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Re: Virtual Fantasy Con I hear ya, Skip. It might help if you just focused on mine. ;)

Seriously, though, here's the Grimdark panel:

October 17, 2017, 03:34:16 AM
Re: Medieval Islamic North Africa / Pre Islamic Turkey Huh. Why did I think you did Byzantium? I guess there's a little touching between that and Central Europe.
October 19, 2017, 09:59:49 PM
Re: Angry Robot Open Submissions 2017 Good luck, Skip. We will be rooting for you!
October 24, 2017, 11:22:29 AM
Re: How to start creating a good plot? I think a good part with my problem is having high ambitions for originality. A big reason things become established standards is because they work. While I think I have a quite original and really neat sounding idea, I can not tell for certain if it actually works. Could be that it's not simply a lack of ideas for plots, but that I build up a set of requirements that sound good on paper but are incompatible in practice.

When my main priorities are "action adventure", "supernatural creatures", "no world ending threats", and "no selfishly greedy motivations", then it might just not be possible to also force "not selflessly compasionate" into it. Two things that may be good ideas on their own might not be good as a combination. Now that I am putting it like that, trying to have both "doesn't do it for herself" and "doesn't do it for others" is looking really nonsensical.

However, since I had already planned to have a character growth from self-centered questing for personal improvement towards a more outward looking desire to help, I actually could be doing both. Just not at the same time. Having both motivations competing during the middle phase actually gives me a new surge of creativity.

October 27, 2017, 09:39:13 PM
Re: UGH... self-promotion Here's the latest from Bookwraiths, which features...oh! :)

November 03, 2017, 12:44:15 AM
So I found this vocabulary chart today, thought I should share it.

So I found this chart while I was on Pintrest looking for other stuff, I find this to be an extremely useful chart and a great asset to use. I'm not sure how many of you have seen this particular chart, or something like this, but I thought that I should share it regardless. Hope you find it useful!

November 03, 2017, 01:32:07 PM
Re: Writing a story while having a busy lifestyle.
That's an easy one: some.

More than none. The key is not answering the question, the key is doing the act. Do it often enough, and the question will answer itself.

Huh, how philosophical of you. I definitely should try this 'doing' thing more, I hear that it enables you get get stuff done. Far fetch I know, but you seem to support this idea as well.
hehehe I actually read it as "taking the first step", and once that's done, it becomes easier :)

At least that's what I do with my running - when I eventually get back - just go out and start instead of staying home wondering if I should go or not...

November 03, 2017, 02:37:21 PM
Re: Consequences of stories being set on Earth.
WRT intermingling races, I've chosen to make it so they either cannot breed, or that there is a social stigma so that it almost never happens. So, half-elves are all but unknown, for example. I have scattered the elves: they do not build cities. The dwarves can be tucked neatly into the mountains.

But where to put the orcs? Any place I put them, it's an insult to the Real Earth populations there, and I risk carrying over--or having my reader carry over--any number of stereotypes associated with that place. My current theory (I've carefully avoided writing any story that directly speaks to the Orc Empire, so I still have wiggle room) is that the orcs came from wherever they came from (I'm being deliberately vague on this point), and conquered most of eastern Europe, so the "indigenous" people of those lands remain. Trolls enter later, elbowing the orcs out of the Balkans and engaging in more or less perpetual war with everyone.

I like your world, and I wouldn't say being post WWII is going to make things easier. Lots more sources, but lots more to know, too. And your readers are likely to be pickier. Still, elf tech is always a winner with me!
I wasn't thinking so much as interbreeding, as I was travelling, exploring and that way establishing multi cultural/species hubs. Yes, my setting does need a bit of research to get things right. Russia's a pretty big place.
The MC of my WiP is a jaded ex fighter pilot who also happens to be an elf. Their quick reflexes made them much sought after pilots.

December 03, 2017, 07:06:15 AM
Re: Consequences of stories being set on Earth. @Skip:

Orcs come from Pellucidar, obviously.  ;D

December 03, 2017, 12:22:33 PM
Re: Consequences of stories being set on Earth.

Orcs come from Pellucidar, obviously.  ;D
Though Hollow Earth and Orc like creatures very much predate Edgar Rice Burroughs!

December 03, 2017, 12:38:14 PM