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Honestly not sure I'll even try this month. I'm so dead each day after work. It's mind numbing and back breaking, and my story ideas are pretty shit and rusty.
December is not a good month. Less free time than usual. I'll try but no promises. I don't have a single idea so far either.

Nora, it sounds like you need someone to rub your shoulders and have dinner ready for you when you get home!  But that would be "wanted gifts" instead of this months topic, wouldn't it?

ooooh I just had an unwanted gifts story idea but it's not fantasy.

Spoiler for Hiden:

The Christmas Surprise

Ryan lit the scented candles as he re-heated the sub sandwiches he had bought this afternoon in the microwave. However rough his day might be, hers was worse.

The microwave signaled the completion of it's labor with a pleasant ding, just as the door opened. Mandy staggered in: a perfectly manicured appearance with eyes that were half open, and legs that didn't seem to want to walk anymore.  She tossed her overcoat in the general direction of the chair, missing, as she walked lifelessly to the table.

"God I hate December," she said as she collapsed into the chair. Her eyes slowly registered the candles and he perfectly set table. "What the hell is all this."

Ryan slid the sandwich out of the microwave, presenting it to the object of his affection with a flourish. "Dinner is served, madame."

A weak smile spread on her face, and before she knew hit, Ryan began kneading her shoulders. Had he seriously stashed massage oil in the kitchen? It was hard to complain.  Or eat.  It felt damn good. Finally she picked up the sandwich and before she knew it she had devoured it.

"This is perfect.  You know, for those cravings."

"You must get hungry working on your feet all day."

"Yeah, especially with the extra weight."

"Extra weight?"

"You know... I mean I'm not showing yet but still."


"I mean the baby's not that heavy yet but--"

Ryan's hand stopped kneading her shoulders and his jaw went slack. "The... baby."

"Ummm, yeah... I didn't tell you about that?"

"Uh, no."

"Well... there's a baby."

"But we haven't had sex..."

"You haven't had sex."

"You've had sex?"

"Um... not with you..."

That's all that popped into my head at the moment...

I liked it. Read most of it in on chunk. She was way too comfortable with her djinns ethnic purism

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Jungle fantasy?
« on: December 10, 2018, 11:48:22 AM »
Elven Star of the Deathgate Cycle.

If you can port into my imagination, book 3 of my unfinished WIP will be all jungley but it is unstarted atm.

This summer I will (hopefully) be traveling all around GB and Ireland. Mrs Gem and I are moving to reconcile and thought it would be nice to have something fun on the long term calendar to look forward to. The trip begins in London and heads to a variety of locations for about 2 weeks, with stops in Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.

Awee Gem that's great news I can't tell you how happy I am for you and I'll be living vicariously through your adventures in the UK!!

Drinks on me!
While bored and tired and unable to actually write today, I set up a website/blog with a renewed commitment to updating it. Then compile an ebook of my stories (all available for free here, of course). Then conquer the world.

I know this is probably in the wrong place, but is the place.

This is looking really good jmack!!! I love it!!

Glad you're chipper Jmack!!!

@Eli_Freysson is this true? someone posted it in the FB group

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:45:23 AM »
Any contact? Looks like they've been contacted multiple times
including return visits in the 1990s

But this is a cultural decision, rendered easier to make because they live on an island. I doubt the same choice would have been made if such a people were discovered in the next county over.

I don't know that throwing coconuts at them counts as contact, or in the older incidences recovering dead bodies from the island or kidnapping some of them (most of whom died immediately) and rushing the survivors back to the island. Even with the handful of coconut exchanges (if they've never seen one, a coconut is really challenging to open without a machete, that whole exchange sounded so absurd), there's nothing to say that the few people that even saw the outsiders are connected to every tribe on the island. 

I'd say they meet the definition of uncontacted pretty squarely, according to these links.

It’s about 5 in the morning. Heading over to hospital in a few minutes for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Er, gall bladder gotta come out. Looks like I’ll have some time to read and write next week!

