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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
Re: Emotional connection to writing content
Trojan horse by cupiscent, Lord of the rings ... threesome interesting.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! (In all seriousness though, just so everyone hitting google or AO3 or whatever is going in fully consenting... I have written a lot of smut, I have written quite a bit of gay smut, I have written a lot of "real person" smut. If any of those things are not your cup of tea, AVOID! :D)

February 04, 2020, 02:40:02 AM
Re: Art vs Artist
Movies where women are portrayed as eye candy and purely for glamour content are not really rare. If someone makes a male version, I don't see the outrage.

Nor do I, not what I am getting at at all. Where either the director or marketing says this is not for you to a group (and the only acceptable group to do this to is white males) they then always come back and screech about white males boycotting their film or series when they fail to do as well as expected.

As many women are as tired of the noisy woke on social media as men but if you argue with them and you are a Nazi, a bigot, alt right, alt right adjacent, a misogynist or the best yet if you are a woman a compartmentalised misogynist. Being woke is about shutting down debate not about having the conversation.

The current hot take for the film is "Harley Quinn doesn't need you when she has the girls and the gays. Cishet males aren't mad that Harley Quinn doesn't have sex appeal they're mad that the characters of Birds of Prey have sex appeal that isn't catering to them."

Now while this may be extreme and ridiculous it is damaging and you read enough of this nonsense and go why should I pay for this. Now I like Margo Robbie as an actress and think she is better at her profession than is required for comic book movies but if that is what she chooses to play she gets very rich doing it. However the film may do better without this type of hate click marketing.

February 06, 2020, 09:06:20 PM
Re: What makes a good story if its not the plot?
Man if Sanderson and Rothfus could team up, and Rothfus's prose could be written over Sanderson's plotting.... I think I'd actually like that!

Don't we already have that?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Steven Erikson :)

February 14, 2020, 06:46:53 AM
Re: Unrepentant Characters I have nothing to add to this topic at all. I think it has all been said. End of the day it boils down to homework. You want to write an anti-hero character, study good anti-hero characters and take notes. The one key thing with Hannibal though, is that he's not the main character. The main character is a poor dysfunctional lad.. End of the day the fanbase is rooting for him, and not for Hannibal. Hanni is impossible to empathise with, he can't help himself being a total menace. No one is actually team Hannibal, for all that we're watching him with a lot of interest. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and the train does fantastic train wreck jokes as it goes too.

Hannibal does a lot of jokes only you and him get, it's part of his charm and the horror of the watcher. You know, he knows, and you can't tell any of them. It makes you more invested in the other characters.

But I don't think this show is a good example, since the gorgeous cinematography and sound design are a big part of what makes it good, besides the stellar cast. In a book, you can't have your characters charismatically played by Mads Mikkelsen.

February 18, 2020, 10:24:00 PM