that gives me a good idea.
When I use Microsoft Word Starter the next time, I'll have to look out for it...I never paid attention if there was a word count somewhere on the page. I don't use it very often.
I think we used it for a while in 2012 or 2013 when we worked with Wolfgang on a Secret series back translation.

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Re: The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp

Postby Chrissie777 » 30 Dec 2014, 15:42

Robert Houghton wrote:Speaking for my own FFO novel 'Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp' I remember that I did a rough word count of one of Enid's FFO books (I think it was Pantomime Cat, but not sure) and ensured that mine was roughly the same length. I didnt do it meticulously, but it is indeed roughly the same length. :)

Hello Robert,

I printed out "Tramp" when I became a paying member in March, but still have to read it. Right now I can barely catch up with posts and my inboxes as we are busy raising our little puppy.
I'm very much looking forward to read it next year.

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