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Fantasy Medieval-like manuscript I've just created a fantasy book in manuscript form. What do you think of it?
https://www.facebook.com/Handwritten-Fantasy-Manuscript-249733342269267/

May 30, 2018, 12:46:20 PM
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Medieval History I have begun publishing a series of online articles on medieval history. While it may not quite be wie ist eigentlich gewesen, it is certainly not fantasy. These articles are the result of my five decades of historical research, writing, and teaching. They will cover a wide range of topics, from Carolingians to plague, daily life to papal history, the Crusades to the Reformation.

The first article is on the Black Death - http://europeanmiddleages.info/plague/. I thought I'd pick something fun to start.  :P

I'll be publishing every other Wednesday and have somewhere above sixty in the queue, though so far I'm scheduled only through the middle of next February. The schedule is here
http://europeanmiddleages.info/toc.shtml


September 26, 2018, 09:46:50 PM
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Re: Is it worth using Goodreads? I wish I had the time to engage more in the Goodreads community, but there's only so much I can do without taking too much time away from my writing.
February 03, 2019, 06:20:57 AM
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Re: Unrepentant Characters
Actually, thinking about it, I'm going to question how much you can't get people to just straight up like total pieces of work if they think the character is funny/clever/brave etc.etc.

To expand on this -

One of my favourite movies is Heat. The protagonist is a bank robber who uses lethal force. He has no compunctions about doing so. He has no compunctions about lying to his girlfriend, although he doesn't mistreat her. But I like him. I admire his smarts and guts. I like the way he looks after his crew. I like how he's basically as honest as he can be without landing himself in jail. I'm not sure whether I'd like him in real life, but as a character I like him. And maybe I would in real life.

There's so much media about violent criminals. So many people identify with the Dark Side in Star Wars, so many people who love the Joker. A lot of comedy shows, their protagonists are wrong 'uns. And on and on. One of my favourite characters is Malcolm Tucker. He's a foul mouthed bully with no respect for the truth or the people he works with - but oh well.

People like utter bastards. Plenty of people got big writing about utter bastards. I think people fixate on the "How do I make the unsympathetic sympathetic side of it" and forget that. I know I did.

This is a really good point. Thinking of people like the Master or Raymond Reddington, part of the reason I like reading/watching/listening about them is that they aren't trying to be likable. They're horrible pieces of work and having a great time being one.

It's amazing what you can get away with if you do it with a smile.

January 09, 2020, 04:19:14 PM
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Re: What to do about the writing contest? As someone who entered once, and kept meaning to enter more -

1500 words a month is a lot as someone who's trying to manuscripts ready for agents and the rest of it. I've suggested doing micro fiction before, as that's less time intensive for entries; a longer time period might help too.

The main site spot would be cool too, although honestly I'd never noticed it had gone.

Finally... the big thing is that the forum has lost traffic, and lost contributors, and youse are doing as good a job as ever but you're not sorcerers who can magic up new people out of nowhere to take part. But maybe we need to see if we can draw in some more people.

February 03, 2020, 03:53:42 PM
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
As someone who entered once, and kept meaning to enter more -

1500 words a month is a lot as someone who's trying to manuscripts ready for agents and the rest of it. I've suggested doing micro fiction before, as that's less time intensive for entries; a longer time period might help too.

The main site spot would be cool too, although honestly I'd never noticed it had gone.

Finally... the big thing is that the forum has lost traffic, and lost contributors, and youse are doing as good a job as ever but you're not sorcerers who can magic up new people out of nowhere to take part. But maybe we need to see if we can draw in some more people.

In a way a 1000 words is better because a lot of flash sites have that as their upper word count limit so, if a piece is entered here and if there is a secure page, it could still be a candidate for publishing on such a flash site.

February 03, 2020, 03:56:27 PM
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