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Re: The Peat's Blog thread
I chipped in some thoughts on the recs post because I have many opinions... shockingly :D

Yessssss. I love comments!

Although it was the one on the other article that really made my day  ;D

January 15, 2020, 10:15:17 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) Yeah, I think it was the old twitter pic one. I've got a lot hairier since then.

And I think everyone on this forum who doesn't already know our real names could figure them out in about five seconds from our forum names.

I met Peat this evening - at a bookshop, of course :D much talk about books and stuff, and we ended up buying the same book ;D

Using the buy one get half price deal to get ourselves a bargain no less  8)

February 01, 2020, 09:37:04 PM
Re: Emotional connection to writing content
I wrote plenty of (well-received) sex-based fanfic before I ever did the deed myself, so... *shrug!* "Do your research" covers accounts of the thing (first-hand or otherwise) as well as doing the thing yourself. Indeed, relying on only your own experience leads to a very narrow understanding of anything.

I think an author needs to be in touch with what they want the reader to be feeling in a scene. I don't know that you necessarily have to feel it yourself, but you have to be very aware of what you want to evoke, and how you're going about it. Evoking it in yourself might be an easy way for some people to do that. Method-writing? :D

Once again, cupiscent beats me to something I was going to write...

I do sometimes method write when doing first person. I talk in the accent I think he'd have, pitch my voice lower, imagine myself bigger. Hell, I up my exercise quotient, so I can feel more appropriately tired and full of endorphins. I'm not the author telling you a story, I'm a knight telling you about the craziest thing that ever happened to me.

I haven't done it with third person, but then the method write bit is something I've only really done on edits when I've got the story straight, and I've yet to do that with third person. But maybe I should try...

February 02, 2020, 11:56:34 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
Oh @Peat, can you post that photo you took about the 'special book'  that was under the SFF section? ;D

Because Fantasy means Fantasy damnit!

February 05, 2020, 11:16:11 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
My Friday was spent with a long bath and then combing all the knots out of my hair.

Now eating Chinese appetisers in bed with my wife and writing up some reviews.

Also, sad that Bea returned A Memory Called Empire, but happy we'll be getting a book I had anyway as well  ;D

How longs you hair , do you have a ponytail?, I wonder if Logen nine fingers had to comb out knots out of his hair after a battle.

Mid-chest area, it goes in a ponytail if I'm going to the gym or rugby. And either Logen had massive jankass knots or he spent half an hour combing it everytime he washed it, one of the two. Probably both.

February 07, 2020, 11:53:20 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
Bender, strangely similar, although straighten the corkscrews a bit more. And add beard 8)

And sorry, Peat; and Xiagan. Is it strange that if I don't like a book that people I really like and respect the opinion I feel guilty?
(Eclipse, this doesn't apply to you - don't worry, I still really like you ;))

No, it happens to me sometimes as well. It's like "I know you want me to like it, and I feel bad for letting you down".

February 08, 2020, 09:56:13 AM
Re: What makes a good story if its not the plot? Potential answers...

Sometimes its the words - be it a sense of beautiful poetry or a bunch of great one liners. Sometimes its the characters. Sometimes its the ideas.

I would like to add another element that can make it work and that is I've read and enjoyed books where the plot is very thin indeed but each scene on its own is fantastic. Tends to work best for works with a comedic element. If the reader is enjoying every scene, then they're not going to question a lack of plot all that much.

Finally... a plot can be pretty simple but work because step of the journey delivers the right emotional punch for the moment. Good plotting isn't necessarily all about originality and plot twists, like it's the leader guitar. Sometimes its simply about spacing out events and building a logical progression so that we aren't wtf'ing at the characters. Sometimes - maybe more often than not - the plot is the rhythm section, keeping it together unnoticed for the characters and worldbuilding and prose to act as the lead instruments.

February 12, 2020, 01:27:35 AM