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I would love to help if I could. I know I'm new but I'd love to get more involved.

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Could it be that his own box was devised to keep even him out? Yet he stole it and even he doesn't know whats in the small box even still?

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Top 5
« on: March 31, 2011, 05:12:49 PM »
If you read it, the sci fi element is pretty strong. They actually have an explanation for the way things are, and isn't steampunk just a sci fi sub genre anyway? I mean really. Time machine, 20k leagues; these were the original sci fi. Now considered Steampunk if read from today's perspective.

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Top 5
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:45:30 AM »
1. The Stone Canal - Ken Macleod
2. Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
3. Dune - Herbert
4. Leviathan - Scott Westerfield
5. Hitchhiker's guide

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4th grade. I sat in the library staring at the wall of books while the teacher droned on about some dull meaning behind the library system.

As my eyes went over the titles I noticed most of the books were very thin. Then I came across Redwall. By far the thickest book my meager elementary school library owned.(They didn't think to highly of our reading habits I guess.) As soon as I could get out of my chair I snagged it and ran off to a corner to read it. I then spent the next year hunting for long books with great stories. Narnia, Eddings, LoTR, and so on; but I probably owe my love of books to a little mouse named martin.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Anyone have a book that's been e-published?
« on: March 31, 2011, 12:08:52 AM »
My Girlfriend is working on epublishing her own works. She follows this blog and a few others for ideas.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/03/how-to-use-kickstarter-to-fund-self.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford+-+Blog%29

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/03/self-publishing-vs-traditional.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford+-+Blog%29

The first is a recent post to talk about getting going and the 2nd post is the difference in profit gained via self publishing rather than traditional publishing with a house.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Character Naming Help
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:53:34 PM »
This is my current stumbling block. I've been writing on the same piece for maybe 5 years. World building, notes, plots.....but no characters or names. I've had the worst time creating compelling characters to fill my lush world.

I can describe the history, the subtlety  of its cultures; but I can't seem to create characters with meaning and depth. Their names just always fall flat to my eyes and its hard to get excited and write their stories when they sound boring and bland to me. When I call them by name, they don't ring out to me as a good name should.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Magic vs Technology
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:37:32 PM »
I'm a bit of a nobody in writing circles,(Hopefully that'll change someday) but I'm working on a book that would contain magic as well as technology.

My opinion is that it depends on the world itself, there's a context for all magic within novels. As someone else pointed out, jedi are mages. So technically, magic existed before technology in the star wars universe. The universe has just progressed to the point that the technology has surpassed or is comparable to what can be done with said magic system. That right there is a key.

Comparable, doesn't mean better or worse. Its a style or a personal preference for the writer and probably even for the readers. In star wars they have blaster pistols and rifles, but the force and lightsaber combination negates those advantages and brings things to a more level playing field.

My own work I'm having a rather vast timeline I plan to hop around in. This means I will see technology and magic rise and fall in favor of one or the other based on the world and the preference of its peoples.

Imagine a grand civilization such as our own discovering magic so late in this stage. What would it do?

Or vice versa, what would a major leap in technology when magic has always been the primary do?

That right there can create a conflict worth writing about, but also would create an imbalance that you'd have to explain. Which by itself could turn people off with the extra exposition.(unless you integrated it directly into the story as a plot point)

So I think a balance would have to be struck. Unless the imbalance is the point of the story itself.

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