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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Why do you write?
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:49:52 PM »
Interesting responses. Writing isn't a choice for some of you, it's a way of being. Funny, I've just recently started to write. I'm still very green in this game-only putting ink to screen since 2011. But it's sort of interesting because I've always had these vivid imaginations when I was a child. I remember one time in grade 6, I told a story to myself while laying in bed because I couldn't fall asleep. It's amazing the things a person can accomplish if they're only consciously aware of what it is they're doing. 

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Are You A Fan of Game of Thrones?
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:03:55 PM »
Hello everyone! If you're a fan of the universally acclaimed hit series "Game of Thrones" then I've created a T-shirt in both men and women. Season 5 is soon upon us and I figured it'd be a nice way to get ready for this upcoming season. If you're a fan, please check them out, and if you like them share them with friends and family.

Cheers!

Click here ==> http://teespring.com/gotregards?pr=FREESHIP

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Why do you write?
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:24:58 PM »
Well let's have a cyber toast, here, to all of us aspiring authors.

To Our Success!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Why do you write?
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:23:54 PM »
Basically: because it's fun. It's fun to wrestle my ideas to the paper, and it's fun to see the reactions they wring out of people. (Yes, it's true: authors love your tears.)
Oh yes, authors cherish readers tears, I think they collect them in bottles and take them out and admire them when they're feeling low.

GRRM probably has a library of bottled tears from a lot of his heartbroken fans. HA!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Why do you write?
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:26:39 PM »
Happy Friday everyone!

So let's get right to it shall we?

Why do you write?

What is your vision when crafting your story?

Is it to become a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author? To escape the everyday life you're used to?

Is your imagination and creativity so grand that you feel compelled to craft them into magical stories that you know others will enjoy?

What's your reason for writing?

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General Discussion / Re: Racism in Fantasy and Sci-Fi?
« on: January 26, 2015, 06:44:28 PM »
It's a dark cloud that lingers above the heads of many minority authors. I'm of a mixed heritage, and through my research it most certainly did raise a few red flags.

How can authors who belong to a particular race group break out if they're being held back by an industry that's predominantly white? They believe replacing the cover of a novel which features a character who's not of Caucasian descent will sell more, certainly that will crush or at the very least plant a seed of doubt in the author's mind. 

I'd like to believe that readers in this genre wouldn't care what color, religion or creed the main protagonists belongs to, as long as the novel is well written. Or, am I simply being naive?

I fear that this is an issue that's swept under the rug and we'd like to pretend it doesn't exist when it actually does. 

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General Discussion / Re: Racism in Fantasy and Sci-Fi?
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:02:26 AM »
Yes, I've also noticed this sort of trend and it's rather unfortunate that in 2015, there are those who still think this way.

I remember when the 1st Hunger Games movie came out, there was a developing story of racist tweets from fans of the books complaining that they didn't know or care to understand that some of their favorite characters were "black" or "brown" skinned.

Atrocious that this still takes place within this day and age, and I'm almost positive it isn't by coincidence.

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General Discussion / Racism in Fantasy and Sci-Fi?
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:32:13 AM »
Hello fellow fantasy and sci/fi aficionados!

I sincerely hope all of you are doing exceptionally well thus far in 2015. I'd like to brush up on a very serious and sensitive issue and would love to see your thoughts on the matter, considering we're all a part of this giant community.

Does racism in fantasy/sci-fi exist?

I've been doing a bit of digging and have come across quite a few articles that I will post below on the matter. Please do check them out whenever you have the chance, I feel it'd be beneficial towards this discussion.

My question to all of you is based on the color of the main characters in a particular novel, would that be one of the deciding factors on purchasing a book? 

Another issue I've read up on is that some dark skinned authors have been complaining about publishers not wanting to publish a book whose protagonist is of dark skin, as opposed to them being of a lighter complexion. Have any of you come across this matter before, or know of anyone who has come across a similar problem?

I surely hope this isn't the case.

