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Re: Super Dialogue Challenge Okay, I'll play. :)  I'm trying to avoid working on my pitch anyway. ;)  I think I understand what you mean, but let me know if this is set up right or not.  This is a conversation that two of my characters might have had in my book, if I'd written this scene. :)


What are you doing down here Mac?


What are you supposed to be doing?

I’m supposed to be giving these wanted posters to the boss.  But I’m avoiding it like the plague.  What are you supposed to be doing Joey?

Exactly what I am doing: checking on you!  Mistress Maggie has been waiting for those posters for over an hour now!  She finally sent me down to find out what was keeping you!

Meh.  I’ll get to it.  It’s not like someone is going to come through the checkpoint in the next two minutes that just happens to have a bounty on them.

Really?  That would be amusing wouldn’t it?  Oh I’m sorry Sir Barret.  We didn’t catch the traitor, because we didn’t have updated posters when they went through.  We only realized they were wanted after they were long gone!  We promise we’ll do better next time!

Oh stuff it!  You just want me to go back up there so Maggie can assign me to the lamest checkpoint we’ve got for the night!  You’re such a bloody brown-nose!

And you are a first class slacker!  If you’d just brought her the posters as soon as they’d come in, you wouldn’t be in trouble in the first place!

That I highly doubt that.  No matter what I do that woman has it out for me!  I think I must have wronged her in a past life or something.

Well, it doesn’t matter either way at this point.  You’re needed upstairs.  I came to find you.  And look, I succeeded.  Now get upstairs before she comes down and kicks both our asses!

Fine.  I’m going.  But I’m telling you, this is all just an evil plot to make my life miserable!

Right, because you’re so important, that Mistress Maggie gives a rat’s ass about whether you are happy or not.  Get going!

I’m going!  I’m going!  I so need to find a better hiding spot…

January 20, 2011, 03:37:55 AM
Re: Books that changed your life Two books changed my life.  The first is not fantasy, but it was the first 'real' book I ever read: Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch.  I was always a terrible student in elementary school.  I was in the dumb reading class and failed spelling (for the year) twice.  Then in fourth grade, our class had required library period.  I had thought that I was a terrible reader and didn't really get grown-up books (I still loved picture books), but stuck in the library for a whole period with nothing to do, I finally picked up a book.  Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.  I think I even skipped dinner that night because I needed to finish the book!  I found out then that I could read perfectly fine and I loved it.  I found out two years later that I had dyslexia and the reason I couldn't pass reading was I couldn't write down good explanations of what I read, so all the teachers' just thought I was stupid and stuck me in remedial reading because that was the easy out.

After I exhausted all the Nancy Drew books in the library, I was at a loss as to what I should read next.  I found the answer to that question on my dad's bookshelf.  There I found the first fantasy book I ever read: The Last Unicorn.  I mostly picked it up because I had watched the movie a million times at that point and thought it was really cool that there was a book about it. ::)  Anyway, after that I was hooked on fantasy.  Sure Nancy Drew was thrilling and mysterious, but she didn't have unicorns, flaming bulls, dragons, or magic.  And it’s all well and good to have adventures in the real world, but fantasy worlds showed me real worlds that were more amazing then I could have ever imagined.  After that, I plowed through my dad's fantasy collection (including Lord of the Rings) and even read a bunch of his sci-fi books too.  The rest is history.  Reading changed my life.  Fantasy changed everything else. :)

January 19, 2012, 05:53:51 AM

As, you have posted this in the public forum I will respond in the public forum.

First of all, Small Press is defined by Wikipedia (related to US publishers) as a publishing house that makes under $50 million dollars a year and publishes fewer than 10 titles a year.  Unless you are making and publishing more than that, in the US, you are considered a Small Press publisher.  There is nothing wrong with being a small press publisher.  If you look purely at the numbers a company could make $40 million dollars a year and publish 9 books a year and still be considered small press.  That does not make them less successful or the work they publish less important.  But it still means they are small press.

There are lots of people who have their work published in small press houses and there are a lot of people who self-publish their work.  We at Fantasy-Faction feel there is a place for every type of fantasy on our shelves and on our site, which is why we have the Small Press & Self-Published section in the forms and regularly review titles from both types on the main site.