Good luck jmack!!!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:48:55 PM »
Rattled through Kings of the Wyld. I see what the fuss is about as its a clever idea with a lively plot and some good lines, but ultimately I didn't find it all that captivating or fulfilling. Not quite sure why.
It was great enough that I'll read Bloody Rose eventually but I felt it lacked something I can't pinpoint too.
Maybe it goes too often for the obvious joke/choice (not always) and the heroes feel too invincible?

We have a winner!

Yes, after a bit of thinking, I realised that it was a book that wasn't dark enough to fulfill the promise that I thought was being made in the blurb/hype/early pages etc.etc.

And don't get me wrong - I like lighthearted happy fantasy and I like a good easter egg and a cheap joke and the rest of it (although it would have been funnier with a few less). I think if I'd pegged it as being, I dunno, Eddings-esque or sorta like a Rincewind Discworld book, maybe I'd have reacted differently.

But as it was, I expected the heroes to actually hurt, for their choices to bring darkness on them, and it didn't.

For me it was that the plotting was a little too convenient, and that the narrative arc was... well not consolidated quite right. (eg the random monsters at the end... it didn't build to a focused climax). But mainly the plotting.

I love snark-- and @tebakutis  you're the master of it!!  But this fell flat more me.  I thought your own stuff was way better :)

while looking for a cake for Cameron I came across this:

watch the video!!

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:56:35 AM »
Happy b-day @CameronJohnston

May your day be spent eating a magic-devouring blob monster instead of being eaten by one...

Writers' Corner / Re: NaNoWriMo 2018
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:28:33 AM »
I also wrote the first draft for the Ships contest here—but it's about 4,000 words and needs editing. So, no good for the contest :D But I like it.

You should still post it, maybe in the unofficial story thread.

tbh @NedMarcus I post stories I write that don't quite fit the contest inside the discussion thread about as often as I post actual contest entries...

General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:23:02 AM »
Is the word fortnight used at all in the North America (USA or Canada)? I often say fortnight and use it in my writing.

@NedMarcus It's typically used when speaking to children.

Eg.  "Dinner is ready.  Turn off fortnite and come eat."  @Lady Ty  is actually an expert at this particular usage.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: New series suggestion
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:32:14 AM »
I second Brent Weeks-- I've only made it through the first one but i really enjoyed it.

I haven't been able to get into it, but a lot of people on here really really really like Mazalan   just saw you mentioned that in the OG post-- I share your feelings.  About Sanderson too :)

No one else on here seems to like it, but enjoyed the Licanius Trilogy so far (last book comes out this feb).  If you haven't read Dune yet, you should.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Licanius Trilogy
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:30:42 AM »
Ummmm ok I guess it's just me....

Is it good enough for me to use my December Audible credit?

So @JMack ... here's what's interesting about the book:

* It's set in a place where there are normal mages and something called augurs which supposedly can see the future.  Before the beginning of the story, they ruled everything with an iron fist but they stopped being able to predict the future properly and there was a rebellion so now magic users are kept on a very short leash by the non-magical political leadership.  It's an interesting premise, it gives it a little bit of a fantasy x-men feel

* There is time travel but time travel doesn't seem to change things.  It'll be really interesting to see how he's going to get to what he's given the reader glimpses of in book 3.

* There's plenty of moral ambiguity. I think this comes out in the second book but I can't remember.  If you're interested in the thrust of the main plotline...

Spoiler for Hiden:
One of the MCs is a legendary villain who had an identity crisis and intentionally erased all his memories.

The bad guys are very overpowered, sort of like the Forsaken.  But the interesting twist is that they think they're serving God, or the fantasy equivalent of God, and a lot of the conflict is about whether or not the entity they're serving is actually good or evil.

[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Discussion Thread
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:21:52 AM »
Here's about all I've got in me rn:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Woosh! Woosh!  went the ship
Splash! Splash!  went the oars.
The End.

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