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Title: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on December 31, 2016, 11:31:35 AM
Urban Fantasy

(http://orig15.deviantart.net/b095/f/2008/272/5/2/harry_dresden_by_thegryph.jpg)
Harry Dresden by The Gryph (http://thegryph.deviantart.com/)

We didn't have a genre as our monthly theme for quite a while, so this time we want you to write us a nice, little Urban Fantasy story.
This means that your story should take mainly place in a city. Any city, any time? No. To make it a bit more specific, we'd like you to stay on our world (with added supernatural elements of course) and in contemporary times (+/- 50 years). Having an Urban Fantasy story take place in ancient Rome or in Minas Tirith has its own appeal but would be a totally different theme in our opinion.

Voluntary restriction and/or inspirational spark: Since it's January and the new year has just begun, the story should be about changes, the MC restarting or changing their lives.


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The genre must be Contemporary Urban Fantasy.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

If you want so submit your story anonymous you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close Jan 31th/Feb 1st, 2017 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/register/). Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(jan-2017)-urban-fantasy/(jan-2017)-urban-fantasy-submission-thread/).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on December 31, 2016, 11:38:45 AM
Would anyone believe me that during a quick nap yesterday I actually dreamed the next contest was gonna be Urban Fantasy?  :o :o :o
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 31, 2016, 12:34:52 PM
Would anyone believe me that during a quick nap yesterday I actually dreamed the next contest was gonna be Urban Fantasy?  :o :o :o

Do a piece on a medium!

I think i know what I'll do, if I manage to make a good end to the beginning I'm thinking of.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on December 31, 2016, 02:11:28 PM
Such a good theme.
This will be fun.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 31, 2016, 03:09:47 PM
Would anyone believe me that during a quick nap yesterday I actually dreamed the next contest was gonna be Urban Fantasy?  :o :o :o
Yeah, say that, instead of admitting you're hacking into xia and my messages ::) ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 31, 2016, 07:04:00 PM
I'm not gonna lie. I saw this after taking a nap to sleep off the last of my cold and thought I slept through new year's eve.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on December 31, 2016, 09:08:13 PM
Would anyone believe me that during a quick nap yesterday I actually dreamed the next contest was gonna be Urban Fantasy?  :o :o :o

Do a piece on a medium!

I think i know what I'll do, if I manage to make a good end to the beginning I'm thinking of.

Right? Why I didn't dream about the New Year's Lottery? It's accumulated in R$ 200 mi. Now that would've been useful  ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 31, 2016, 09:21:15 PM
God I hate UF.

*rolls up sleeves*

Let's do this.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on December 31, 2016, 09:52:27 PM
Hm, someone actually changed my title hah.

I wonder who did it now that the Forum Shop is gone  ::)

They could've added it to appear before Writing Contest Regular though, it took me a while to notice it hah.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Eclipse on December 31, 2016, 10:18:54 PM
God I hate UF.

*rolls up sleeves*

Let's do this.

Do it in the style of low town @Doctor_Chill
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 01, 2017, 04:39:28 PM
2,015 words and counting between last night and today in a story that doesn't want to fit in a 1,500 limit. I figure it's maybe 25% done. Of course, I have no idea where it's going, so who knows?

I guess I'll need a different idea for Urban Fantasy month.  8)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 01, 2017, 06:29:41 PM
2,015 words and counting between last night and today in a story that doesn't want to fit in a 1,500 limit. I figure it's maybe 25% done. Of course, I have no idea where it's going, so who knows?

I guess I'll need a different idea for Urban Fantasy month.  8)

I have 926, pure dialogue, and no idea how it ends and what the goal of each people is. Messy messy!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 03, 2017, 01:16:58 AM
I've never read any Urban Fantasy, let alone written any. Still going to give it a go though.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 03, 2017, 01:26:29 AM
I've never read any Urban Fantasy, let alone written any. Still going to give it a go though.

Mc is badass, regardless of other talents. Town is either big urban, or american midwest crossroad with cacti and tumbleweed. Weres run free, vamps are mean but will still have safe sex with you, mediums are a thing, they're often geeky, and sometimes keep company to witches.
Everyone owns bars, and everyone does their misdeeds at night. Lots of recreational sex, and lots of sheriff county officers. Lots of "ma'am".

Or maybe I don't read enough European UF.

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 03, 2017, 02:15:56 AM
Whoa.

Was looking around for pictures to illustrate my point above, when I fell into the image of @Jmack upcoming UF story (RIGHT???) and at the same time Aktu came to my mind, the words "Rev! REV! turn around!!" came shrieking forth.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/01/55/16/015516330370c9293535855ea10f0f6d.jpg)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on January 03, 2017, 02:28:13 AM
I have an idea...maybe.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 03, 2017, 05:34:17 AM
I've never read any Urban Fantasy, let alone written any. Still going to give it a go though.

Mc is badass, regardless of other talents. Town is either big urban, or american midwest crossroad with cacti and tumbleweed. Weres run free, vamps are mean but will still have safe sex with you, mediums are a thing, they're often geeky, and sometimes keep company to witches.
Everyone owns bars, and everyone does their misdeeds at night. Lots of recreational sex, and lots of sheriff county officers. Lots of "ma'am".

