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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1080 on: September 22, 2015, 10:18:54 AM »
Welcome, Jaime, good to have you here and glad to hear you are another urban fantasy fan - Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Ben Aaronovitch perhaps?  You may also enjoy the thread called Avoiding Writing which helps take the guilt away if you are having a mapfest instead. :D
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1081 on: September 22, 2015, 11:45:06 AM »
Hey, @Logophile (Jamie)!

If you love maps, take a look at one of our map threads: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/calling-all-maps!/. We need more maps to ooh-aah over.  ;D

And since youre a writer, you could join our monthly writing contest. http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/monthly-writing-contest/. Right now we're voting on the August stories (theme: Space Opera) and submitting stories for the September contest (theme: Politics & Intrigue). All stories are 1,500 words or less.

Glad you found us, and hope you really enjoy.
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1082 on: September 22, 2015, 06:41:19 PM »
Hey welcome!
Yes, we need more maps to drool over ;D

Post anywhere you like :D
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1083 on: September 22, 2015, 06:56:58 PM »
Thanks for the welcome! So glad that there's a mapmaking area--I also go to the Cartographers' Guild, if anyone else is on there.

I'm in class right now so I can't really do much forum exploring, but I'll get back around lunch!

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1084 on: October 04, 2015, 06:21:49 PM »
Hi, I'm new! I'm going to be writing some reviews for the site so thought I would come check out the forums and say hello! I love all fantasy, with a particular love for epic. My favorite authors are Sanderson and Rothfuss, and I'm also working on a fantasy novel of my own. Glad to be here!

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1085 on: October 05, 2015, 12:46:16 PM »
Hello @ehiedeman and welcome.  Look forward to seeing your reviews on the main page, but also delighted that you have come to join in the Forum. It's pretty lively and very friendly. Have a look around there's always plenty of discussions going on and many writers here, so please join in.  We chat and relax in The King's Paws so join us there as well. ;D
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1086 on: October 05, 2015, 01:27:57 PM »
@ehiedeman, what "main site" is that you speak of?  :o
I though the Forum was the main site  ;), with a review and news section added on.  ;D

So welcome to Main Site! Hope you have a great time here and with the reviews. Glad to have you!  :)
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1087 on: October 05, 2015, 08:45:47 PM »
Ha, thanks! Glad to join you all here on the main site c:

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1088 on: October 07, 2015, 05:54:44 PM »
Hi everyone!

My name is Brittany and I'm happy I found this site! I'm looking for book and comic recommendations and possibly gaming buddies, since I always game alone.   :(

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1089 on: October 07, 2015, 06:00:19 PM »
Hey
welcome to FF!
Book suggestions shouldn't be hard to find around here  :P


These are some possible sections you may be interested in:

Book suggestions at:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/
or join the monthly book club at:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/

Finding gaming buddies can be done here:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-movies-video-games/

Hope that helped you out somewhat  :)
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1090 on: January 14, 2016, 01:49:58 AM »
Hi!

I'm new on the forum. I'm a fantasy author, but I have nothing published yet. I'm working to change that.

A little bit about myself:

I grew up in Georgia, USA. My love affair with creativity began at a very young age. I began playing piano at around 8 years old and branched into vocal performance and guitar. I penned (penciled, actually) my first sci-fi novel during 5th grade. Looking back, this book was terrible (and really not long enough to be a novel. Probably a Novella at best). But I'm proud to site it as my first big literary accomplishment.

I successfully left the state without an accent when I was 18 to tackle the world on my own in New England. After attending Berklee Collage of Music for a grand 4 semesters, I left and spent the better part of the last 10 years gigging, touring, recording albums, and producing/engineering albums in the metal and hard rock circuit.

Despite my efforts to sabotage myself at every turn, I ended up with a wonderful wife and a three year old son. I still live in Massachusetts and I still work as an audio engineer, but I've put aside touring so that I can spend the critical development years with my family.

I'd always planned to return to writing. And a few years back, I hit the books. Hard. I read dozens of books on writing, listened to all the popular podcasts, and read many a blog post on the subject. I read and re-read and re-read and re-read my favorite books, dissecting them and figuring out how and why they work. I read new books with a whole new perspective. And I wrote. A lot.

I'm at the point where I feel like I can tell a half-decent story.

I hope to be able to positively contribute to this forum and connect with other fantasy authors and fans.

You can find me on twitter if you want to connect there too: @jimwilbourne
And you can also check out my website jimwilbourne.com where I write weekly articles on creativity and my developing novel.

