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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought So I don't ready at the rate some of you read. I have no idea where you find the time!

Here's what I read, I didn't give them ratings as I'm not a reviewer in the slightest.

Lord of Ashes by Richard Ford- Third installment of the Steelhaven trilogy. I bounced off this quite hard. There were few characters I liked and I felt that as a story about a besieged city, it focused on the wrong things.

Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos- Again a third installment. I'm a sucker for a good military SF, particuarlly when it has land warfare. This one didn't have land warfare as much as the last two books but I loved it all the same. Unusually for me I breezed through this in three days.

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence- On the whole I enjoyed this one. Got a bit tired of Jal constantly reminding us that he is a coward however.

God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha by Kameron Hurley- Had a brilliant first line. I enjoyed what I read but I just never picked it back up, nothing really made me want to go back to it.

So a very mixed month for me, trying things I wouldn't otherwise choose. For February I have a few new authors to try, K.J Parker, Neal Asher perhaps and I want to make a start with the LA Quartet by James Ellroy but honestly I'm not the sort to plan my reading in advance. For now though I'm re-reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.

February 01, 2016, 04:18:52 PM
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Re: What do you find most difficult about writing? I have difficulty is shutting up my inner critic, the pedantic, second guessing sod who knows what I'll write before I write it and shoots it down. I'll start the weekend with good intentions to write and by Sunday night I'll be completely drained of any ideas, feeling like a failure.  I would have wrote perhaps 500 words and so I either delete it all or send it to my folder marked mass grave.

I'd love to thump him.




February 25, 2016, 04:04:31 PM
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts Not a good month in terms of reading:

Finished my re-read of The Heroes by Joe abercrombie, took my time with it as I rushed the ending last time I read it. Still one of my favourite books.

About halfway through Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell. When there's good bits they're really good but otherwise I'm finding it very dull and frankly it's annoying me because Cornwell is one of my favourite writers. A lot of repitition and reinforcement of the untruths of the longbow, it almost seems lazy. 

February 29, 2016, 02:47:04 PM
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Re: Writing Goals? No set target for me, right now if my attention span allows me to complete chapter one it'll be a miracle.
March 08, 2016, 04:37:29 PM
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Re: Inspiration
Does anyone get ideas from their dreams?...I do

Kinda.

I'll have a dream and at the time it'll be the best idea ever, all the details are in place and when I wake up I just have to jot down a few things then publishers will be clawing at me just to read the first damned line.

Then when I wake up it'll be the most incoherent crap.

March 10, 2016, 09:02:45 AM
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Re: What are you currently writing? My on again, off again WiP. A ranger is forced to confront his past when a renegade threatens his new life on the frontier. Set in a world with gunpowder weapons and low magic.
March 16, 2016, 12:53:43 PM
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Re: Best Author Ever? A lot of people going for Other. I feel that Other is pretty overhyped and in recent times has been very hit and miss.
April 19, 2016, 08:55:42 AM
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Re: Developing fantasy forms of martial arts? The question seems a bit vague however my advice would be to look at real world examples and modify them for your own purposes. A few questions to ask though:

Purpose:

Is this for ladies to stop nicking off with their handbags or is it a system of fighting for soldiers? Is it perhaps a competitive form of martial art? Krav Maga, jousting, and women's self defence classes taught in leisure centres are all very different from each other. Do you want your character stabbing people in the throat or punting them in the goolies?

Origins:

Was this made by a peasantry who were forbidden to use swords, or is this more for the nobles who adhere to a code of chivalry.

Weapons:

Do they use them at all? If so what weapons? How do they use them?

Philosophy:

Are there rules how and when they can use their skills? Is there an underlying religious or philosophic force behind it? e.g. Bushido code.

May 27, 2016, 09:33:07 AM
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