Or maybe I don't read enough European UF.
UF doesn't need vampires, werewolves, sex or interspecies romance.
A lot of Paranormal Romance has a UF setting but it's not the other way round. ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on January 03, 2017, 05:49:42 AM
UF doesn't need vampires, werewolves, sex or interspecies romance.
A lot of Paranormal Romance has a UF setting but it's not the other way round. ;)

I don't know if that freed me options or limited me... I think I've read three UF stories last year. And two were actually supernatural Horror.

Anyway, the things Nora mentioned were exactly what first came to mind as well, hah.

Just in case I don't have any "serious" ideas, now I'm keeping an empty file with some silly comical title, currently My Dog Is A Werewolf. Oh, it needs interspecies romance. *Switches MC for teen girl protagonist*. Hm, or maybe invert the expected tropes and make it a teen boy and a female dog...

The things we think  ::)

(edited by SB to delete the double quote)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 03, 2017, 06:40:04 AM
I hardly ever read UF, but last year *someone* made me read the first book of Peter Grant stories (Ben Aaronovitch) and I quite enjoyed it, continue to read the series.
Think of it as a detective/crime story set in London with magic :D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 03, 2017, 09:29:01 AM
Does Harry Potter qualify as UF? It's really not my thing, at least, I don't think it is.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on January 03, 2017, 09:36:20 AM
Does Harry Potter qualify as UF? It's really not my thing, at least, I don't think it is.

Pretty sure it does. There are various scenes in real London. Harry with his uncle, aunt and cousin. With Ron's family. They buy their wands and brooms in London. Even some battles where some important people die. Hogwarts is a parallel location inside our world. And even to access it you go to a London station. There's also some laws and "police" to prevent/cover magic usage in the "muggle world".

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 03, 2017, 09:52:06 AM
I liked the Dresden Files (read 2?) but they didn't move me. I think at the time I was engrossed with Abercrombie's books, to which, a candle, they hold not.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 03, 2017, 11:46:17 AM
Whoa.

Was looking around for pictures to illustrate my point above, when I fell into the image of @Jmack upcoming UF story (RIGHT???) and at the same time Aktu came to my mind, the words "Rev! REV! turn around!!" came shrieking forth.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/01/55/16/015516330370c9293535855ea10f0f6d.jpg)

Wow. I love this picture.
And the idea of Atku making a non-humorous appearance really appeals.
You're the best, @Nora!
(I mean, the best along with ScarletBea, and M3mnoch, and Gem Cutter, and.... 8)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on January 03, 2017, 01:56:09 PM
I just got a start on the Dresden books, so this is very timely  ;D I'm also working on an Urban Fantasy freelance novel, so I'm already in the zone!

I tend to agree with TGC about Jim Butcher's Dresden books - they're not moving me. But I hear they really improve around Book 4 or 5, so maybe I'll slug it out and enjoy a light read. Also agreed that they don't hold a candle to Abercrombie. But really...who does ;) (He's my favourite author by a mile).

I was chucking around a UF Horror idea last Spring and got a 10k word start on a novel about an excommunicated, alcoholic exorcist that struggles with his sexuality. Threw in demons and angels, trapped spirits and the like, and I've been waiting for a reason to get back into it. It was coming along quite nicely, but got thrown in the trunk for reasons I can't explain or remember. I think it's time I write a short story about Malachai (maybe an origin story?) and get the juices flowing again ^^ So excited!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 03, 2017, 02:50:54 PM
I tend to agree with TGC about Jim Butcher's Dresden books - they're not moving me. But I hear they really improve around Book 4 or 5, so maybe I'll slug it out and enjoy a light read.

this is precisely why i bounced on dresden.  i'm certainly not a big enough fan of the genre to put in that kind of effort.  hell, i barely read second books in good authors' series.  there's just too much other stuff out there for me to commit that much time to one world.

heh.  but, yeah.  i've even had friends tell me to just skip the first three books.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 03, 2017, 08:10:44 PM
I'm finishing up my story. Starring a cop and an artist.
I went from writing 900 words of pure dialogue between a mummy and the person working on understanding its restoration to life, to 1,000 words of a completely different nature, without more than a couple of lines of dialogue all told.
I think I'll be happy with this idea once I'm done with it. No one dies or anything in it, it's not too dark, just broody. Go figure.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 03, 2017, 11:31:01 PM
To those who couldn't get into Dresden I'd suggest trying Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series. They're UF with a bit of a twist.
Got an idea for this, but only a small one and don't know if I'll be able to come up with a decent conclusion for it. Faeries are a big part of UF today. Tad Williams classifies The War of the Flowers as UF and his Bobby Dollar series. Larry Correia's Monster Hunter books are UF. Emma Newman also refers to her Split Worlds as UF. Simon Green's Secret Histories books, which are a spoof on James Bond are UF.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 03, 2017, 11:49:50 PM
Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris write great UF, imo. Midnight, Texas is about to get a tv show. Gotta filter, but they do great. Anne Rice half founded the genre.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 04, 2017, 12:08:56 AM
My favorite urban fantasy is probably Terry Brooks' Word and Void Series. While it has ties to his Shannara books, it is set *before* the nuclear cataclysm that remakes the world before the Shannara books begin.

