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Writers' Corner / Totally not worth it’s own thread, but...
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:33:51 PM »
I couldn’t remember where to put a question like this.

Does anyone know the right words for the rope end or loop that lifted a door latch, and which could be pulled into the house if strangers weren’t welcome, or left dangling if they were?

I’ve read about this in the context of the pioneer days in the American West, for context.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / My next Audible book? Need help!
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:59:43 AM »
Ok, folks, I need to choose my next Audible.
First off, it needs to be really good.
Second, it needs to be loooong. I’m not wasting my $14.95 a month on a brief 8 hour listen.
Third, it can’t be Robin Hobb, since the reader for Ship of Magic is utterly, utterly awful.

Suggestions?

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Writers' Corner / Best books on writing you actually use
« on: September 10, 2017, 12:08:22 PM »
Yes, I'm sure there're five threads already dealing with this topic.

Be that as it may, I am tacking out of safe harbor into the sea of writing with three books:
"Scene & Structure" by Bickham
"Save the Cat" by Snyder
and "Million Dollar Outlines" by Farland

What books on writing do actually use when you set sail?
What do you find useful about them?



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This is the big payoff for me - well, probably for all of us.
What would be the most most fitting demise for the most murderous woman in Westeros?

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Ok, Fantasy-Faction friends, @Bradley Darewood needs a wonderful title for his book. It needs to be a fantastic title, an amazing title, a title that sell MILLIONS OF COPIES OF THIS BOOK! Because, f*ck, we have no idea if the book is any good. And who can trust the taste of readers anyway? Or the spin-the-bottle romance that is trying to get your book published.

We'll worry about the cover later. In the meantime, what we need is a wonderful title. We want to want to sleep with this title. Bradley should be able to eat off it, and it should willing to take a bullet for him.

So here are the rules. @Henry Dale started off with three possible titles, and we have two versions of a blurb. See the next post.

Each person responds to the post just prior. You get rid of one of that person's proposed titles, keep two and add three. Once we have a bunch of possible titles, we make up something else to do with them. Somewhere in here we'll have an actual poll.

OK, the next post is the blurbs and Henry's three titles.

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[APR 2017] Scavenger Hunt / Scavenger hunt/Omen Critique Thread
« on: June 02, 2017, 12:04:59 AM »
Anyone who wants a critique for their story posts in here.
Anyone who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

- Critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via PM.

- Critiques are great to find strengths and weaknesses in a story. What was well executed or not. What people liked and didn't. And most important, why. All great things to grow and learn.

- Specially here, where we have published authors with entire series out, authors with works in progress, authors who've just began, people who sporadically write only for fun and even those who don't write but read a lot. We are also pretty friendly, so fear not.

- Maybe you don't feel confident enough yet to give critiques to others but still want them for your story. That's fine and understandable. I still say for you to try at least, as it does help with your own writing.
Also, you can just point out the things you liked in a story. People will undoubtedly love to know what they did right.

- Do try to reciprocate if others comment on your story, as a form of courtesy.

- You can also just ask for critiques about specific things. Maybe you really liked your characters and just want to know opinions on your plot. Maybe after re-reading later you know the flaws in your plot twist or magic system and don't want/need more people telling that, but you still want to know about characterization.
All free game, we're pretty flexible.

- If you want a critique, I'd recommend asking for it within the first two weeks of the month, if not the first. That's when most people are recharging the batteries from the previous month and are mostly just mulling over ideas.
From the 15th onwards I believe people are either starting, finishing or polishing their next piece. You can still ask, but I'd recommend asking early.

A small guideline:

   
Quote
1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
                        2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
                        3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
                        4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
                        5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
                        6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
                        7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”



We also have a template to help. You don't need to use it, you can critique in any form you like.

Selected Quote:
Something Awesome:
Theme Appropriateness:
Conflict and Tension:
Characterization:
Something Confusing:

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Anyone who wants a critique for their story posts in here.
Anyone who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

- Critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via PM.

- Critiques are great to find strengths and weaknesses in a story. What was well executed or not. What people liked and didn't. And most important, why. All great things to grow and learn.

- Specially here, where we have published authors with entire series out, authors with works in progress, authors who've just began, people who sporadically write only for fun and even those who don't write but read a lot. We are also pretty friendly, so fear not.

- Maybe you don't feel confident enough yet to give critiques to others but still want them for your story. That's fine and understandable. I still say for you to try at least, as it does help with your own writing.
Also, you can just point out the things you liked in a story. People will undoubtedly love to know what they did right.

- Do try to reciprocate if others comment on your story, as a form of courtesy.

