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Re: Abercrombie signing in Scotland
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I'm somewhat disappointed. I read the title as 'singing'...

Likely to be a dirge if he does

Last time I saw him at a Waterstones signing was In Bristol on the last day of the Sharp Ends signing tour. He looked like a week of no sleep and decafinated coffee so look after him @Nora

BTW he is a Whiskey buff

July 07, 2019, 07:55:36 PM
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Re: never Heard of this award before I... don't understand. The prize is for books (specifically, thrillers) that don't have violence against women. Are you telling me the only way to include women in a thriller is to have them be the victim of violence?

Seriously?

Honestly, this prize sounds like a breath of fresh air. I can only imagine how exhausting it must be to be a female reader who enjoys thriller stories but knowing that odds are you're going to see someone like you being a victim of violence in reading them. (It's sometimes quite exhausting being a female reader of fantasy for similar reasons.) The shortlist (or longlist, I hope they provide it!) for this prize alone would be a godsend.

The prize is for the best literary work that fits certain criteria. Like, y'know, every other literary prize.

November 01, 2019, 09:58:31 PM
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Re: never Heard of this award before Can't any book be entered into a book award, providing it meets the requirements, without regard to quality? I'm sure many stinkers get submitted to pretty much every book award out there.

I don't see any cause for upset. It's an award. There are jillions. People get to grant award for whatever purpose they wish, people can submit to whichever award they wish. It's so tough getting noticed, I say the more award around, the better for all. Take a look some time at college scholarship awards or business grants. Money gets handed out in all sorts of scoped ways.

I don't get too worked up over this in part because I've never seen literature as an agent, still less an engine, of social change. Literature *reflects* society, it doesn't cause society. So, wrt this particular reward, I see it as a reflection of changing cultural values. Change always upsets someone, somewhere, some time.

November 04, 2019, 04:39:54 PM
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?


January 16, 2020, 06:00:00 PM
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? Not really sure what's happening here ...


January 16, 2020, 06:10:23 PM
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Re: What to do about the writing contest? There is another Fantasy Faction on Facebook?

The reason I don't participate is because of the constraints inherent to the format. 1,500 words is a length that is suitable for exercising wordcraft, but not the kind of storytelling that I am interested in. 10,000 words over 3 months for example would be more attractive to me personally.

February 03, 2020, 08:31:42 PM
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Re: What to do about the writing contest? To me it wasn't the writing contest itself but rather my personal life no longer allowing me to chase after deadlines or pouring over stories and voting for them. People may have noticed I don't post much anymore either.

I hope the contest manages to get on track however. There were/are a lot of creative people there.

Several people have already brought up excellent points, especially the disjointedness between the different platforms of F-F is a sore point I believe. It basically just cuts the potential crowd up while they could have a lot of synergy.

Anyway, that's just my personal thoughts.

February 06, 2020, 08:57:39 AM
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Re: Do you tell people about this here forum? I Do Not Facebook, but Nora's suggestion about sprinkling in references (and links!) to the forums seems like a handy way to lure fresh meat er, new friends over to join our merry band. :)
February 07, 2020, 09:56:19 PM
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Re: What to do about the writing contest? I’m a seafarer and have only a few close friends and not such a wide social circle.  What attracted me was the possibility of joining a writing community, feedback, critique and the chance to explore writing with with others on the same journey, all be it at different stages.
I love the writing contests though I’m not always inspired by the subjects, it’s already been suggested but I thought I’d help double down on the possibility of the writers voting for the monthly subject.

Otherwise I tend to miss submission dates quite often as I’m out at sea for 6 weeks at a time without internet access, it’s quite specific to me I know, but knowing more than a month ahead of time what the subjects will be would help me submit more often (more than the handful of times I’ve managed in the last six years 😂😂 )

I also agree with shortening the voting time, this would also mean we could give/receive critiques sooner without influencing votes, it can be a long wait from submission to feedback otherwise.

Lastly I’d just like to say that though I don’t post often and yes I’m also bad at remembering to vote, I have always enjoyed lurking and dropping in and out of the submissions page to have a read every month when we pass close enough to land to catch a few bars of reception.  I’d really like to see the competition continue.

A lot of good suggestions from everyone, maybe we could start a writers Facebook group to update and encourage people to write each month?

February 08, 2020, 04:26:55 PM
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Re: The Virus thread
Do you know if there is a time limit on how  long we can have a walk/run/cycle outdoors for.

I’ve heard on the radio there is a 2km distance rule from your home. Not sure if that’s correct seems a bit short.
Heard a story from a person in France who was stopped by police while going for a walk and told that he was not to go more than a kilometre from his place of origin.

March 29, 2020, 12:15:21 AM
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