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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett Judging by the couple of books I have read from him, he had really unique mind.

And by definition, such uniqueness is rare. Too rare, that is.

RIP Sir Terry

March 13, 2015, 10:03:09 AM
Re: Bridgeburner at 500... sign of OCD? Congratulations @Jmacyk!!!

Although I hate you (and some others) when I see how many new posts there are, by the time I (FINALLY) finish reading them I can't help but wonder how informative/funny/thought-provoking/[insert positive adjective] they are. Keep up the good work!  :)

I would give you karma, but sadly... nevermore.  :(

March 16, 2015, 02:06:08 PM
Re: Inception and how you write a great story Very perceptive of you, Yora!

I really have to watch that one again, since the first time most of the plot twists went over my head. ???

Quote from: Morpheus
How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

Well, you spin a top and watch whether it keeps spinning or not, obviously.  ;)

March 16, 2015, 05:21:28 PM
Re: The Absurdity of English in Other Worlds Fantasy
It's unlikely that a common speech would be more than a relatively local phenomenon - it wouldn't be something that spread all over a world, unless communications were as least as good as the modern RW.
It's simple to justify:
(1) Humans didn't disperse until after they had a written language with well-established rules. And there are plenty of opportunities for barriers to dispersion in a fantasy world.
(2) Language was a gift of the gods.
Well, if you wanted to have a world like that, fine, but I was thinking of a world that's developed in a more natural way. It's certainly not the kind of set-up that could be considered standard, just an option you could justify if you really wanted to. Personally I don't.
The problem is that we only have our own world as a reference. Sure, our world is what's "natural" to us when it comes to languages, cultures, history, and whatnot, but who knows if that's the only way. What I'm trying to say (and failing?) is that it's called FANTASY for a reason. Fantasy worlds don't have to (or even shouldn't) be realistic in the same way that the world we live in is. In fantasy the writer should imagine a world with its own realism. After that, it's very much a matter of opinion (of the readers), of course, what makes sense in that world.

Alternate history is an altogether different beast, but since it doesn't really pertain to the topic (Other Worlds), I won't go there.

In any case, thinking of it globally, which common tongue do you represent by English? If you were approaching our mediaeval era on that basis, you might use Arabic for the Middle East, Chinese for East Asia, Mayan for Central America etc. You couldn't represent them all by English.
The common tongue that is the most prominent in your story, I would say. At least that would seem to me like the most sensible thing to do in a fantasy book for English audiences.

Opinions differ, but that's (more or less) mine.

March 17, 2015, 11:38:55 AM
Re: Real life experiences and non-fiction sources for better worldbuilding It amazes me how much text you guys and gals can produce in a day.  ;D

I felt a little sorry for @Nora as I watched how quickly things went off topic (well, not strictly off topic, but still slightly off from the intent of the original post, i guess). But that kind of "derailment" happens on forums, and sometimes (like in this case) it's not entirely a bad thing, since the ensuing conversation is good. Still, It's totally appropriate to comment on it when it happens. So, i don't think there's any need to feel assholish, @Jmacyk:)

And now to the topic (in a way). I have looked through the Internet (the whole Internet, really) for resources relating to traveling speeds in medieval and roman times, and I try to see if I can link some of it here at some point. But for now I just want to say, that even though horses can carry people faster than those people could walk, the distance traveled per day and the sustainability of the speed (for days or weeks) depends quite a lot on the skill of the rider. I would think that an inexperienced rider would feel the strain of controlling the animal and sitting in a saddle pretty soon.

I don't have any first hand experience with horses, though. Maybe someone who rides horses can tell how straining riding horses for longer distances is.

March 19, 2015, 09:07:14 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings So, Gariath and Doctor Chill seem to be in competition with each other for the Most Like Button Spamming Person award. Just look at the "Like-section" of the recent posts on this topic. On the other hand, they might just be very easy to please.  ;D

EDIT: Yeah, I should have read the thread dealing with this rivalry of "churches" better before posting, but I didn't realize that it had THREE PAGES OF POSTS SINCE I LAST CHECKED (which was yesterday). Damn you all!!!  :P

March 27, 2015, 08:28:51 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings I'm wondering, do the Likes given by Justan and Raptori increase Gariath's Like total, since they all are part of the same unholy trinity?

March 27, 2015, 03:23:18 PM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? It's been about two years since I last wrote my story. Okay okay, I have been rebuilding the world and getting ready for a re-write, so I have written some things relating to the story. But do I still get some sort of prize for writing avoidance?  :)

Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
All of that ^

reading another forum I'm on
Lol I actually have somewhere between three and four times as many posts on the other forum...  :o
Even more posts than here!?!? Please teach me that time-stop spell of yours, Raptori. Maybe then I could solve my time management problems.  :P

(my partner's ill, so I'm gonna take a break and hopefully help make her feel a bit better)
One Get Well Soon wish for your partner.

March 27, 2015, 03:46:47 PM
Re: The King's Paws
Welcome back, Charlemagne.  Looking at the post history seems that I started with F-F sort of right after you started your break. Coincidence?  ;) ;D
There is no such thing as coincidence...  :o
Are you a wisdomous turtle?  :o

I am, at times, slow like a turtle. Does that count? But I don't think wisdom is really my thing. :)

March 28, 2015, 11:04:45 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings A quick look through the Interwebs tells that the Finnish word lohikäärme comes (most likely) from old Swedish word floghdragi. The flogh-part was borrowed and incorrectly linked to word lohi. The more exact translation would have been lentokäärme (flying snake). Link for those who understand Finnish.

Etymology is fun.  ;D

March 28, 2015, 06:45:22 PM