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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Reddit Fantasy Writer of the Day
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:55:00 PM »

@Eli_Freysson has been it a few months back too. :)

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: July 16, 2019, 09:59:05 PM »
All the best, Rostum!

Finished The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman, the 4th book in the Invisible Library series. I enjoy them heaps and am looking forward to The Mortal Word, which is the last book (so far?).

The books have a strong female lead, lots of page turning action, a creative magic system based on making the world do what you say (better be specific in what you want to happen), dragons vs fae, lots of politicking and intrigue, a Sherlock-Holmesesque-detective, alternate worlds and creative troubleshooting.

Writers' Corner / Re: Ethics in my setting. Could use some thoughts.
« on: July 12, 2019, 08:17:12 PM »
I agree with the opinions raised in this thread.
Additional: Outer Space is like the wild west. There is no justice besides what you bring with you.

General Discussion / Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:24:54 PM »
I'm Xiagan (@xiaiswriting) and I have to pay my respects to Overlord's tweeting abilities too. ;) I'm looking for a writing/reading fantasy forum for quite some time now and had a closer look into this one and a few others over the past months. This was the only one I repeatedly came back to because of @fantasyfaction's interesting tweets. Good job! :)

I live in Berlin, am thirty years old and write fantasy (YA, epic) for about 15 years now. I somehow spent my time in the indie gaming community and not in the indie writing community, though...
The only published works are academic stuff -yet, and a self-published short story collection (Fictional Times - A fabulous anthology of wondrous stories).
I have about 150k words in my drawer but haven't found a publisher for them yet.
At the moment I focus on short stories, inspired by Neil Gaiman's awesome collection 'Smoke and Mirrors'.

Last fantasy books I read were The Wise Man's Fear, Assassin's Apprentice, Towers of Midnight, the Secret of the immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Necromancer and Pratchett's Snuff.

I'm greatly anticipating the following books: A Memory of Light (R.Jordan/B.Sandersson), The Daylight Wars (P.V.Brett), The Kingkiller Chronicle III (P.Rothfuss), Mastiff (T.Pierce) and the Republic of Thieves + The Bastards and the knives: The Gentlemen Bastards -A prequel (S.Lynch).

See you in other topics and threads, I guess! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :)

Good old times, eh?  :D
So, the Scavenger Hunt! We do something special for April (fools) every year and the brilliant idea I originally had... somehow vanished from my brain. ::) Hopefully I'll remember it for 2018. ;)
Anyway, this is 2017 and we're doing a Scavenger Hunt!

You have to solve small riddles to find the location of the next hint. At the end you'll find this month's contest theme.

Please post the stories in the original April 2017 Scavenger Hunt topic.

I have no idea if the riddles are too hard or too easy and I don't know if you'll have more fun solving them together or alone.

If you've solved this way ahead of the others, please keep quiet and let the rest solve it on their time.
If you want to work together (or build teams - I have no idea how much this will take off), open an extra topic others can decide to read or not.

If you are absolutely not in the mood to participate in the hunt and want to have the theme now, write me a pm.

Please ask them in the Scavenger Hunt Discussion topic.

First hint1
Depending on screen size is the first hint probably visible on your screen at the moment (not if you're on tapatalk, sorry).

General Discussion / Re: Team Eclipse v Team Inky
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:23:45 PM »
I was welcomed by Xiagan, so I’m not getting picked for sides. Again.  :'(
Spoiler for Hiden:
Fucking third grade all over again.

Team @xiagan !

For the chocolate

I like my name and chocolate in the same post. :)

First welcome and conversations about  Dresden Files with Elfy and Lejays17 in September 2013
Aussies stick together. :)

General Discussion / Re: Tattoos
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:18:46 PM »
I have to admit I don't really like tattoos, but now I really want photos of all your tattoos you described!
Maybe I do admire (some of) them as art, just not on bodies, hehe
I agree mostly. I wouldn't mind something small but I could never decide what or where, so...

A colleague of mine has an interesting attitude towards tattoos. He likes to take all this higher meaning of tattoos ad absurdum. He has a few and designed them all himself. My favorite is a washing machine with a plate on top and on the plate are three steaming dumplings.

Was just wondering....have we had that many poetry submitted? Haven't seen any sice I joined.
A few entries, usually by @Alex Hormann or @The Gem Cutter, but I always felt that despite how good they were, stories/prose always have the upper hand, for me.
I once made second place with a poem. Must've been in '13 or so. ;)

But yeah, it's usually insignificant. Maybe it's time for a poetry month? ;)


And you should definitely try even if you think it's out of your league.

General Discussion / Re: Team Eclipse v Team Inky
« on: July 03, 2019, 08:01:50 PM »
While doing those tasks you may listen to Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Inkheart.

Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:09:53 PM »
I named myself after the famous anthropologist in @Lanko 's short stories, but then switched it to Duckly Barewood since @xiagan is basically a shaman and determined that my spirit animal is Darkwing Duck while smoking peyote in a tent and moderating the forum from his phone
Not Duckly Breadgood? Anyway, since peyote doesn't grow where I live, I have to make do with sleep deprivation. The hallucinations may not as good, though...

Who was the first person to welcome you to your new home?
Autumn2May (Sept'11). Directly after her post, @Elfy posted his introduction. :D

Who was the first person to reply to your outside the intro section?

Who were the first three posters who replied to your first ever topic?
My first topic only got one reply from graveyardhag.
Next topic was a NaNoWriMo-topic that got one reply too. From Tiffany Kysis Tackett.

You're absolutely right of course.

I have to admit that I got carried away while writing the description and the original broad definition of employment got changed because of this. So yeah, this is about low-profile employment, peasants, villagers, etc.
Not slaves, not apprentices, not master assassins or battle mages.

I don't mind writing the story of a low profile worker, but I don't want to have to implant fake "standard mc characters" just to highlight the low key aspects of my character.

Please don't! That's probably neither fun to read nor to write. Those "standard MC characters" don't care for this story and the people in it and it should be the other way round too. (They can have a positive or negative impact, though.)

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