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Quote your first post you ever did
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:14:24 AM »
Go to your profile , press on show post go the last page on top. Scroll down the page to the bottom and there's your very first post.

Here are my very  first two post here.

Hello all, I stumbled upon this forum by accident  and decided to join after reading some intresting topics here, everyone here seems very friendly and polite or is that just an act for the unsuspecting  ;D

I typed in "top ten fantasy novels for 2011" in Goggle to give me some ideas to what to read next and it sent me to a very cool website with a link to this Forum

How old is this place btw?
According to some,* heroic deaths are admirable things

* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 04:34:11 PM »
This was mine, 4 years and a bit ago :D

... and to keep aligned to the thread, hi, I'm new :)

Despite dipping in and out of fantasy through my reading years, I think I only started for real about 5 years ago, and now my "wishlist" keeps growing and growing (catching up on all the missing years)... I fear joining this forum won't do that any good either, hehe - so many books, so little time!
I don't just read fantasy, so time *is* short.

I'm a bit 'particular', as a friend once called me, and I tend to notice all spelling mistakes (just like the one on this 'reply' box: it's "separate", not "seperate" - can someone change it, please? I'm afraid it will stress me unduly ;))

I've got a number of favourite authors, which I'll probably mention in other threads hehe - for example A.J. Dalton, Tom Lloyd, Gordon Dahlquist, Jasper Fforde, William Horwood,... (I could also say George R.R. Martin, but I'm afraid he lost his way... and he's now so normal, isn't he?)
Last 2 fantasy books I read were Miles Cameron's Red Knight and Sarah Monette's A Companion to Wolves (4 stars both for misc reasons)

And now I'm off reading more on this forum...

This is not true anymore: "I don't just read fantasy, so time *is* short." (well, maybe 99% fantasy now hehe)
and my favourite authors have somehow changed too!
« Last Edit: December 30, 2017, 04:35:45 PM by ScarletBea »
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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 05:48:25 PM »
After my first post I received a wealth of advice from Jmack and others, that led me to the updated version, posted below the quote. The differences are subtle, for the most part, but important to me.

I am not much of a poet, so I am seeking any good advice on how to improve this poem. I intend it as a lead in to a chapter. Post your feedback however you like. I like my advice straightforward, but not vicious!

Seven Wizards Sitting in a Lofty Ancient Tower,
Seven Wizards Sitting, Waiting On the Hour,
When Kings and Mighty Lords Alike, Call for Mighty Powers.

One Reads Pages Ancient, Learning Age-old Spells,
One Stands Watch Most Patient, Over Moonless Fells,
One Reads Heavens Twinkling, Counting All the Days,
One Stands Silent Listening, for Bells Rung Far Away,
One Crafts Weapons Mighty, Strong as Demon Claws,
One Serves the Twin Gods Rightly, And Writes Down All the Laws,

The Last Combs Cities Far and Wide, for Boys and Girls Empowered,
And Takes Them from Their Mother’s Side, To Bring Them to the Tower,
When Kings and Mighty Lords Alike, Call for Mighty Powers.
         “Seven Wizards”, Aedasti Children’s Song

Seven wizards sitting in a lofty ancient tower,
Seven wizards sitting waiting on the darkest hour,
When kings and queens and mighty princes call for mighty powers.

One reads pages ancient, learning age-old spells.
   One stands watch in patience over moonless fells.
       One crafts mighty weapons strong as vraguul claws.
           One serves Twin Gods rightly, writing down the laws.
               One reads heavens darkening, watching for the day.
                    One stands silent hearkening bells rung far away.

Far and wide the Seventh seeks for children wielding power,
Takes them from their mothers’ sides and brings them to the tower,
When kings and queens and mighty princes call for mighty powers.
      - “Seven Wizards”, Aedasti Children's Song
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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 09:02:31 PM »
In typical me style, I eschewed any manner of introductory post and just jumped straight into talking about books... :)

Best so far this year (of only 13 at present)...

  • Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan, though the lady issues prevented it being five-star perfection for me
  • Black Heart - Holly Black, urban fantasy, YA to boot and the final in a trilogy, but just an amazing story all up

Which makes me sad all over again for how annoyed I got with the second Brian McClellan.

