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The frame for chapter 2 of my WIP has been eluding me. I had so much fun writing chapter 1 (a lot of pantsing going on), and now I have to carry at least some of that into what is much more of a set up chapter before things gets mysterious in ch 3, decisions in ch 4, and then (hopefully) cracking along.

But the delay is forcing me to get much clearer about world and characters and giving me a chance to brainstorm opportunities. So, it’s all good.

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Hmm. I know the significance.
I’d have been two years old, so, playing in our house in Philadelphia, probably.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:11:37 PM »
So things are still roaring along for me at the moment.

In Hungary the translation rights to the Traitor God have been acquired by F?nix Könyvm?hely, with the book being published sometime within the next year. Czech folks will see the translation published by Euromedia Group sometime within the next two.

Book 2 of the duology has been greenlit and is being frantically written!

Do you have a sense for sales yet? Just curious.

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Writers' Corner / Re: My query letter
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:04:47 AM »
Hmm. Do you think it would benefit from a preface flat-out stating that it's a Gothic/Lovecraftian novel?

I do think that the sense of it as Victorian / Gothic is an opportunity. Perhaps things like “the gaslit city”, “mysterious and deeply alien dangers”, and stuff. There’s also no connection between the two characters.

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General Discussion / Re: Friday Night Music Thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:06:44 PM »
Fun with trumpets.  ;D

https://youtu.be/HyJUm1K1Etc

https://youtu.be/54Zrhtc08_o

And trombones and stuff

https://youtu.be/NIGMUAMevH0


The second is actually one of my top 5 favorite songs.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 5 - chapters 27 to 35
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:41:05 PM »
And finished! Stayed up too late, and the. For some odd reason, Mrs. JMack and I woke at 3:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleeep. Unrelated, but weird.

Anyway, YEAH! @CameronJohnston,that was a freaking awesome last third of the book. Oh, sure,quibbles, but who cares when the roller coaster is rockin!

I’ll post more later.  Maybe. Because awesome fun needs no great critiquing.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 4 - chapters 22 to 26
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:37:21 PM »
Yeah,blew right past this section because I couldn’t put the darn book down!  8)

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General Discussion / Re: Dogs and Cats
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:39:44 PM »
What would happen if a dog married a cat?

You'd get kuppies!

Or “pittance”, I mean “pittens”  ;D

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 3 - chapters 15 to 21
« on: June 18, 2018, 07:53:22 PM »
Yup, we are rip-roaring along. Having a great time.

The Goods
Spoiler for Hiden:
>Loved Walker finally opening up to the Worm of Magic and getting captured by the Arcanum. Definitely the right plot move.
> And I did get the whole daughter is an assassin thing right on.
> Also enjoying the idea of a D&D dungeon sitting right under the city, with monsters and treasure and all that.
   

The Maybe Not as Goods
Spoiler for Hiden:
> I guess I shouldn’t mind so much, but a little coincidental (as in, a healing load of coincidental) that Walker comes on the evil mage just at the right time.
> The revelation of the evil mage’s identity was pretty darn rushed. And pretty obvious.

On to the rest!

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Mrs. JMack and I just got back from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
We liked it; had a good time. I had a few moments of... “really?”

I liked it too, but it had a few cringeworthy scenes. The cringiest of which, apparently, was that one that sold it to the execs. If only it had gone like this:

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Han: I want to sign up for the Imperial army. I'm gonna' be a pilot.

Imperial Officer: What's your name, son?

Han: Han.

Imperial Officer: What's your last name?

Han: ... I don't know.

Imperial Officer: Who are your people?

Han: I don't have any.

Imperial Officer: All right. We'll just list you as Han ... Lonely-NoOne-Loves-You.

Han:Wait, what?

Imperial Officer: And it's locked in. Have a good trip, Lonely-NoOne-Loves-You.

Han: ...

Hah, I didn’t dislike the scene so much, but your version is waaaaay better.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 2 - chapters 8 to 14
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:23:53 AM »
Things have settled in nicely now. A few quibbles, but it’s a good time.

Quibbles
Spoiler for Hiden:
> It’s pretty easy getting in and out of places Walker isn;t supposed to go.
> We keep hearing bout sniffers and other risks of being discovered doing magic, but so far nothing has bit back. The imperial stormtroopers of “Traitor God’? As in, “they’re so awesome! They can’t actually hit anything!”

Funs
Spoiler for Hiden:
> Yay, chapter 14! We learn about the harrowing adventure in the bone yards. I have a tiny quibble in there, but I’m letting it go in the spirit of that was good fun.
> I’ve gotten to understand much of the world set up and it’s also good fun, pretty interesting. I said before how much I like the physicalization of magic, and this continues. Though see quibble #2.
> Hmm... is “niece” an assassin?

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Mrs. JMack and I just got back from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
We liked it; had a good time. I had a few moments of... “really?”

But a few highlights/low lights:

Spoiler for Hiden:
> Pace and humor, excellent
> Performances, uniformly strong
> Kira shows up just three years later as the most trusted lieutenant of the bad guy. Really?
> T3 leading the android rebellion was awesome and darn funny. Dying in Lando’s arms... really?
> Han losing the first poker game and winning the second? Awesome
> Everything (almost) with Chewie, awesome. The inflexible monkey mask on the key second Wookiee... not so much
> Darth Maul at the end... awesome
> The overly sappy stuff about the rebellion... meh

One thing is clear to me after several years on F-F: I’m crap reviewer of things I’ve seen or read. I think I could be decent if I had patience for the task.

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Hi, @Lady Ty.

I really like the points you make about having places to go when you’re in a strange town, and how brothels can be places of discretion. The ability of a smart, savvy woman to build a business and position through brothels is also reasonable.

I think my objections are several:

> I find romanticisation of the sex trade to be problematic. But then again, fantasy romanticizes many, many problematic aspects of society, especially violence.
> It feels too easy. Can’t we come up with other ways for women to have an interesting societal role that are still credible in a pseudo-medieval society?
> Like many tropes, I bump into it so often. I just finished “Six of Crows” and prostitution is a core element of the female characters’ back stories. So I start to read “Traitor God” immediately after, and here’s another prostitute/madam.
> It feels like a male-focused fantasy, though I acknowledge I’m not a judge of women’s fantasies.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:42:48 PM »
My wife and I have the same view of moose. We’ve never seen one. We doubt they exist. Anyone who has seen one is in on the conspiracy. Gods truth.

Meanwhile, happy birthday, Elfy!

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I think I'm leaning a bit towards cabin fever, if I may stretch the term a bit.

With university done until fall I'm not interacting with people in any regular fashion. And my friends haven't been available much lately.

Consequently I've mostly just been writing, either at home or by myself at a cafe, or taking solo trips to the parks. I do feel it's starting to affect me a bit, but I don't know what my alternative is. I'm told autists tend to eventually give up on social outlets that just don't suit them, and I'm pretty much at that stage. But now I'm wondering what to do. There are only so many options in a town of Akureyri's size, and none of them particularly appeal to me.

Is there any kind of writers, gamers, or such group?

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