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Re: Plots running parralel in the same book I'll try and set down the plots in as few words as possible.

I'll just use MC-A (Boy) and MC-B (Girl).

MC-A and MC-B are children at the beginning, as well as good friends. MC-B moves with family to another land and MC-A starts having bad dreams about MC-B and her being in peril in the future. MC-A sets out to find MC-B.

MC-A ends up involved in a multi-kingdom war that keeps him occupied and delays his seeking out of MC-B for several years. MC-B is on the continent where the bad guy (masquerading as a good guy) that will play a pivotal part in helping the other bad guy involved in the war, towards the end of the war, lives. MC-B's time spent at her location let's us see whether or not the dreams of MC-A are giving accurate foreshadowing, since dreams are dis-jointed and possibly misleading. It also allows me to write a fully fleshed out plot involving a female protagonist, which is something new for me. Also the information the reader acquires pertains to events way down the road after the war is over. This way I can avoid having to info. dump because the reader is learning important information that is relevant to MC-B's plot.

MC-B comes to the conclusion rather early on that there is something sketchy going on so she becomes the "detective" that is trying to uncover the plot. As MC-B uncovers more of the mystery she puts herself in greater danger, thus building more tension and hopefully causing the reader to wonder if MC-A will ever be able to reach her in time.

MC-A and MC-B are potential love interests sometime in the future and they both change quite a bit from who they once were as children. Hopefully this will make the relationship more interesting when they finally re-unite.

March 17, 2016, 07:19:53 AM
Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
that ^^^ is quite possibly the most amazing thing i've seen in a while.

Hopefully they'd all be killed off before the end of the series.

March 25, 2016, 01:28:11 PM
Re: Why Do You Want to be an Author? To make a living telling stories and not having to work a typical 9-5 job. Fame and fortune is just the icing on the cake if it ever happens. As long as I can pay my bills and put some money away for the future then I'm happy. Even if it lets me work part time at a regular job I'll be happy.
March 30, 2016, 07:52:01 AM
Re: Mainstream fantasy publishing ain't what it used to be I think there is a difference between quality as far as entertainment goes and quality as far as the craft itself goes. I have watched plenty of movies that I enjoyed that I knew were not that good in the grand scheme of things. I love HP Lovecraft but I'm not going to try and defend him as a literary giant as good as any writer that has ever lived. A lot of people think Lovecraft is just pulp trash with little redeeming value. My sense of worth isn't so tightly entwined with my personal preferences for art, cinema, literature, etc., that I can't be honest about the quality. The entire "everything is subjective so there is no good or bad art" argument is ludicrous and just a way to keep people from having their feelings hurt; which wouldn't happen if they weren't so emotionally invested in protecting what they like.
March 31, 2016, 01:16:34 PM
Re: What do you like or hate in regards to book summaries?
I hate how the back cover of so many books is now filled with glowing review blurbs from different places. I don't give a damn what they think of the book I want to know what the book is about. I shouldn't have to go in search of what will sell the book to me.

Or famous authors being quoted and giving a thumb's up for the book. There's no way of knowing if they've even read it or if it was done as a favor.

April 13, 2016, 02:23:12 PM
Re: Music to Listen to while writing [youtube]vtADH_hN-YM[/youtube]

90% of the time it's metal.

April 16, 2016, 09:30:23 PM
Re: What's the point of romance in fantasy?
A thought just came to me: Isn't is just the cynical people who say that the world we live in is cynical?

It's cynical and cyclical.  ;D

April 20, 2016, 12:33:58 PM
Re: What's the point of romance in fantasy?
Mmmmh. Personally, reading such a comment, my first reaction is to think you don't read good enough books. But I see where you're coming from. I mean, even god-author god-awful author Rothfuss had me skip pages when his MC got way too engrossed by his lady love.

Sorry couldn't help myself. :D

Rothfuss living out his juvenile sexual fantasies through his Marty Stu Kvoth (Couldn't he have come up with a less annoying name for his protagonist?) is about as big an argument against romantic content as I can think of.

April 20, 2016, 04:19:11 PM
Re: What's the point of romance in fantasy? I like my Red Sonja's and Valeria's. I think they did a great job in Conan the Barbarian with the relationship between Conan and Valeria, despite it being an action film.

Valeria: "Let's take what we have while we live. I have never had so much as now. All my life I've been alone. Many times I've faced my death with no one to know. I would look into the huts and the tents of others in the coldest dark and I would see figures holding each other in the night. And I always passed by. You and I, we have warmth. That's so hard to find in this world. Please. Let someone else pass by in the night. Let us take the world by the throat and make it give us what we desire."

Good stuff.

April 21, 2016, 09:00:24 AM
Re: Magic System Advice? Don't write a story that spends half the time trying to convey to the reader how the magic system works. A complicated magic system doesn't necessarily mean a compelling story.

If they only positive feedback you get from readers is that your magic system is cool then you are doing something wrong.

April 22, 2016, 12:43:05 PM