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General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:36:27 PM »
Hi guys!!!

I'm finally fixing up my website!!!
So I posted one of my short stories on the site, and I've been experimenting with ways to make it look pretty (parallax images, animated pullquotes, etc).  Here's where I really need your help.  You don't have to actually read it, but I'm trying to figure out if I should keep or cut the pullquotes and the images (eg should I make them regular images instead of parallax? is it better to make them full-width? Should I just delete them altogether?)

If you can, please take a glance here!

https://www.nerdempire.org/the-killer-10/

Also @CameronJohnston a note for you below:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I added a bit to the interview we did to reflect your upcoming release, and re-posted both on my site and on medium.  That means 1) the original URL of our interview is gone and 2) I've got links to your series page on the amazon page. 

Here's the new links to the interview:

https://www.nerdempire.org/interview-with-cameron-johnston-1/

https://medium.com/nerd-empire/interview-with-cameron-johnston-author-of-the-age-of-tyranny-series-8a3aeb95c047

I don’t think the parallax or fly in worked on my iPhone.
I’ll check on a full browser.

Yeah, you can only see the effects on a webpage.  I think @Eclipse actually has read the story in book form, I'd be curious what you think of the images and whatnot at a glance.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:32:38 PM »
Haha I saw that a while ago @Rostum . I only wish I had been blindfolded during the movie it was so bad. 

There have been all these pictures of fries and hamburgers in my FB feed for the past couple of day and I only just now figured out why. WTAF.



I believe you're thinking of hamberders.

I can't.  I just can't.  It's been YEARS. How does he still blow my mind every damn time I dare to peek at the news?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favourite Groups in Fantasy
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:20:15 PM »

Yeah it was fun reading the Aes Sedai... man the more I think about Eladia, today's politics uhhh... okay wrong thread. But the Forsaken were probably the most fun to read.

I really liked reading about Locke's crew too!  Thieves can be very fun.


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General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:35:28 PM »
@J.R. Darewood:

I have no idea what you mean here by parallax, but...

I like the images a lot and they really add to the visual experience of the web page. I also like the idea of the quote pop-out, thought this particular one is, of course, gross. But only one makes no sense. I’d put one at or near the very top as a teaser to build interest, one in the middle, and one nearer the end.

Meanwhile, I guess I should actually read the story, huh?  ;)

Thanks for checking it out!  Parallax is when the images move as you scroll down the page (assuming I did things right, the second image does this but not the first). I also added animations to the pullquotes so that they fly in from one side or the other. I was just worried it might be too much and feel distracting/tacky as opposed to just having the image stay in place.

Hmmm maybe I should have used a more innocuous quote instead of  "Coffee faded from his mind as the all-consuming urge to shit took over."

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General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:02:26 PM »
Hi guys!!!

I'm finally fixing up my website!!!
So I posted one of my short stories on the site, and I've been experimenting with ways to make it look pretty (parallax images, animated pullquotes, etc).  Here's where I really need your help.  You don't have to actually read it, but I'm trying to figure out if I should keep or cut the pullquotes and the images (eg should I make them regular images instead of parallax? is it better to make them full-width? Should I just delete them altogether?)

If you can, please take a glance here!

https://www.nerdempire.org/the-killer-10/

Also @CameronJohnston a note for you below:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I added a bit to the interview we did to reflect your upcoming release, and re-posted both on my site and on medium.  That means 1) the original URL of our interview is gone and 2) I've got links to your series page on the amazon page. 

Here's the new links to the interview:

https://www.nerdempire.org/interview-with-cameron-johnston-1/

https://medium.com/nerd-empire/interview-with-cameron-johnston-author-of-the-age-of-tyranny-series-8a3aeb95c047

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:56:54 AM »

I've been trying to read Shadow's Edge but about a third of the way in i keep putting the book down b/c it's making me so mad...