Links: http://artthreat.net/2013/06/game-of-thrones-and-racist-fantasy/
http://www.aartichapati.com/2010/01/for-discussion-racism-in-fantasy-its.html
http://nkjemisin.com/2014/05/wiscon-38-guest-of-honor-speech/
http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2012/12/10/it-matters-if-youre-black-or-white-the-racism-of-ya-book-covers/
http://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/104712679498/racism-and-fantasy-novels
https://theafictionado.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/fantastically-racist-and-scientifically-offensive/

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Hey everyone, Happy New Year to you all. Wishing 2015 to be a spectacular year for everyone here so far.

Reading through some of the comments, another question popped into my mind which had the wheels in my head turning again. When crafting your story, what are some of the things that are imperative to accomplish before even considering your novel to be a finished product?

I know all of this is subjective, but I'm currently attempting to strike a nice delicate balance between my prose, character development, storytelling and plot. You can have an exceptional prose that's colorful, poetic and serene but because of all that it takes away from the events that are currently happening in your story. On the flip side, you could have mediocre prose, but your storytelling, plot and characters jump off the page.

Finding the right balance between all areas in my own line of work seems to be one of the most difficult things for me.

Curious to see your thoughts on this matter.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Sometimes you lose
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:51:30 PM »
I'm more of a comic book reader than anything, but I'm usually the type who traditionally roots for the "antagonist" or "bad guy" so when I was brought to the attention of "Vicious" by V.E. Schwab, I was pleasantly surprised.

I agree though, and I'm actually kind of on the fence on how I would like to end my series. We've always seen the main character (usually a 'good' protagonist) go through trials and tribulations, but the audience/reader knows that eventually he's going to do away with his/her rival and come out as the victor.

It's been done to death and I personally think there needs to be a switch. Everyone is different and most (usually the ones who are sane) would love to go home to a 'happy ending'.

It's all a matter of perspective I suppose.


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General Discussion / Re: What Makes A Great Villain?
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:28:30 AM »
Critical breakdown of the article C. Hill. Valid points.

I've been struggling with this idea and I've been biting my nails trying to come up with various ways a writer can create a memorable villain that's realistic and hasn't been seen too often before.

Have any of you seen the short movie called "The Flying Man"?

If not, I will post the video below. It'd be interesting to see your thoughts on the matter, especially in terms of character development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj1MqHgFnmE

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General Discussion / What Makes A Great Villain?
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:01:29 AM »
Hello everyone, hope all of you have had a fantastic week so far. I've been doing a lot of reading and I stumbled across an interesting article that I wanted to share and get your opinions on.

http://www.overthinkingit.com/2013/04/04/the-banality-of-evil-origin-stories/

Do you agree or disagree?


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Great post. Thank you for that.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Who Do You Think Has The Best Prose
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:24:19 AM »
Sorry if this subject has been done already. If it has just be kind enough to direct me towards the link.

If not, then who in your opinion has the best prose in fantasy or science fiction.

I've noted that a lot of personal favorites from fantasy readers are Pat Rothfuss and Joe Butcher.

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Writers' Corner / Re: What Makes a Great Story?
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:22:45 PM »
What are some personal examples of stories you thoroughly enjoyed?
Hmm. Right now and off the top of my head:
  • I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is just about a perfect novel. (Lynch has pointed out the few flaws in it himself.)
  • Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead was a recent thorough enjoyment.
  • I'm hugely fond of Guy Gavriel Kay, and my personal fave is A Song for Arbonne.
  • Just last week I had my world rocked by Genevieve Valentine's new The Girls at the Kingfisher Club (only fantasy inasmuch as it's a fairytale retelling... in jazz-age New York).
  • NK Jemisin's The Killing Moon

I like that, and you're right. Why do wars have to begin in the first place? I have no answer for that, but I will go out on a limb and say perhaps they make for more heart wrenching/throbbing stories. They give the reader a sense of angst, there's more action involved. I have no clue.

However, with that being said, what were your thoughts on X-men: Days of Future Past? I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet watched the movie, but would that count or is that cheating because of the time travel aspect?

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