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Not all those who wander are lost ;) Hello, nice to meet you all!

My name is Mark. I'm a heavy metal nut and lifelong bookworm.

I've been writing creatively for a number of years, but without any advice, tips, pointers, beta readers and mentors I am flying blind doing what I love to do. What I really need is to raise my game, strengthen and learn craft skills and improve my work...

And that's why I'm here :)

See you around on the forum. Thank you!

March 26, 2017, 04:59:40 PM
Re: Hello fantasy fans! Hello Wol and thank you for the welcome!

I'm looking forward to seeing what the forum has lying in wait.

Its great to hear that the forum community is a friendly, talented and helpful one - just what I was looking for :D

Any particular threads that you recommend me checking out first?

March 28, 2017, 06:52:15 PM
Re: Not all those who wander are lost ;) I'll preface my thank you's by saying I'm very sorry for the multiple introduction threads I have created by accident. I feel like my grandmother not understanding how to use the Sky TV remote  :P

Whenever I'd click enter it would display an error screen. I incorrectly assumed they didn't work and er,  well, my apologies everyone  ;D

Apart from that - CameronJohnston, RLStevenson, Taniel, ScarletBea - thank you all for the great welcome!

Haha, thank you Taniel and RLStevenson! it is Glamdring indeed! Good to see other LotR fans here, too! :D

ScarletBea - Thank you, I will make sure to take part in the monthly writing challenges here and I'm relieved to hear the community here is mostly harmless ;) haha.

March 28, 2017, 07:21:14 PM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
Look what I got :D :D :D


Thanks a lot @Mark Lawrence, it arrived safely!

I'm reading Jen Williams' latest at the moment (which is amazing ;D ), but it jumped the queue of all the unread books at home and will be right next 8)

Ooooh! Sweet!!  *struggles to hold onto envy* :D

March 28, 2017, 07:48:06 PM
Re: The stigma toward fantasy Just my own little bit here  :)

My introduction to fantasy was a simplified version of Beowulf being read to us by a big bear of a teacher named Mr Hocking. We must have been no more than eight or nine years old. Anyways, he'd be up in front of the class acting out all the scenes, supplying effects and voices and I remember it had us utterly enthralled. For me, it was a game changer. I asked my teacher and mother to point me to other similar books. I was introduced to Tolkien, Eddings, Jordan and Feist. Shown armies of Dragonlance paperbacks,  fighting fantasy novels where I determined my own adventures and laughing myself silly with Terry Pratchett. With a smile and a sneeze I swept the dust off of old skinny Robert E Howard conan's and Moorcock's Elric novels from my parents attic and devoured my mother's Spellsinger series. It went on and on and on and my fascination and love for the genre grew and grew...

Obviously the older I got the more aware I was of people, ignorant people, who are uninterested and unfamiliar with Fantasy who wished to set upon those who were. The older and more confident I got the quicker these people became less of a problem. Now it doesn't even occur to me that I might be reading something misconstrued as childish. My love for the genre has never faded, in fact the early encounters might have strengthened it. I read broadly now; Crime, thriller, lots of history, science fiction etc. But fantasy is always a safe place that I regularly return to to escape the everyday :D

I like this quote from a certain well known dude...

"“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”

- George R R Martin :)

April 04, 2017, 06:46:46 PM
Re: Your favorite things about Skyrim! I'm about to embark on my first journey into the land of SKYRIM!  :D

Having heard plenty about the game for a long time I fell in love with the soundtrack whilst browsing videos of it on Youtube.

Received the game on PS4 last Christmas and only now I'm peeling off the packaging  :-\

So, do any of you fine people have any tips for this newbie?

Thanks everyone! :)

April 07, 2017, 07:10:27 PM
Re: Your favorite things about Skyrim!
I've literally just started where a dragon with excellent timing has interrupted my near execution... exciting!!  :D ;D

Thank you again, much appreciated.

If you've already seen that, then there's no harm in checking out the improved version.


Hahaha!!!  :D  This is a whole lot of 'OOoohhh Yyeeeeaahhh!'

April 08, 2017, 08:17:19 PM
Re: Horror Novels Recommendation I love reading fantasy, but horror has been a constant since I was an early teen  :D

Here's a bunch you'll enjoy digging through.

Stephen King. Robert McCammon. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Adam Nevill. James Herbert. Benjamin Percy. Joe Hill. Brian Keene. Stephen Graham Jones. Richard Laymon. John Langan. Peter Straub. Bracken Macleod. Adam Cesare. Patrick Lacey. Andrew Lennon. Christopher Golden. Laird Barron. Philip Fracassi. Paul Tremblay. Michael Wehunt. T.E.Garu. Thomas Ligotti. H.P.Lovecraft. Edgar Allan Poe. Livia Llewellyn. Gemma Files. Michael Griffin. Ellen Datlow. Nathan Ballingrud. Josh Malerman. Victor LaValle. Brian Evenson. Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del toro. Anne Rice. Jason Starr. Matthew M Bartlett. Timothy J Jarvis. Joe R Lansdale. John Connolly. S Craig Zahler. Jason Arnopp. Thomas Olde Heuvelt. M R Carey. Tim Lebbon. Grady Hendrix. Sarah Lotz. Michelle Paver. Ezekiel Boone. Dan Simmons. Ania Ahlborn. Neil Spring. Jack Ketchum. Andrew Michael Hurley. Scott Smith. Mark Z Danielewski. Dean Koontz. William Peter Blatty. Susan Hill. Gillian Flynn. George R R Martin. Ramsey Campbell. Bram Stoker. Mary Shelley. M R James. Damien Angelica Walters. Shirley Jackson. Ira Levin. Thomas Harris. Ray Bradbury. Richard Matheson. Robert Louis Stevenson. John Ajvide Lindqvist. H G Wells. Gaston Leroux. Poppy Z Brite. Cormac McCarthy. Douglas Preston. Elizabeth Kostova. Jonathan Maberry. Bentley Little.......

.....Should keep you busy  :D

April 16, 2017, 11:45:38 PM
Re: Horror Novels Recommendation
@Foehammer, you missed Stephanie Meyer.  :o

No... Stephanie Meyer! :O

*Regurgitates slightly*

Oh... Oh dear God, no! 


April 18, 2017, 08:29:06 PM
Re: Hello to all! Hello and welcome!  :D
April 20, 2017, 08:59:34 PM