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General Discussion / Re: I'm a Big Wee Hag
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:26:33 PM »
But is there a Hag of Hags?

The Biggest Wee-est Hag?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantastic lines from books
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »
One of my favorites from Lies of Locke Lamora:

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“When you don't know everything that you could know, it's a fine time to shut your fucking noisemaker and be polite.”
- Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora


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Writers' Corner / Re: How to Write Epic Style Novels
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:46:21 PM »
My first book has about 5-6 major PoV's and like 13 total.

From my experience, the biggest tip I can give on writing multiple PoV's is to make sure that every character reinforces the main story in some way. Even if their immediate character arcs don't have anything to do with one another, they should each provide details that support the promise of the story and lead into the climax.

As far as writing order, I think you could do it in any order, (one character at a time, chronologically, by specific events, whatever). Personally, I try to write in chapter order (which is near chronological) because I don't plot and knowing what info the reader has already, helps me to know what elements need to be reinforced in the next chapter I write. It still results in a lot of backfilling during the editing process, but that's my preference.

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I hadn't realised that you lived there too, Justan. Keep breathing :)


Ah yes, some say I'm a black hole of information. I let everything in, but nothing gets out.

Thanks, the air's getting better the last few days.  ;D

Justan are you in NoCal?


I'm in Sac.

Get a Go Bag assembled and have a plan. I can help you decide what to put in it if you want. Like a fire extinguisher - having one makes having one unneeded most of the time. Not having it invites irony. Murphy is a SOB.

Thanks, Gem. Between the fires and the earthquakes that's a good idea.




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I hadn't realised that you lived there too, Justan. Keep breathing :)


Ah yes, some say I'm a black hole of information. I let everything in, but nothing gets out.

Thanks, the air's getting better the last few days.  ;D

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Seems there are fires everywhere, but J.R. and M3m are a ways south from the fire that's making all the smoke in SF and Sacramento. The Camp Fire (the one they're calling the most deadly in the state's history) is a bit north of Sacramento.

Yeah, the smoke has been pretty awful the last week. They've been handing out masks at work, which (kind of awful and kind of funny) required a subsequent email on how to properly use the masks.


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Hobb is losing! (Lost?) Someone reverse this travesty!

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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:38:27 PM »
trakky daks

 ;D

Australian is the best English.

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I'm rather in love with prologues and adverbs.

Prologues because in the books I love to read they tend to establish early, "Remember as you go along, when you've followed this new character who's now become the focus and everything seems tight and focused and the obstacles immediate, that things are much larger than they seem."

Adverbs because they're just a powerful tool. The dichotomy point in JR's article is one of my favorite uses of them, but I even love using them in the opposite manner - using them in that redundancy inducing no-no way everyone always warns against - because adverbs are one of those parts of speech that can really cement character and narrative voice.

I think what the "no wasted words, no sloppy sentences" advice always overlooks is that speech is sloppy and people are sloppy. It's good advice for formal or academic writing, but if you're trying to replicate people, I just don't see that it always a place.

Here's an example of what I mean from my own writing (and one that I'm rather fond of):  ;D

Spoiler for Hiden:
A flash of light and a cold wind announced a new arrival, even before she spoke.

“Playing in my garden?” Fate asked.

Lu froze, wondering at first, if the voice was real or simply imagined. Upon deciding it was real, and that the cold-hearted bitch wherefrom all evil things did originally originate did, in fact, stand behind him, wondered if he simply closed his eyes and pretended not to have heard, if she would simply go away.

She did not. Fate never went away ‘simply.’

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: October 27, 2018, 07:26:13 PM »
@Justan Henner  -- Death's Merchant

Thanks for the mention @Not Lu. Say, that's a funny name. Wonder where that comes from...

I'd like to second Gem Cutter's as an excellent book that I'm very much looking forward to seeing published some day, and add that Eli's War of the Usurper books are well worth the read.


Here's a quick blurb for Death's Merchant, written by my lovely assistant (heh):

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Should there be a god of Death?
Trin is cursed by Fate to bring a god of Death to the world.
Jem has a list of people he’s got to kill.
Trin just met Jem. What could go wrong?

Find out in Death’s Merchant.

And even a nice cover just for you, Eclipse.

Spoiler for Hiden:


If anyone wants a copy, send me a PM and I'd be happy to send you one. Or it's free in kindle unlimited, if you've got it. For those that have read the Rift and Elyse stuff I've posted to the writing group, this is sort of the other side of the story.

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I may have read some of these last fall, but estimating within the last year. Honestly some of these are probably 2 years ago, haha. I read too slow.

My favorites:

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
An excellent book, which kind of surprised me in one respect. The book is almost entirely a narration of events, telling what they did and how rather than in the scenes themselves. It breaks the old adage of show don't tell, and it's a superb book for it. Genuinely loved this one, and it made me want to read some more classic scifi.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic - Andrew Rowe
Reading this one now and enjoying it quite a lot. It's gotta be part of this litrpg trend I'm hearing about lately. Lot of power level and interlocking magic system stuff that makes it seem more like an outline for a game design than a book. Still really enjoying it. It's got a bit of a Harry Potter feel for me, for some reason but a bit more adult.

Several WoT books.
Read 2 or three of these in the last year. Always love them, but still working my way to finally finishing the series. May need to pick up the pace if I want to finish before the TV show.


In the Middle:

Dune - Frank Herbert
Lot of good in this one, but felt way too quick in the second half with a very over the top villain, which I actually kind of loved for how over the top he is, so I've got mixed feelings here.


My Disappointments:

Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch
I love this series, but this one just didn't quite hit the mark. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I thought it'd be.

Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin
This was one of those cases where the tone was too bleak to allow me to really enjoy it. Had the same problem with Joe Abercrombie.

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Oh no. This is the first time I didn't know immediately who to vote for... They're not even in a similar vein, but this is hard.

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Stephen King
Orson Scott Card
Philip Pullman
Jen Williams

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General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Faction Forum anniversaries
« on: October 13, 2018, 05:26:03 PM »
@Justan Henner 201 posts/year. You need to top that up a bit - 1post/day would be great!
Let's see what your stats will be when you get the next pin. ;)

 :o But that's so many things to say. I'm shocked I made it to 1000.

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General Discussion / Re: halloween costume - forum style
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:13:09 PM »
It's October. Raise those dead forum posts and update those avatars.

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