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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you keep your characters realistic?
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:34:38 AM »
Sprung, @JMack  ;D ;D ;Dxx

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First welcome and conversations about  Dresden Files with Elfy and Lejays17 in September 2013

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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you keep your characters realistic?
« on: July 06, 2019, 02:54:27 PM »
Recently saw best possible advice in reply to this title question, worth passing on, think it was from Neil Gaiman

" Don't use them as characters in your plot, think of them as people living a life of their own."

Makes so much sense.

Waving a hello to all friends in FF. Stuck in bed and flying high on amazing meds so all is well and I began to plan a shopping trip to Singapore.  ::) Downside is I know I have to come off them again and back  to Earth  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Keep going, it all comes together. That was my favourite book last year. Do hope you like it. ;)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« on: May 29, 2019, 04:23:34 PM »
Very happy to see you back @Eclipse. Just dropping in to mention the two books of the Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay.  Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors. Set in Kay's fictional equivalent of The Ottoman Empire. Byzantine Empire
Two of my favourite GGK books, highly recommended but only a little very subtle magic that intrigues and has effect.

Thought it was the Byzantine Empire, not the Ottomans? Slightly different kettle of fish.
Thanks Peat, you are quite right.Warning folks I am sometimes in need of a Fact Check now. Darn  :-[

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:37:58 AM »
Very happy to see you back @Eclipse. Just dropping in to mention the two books of the Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay.  Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors. Set in Kay's fictional equivalent of The Ottoman Empire.
Two of my favourite GGK books, highly recommended but only a little very subtle magic that intrigues and has effect.

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@ScarletBea  From the Eurovision thread. Moved it here not to spoil what was a fun place.
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@Lady Ty, I know it's a stupid thing to say (and in the wrong thread), but sometimes I feel that people don't deserve democracy ::)
Or maybe Australia saw the UK and the US going down the drain and wanted to join them? ;D

 I tried to answer your question Scarlet Bea but my first two attempts got far too long. Of course. So here are some basic thoughts.

It is not a stupid question at all because there have been changes in the last decade in particular that have left people upset and confused and they are not to blame or less deserving.  Everyone who wants a Democratic rule deserves one, because they assume that they are choosing for themselves who/what*  to vote for based on the facts they are given or have learned of the different proposals, policies, outcomes of the sides or parties. If they don't bother to vote they don't deserve it, but not much will change that unless you live in a country where it is compulsory like Australia.

People in general assume that what they have learned from the various media – TV, radio, press, both print and on line, is correct and true. They expect each side will decry the policies of the other and argue against them but people still believe what they hear and choose accordingly.

Obviously there have been lies and twists used forever but in general it worked. But the advent of a media baron like Rupert Murdoch controlling majority all media in a country, plus the impact of Google, FaceBook and, to a lesser extent Twitter etc, spreading news and messages instantly to vast international audiences things have changed and are escalating.

Just a couple of examples from here
Labor fought on action about climate change and cutting down on coal, working up to renewable energy in a big way. There were legitimate worries about mining jobs, which is what you would expect. But also the Govt spread panic about how wind and solar power would raise the cost of electricity, it wouldn't work if the sun didn't shine, or there were thunderstorms.  This is Australia. Don't you have wind turbines in the North Sea?? Heating and cooling is already expensive so people worried.

Any good measure is twisted to make it look as though it favours some and disfavours others. When Labor said they will try to have electric cars introduced widely to gradually reduce petrol ones, it was  translated by press "You need to have charging stations in every garage, tradesmen will have to give up their Utes**  because they can't be electric".

Absolute garbage, but these examples spread like wildfire, all around the nation and people panic, believe and pass it on. The media never denies it because that is what Murdoch wants and we do not have any media except ABC (like BBC) and The Guardian online who are not Right Wing. Even ABC is no longer unbiased because the govt blackmails it with funding cuts. There are incessant robot calls on phones, leaflet drops, placards, so many lies and insinuations spread all the time, everywhere but in the media less chance given or ignored to call them out. All this is hammered in day after day for six weeks or more and people get terrified and believe.

These are drops in the ocean, but also financial corruption kept hidden. Politics is complex and unless you are immersed & interested, it is very boring  for most people who are struggling along with work, families and living, so I don't blame them for not knowing or not being aware.

So Democracy  is broken because of lies and very powerful influences and you cannot blame people for being misled. People absolutely deserve the truth to make a democratic choice, but  I believe this is gone forever now.

