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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:15:48 AM »

I'll probably take a breather before the next omnibus to read Thrawn: Alliances though.

Read this recently and it was pretty good. Thrawn continues to be my favorite SW character.

Writers' Corner / Re: The Enemy's POV?
« on: July 06, 2018, 03:12:29 AM »
I love the enemy POV. Human, inhuman, evil or misunderstood I dont care. My favorite parts of the WoT series were the glimpses we got of the Forsaken. In ASoF who doesn't enjoy the compare and contrast between the Stark and Lannister households? Gokta? Kitiara? The list goes on and on

If your narrative calls for it, you'll know instinctively. I think the bottom line is:

If it's interesting, it's interesting

Glokta’s chapters are incredible. A good example of villains done right.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:46:39 AM »
Oh and Thrawn was amazing.

Just finished it a day ago, and I can echo these points. Thrawn was really good! It also greatly fleshes out a character who appears on Star Wars: Rebels (and oh, do I hate her *more* now). All in all, a great book.

I would also recommend A New Dawn of you want more rebels characters. Its set a few years before the first episode.

Writers' Corner / Re: How to know which crits to listen to
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:55:11 PM »
I've been doing this for quite a long time and I *still* haven't figured out how to tell which advice to take (and not to take).  What's the secret????

It will always be a back and forth between the critique and your own judgement. It seems like one of those "trust your instincts" things. Like Cameron said, if you start to see a consensus of opinions, then there is probably something there that needs more attention. Whatever the critique or advice is, think about how a change would impact the story, and if it matches your vision.

That also doesn't mean you have to change everything in red ink, either. First thing I would do is let the critique settle in your mind. Give it plenty of time to be mulled over. That saves you from diving right in to change each and every point, which can be a waste of time and keeps you from seeing the meaning behind the critique.

I really wish I knew the secret. I'd share it. Honest.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:34:47 PM »

It's a solid sanderson book. Boring at the start, and confusing as well, there is just so much to remember and I'd forgotter... But it picked up and the last third is probably the best.
I just don't like Shallan. Spent way too much time with her unrealistically angsty self... Dalinar was okay to spend so much time with though I skimmed through a few of his bloodbaths battle memories. Sometimes you don't need to spend four pages on a shardblade duel that can be summed up by "I turned the other guy into mincemeat".
It's an enjoyable series despite everything.

I am currently struggling with this one. I just can't seem to get into it and I loved the first two. I am maybe 25% in...

Oh and Thrawn was amazing.

I am reading The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. Same excellent quality from Sullivan that Ive come to expect.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Audiobook Recommendations
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:41:28 PM »
Audiobook can be a tricky thing, because a bad narrator can make a good book seem like a chore. I'd recommend Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. Tim Gerard Reynolds is the narrator and does a fantastic job on all of Sullivan's books.

Writers' Corner / Re: Writing a story while having a busy lifestyle.
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:48:28 PM »
I've noticed not sleeping helps

Nope sleeps too precious for me, I can't get enough of it as it is and so any amount of sleep is a win for me.

Thats why they invented coffee.

If I want to write anything right now, it is when I sacrifice an hour or two of sleep.

Fantasy Resources / Re: Brandon Sanderson Writing Lectures at BYU
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:40:43 PM »
Thanks for doing that @zmunkz . I've watched your videos before, especially the older lectures that were cut into several different videos. Made it so much easier to get from one topic to the next when they are edited together.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Cliffhanger endings in books
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:59:30 AM »
I would place self-contained and standalone in the same basket. As in there is a full arc that rises and falls for characters and plot. A standalone can progress the world and characters of previous works, but the story itself needs no prior knowledge to enjoy the story.

I agree with @Lanko about ESB.

And I don't mind cliffhangers all that much if it makes sense to leave things open to interpretation. The Last Argument of Kings was a good example, and a good use of leaving a thread open.

Much better would be if more authors followed Mark Lawrence's style and put a summary of the previous book before beginning the main story.

So much agreement. Especially for those thicker books in a series.

Of course, either way, I think it's way too early to make this call. We usually end up getting tons of entries towards the end of the month. Hell, we had 9 in the final week last month and 6 in the month before that. Wait for the month to actually finish before making any rash moves.

Feel free to just ignore me as I haven't participated in a while, but @Rukaio_Alter makes a good point. There is still a week left in the contest, and its kind of a thing to see all the last minute submissions. Do we know how many people are currently in progress for this month? Last year there were 13 entries, but this was a new topic. This year it is the same options, so that might also stifle some submissions.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:56:13 AM »
Spent a good chunk of time updating my outline. 13 chapters left to write.

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Winners and Stories
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:53:54 AM »
Congrats to the last round of winners!


Funny enough Aristotle seemed to not like democracy very much. It felt like he preferred a combination of Republic and aristocracy.

On other note, there's him explaining how rulers fall and why, that whole hate and disdain and to be feared or loved. What Machiavelli needed an entire book to explain Aristotle did it in a single chapter almost 2000 years before  :o

His writings revolved around the city constitutions, which had democracy on the side of corruption. He called it a "polity" when the city was ruled by many(middle class) for the benefit of its citizens, and a "democracy" when they ruled poorly(wealthy), as in governing to benefit themselves.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:49:44 PM »
guess who just finished their first draft!?!

*does the happy dance*

Happy for you! May revisions be ever in your favor.

the first draft was just shy of 60k.  but, i'm a severe under-writer, so i suspect it's going to net out at about 90k.  for example, i've already added a thousand words -- and i'm only halfway through editing the first chapter.

I wrote about 7k in the last two days. Crazy production for me, but i am getting to the juicy parts. I am now just over 35k into my rough draft.

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