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Re: I'm trying to improve my blurb I like Jmack's suggestion more than Raptori's.  Start with the past and zoom into the present.  Here's my tweet to the blurb:

Three hundred years have passed since the calamitous war that splintered the united nation of mankind.  Since then, the unending battle for the world has remained in the shadows.  Meanwhile, mankind squabbles, ignorant to the dark forces  biding their time until the next opportunity to rise once more.

Rowdy tomboy Katja has always been haunted by a premonition that she will face terrible foes and a lifetime of violence. Her nightmares become reality when she faces a marauding demon and kills it.  Soon after, she meets Serdra, a mysterious warrior woman who introduces her to the supernatural gifts they share, and the responsibilities that come with them. Together they venture out to heed their Call while an old evil stirs in Katja's homeland.

The world cannot be saved.  But can it be preserved?

May 20, 2015, 09:50:37 AM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? I successfully didn't write 1000 words today. Gotta love binge surfing writing forums! :D Tomorrow shall be different...there've been many "tomorrows" in my writing experience.
May 21, 2015, 01:23:50 PM
Re: How much did you write today? Busted out 1300 words!:D  Three and a half chapters and I'll have book 2 typed up.  The end is in sight!
May 22, 2015, 10:07:43 AM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? Ugh, goats.  Nasty things, and I find the loin cloth distasteful.  Though the randomness be intriguing, the bewilderment of the chaotic goat land of...vampires?...sounds like a fine mess deserving of whimsy.  But I am a serious soul, and my distaste for vampires runs strong.  'Tis time to rush to the discussion thread at least.

On topic of the thread, I successfully didn't write or edit today.  Alas, another day of relaxing.  Woe is me!

June 17, 2015, 02:14:28 PM
Re: Who's Who in the RPG 2015 Entrance and exit executed.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Name:  Elena

Looks:  Punk rocker girl, one side of her head with chin-length black hair, the other side buzz cut.  Fish net leggings and high black boots.  Has a full arm tattoo of flames, a nose ring, and several earrings, and has hearing aids because of her exceptionally bad hearing.  Travels with a Jigglypuff.

Race:  human

Profession:  Rocker minstrel by day, thief by non-days and dark indoor places.

Weapon of Choice:  A stamp with permanent red ink that says "IDIOT" that she uses to stamp people's foreheads with in order to ruin their sense of attractiveness and humiliate them for all time.  When she's actually fighting, a series of throwing knifes and a rapier, but she usually forgets to bring them with her.

Allegiance:  None.  Whether or not you can persuade her to join a side has yet to be decided...if you can catch her, that is.

I can't think of anything else.

June 17, 2015, 11:55:00 PM
Re: RPG 2015: Chit chat thread, all manner of discussion allowed An RPG isn't good enough without a Jigglypuff! :D
June 18, 2015, 12:04:36 AM
Re: Writing Software All my first drafts (which actually only includes two manuscripts) are done on paper.  When I first started to type them up, it was in MS Word.  Then, I bought an iPad last year and started using Pages.  THEN, I bought a Macbook Pro and got Scrivener.  Absolutely love Scrivener because it keeps everything together, keeps all your brainstorming notes and things in one place, and you can take snapshots of your old draft when you got to edit.

@donalddallan - I agree about the compile option.  It's a little confusing, and I'm definitely gonna need a tutorial when I go to self publish.  Other than that, I love the program so far.  A little steep on the learning curve, but worth it when you find out what works for you.

July 09, 2015, 01:25:47 PM
Re: Annoying Reading It might have been mentioned, but I'm never keen on reading pages of description about the setting.  I don't really care about what kind of foliage there is, whether the trees are spruce, fir, douglas, whatever.  You tell me trees and I'll think of whatever comes to mind.  A bit is fine, but not three pages.  I'm looking at you, Terry Brooks.  Couldn't get through the Windsong of Shannara (think that's what it's called) because of all the description.  I like books that give enough description to immerse you in the story, but only enough so the rest is left to the imagination.

Fancy, educated language way beyond my expertise.  Thanks to learning Japanese, I've dumbed down quite a bit, and I feel quite stupid when I can't understand a string of words.  Maybe I just need to read more, though. lol

July 09, 2015, 01:36:04 PM
Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? What a lazy day! Listened to podcasts and...that's pretty much it, actually. Didn't do any editing or critiquing. But I did go for a jog, and I found a lot of my old journal, old rough drafts of unfinished stories and old maps and character profiles from when I started doing my current project eight years ago! Man, was it interesting looking through the beginning stages of my book and characters and seeing how much they've changed. So awesome.
August 18, 2015, 05:43:37 AM
Re: The King's Paws
I don't think you understand how hard it is to find a Goat Dragon.

Donkey from Shrek's kids.

August 19, 2015, 04:35:57 PM