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Re: Bridgeburner at 500... sign of OCD?

I'm pretty sure that well over 2/3rds of the time, when I load up the forum there have been no new posts since I last checked.  ???
I have to post more often?  ::)
Er, maybe not  :-X ;D
Yes. Yes you do.  ???

Go write.

March 16, 2015, 01:27:17 PM
Re: Who do you write like? Entered a patch of random letters of total gibberish. Ernest Hemingway anyone  :P
March 17, 2015, 01:37:46 PM
Re: Real life experiences and non-fiction sources for better worldbuilding As a citizen of the place that still has most of the remains of the western front, I can't stress enough the necessity of our remembrance culture in Europe. Especially with the last generation that knew the war dying out, there will no longer be any first-hand reports of that WW2.

Personal experience.
A lot of older people here are still very anti-germanic, not just because they blew up pretty much most of the country (the allied forces are equally guilty of that), but because both wars were wars of collaboration and traitors. That hatred runs deeper than simple hatred for a country and up to this day some people are marked as "blacks" (named after the german uniforms or the tar after the war was over, depends on source) for being family of a traitor.

The European Union originated from the war in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) to help revitalise the economy of a place that pretty much had nothing left (reason it was European Community of Coal and Steel initially). Perhaps it will break up one day, but a lot of realizations (the euro or ecu, the Schengen accord,...) will stay in place according to my vision.

As a sidenote: concentration camps were pretty common in that time and an invention of the English (first reports during the Oranje-Boer wars in Southern Africa). The Nazi's took an existing concept and placed it in a streamlined apparatus. (I am by no means minimizing the holocaust)

Again personal sidenote.
I want a story that has a belfry in it...and a carillon. Anyone? :)

March 19, 2015, 09:26:53 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings Except the Americans named fries French because they thought Belgians were French.
March 19, 2015, 10:14:21 AM
Re: Member birthday calendar
Summer solstice guy here (obviously that means I'm the chosen one... right?)
You're fated to go out on a horse, in a big desert plain, in the direction of the rising sun.
I'm fated to go out on a sledge pulled by big direwolves, in the arctic white, in the direction of the rising moon.

(2 days off the winter solstice, but close enough ;))

The prophecy is true! I'm going in the direction of the rising sun in May! Though I'm taking a plane >.>  dang it...

March 25, 2015, 09:13:46 AM
Re: Member birthday calendar Is the original post (the list) still being adapted?
March 25, 2015, 12:39:09 PM
Re: Experiences with worldbuilding
Believable reactions depends a lot on how the world works.

But how the world works isn't really affected by fictional plants and animals that are still just normal plants or animals. Reactions to and interactions with them would be the same as in a nonfantasy world. That's a good argument to completely indulge yourself with all the fictional wildlife and plants you want. Or even landscapes. There are enough really unusual places on Earth without anything supernatural going on.

Things would be a bit different with clearly magical creatures. Though I think with them consistency would go a long way. If most magic creatures are not frightening, but the big monster of a story is, then the monster probably should behave very different from the other creatures. If the readers wonder what the big deal is and why this is now supposedly different, it's an inconsistency and negates the appearance of an unnatural threat.

This makes me feel less weird for having a detailed section on hydra mating and different kinds of moss. Thank you.

March 27, 2015, 11:26:22 AM
Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise Can someone give me a blurb or a link to this book please? I'm looking for something to read and this thread made me curious.
March 27, 2015, 12:59:09 PM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? For all those in this thread (including me)

Now where did I leave my pipeweed...  ;)

March 27, 2015, 03:06:38 PM
Re: Your favorite book titles Less extravagant was
kingdom for sale, sold!
I read it when I was twelve and it was awesome ^^

March 28, 2015, 03:07:08 PM