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen



*Brexit, Scottish Independence being 'whats".
**work trucks in UK

Note Just looked through this again and it sounds so simplistic, there were many many complex reasons why we lost the election, but basically I  was only addressing the democracy question in that context to illustrate the mind numbing power that wealthy media control exerts to influence peoples reaction and increase their control.

Some may wish to comment or criticise or discuss, feel free, but I am probably not going to respond. Have worked in so many ways for the last six years to promote & advocate for a party who would change us for better in so many ways. Had high hopes, but it all down crashed on Saturday and I am not in a balanced mood :-X >:( :'(

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And so it ends.

Congratulations to...
Spoiler for Hiden:
me, for staying awake all the way through!  :P ;D
I'll probably comment more tomorrow.  :)

Truly sorry couldn't join youand congrats for carrying on the tradition.
Sadly Australia has decided it prefers greed and blatant corruption to govern and I was in pieces last night. Going to listen to TP books for a while as recommended by a special friend, and pretend the real world is the fictional one.

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I guess it's time to leave behind the 1001 posts "milestone". It was... fun?... while it lasted.  ??? ;D

Weeeelllll... There will always be next year.  ;D
Good luck to you with the election. Better luck, even.  ;)

Thank you AAV and just think of it as a start towards 1111?

@Elfy Only saw our entry today and not very impressed with Princess and Banshees' style. :)

@ScarletBea The conversation between you and Saraband made me laugh  so much. I wish it had really been mobile phone, shall have to find it and look now. You have lightened my mood. ;D

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My apologies faithful Eurovision friends, not watching this year. Australia has an very important federal election on May 18th and my every waking moment is filled with that. I may be up early if final results not in on Sunday morning, and will drop by if I am celebrating. Otherwise I will be curled up in a cave in foetal position.
 Hugs, coffee and chocolate to you both if you are watching and good luck to both your countries.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:48:22 AM »
Happy Birthday @Saraband keep on marching for Scotland with pride.
Hope you got an amazing cake at home, as well as the beauty @ScarletBea found. ;D




@xiagan somehow I lost your Birthday among all those amazing cake posts. Many many belated good wishes and hope you are having a great time with your family. 8)

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Not sure if this thread is still active. I'm new to the site. But anyway, I am looking for a book from the 90s, I guess YA Fantasy. I remember the cover was 2 dragons one black one white battling. The main character was a young white dragon, one of the first born in a while. I think there was a female too, and they were the hope of the next generation.
But the clan of dragons met the black dragons and began fighting. It turns out whenever a black dragon falls so does a white dragon. The battle between them is their doom. It's kind of a sad end of dragons book in a way.
I'm not even sure why it sticks out in my mind so much, but I would really like to find it.

Have done searches to no avail, but figured this was as good a place as any.

I have no idea, but @Lady Ty is quite the dragon expert...
Dragon addict, but not expert JR  ;D  Sorry, Brand  I tried hard to think of a book that may fit, but no luck.
You never know with this thread, it is always worth trying, people come back ages later with an answer so who knows.  Maybe @Elfy has a suggestion? He is our supreme library master.
I had a thought about this. E. E. Knight did a series that may be it.

@Elfy you are a marvel,and jogged a long ago memory. Is this familiar, Brand?

Think I need to seek these out for a re-read.


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Not sure if this thread is still active. I'm new to the site. But anyway, I am looking for a book from the 90s, I guess YA Fantasy. I remember the cover was 2 dragons one black one white battling. The main character was a young white dragon, one of the first born in a while. I think there was a female too, and they were the hope of the next generation.
But the clan of dragons met the black dragons and began fighting. It turns out whenever a black dragon falls so does a white dragon. The battle between them is their doom. It's kind of a sad end of dragons book in a way.
I'm not even sure why it sticks out in my mind so much, but I would really like to find it.

Have done searches to no avail, but figured this was as good a place as any.

I have no idea, but @Lady Ty is quite the dragon expert...
Dragon addict, but not expert JR  ;D  Sorry, Brand  I tried hard to think of a book that may fit, but no luck.
You never know with this thread, it is always worth trying, people come back ages later with an answer so who knows.  Maybe @Elfy has a suggestion? He is our supreme library master.

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Good to hear from you @Lanko, although very sorry life has been difficult. I am dealing with some real life issues, but try and keep an eye on what happens here. Very glad you touched base again, you were missed. ;D

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Also very hard to vote between my final two. Read through again and made a choice. Liked the theme, even though it didn't attract many takers. Good luck and thanks to all who gave us a story.  :) :)

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