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Hmmm what about "cad"? Actually, this one is more upper class.

Scoundrel
Rogue
Scumbag
Swine

Hmmm that might be more on the 'bad' sense than 'stupid'.
For stupid:

Thick
Daft
Witless
Fool

I feel like there's something that could be done with swine...

Also, another word i was told was too modern is "okay".
Is that something a lot of people agree with?

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So what would be the British corollary of Jackass in the 1700s or 1800s?

how do you convey a word meaning "stupid person" both contemptuously and chidingly between two people of the lower class?

Given how you people use the word "pants" no answer would surprise me...

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Hahaha

So, full disclosure-- I'm guessing this topic is directly related to my WIP, which is currently being beta-read by people in google docs.

When I got a review from HarperCollins long long ago it was not flattering, and one of their complaints was that my language was too modern.  They also felt like I shouldn't use the word shit, but seriously like a 100 fantasy books use the word shit and fuck and whatever.

Eclipse felt Jackass was too modern. Another reader disagreed with him (but that same reader felt that handshakes were too modern, as were forks). He also didn't like my use of italics, but that's a whole other can of worms. One of the unfortunate side-effects of google docs is that people who comment on your piece actually get an email if you decided to ignore their advice or not or other people made other comments. I reaaaaally hope the latest reader doesn't check and notice the times I'm planning to ignore his suggestions.... b/c I really don't want to change all that italics.


So at some point I really don't care about historical accuracy. Ii'm not writing historical fiction. Like to be accurate everyone would need to speak in Middle English. The goal I've learned was never historical accuracy. The goal is not to be overly jarring to the way modern-day readers falsely imagine a fantasy setting to be, meaning some historical inaccuracies are actually desired, while others are undesirable. Unfortunately readers are also all over the map in that respect, and theres not a whole lot of logic to what they find anachronistic. I'm guilty of this too: The Witcher annoyed the hell out of me whenever the bard sang b/c the style was super modern, for example, but no one else I know really cared. Meanwhile all of the shits and fucks didn't bother me at all. Weirdly, dwarves-are-scottish-people has become like a permanent fantasy thing as well, but that's a tangent.

Anyway, the word jackass perfectly encapsulates what my character was trying to say, with all the nuances, connotations etc that word entails.  I love that word, and it's one I was hoping to use regularly since my MC is, in fact, a jackass. Fool is far too highbrow for the person who is speaking, "Jack's arse" just really doesn't cut it.  "Arse" by itself is a maybe, but I use ass a few times in completely other contexts (at one point the prince says "you can paint an ass any way you like, but it's still an ass" at another point someone says "You ass") and it would suck to try to figure out when to change the asses to arses.  I'm wondering if just "ass" could work. But then again, I just really like the word jackass.  So does my love of the word outweigh the jarring effect it has on some readers? Idk, I'm still shopping for an alternative.

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oooh is that the uber-famous bookstore in portugal? I wish I could go there so bad!

Just dropping in to say a belated "Happy Holidays" to everyone, before grounding myself from social media once again to work on my novel.

I'm on Ch 16 now! Just 24 more chapters to go!!!!

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[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: December 07, 2019, 06:36:14 PM »
Possibility #1: Write the thing with as many words as it takes, and it’s a story. Just not one I can use for the contest.
Possibility #1a: Then do a different version that restructures the plot (pretty heavily) and use that. Two stories.
Possibility #2: Start re-writing now.
Possibility #3: Drink a lot of hard cider and see what happens.

These do not sound like mutually exclusive possibilities... :) :) :)

I always go for #1. If it's too short I'm fucked and post it to the discussion thread, but 99% of the time it's too long and then spend the bulk of my time trying to cut the damn thing down. I have never written a story for this that I didn't have to butcher before entering ;)

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:36:32 AM »
Hey guys sorry I've been away but I've been getting a lot of writing done!

So yeah I haven't submitted any of my hordes of writing anywhere because, well, there's something wrong with me and that secret feeling that it's all useless gets reinforced with each rejection.

That said, after idk how many years my novel revisions are finally coming along, with the first 1/3 of my novel re-plotted!!!  I'll send it out to beta readers in late Dec or Jan, and I think I'm going to actually going to come up with a pitch and pitch agents in 2020!!!!  Or submit it somewhere other than just let it sit on my computer like it has been for 9 years!!!!

Idk I got through the hump of the parts I hated (i still low-key hate the beginning) but i'm onto revising the exciting stuff and I'm having a good time and feeling good about things!  It's not really a success like you mostly see in this thread but I'm kinda excited so I thought I'd share.

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[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:29:55 AM »
hahahahah this theme.
Just when I was thinking I might possibly write up the arch enemy idea I had in the back of my head all month :) :)

Speaking of tardiness it's been what 6 months since they've posted any story winners to the main site?

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 04, 2019, 01:53:14 AM »
Happy belated @CameronJohnston !