The first book, Running with the Demon, is still one of my favorite books I've ever read by Brooks, and the following books are great as well. But if you're look for "urban fantasy" I heartily recommend it.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 04, 2017, 12:14:42 AM
Anne Rice half founded the genre.
I thought that might be the case, but I am always conflicted with vampires and where they fall, but I suppose there's an area where fantasy and horror overlap.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 04, 2017, 12:16:20 AM
My favorite urban fantasy is probably Terry Brooks' Word and Void Series. While it has ties to his Shannara books, it is set *before* the nuclear cataclysm that remakes the world before the Shannara books begin.

Hey about that... Is the book better than the series? Because in like, episode 2, the half elf dude wakes up groggy from a dodgy night, and a complete stranger (to him) shows up and goes all 'come now, we're late on our quest, whoever skipped to tell you you are a chosen son of magician/kings/whatev lied to you. Hurry, questing time.'
and he's all 'huuuh?'
and goes questing, me thinks?
I immediately stopped watching. It pulled every single tropey cliche trigger I have.

Also, the demon was taken RIGHT OUT of Isengard. Seriously.

Anne Rice half founded the genre.
I thought that might be the case, but I am always conflicted with vampires and where they fall, but I suppose there's an area where fantasy and horror overlap.

She did not limit herself to vampires. She wrote The Mummy, which I loved, and several books on witches. And ghosts! Oh god and she wrote Servant of the bones, which pleased yet confused me so much...
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on January 04, 2017, 12:42:40 AM
The Mayfair Witches with the Taltos are an unusual series, have just finally been able to get it on audible so it may make a comeback. ** But just noticed this theme is meant to be in contemporary and Anne Rice is not.

Urban fantasy is so much wider than the steampunk style or paranormal romance. The well written and carefully planned such as Peter Grant series offers much more. Dresden and Iron Druid are great on action and comedy and a whole new look at fantasy characters from myth and legend.  Iron Druid in particular had very good Celtic and Nordic myth information. Although I am a devoted fan of both these,  they have just about reached the end of their novelty and both authors have decided there will be a limit, but both were entertaining.

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 04, 2017, 12:47:53 AM
My favorite urban fantasy is probably Terry Brooks' Word and Void Series. While it has ties to his Shannara books, it is set *before* the nuclear cataclysm that remakes the world before the Shannara books begin.

The first book, Running with the Demon, is still one of my favorite books I've ever read by Brooks, and the following books are great as well. But if you're look for "urban fantasy" I heartily recommend it.

Y'know, I read those a while back, but never associated them with Urban Fantasy.

Meanwhile, my idea is pretty much sorted, but won't be written until after University deadlines. Has a very Torchwood feel to it, I think.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 04, 2017, 04:27:47 AM
My favorite urban fantasy is probably Terry Brooks' Word and Void Series. While it has ties to his Shannara books, it is set *before* the nuclear cataclysm that remakes the world before the Shannara books begin.

Hey about that... Is the book better than the series? Because in like, episode 2, the half elf dude wakes up groggy from a dodgy night, and a complete stranger (to him) shows up and goes all 'come now, we're late on our quest, whoever skipped to tell you you are a chosen son of magician/kings/whatev lied to you. Hurry, questing time.'
and he's all 'huuuh?'
and goes questing, me thinks?
I immediately stopped watching. It pulled every single tropey cliche trigger I have.

Also, the demon was taken RIGHT OUT of Isengard. Seriously.

OH MY GOD.

The TV series (The Shannara Chronicles) was, in my personal opinion, terrible. Granted, that's just my opinion. But yes, they changed practically everything I liked about the characters and the plot of the book from which they pulled the (corpse) of the original story.

It was just bad. Also, their version of the Reaper made me think of the Dovakhin from Skyrim, which meant I constantly expected him to yell FUS RO DAH!

However, the BOOK on which they based the first season of the TV show (The Elfstones of Shannara) remains one of my favorite fantasy books. Elfstones isn't what I'd call urban fantasy, since the world is fantasy in all respects other than its "nuked 1000 years ago" origin, but it is dark fantasy, and of the first three books, Elfstones remains my favorite.

The characters in the book make sense, the demons are frightening and awesome instead of tropish as they are in the show, and the ending ... well, that might be the only part the TV series came close to getting right (but Terry Brooks still did a far better job in the original book).

So yeah. Not a fan of the TV series. And it's not a sore point at all. :P
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 04, 2017, 04:57:57 AM
My favorite urban fantasy is probably Terry Brooks' Word and Void Series. While it has ties to his Shannara books, it is set *before* the nuclear cataclysm that remakes the world before the Shannara books begin.

