November 21, 2017, 07:21:16 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Rostum

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6
Sequel to red Sister

Sequel to Godblind.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Anyone in Bath Tomorrow?
« on: September 24, 2017, 03:40:45 PM »
Will I be there all alone?

I will be in town earlier if anyone fancies a coffee.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Bristol Con 28th October
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:24:16 PM »
I have succumbed and bought a ticket. I know Jen will be there being guest of honour and all! Anyone else planning to attend?

General Discussion / Photobucket
« on: July 20, 2017, 10:53:35 AM »
For the last 10 years I have used photobucket for sharing albums and hosting images I post to forums. I have posted nothing important there although over time some of those photos have become important as they may be the only surviving copy due to lost disks or the people in them have died.
Apparently photobucket changed their T&C's in June.

The following was received by email today:


Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting with your current account level.
*What is 3rd Party Hosting?

Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.
Why Photobucket?

Photobucket is the global destination for linking and 3rd party hosting. In Photobucket’s 14-year history, the Company amassed over 100 million registered users, over 15 billion images stored, 2 million daily uploads and 10 billion photos accessed monthly.

Easy to Use – Upload a photo from any device and copy the embed code with one click to host a photo with no development or technical knowledge required

Competitive, fixed pricing Offers the only unlimited 3rd party hosting plan (Commercial and Personal Use)
Are my pictures still safe?

Yes! All your photos are still available by logging into your Photobucket Account. Photobucket has only restricted the ability to view your photos on 3rd party sites.
Can I download my Photos?

Absolutely, at any time. It is an easy four step process:

Step 1. Login to your Photobucket Account

Step 2. Navigate to your library page

Step 3. View a photo and click the download button

Step 4. The picture will be saved to your computer

They are very coy about what their Plus 500 plan is should I give them my card details I would find out at that point and not before they are demanding $399 for using their service.

So I have spent the morning trying to download my albums and recover my pictures. Presumably this functionality has been disabled due to the rush of people downloading then deleting their photos.
this takes the demands for cash to the level of extortion.

I am not about to pay them a cent and am resigned to losing what I haven't got copies of. This in part is my fault I am aware that  if you don not pay for the service you are the product and should not be in this position.
All I can hope for is a swift end to the company as the majority of light users refuse to be extorted.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Godblind by Anna Stephens
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:32:16 AM »
Godblind is the first of a grimdark trilogy by Anna Stephens, Fantasy forum member, cool dude(tte) and as of the Waterstones Birmingham launch tonight published author.

The Blurb on Amazon reads.

Fantasy’s most anticipated debut of the year.

"There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.
That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.
But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.
Vulnerable to the blood-thirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting in the mountains…"

GODBLIND is an incredible debut from a dazzling new voice of the genre.

The Launch:- I arrived in Birmingham in time for a coffee in their cafe and found the 2nd floor blockaded by Waterstones staff as they put out chairs for the event. I am sure they put Fantasy authors in the cookery and crafts section as they know they will never get the audience out if they put them downstairs with the SFF and comics. A lot of chairs and a lot of bums on seats, as many as Jen, Den and Peter managed. Anna was a star despite claiming to be a bundle of nerves she gave astute answers, offered the audience the chance to leave and told us which characters to hate in the book. There were a couple of monosyllabic answers but one of the questions deserved it. Godblind has existed in one form or another since 2004 and has been re-written15 times between then and publication. This is a study in perseverance, take note potential authors.

The Book Itself:- Having attacked Godblind on the journey home I can vouch that it is compelling.
In the 60 odd pages I have read I have found it difficult to put down and nearly didn't get off the train at Gloucester. I believe I said I thought it would be the breakthrough fantasy book of 2017 and stand by that statement, but now is where I kick your baby Anna so perhaps you may want to look away.

Spoiler for Hiden:
She fires arrows and will consign herself to that special plane of hell for people who do so.

I am really sorry but this one (as a few of you may have noticed) really makes my teeth grind. That aside the chapters so far are bite sized and from multiple viewpoints. There is good world building and story generation and I have a desire to get back to my beautifully signed copy to find out what happens next.

General Discussion / Topical Poetry
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:00:41 PM »
As you will all know 350 years ago 90 ships of the Dutch navy sailed up the Medway and wrought havoc with the great fleet while it was in harbour and made off with the royal coat of arms off the stern of the Royal Charles the Flagship. Despite smashing the Dutch navy in 1666  the English Navy was in great disrepair and starved for cash and not fit to put to sea.

90 Dutch yachts are sailing to Chatham to mark the event. It occurred that our navy is in a deplorable state again.
An aircraft carrier without planes (+spare never intended for use) an escort ship with nothing to escort ans 14 auxiliaries with nothing to support. The Politicians,war office and the admiralty have achieved what no ocean going Nation has yet done. The Utter destruction of the Royal Navy.

So to mark the battle of Chatham have some jingoistic poetry from Kipling

The Dutch in the Medway

If wars were won by feasting,

0r victory by song,

Or safety found in sleeping sound,

How England would be strong!

But honour and dominion

Are not maintained so.

They're only got by sword and shot,

And this the Dutchmen know!

The moneys that should feed us

You spend on your delight,

How can you then have sailor-men

To aid you in your fight?

Our fish and cheese are rotten,

Which makes the scurvy grow -

We cannot serve you if we starve,

And this the Dutchmen know!

Our ships in every harbour

Be neither whole nor sound,

And, when we seek to mend a leak,

No oakum can be found;

Or, if it is, the caulkers,

And carpenters also,

For lack of pay have gone away,

And this the Dutchmen know!

Mere powder, guns, and bullets,

We scarce can get at all;

Their price was spent in merriment

And revel at Whitehall,

While we in tattered doublets

From ship to ship must row,

Beseeching friends for odds and ends -

And this the Dutchmen know!

No King will heed our warnings,

No Court will pay our claims -

Our King and Court for their disport

Do sell the very Thames!

For, now De Ruyter's topsails

Off naked Chatham show,

We dare not meet him with our fleet -

And this the Dutchmen know!

Minimally reducing my chances by sharing.... ;D

General Discussion / meet Ups
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:03:14 PM »
Having Recently enjoyed putting faces to virtual identities in London with Nora, Nighteyes and JMack it occurred that maybe semi organised meet ups might be a good idea? Say a couple of times a year different towns locations.
I thought the last Grim Gathering pub n breakfast worked well as a chill out and social event so maybe something on those lines?

General Discussion / meet Ups
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:02:50 PM »
Delete pls site error then double post.

The third and final book of the trilogy! There will be some kind of launch in London.

Edit: THE SEVEN is launching on the 20th April at Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm. The event is ticketed and if you book in advance then you make me feel 100% less worried that nobody will come (it also helps the store to know numbers in advance).
The event is going to be chaired by my wonderful agent, Juliet Mushens. There'll be a Q&A, signing, and then leisurely drinks and chat afterwards.
Tickets cost £8 (£6 to Waterstones card holders) and the price of the ticket is redeemable against the cost of the book.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / A Problem
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:27:26 PM »
Since the new year I have read the Mirrors truth and re-read Prince of Fools and The liars Key. Next will be The Wheel of Osheim, but what do I read after that? I have a large TBR at present with some notable works and some less known but what will measure up? I am Tempted to find Gregory McGuire's After Alice as I enjoy his archaic writing style or give The Essex Serpent a go or maybe the Black Prism which has gathered dust for too long?
I am worried that whatever I start will not measure up. Any Thoughts?

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6