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: November 29, 2019, 04:01:07 AM »
Thanks guys!

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: November 26, 2019, 07:42:10 PM »
Happy fake-birthday @ArcaneArtsVelho
Happy real birthday @Idlewilder and @Eli_Freysson

A belated thanks to everyone who offered me birthday wishes last month! I've been in and out of town quite a bit and trying to get the WIP polished enough for subs by Jan.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I actually got back in town from one of my trips just before my birthday, took my car, covered in muck and spider-webs out of someone's yard under a tree, wiping it off with a shirt and water bottle, still unable to see out of the window, jump started it.  It died halfway home, some random guy helped me push the car around the corner, jumped it again, parked it next to my mechanics, he gave me a wrench the next day and had me go take my battery  out to charge it, put it back in. It wouldnt start, got a friend to park opposite me, coorindating with a million people to clear space to jump it.  Wouldn't start. some guy on a bike said I needed starter fluid. I sprayed it in this tube I pulled out leading to the engine, then he said i needed gas, spend a bunch of $ on a plastic gas tank, got more gas.  Still wouldn't start, f*ed with it and the starter spray, after hours finally got it started, drove it to an auto-zone and bought a new battery, took it to a car wash, got in at 1am covered in muck.
Since I was just trying to sell it, insurance and tags were expired. Appearantly you can get towed for that so while I was asleep someone towed my car.  It was impounded and it was going to cost me so much to get it out (in addition to a 4-hour trip to the DMV to get special tag thingy) that I just left the car in the impound.  I told them I could give them the title and they were like "You need to pay us 133$ if you want us to auction it off"  and I was like fuck that and decided to just leave it and they could send me to collections or whatever and I just won't pay it. Then I got pneumonia.
Yay happy birthday to me.

I am now happily on the beach, re-writing my WIP. Wish me luck!

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: November 26, 2019, 07:32:47 PM »
It's actually a bit scary as I have to learn the bike again. The riding position and set up do not feel natural after 6 months not riding it.

It'll come back! Glad to hear you and your bike are all in one piece.

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I'm trying Dauntless. It's a bit a monster hunter-like mmo that got released recently. No idea if it is any good yet since I just started. :p

As for my skyrim playthrough, I'm grinding through the thieves guild quests rn. I want to finish these and the assassin guild before moving on to the expansions.

I do the thieves guild almost every time I play! What expansions are you doing? Are you on PC? Have you installed any quest mods? I've done Moonpaths to Elsweyr, various pieces of the snow elf stuff in Qaxe's Questorium, Bruma, Clockwork City, Grey Cowl of Nocturnal, and a few others.
Going vanilla right now for blank experience. Excepting two mods from their cash shop that were being given away. (materials and nyx hound).
I have all the xpacs but so far I'm only doing mainland. After thieves guild and dark brotherhood I will do dawnguard and dragonborn.
Will definitely do moonpaths in my next playthrough but still looking for mods otherwise. Feel free to recommend your favourites :p

Bruma was meh.  I think the crime settings glitched because everyone in the province tries to murder me everytime I go there and they're constantly sending bounty hunters and I don't even remember what I did. It's not letting me do the speechcraft/guild things either to chill it out, and all NPCs seem to be affected, not just guards.

Clockwork city won a bunch of awards.  It was cool. Qaxe's has a ton of cool stuff I keep randomly discovering.  Rebuilding Helgen is supposed to be really awesome too.

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I'm trying Dauntless. It's a bit a monster hunter-like mmo that got released recently. No idea if it is any good yet since I just started. :p

As for my skyrim playthrough, I'm grinding through the thieves guild quests rn. I want to finish these and the assassin guild before moving on to the expansions.

I do the thieves guild almost every time I play! What expansions are you doing? Are you on PC? Have you installed any quest mods? I've done Moonpaths to Elsweyr, various pieces of the snow elf stuff in Qaxe's Questorium, Bruma, Clockwork City, Grey Cowl of Nocturnal, and a few others.

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Yeah.  I didn't read the novels, but I played in the Ravenloft campaign setting once. 

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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you keep your characters realistic?
« on: October 06, 2019, 01:14:29 PM »
Erm. @J.R. Darewood: What exactly is deconstructionism?

@JMack sorry I just saw that you posted this back in July. Sorry I missed it I think at the time I was running around Peru and embroiled in some sort of unpleasantness here which might possibly still be lingering on me like a bad smell....

At any rate, "deconstructionism" is typically related to existential philosophy (ie. the deconstruction of reality and truth), but  in the context of this discussion (uhhhh that happened in 2014) we were talking about deconstructing tropes, specifically the hero trope.  Grimdark for example might take apart the noblebright hero trope exposing the underlying ways that heroism is *constructed* thereby inducing a sense of "realism".  So deconstruction is basically about taking apart/undermining/questioning etc social constructions we usually hold to be a given (the knight in shining armor, the divine right of benevolent monarchs, or anything really--pick your poison)


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