Hey about that... Is the book better than the series? Because in like, episode 2, the half elf dude wakes up groggy from a dodgy night, and a complete stranger (to him) shows up and goes all 'come now, we're late on our quest, whoever skipped to tell you you are a chosen son of magician/kings/whatev lied to you. Hurry, questing time.'
and he's all 'huuuh?'
and goes questing, me thinks?
I immediately stopped watching. It pulled every single tropey cliche trigger I have.

Also, the demon was taken RIGHT OUT of Isengard. Seriously.

OH MY GOD.

The TV series (The Shannara Chronicles) was, in my personal opinion, terrible. Granted, that's just my opinion. But yes, they changed practically everything I liked about the characters and the plot of the book from which they pulled the (corpse) of the original story.

It was just bad. Also, their version of the Reaper made me think of the Dovakhin from Skyrim, which meant I constantly expected him to yell FUS RO DAH!

However, the BOOK on which they based the first season of the TV show (The Elfstones of Shannara) remains one of my favorite fantasy books. Elfstones isn't what I'd call urban fantasy, since the world is fantasy in all respects other than its "nuked 1000 years ago" origin, but it is dark fantasy, and of the first three books, Elfstones remains my favorite.

The characters in the book make sense, the demons are frightening and awesome instead of tropish as they are in the show, and the ending ... well, that might be the only part the TV series came close to getting right (but Terry Brooks still did a far better job in the original book).

So yeah. Not a fan of the TV series. And it's not a sore point at all. :P
Elfstones and the the Shannara books, with the exceptions of the other ones mentioned here are all epic fantasy. The show was dire, I thought it was actually worse than Legend of the Seeker, because that was at least unintentionally funny a lot of the time. They also wasted the talents of Manu Bennett.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 04, 2017, 06:27:08 AM
They also wasted the talents of Manu Bennett.
I never really saw him in anything except the Gladiator show with Lucy Lawless, so I didn't realize he was such a good actor. But yeah, I found it ironic that the best actor (imho) on the show was the beefcake guy, at first. Then I felt bad for him and the rest. Just a heap of glistening clichés, I thought.

I don't think anything about the Shannara series is Grim-dark or Dark Fantasy, I think it's straight Epic. My two cents.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 04, 2017, 10:11:50 AM
Has a very Torchwood feel to it, I think.
:D
You got me with that!!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 04, 2017, 03:26:59 PM
oooh!  oooh!  i have an idea!

wry, gruesome, and i totally want to take this nugget and turn it into a book.  or, at least, a longer short story.

*shakes fist at word limits*

. . . but, i can totes clip a bit to fit our format here.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 04, 2017, 09:06:22 PM
So I wanted to throw an idea out!

I'm currently managing the F-F Writing Contest Twitter account. At the moment, my updates are limited to putting our theme up each month (pinned tweet) and posting every 10-15 days to remind people who follow the account that they can still submit their own story, or vote.

In addition, I've followed a bunch of authors and publishers so I can retweet book deals and such that might be interesting to folks, as well as the occasional post I find amusing.

However, I thought it would be cool to actually start posting a Tweet each time a new story goes up. Basically, pick a short excerpt (a line, really) and post a Tweet with that, as well as a link to the thread. So essentially, everyone who participated would get a quick shout out on the Twitter feed when they posted.

So my question for our authors is - how do you feel about this? I know some folks, for example, will post a story early with the intent to edit it later, so you might not want people being notified about it "early". Other people might not want their work posted at all (unless it won, of course). So, what are your thoughts?

Alternately, we might let people specify when they post if they want to be linked? We already have people including their Twitter handles when they post (if they have Twitter) so maybe we could let people "opt-in" and say it's cool for the F-F Contest twitter account to broadcast that their story is up?

Basically, I want to provide more updates/content for the Twitter than just - "come read!" or "come vote!" a few times a month.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 04, 2017, 09:18:00 PM
that sounds awesome!

seems like a ton of work (comparatively), but it could be really, really cool.

dooo eeeet!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 04, 2017, 09:30:04 PM
I'm all for it. I second the notion that someone flags if they want it teeeted.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 04, 2017, 10:49:32 PM
They also wasted the talents of Manu Bennett.
I never really saw him in anything except the Gladiator show with Lucy Lawless, so I didn't realize he was such a good actor. But yeah, I found it ironic that the best actor (imho) on the show was the beefcake guy, at first. Then I felt bad for him and the rest. Just a heap of glistening clichés, I thought.

I don't think anything about the Shannara series is Grim-dark or Dark Fantasy, I think it's straight Epic. My two cents.
He's done a fair bit of stuff. I remember him as Crixus from Spartacus of course, but I know him better as the Australian Secret Service agent Slade Wilson in Arrow. On that, I wonder if a super hero story classifies as urban fantasy, it seems to be it's own little subgenre at present.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 05, 2017, 12:44:13 AM
Cool, so, here's what we'll do.

For this month, we'll try this idea. When you submit your story (assuming you're reading this thread :p), go ahead and include the word "READY" in the post, alongside your Twitter handle, word count, and whatever else, if you're okay with me using it to draw in Twitter readers. Basically, the READY tells me you may still make changes, but you're still okay with people reading it.