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 09:03:18 PM »

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
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Hi everyone
I was born and grew up in UK but now I live in Australia. Just found this amazing forum through Twitter and am thrilled to find so much to explore. Grew up loving fantasy from LOTR, David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Dragonlance etc and all the quest classics. Now hooked on urban fantasy, especially Ben Aaronovitch, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne. Just now reading The Name of The Wind and loving it.    Good to be here. ;D

Nearly the same time as you, ScarletBea, but then I posted in Urban Fantasy about Dresden and lurked for a while.
Finished Name of the Wind, but have given up on Wise Man’s Fear until the next book is available.  Now hooked on far more than urban fantasy thanks to so many here.  ;)
And now learnt how to copy/paste on ipad. Not v easy  :o
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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 09:19:45 PM »
@cupiscent I think you post a lot more since you joined  :)

@The Gem Cutter ,I loved your poem

@ScarletBea you always be a newbie to me

@Lady Ty  I remember that topic
According to some,* heroic deaths are admirable things

* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 05:27:30 PM »
Oh boy, haha.

It seems I also skipped the introduction and just started throwing opinions at everything.


I remember a class discussion I had back at university to practice our Russian conversation skills, and we were asked to talk about our favourite book. I talked about The Lord of the Rings for a bit, and then one of the other students said she never read fantasy because 'it isn't real and it's nothing but escapism'.

Funny how that's nearly twenty years ago, and it still pisses me off - the general disdain and the eternal 'escapism' tag with that superior sneer. Well duh! Of course it's escapism! I just never understood why that was seen as a bad thing. Did they think I couldn't distinguish between reality and fantasy-land? I get enough real life in my daily business, I don't need my books to deal with it as well.


I have had a similar discussion in an academic setting. The professor's argument was that it is selfish to indulge in escapism when there are people suffering in the world. The consensus seemed to be that anyone looking for distractions from real life must also be uncharitable and heartless. I never bought into the argument and I never saw how the two ideas connected. Especially since it was a comparative literature class and all the novels we read were as equally avoidant of reality as any fantasy novel.

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 01:32:54 PM »
I lurked for a little bit before I made an account and posted:

The subject says it all.  I came across the site at the end of last year looking for 2013 top book lists for books that I may have missed during the year (hint: there were a lot).  I've been lurking for awhile since and decided to actually sign up today.  One of my major issues is that I hear about books coming out and then forgetting/not noticing when they do finally come out so I'm hoping being a part of this will help me remember those books and also find some new and interesting stories.

Growing up through most of my teen years and early adult stages I was really more into military/historical fiction than I was with fantasy (Clancy, Cornwell, and Coyle were my favorites).  I actually didn't read much fantasy at all until I had a college roommate convince me to read the Harry Potter books right before OOtP came out.  I didn't read as much during college because I had other, more important things to do (namely go out drinking a lot and fail at picking up girls) but I used the HP books as my base and started to branch out when I joined the real world.  What really hooked me were the first three books of ASOIAF (it's probably a good thing AFfC and DWD were not out yet) and after that I starting diving deeper in the genre.

My current favorite series is Erikson's Malazan books (read them all last year) and my current favorite book is Abercrombie's The Heroes.  I just finished Week's Black Prism last night and I have Republic of Thieves checked out from the library, hoping to get through that this week so I have time to re-read Way of the Kings before Words comes out.

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 10:36:00 AM »

I typed in "top ten fantasy novels for 2011" in Goggle to give me some ideas to what to read next and it sent me to a very cool website with a link to this Forum

How old is this place btw?

Haha, @Eclipse you were already like a FF historian from your second post on!!!!

Jesus, 97 pages of posts... how many novels could I have written with that word count?

Haha @cupiscent I skipped intros too... except instead of commenting on books I jumped straight into having unqualified opinions on controversial things. Yet somehow I still got a slow start. I seem to remember posting a couple of times every 6 months, but no one ever seemed to reply to or engage with anything I said (probably b/c I was a stranger who jumped out of nowhere to write heady novel-length posts with no introduction and I'm probably not that likeable off the bat) so I stayed a casual for a while until I made friends in the super-secret writing group sub-forum :)

Here's my first post:
Honestly, this thing of dividing books by gender (unless the book is specifically aimed at one, and even then, who cares?) is ridiculous. It will be the younger generation's loss. As usual I blame the parents for not encouraging their kids.

