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Writers' Corner / Speculative Fiction club in Japan?
« on: January 11, 2012, 07:47:30 AM »
I've been looking for a good group of people to meet up with over coffee and strict reading/writing regulations to encourage growth and publishing possibilities. Tokyo has everything except for speculative (SF and Fantasy), and I am on the hunt. Is there anyone here to lives in or around Tokyo, Japan?

It would be great to meet up and do some real critique.

If not, and you might know a group that I've just not found, then please tell me. I'm all ears.

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I got bored of the Wheel of Time after book 2, though I went on to read all of book three and four. They were too long and too much of the same story pasted onto different boards.

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I had to take a break from fantasy and speculative fiction for a while. I've hunkered down with U2 in one ear, and James Joyce's 'The Dubliners' in my eyes.

You have to read the Liveships Trilogy!some people argue its better than the Assassin books. Certainly a lot less angst and way more action.It has pirates! 

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What is Pottermore?
« on: June 17, 2011, 10:50:55 AM »
Well, that's a bit of a bugger. I am neither a Harry fan, nor a gamer, and I don't need to spend any more time on internet than I do already.

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Her lawyer, Neil Blair, refused to reveal what the website would contain, saying only: "This is not a new Harry Potter book."
So that is that one shot down!

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It is rumoured that the interactive site will be a meeting place for fans offering games, a Harry Potter encyclopaedia, readings by Stephen Fry and competitions. Fans will also be able to buy the books.

Oh... Right... =/

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I'm looking forward to it, thanks for the update.

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I was hoping for a vote. Shame on that. Would love some harsh criticism (though I can spot lots of problems) to help!

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[Jan 2011] - Pick Two Pictures / Re: January Writing Challenge Review
« on: February 09, 2011, 01:55:32 AM »
I'm quite sure that mine sucked. I was so excited to try and so miserable in my failure, but I'm on board for another try next month!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Faction - iGoogle Widget
« on: February 08, 2011, 03:37:43 AM »
When you get big enough, how bout doing an App Store or marketplace app? That is a sure-fire way to generate big traffic.

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Ford Prefect might have made it, yeah.

I'm a pretty serious bloke. There's no thinking outside the story for me. If I can't wrack my brains to get an answer, I have to squirt them onto a bit of the internet before I feel adventuresome. The butterfly thinggy it is for me, though again, Ford Prefect might have done it.

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Ford Prefect might have made it, yeah.

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Writers' Corner / Re: What music do you write to?
« on: January 25, 2011, 04:02:38 PM »
I listen to music for a living and when I'm lucky, get to record it as well. So, it's hardly moot to say that I've a lot of great music listening stuff, headphones and earphones especially. But, I've found that music only really distracts me unless it is at very very low volumes and nothing else at all is happening around me.

I'm not a productive bloke when it comes to creative stuff.

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[Jan 2011] - Pick Two Pictures / Re: January Writing Challenge
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:12:29 AM »
Might as well write this about the first pair. Was supposed to finish a couple of reviews. Bugger.

“Well, the worst of it’s over - at least we can count on that.” Said Raddy.

Lebby glanced sidelong at her optimistic friend and rolled her eyes. “How do we know the worst is over, huh, Raddy?”

“Well, for starters,” started Raddy, “the bats have all disappeared. I mean there were dozens of them all screeching around bat-like and fluttering, and now they’re gone. It was positively frightening for a few minutes.”

Raddy paused, and squinted around. The dry sound of billowing leather crinkled suddenly in their ears and then went silent.

“Personally,” said Raddy somewhat shakily, “the flight part - all that swooping and climbing - was dizzying. But now, they’re g-gone.” She said, looking behind her. “If that doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t know what will.”

“Hmm, I don’t know,” mused Lebby with her nose in the air. “I smell evil. Since when’s bats ever been trustworthy? Bats start the dirty work and their friends finish it. Them vile creatures come and go at the worst times like diarrhoea.”

“Their friends?”

“Vampires and werewolves and principals, and witches and stuff. They all send bats on evil errands. I don’t feel good here. It’s too dark accept for right here.” Said Lebby darting her finger back and forth between them.

True enough, Raddy and Lebby stood close around a small ball of light. Around them was as pitch as a fork.

“And it’s not just me that feels weird, either. Siggy is awful quiet and that’s not normal. She’s always going on about some cosmetic, or boy, or plan, or other. Siggy, hey, what do you think? Is the worst over?” Asked Lebby into the darkness at their feet.

Siggy, shorter than the other two (and cleverly hiding the fact by hunching in the dust), puffed at her fringe which had tangled into her adolescent eyebrows again. One of these days, gosh darnit, she thought. One of these days, I’ll just pluck you all out. Besides, no badass hunter ever bothered with eyebrows, did they?

“Siggy?”

Siggy jerked her head up. Lebby and Raddy squinted down at her, their eyes quivering like biers. Fitting, thought Siggy.

“Siggy! wake up!” shouted Lebby.

“I heard you. I heard you, okay?”

“Right, so what do you think?”

“I most certainly will pluck them out. Just look at this!” She jumped to her feet and pushed back her fringe so the other two could get a good look. “I just can never fix them. No self-respecting hunter should have to deal with eyebrows. Think of all the greats-”

“Aaaah!” screamed Lebby over her own hammering footsteps that led angrily away - but not too far - into the darkness that poked at them from all sides. “Leave it to Siggy to get all bumbly off-topic when we ask a real question!”

“She’s just confused, isn’t she? No reason to get upset.” Raddy patted Siggy’s shoulder. “You’re alright, right, Siggy?”

“Her ears aren’t alright.” quipped Lebby from the pitch. “Get a gosh-darn maid to clean those dusty pantries in the side of your head, Siggy. I’ve had enough!”

“Don’t mind her, Siggy. She’s always getting mad at someone. No good will come of that attitude, I think. Still, I’ll admit that I’m also kinda waiting to her what you say, too. So, what is it? Is the worst over?”

Siggy put a finger to her lips and whispered “Shhhh.” through tightly ground teeth.

Lebby’s footsteps, which had been angrily crunching stones and kicking dust, had gone silent. Her ‘curse Siggy, this, curse Siggy, that’ cursing had stopped, too.

“Lebby?” called Raddy, “Lebby?”

Nothing.

“Lebby?”

Her words dropped off into the darkness.

“Maybe she went to the bathroom. She always sneaks away to pee.” said Raddy

“No,” answered Siggy.

“No what? No she didn’t go to the bathroom?”

“No, she didn’t go to the bathroom.”

Raddy blinked. Siggy was silent. Her fringe still bothered her. She blew it again away from her eyebrows.

“That isn’t funny, Siggy. Not funny at all!”

Somewhere behind them, came a gurgling sound, and loud pops and crunches followed a stifled scream.

Siggy smiled. “Well, Lebby sure isn’t laughing.”

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