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Now that we've shared our Best of 2017 list, it's time to pick your brains for your Most Anticipated Fantasy Books for 2018! You can post up to five(ish). They can be from any subgenre, debuts, books from a series, standalones - if you're excited about it, we want to know! ????????

And yes we are all waiting for the latest from GRRM, Rothfuss, etc. So you need not include those on your list. ;)

Thanks everyone! ????

P.S. You can post them here, but I'm including the Facebook link in case you want to see what other people are putting on their lists.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy-Faction's Best of 2017
« on: January 02, 2018, 02:41:49 PM »
Fantasy-Faction's Best of 2017 list is live! Congratulations to all the awesome authors that made the list!  ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Name That Dragon!
« on: August 02, 2016, 02:37:10 PM »
And we have a winner! Our dragon mascot's official name is now Scarlette! Thanks for voting everyone! ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Name That Dragon!
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:19:25 PM »
Actually those names are all from the original thread on the forums. Though I did post a link to the poll so the Facebook group could vote as well. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Name That Dragon!
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:39:02 PM »
It has come to my attention that we never officially named our lovely draconic mascot. Which is very unfair to her, considering how much work she does around here. So here we go!

Guns & Dragons Anthology / Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« on: June 09, 2016, 08:53:54 PM »
Hey guys! Quick update.

The update is: we don't have an update.

Marc had some real life emergencies come up and we've put the anthology on hold until he's ready to work on it again. It is still a thing! But we don't have a working timeline at the moment.

Trust me we are both 100% into making this happen, but unfortunately real life trumps fantasy life.

Promise I will update you again as soon as we pick it back up again!

Thanks for being patient! :)

SFSignal article making the rounds on Twitter today lists "cutting edge scifi books" but its list is mostly older books and are all by white men. Some obvious exculsions are Ann Leckie or any other female writer, Nnedi Okorafor or any other author of color, and any YA to speak of.

Who would be the on your cutting edge scifi list?

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Great opportunity to get your work before one of the best agents in the business!

Writers' Corner / Re: For blackberry, read Blackberry
« on: November 30, 2015, 09:59:52 PM »
I love old timey words and definitely our vocabulary should include such words as those the article author mentioned were removed from the dictionary. At the same time? Who uses a dictionary anymore?

All those words are available online plus words that were never in our English dictionaries to begin with like the German word Kummerspeck: excess weight gained from emotional overeating, or literally: grief bacon. Seriously there are a ton of awesome words out there. :D Because of the internet I can imagine our vocabularies are likely to increase in the future rather than decrease, especially with people like the article author cataloging older words for future generations.

I think older words sound more elegant because language used to be more flowery than it is now. There were no TVs or movies or even photographs. People had more time to invest in reading and writing and needed more description to be shown what was being written about. I mean if you've never seen a zebra, 'a horse with black and white stripes' is a good description, but what if you've never seen an elephant? You're going to need a lot more description to get that mental picture across to someone.

Nowadays most people don't need long descriptions to get the gist of what you are talking about. Nor do they have the time or attention span, in lots of cases, to sit through four paragraphs detailing the way the leaves fall in the enchanted forest. I think modern words are not necessarily bad or ugly, but faster and more to the point. And that can come across as less elegant and flow less smoothly in some cases.

But I don't think the older words are better, just different. And I think using a mix of older and newer words, especially in fantasy, is great way to add depth, spice up writing, and change the pace at different points in the work. I'm a fan of mixing old and new and fantasy really lends itself to that. A wizard describing an jewel encrusted goblet our heroes need to retrieve would probably draw on older more descriptive words than the low life thief that is going after it. In this way you can utilize both old and new and create a world that has more depth than one using either-or.

On a related noted, I just read a post by Chuck Wendig about the good in using simple words instead of more complex ones. It's a nice contrast to the article you posted. :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:21:02 PM »
I could never get the hang of writing with music on. I'm too influenced by the sounds and the tone of my writing will slant towards whatever I'm listening to. But I can't write in silence so I listen to a lot of nature soundtracks while I write. Here are a couple of my favs:

Dark and Stormy Night

Birds at Sunset

Autumn Wind

I like these because I can pick what ambient sounds would be in the chapter I'm writing and it helps me feel like I'm there with my characters. Also if I listen to the stormy night one with headphones on, it drowns out my kids. XD

Watched the first three episodes of Jessica Jones with hubby tonight. Love it so far! But it is super weird seeing David Tenant play a supervillain.

Now I just have to have enough self-control to not marathon the rest of it while hubby and the kids are at school/work. XD

Writers' Corner / Re: One Sentence writing advice
« on: November 29, 2015, 11:10:04 PM »

Awesome advice  ;D

Thanks! Sometimes the best advice is the simplest. ;)

Loved DareDevil so watching Jessica Jones after the kids head to bed. Everyone is telling me it's amazing but creepy. Hoping it won't be too bad? I'm kind of a chicken when it comes to horror. :)

Today I played Minecraft instead of editing book two. But I did send book one out to beta readers, so yay? Also I'm going to do a bit of editing later tonight, after the kids are in bed. :)

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