I am very happy that your work is so successful and appreciate that you enjoy posting about it on our site.  But your work is small pressed published and therefore belongs in the small press section.  pornokitsch, who posted above is also a small press publisher.  He posts about his anthologies here all the time, and does so in the appropriate section of the forums.  If you would like to continue posting about your work here, please feel free to do so, but do it in the appropriate places.

Secondly, in this forum we are treat people with respect at all times.  I do not allow people to disrespect our forum members or mods.  It’s rude and uncalled for.

Third, if you have a problem with the way the site is run, you can private message any of the staff and they will discuss the problem with you.  Posting your complaints in the public forum is not professional.  You can’t just put ‘Only Mods Read This’ in the title then expect no one else to respond.  That’s not how the forum works.

Further comments can be private messaged to me, or one of the other mods.  Thank you.

May 20, 2012, 09:09:32 PM
Re: Get Your Story Critiqued! For those of you who are looking for the Work to be Critiqued section. I've taken it out of the Writers' Corner and given it its own board. :) You can find in the new Fantasy Faction Writers section directly under the Writers' Corner. Or you can still click the link in the post above. But you need to be signed in to see it. :)
February 12, 2013, 05:25:44 PM
Today Fantasy-Faction Turns Five! Happy Birthday to Fantasy-Faction!

Enjoy some Neapolitan dragon cake on us! ;D


Here's to another five years!

November 27, 2015, 02:29:00 AM
Re: One Sentence writing advice BACKUP YOUR DOCUMENT.
November 29, 2015, 10:33:05 PM
Re: What are you currently watching? Watched the first three episodes of Jessica Jones with hubby tonight. Love it so far! But it is super weird seeing David Tenant play a supervillain.

Now I just have to have enough self-control to not marathon the rest of it while hubby and the kids are at school/work. XD

November 30, 2015, 05:46:14 AM
Re: For blackberry, read Blackberry I love old timey words and definitely our vocabulary should include such words as those the article author mentioned were removed from the dictionary. At the same time? Who uses a dictionary anymore?

All those words are available online plus words that were never in our English dictionaries to begin with like the German word Kummerspeck: excess weight gained from emotional overeating, or literally: grief bacon. Seriously there are a ton of awesome words out there. :D Because of the internet I can imagine our vocabularies are likely to increase in the future rather than decrease, especially with people like the article author cataloging older words for future generations.

I think older words sound more elegant because language used to be more flowery than it is now. There were no TVs or movies or even photographs. People had more time to invest in reading and writing and needed more description to be shown what was being written about. I mean if you've never seen a zebra, 'a horse with black and white stripes' is a good description, but what if you've never seen an elephant? You're going to need a lot more description to get that mental picture across to someone.

Nowadays most people don't need long descriptions to get the gist of what you are talking about. Nor do they have the time or attention span, in lots of cases, to sit through four paragraphs detailing the way the leaves fall in the enchanted forest. I think modern words are not necessarily bad or ugly, but faster and more to the point. And that can come across as less elegant and flow less smoothly in some cases.

But I don't think the older words are better, just different. And I think using a mix of older and newer words, especially in fantasy, is great way to add depth, spice up writing, and change the pace at different points in the work. I'm a fan of mixing old and new and fantasy really lends itself to that. A wizard describing an jewel encrusted goblet our heroes need to retrieve would probably draw on older more descriptive words than the low life thief that is going after it. In this way you can utilize both old and new and create a world that has more depth than one using either-or.

On a related noted, I just read a post by Chuck Wendig about the good in using simple words instead of more complex ones. It's a nice contrast to the article you posted. :)


November 30, 2015, 09:59:52 PM
Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky is Open for Submissions! Joshua Bilmes from JABberwocky Literary Agency is open for submissions through Valentine's Day!

Details are here: http://brilligblogger.blogspot.com/2016/01/joshuas-winter-in-queryland.html

Great opportunity to get your work before one of the best agents in the business!

January 06, 2016, 10:11:21 PM
Re: Name That Dragon! And we have a winner! Our dragon mascot's official name is now Scarlette! Thanks for voting everyone! ;D
August 02, 2016, 02:37:10 PM