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Magic Systems in popular fantasy novels Thought some of you guys may enjoy this (found on io9):

April 12, 2014, 06:05:24 PM
Hobbling yourself I have had this story on the back burner for months now, the one I derived from my short monthly story on corpses. I'm fond of the character and her power. I wrote quite a lot around her, but got myself a bit stuck for what now appears as a totally stupid reason :

I wanted to include bits of text I really liked, wrote as I was discovery writing it, yet don't fit at all with any good plot. Or at least not for me, not from where I wanted to start the story.

But even the point I wanted to start the story at didn't have to be that one.

My point is, I spent months running in circles because I'd written these bits I wanted to keep, but were hobbling me.

After several months without touching this story, going back into it, I'm like "why does this have to be done by her? It could be put in some other short story, or she could make this comment somewhere else entirely".

How did I not realise that sooner? Why was I so hung up on this happening? How to get rid of that habit, without going all the way to the plotter's special hell?
Does that happen to any of you guys?

It has happened before to a lesser extent, but in the monthly contest I've had less problems since you can write around that 'one scene' and bend the story to fit it, and I also feel much better about cutting and reshapping the entire story. I often re-write it, changing pov, tense, or starting points.
So what's making it so much harder with longer stories?

September 08, 2017, 08:53:11 PM
Publisher picked up my book! I'm so excited. My book is going to be published! It's a new, small press. Not vanity, they didn't ask for a dime. They have experienced editors. And the cover designer is great!

Here's a link to my book's page on their site. Cover is still in the works.


All the FF people have been a huge inspiration to keep me going! Seeing some of the crazy stuff you all read just proves there's a reader out there for every book  ;D
*does a happy dance*

December 29, 2017, 09:29:49 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb. I've enjoyed the whole trilogy. Can anyone recommend other books by her?


December 30, 2017, 10:48:53 AM
Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Hello from Aus and welcome to the Forum,  @NedMarcus. ;D

Thanks. I'm in the same time zone as you (well, if you live in Western Australia!) in Taiwan.

I’m a few hours in your future, Canberra ACT, but good to have  more folk here who are awake at more or less the same time. We  have a couple more Australians here but not many of us. ;D

December 30, 2017, 11:09:59 AM
Re: robin hobb
Great thread. I'm halfway through Assassin's Quest now.
Oh so many great books still to discover :D

December 30, 2017, 04:25:00 PM
Supremacy's Shadow (Grimsnark Scifi Thriller) Well, here it is. My latest and greatest book is now available for pre-order. Some of you on this forum have even helped me critique the opening chapters, and some of you have even offered to blurb it (you know who you are, and you are awesome).

This cover art is by talented artist Shen Fei, who's work can be found here: https://www.deviantart.com/shenfeic

Half Han Solo, half Deadpool, Hayden Cross tries to stop an interplanetary war while relentlessly mocking everyone involved.

From the Back Cover
For Hayden Cross, a military investigator in the far future, whether his wife faked her death is the question that is probably going to get him killed. Having lost the only job that kept him sane, he has few resources and fewer leads. Oh, and a sadistic crime lord really wants to kill him.

As he fights through an underworld of fanatical rebels, callous bounty hunters, and corrupt cops, each step takes him closer to the truth about his wife’s fate and the oppressive government he once loyally served. On the way he may even liberate a planet and stop a war ... but only if he betrays everyone he loves.

Sample Chapters
Read the first four chapters here for free!

Praise? for Supremacy's Shadow
"...reads like Harrison Ford's voiceover for Blade Runner 2079 before the director's cut." - Tom Doyle, author of the American Craft series.

“If you liked that scene where Han Solo talks to the Imperial guy in the detention center, that’s basically this book.” - Mike Kern, author of Dark Winter

“Poor choices, bad jokes, and mouthing off to the very worst people at the wrong time, this book has it all.” - Cameron Johnson, author of The Traitor God

“A gritty, fast-paced thriller like James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, except the bullets are smarter than the people.” - Rosemary Claire Smith, author of T-Rex Time Machine

"It feels like a reboot of my favorite sci-fi movies, but it didn’t ruin my childhood once." - David Vaughn, author of "The Captain in Yellow" from the Cackle of Cthulhu anthology

"Suspiciously reminiscent of Firefly, only with more dysfunctional characters." - T. C. Weber, author of Sleep State Interrupt

