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The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:38:53 PM »
I was hesitant to bring this up, as I'm self-conscious about getting up on stage and I worried I was being presumptuous. But ScarletBea urged me to go ahead, so here goes:

For those who don't know, I've been working on a short story serial, creating my own space opera setting and doing an experiment in storytelling.
See, the series will consist of eleven stories, each one featuring a different character, in a different place, during a different year of a massive space war. The overall war effort, and certain recurring characters, form an ongoing metaplot, but each character also gets their own little adventure during a critical flashpoint.

This approach lets me establish far more about the setting than I feel I could with a single POV character, and to basically touch on different genres with each chapter. I really am enjoying the whole thing a lot.

I have enough material to publish maybe one short on Amazon per week, or at the very least per two weeks. The thought occurred that this could make for an interesting separate book club subject. The stories average just under 9000 words each, so it's not much to cover each time.

And to describe the setting a bit, it's basically my attempt to create my own a Star Wars-inspired Expanded Universe with lots of different nooks and crannies. Giant space ships, ancient monarchies, mystics, ray guns, space scoundrels, spies, power-armoured super soldiers, spooky depths of space, sword fights, hundreds of inhabited planets, mysterious powers and so on.

What do you folks think? If I AM being presumptuous I'll just go sit in my corner...

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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 07:09:33 PM »
I like the sound of the books/stories!
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 07:53:51 PM »
My suggestion is to ask a mod (Arry) to set up a "Read-along" sub-forum within the Book Club section.

You could publish your stories one at a time (or all at once) to an outside blog/google doc and post the link to the read-along. Essentially, you'd have one thread per chapter. Or of course, if you;re publishing to Amazon, those with the means could actually buy it.  :o

I'm happy to help interested folks stay aware that the read-along club is there.

This probably isn't the only approach, but it's the one that occurred to me.

And by the way, everyone, as one of Eli's beta readers for The Golden Throne, I can say I was always interested, and to really being impressed and moved by chapter #4.  (I think it was 4; and I think I've read up to 5. 5 was really good, too). This is worth a read.

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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 08:05:11 PM »
I'm interested in the idea, love the cover, curious as to how the Amazon crowd will react to installments (I know some hate them, I've seen authors get panned for the business model), look forwards to reading it...

... but most crucially thought I should put out there that the name The Golden Throne takes my mind right to the Warhammer 40k universe and may colour my perceptions. May colour others. I'm not sure its a big deal, gods knows its hard to find names that haven't been used by someone, but I thought I should point this out if you weren't aware of its influence there and are wary of such things.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 11:41:17 PM »
... but most crucially thought I should put out there that the name The Golden Throne takes my mind right to the Warhammer 40k universe and may colour my perceptions. May colour others. I'm not sure its a big deal, gods knows its hard to find names that haven't been used by someone, but I thought I should point this out if you weren't aware of its influence there and are wary of such things.

Yeah, I'm aware of that. But the two objects in question are in no way related, and I don't think Warhammer has in any way the same name recognition as, say, Star Wars. And thrones are pretty essential items to monarchies, and gold is just a metal.

As for being wary... well, I originally named the in-universe realm The Realm of the Golden Dawn. Until I remembered that "Golden Dawn" is the name of that Greek Nazi party.

I made some changes.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 11:52:46 PM »
Happy days. Just thought I'd double check - good luck with it.
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2016, 09:43:13 AM »
So, is anyone else interested? I believe I can have the first chapter up next week.

And by the way, everyone, as one of Eli's beta readers for The Golden Throne, I can say I was always interested, and to really being impressed and moved by chapter #4.  (I think it was 4; and I think I've read up to 5. 5 was really good, too). This is worth a read.

I appreciate the endorsement, @Jmack. And I think you're thinking of Chapter 3: The Scout, right? If you HAVE read all the way to 5 I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on it.
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2016, 10:12:14 PM »
Child Board for The Golden Throne created here: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/the-golden-throne/

Have at it! (and let me know if you need anything else) :)
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2016, 06:28:17 PM »
Well, I have gone ahead and published the first chapter for publication. I'll let everyone know when it's made available.
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2016, 01:07:24 PM »
I've left a review on Goodreads I hope it's okay not used to writing reviews
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Re: The Golden Throne: A suggestion
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2016, 01:38:29 PM »
I've left a review on Goodreads I hope it's okay not used to writing reviews

It's fine. Thanks.  :)
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