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Re: Adventures in Writing I took this picture awhile back but wasn't sure how to host it since I changed website hosts, but then I realized I could just sign up for Flickr. So a couple of weeks back, I did a Balticon panel with Scott Lynch, who was the Guest of Honor.

I told Scott he had a bunch of fans on the Fantasy-Faction forums, so he was nice enough to take a picture (he's on the left, obvs)

Though you folks would appreciate this. :P

June 15, 2019, 12:11:04 AM
SPFBO 2019 Open Now! For anyone with a first in a series fantasy novel or a standalone fantasy novel, you can enter it in the Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog Off NOW! 111 novels have been entered (as I write this) and when it gets to 300 it's closed for new entries.

It's run by Mark Lawrence and is a great chance for publicity for your novel.

I don't know if there's another post for this, but I can't see one, so I'll post this. I'm not entering this year. I entered last, and might enter next year, if it's still running.

Good luck!

June 15, 2019, 01:51:51 PM
Re: What do you consider required reading in the fantasy genre? part two
I'm actually against any "must read" list that doesn't take into account the tastes of the reader. For me, there's not a single book that has to be read!

Of course, once people ask for recommendations, I suggest a bunch of books, but it's more a case of "if you like X (author, type, etc) I think you'll enjoy Y", rather than "you must read Y to call yourself a fantasy reader"

Leaving aside the essential truth of this statement and treating it as more advisory than dictatorial, I find myself pondering what counts as required here.

Are we talking a tour of the genre, its high points and history?

Are we talking what I consider the very best?

Or are we talking what I think people are most likely to like, and what everyone should at least try once?

Because those are three very different things to me. The former, for me, would have many recommendations of things like Lord Dunsany and Tanith Lee, Katherine Kurtz and Gene Wolfe - things that I think a lot of people today wouldn't be necessarily that wowed by, but that really showcase fantastic ideas and writing.

The middle and the last are more similar, but Pratchett is a favourite of mine who I accept is idiosyncratic enough that he can't be a blanket recommendation. I think Max Gladstone's done incredible things with the genre, but again, idiosyncratic. I think that most fantasy readers probably would be wise to try Sanderson, but outside of Wheel of Time I struggle to read him to a huge degree.

I'm gonna stew on this and then come back with a super long list for the lulz

June 15, 2019, 10:27:21 PM
Re: Adventures in Writing Scott Lynch looks like the hairdresser from Queer Eye went into a cave for six months by himself.

And Teb looks like he goes to a lot of steampunk and industrial club nights these days. Crazy what losing the 'tache does.

June 16, 2019, 11:02:42 AM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel That's wonderful, Bea. Please enjoy yourself, you've earned it.
June 16, 2019, 08:39:13 PM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Awesome news Bea. Happy for you.
June 16, 2019, 10:22:09 PM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Have a fun time treating yourself Bea. It marks the anniversary of a step in getting your life back.
June 17, 2019, 03:34:19 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
... okay.

Do you folks remember my Roumania situation? That I got a chapter published in a magazine there through a weird quirk of fate, and that guy was looking into introducing my books to publishers in his country?

Well, it's been months since I heard a peep and I'd sort of given up on the whole thing.

Now about half an hour ago he contacts me on Facebook and says he is going to talk to a publisher tomorrow, about my Golden Throne quartet.

This is certainly a development. And the thing about having a good thing MAYBE coming about is that I get nervous as all Hell.
Also, I got asked about special conditions and price, and it dawned on me that I have absolutely no idea what to say on the subject. I suck at every aspect of writing except the actual writing itself.

June 18, 2019, 08:56:29 PM
Re: FANTASY CLICHÉS - What do you love and What do you hate?
I’m getting really bored of reading about schools who teach the hero how to use a  weapon like swords and axes and then you guessed it  the hero becomes a master at fighting with said weapon. I really should skip this sort of chapters and get back to the damn story.

I’m not too fond of magic schools either but at least magic can differ wildly from fantasy world to world. You can’t put any new spin on a gruff old warrior teaching a young hero how to use a sword and it is always  mostly a gruff old warrior as a teacher. Zzz

I'm not a fan of schools either. Magic or otherwise. Another trope that's really been annoying me lately is 'found families'. They're not families, it's called being friends!

June 21, 2019, 05:00:17 PM
Re: How do you choose your next book? I cast the enchanted monkey bones or divine my next read from the entrails of a chicken.
June 21, 2019, 07:21:36 PM