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I'm an Electoral Administrator and I've spent the last bloody 12 months being harrassed by the referendum. I could probably contribute but my piss has yet to come off the boil. 

I just started Snakewood by Adrian Selby. Only about 5% in but it's been great so far. Love the fightbrews concept.

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie: As an unapologetic fan boy of his works I've been making my way through this. I tend to dip in and out of short story collections though. I enjoyed all the ones I read.

Wolves of London by Mark Morris: I never expected to love this as much as I did but I finished it in a few days, unusual for me.

The Society of Blood by Mark Morris: Went straight into the sequel, currently about 80% the way through.

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox: DNF. Enjoyed the prologue, that was about it.

Writers' Corner / Re: Developing fantasy forms of martial arts?
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:33:07 AM »
The question seems a bit vague however my advice would be to look at real world examples and modify them for your own purposes. A few questions to ask though:


Is this for ladies to stop nicking off with their handbags or is it a system of fighting for soldiers? Is it perhaps a competitive form of martial art? Krav Maga, jousting, and women's self defence classes taught in leisure centres are all very different from each other. Do you want your character stabbing people in the throat or punting them in the goolies?


Was this made by a peasantry who were forbidden to use swords, or is this more for the nobles who adhere to a code of chivalry.


Do they use them at all? If so what weapons? How do they use them?


Are there rules how and when they can use their skills? Is there an underlying religious or philosophic force behind it? e.g. Bushido code.

Read and finished Wolves of London by Mark Morris, not the usual thing I'd go for but I loved it. Now starting The Society of Blood.

I just realized that I've never gone into what the buildings in my space opera setting are made of. I'm no engineer, but I do know that concrete degrades rather quickly compared to, say, stone castles.

I guess I could just say something like "megaconcrete" but I would like to put a little more thought into it.

Despite dipping into writing in the genre, I really do have little experience with space opera. Could someone give me suggestions on futuristic building materials, or what RL scientists predict?

I reckon, in the future, all housing will be underground, just below the surface, to preserve the environment; it'll be some form of graphite, but who cares, make up a name for an element/compound with the properties you need. Oh, and houses will be free - none of this paying a mortgage for half your life nonsense.

I can see military structures being built underground, and they are right now to some extent. With the possibility of kinetic weapons deployed from orbit you would want as much rock between you and it as possible.

I fit very much in this bracket. I wrote something about 2 years ago (it can be found in the work to be critiqued section) and at the time I was stuck on where to go for chapter 2. I'm wanting to resurrect this work but I find myself still stuck with the same issue. At this point now I'm thinking of cannibalising the ideas in it rather than continuing on. 

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Fantasy Race?
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:18:12 PM »
I'm not a fan of non-human races as a rule however I did quite like the dwarves from the Witcher series (the games, I haven't read the books yet). I did hope in the third game you'd get to see their homeland in the Mahakam Mountains, and the Elven State they talked about in Witcher 2.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best Author Ever?
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:55:42 AM »
A lot of people going for Other. I feel that Other is pretty overhyped and in recent times has been very hit and miss.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:21:12 PM »
Just started Saint's Blood by  Sebastien de Castell, really good so far and always nice to read something a little light hearted every now and again.

But re-reads still count, totally :D I really want to re-read more, but the allure of new books just gets too much...

And don't feel bad whatever number you have, this thread is not a competition :)

I think I came off as a tad depressing. I really enjoyed my re-read, taking my time where I would generally rush a first time read because I'd be eager to know what happens on the next page. The allure of new books happens for me this month when the next in the Greatcoats series comes out as well as Sharp Ends.

Pretty slow month...

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie.

I'm at a point at the minute where new novels aren't really holding my interest as much as a re-read.

Writers' Corner / Re: Why Do You Want to be an Author?
« on: March 30, 2016, 11:02:28 AM »
I started writing to plug the gap between games coming out to keep myself and my best friend entertained. I think that will always be my priority when it comes to writing, but I would like to share my work with a larger audience. I don't think I could take the insecurity of not having a career so I'm not that interested in chasing the big publishing contract.

Writers' Corner / Writing in order
« on: March 18, 2016, 08:59:45 AM »
So I'm currently working on writing the first chapter of my WiP. I have a rough idea of what happens later on in the plot but I'm not sure how get my character off his arse and into the story. I'm tempted to write a few scenes of things that happen later on in the plot but I think I may be in danger of writing myself into corners.

Anyway, question is, do you write out of order and then do a redraft, or do you prefer to write in chronological order?

Answer the poll, because as we all know, democracy is a ferocious beast we must feed with votes to stop it from feasting on our women and children.

Edit: A third option for the greedy people who want it both ways!

Writers' Corner / Re: What are you currently writing?
« on: March 16, 2016, 12:53:43 PM »
My on again, off again WiP. A ranger is forced to confront his past when a renegade threatens his new life on the frontier. Set in a world with gunpowder weapons and low magic.

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