Spoiler for Hiden:

Elene was always more of an object than a character, on top of being just the worst female stereotype.  Her transformation from street rat to virginal religious pacifist is not only never really explained, she's just one-note and completely absurd. Her very existence as a character is almost sexist. Then you've got Kylar selling the priceless sword for enough money to repay the people whose home he got burned down and instead spends it all on wedding earrings.  Those 3 chapters just made me cringe so much I think my face is broken and I know they get past this stupidity at some point but I really so disgusted I can't pick up the book any further.

idk maybe I'm the only one that feels that way.  I loved the books, but Elene was a real sore spot in the first book and now she's like a gaping wound in this one.

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General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Faction Forum anniversaries
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:20:44 AM »
I kind of want to Photoshop these as medals or pins onto pictures of everyone

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Just under a month until my next book goes to the editor, and a lovely cloud of winter depression has settled upon my mind. I find editing to be mentally exhausting (fun, but tiring) and, of course, depression compounds that. Worse when the people who should be supportive aren't even around.

What does everyone else do when they find themselves in these situations - especially with deadlines!? I was extremely lucky over the past three days to review/edit 10k words, but I was alone the entire time and could break up the work with housework. Not exactly sustainable!

At least I have a few years until the doctor recommends a colonoscopy!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive New Year!

My suggestions: exercise; long walks or short fast ones; set up some pleasant moments for yourself - whether it's a coffee at a specific place or a trip to the book store, or whatever you enjoy, get it on the schedule and think about it and look forward to it. Hope your mood lightens.

The way I usually deal with this is by trying my best to spend the winter somewhere near the equator

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:03:42 AM »
Haha I saw that a while ago @Rostum . I only wish I had been blindfolded during the movie it was so bad. 

There have been all these pictures of fries and hamburgers in my FB feed for the past couple of day and I only just now figured out why. WTAF.


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@Justan Henner , sounds like @Not Lu  and I have similar sensibilities!
I watched a couple of episodes of Season 3. I have to say I loved S1 and S2, but S3 feels like lazy writing, some of the characters don't feel like themselves, and while it's hard to oppose the "chosen one" trope on a fantasy board (i mean too many good classics fit the trope) it doesn't quite land coming in so late, and they didn't really need it. I do like the protagonist tho, and i find her demure cautious moments to be endearing.

Futureman Season 2 is hilarious.
In 2062 everyone is dumb af.  I have to say as I was watching it I kept thinking that if someone time traveled from the 90s to the present day tide pod/bird box challenge/alt facts/reality tv/meme generation they might feel more or less the same as the heroes of Futureman.....

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:07:08 AM »

Ok it's not exactly fantasy, but while researching longform storytelling and parallax effects for my website I came upon this and it's COOOOOOOL

http://www.sbs.com.au/theboat/

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Well they left the "teen" out for a reason. They've gone way out of their way to make it DC-grimdarky as possible-- it's like all the angst and none of the fun taking itself waaaay too seriously. Except for Raven who is randomly not dry and snarky anymore because the dark angst male protagonist needs to the the darkest and angriest person in the room because he's male obviously and the center of the universe.

I tried but I didn't make it far in that series.

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I had one once and whatever drugs they gave me were great. I slept for like a day

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@Slaykomimi wow that is elaborate. I don't have your survival skills. I think I would starve to death without frozen food.

@JMack   Fun fact: When I was a senior in high school I went to night school to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Tech). At one point we do clinicals in an ER shadowing an ER tech.  So my very first night in an ER we had a guy come in with a blood clot that got lodged in his urethra and hadn't been able to pee for ages.  They just gave it to the techs to handle.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So the tech I was shadowing kept grabbing larger and larger catheters, jabbing it into this dude's penis basically caving the whole thing in while he was in agony until he broke up the clot.  I was trying so hard to keep a straight face and not to turn green.  It was...um... not easy to watch.

Anyways when I worked in hospitals during summers at college I was one of the few males so that made me very popular with the elderly ladies who suddenly couldn't reach their breasts during bath time and also anytime a dude needed a catheter.  Apparently I was very good at it, and much gentler than the female nurses/clinical associates.

So now you know my secret talent.

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