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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Quest as Expedition
« on: January 22, 2016, 07:15:49 AM »
I've been reading (or more accurately, listening to) a non-fiction book on the Burke and Wills expedition of exploring inner Australia, and the book made me think of fantasy quests.

Are there books where the quest is treated like an expedition? By which I mean: supplies and having to measure them out and get them being important, personality conflicts compounded by the trip, and the question of funds. The largest reason why the Burke and Wills expedition failed was because of factionalism in the sponsoring Philosophical Institute of Victoria, and when you think about it, sponsoring parties could be a large part of how a questing party is formed, funding, and introduce tension.

But it's been a while since I've read any quests, and the ones I did generally seemed to be small bands who just seemed to be able to purchase supplies in their mad dash to Save The World, so am wondering if there are other quests out there treated differently.

(Actually, I think there'd be a lot of hilarity in a story set in the Questing Committee trying to draw up plans, but that I suspect isn't something that's really happened - unless it has, in which case, I'd love to read it.)

Hey guys!

I don't normally do this kind of thing, but I think it's safe to say we all consider the internet to be pretty valuable. We use it to communicate, make friends, get the news out about books and people...and about crime, injustice, and voices who aren't normally heard. We can raise money for Kickstarters and charities and webcomics alike, and so many businesses rely on the internet. To bring it back to books, as someone who is studying to be a library technician, so much how we are redesigning catalogues and libraries and access relies on the internet. We are heading towards more and more integration of website, catalogue, access to online journals, articles - and books. So many of us have ereaders, we download and stream books and movies and tv shows...

And a big part of how this works is net-neutrality, which is currently under threat. So, tomorrow (10th September for a lot of people, 11th for those of us in the future) a number of sites are getting together to try and raise awareness and support. To quote:

On September 10th, sites across the web will display an alert with a symbolic "loading" symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) and promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House. Note: none of these tools actually slow your site down; they tell your visitors about the issue and ask them to contact lawmakers.

    Do you have a website or blog? Get the code, and run it all day on September 10th.
    Know anyone with a popular iPhone or Android app? Ask them to send a push notification.
    Is social media your biggest audience? Change your avatar to a spinning wheel of death. Share these images on Facebook. Or tweet these on Twitter.

Be creative! Grab peoples' attention with a loading symbol, and link to tools for emailing and calling lawmakers (e.g. battleforthenet.com). Whatever you decide, tell us you're participating, announce it publicly, and commit to getting *one* person or company with a *bigger* reach than you to join in as well.

Battle for the Internet: September 10th
<- is the page with all the links and more information, and here Net Neutrality is another page to explain more about the broader issue. But just for those wary of links, here's a quote from here:

Net neutrality— the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—got major attention this Spring when the FCC released proposed regulatory guidelines that left Internet users and companies alike deeply concerned. The proposal included new language giving ISPs leeway to create a “fast lane” for certain websites (i.e. websites with deep pockets that were willing to shell out more money for faster access to users).

But you can’t have a fast lane without also having a slower lane. And that means everyday websites—including journalistic websites and start-up companies that could compete with established web services—could be slow to load, even as our expectations for loading speed leap ahead in the coming years.


For months, the FCC has been collecting comments from the public about its proposed net neutrality guidelines, and hundreds of thousands of people have already spoken out.  But we’re fast approaching the deadline for public engagement through the rulemaking process: September 15 is the end of the public comment period.

That’s why the day of action on September 10 is so important—it’s our last big push to get the general public to speak out about net neutrality before the deadline.

We’ve already made a huge impact. The Sunlight Foundation recently analyzed over 800,000 comments submitted to the FCC about net neutrality– and found that more than 99% of them supported stronger protections for neutrality. The September 10 day of action will help rally people from across the web to speak out, and help create such a ruckus that the FCC cannot ignore our call to amend its proposed rules—and force Congress to take note as well.

FF is a site that gets a pretty decent amount of traffic and can reach a large number of people, and a lot of us have our own blogs and sites with additional reach.

So, you guys in?

Writers' Corner / (Anti-)Writing Advice Twitter
« on: August 01, 2014, 01:56:59 AM »
Just for a bit of fun, here's a twitter I thought you guys might get a kick out of.


It's an hilarious critique of bad, overdone writing, all under 140 characters each time.

Enjoy  ;D

Writers' Corner / Creating a Religion
« on: June 14, 2014, 02:59:49 AM »
This month's writing contest topic reminded me I never got around to posting this (and that I need to get back to work at worldbuilding...)

I was curious as to how you guys worldbuild the religions for your stories. Religion is obviously a highly important aspect of culture and characters within that culture - even the lack of it has implications. But when I went to look up articles and posts to help generate some ideas, I ended up not finding much that was actually helpful. A lot of posts on how to create pantheons - with the assumptions that  a) the world is polytheistic and b) that the gods are real/characters in their own right - and not a lot on how to think about creating a religion as an actual belief-system.

So! What do you guys do? How do you start? Do you think it's important to work out if the god or gods actually exist? Any books or posts to recommend to help generate thoughts and ideas, or novels that pull off a believably organic and complicated religious aspect?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Gunpowder in fantasy?
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:18:41 AM »
We all know fantasy tends to hang about late medieval Europe-esque places, but it struck me earlier that I've never really read about cannons alongside the plate armour.

So, are there any fantasy books with guns, cannons, gunpowder, variations of the above? (Urban doesn't count here)

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Jupiter Ascending
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:33:50 AM »
The teaser trailer for Jupiter Ascending was released today in all of its space opera/Wachowski glory:


What do you guys think?

(Personally, I'm kind of excited - it looks epic and gorgeous, which is something that's been sorely missing lately)

Introductions / Greetings, once again!
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:37:32 AM »
Hello again, Fantasy Faction!

I was around...last year? (I think last year) And then things happened (mostly brain-chemistry attacking), and I went vanish. But I'm back, and hopefully this time to stay.

Briefly on me: My name is Ash, I'm Australian, and just trying to get back into the fantasy and sci-fi genre after diving off into the realms of non-fiction and fanfiction. I write mostly fanfic, but I'm aiming to actually finish some stories in some of the original worlds in my head (not helped by my tendency to make things overly complicated).

So, hey guys!

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