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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:40:54 AM »
Happy birthday @Elfy! Wishing you great reads and TBRs throughout this entire new year!  :D

I'm reading Changes, the twelve book in the Dresden Files series. After such a long journey that we the readers have come through with Harry Dresden, I'd already got attached to his battered Blue Beetle, his dingy home and underground lab, and all the routine things in his life. It's a hard feeling to swallow that after this book, things are changing to a point of no coming back now. As some people had said, I'm going to miss the villain-of the week Dresden with all the things we've grown to love.  :'(

I have read only Blood Song, which is the first book of the Raven Lord trilogy, but I heard that each book in the series were progressively worse despite Blood Song being purely amazing. Each succeeding books had poor reviews on goodreads as well.

So how has everyone's day been?

The weather here has been wonderful, and so in the afternoon I bicycled to the nearby man-made forest for a stroll. At the back of it is a row of cliffs. I walked up on them for a view over the fjord, then opened my backpack and took out my Kindle and some refreshments I'd brought, including a soda I'd put in the freezer before setting off so it was still nice and cold.

It was a lovely way to start with a new book.

By comparison

Got back from a 8hr canoe trip to an indigenous village in the Amazon where I had to shoo out giant beetles and tarantulas from the student's rooms at night (I thought one was helping with a flash light but actually he was just filming me swat at a taranatula with his phone), and one of my students got chewed on by carnivirous fish living in the river where we needed to go to bathe (she got a way pretty fast with a series of bites, but appearantly if you're not fast enough the adults will clamp down on your leg and you have to crush their brains in order to get them to release their jaws). Another student was demonstrating how to set up a hammock ("Isn't that a bit high?" I asked. She jumped in it, it broke, and she slammed in to the wooden stool she was using to climb into it, breaking it to pieces). When I arrived back to the city from the Amazon, the WFP (world food program) emailed me saying they liked my video interview and that they want to conduct a phone language exam, but its at the same time that we'll be going to yet another community in the amazon (Waroni, notorious warriors that have been affected by oil activity) which is turning out to be logistially very difficult (never mind the complexities with working with a group of people who have only had contact for less than a generation and have the history of murdering people from competing tribes and stealing their babies to increase their population).

RN I'm stuffing my face with chicken so that I can review proofs of a book chapter about conservation in the context of civil war in Indonesia coming out in a publication very shortly.  I need to read the book I assigned to the students but it's going to be a frantic skim later tonight.
Another book/film ;D

By the way, I finally read your article on democracy: quite enlightning but a bit depressing at the same time...

Oh wow, but I just stumbled across these journal entries from Mr. Darewood and they're hella fun to read.  ;D  I was totally thinking of them as parts of a book, something, "The Mishaps and Escapades of J. R. THE Darewoodson", which would make a good jungle adventure movie as well.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:43:19 AM »
Got 1.8 k on my first draft yesterday after such a long hiatus. Yay!

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:38:09 AM »
Wow, I just knew that Doctor Chill is almost my age (I'm almost 22). Happy birthday @Doctor_Chill! Have a great reading weekend!

Thanks guys :)

And Inky, well done for all those steps! They may seem small, but I believe they're the most important *hugs*
Does that mean you have to stay away from grimdark/more violent books, as they're triggers? Start a thread for recommendations on "calmer" books, I'm sure we'll be able to help without you having to leave fantasy

Ah yeah, that's mostly the case. It's probably why I had so much issues reading grimdark-ish books in the first place too. I'm reading a lot of YA fantasy/ scifi for now, and will stick to lighter/ calmer fantasy books for the time being.

Thank you so much Bea! I'm glad I met great friends like you here, seriously.  :D :D :D

I remember seeing a meme about Tyrion saying "who has a better story than Bran the Broken".  This was the header of the meme and there were 9 characters including the girl whose brother was killed and carried Bran  ;D Even that girl had a better story :)

But but, he's got them CCTV eyes and could access his own Branhub though (if you knew what I meant)  ;D.

I finished Snapshot sometime ago and it was another stellar piece by Brandon Sanderson. The twist at the end totally took me off guard, hah.  :D

I've watched the finale of GOT, and I have to say that it is quite better than I had thought it's going to be. There were some blurbs/ errors and disappointments for sure, but it's still pretty high in quality compared to other shows. The ending is kind of bittersweet but I guess everyone left alive kind of got what they wanted in the end.

Never give up hope Eli! This may sounded trite and you've probably heard it a thousand times, but J. K. Rowling got rejected more than a dozen times too. Anyway, good luck on writing and further submitting your stories.

General Discussion / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:43:39 AM »
Being a fantasy site I was expecting more people to said good fantasy reads, hahah.  ;D For me there's also long holidays, great movies, and writing something I thought was better than my norm. 

You are stronger than you think you are, Scarlet. Gotta believe you can do it!  :D

As for me, it's been quite a tumultuous couple of weeks. I finally quit medical school for the second and last time after being both physically and emotionally scarred by something that deep down I didn't even like. I went to a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with an almost bipolar disorder, with an underlying aggression of extreme degree. I was started on some meds, told to kept away all of my collected weapons (knives, bow, crossbow, etc.) and to avoid possible triggers whether in situations I encounter or in the media I consumed. Otherwise I could end up assaulting someone over the slightest of issues.

On the plus side, I'm finally back in my home country, and rehabilitation is in order, I guess. That would mean that I'll get more time to write too.

Not to get all post-necromantic... I didn't want to do anything too precipitous like make a new discussion thread, but Scott Lynch seems to have finished a manuscript for Thorn of Emberlain, and I am mildly excited by this.

I saw his post through facebook too and was thinking about the response everyone here will ahve.  ;D I guess in the Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin race Mr. Lynch seemed to finally be making some headway.

I'm reading this: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12545143/1/The-White-Wolf-of-Westeros. It's a Witcher 3 and Game of Thrones crossover that is quite true to both the game and tv show. It's pretty amazing so far!  :D

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