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Re: Who is in your fantasy zombie apocalypse squad?! Gavin Guile would be a nice addition to the magic users I think.
And Tyrion Lannister would not only be a good strategist, but would also keep everyone's spirits up.
On a side note, I now want to see Ninefingers and The Hound fight. Someone whose really good at fight scenes should write that.

April 14, 2015, 03:51:45 PM
Re: Plot structure and pacing I have to disagree with Brett's Flashbacks not adding more depth to the world or characters, for the most part. With Jardir's Flashbacks, we understand why he insists on doing things his way, as well as adding depth to the Krasian warrior and Dama way of life. With Inevera's, it didn't add that much more to her character, but it did show what the DamaTing went through. Even Ashia's, although I hated that flashback, showed us another way women were trained.
Also, I feel like I need to clarify about some stories not needing to be told. Take Durzo Blint from Night Angel. I hope I'm spelling that right. Anyway, his backstory is completely unnecessary. Without it, it makes him more mysterious, deadly, and interesting. It's harder to predict what he'll do next.

May 02, 2015, 11:52:54 PM
Re: Star Wars Being the youngest person on this thread so far, or at least that's what I'm assuming, I watched all of those movies when I was 4 and 5. I remember going to Star Wars 3 opening weekend. I was too little to notice anything wrong with them, and honestly, I think pure sentiment blocks me from seeing it to this day.
That being said, Star Wars 7 frightens me. I was perfectly fine with the first 6 and liked the way everything ended. And plus, Disney owns it now. It just doesn't seem... Right. I haven't decided if I'm going to go see it opening weekend or not.

May 05, 2015, 04:50:28 AM
Re: How to Avoid Scaring Away Male Readers - Too Much Touchy Feely Stuff (literally) Sex scenes don't bother me at all. It's the relationship drama that does. And not just your average fight here and there, but the wishy washy stuff that gets annoying.
I will say this though. If you're worried about having too many sex scenes, think about this. What goes through the character's mind during this scene that adds depth to the story? Is there something particular that happens here, for example a funny or awkward moment, that ads depth to the relationship? If there are no important thoughts going through a character's mind, does it show something about the internal conflicts of the other character purely based on his/her actions?
That's the type of stuff I look for while reading sex scenes. Sure, a hot moment is never a bad thing, but there also needs to be a deeper meaning behind it.

May 08, 2015, 09:58:08 PM
Re: RPG 2015: Jmack's Recruiting Thread "Okay," Justin Said calmly. "I have no clue what to do. The entrance has to be in this room somewhere... Maybe at the bottom of the lake? Or is that obvious? Yeah, that's obvious. So maybe..."
"Will you stop talking to yourself?" Kassin glared at him.
"I'm sorry. Just following Alter's lead. He's over there doing the same thing from the looks of it."
"Strange humans." Justin shook his head and let it go. Humans? Strange? What did he call himself when he looked in the mirror and realized his body couldn't decide what kind of animal it wanted to be? Justin shrugged. Anyway, back to thinking.
"I got it!" Justin beckoned Arcane over. "Let's go to the center of the lake and jump in the water that went into the hole."
"The treasure won't be down there," Arcane said with a bit of annoyance in his voice. "First of all, why would you put a valuable treasure in a room where water could sweep it away? Second, the water's going to drain out of that room and come crashing back down into the hole again. it's on a cycle." "
"That's the thing though. It's not in there. The entrance to the treasure room is."
"But wouldn't the water flood that as well?"
"Not if the entrance is cealed. Here's the trick." Justin began whispering, making sure the other group couldn't hear across the echoing cavern. "Go to the center of the lake and stand by the hole. Then when you see all the water drain out of it, we all jump in. It's going to hurt but... Anyway, we'll have a limited amount of time before the water comes crashing back down, so we'll have to open the entrance and close it quickly. Not just the treasure room entrance, but the lake hole drain thing as well. We wouldn't want to make it easy for the other side. I'm not sure how to do it, but we can figure it out. Hell, maybe that cat has figured out something while he's down there. Of course, he could just get washed away again with the current. Either way, with all of us, we can do it."
Kassin glanced at Justin with a bit more respect. "That could work," the dragon tiger thing said. "It's worth a try at least." Arcane nodded, and they headed toward the drain.

