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Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread  :)
Hello! I wanted to say hello so that those playing guess the writer would know a new person entered a story.

November 02, 2016, 02:21:58 PM
Hello! I don’t like doing these introductions but here goes…  :) I am new to the forum, and longtime lurker on Fantasy Faction. The October short story contest theme produced an idea and I actually wrote it. I tend to come up with scenes or plot bits for stories, but slack in making myself write.

In fifth grade we had a career program where we did different things, one was an author. We had to write a story with no prompts. We had free rein. I wrote about a kidnapped little kid and forced to live in a haunted house. The power to make anything happen thrilled me.

The next year we moved to a tiny coal mining town in West Virginia. The library was a tiny one room building with one librarian. She knew what the patrons read and would recommend items. For me she picked Silence of the Lambs. It was way over my head at that age but it was awesome that my mom allowed it.

Now I live in Florida. I hate the heat and humidity of summer. I work in a library (no library sciences degree). I enjoy having an idea of what our patrons read and recommending something for them. Especially when they love it.

I also love to paint and make things. I do craft class for adults and a youth art enrichment class for homeschooled kids each once a month at the library.

Robin Hobb’s Assassin's Apprentice was my introduction to fantasy novels. Hooked ever since. I don’t mind the meandering of some of her books. When I find an author/series I enjoy I want to spend all my time in their worlds. I have a love/hate thing with endings. Excited to see how it turns out and sad it is over. One of my favorite things in the world is discovering a completed series that I can read one after another. 

Some series/authors I like: Robin Hobb, Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold, Vamped by David Sosnowski, Twelve Houses series by Sharon Shinn,Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust, some Orson Scott Card, Harry Potter, Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin, Game of Thrones

Some shows/movies I like: Game of Thrones, Walking Dead (currently annoyed with it), Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Black Sails, Togetherness, Labyrinth, Fight Club, Let the Right One In, Princess Bride, Big Fish, Moon, Children of Men, Ex Machina, Shawshank Redemption, House of Cards, Silver Linings Playbooks

 So many things to do, write, read, watch so little time.

November 03, 2016, 07:03:35 PM
Re: Hello! I don’t like doing these introductions but here goes… Thanks everyone for the welcomes!  ;D

@Gem_Cutter I am in central Florida, around the middle between from Orlando and Ocala. Pompano is several hours south of here. One of my closest friends made the move to Atlanta a little over a year ago. She loves it.
@Henry Dale I’m at a small town public library. I think that helps. We have books, dvd, games, audiobooks etc. We are part of a county wide collection of libraries one of which checks out decorative cake pans! We try to provide classes and activities that are educational and/or fun. We provide entertainment. Making the library more of a community center. We have ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming video and different databases available online with your library card. Eventually machines will probably do the check in/check out. Hopefully it will just free up some of our time to do more activity style stuff.

@Mehman Thanks! My first and middle names are Crystal Lynn and I had a thing for fairy's for a while and just combined it thinking it kinda sounded like crystalline fairy. Neat picture in my head.

@Tanniel I’ve, umm, never read any Tolkien. I have seen the movies but honestly not a big fan of them. I don’t know why. I will eventually read the books. I am hoping that when I do I enjoy them. Like when you pick up a book but can’t get into it then try again later and love it. You a fan?

November 04, 2016, 04:42:18 PM
Re: Hello! I don’t like doing these introductions but here goes… @Tanniel and @Gem_Cutter I may be at work right now with a cart next to me that holds a copy of The Hobbit. I have no problem accessing my inner 8 year old. I regularly read children’s picture books as I check them in. I will give a writer my time as long as I am engaged. 
I looked on the read along thread. The Hobbit has yet to be done. I will start that thread and check out The Hobbit and we will see how it goes.

November 04, 2016, 07:36:33 PM
The Hobbit I was asked about Tolkien and admitted that I had never read any. @Tanniel and @Gem_Cutter both suggested starting with The Hobbit. I happened to check in a copy earlier today and figured I would give it a read. @Tanniel was curious about what it’s like reading Tolkien after being introduced to fantasy instead of Tolkien being the step off point. Robin Hobb was my introduction.
I am going to start reading this weekend and invite anyone to read or reread with me and share your thoughts.   

November 04, 2016, 07:37:30 PM
Re: The Hobbit
Children who cough are my kryptonite, apparently.

This made me snort laugh just a little.

November 04, 2016, 08:48:30 PM
Re: Hello! I don’t like doing these introductions but here goes… @Eclipse Never got into Pratchett books either.
November 04, 2016, 08:53:27 PM
Re: The Hobbit I've read the first three chapters here are some of my thoughts so far...

It has a cadence to the writing that makes it great for reading aloud. I think not having it read to me as a child I am missing some of its magic.

Some things I have liked so far:
The playful bantering of Good Morning between Bilbo and Gandalf.
Gandalf and Thorin playing a game with the smoke rings they were blowing.
The bit about a dragon in a pinch and the invention of golf.
When Bilbo was sent to investigate the fire discovering the trolls, it tickled me that he decided to attempt to pick pocket one of them so as to not go back empty handed.

Some things I haven’t cared for so far:
I have yet to really emotionally invest in a character.
The large number of dwarves that were introduced almost at once.
There are info dump like passages that I find myself losing focus on having to go back and start again.
I don’t find it easy to slip into the story and forget I am reading.  <- this may be my biggest issue with it.


November 08, 2016, 10:58:06 PM
Re: What are you currently watching? Loving Westworld! One on our favorite things to do when watching is trying to name that song. I love what they are doing with the music.

Currently binging The Crown on Netflix.

November 09, 2016, 12:37:50 AM
Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
@NightWrite I like the idea of newspaper story!

1750 and I were not friends for most of the month so far. Then an idea bloomed and now my outline thing is 850 words.  I feel much better with possibly too much than nothing.

November 18, 2016, 08:20:33 PM