I really hope to make some friends here.
I can't wait to get to know some of you.
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1091 on: January 14, 2016, 02:39:57 AM »
Howdy, @jjwilbourne, and welcome!

I hope you'll agree this is a really friendly place. You can join in whatever parts of the forum work best for you: discussing books, a book club (which I sort of run), a monthly writing contest (which I love), and all manner of silliness. You'll find lots of interest in gentlepersonly argument and no patience with rudeness. (Though plenty with crudeness.  ;)

If you feel like it, you can wander over to the Monthly Story Contest and read the entries for December. There aren't that many of them, and none is over 1,500 words. And now that you're a member, you can join in the voting for best stories of the month. (We do offer bribes for votes. Just saying.)

Enjoy!

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1092 on: February 01, 2016, 01:32:15 PM »
I'm very new here.  I found this site because I was looking for a book to read, and I googled a book I was interested in that was mentioned at Good Reads, and a link led me here.  After clicking around the site for a bit I found the monthly fiction contest and an idea for a story popped into my head, so I posted an entry.

(Just to mention, the trend the past few decades has been to series of about three meaty, thick books, so I try to research as to whether I might like a series before I start to read it.  I hate getting the first book, not liking it too much, and the story is unfinished.  There is some kind of neurotic compulsion to finish any story you start, even if you don't enjoy the journey.  And I have sworn a holy oath not to read any of Game of Thrones until it is finished.)

As to some particulars...  like many people I've toyed with the idea of writing over the years.  Like most of those I've never pulled the strings on that teabag.  Though like everyone I've also thought "Darn it, why did you do it that way," when I've read a book.  So the universal urge to do it the "way it should be done" is present in me as well.

To be blunt, while I've said I've toyed with the idea of writing, I'm not sure I'd ever try to do it even on a just-for-fun basis.  Writing seems to me to be very much a "winner take all" proposition.  Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling sell hundreds of millions of books.  Someone else might make more money from their two part time jobs.  I've done a bit of reading on this situation and there is a lot of good information, discussion, and analysis on Eric Flint's site.  I guess if you have the drive to create, then it is all good.  You walk the way of the warrior because you have to, whether you win or lose isn't really the thing.

But if I wrote, it would bug me if I created characters, wrote something that in my estimation was good.  And it languished on Smashwords or somewhere, and no one ever read any of my work.  It wouldn't bother me not to make a dime, but having no one ever read my babies?  That would hurt.

As to genres I like, well I'm not really a fan of anything other than fantasy and SF.  I've enjoyed other things like Robinson Crusoe, Journal of the Plague Year (both by Dafoe), Three Musketeers, stuff you could plausibly argue is really very similar to classical SF/F in a lot of ways.

Evelyn Waugh, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov?  They give me the big sleepy and I reach for a copy of A Princess of Mars to purify it from my brain.

I like stories first and foremost, and the Big Idea.  So that's pretty much why I am a fan of this sort of fiction.

And happy endings are a must.  Well unless it conflicts with the Big Idea.

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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1093 on: February 01, 2016, 11:53:30 PM »
Yay @Nerf  welcome indeed. That is a great intro and I think you will be very happy here, there are so many of us who will relate to your comments. There are a huge range of specialist threads to help writers as well as book discussions and more general comments so have a good look around.

You've already  discovered the Writing Contest and that is an easy way to try out some of your ideas, read lots of great stories every month and even better get to know so many of the regular writers.

We come from several Time Zones, mainly Europe and North America but there are few of us from Oz as well, so there is usually someone around all the time.

F-F Forum is very friendly and fun, check out the King's Paws for chatting with the regulars and generally crazy nonsense. You may not always understand our comments if they relate to older jokes, but don't worry, you'll soon realise the dragon/goat war is as old as time and crops up now and again .  ;D
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« Reply #1094 on: February 04, 2016, 11:43:26 AM »
Hi, @Nerf. I love the image of pulling the strings on that tea bag. Consider it stolen for my writing.  8)

Meanwhile, when I discovered the Monthly Contest about 15 months ago, I'd only had sporadic success getting any stories on paper. Now I've done a story-a-month with some extras (so, about 16 written) and several longer starts to novels, which, though abortive so far, have taught me a lot. I totally get you about writing a story, loving it, thinking its good, and it goes nowhere. That's part of why I love the Forum here. At least within our own comfy echo chamber we can enjoy each other's work and be supportive. And sometimes, someone breaks out.

Welcome to it. Hope to see you as a regular.
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