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Re: Name dropping popular authors

@Justan Henner has never let me down yet. I’m pretty sure I will like his next book no pressure 😀

If you love Justan Henner, you'll love Lu Kudzoza.

Lu Kudzoza likes to read. He hates to write. Oh, just like Justan RR Rothfuss.

December 02, 2019, 05:27:44 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
oooh is that the uber-famous bookstore in portugal? I wish I could go there so bad!

Just dropping in to say a belated "Happy Holidays" to everyone, before grounding myself from social media once again to work on my novel.

I'm on Ch 16 now! Just 24 more chapters to go!!!!
Ah, no, I think you mean the one with the big stairs, that's in Porto and now basically a tourist attraction instead of a proper bookshop.
This was the FNAC chain in my town (near Lisbon), and Isos, it's in all bookshops, the category.

I'm flying home tomorrow, and I hope there aren't many delays - apparently the ground crew is on strike these days ::) my flight is quite early, so I hope it's not that affected.

December 27, 2019, 10:38:43 AM
Would you use the word Jackass in a medieval setting? Too me the word sounds too American and I don’t know anyone in today’s Britain that would ever use this phrase.

Would it have been used by British folks in the past as an insult?

What word do you think would be a substitute for Jackass , would you go for fool?

December 31, 2019, 06:40:27 AM
Re: Would you use the word Jackass in a medieval setting? I am long beyond caring whether the word makes sense in a medieval connotation or not - I'm not writing Middle English, the characters aren't actually speaking English, this world never existed, and if it had I'd be a translator making it make sense for the readers and not someone passing on their manuscript - but Jackass is so glaringly modern American I'd never use it in another context.
December 31, 2019, 02:31:37 PM
Re: Would you use the word Jackass in a medieval setting? Cretin?

Turd shoveller?


January 02, 2020, 08:23:31 PM
Re: Would you use the word Jackass in a medieval setting? I didn't mean talking in circles and making a character ramble on or go off topic or forget the point half way through, not even using the specific words like kinda. More that they should talk naturally to their character.

You have a blackheart mercenary captain, fresh from a decade of war, they are going to struggle to talk to a normal person without barking or spewing obscenities (I've known ex-soldiers of said rank and they've treated everything as do or die and it took one I knew for a while several years to tone it down to civilian life).

You have an uneducated street urchin risen from nothing to guard the princess, they wouldn't be all thee and thou (or however the posh folk speak in your world).

Nothing pulls me out of a book more than dialogue that shouldn't be in their vocabulary. I'll tend to write the same annoying way myself, something almost poetic that from one angle makes me think, ooooo that's good. Then on an edit pass I'll look at it and just sigh.

The use of contractions and slang spattered into speech is what makes it speech and not writing. For your 'writing' let it flow, but when they 'speak' let the moment feel real. The characters should have their own voice, and not the narrators; their speech should fit into their world, their station in it, and most of all their state of mind at the time of saying it.

If they're reminiscing, it will be more like how you say it, they'll talk like a storyteller, well rehearsed through obsessing over the loss of their friend or great victory or whatever. If they're about to enter a street brawl it'd be F this and suck on a cock.

A further example is the trope of a nobleman speaking to a peasant being all wishy washy and superior and smug. It's written to make you dislike the character and for nobles with no experience of talking to those below their station, living their choreographed lives, it makes sense and is appropriate. Same for the urchin talking to the princess, they talk the only way they know how.

January 04, 2020, 01:53:04 PM