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Re: Ereaders vs books I think your opinion is the most popular. Most people I know either love their tablet – but tend to prefer books when they can – or downright disdain ereaders.

I used to be like this. Swear only by books and look down my nose at eReader-people. Now, as a traveller, I have no choice. Books weight a ton and take up insane amounts of space. I can't live without reading however, so the choice of buying a kindle was a quick one.
And I LOVE my kindle. Really! I never use the wifi or even the dictionary, it's not touch it is all buttons. And its perfect. I love how I can bookmark things and make highlights that appear in a highlight folder where I can browse everything I've extracted from any book...
Plus, it's nothing like a computer, the e-ink is impressive. It's packed with hundreds of books and is slim as a short novella. As soon as I settle I'll start hoarding books again, but in the meantime I'm very happy with my reader.  :D

April 17, 2015, 01:53:34 PM
Re: Revision sweeps Too* many adverbs.

Yeah, I don't have so much to add, I've actually never tried to consciously partition what I'm looking for as I re-read myself. I'll give it a shot next time. I'm looking for an idea for a short story at the moment so thanks, this comes handy.

April 17, 2015, 02:50:04 PM
Re: Ereaders vs books
I think this is far from an either or type answer and most people do both with a preference one way or the other.
When Ebooks prevail and if you want a hard copy it may well come off a home printer. I find it sad that the messages written left by friends, relations, lovers and signings of authours will all be gone. The art and illistration
lost along with the smell and touch of a book.
What posed me to ask was finding the inscription from a mad uncle who gave me a copy of the Just So stories for my 11th birthday and thinking one day technology will make an end of this.
I don't think this is likely at all. People who love eReaders love books. People who make art for covers make art anyway and will keep doing it. Fans buy fan art, fanart books, illustrations, ect.
I don't believe in a generation that will know tablets only and be strangers to the look and touch of books.
No, I believe in a world where kids don't read at all.
I see it all the time. You walk into people's homes and you don't see a single bookshelf. Not a novel in sight. Those people don't have eReaders, they simply don't read, and they don't offer books to their kids and don't encourage them to read.
I've babysat kids who can't focus long enough to watch a DVD they like, or involve more than a dozen mintues in a video game.
I mean, I still buy books for the people I love! I never offered anyone a mobi or epub file..

However, in some cases, @Raptori I received enough books of interest for free that my kindle did instantly repay itself.

April 18, 2015, 03:49:42 PM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC? I always work by pen. I have about 50 pages of written notes, and then I write a formal chapter, often rewrite, it's covered in black marks. My bf who is a writer (and I met through reading a short story!  ;D) uses a ruber and keeps his notes clean. I don't even own one and fail to see the point, I'd be destroying the paper with it.
When I'm happy with the basis I have I write on my computer, and very often this brings a lot of change.
My April story had me writing on my notebooks in the tram, at work, ect.
I like writing on paper because I like to doodle and sketch along and the computer doesn't give me that at all.

April 19, 2015, 12:16:46 AM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC? Interesting, I'm on mac too and use text edit for minimlism, and then OpenOffice's version of Words for bigger pieces and more formal work. It fluctuates. I'll check your softwares out Saraband.
April 21, 2015, 12:50:10 PM
Re: Real life experiences and non-fiction sources for better worldbuilding Alright, another insight on a life fact maaaaaany stories, be it in movies or books, get very wrong.
Hunger, fasting and starvation.



Going a bit more into the details of what happens to your body as you starve/fast : http://io9.com/5941883/how-your-body-fights-to-keep-you-alive-when-youre-starving

This one is also interesting. While they describe complete starvation (nothing but water) you'll notice that it isn't "recommended" to starve a soldier for 10 days because the guys got tired and unmotivated, but they sure as hell survived without any indicated lasting ill-effect : http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/20/7/672.abstract

So. In general movies and some books treat the matter of food in a rather ridiculous manner. Panic at the idea of loosing the last bits of ration food. 3 days without food and characters start to think death is looming! After 3 days, you'll be puking, not dying.
It's a surprisingly common misrepresentation!
Any french or german speaker might want to check the very good documentary on fasting done by Arte.
While life in general gets harder and harder, and someone walking/hunting/running, on only water, would probably last longer than someone sitting on their arse sipping at fresh water, we can still pretty easily give a month worth of active starvation to any character who is gifted with enough water.

April 25, 2015, 04:10:31 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet

to stay in the LotR area :

April 26, 2015, 01:22:22 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet
April 26, 2015, 04:20:25 PM
Re: Here there be Monsters
I'm not a fan of fight scenes in general, and the same goes for monster. The most interesting parts about a fight is what happens before and after. Once the fight starts, things are already pretty clear. One of them will die. If the monster fights the hero, it will be the monster. If the monster fights anyone else, that other guy dies.

Unless you're in game of thrones. In which case, the most wicked survives.

All the interesting stuff about a monster is what happens before the fight. When will they fight, where will they fight? Who will be ambushed? Which weapons will the character have? How many monsters will it be? Writing good monsters is much more about those things than what it can do with its teeth and claws.
Really? I came back to this thread to say that I was beginning a story starring a proper "monster", but in my case there will be no direct fight.
Some examples come to my mind of monsters making some serious damages and where the fights aren't so much the main interesting points.
Like in the B.P.R.D. comics, derived from hellboy. One character has been turned into some sort of evil were-jaguar by a forest jaguar spirit. He feels it in himself, but turns involuntarily and keeps no memory of the mess he makes. When the tension builds and the character actually lashes out in that form, he makes some damages (destroys the physical body of a medium, kills several 'red shirts', kills his own doctor and the assassin who came after him) but the real point of interest is how he deals with the realisation that he's responsible of deaths and lost control, is a monster and yet wishes he would keep his friends from harm.
His final battle against another monster is mint. Hand to hand combat.

Comes with amazing art too :

April 26, 2015, 04:52:08 PM
For cat owners amongst us http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/01/14/can-now-buy-cat-battle-armour/

It's not the first time I see something in that vein, but this one is darn cool.

Any of you guys ever did a costume for your pet?

April 28, 2015, 03:15:53 AM