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Re: All Fantasy Authors Are Mass Murderers The problem for me in regards to death, I think, is the length of its portrayal.

With the seventh book of the Harry Potter series the war reached its peak and some of my favorites died. While a few had died in earlier books, in book seven I felt the fear Gem_Cutter mentioned.

With Martin's SoFAI I think the fear drug on so long it was too emotionally exhaustive for me. I can see Martin's point where even heroes aren't safe from war, but after the nth emotional blow it felt easier to just not get involved.

That's not to say I haven't killed off some of my own characters, but it rarely feels like the only option or the right course of action for my stories. If I'd wanted corpses everywhere I'd have thrown myself into the horror genre.

October 10, 2016, 03:13:23 PM
Re: The Profanity Thread - Warning, contains mature and swear words! I agree the setting's culture and religion are some of the best place to work from. It allows the profanity to seem more natural and adds a little exposition of said culture and/or religion.

Keep in mind most of our curse words are short and clipped, easy to shout without taking a breath and get its meaning across. If the profanity is a mouthful and a half it seems less likely people will scream it when angry.

Also keep in mind what one culture sees as vulgar another may see as acceptable.

October 10, 2016, 09:35:40 PM
Re: The Profanity Thread - Warning, contains mature and swear words!
The thing you'll find is that just about anything can be a swearword if you put the right vigour behind it. :D
That brings back memories of middle school where I learned fudge can replace f***. I thought I was so sneaky using it at home, but my mom knew right away. Ah, the "look," how do I miss thee ;D.

October 11, 2016, 01:11:48 AM
Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread This story is making me realize how bad I am at writing creepy or dark stories. Oh well, maybe it will help my piece stand out in a good way ;D.

Or maybe I should look at some more stuff and try to figure it out in the name of Halloween.

October 12, 2016, 08:26:36 PM
Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread While I can see your point Nora, it's less a humorous story and more a creepy story which fails at creepy. I enjoy the story's idea, but I don't think it's translating well from my brain to paper. I might store it away for later and try another idea.

For now I'm gonna give it a day or so break before I decide anything.

October 13, 2016, 01:12:17 AM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Thank-you for the advice everyone and I'll try your suggestion Gem, about using a message of some kind.

To tell the truth I'm hoping this issue opens the way for a proper discussion about the mutation in my family. My mom got diagnosed the other month, the reason my sister and I got tested, yet no one's spoken on the topic beyond some minor stuff. It feels too fresh and raw, still sinking in. It might be the reason I'm so hesitant to bring up my fears with the anesthesia.

But the talk needs to happen. If only so my mom knows without a doubt I don't blame her for this. Hence why I'm hoping to use my fears.

October 13, 2016, 11:48:19 PM
Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread Turns out all I needed to do was rewrite the story from the idea up :D. Won't say if or when I submitted it, or if I haven't yet, but it's done. I'm hopeful the regrets of last month won't reach me here *hides away*.
October 17, 2016, 02:03:46 PM
Re: The Fantasy Faction Food Thread I wonder how well something like this works for sweet potatoes. Perhaps a test should be done, all in the name of science of course ;).
October 20, 2016, 08:25:00 PM
Re: The Fantasy Faction Food Thread Ended up making a quiche for dinner last night and remembering why we don't have quiche often.

Haven't gotten to the store for sweet potatoes yet, but looking at the video again I thought "it's the curly fry's big brother."

October 21, 2016, 04:13:33 PM
Re: The Fantasy Faction Food Thread
After the successful potato experiment, I got too cocky and tried to make fried Mac and cheese bites today. Apparently you have to be level 50-11 wizard status to do that correctly.
Are you okay? I've known a few people who'd said they'd had a bad time making fried food and it turned out they'd ended up with at least a small burn.

I've only gotten burned like that once, but I still remember how much it hurt. Though in my case the burn was on my hand in between my fingers which may have made it worse.

October 22, 2016, 12:59:37 AM