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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017 I'm surprised no one's mentioned Age of Swords. I haven't finished it, but considering I've only read two books published this year I have no say.

Most Anticipated for 2018
1. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
2. The Sacred Throne by Myke Cole
3. The Emperor Blade by Chris Wooding. Normally it wouldn't sound interesting, but Ketty Jay guy gets a read.
4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
5. I can't come up with one so... Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

for this year I still have to read Age of Swords, The Core, Oathbringer, The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. All of those combined with Red Sister would probably be my top 5, unless I absolutely hate one of them.

December 22, 2017, 11:10:16 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) This year wasn't great for much of the world, but it's been great for me.

I graduated my 10-month independence training program.
I revived the division for blind students in Georgia.
I got accepted into my first choice of colleges, and finished my first semester with an A in every class.
My relationship with my girlfriend has improved dramatically, going through rough times but coming out stronger. I write this as she sits 15 feet away.
I have restarted my relationship with my father. We will see how this goes.
I discovered Orthodox Christianity after several months of theology research.
I found my favorite mystery show, The Killing.
I discovered David Wong.

I'm sure there's lots of other things, but I have been blessed to go through everything. My anxiety and everything that comes with it has improved my life instrumentally now that I know what it is and am making life changes. I am alive, I am healthy, I don't have financial problems, and I'm able to laugh every day. What more can a person ask for in life?

December 31, 2017, 11:45:35 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
I discovered David Wong.
David Wong released another John book last year What The Hell Did I Just Read? Have you seen it or read it, yet, @ultamentkiller? If it's as good as This Book Is Full Of Spiders, it may wind up on my best of 2018.
That's on the list of books I haven't read that I want to. It's right there with Age Of Swords, Oathbringer, The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter... Damn I'm so far behind!

January 01, 2018, 05:32:33 PM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel
I got the final funding for my autism booklet today, from the northland power company. And I only found out a couple of days ago that it's a whole formal affair up on a stage, along with everyone else who got funding for a social-minded project. There was a photographer and hors d'oeuvres and everything. A nice little moment.

Now I'll have to actually get around to getting this thing done.
You can do it!

January 05, 2018, 11:20:51 PM
Re: What are you currently watching? I started watching Atypical. Pretty good show, but frustrating at times with how stupid one of the characters is acting.
January 19, 2018, 07:23:05 PM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel
You have a great mind Bradley, but you need to decide whether you want to use it as a microscope that makes your problems seem huge or a telescope that sees the bigger picture and distant destinations worth sailing to.
This quote hit me tonight. Thank you so much TGC.

Hang in there everyone, and we'll keep swimming through this mess together.

February 19, 2018, 04:02:38 AM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Okay, there's some cool things in your post JMack.

Quaker Dad and Lesbian Mom? I didn't know that was possible! That's a cool combination!

And Strip Battling Tops? What is that?

I feel like I occupy that middle-ground of sensitivity and bluntness. I have cried and will probably cry many times more in front of people I care about when I'm in immense emotional distress. And when I'm fighting for something I want or raging against whatever machine has pissed me off, I am fiery. I'm hesitant to fight, but when I do, I'm fierce. Or I try to be anyway. I feel like my biggest issue is pride. I have humble moments, but when I mess up or don't meet my expectations I feel embarrassed and want to hide. I'm rarely prideful to the point of defending my own actions after I realize my mistake, but I'm prideful in a sense that I hate taking gifts from others because I want to earn everything myself and owe nothing. And then on top of that, I'm willing to give a lot to others, which doesn't make much sense because I hate receiving.

I feel like we're all full of contradictions.

February 25, 2018, 02:53:07 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) It's ironic we're talking about death on the day that most Christians celebrate the resurrection. :P

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't been around. College is hurting me, specifically Math, plus my involvement in blindness organization stuff and now I'm starting a student organization with some other people.

Now back to homework. Hope everyone's alright!

April 01, 2018, 08:57:15 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
Since one of the problem groups are Christian extremists, it had me look up and read the Sermon on the Mountain in Matthew. Maybe you could formulate an argument in their own language they would be more receptive to. It's a perfect match. It condems exactly this behavior and is one of the core texts of Christianity. Feels like every second line is a figure of speech that you can still run into every other day. And to the end you get this:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Apparently the church was plagued by this problem already by the second generation.

I also noticed that in the last German elections in the late 20s and early 30s, the Social Democrats (Labour) were losing votes every time, while the Communists were gaining votes. Even if the left had ended up winning over the right, the outlook would have been almost just as bleak. When you let others sacrifice your values for your shared cause, you can only lose.

What a fount of inspiration. So much potential for stories that I've never seen being told in fantasy yet.  :D The enemies who have been tricked to do evil by a genuinely evil third party villain is such a lame cliche. The opponent who becomes an ally against a greater problem without abondining his cause and ideal seems really fresh in comparison.
Well, I didn't mean to come back on this note but...

I'm sorry you ever encountered this, and I'm sorry that this happens. I can tell you as a devout Christian, I've tried arguing with them on the basis of the sermon on the mount and many other passages like it, but in short, they don't care. Western Christianity has turned it into a legal affair of who will enter Heaven and Hell, which isn't at all how it was thought of for the first thousand years. In my opinion, it's created a feeling of fear among these groups that turns into yelling and screaming about salvation. It's fear for the people around them, and fear for themselves despite reassurances some develop like "once saved always saved." And of course, people will turn whatever platform they have in front of them into a means of getting power over others. Throughout history in Orthodoxy and Catholicism, it's played out in the power structures, but in Conservative  Protestantism it tends to show itself in demeaning others on a street corner or posting angry things. What I'm finding is that unless a Christian has familiarized themselves with what the first thousand years of Christianity looked like, or at least is willing to listen to it, it's hard to have logical conversations like the one you're asking for since they're only open to interpretations that they grew up on or come up with themselves through a two-thousand year lens.

I don't say that to demean anyone here, but I think we all know it requires an open-mind to have a conversation with anyone, and Evangelical Protestants tend to have the most closed-minded people out of any denomination. I'm speaking from experience as growing up as one, and also being surrounded by them. This is not to say that they're bad people or anything, just that in their theology, it's easier to interpret passages to work with any worldview you desire. Not all of them do, but you see it with the vocal ones that obviously do not reflect the teachings of Christ.


Hi everyone! I'm back for a while. A lot has happened. I see some new names floating around, Nora moving, Bea on vacation... It looks like everything is going well! I'm sorry I haven't been around much, but I've been drowning in school and theology.

I got hired to work for the Colorado Center for the Blind this summer, to teach High School students technology, and work with some on daily living skills like cooking, cleaning, and all that good stuff. I'm really looking forward to it. I won a $5000 scholarship for college from the blindness organization I'm apart of, and I have $2000 worth of scholarships from my school excluding financial aid. It looks like I have next year covered completely, and if the government pays me some money they owe, then I might even be set for two. I've been fighting with my Math class all semester. At first I thought I would barely finish with a C, but I think I've secured a B. If a miracle happens, I will finish with an A and possibly keep my 4.0 GPA in tact, which is the best possible grade average you can have. the first semester it wasn't hard since I took easy classes, but I've really had to fight for this one. I have my final exams this week, and then I'm off to Ohio to see my girlfriend for a week. I'll start work at the end of the month.

I still haven't seen Infinity War yet, or Black Panther for that matter. I should be going in a couple of weeks though. I've heard nothing but good things, although one thing has been spoiled for me. It didn't shock me though since I know it won't last.

Sorry for highjacking the thread. Hope all of you continue to do well. I'll continue checking up on everyone as much as I can.

May 06, 2018, 05:09:36 AM