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Just finished The Dragon Prince season 2, and now halfway through The Expanse season 3 which is damn good and so tense.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:27:15 PM »
Kings of the Wyld fits in, as would Jen Williams' Copper Cat and Winnowing Flame series.

Hey brits, you're not getting rid of me: I got my "Settled Status" this morning :D

Everybody said that there shouldn't be a problem, but you never know, I've had mistakes done in the past with the tax authorities (in different years, both asking me for money I didn't owe and trying to give me money I wasn't entitled to ::) )

Mine was a straightforward situation, I'm afraid for those more complicated cases.

Yay! :)

Just finished The Bastard Legion #1 - a great and fun military SF read. Killjoys meets The Expanse.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:30:15 PM »
Just stared The Bastard Legion by Gavin G Smith - a penal barge is hijacked by ex-special forces  and all the inmates are given explosive collars and forced to become a mercenary legion. So far so good: exciting and fast-paced fun.

Is this the writer's block support thread, or is that found somewhere else?

@Egg This is a general this-thing-is-why-I-haven't-written-today sort of place. So it would definitely qualify. For me, real life has just been grinding me down so I've been too drained to write much this last week :\

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:17:31 PM »
My structural edits have been handed back and I'm just twiddling my thumbs waiting for the copy edits to come back to me - by which I mean working on the WiP novel I had on the backburner. This new WiP is sitting at 63k words so hopefully I can have the rough draft of that finished in March sometime if I knuckle down (he says hopefully).

Introductions / Re: Greetings
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:16:58 AM »
And welcome back to fantasy :)
Feel free to many threads and reply to old ones about your favourite books, and there's a bunch of writers on here too, working on a variety of short stories and novels.

General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:46:39 AM »
Hi guys!!!

I'm finally fixing up my website!!!
So I posted one of my short stories on the site, and I've been experimenting with ways to make it look pretty (parallax images, animated pullquotes, etc).  Here's where I really need your help.  You don't have to actually read it, but I'm trying to figure out if I should keep or cut the pullquotes and the images (eg should I make them regular images instead of parallax? is it better to make them full-width? Should I just delete them altogether?)

If you can, please take a glance here!


Also @CameronJohnston a note for you below:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I added a bit to the interview we did to reflect your upcoming release, and re-posted both on my site and on medium.  That means 1) the original URL of our interview is gone and 2) I've got links to your series page on the amazon page. 

Here's the new links to the interview:



Ooh, very swish! I like it. Thanks for the update - I've updated the link on my website :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:54:03 AM »
Congrats @JMack - Hopefully we will see you getting your short stories published in magazines soon :)

@Magnus Hedén - Ugh, publication is really not fast at all a lot of the time. Fingers crossed your story gets picked up for The Banner Saga thing.

Introductions / Re: American Outback Explorer who loves Fantasy
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:43:33 AM »
The FF forum is a chill place with good people and none of the aggro that happens on Facebook. And we do love maps around here :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:30:38 AM »
I'm currently reading Never Die by Rob J. Hayes - an anime-inspired fantasy about a boy collecting/resurrecting dead heroes to kill an emperor on the orders of a shinigami death god.

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:28:31 AM »
Congrats @tebakutis :)   So...what's next? :D

Somehow or other I've ended up in this month's Grimdark Magazine with both a short story and an interview.

Say, quick question: Would anyone here buy that a 100 year old cavalry sabre could be taken off a mantelpiece and used as an effective weapon?
Absolutely. Assuming somebody has done some maintenance on it over the years, oil/wax etc so it's not rusted.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Opinions on Fantasy Trope Races
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:19:19 AM »
Well, on the one hand, if you have a short and sturdy race of miners then why not call them a dwarf - and don't call rabbits bunhopites for the sake of it. On the other, lazy writers write a dwarf is a dwarf is a dwarf and the characterisation stops there with every dwarf being much the same. I don't mind other races, and all I want is that I don't get bored to death by making me read the same old stuff presented in the same old way. Be interesting and I don't give a damn about the tropes used.

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