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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 09:56:08 PM »
Oh, it was really nice to read this again!
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 10:13:50 PM »
Just came back to this thread myself, @Eclipse and l re-appreciated @Doctor_Chill ‘s opening post. Know he’s busy and has to study, law is very long and hard, but do miss him here.

I am still very much aware of the fact that apart from being excellent for reader discussion, this is the only book type forum I have found that consciously and deliberately nurtures and encourages new writers. Particularly young writers who need some empathy and confidence. The more mature writers here will understand why I say that and not feel left out, because they also benefit from the same. They often have the confidence from wide real life experience, but they also gain from being keptup to date learning the younger changing points of view.

The forum goes through a few peaks and troughs because real life is so darn intrusive, young enthusiasts find partners and get distracted, then raise families and find their time sifts away like the famous sand through the hourglass. Others need to concentrate on work or family or health so members drop away for a while and new ones join, so in this process the forum changes some of its focus to different directions. There have been difficult and distressing world events and they will continue to affect us all, but FF can be a ‘comfort’ place among friends for many and has proved so.

Not expressing myself very well, but basically saying, maybe time to remember about how unique and special this Forum is, to be sure that we keep it as welcoming and inclusive as ever, to stay a little bit crazy with side dressings of fun amongst serious talk and hope all members will try to drop by or return more when they have time.

Meanwhile, here’s to FFF which is well and truly alive and going to kick ass in 2018 and beyond ;D
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 10:24:14 PM »
WHO SAID I RESPECT YOUR OPINION?!?!  :o


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No but seriously, I hardly ever go and welcome new members. Too many never post again. It feels rote. I feel like I don't have time.

... sorry!
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 10:47:10 PM »
Easy to miss Intro threads as so many, but newbies  nearly alway get welcomed by answers and inclusion once they join in and chat on a thread.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2017, 05:28:55 PM »
Well, this is an impressive bit of necromancy.  :)

But yes. I greatly appreciate the existence of this forum. It is the most welcoming and mutually supporting place I have found on the internet. Which is sort of like finding that one good orc.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2017, 08:42:48 PM »
Well, this is an impressive bit of necromancy.  :)

But yes. I greatly appreciate the existence of this forum. It is the most welcoming and mutually supporting place I have found on the internet. Which is sort of like finding that one good orc.

Which should be a story or book title: “One Good Orc”. Ready? Write!!!

I may not post as frequently these days but I’ve sung the praises of this place so frequently I find I repeat myself when I try.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2018, 06:31:55 AM »
I, too, appreciate this great forum still. No matter how infrequent I’m here, it still feels like home. I love that, I do.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2018, 05:39:39 PM »
I remember that when I was still un-registered lurker. I treated you guys and girls like really big authoritys. I felt small and unsignificant. I remember being nervous getting my first answers to a topic I made.

And now - you all still are. And althought I don't write much here (not being a native speaker makes it hard for me to express myself and sometimes I need a few hours to write what is on my mind - I am not kidding) because of university, family stuff and my rampaging addictions, I still like to jump here and read what is going on around here - good ol'Fantasy Faction.

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2018, 06:27:34 PM »
I remember that when I was still un-registered lurker. I treated you guys and girls like really big authoritys. I felt small and unsignificant. I remember being nervous getting my first answers to a topic I made.

And now - you all still are. And althought I don't write much here (not being a native speaker makes it hard for me to express myself and sometimes I need a few hours to write what is on my mind - I am not kidding) because of university, family stuff and my rampaging addictions, I still like to jump here and read what is going on around here - good ol'Fantasy Faction.

Reaction from my inner Hannibal :



Trust me, most of us are just (friendly) opinionated people. Writing is part craft, part art, and not everyone follows the same rules or the same aesthetics. Some of our threads are literally just Fart concertos from everyone talking through their buttcrack because no one can even agree on where talent and skill begin, can be cultivated and what they even are (what a wicked topic that was!). We're just being friendly while we do it, but I don't think we're authorities on any of those topics.
Has any of us got a literature PhD by the way? I know an author who's doing one in Glasgow and I'm friend with a guy doing a thesis on Fantasy. He's a wicked fellow, I tried to get him to join. He told me some days ago that he wished he could still enjoy reading the way I do. That academic pursuit shapes the way you read and consider a text, and is not a good side effect in his eyes. Maybe staying a casual will do fine...

Plus, all the native speakers have no merit on writing fast, since they're native! So props to you for your regular, intelligent and well constructed comments in another language (I'll take it as well)!

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2018, 10:14:17 PM »
Hey @ArhiX, so glad you are still around, please keep on lurking and dropping a comment when you feel like it and real life allows. ;D
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2018, 02:29:01 AM »
@Nora - Answers like this are why I like this place so much. ;)
Also because people from here really do know their facts and their opinions are well backed. I mean - we all read. Most of us write. Some of us are even on the shelves! My first reaction to people attending this forum was:

"Dang it. There is so much knowledge! People are so wise! I must read everything!"

And so I could read stuff for 4-6 hours straight. I miss having so much free time.

And I'm not just being nice. I learned a lot from poeple here. Main site's articles and Writer's Corner were a godbless for an aspiring writer like me. I still admire in example: @Yora for his worldbuilding posts - even after 3 years of creating my own world.

@Lady Ty Haha! I definitely will. And I regret that for the last few months I have not even checked the forums. But we all have times like this. I hope I am justified ::)

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2018, 12:10:31 PM »
“Fart concertos”  ;D ;D

@Nora, your mind is a playground of crass and crackling smarts.
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