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Re: How did you find us?
Strangely I signed up here after seeing a tweet. The exception that proves the rule?  :D

And here I've always said that Twitter is useless.  ::)  ;)

May 01, 2017, 05:25:24 PM
Re: Where Are You?
I've lived in the Mid West of Ireland off and on for over 30 years.

Write what you know? So most of  my Fantasy and SF books have one or more Irish (or Northern Irish) characters.
My blog is hosted by Corvids press and might have more information. Though I'm a rubbish blogger.

I'm usually in my library, or the bedroom, writing or reading. So that's where I am now.

Your blog posts read like tweets!
Oh, wait, missed that pesky "read more..."  :-[

May 01, 2017, 05:26:59 PM
Re: How did you find us?
Strangely I signed up here after seeing a tweet. The exception that proves the rule?  :D

And here I've always said that Twitter is useless.  ::)  ;)

Welcome, Ray!

May 01, 2017, 05:32:46 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Community Meet-up: April 29th (Robin Hobb coming)
I would like to add at this point that all beer is the same.

Please quantify this statement. My research has led to a different conclusion. I feel for you to really stand by that statement you need to explain your findings or set up a rigorous test routine involving a lot of sampling.

May 03, 2017, 06:46:03 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Community Meet-up: April 29th (Robin Hobb coming) Wait, maybe by beer he means mass-produced lager?
May 03, 2017, 08:12:26 PM
Re: Is this just completely ridiculous? There's no such thing as a good or bad idea.  Ideas are common, plentiful and worthless.  What matters is execution.  Read a brief synopsis of a China Mieville or Jeff VanderMeer novel.  They are often absolutely, completely off-the-charts ridiculous.  And they succeed incredibly well because of the implementation.  They're well written, with fascinating characters.  If the idea excites you, write it.
May 05, 2017, 08:20:48 PM
Re: Gollancz open to direct submissions 4th to 22th January 2016 Bummer. On to the next.
May 07, 2017, 07:36:48 PM
Re: Religion in Fantasy
I'm not the least bit religious, but as long as a book isn't preaching about why I should have religion in my life, I don't have issues with. Religion is often in the center of conflicts and societies in history, it makes sense that it would feature heavily in epic fantasy. It is a very important component of how people function, what motivates them. As long as the author approaches religion in the same way as they should approach characters it should be fine. Avoid blatant stereo-types (or creating stereotypes within the fictional world), make it realistic, don't preach to the reader. Religion provides so many possibilities for conflict! Both personal and on a larger scale, there is so much room to build your world, your characters and the story.

I sure agree with this -- especially the warning not to preach to the reader, unless of course one is specifically writing for a certain religious genre (such as Enclave Publishing which publishes Christian fantasy and sci-fi) with a fan base that already wants and expects that. But it isn't just the major religions such as Christianity where authors can fall into the preaching trap. With some New Age paranormal and ascended master types of fiction, the authors would surely feel they are not preaching, just telling a good story. But in fact, it's blatantly obvious the authors feel their spiritual slant is superior, and the authors make sure their characters come to understand, in the end, just how superior that spiritual school of thought is.

May 18, 2017, 01:42:05 AM
Re: Do you start big or start small? I believe the main problem is that there is no right answer to this question. The most solid piece of advice I can offer your young friend is to try something different.

I was also a builder who would never get around to the story. But I thought it was impossible to write if I didn't know ALL the variables before I started. That was wrong. It didn't matter how much I knew about the world if I could not actually connect with its people on an individual level. And that's where stories happen.

Then I tried pantsing it completely. This didn't work either.

Now, I'm somewhere in between. I set up a premise, I build up some basic facts about the setting, and I start poking at the world with smaller stories. As I go, I am forced to develop the world. Sometimes it changes entirely.

To me, the basic truth is always that the story is the core of writing. If all you do is write up worlds, nations, cultures, then you're not a storyteller. You're a historian, geographer, perhaps a scientist or a philosopher. That's all good and well if you're creating something like a roleplaying game. But a story is something wholly separated from all that.

To the story, the setting is largely irrelevant. Try as we might, we are human, and we will never write anything but human stories. And I believe human stories happen the same wherever and whenever they take place. The setting may amplify or empower the story, but it does not drive it. Humanity does, with all that comes with it, darkness and light and the in between.

May 19, 2017, 10:55:42 AM
Re: Elves and humans One thing to keep in mind is, there's really nothing new under the sun. Almost any idea you'll have for your elves has been done before, even if the writers in question called their elf-like race something else.

Right now I'm crafting a story in which the elves are not one people but several. They're separated by more than just geography, and some have powerful magic, some no magic at all. Their skin tones vary greatly, some are able to grow beards, and they're not immortal, just very long-lived.

The first elven character in my story is a contractor who kills or steals for cash. He calls himself the Carnifex and pretty much looks like you'd expect an elf warrior to look, with milk-white skin, red eyes, mostly shaved head with a long queue in the back, pointed ears, facial tattoos and black leather armor.

Other elves later will look much different from him. One is even fat!

May 24, 2017, 04:56:19 PM