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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:40:41 PM »
Happy Birthday  Jmack, and many good wishes for a Happy, Healthy year to follow, you deserve some relaxing time.
And singing?

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:48:35 PM »
Congratulations @Jonathan Ryan, I enjoyed your story and also the one by @idledragon27  both of you got my vote this month.

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: September 29, 2019, 01:25:54 AM »
Voted.

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Writers' Corner / Re: "She said"
« on: September 23, 2019, 02:09:15 AM »
Writers are told constantly to avoid using stuff like "he groaned, she replied" and etc as dialogue tags.

Mostly it's because they say "he said/she said" is "invisible" to the eye and non-intrusive.

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I myself also greatly likes what Magnus said, to use action (probably description/thoughts too) and not use any dialog tag at all, simply to add some variation.
In his example, if someone grabs you by the collar and says in your face "Are you kidding me?" anyone knows what's happening, the tone, etc.

This is a very interesting conversation for me personally, having been brought up on 19th/20thC books loaded down with adjectives and adverbs. While mourning the loss of vocabulary, I recognise that such use can be seen as top-heavy and stilted nowadays. I do enjoy short stories presented as a duologue with no tags at all, perhaps a minimal start and end sentence to identify the two characters.

I always found "he said/she said" invisible until I started to rely heavily on audible, then with some books it jumps out and hits my ears time and time again. It occurs noticeably with one SF author I enjoy and annoyed me in long conversations, but I don't remember which writer.

Agree with Magnus and Lanko that you can write dialogue well most of the time without those tags, as in that example, and convey the emotion attached without additional verbs. Also, after a few chapters, if an author has built their characters well enough, a reader can often tell who is speaking simply by their comments and their use of language. For example, to those who like Riyria, bet you would always know whether it was Royce or Hadrian. 

PS Did appreciate and enjoy @cupiscent's two examples  ;D ;D
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I'm personally not a fan of fancy speech tags, unless they offer an interesting juxtaposition or nuance to the speech itself. (e.g. "I'm going to kill you," she crooned, or "I'm the happiest I've ever been," she sobbed.)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Quick Book Recommendations Again
« on: September 17, 2019, 12:25:02 AM »
Rivers of London, Peter Grant seriess is my favourite Urban Fantasy and always glad to recommend. Best read in order because of ongoing background story and character interaction.  It is unusual, humourous and with many fascinating characters including the best deities EVER.

We have a thread here

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/sci-fi-books/rivers-of-london-peter-grant-series/msg192748/#msg192748

PS For those recently doubting the efficacy of Goddesses, or expressing boredom with the divine, please note my retributive power is not confined to dragons.




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[JUL 2019] Employment / Re: [Jul 2019] - Employment - Voting Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 09:02:19 AM »
Voted. Really enjoyed all these stories and hard to narrow down to two votes. None of them left me yearning for any of the jobs ;D. Thank you all.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 27, 2019, 10:43:21 PM »
Thank you all for lovely birthday wishes. @Rostum I had a four day birthday with my children and grandchildren all together for a special treat. I was spoiled to bits and ate far too much, including a surprise birthday pannacotta at a restaurant w accompanying singing ( so embarrassing).  ;D
@ScarletBea that is exactly what I need to recover from sll the fun. Love the bright pink bra. :)
Still not old enough to become the oldest Ty, as the original is immortal, but doing my best to reach 100 @xiagan
Hi @isos81 you are right about young ladies, but some of us  reach a  stage when we..are happy to celebrate how far we have made it, so happy to say this was my 78th. Feisty old dragons still keeping claws sharp, Inks.
Thank you all once more, AAV, dear northern wizard friend, & @NightWrite  too.
 Long live FF  best Forum ever. Now shall spend today reading the Writing Contest and voting.
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Thanks, @tebakutis . ;D
Also grateful thanks to Inks, @S. K. Inkslinger for a great short story on audible, that was a treat and I enjoyed the twist. I promise will be giving all forests a miss, who in their right mind would go into a forest at sundown ? ;D

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Voting Thread
« on: August 01, 2019, 11:58:22 PM »
Condragonations @JMack, happyto give you my vote, great story but insidious rebellion against The Supreme Masters of the Universe should really be discouraged.  :P




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@S. K. Inkslinger
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Yay, the summon worked! Glad to have you back here again, Lady Ty!  :D  Best wishes for your good health and that your claws will always be sharp and that your eyes will be sharper. You could have all the imaginary hoards of treasure I've ever thought about, hahah.  :D

And if you like to listen to audibles, well, I have a short story that was put into audio by a guy I happened to know on a writing blog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeTKCaXpgL4&t=1s. It's a horror story, not sure if you'll enjoy it or not but you could probably open it to the kids and scared them into staying awake all night!  ;D


Thank you for the kind wishes, Inks,  look forward to the amazing imaginary treasure. Also very appreciative of link to a new exciting audible. Glad you warned me about content, will look forward to listening later today, definitely not when it is dark outside.

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I used to talk with @Lady Ty a lot, and had no idea where she had went off to for quite a while now.

Hello Inks, waving from Australia where it was an unbelievable -1C this morning, while everyone in UK is being sunfried. I still lurk and try to keep up, but RL intrudes and takes a lot of organising, plus eyes and claws of this very Ancient Dragon Duchess do not always obey her wishes. Send more gold and jewels for my hoard, please. ;D very happy to read about your translating talents being appreciated, congratulations.

Which reminds me, @tebakutis overjoyed to hear your books will be on audible, because I cannot read pages of print anymore. I fall asleep in audible too, but can always go back to where I started.  ::) Please make sure to post full details here and link my name in so I can listen as soon as it is available.

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Voting Thread
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:37:08 PM »
Voted. Hi all writers want you to know I always read and vote but don't always remember to say so here. It is a special end of month treat and thank you for all the stories that entertain me so well. But this month I am rather concerned about all your visions of our possible futures. Cue, @xiagan & @ScarletBea, do we need a theme of joy, happiness, laughter &  hope ?  ;D

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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you keep your characters realistic?
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:34:38 AM »
Sprung, @JMack  ;D ;D ;Dxx

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First welcome and conversations about  Dresden Files with Elfy and Lejays17 in September 2013

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