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General Discussion / Re: Pictures of a younger you...
« on: August 17, 2013, 10:01:27 PM »
Hah! I actually have the Potter scar. (Okay, it's not a lightning bolt, but a line where it should be. Long story short, people no longer use that door.)

And I didn't want the camera to steal my soul when I was little, so I doubt I have one laying around here. *remains faceless*

I actually had a scar where it should be, as well. Long story short, playing tag on the grass next to pieces of rocks after it had just rained... Not a good idea. But my hair mostly covers it, and it's faded because I used a cream to make the scar disappear. Like magic. Get it?

General Discussion / Re: Pictures of a younger you...
« on: August 17, 2013, 07:20:38 PM »
If I was eighteen years older, I'd probably have been cast in Black Hawk Down or Band of Brothers...

Writers' Corner / Re: Writer's groups
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:23:24 AM »
The time to split into smaller groups, imo, is AFTER we know who we would like to work with.

I apologize if I didn't make myself clear. I though that reading each other's first chapter would help dictate this, coupled with the blurb and other junk. Maybe you mean further on down the line? I could see that, but this would makes things run a whole lot smoother from the beginning.

If we over-legislate off the bat, that makes evolution more difficult.

I dunno, maybe the other folks want strict restrictions on the structure of the group.  Maybe there should be more than one group.  Hard to tell without getting input from more folks.

I still don't understand the deal with evolution.  :-\

And I think we'll get information from the others later. We're both in America; they're on the other side of the pond. Kinda dark right now for them. ;)

While I didn't really warm to the idea of Cycles within the group first, I think it's sounding a better and better idea the longer I think about it.

I have to agree about the new people thing. I like reading new works, but I think the group first needs to finish reading the works of others first. Let's say each member has two books. (Which is unlikely, but possible.) After eight months, they've all read each other's first books. I think only then can we maybe allow new members? I also assume that a few of the original members may have dropped out. As you said, Chill, the first month will most likely weed out the less motivated of the bunch.

By the way, I really like the name Strange Brew. xD

Writers' Corner / Re: Writer's groups
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
Nah, I don't think they'd see it as a coup or a power struggle. I think we shouldn't make the rules too restricting, though. I mean, I find that having a rule saying you do this and you do that takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but yeah, I think it would be a good idea for some order in the group. What about this, then. Let's say there's ten members currently. We all give summaries to our projects, and each member has to choose at least two stories to read. Once s/he has finished critiquing, s/he has to move unto the next two projects.

It's not as restrictive as the three critiques before submission rule, but there's still some semblance of order, yes? I don't know. That's just a suggestion.

Writers' Corner / Re: Writer's groups
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:36:47 PM »
Oh, we should definitely have a cool name. Unfortunately, I'm not very good with names. So, I'm no use with that. I just downloaded Drop Box, as well, and I think that someone should make a joint account for all the files, maybe? I have more experience with, actually, and I feel like it's a lot easier. Not sure. If I wanted to share any files, I'd be able to just PM or email the download link. So, if we can't figure out Dropbox, maybe will be easier.

Writers' Corner / Re: Writer's groups
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:05:59 AM »
Sign me up for this.

So, the pilot episode came out yesterday, and I was only able to watch it today. Did anyone else watch it? I wrote a little review on it at my blog. So, if you're curious about it, check that link out.

If you did watch it, what did you think about it? Very curious to know what other people think.

I'm a bit torn here. In most of the epic fantasy stories I've written, there was always a thief character. But some of my favorite characters from books have been assassins. I think they're pretty much even for me. Durzo Blint is my favorite assassin, and part of my top 20 favorite characters of all time.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sequels
« on: June 13, 2013, 05:08:13 PM »
It depends on the book. If I really liked it and it ended on a cliffhanger, most definitely. However, even if I do like a book, I may want to put some distance between it and myself before going unto the sequel. Let's put it this way. When I read a book from the Bartimaeus Trilogy, I read all the rest within two weeks. (Probably would not have taken so long if the bookstore had them in stock.)

My sister (and most of the people on here) can already tell which authors I rave about the most... Christopher Paolini!

Just kidding. Brandon Sanderson. After all, his books did inspire me to write fantasy in the first place, and for that, I owe him a lot. Also Eoin Colfer. Such a good writer. Artemis Fowl... Don't get me started on Artemis Fowl. I did a 1k guest post on Artemis Fowl, and I still can't stop talking about it. I only talked about the first book, after all. Still got loads more to say about the rest of the series.

I used to like raving about Derek Landy, too, but the quality of his books have dropped a bit the past two novels of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Became a big fan of YA and reading in general because of him, though. But since he killed my favorite character, things have gotten downhill quite a bit.

I'll probably think of more authors later.

Reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. Really awesome so far. Best King book I've read so far. (Though, granted, I've read only a couple.)
I've really wanted to read that, just haven't gotten to it yet. I noticed Spielberg is producing a TV series for it (being filmed about two hours from where I live). I havent seen a trailer to see if it looks any good or not, just read about it. Regardless. I do want to read the book. :)

That sounds very cool. I think the series is coming out around June 26. Really looking forward to it. The book really screams "Epic" for me. Definitely recommend it. I think I'm gonna read the Stand after this. Under the Dome has been compared to it a lot, but most critics say it falls just a little short of being as good as it.

Reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. Really awesome so far. Best King book I've read so far. (Though, granted, I've read only a couple.)

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: RIP Iain Banks
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:07:44 PM »
I was really surprised to see this. 'Till now, I was honestly hoping that he'd beat the disease... Rest in peace, Mr. Banks.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Directors x Authors
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:02:14 PM »
Most Kubrickian author... Now that is a tough one. Considering he's made movies in so many different genres. (My favorite of his movies is Dr. Strangelove, though.)

I agree on George R.R. Martin, though. Wouldn't really put the two together at first thought, but now that I think about it, it works. I think David Fincher may be more comparable to Joe Abercrombie than Tarantino. I like both directors, but Tarantino's movies are a lot more comical than Abercrombie's books. And I just can't imagine a Joe Abercrombie novel adapted by Tarantino. Fincher, on the other hand, sounds like a better fit. Great topic.

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