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[JAN 2018] Rebirth/Renewal / [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:54:28 AM »
There's a problem currently with all polls, and voting is broken :(
Please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
If you've already voted, I can see those, so don't worry about voting again.




It's time to vote on the January Writing Contest: Rebirth/Renewal!

We got 12 entries this month - a great start to the year, thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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The second book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy, and Jen will be signing it at Forbidden Planet in London (6-7pm)

https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2018/03/08/jen-williams-signing-bitter-twins/


(and *I* will be there :D )

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Just leave a comment on this post of Mark's blog:
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/mass-giveaway-spfbo-2017.html

They're all ebooks, so not for me...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Writers' progress
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:36:03 AM »
Something I thought about today after finishing a book, and I wonder what you all think.

As you read more and more books by the same author, you get a sense of their progress, or 'development' - but at the same time it's not a measure of quality, and depends on the reader. And I only notice it in authors I really like (maybe because from the others I only read one or two books).
Two examples to make this clear:

A. I'm reading N.K. Jemisin's second series, after reading the 1st and then the 3rd. The writing order is aligned with my preference, not only in plot and characters, but also in my limited perception of 'writing quality'

B. I've read all of Mark Lawrence's books, in the published order, yet my absolute favourite remains the first - again "not only in plot and characters, but also in my limited perception of 'writing quality' ". Not that he reduced quality, but the level of that first one was so high for me, that it'd be hard for anyone to constantly do the same.

Is thinking like this normal? Or am I just generalising?
Do you have examples of either case in your books?

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It's time to vote on the December Writing Contest: Alien/Eldritch Artifact!

We got just 7 entries this month - thanks to all who participated, your odds are good ;)

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Open For Submissions / Apex Publications - January 2018
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:56:19 PM »
Saw this information and I thought some of you might be interested: Apex Publications will accept submissions during January.

https://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/apex-publications-to-hold-open-novella-novel-submissions-period-in-january-2018

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[NOV 2017] Water / [NOV 2017] Water - Voting Thread
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:30:01 PM »
It's time to vote on the November Writing Contest: Water!

We got 10 entries this month, almost all in the last day ;D - thanks to all who participated!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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I got this on the Hodderscape newsletter:

Darrow and his comarades have been through a lot – and there's much more to come (hint: space pirates!). So, to enter our competition we want you to tell us your favourite moment from the Red Rising series so far.

Send your answer to competition@hodder.co.uk, and make sure you use the subject line 'IRON GOLD COMPETITION'.

This competition closes on December 5th and is open to UK residents only. Winner is selected at random.


I haven't read this series, so can't enter, but others might like this :)


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It's time to vote on the October Writing Contest: Find the Story in the Picture!

We got 9 entries this month - thanks to all who participated!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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General Discussion / 12 Obscure Words Every Book Lover Should Know
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:11:07 PM »
(from the Waterstones blog, from the book The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities (Paul Anthony Jones)

A booklover is a bibliophile of course, and the page-turning bibliophile’s excessive admiration of books is properly known as bibliophily. But elsewhere in the less well-thumbed corners of the dictionary lie a host of equally book-obsessed words, which any self-respecting bibliophile will doubtless find useful—a dozen of which are listed here…

1. BIBLIOKLEPT
Coined in the late 19th century, the word biblioklept shares a common ancestor with kleptomania and literally means a “book thief”. Or, put another way, it’s that friend you lend your books to who conveniently never gets round to returning them.

2. BIBLIOTAPH
…And if you’re sick of your books going missing or unreturned, try becoming a bibliotaph: someone who hoards or hides their books, or metaphorically “buries” them under lock and key.

3. OMNILEGENT
Derived from Latin roots meaning “all” and “reading”, if you’re omnilegent then you’re either extremely well read and have a knowledge of a great amount of literature, or are absolutely addicted to reading everything that comes your way.

4. STALL-LEARNING
Stall-literature was Thomas Carlyle’s word for the low-quality literature found at 19th century marketplace bookstalls. Along similar lines, the English poet Richard Leigh coined the word stall-learning as far back as the late 1600s to refer to the superficial knowledge of a subject that is picked up by flicking idly through a book—which is also known as index-learning.

5. BIBLIOBIBULI
The writer HL Mencken coined this word in 1957, writing, “There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion.” Appropriately enough, he coined the word from a mishmash of the Greek word for “book”, and the Latin word for “drink”.

6. DÉJÀ-LU
If déjà-vu is the unusual feeling that something has already come to pass, then déjà-lu is its literary cousin. Derived from the French verb lire, it refers to the discomforting feeling that you’re reading something that you’ve already read.

7. ABIBLIOPHOBIA
…And if you have actually resorted to reading things you’ve already read, then you’re perhaps on your way to developing abibliophobia: the fear of running out of things to read!

8. ELUCUBRATION
Reading or studying by candlelight—or put another way, reading by artificial light after dark—is called elucubration. Someone who does precisely that is an elucubrator or, as Shakespeare preferred, a candle-waster.

9. HELLUO LIBORUM
Leave it to Latin to find the perfect term for you: a helluo liborum is someone with an insatiable appetite for books. Brilliantly, it literally means “book-glutton”.

10. BIBLIOTHETIC
Alphabetical order. Genre by genre. Dewey Decimal. No matter how you choose to do it, the adjective bibliothetic refers to the arrangement of books in a library or on a bookshelf. It’s derived from a Greek word meaning “placement” or “arrangement”—which makes it a distant relative of the word thesis.

11. LECTORY
Dating from as far back as the 14th century, a lectory is literally a “reading place”: somewhere where you and your books can be left alone in peace.

12. TSUNDOKU
We’re bending the rules slightly with this last one, by adopting a word from Japanese—but for good reason, as there really isn’t a direct English translation of tsundoku. It refers to the obsessive practice of buying books but leaving them unread in piles around your house. Surely a situation no one here can identify with…

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It's time to vote on the September Writing Contest: Regret and Redemption!

We got 8 entries this month - thanks to all who participated!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Writers' Corner / Interview with Anna Stephens' agent
« on: September 21, 2017, 06:35:29 PM »
On the main site:
http://fantasy-faction.com/2017/agent-harry-illingworth-interview

He gives some good pointers, and who knows, maybe he'll become the agent of some of you writers :D

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Writers' Corner / Interesting article for writers on main site
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:38:07 AM »
2000 to 10000 and 5000 words per hour

I think it might be useful for some of you :)

I just have a problem with this bit:
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Aaron realized if she was bored writing it, her readers would be bored reading it.
She assumes that everyone who will read her books has exactly the same likes/dislikes as her, when that's not necessarily true...

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