That gives me the all clear to post a line from your story on the Twitter feed for the contest (thus giving me content that's not repetitive!) and helps provide a trickle of contest related content that's not "Read now!" or "Vote now!", which I try to avoid spamming.

So as an example, let's say we'd done this last month. I'll pick Lordoftheword's story. If he posted READY when he first posted it on Nov 19, I could tweet something like this.

Quote
"The iPhone never should have made it into the teleportation chamber, and the boy damn well knew it!" @dustinbilyk

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/1750-234/(nov-2016)-1750-submission-thread/

Now people might have a reason to check out the contest as opposed to a generic "read our stories!"

If this goes well and @xiagan likes it, maybe we can add the instructions (post READY if you're okay with us tweeting your story) to future contests.

EDIT: If there's a line you particularly like, you could even DM me and let me know.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on January 05, 2017, 12:49:30 AM

I'm currently managing the F-F Writing Contest Twitter account. At the moment, my updates are limited to putting our theme up each month (pinned tweet) and posting every 10-15 days to remind people who follow the account that they can still submit their own story, or vote.

In addition, I've followed a bunch of authors and publishers so I can retweet book deals and such that might be interesting to folks, as well as the occasional post I find amusing.


Thanks teb, noticed how interesting the twitter thread is now, have put a notification tick on so I don't miss as Twitter moves fast and sometimes forget to actually look at any particular thread.  Appreciate all the news etc.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 05, 2017, 12:51:27 AM
[Thanks teb, noticed how interesting the twitter thread is now, have put a notification tick on so I don't miss as Twitter moves fast and sometimes forget to actually look at any particular thread.  Appreciate all the news etc.

Thank you! I'm trying to find a balance between making sure there's something of interest every few days or so, but also not spamming people. So we'll see how that goes!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 05, 2017, 07:16:37 AM
Awesome idea, Eric! Really like it! :D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on January 05, 2017, 01:52:15 PM
@tebakutis - Awesome idea, Eric. I totally support this.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 08, 2017, 05:57:04 PM
man, my story is turning out fun.  tho, i want MORE WORDS.  this is exactly the kind of thing that could be blown out into a much longer story or book.

you guys would be proud of me.  i'm even writing it in first person!  lookit me stretch!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 08, 2017, 06:56:43 PM
man, my story is turning out fun.  tho, i want MORE WORDS.  this is exactly the kind of thing that could be blown out into a much longer story or book.

you guys would be proud of me.  i'm even writing it in first person!  lookit me stretch!

Very funny! I started in present tense, first person, quickly moved to past tense, now rewrote the whole thing in third person, past tense, going all sad and traditional. We're crossing paths! Please, try to apply present tense m3m.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 08, 2017, 06:57:39 PM
I'm struggling to get my story out of present-1st person myself!
What is this disease?  :o
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 08, 2017, 07:08:34 PM
I'm struggling to get my story out of present-1st person myself!
What is this disease?  :o

It ain't no disease! It's just my relentless wotk to make you all appreciate present tense finally coming to fruition.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on January 08, 2017, 07:17:53 PM
Wow, I was also thinking of giving a shot for 1st person present tense this month. Apparently it's popular in UF. And I'm also reading City of Stairs which uses it.

But maybe I will stick with 3rd in the end.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 08, 2017, 08:40:53 PM
Not so sure about the present tense, but 1st person is what a lot of UF does seem to be written in. Something about the subgenre just lends itself to first person story telling.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 08, 2017, 09:27:24 PM
Wow, I was also thinking of giving a shot for 1st person present tense this month. Apparently it's popular in UF. And I'm also reading City of Stairs which uses it.

Oh wow, looking forward to your opinion on that.

Not so sure about the present tense, but 1st person is what a lot of UF does seem to be written in. Something about the subgenre just lends itself to first person story telling.

Yeah, that's true, but it often is what fails with me. I find the 'voice' of the characters, from american authors at least, to have a tedious "samey" tone, and often bore me. The Devil You know by Carey, had me snort and DNF on first page.  :-\
I think first person suits me depending on the character's voice. Is it stronger than my will to just tell the story? Sometimes I feel a strong narrative voice, and I write 3rd person. I don't question that choice much. In this case I changed because I needed to tell a lot and could do more by 3rd person than through one man's eyes.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 08, 2017, 09:52:03 PM
University deadlines done and dusted, so I've made a start on this month's contest. I have a good feeling about this.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 11, 2017, 12:39:30 PM
Everything is pretty dead quiet here this month. Not much chatter here, and still no contribution by the 11th!

I'm trying to wrap up my story but I keep re-writing it down, try to make it more fluid. I've rarely had this many 'version' of a work conflicting. Every other day I think of more and more natural ways to make this thing flow.

I'm following a cop again this time. He's got an enjoyable point of view. I'm getting a liking to writing law enforcement people.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 11, 2017, 02:22:07 PM
i'm putting the finishing touches on my first draft this morning.  then, letting it sit for a bit.  making sure i like it.

it'd be weird if i finished first.

oooh!  i've never been first!