I think it would be great if more books were written for both genders, but there's a lot of reasons they aren't.  Twilight is a perfect example.  To be fair, I didn't read the books, I just saw the second movie (in a theatre filled with 15 year old girls) and the male characters were all 2 dimensional props, with no motivations of their own other than to fuel the MC's dilemma of which guy to date and which one to string along for emotional support.  I don't think this is a particularly good message for young women (one friend put it: "Twilight is about the importance of having a boyfriend."), but its one that's more palatable to them.

Most fantasy is male-oriented, and the criticism of men who can't write women is valid-- how often are female characters cliches with no agency? Even in my own writing I have to watch myself carefully to make sure I'm not perpetrating some sort of subconscious sexism.

But some of this, I think is the fault of the audience: if you have to write for one demographic or the other to sell books... how to you avoid the sexist expectations of your audience?  I mean Twilight, for all my criticism, isn't just the fault of the author, its following a "which two dimensional man do i pick?" formula common to most romance, that audiences want to read.  The same could be said for most fantasy, which is aimed at young men.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2018, 10:45:27 AM by Bradley Darewood »

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 05:22:22 PM »
So recently I finished to outline a story that happens in my world, and the first thing that came into my mind was - "Man. This world is brutal. It's entire story is brutal. Dude. WTF?".
My goal was to create a story when everyone is hurt in some way (physically and mentally) and where painfull but quick death is actually a blessing. And to forestall - I don't use violence just for the sake of using it, but still it's a key component of my world, and i made sure it's justified (most of the times).

What do you think about it? What is the thick red line that separates "grim/dark fantasy" from "butcher's fairytale" (this is how one of my friend reffers to it)? How not to turn a story into a parody? How far can one walk into a Mordor of description?
Do you often use violence in your writing. Or maybe in other way: Do you LIKE to use violence in your writing.
I also want to say is that I never read any of GoT books, and never even watched a second of it's TV series. But as far as I know - it's a hurtfest/killfest/rapefest/tearsofreadersfest/cutthedongfest.

Maybe it's a time to read it? Or do you know other authors that like to "play" with their characters in this way? Or maybe even better?

I wrote my first hello more than a year later. My very first post AND first topic I ever made here. In writer's corner because I was a lurking in the shadows for at least a year before I have found enough courage to speak with you, guys and girls. So to speak, I still need to check for it before making any post. :D



<still have not read or watched any GoT>
« Last Edit: January 06, 2018, 05:24:33 PM by ArhiX »
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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2018, 03:24:40 PM »
My first ever post here not very exciting or revealing.   :P
I was trying to post my very first story.

Can someone advise me how to put something in spoiler tags?  I see the [sp] button, but not sure what I'm supposed to do with it.

Thanks!

In my second, in the quest to help a writer, I of course jammed in my own opinions.

Rascal, I'll go to your original question.  What would I consider to be fresh air?

I've been playing with the idea for a while of a story about the "unimportant" people living their lives at the edge of great events.  And rather than having one of them as the great hero hiding in a humble home, the great hero is almost off stage.  I think of this like the sample you give of Tolkien, where the magic is not big and bombastic, but just there.  So the great events are just there, and people still have to live their lives.

Not suggesting you use this for your Alchemists/Shapers revolution, but revolutions need common people.    Maybe someone stumbles into the middle of things, someone with no great power, and they have to figure out how to come out the other side with their skin and soul intact.

I’m still interested in the “unimportant” people.
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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2018, 09:04:41 PM »
That's my first post.  ;D

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Heyho!
I'm Xiagan (@xiaiswriting) and I have to pay my respects to Overlord's tweeting abilities too. ;) I'm looking for a writing/reading fantasy forum for quite some time now and had a closer look into this one and a few others over the past months. This was the only one I repeatedly came back to because of @fantasyfaction's interesting tweets. Good job! :)

I live in Berlin, am thirty years old and write fantasy (YA, epic) for about 15 years now. I somehow spent my time in the indie gaming community and not in the indie writing community, though...
The only published works are academic stuff -yet, and a self-published short story collection (Fictional Times - A fabulous anthology of wondrous stories).
I have about 150k words in my drawer but haven't found a publisher for them yet.
At the moment I focus on short stories, inspired by Neil Gaiman's awesome collection 'Smoke and Mirrors'.

