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Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2014, 09:18:36 AM »
whoops think I missed out by a year lol.

Should have read the site a bit more before jumping in...but when you get an idea you just have to write. :-X

All good! We plan to get the next anthology underway this year. The first one took us soooooo much longer than executed, but we will be more prepared this time and I think your idea sounds great fun :)
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Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
« Reply #46 on: February 03, 2014, 02:31:53 PM »
As most of you know - this year we are putting together an anthology. It is our first ever anthology and so we are bringing together stories from across the various genre. You will have some traditional, some epic, some urban, some new-weird and even some sci-fi / fantasy crossover type tales. There will also be articles linking each short story ranging on topics from Elves through to how to write believable first person narrative. We really see this a celebration of everything that fantasy-faction loves about the genre and I think for the first year - this will be perfect.

The current line up is:
6 Short Stories by Authors
6 Fantasy Writing Contest Winners
2 Guest Stories
12 Articles by Authors and Industry Professionals

So, next year, we want to do another anthology. Having thought a lot about how we can make this anthology even better - we've decided that we are going to attach a theme to the anthology. This will allow all the content to follow a set thread and means that readers and fans of our site will have something new and exciting to look forward to each year.

So yes, in summary, next year we are looking to run a theme for the anthology. The question is: What theme do we run with?

Well, as an action / dragon fanboy - I instantly thought 'Guns and Dragons' !!!!

But that's just me. I'm interested to hear if you guys have any ideas as to themes you'd like to see? :)

I'd write and go for 'Guns and Dragons' in a heartbeat! :D Sounds frickin' awesome!
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Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2014, 04:37:53 AM »
Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'

Evil is a big word to use! This could be a really interesting discussion to have in the main board, actually.  ;) Can a character be as "morally ambiguous" as Locke Lamora - would they survive as a loveable rogue in the real world, or would they be scorned as a villain?

Its a good point, when does a character tip from being Robin Hood to being Al Capone? Interestingly I watched a program about the Great Train Robbery last night. In it, it was said how the gang were seen by many to be heroes of sorts, comparing them with Robin Hood and his gang. But dig below the surface and most of the train robbers were lifelong criminals, some pretty brutal criminals at that, plus the robbery itself was no soft robbery with the guards given a good beating - resulting in one dying soon after, not because of his injuries but they could have been a contributing factor.

They actually used that angle quite nicely in Public Enemies. Criminals such as Baby-Face Nelson were applauded by the common people at one point, even though he was reputed to have killed the most F.B.I. agents in history. John Dillinger, in particular though, specifically catered to the people's admiration.

I like the Outlaws idea too-- and from you guys it sounds like we'd get a huge range of conceptions of what it means to be an outlaw.  Like Arry said it's general enough to get a wide range and its a rich topic that, whether your outlaw is evil, good or neither, is deliciously taboo.