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Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading? Just finished The Martian by Andy Weir. :)
June 17, 2014, 05:09:58 AM
Re: Personal spelling habits I wonder whether gendered nouns influence how shamanistic animists see or think about the spirits of the things around them.

"No, no, 'river' is a masculine noun.  So clearly, the river spirit can't have given birth to the smooth stones of the river bed."

"But that's not a river, it's a stream.  And 'stream' is a feminine noun."

"No, it's definitely a river the whole way up to the falls there, but wait 'waterfall' is feminine.  Perhaps the masculine 'cliff' and feminine 'waterfall' are together the parents of the smooth river stones?"

"Are you sure that's a 'cliff'?  I would have called it more of a 'bluff'(f)."

"Can't be.  Then who would be the father of the river stones?"

May 30, 2015, 12:03:29 PM
Re: This website is being ruined.
I'm involved in politics:  I pay attention.  Sports, books, and Writing are my escape from the real world and politics.  This site has always been a great place for me to go and escape.  Sports isn't always a politics free zone anymore and unfortunately, on Father's Day , I head to one of my favorite websites to read the latest articles and I'm reading about divisive politics.  My "safe" places are disappearing, and it is very sad for me.
Truly, I shed a tear that this website isn't specifically catering to you and your tastes.

Seriously though, if you don't like reading articles about divisive politics, don't read those articles. It's that simple. There are plenty others with little-to-no politics in them for you to enjoy.

June 21, 2015, 02:41:38 PM
Re: Newbody Happy Dance Oh dear and ours is a secret organization of magic  :-\
I don't want to be eradicated.

Then again, you're a magician too now.
Welcome to death row Fantasy Faction!

June 26, 2015, 06:32:00 AM
Re: Newbody Happy Dance
@Eclipse: Haha, I draw a lot of inspiration from Iron Druid and Dresden Chronicles (I love that quirky first-person style they have!).  I haven't read Alex Verus, so it sounds like I have something new to check out.  :)  I have to agree about female leads.  I'm always searching for a good UF with a female lead, but I've yet to find one that isn't secretly paranormal romance.  (Which.... no offense to anyone who likes it, but definitely not for me.   :P)  Writing a "real" UF with a female lead is on my list of future projects, but I have my doubts about how to market it, since everyone automatically assumes that an UF with a female lead is going to go in a certain direction. 

Anyway, I will definitely check out the UF forum!

@Henry Dale: Viva la revolution de magie!  ;D
Both Seanan McGuire's October Daye and InCryptid UF series have female leads (well the first 2 books of InCryptid did). There is romance, but it's peripheral, not the focus. Toby has a similar relationship with one of the male leads, as Harry has with Murphy in the Dresden Files. Mercedes Lackey's tragically short lived Diana Tregarde series (3 books) also featured a female protagonist and they were very light on the romance. I actually wrote the first book of a UF with a female lead, and there's little to no romance in it.
Welcome and have fun, Misty.

June 27, 2015, 08:25:41 AM
Re: Looking for Cool Dragon Alternatives. What about a shapeless cloud of gloom that crystallizes the Hero's fears and worst nightmares? Not in the Harry Potter sense of it, but in a more psychological dread feeling, a subconscious invasion, where your hero is almost powerless to overcome the monster physically.
June 28, 2015, 03:35:13 AM
Re: POV and Baseball Personally I prefer the first of your smoke examples provided you ahve already nailed your POV

Filter words (saw, heard etc)
weaken the POV by making it more distant (which is fine if distant is what you are going for)]

In a close pov, consider

I watched the spider leap towards me


The spider leapt towards me

I heard the flutter of the leaves


The leaves fluttered in the wind

The second is more immediate, more in the pov. Now, there are times when a judicious filter works, is necessary evem. for flow or rhythm or other reasons. But it;s one of those things, like adverbs, that needs to justify its inclusion.

June 28, 2015, 09:52:05 PM
Re: Books about the ranger Rostum: I've only read the First Law series by Abercrombie so far, so I might have to check out Heroes.

Misty.Mikes: Thanks for all of the great recommendations. I'll definitely look into the stuff you mentioned.

I have had Robin Hobb on my list for a while, if only because she seems to be such an important writer in the history of the genre. Farseer was going to be my first stop, but it appears my school library has the Soldier Son Trilogy, which also sounds like it might be up my alley.

I think you point out one of the things that intrigues me about the kind of character I am talking about - the individualism, the ruggedness, and also the self-sufficiency. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors myself, so reading about characters in the premodern setting of so much fantasy and the skills they use to survive in the wilderness is particularly interesting.

I also study nature writing and environmental literature, so I'm particularly interested in fantasy literature that takes place at least in part in more natural or wild environments, and explores the human(oid) characters' relationship with the environment, whether it be through mundane skills or nature magic, religion, etc.

June 29, 2015, 09:18:18 PM