"A thrilling litany of failure and rotten luck ... or, as Hayden Cross would call it, Tuesday." - Sherri Cook Woolsey, author of Walking Through Fire

"The snark of Deadpool and the sci-fi realism of The Expanse, left on your door step and set aflame." - A.Z Anthony, author of Servant of Rage

"A refreshing break from those thinky, moody, burdensome award-winners, this book shoots first and asks questions later." - David Chang, editor at Space Squid

"The best Star Wars rip-off since The Force Awakens." - T. Eric Bakutis, author of Tales of the Five Provinces

Purchase and Pricing
Pre-order price is $2.99, where it will remain for the first month of release, and it is also available on Kindle Unlimited if you have that. The book will price jump to $3.99 on March 15, but it'll be back down throughout the year as I have sales, so stay tuned!

Sample Chapters: Coming February 5, 2018

Amazon E-Book: Supremacy's Shadow

Paperback: Supremacy's Shadow

January 02, 2018, 06:06:06 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
reading the first two back-to-back.  By the time I'm done with the first two...I want to move onto another story.
:o I could never do that!!!
I love reading full series back-to-back...

(everyone's soooo different ;D)

January 03, 2018, 08:29:41 AM
Re: Short Stories for Marketing (and fun!) I've gotten a few short stories published.

I've also written a couple of books, but uhhhhh.... writing them was easy and then somehow I've been editing them for f*ing years so I have no long fiction to market per se.  Even if I did, my WIP is epic fantasy and my published short stories might have a touch of the fantastic (there's a psychic homeless guy in my serial killer one), but i"m not sure someone would even want to move from, say, my short story about a guy who calls a number for a date scrawled on a toilet stall in a public park to... a full length novel with swords and magic and shit.

Here's what I'd say:

I think it depends on where your short fiction is located. Sales are slow for the vast majority of all fiction, really, and anthologies don't usually sell big without big names. It could be a great avenue to be discovered by new readers, but who knows when or how many people will find you that way. If like 10% of readers of an online magazine actually get to your story and 10% of those were totally in love with it and 10% of those decide to look you up and buy your shit... So unless your short story is alongside GRRM's (or even if you're pooling a reader base with other smaller self-pubbed but relatively successful fantasy authors with already established audiences who know about and will buy the anthology) I wouldn't expect to see immediate results, but the more you are out there, the greater cumulative chance someone will find you... and over a period of years that could build up!

If you're looking at trad publishing and you've got short fiction published that will help you get an agent.  But you still have that getting published and after that a book-selling problem (which most trad published books by first-time authors don't sell well either)

A few people on here have entered contests and gotten published in some magazines and whatnot.  There's a monthly writing contest on here and Tebakutis posts his entries on his blog on his author website, for example.  Again not sure that translates into sales. Teb is also experimenting with releasing his latest scifi novel as a serial on his website. Again, I'm not sure how that's going, but it's a steal because it's really top notch riveting cyberpunk stuff.

Writers of the Future is cool and helps you make connections and get exposure. I have a friend who was a finalist and go to go to the event thing they have and she really liked it.  I'm not sure if it affected her sales either but she said it was a great exp and you get a bit of mentoring from established authors who read your short. A few of us on here have been wanting to submit stuff to that.  It's on my to do list.

Also, there's a few threads on here about self pubbing and marketting if you dig around that could be useful to you-- Teb, Cameron, and Eli all have great experience and advice, but there's a ton of knowledgeable people on here I'm not mentioning.

A shorter answer to your question could have been: "I write short stories for fun (and to stay sane), and I put them out there when I can because why not? I hope that one day it might result in something but I have no clue."

January 04, 2018, 02:11:14 PM
Re: Is it worth using Goodreads? Well, yeah? Of course it's worth it if you want to keep track of what you're reading, make tbr folders and discover books.. and yes reviews can be scathing. They won't be any kinder than on Amazon. People are people. But if you have good reviews it balances out.
I don't think I've ever seen hostility to writers themselves. Though I've written fiery reviews to say how awful I thought a book was, I've never gone after an author or tried to comtact them directly. Maybe others do? Don't know.
I'd say, start using goodreads as a reader. Find books you've read, find books you want to read, browse about, read author profiles and reviews and make your own call.

January 14, 2018, 09:39:23 AM