*starts arting even harder*
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 11, 2017, 02:23:59 PM
I'm often pretty quick about submitting, but this month I'm taking a knee.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on January 11, 2017, 02:31:13 PM
As expected, I didn't even start it yet  ::)

But I think I have a good idea and threw in some notes.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 11, 2017, 02:36:15 PM
As expected, I didn't even start it yet  ::)

But I think I have a good idea and threw in some notes.

How about setting some goals for you first month and not delaying closure by two days? How about trying to submit before the last minute, hmm?  ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 11, 2017, 02:58:50 PM
I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying writing this. Almost enough to make me *read* some Urban Fantasy.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 11, 2017, 03:11:22 PM
As expected, I didn't even start it yet  ::)

But I think I have a good idea and threw in some notes.

How about setting some goals for you first month and not delaying closure by two days? How about trying to submit before the last minute, hmm?  ::)
Somehow I think that only me being really strict and locking the thread at midnight on the 31st will make him learn... I'm too nice for my own good ;) ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on January 11, 2017, 03:56:29 PM
As expected, I didn't even start it yet  ::)

But I think I have a good idea and threw in some notes.

How about setting some goals for you first month and not delaying closure by two days? How about trying to submit before the last minute, hmm?  ::)
Somehow I think that only me being really strict and locking the thread at midnight on the 31st will make him learn... I'm too nice for my own good ;) ;D

Fine, fine, I will surprise you all by posting it before the deadline! In fact, I will not even be the last this month, how about it!

And if I fail, it won't get posted after! So I will also spare everyone the extra wait for the voting thread and also prevent Bea from having to sound bossy!

Ah, New Year promises  ::)   
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 11, 2017, 04:13:16 PM
I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying writing this. Almost enough to make me *read* some Urban Fantasy.

right?!?

i just finished my story.  cleaned it up.  now, letting it sit.

but, yeah -- reading it again not only makes me want to read wider in urban fantasy, but it makes me want to write this character as my next book.  man, that would be fun.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on January 11, 2017, 04:23:58 PM
I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying writing this. Almost enough to make me *read* some Urban Fantasy.

right?!?

i just finished my story.  cleaned it up.  now, letting it sit.

but, yeah -- reading it again not only makes me want to read wider in urban fantasy, but it makes me want to write this character as my next book.  man, that would be fun.

Oooooo I'm excited to read your story now!

After missing the Dragons month, I vow to have a story submitted before the 31st. If I fail, @Nora may have my first-born and I'll bequeath my entire first novel's earnings to January's winner. Unfortunately, that person will be far from rich and the money is already spent...but still!

I've raised the stakes...damn  :o
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on January 11, 2017, 07:37:28 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 11, 2017, 08:23:11 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.

oooh.  a train!  that sounds fun.

i went with demons, rock salt, and a car chase.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 11, 2017, 08:42:36 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.

oooh.  a train!  that sounds fun.

i went with demons, rock salt, and a car chase.
So your standard episode of Supernatural, then?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 11, 2017, 08:44:19 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.

oooh.  a train!  that sounds fun.

i went with demons, rock salt, and a car chase.
So your standard episode of Supernatural, then?

exactly!!

but, since this is me, there's a twist!

lemme finish up this photoshop work for the image, and i'll post it.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on January 11, 2017, 09:59:12 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.

oooh.  a train!  that sounds fun.

i went with demons, rock salt, and a car chase.

After some reflection I've realized my problem is coming from the train. Part of me is afraid I'll end up with some Murder on the Oriental Express parody with fantasy highlights. The other part is saying "shut up and go with it, you might get something you like."

Now that I've properly identified the two halves the "shut up and go" half is beginning to win.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 11, 2017, 10:34:13 PM
I've stalled with mine so far. The most concrete thing I've come up with is the setting is a train. I've toyed with some ideas, characters, and other settings. None of the ideas or characters, however, have panned out and the setting keeps going back to trains.

oooh.  a train!  that sounds fun.

i went with demons, rock salt, and a car chase.

After some reflection I've realized my problem is coming from the train. Part of me is afraid I'll end up with some Murder on the Oriental Express parody with fantasy highlights. The other part is saying "shut up and go with it, you might get something you like."

Now that I've properly identified the two halves the "shut up and go" half is beginning to win.

i support that decision.  all the best gunfights always happen on trains.

go with it!

RIDE THAT TRAIN!

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 11, 2017, 11:44:11 PM
Well, I'm going on with a demoted-sup-homicide-detective now magical-vandalism-inspector on the trail of an infamous street artist, never caught before, who uses spells and alchemical paints to make magical animated or 3D art and other cool effects.
Cop vs vandal, no car chase but some car stake outs, some donut eating...
So really a crime on the orient express sounds sweet-as to me! Go @NightWrite no one wants to read the story you think you should write. We want to read the story you would enjoy writing.

Then, WHY would I get your firstborn child, @Lordoftheword ?? I don't want it! I know how painful children are, for your wallet, your social life, your peace of mind, your general wellness... Any children left on my doorstep will be sold to the circus.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 12, 2017, 01:11:13 AM
Well, since we're sharing...

