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Re: Things that annoy you in fantasy book blurbs I get annoyed by blurbs that decide to bugger off for a quick ciggie when it comes time to get on the book cover, instead leaving behind nothing but review quotes and author blurbs to do the work for them; lazy little shits!

Nothing puts me off buying a book more, than a conspicuous lack of information of what the book might actually be about. That evil looking horse on the cover could just be a bait and switch to get me to buy a My Little Pony novelisation, for all the information you've given me. Hmph!

April 24, 2011, 07:57:44 PM
Re: Elf Preservation - Can we twist elves and other races? I love, love, love new twists on the familiar - and I don't see enough of it with elves and dwarves. I suppose this is partly the result of spending my formative years with Warhammer (I still have some of the key pieces of my Wood Elf army over in storage) as opposed to Tolkien; when one reads about Wood Elves, High Elves, and Dark Elves, and what armies they may form, the idea of them being aloof, ethereal and wise beings makes one double-take a bit. I also tend to feel that as a genre, fantasy as done elves (and dwarves) as the same, as the same, as the same, and it's become....tired. What I'd really love is to see how far they can be stretched and twisted, and yet still able to retain that 'dwarveness' or 'elfness'.

(I don't see a problem with tall dwarves, either - and certainly have no problem with demons being 'good', or at the very least, shades of grey).

I guess I'm curious, though, about everyone who is saying 'don't ignore tradition' - do you guys have any examples of elves that have been twisted and pulled until you wouldn't call them 'elves' any more? Or an actual line in the sand where you can see 'this is not an elf?' Or is it more of a 'I know an elf when I see it' thing?

(I should admit to being biased on the subject of playing around elves, as I've spent the past month forming my own take on them, which involved going back to the Norse mythos and starting over from there again. So, yes, I'm very curious as to what people would say is 'too much fiddling'.)

February 09, 2012, 09:51:16 AM
Re: Length of debut novel?
I think I'll shoot with buck shots and try to keep the first book below 110000 words. I feel that I just got started, and already I've passed 30000 words. It's gonna be hellish boiling it down.

Hint:  Think trilogy.

March 13, 2012, 06:55:42 PM
Re: You know you're a writer when...'re the only one of your friends that vents about writer's block on the daily.
June 27, 2012, 10:15:46 AM
Re: You know you're a writer when...
you know you are a writer when people pay you for your work.

If you write only to get paid, you're going to spend a long time disappointed.

You know you're a writer when you find stuff written all up your arm from committee meetings that had nothing to do with what was discussed in said meeting, you just didn't want to put it in your meeting notes in case you never see it again.

October 11, 2012, 09:29:49 PM
Re: You know you're a writer when... ... when you've read this: and found it extremely interesting and forced your sister to read it. And then you find out it's 10k words long. ;D
October 12, 2012, 05:32:08 PM
Re: You know you're a writer when...
You know you're a fantasy writer when you look at an acronym and immediately start planning the character who'd have that name. (Just happened to me - it was AXUG, who's definitely a troll.)

Absolutely! And sometimes when I misspell a word and think, hmmm, nice sound to that. How can I use it?

The letters on car numberplates can be useful, too.

October 13, 2012, 02:32:27 PM
Re: Method Writing Jeni, it's obviously different from the real deal. It's kinda difficult to get to Guantanamo Bay from where we live and we don't even believe it to be necessary. It's kind of what most good self-defense schools do: they do scenario training where the "assailant" cusses at the "defender", shoves him/her, spits at him/her in order to come as close to the real thing as possible. Everybody knows it's not the same but it's close enough to give the practitioner an idea what to expect if/when something bad really happens.

We look for the same thing; just to experience the physical side of it all would be enough in itself but I assure you, even though we trust each other, we both still felt suffocating (no pun intended) panic and oppressive claustrophobia while being waterboarded. It's close enough that we have a pretty good idea how it feels and now we have more... let's say tools for describing the scene even if we haven't experienced the real deal in some government sanctioned torture house.

Besides, what we did (the waterboarding) wasn't dangerous. Unpleasant, yes, but because of the safety signals it was perfectly safe. I know it's different strokes and all that but I can tell when an author hasn't done his/her homework just by reading e.g. a fight scene.

Actually, we believe that going the extra mile is responsible writing in some cases. Scenes of violence are an excellent example: many authors who haven't been in real fights or haven't trained in a school that takes their training close enough often write fight scenes that give the impression that violence is something fun, something cool (*cough* David Eddings *cough*) whereas those who have experienced real world violence or something close enough in training know that violence is always horrible, traumatizing, and very, very ugly. That is why our fight scenes are ugly and horrible, to show the reader that violence most definitely is not fun or cool in any way.

And take waterboarding for instance: it reminds me of a movie about the Spanish inquisition. A priest supported torture to get confessions out of "heretics" until he was subjected to torture himself by the father of a girl his goons had tortured. It was only after having experienced torture himself that the priest realized that God does not give you strength to withstand the extreme pain, horror, and discomfort torture causes a person and changed his views 180 degrees. I would imagine that the people who condone waterboarding as a way to pry information from suspects have never experienced the form of torture themselves and hence do not understand that a person being tortured that way will confess to anything pretty damn quick, i.e. the information derived that way is worthless.

And not all method stuff is unpleasant or crazy: parkour is an awesome sport and great fun once you get a hang of the basics. Plus it's an excellent workout too as are martial arts.

But as I said, different strokes so not judging anybody here. Just wanted to open a thread where people can discuss different forms of method writing, things they have experienced/done to bring that little extra something into their description etc.

Peace out. 8)

October 14, 2012, 12:34:04 AM
Supernatural Creatures with Great Potential for Stories
Someone should do a whole collection of short stories about things found at the bottom of the garden.

"The Mammoth Book of Dead Snails and Cigarette Butts"

There are hedgehogs living in our woodpile. And I'm pretty sure there's a party of Poddington Peas in there too.

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bee's, live a lot of little peeeeople, they call the poddington peas!!!

Fairly sure there are mummies, zombies and shoe-people at the bottom of mine. The mummies & zombies stay in the Cemetary behind the house but those pesky shoe people get everywhere *frown*

I want a good Leprachaun story. Proper irish folk tales!! :)

I always thought that because they live in between the birds and the bees they'd get awfully mushy.

March 02, 2013, 08:58:33 PM
Re: Things that annoy you in fantasy book blurbs 'Move over, Harry Potter.'

On the back of one of the Twilight books.

Nuff said.

May 02, 2013, 10:19:03 PM