May 27, 2015, 04:52:44 PM
Re: RPG 2015: JayMack's Quest for the Dragon Diamond "I think it's time I had a look at that bag. There might be more.. Interesting things in there." After snickering at Arcane and smiling to himself at the annoyance showing on his face, Justin reached and grabbed the bag. "He began muttering to himself as he rifled through the contents. "Weird things... More weird things... More weird... Wait, what is this?" It was a small, silvery object, crafted into a symbol that he had never seen before. Or had he? Something about the object pulled at him. It made him want to disappear into the shadows and wander away. Yes... Maybe just for a bit... Justin stopped himself. No. Something's off about this object. Kassin was regarding him curiously.
"Do you know what that is?" Kassin inquired.
"Not a clue. Do you?"
"Yes." Silence.
"What is it?" He tried to keep the irritation out of his voice, but some inevitably slipped through.
"Something that you should keep very close. It is not my place to reveal it's nature to you."
"Why not?"
"Because it's different depending on the user. It may do wonderful things to you, or it may bring curses down upon your family. Strange humans. Always accessing powers you shouldn't mess with." Justin stared at the object. So I could die, he thought, or I could become amazing. Interesting. Well, you don't get anywhere without risks. Justin pocketed the object.

May 29, 2015, 05:54:54 PM
Re: Can you be a great writer without being a great writer? Honestly, I know great vocabulary and nice pros are beautiful, but they don't matter to me. What matters is the story. This isn't fantasy, but I'm going to use The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo as an example. Greatly written from what I read. Lots of nice big fancy vocabulary words. But it got in the way of me enjoying the actual story. Yes, it's great when you can write in a masterful way. But if your focus is so much on perfect sentences that you fail to grasp your readers, then in my mind you've failed as a writer.
May 30, 2015, 06:39:57 PM
Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS This episode was the best this season, and not just because of the battle.
Besides Cersei's storyline, we are in completely uncharted territory. It's so much more fun to watch!
On a side note. As a blind person, it can be extremely hard to watch fight scenes and/or long battles. Watching the Lord of the Rings movies for example without descriptive narration was a nightmare. I've corrected that, but sadly, HBO has not described any of their shows yet. :(
Before looking at a recap online, this is what I got.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Strange giant words. Angry dogs. Wind. Thunder. Highstorms? Oops, wrong book. Angry growl. Zombies? Zombies!
Crunch. Aaaahhh! Growl! Aaahhhh! Splatter. Splash. Angry giant. Screaming. Something having to do with wood breaking? Glass shattering? More chrunching and gorey, awesome sound effects. Sad weird music. What, did they kill Jon already? Nope, never mind. "We must run or we die!" Musical raise. Oh shit, they turned all the dead into Whitewalkers. That was quick. More growling and crunching and stuff. Peaceful ocean. Huh? Okay...
I hope that made somebody smile. It was honestly quite amusing. You would think that would frustrate me, but thank God for the internet. Plus, it will come out with descriptive narration eventually, so I'll get all the awesome details.

June 02, 2015, 06:09:58 AM
Re: How to Avoid Scaring Away Male Readers - Too Much Touchy Feely Stuff (literally)
I've just finished reading Robin Hobb  Royal Assassin and I like the way she describes Molly and Fitz relationship, the reader knows that there have made love to each other without the author going into great detail about it I felt anyway

I much prefer this then the descriptive sex scenes like Abercrombie  does.
Not to mention all his sex scenes are grossly described. There's nothing beautiful about them.

June 07, 2015, 06:19:44 PM
Re: Small Presses? I don't feel like a company like that can stay small. If you start getting great authors, they start getting more fans, and the company gets more business. And it grows. And grows. and grows. If you aren't growing to the point where you have more authors every year, you're doing something wrong.
August 12, 2015, 10:02:36 PM