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After a long haul, I can finally announce the official release date for the book! It's on sale now, and will be delivered on August 26, 2019. I've also added the first two chapters to the link so you can give them a read, if you like!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:07:35 PM »
I just finished Kings of the Wyld, and wow. There were sections during the start that I hesitated between giving 3.5 and 4 stars between them, but once the book went into the later half this is definitely a 5 stars read for sure.

(snip)

This book is definitely going into my exclusives favorites shelf for sure.

I adored Kings of the Wyld. For me it was the perfect mix of adventure, comedy, and heart. Pick up Bloody Rose (the sequel) as soon as you can! It's just as good.

I actually met Nicholas Eames at the 2018 Worldcon and got to know him a bit. He's a super cool guy, and a big gaming nerd as you'd expect.

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: August 09, 2019, 04:31:20 PM »
I'm finally done with the first draft of my first ever, full length novel. Yee haw!  :D

Awesome! That's an accomplishment. :)

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:32:22 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)

A culture founded by Epstein colonising the universe sounds pretty horrific.

Sounds like a Piers Antony book.

As a reader who enjoyed many a Piers Anthony novel during my teenage boy years, this hits close to home. :p

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Elfstones of Shannara- Terry Brooks.
Amberle and the Ellcrys. Makes me misty-eyed every time I read it.

100%

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Which reminds me, @tebakutis overjoyed to hear your books will be on audible, because I cannot read pages of print anymore. I fall asleep in audible too, but can always go back to where I started.  ::) Please make sure to post full details here and link my name in so I can listen as soon as it is available.

@Lady Ty I will certainly do so! :)

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: July 31, 2019, 06:13:44 AM »
I've got some damn cool news.

At Farpoint this year (back in February) I met a totally awesome (and talented) audiobook narrator. Fast forward about six months, and as of a week ago, we've signed a contract and he's going to be narrating Supremacy's Shadow (my grimsnark scifi thriller). This will be the first book I've gotten done in audio, and the narrator is KILLING it. The first chapter sounds great and it seems like we're going to moving along at a fast pace.

So, that's happening! I'm excited. Now I just need to motivate myself to finish the copyedits on Supremacy's Bounty (my next grimsnark scifi thriller) so I can pop it into the Kindle UK Storyteller contest (deadline August 31). I don't except to win, but I'm hoping entering the contest (since I'll be publishing on KDP anyway) will get some extra eyes on the book.

And I'm off to Gencon tomorrow! Four days of non-stop gaming where I will forget we have a treasonous ****head for president. :P

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So Rutger Hauer has passed away.

It seems obligatory to link this:

https://youtu.be/NoAzpa1x7jU?t=101

What's a crazy coincidence (I saw this on Twitter) is that both Rutger Hauer and Roy Batty passed away in the same year! (2019)

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There's Zimmer-Bradley if so inclined; the only Y I can think of easily is Jane Yolen, who I read only a few chapters of in an anthology and liked - but not quite enough to track down the full book.

Anyway, interesting list - tempted to do my own now!

I'd heartily recommend Jane Yolen's Pit Dragon Books ... they remain among my favorite dragon-involved literature (they were marketed as YA but are suitable for all, IMO).

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From this side of the Atlantic, Trump supporters look like an enormous cult. They seem to have this intense, unwavering devotion to a man with nothing in common with any of them.

Oh, trust me, Trump supporters look like a cult on this side of the Atlantic, too. It doesn't matter to them at all that he's a blubbering moron. So long as he's fulfilling their fantasies of sticking it to all the people they feel are responsible for their lives not being perfect, and all the people who they feel "need to know their place" (read: anyone who isn't white, straight, and "Christian") they will eagerly support and cheer him on.

Trump is hurting the people his supporters want him to hurt, and that gives them great pleasure. They will never abandon him, and it's both frustrating and frightening to live in a country with people this horrible. The weirdest thing is that since I'm white, I may not even know when I'm around a Trump supporter. They'll seem perfectly nice and friendly (since I'm white) and then - BOOM! - they say something positive about what a great president Trump is, and I realize the nice person I've been chatting with is 100% pro-child concentration camps, and genuinely thinks that all the children and babies who've died due to intentional neglect in ICE/CBP custody "died because their evil parents shouldn't have brought them here."

American school children are HEAVILY indocrinated with "our country is the greatest! Land of the free and brave!", and as a child who was very well-off, it took me a looong time to realize just how bad things are in the US for those without my privilege. Needless to say, the last ten or so years have been a rather painful wake up call for me.

It turns out a good portion of America is still as f'ed up and racist and evil as I was told it stopped being after the civil rights movement, and I just didn't realize I was living among these racist f***s this whole time.

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Cheers!
-Scott

Very sorry to hear about your friend, @The Gem Cutter, but glad to see you around again and kicking. I hope your trip is a blast!

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A couple of hours ago I was interviewed by a local TV station, about my fundraising for that viking fantasy novella I'm hoping to publish in Iceland.

I have 39% of the money I need, with 23 days to go. Here's hoping this provides a boost.

Are you doing a Kickstarter or something? Where can I kick in some cash?

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Ah, the sweet, sweet smell of a necro'd thread. :)

I'll add a few!

  • Morgaine from C.J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel series (one the first truly interesting, adult, and complicated female protagonists my young self encountered)
  • Lessa from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series (the first few books in that series were my OTHER formative fantasy books primarily shown from the view of a female protagonist)
  • Amberle from The Elfstones of Shannara (ignore the Amberle from the TV show - the original from the book, a quiet healer driven by determination and selflessness, really stuck with me the type of heroine who doesn't need to be a fighter to be awesome. Amberle's true strength was ultimately her bravery, love for her people, and her willingness to make a sacrifice that scared the hell out of her. The end of that book is one of my favorite twists ever, and still one of the most bittersweet)
  • Aimee de Laurent from Joseph Brassey's The Drifting Lands (she's like Terra, Celes, and Rydia all rolled into one - obviously Brassey is a fan of Final Fantasy, and being I am too, I think Aimee is awesome)
  • Buffy from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (for all the reasons)
  • Lucina from the Fire Emblem Series (yes it's a videogame, but it's fantasy, and she was just such an awesome character - skilled, doubting herself but fighting on anyway, leading her friends despite being an impossible and horrible situation, and just generally being great).

Also, if we want to expand this to sci-fi, I'd add the following:
  • Sarah Conner from James Cameron's The Terminator series (seriously, she's one of the best examples of "strong female lead" that's tough and complicated while still balancing that with the demands of being a parent. Especially when one watches her transition from a "final girl" in movie 1 to a badass warrior in movie 2, it's great to see her progress)
  • Halley from Marko Kloos' Frontlines series (she's a badass fighter pilot and a really interesting character - far, far more than just a "love interest" for the protagonist)
  • Iroshi from Cary Osbourne's The Glaive series (she's a sword-fighting telepathic warrior badass who founds a badass guild of telepathic ninja mercenaries. What's not to love?)

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[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: July 01, 2019, 02:52:49 PM »
Woo! Congrats @Nora!

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Almost through the last season of Magicians. Absolutely love it. One of the few book to screen transitions that I think was done well, despite veering far from the source material.

I love the stuff you've mentioned, but The Magicians (TV show) has hopped to my favorite current show. It's just the perfect mix of horror, f'ed up relationships, and genuinely hilarious events, and having been a big Narnia fan as a kid, the way they twist all that up has a special place in my heart.

I did not expect the season finale and I'm very much looking forward to the final season.

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