Last fantasy books I read were The Wise Man's Fear, Assassin's Apprentice, Towers of Midnight, the Secret of the immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Necromancer and Pratchett's Snuff.

I'm greatly anticipating the following books: A Memory of Light (R.Jordan/B.Sandersson), The Daylight Wars (P.V.Brett), The Kingkiller Chronicle III (P.Rothfuss), Mastiff (T.Pierce) and the Republic of Thieves + The Bastards and the knives: The Gentlemen Bastards -A prequel (S.Lynch).

See you in other topics and threads, I guess! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :)

Good old times, eh?  :D
So, the Scavenger Hunt! We do something special for April (fools) every year and the brilliant idea I originally had... somehow vanished from my brain. ::) Hopefully I'll remember it for 2018. ;)
Anyway, this is 2017 and we're doing a Scavenger Hunt!

How?
You have to solve small riddles to find the location of the next hint. At the end you'll find this month's contest theme.

Please post the stories in the original April 2017 Scavenger Hunt topic.

I have no idea if the riddles are too hard or too easy and I don't know if you'll have more fun solving them together or alone.

If you've solved this way ahead of the others, please keep quiet and let the rest solve it on their time.
If you want to work together (or build teams - I have no idea how much this will take off), open an extra topic others can decide to read or not.

If you are absolutely not in the mood to participate in the hunt and want to have the theme now, write me a pm.

Questions?
Please ask them in the Scavenger Hunt Discussion topic.

First hint1
Depending on screen size is the first hint probably visible on your screen at the moment (not if you're on tapatalk, sorry).


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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2018, 11:20:50 PM »
Looks like xiagan and I found the forum at about the same time. He posted 2 days before my first post. I made about 6 posts before I posted an intro. I did say at the time that I hoped to be around for a while and 6 years later here I still am.

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 06:57:30 AM »
My first ever post here not very exciting or revealing.   :P
I was trying to post my very first story.

Can someone advise me how to put something in spoiler tags?  I see the [sp] button, but not sure what I'm supposed to do with it.

Thanks!

In my second, in the quest to help a writer, I of course jammed in my own opinions.

Rascal, I'll go to your original question.  What would I consider to be fresh air?

I've been playing with the idea for a while of a story about the "unimportant" people living their lives at the edge of great events.  And rather than having one of them as the great hero hiding in a humble home, the great hero is almost off stage.  I think of this like the sample you give of Tolkien, where the magic is not big and bombastic, but just there.  So the great events are just there, and people still have to live their lives.

Not suggesting you use this for your Alchemists/Shapers revolution, but revolutions need common people.    Maybe someone stumbles into the middle of things, someone with no great power, and they have to figure out how to come out the other side with their skin and soul intact.

I’m still interested in the “unimportant” people.

@Jmack , I think I'm going to reply to your second ever post...
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 04:04:36 PM by Bradley Darewood »

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Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2019, 01:48:38 PM »
(post 2 in the Team Challenge ;) )

No changes from before ;D

This was mine, 4 years and a bit ago :D

... and to keep aligned to the thread, hi, I'm new :)

Despite dipping in and out of fantasy through my reading years, I think I only started for real about 5 years ago, and now my "wishlist" keeps growing and growing (catching up on all the missing years)... I fear joining this forum won't do that any good either, hehe - so many books, so little time!
I don't just read fantasy, so time *is* short.

I'm a bit 'particular', as a friend once called me, and I tend to notice all spelling mistakes (just like the one on this 'reply' box: it's "separate", not "seperate" - can someone change it, please? I'm afraid it will stress me unduly ;))

I've got a number of favourite authors, which I'll probably mention in other threads hehe - for example A.J. Dalton, Tom Lloyd, Gordon Dahlquist, Jasper Fforde, William Horwood,... (I could also say George R.R. Martin, but I'm afraid he lost his way... and he's now so normal, isn't he?)
Last 2 fantasy books I read were Miles Cameron's Red Knight and Sarah Monette's A Companion to Wolves (4 stars both for misc reasons)

And now I'm off reading more on this forum...

This is not true anymore: "I don't just read fantasy, so time *is* short." (well, maybe 99% fantasy now hehe)
and my favourite authors have somehow changed too!
At home in the Fantasy Faction forum!

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