I'm going with an inexperienced witch living in her billionaire father's condo in the 3rd highest skyscraper in Manhattan, hiding out at 800 feet high from the urban spirits that feed on magical energy.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on January 12, 2017, 01:32:44 AM
Then, WHY would I get your firstborn child, @Lordoftheword ?? I don't want it! I know how painful children are, for your wallet, your social life, your peace of mind, your general wellness... Any children left on my doorstep will be sold to the circus.

Off to the circus with it then!

Ooo...I think you just gave me an idea for a story  ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 12, 2017, 03:45:48 PM
btw, for the curious, my story image this month is a mashup of these two photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersview/6782672381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kipsoep/8733341084/

since i couldn't find a decent copyright-permissible photo with demons or a nighttime car chase or rock salt shotguns.

so, the custom end result:
(http://www.topherchapman.com/support/images/short-story-demonx.png)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 12, 2017, 03:55:01 PM
btw, for the curious, my story image this month is a mashup of these two photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersview/6782672381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kipsoep/8733341084/

since i couldn't find a decent copyright-permissible photo with demons or a nighttime car chase or rock salt shotguns.

so, the custom end result:
(http://www.topherchapman.com/support/images/short-story-demonx.png)

I doubt you'd struggle to find that if you looked at Pinterest. I'll show you what I can find tonight.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 12, 2017, 04:06:08 PM
btw, for the curious, my story image this month is a mashup of these two photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersview/6782672381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kipsoep/8733341084/

since i couldn't find a decent copyright-permissible photo with demons or a nighttime car chase or rock salt shotguns.

so, the custom end result:
(http://www.topherchapman.com/support/images/short-story-demonx.png)

I doubt you'd struggle to find that if you looked at Pinterest. I'll show you what I can find tonight.

oh, i could find all kinds of interesting images that would fit.  all over the place.  i mean, just googling "supernatural hunter's kit" turns up some awesome, awesome stuff.

the disqualifying requirement for most of them, however, was having a creative commons permissible copyright license.  that way, i can actually post it to my website (http://www.topherchapman.com/stories/demon-x/) with full confidence nobody will chase me down and sue me.


edit:

whoa -- how awesome is this image?!?

(http://img15.deviantart.net/f1ec/i/2012/115/b/9/winchesters___survival_kit_by_petite_madame-d4xkr3r.jpg)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on January 12, 2017, 09:26:21 PM
Coming in halfway through the month...hmmm. Options, options, options.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 14, 2017, 02:22:17 PM
Okay!!

I'm IN! surprisingly second by the middle of the month? What's up fellows? Where is faster than light @TOMunro this month?

Well, this is absolutely not the story I set out to write. Like, not at all. Even after I settled for the cop-vandal theme, I wanted the two of them to have a drawn out relationship, a sort of flirting/courtship through the paintings they left for each others, culminating with the cop finally seeing her, as she lets herself be seen, in his powers, and him making the choice to let her go. But there was no space for that, and Hund's story was just so cool. I had to cut it down heaps too, he was way more invested in some ghoul attack remorse. Damn this whole month I truly enjoyed writing, and gosh I struggled for days to write the end (from the end of the cop dialogue really)!
Now it's out having taken a massive walk through the bush and out of the road I had mapped for it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I think it's better like this.

Of course I spent the morning rewriting it entirely in the present tense.
You have fewer words in present and simple past, it's brilliant.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 14, 2017, 03:02:48 PM
yay!  my story isn't so lonely anymore!

still.  the two of them could certainly use some more friends.  stories always like company.


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Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 15, 2017, 07:21:04 PM
yay!  my story isn't so lonely anymore!

still.  the two of them could certainly use some more friends.  stories always like company.


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You make it sound like stories are little old ladies.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on January 16, 2017, 10:32:52 AM
When the time comes to write urban, I, for one, will try to add in a bicycle.
I said that almost two years ago when there was some talk about bicycles (which inspired Jmack to include a bicycle in his wonderful Rogues story)... so I should probably write something for this. Don't really feel like writing, though.  :-\


Also in March 2015:
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
Better late than never, xiagan?  ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 16, 2017, 10:38:24 AM
When the time comes to write urban, I, for one, will try to add in a bicycle.
I said that almost two years ago when there was some talk about bicycles (which inspired Jmack to include a bicycle in his wonderful Rogues story)... so I should probably write something for this. Don't really feel like writing, though.  :-\


Also in March 2015:
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
Better late than never, xiagan?  ;)
Maybe YOUR boring year has twelve months. That's annualism and not okay. A year is allowed to have 23 months too! ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 16, 2017, 06:58:20 PM
Man, I really thought we'd have more submissions by now. Perhaps a flood will arrive closer to the end of the month.

Oh, and going back to urban fantasy books, it occurs to me that Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series absolutely qualifies. I mean, the first book (On a Pale Horse) is about a normal dude in a modern setting who becomes Death and drives around taking souls. He rides a horse that can turn into a Lamborghini. Also, Satan is known to be real and actually advertises and actively recruits people to join him in Hell.