- You can also just ask for critiques about specific things. Maybe you really liked your characters and just want to know opinions on your plot. Maybe after re-reading later you know the flaws in your plot twist or magic system and don't want/need more people telling that, but you still want to know about characterization.
All free game, we're pretty flexible.

- If you want a critique, I'd recommend asking for it within the first two weeks of the month, if not the first. That's when most people are recharging the batteries from the previous month and are mostly just mulling over ideas.
From the 15th onwards I believe people are either starting, finishing or polishing their next piece. You can still ask, but I'd recommend asking early.

A small guideline:

   
Quote
1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
                        2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
                        3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
                        4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
                        5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
                        6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
                        7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”



We also have a template to help. You don't need to use it, you can critique in any form you like.

Selected Quote:
Something Awesome:
Theme Appropriateness:
Conflict and Tension:
Characterization:
Something Confusing:

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General Discussion / Give JMack a new Forum title
« on: March 10, 2017, 05:58:45 PM »
Yes, "Clueless Morgan" has run its course.
Time for something new.
I am accepting proposals, and if there are several goods one, it may go to a poll!

Go for it!
Post publicly. Argue. Harangue. Tease.
But most of all, be imaginative and spare the potty humor.

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[FEB/MAR 2017] The War of the Usurper / War of the Usurper: Ask the Author
« on: February 03, 2017, 12:00:07 AM »
Here is our thread to bother @Eli_Freysson with any question we can think of?

What color is the golden throne?
Is the great sword really long?
And how many nobles are there in this book, anyway?

 ;D

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Here is the part 4 discussion thread for War of the Usurper.

Have at it!

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Here is the thread for part 3'of War of the Usurper

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Here is the thread to discuss part 2 of War of the Usurper

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Hello F-F Readers:

Here is the thread for commenting on the first three chapters of @Eli_Freysson's space opera story cycle.
I'm really excited that this is our final F-F Writers book for the Club.

Join in the discussion!

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Writers' Corner / Over the Hills and Far Away
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:25:55 PM »
Not the Led Zeppelin song.

Why is this thread posted in the "Writer's Corner"? Because I find old folk songs to be marvelous inspiration for new stories.

I've been listening to an album of traditional songs from the American Revolutionary War period, and this song appears o nit. There are different versions of the lyrics, including ones adapted for the "Sharpe" TV series. This version is from John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera", which is its own interesting piece of theater. In the show, the bandit MacHeath is wooing Polly, the daughter of the king of beggars.

Spoiler for Hiden:
MACHEATH:
Were I laid on Greenland's Coast,
And in my Arms embrac'd my Lass;
Warm amidst eternal Frost,
Too soon the Half Year's Night would pass.

POLLY:
Were I sold on Indian Soil,
Soon as the burning Day was clos'd,
I could mock the sultry Toil
When on my Charmer's Breast repos'd.

MACHEATH:
And I would love you all the Day,

POLLY:
Every Night would kiss and play,

MACHEATH:
If with me you'd fondly stray

POLLY:
Over the Hills and far away

The wonderful album I'm listening to is "A Soldier's Journey" by E.L. Kurtz
Here is one video from Youtube. It's more opera-style than Kurtz sings it, but give it a chance.
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"The Beggars Opera" is the source material for Bertold Brecht's "Threepenny Opera', from which we get the jazz song "Mac the Knife."

A better translation of the German lyrics (or at least a delightfully nastier one) is:

"Oh the shark has teeth like razors
And he keeps them pearly white.
Just a jack knife has Macheath, dear,
but he keeps it out of sight."

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Okay, @Nora. I'll bite!  ;D
But I'm going to start with the holiday 2016 period, rather than Jan 1, 2017. Especially since JMacksson introduced his mom and me to several series here at the last minute of 2016.

Movies at the cinema:
> Dec 16: Rogue One. 3/4 stars. Imah=gine if you'd never ever seen a Star Wars film and had zero sense for the style of the original trilogy. I bet this would have rocked you.


TV series/shows:
> Dec 16:
     >> The OA. 3.5/4 stars. I read an interesting review that was vastly disappointed by the ending, but I didn't experience it that way.
     >> The Get Down. In progress; saw episode 1 on NYE. Really good. It's based on the early history of rap and hip hop, with a set of fictional characters interacting with Grandmaster Flash, the Cowboy, and other real life figures. Beautifully filmed.

> Continuing from 2016:
     >> This is Us. 4/4 stars so far, though I wonder how long they can keep up the quality and freshness. This is the network show Mrs, JMack and I make time for every week.


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