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Re: Writer with a Capital 'W'

i mean, can you imagine dickens shopping around 'a christmas carol' today?  what if one of the drive-by, 'check out my new self-pub' guys dropped it off in the forums?  would we read past the first three paragraphs?
Spoiler for Hiden:
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

Knowing nothing about it, but what I remember from the Flinstones christmas special and the excerpt you posted... I just might read it.

But let's get down to the real issue here: How good was the A Flinstones Christmas Carol? Sure, it might be 20 years old, but it's a classic!

August 07, 2015, 06:29:51 PM
Look what just arrived

An uncorrected proof for half a war. A few days too late to get signed at fantasy in the court but a good reason to go to the Gollanz festival. I won this on good reads. They had 40 to give away and only 436 entered the draw.

August 08, 2015, 01:28:49 PM
Re: I want hammers Your Hero will, of course, be named Maxwell.

August 09, 2015, 08:34:30 AM
Re: Reddit's top 105 fantasy series - how many have you read?

I've read and loved so many fantasy novels and series that weren't on that list, though. I think I have strange taste or something.

Make you own top fantasy list and we see how many we read of yours  ;D

August 09, 2015, 09:08:45 AM
Shattered Sands, by W. G. Saraband Hey guys!

So, a few months ago I decided to enter Mark Lawrence's Great Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off and, five months later, I was actually chosen by Bob Milne from Beauty in Ruins and just made it to the second round.

I had, at this point, to self-publish the book in order to be eligible to continue in the contest. So, without further delay, I just wanted to share the link for Shattered Sands here, since these forums contributed greatly to my knowledge of this particular craft, of which I am far from being skilled at. Here's the cover, which I designed with my (not so awesome and quite limited) photoshop skills.

For years, Tamazi felt she was nothing like the other slave-girls. It was not until her master disappeared, the Great Vizier of the desert kingdom of Rilmaaqah, that a power older than the sands themselves took hold of her; a power that could finally free her, or enslave her forever.

Rilmaaqah is in chaos. The fires of rebellion spread, and the winds of change threaten the Mageocracy, as the common people rise with the courage to claim their share. But the sands hide many things, and it falls to an unlikely group of people to put a stop to death, before she sings her lullaby to the living.

Shattered Sands on Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013M2CQ5O
Shattered Sands on Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B013M2CQ5O
Shattered Sands on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26062918-shattered-sands

And the review from Beauty in Ruins (http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2015/06/great-self-published-fantasy-blog-off.html):

Shattered Sands distinguished itself for me from the first page. What could have been a fairly standard negotiation about slaves is turned into an intriguing bit of character establishment with a clever young woman and the stuttering Vizier who owns her. There’s so much personality in the first few scenes, that the shock of discovering he is just 19 years old really works. Similarly, our back-alley introduction to Sabra, where roles are reversed and she must fend off the advances of a male prostitute with her hidden knife, is as intriguing as it is deliberately unsettling. Saraband immediately tops that, however, barely allowing her to find solace in her home full of “holes and fissures” before engulfing it in green flames and nailing her alchemist father to the wall in a pentagram position.

The world-building here is solid, especially in terms of establishing a culture, its traditions, and its rules. What we have here is a very Middle Eastern sort of world, complete with bazaars and brothels, as well as palaces and palanquins. It’s a cruel world, one where public appearances mean everything, and one where political posturing extends from the amphitheatre of College to the intimacy of the bedroom. The history of the world is revealed in dribs and drabs, through conversations and idle thoughts. It definitely has the feel of a desert culture, but that's where the comparisons to the Middle East end - the politics and religions here are Saraband's own.

There’s no info dumping here, just a lot of assumptions on the author's part that we’ll pay attention and learn as we go. For instance, it isn’t until we’re halfway through that we learn of the thousand-year-old Rattling War, so called because of the sound made by the skeletons marching, but it proves to be a pivotal revelation of magic’s true power. As such, when we witness Sabra’s momentous encounter with a Djinn, complete with deadly scorpions and murderous magic, it’s less of a shock and more of a welcome revelation. If there’s any drawback to Shattered Sands it’s that the story is so ugly, so violent, and so cruel. There’s not a lot of light or happiness to be found here, and very little humour to balance out the drama. It makes for rather heavy reading at times, and may challenge some readers, but the storytelling, the characters, and the imagination of it all kept me reading through to the end.

I'm very happy to share all this with you guys! It feels like I took another great step, even though I have faced many bumps on the road, and I'm still finding this all too surreal to be true.

August 09, 2015, 12:36:21 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Con 2016 My city's built around a lake ánd has fantastic food and drink and hotels and bars and conference centres and probably bikini girls - just sayin'

August 11, 2015, 10:05:25 AM
Re: How much did you write today? 3,500 yesterday! A whole new short story, hot damn.
August 11, 2015, 02:06:02 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Con 2016
@Saurus and I met online. It can be scary, but it can be awesome too!  ;)
A story worth to be told? :)
Yeah, absolutely epic.

Once upon a time, the princess Saurus was being held captive high up in a tower by her evil... uh... wait. Was that it?  :o

August 11, 2015, 09:50:24 PM
Re: How much did you write today? Another 1,452 on my Grimdark short story today.
August 12, 2015, 02:29:53 PM
Re: time to fess up -- who is this?
My goal was to take a holiday from the pain and worry of being a self-conscious being, able to regret the past and worry about the future
Yeah, because humans are the only conscious beings in the world, despite what science says. @Jmack I'm ashamed of you.

August 13, 2015, 12:55:52 PM