It's really good.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 16, 2017, 07:23:25 PM
Man, I really thought we'd have more submissions by now. Perhaps a flood will arrive closer to the end of the month.

Oh, and going back to urban fantasy books, it occurs to me that Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series absolutely qualifies. I mean, the first book (On a Pale Horse) is about a normal dude in a modern setting who becomes Death and drives around taking souls. He rides a horse that can turn into a Lamborghini. Also, Satan is known to be real and actually advertises and actively recruits people to join him in Hell.

It's really good.

Oh, that book is on my tbr.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 17, 2017, 12:07:44 AM
Well, I just submitted my short story, so now the number sits at three. This is my first foray into UF (though this is only the third thing I've written), so it was interesting. I think the only thing I've read that's UF is Simon R. Green's Nightside series. But I love the monthly writing challenge, so I'm definitely entering the rest of these.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 17, 2017, 02:35:02 AM
Well, I just submitted my short story, so now the number sits at three. This is my first foray into UF (though this is only the third thing I've written), so it was interesting. I think the only thing I've read that's UF is Simon R. Green's Nightside series. But I love the monthly writing challenge, so I'm definitely entering the rest of these.

woot!

three!

*highfives all around*
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 17, 2017, 03:16:37 PM
Tebakutis,

I've tried to reply to your message, but it keeps giving me an error or telling me I don't have permission, so I'm just going to tell you here.  I have no issues with you tweeting about my short story, so by all means, please.  Thank you.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on January 17, 2017, 09:46:59 PM
Tebakutis,

I've tried to reply to your message, but it keeps giving me an error or telling me I don't have permission, so I'm just going to tell you here.  I have no issues with you tweeting about my short story, so by all means, please.  Thank you.

Your messages go through, but this error has been around a while. When you have sent your PM ignore the error message, press refresh, go to Home then check your messages again. The PM should be in your Sent list, very occasionally in Outbox for a short time.

If it is really missing check you are still logged in because that can time out in 60 mins, unless you have ticked the stay logged in box.
Also, always copy a very long post before pressing preview just in case.

BTW Welcome to FF ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: TOMunro on January 17, 2017, 11:39:29 PM
Quote
Okay!!

I'm IN! surprisingly second by the middle of the month? What's up fellows? Where is faster than light @TOMunro this month?

Ah @Nora I'm afraid real life is being a bit of a drag at the moment, weighed down more with work and unleavened by any inspiration - it's a bit flat at the moment.

I'll try to read and vote this month (and maybe get back and critique last month) but not looking likely to contribute I'm afraid.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 18, 2017, 01:23:45 AM
Your messages go through, but this error has been around a while. When you have sent your PM ignore the error message, press refresh, go to Home then check your messages again. The PM should be in your Sent list, very occasionally in Outbox for a short time.

If it is really missing check you are still logged in because that can time out in 60 mins, unless you have ticked the stay logged in box.
Also, always copy a very long post before pressing preview just in case.

BTW Welcome to FF ;D

Thanks!  As a budding author and avid reader, this place is amazing!  I'm kicking myself for not finding it earlier.  I'm happy to be a part of the community.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 18, 2017, 05:30:15 AM
I've written something, well most of something and I think it's going to go way over word count. I still don't have a title yet, but all things in time. Hopefully I can get this into some sort of shape and post it.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 18, 2017, 10:59:39 AM
I've written something, well most of something and I think it's going to go way over word count. I still don't have a title yet, but all things in time. Hopefully I can get this into some sort of shape and post it.

You can do it! Luckily you still have another 2 weeks.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on January 18, 2017, 08:44:00 PM
I've written something, well most of something and I think it's going to go way over word count. I still don't have a title yet, but all things in time. Hopefully I can get this into some sort of shape and post it.

You can do it! Luckily you still have another 2 weeks.
Ty gennerik. It's finished, it did go over word count, but I can probably cut enough to fit it, it wasn't horrendously over. Still don't have a title.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 19, 2017, 12:20:56 AM
Ty gennerik. It's finished, it did go over word count, but I can probably cut enough to fit it, it wasn't horrendously over. Still don't have a title.

You can let me read it, and I'll tell you what I'd call it.   ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on January 19, 2017, 12:36:43 AM
Ty gennerik. It's finished, it did go over word count, but I can probably cut enough to fit it, it wasn't horrendously over. Still don't have a title.

You can let me read it, and I'll tell you what I'd call it.   ;D

That's actually not a bad idea. Authors typically give their own works terrible names. I've heard quite a few authors say they let their editor or beta readers come up with their title.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 19, 2017, 12:39:40 AM
Screw that!  :o

Birthing a book might take years or months, long enough for a baby to get born and learn to walk and maybe even talk, and you'd let friends name that kid for you?
I'd agree on brainstorming the title ideas, but I'd want to agree to it and like it. Ideally I'd like my editor to like my idea.

However, blurbs I cannot abide. I can totally see how authors are the least qualified to write them.