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Writers' Corner / Re: Calling All Maps!
« on: August 30, 2015, 02:19:18 AM »
Thanks tebakutis!

Writers' Corner / Re: Calling All Maps!
« on: August 29, 2015, 10:34:10 PM »
Oh I LOVE maps. I've been drawing them since I was a kid. I have several maps I've drawn for my works-in-progress. 

This one has been finalized, though. Hand drawn and then messed with in photoshop. I'm not exactly sure how to upload the image, but here's my attempt.

Writers' Corner / Re: Fantasy-Faction Writing Group
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:11:16 PM »
I have found writing groups so important to help grow the writing skills, but so hard to find the right match. I would be interested in joining one. I would have to see what would be expected and if I could meet those expectations. I am currently in a writing group, and we swap chapters or share snippets of problematic scenes.

You all have great suggestions. I like the idea of keeping the group small and working with smaller chunks of writing like CameronJohnston and Jmacyk suggested, but how often? One critique group I was a part of critiqued one chapter from each member a week, so I was going through three chapters and receiving three different crits on one chapter a week. Not sure I could keep up with that now! Oh, the various seasons of life we find ourselves in.

I don't see why we can't have several groups at various levels to meet the needs and speed of the participating writers. Also, sometimes we have something available for feedback while other times we are in the process of getting it ready for feedback. Right now, I'm in the middle of polishing up book two for publication, so I doubt I would be able to come up with new content for feedback at this time. (Although I am aiming to rewrite book three starting this fall.)

Could there be a questionnaire or application to help sort us into groups? Course, that could mean a lot of extra work on the admin side.

Finding the right writer's group is a lot like a dating site for our manuscripts and personalities. ha!

Hi y'all! I'm not sure if this is the place for this, but I wanted to give a shout out for Clare Davidson and her upcoming novel, Broken Bargain. It will be released January 31st, and right now she is doing a pre-release tour with lots of giveaways and a chance to win both of her Hidden novels: Reaper's Rhythm & Broken Bargain. You never know, you might discover a new favorite! :-)

When you know magic is real, complacency is not an option.

It’s a new school year and ten months since Kim’s sister died. She wants to forget about magic, rebuild her life and start fresh. But it’s not easy when she has to lie to everyone: her family, best friend, Sophie, and secretive new guy, AJ.

But when Sophie’s grandmother falls ill, Kim can’t help but notice the parallels to Charley’s death. Convinced she’s the only one who can help, Kim sets out to discover what’s really wrong with Sophie’s grandmother.

This next one is even worse. All I remember is a band of misfit type characters that involved a gay unicorn. I can't remember anything else about it, except it was kind of a comedy/dry humor or something. But I was YOUNG. ha!

Does anyone know anything about these?


Could it be one of the Ballad of Wuntvor trilogy by Craig Shaw Gardner? There's a hapless apprentice trying to save his master from a curse and he has a ragtag band of misfits including a tapdancing dragon, a ferret, a Brownie obsessed with shoes, and a demon who is allergic to rhyming. And another demon who sells used weaponry. The unicorn isn't necessarily gay but is very determined to put his head in Wuntvor's lap because he's a virgin.

Turns up in A Difficulty with Dwarves, An Excess of Enchantments, and A Disagreement with Death. They're humour/farce fantasy, like a slapstick Pratchett, with covers similar to the Kirby illustrations on the Discworld paperbacks.

Only books I can think of with an even remotely sexual unicorn, regardless of orientation.

You're on your own with the other one!

Thanks! It kind of sounds like what I've read. I'll have to do some more digging. There's no telling what I remembered from the actual books back in middle school. Thanks!

This is an awesome idea! I've been meaning to ask you all about a couple of stories I read when I was in MG and there's only fragments of the story left.

but first:
I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read when I was a kid which was fantastic, but it's driving me nuts. I think it was set in post-reformation england, I'm sure it was an alternate history fantasy and the main character was a priest who made deals with various devils to increase his powers of sorcery and increase his standing in the church. I think the faerie were involved too. It was quite dark. Can anyone tell me what the name of this book might be?

Could that be G.P. Taylor's Shadowmancer?

The two story fragments:

first book was about a woman who is severely burned in a forest fire, but then wakes up in special operating room, under water. They had operated on her body to make her able to breath underwater without her consent. She had gill slits in her neck and her hands had fingers that were like long tentacles with sharp claws/talons/nails on the ends and was able to manipulate them to slide them under a windowsill. or something. They secretly operated on her because they needed someone, maybe a spy, or something in this other world involving water or something. Hazy details there.

This next one is even worse. All I remember is a band of misfit type characters that involved a gay unicorn. I can't remember anything else about it, except it was kind of a comedy/dry humor or something. But I was YOUNG. ha!

Does anyone know anything about these?


Sometimes I try to slow down. But when it's good, I can't help but to rush through it to see what happens next. But then I'm probably missing something.

That said, there is no way I could read a book in one setting, my body would hate me.

Man, its taken awhile to get back into devouring books again like I used to, but this year will be different. I hope to add some new favorites. As of right now, these are my all time favorites. I tend to go more YA.

1. J.K. Rowling,  All of the Harry Potter books
2. Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Heartless, Starflower, all of her stuff.
2. Ursula K. Le Guin, Tombs of Atuan
3. Robert Mullin, Bid the Gods Arise
4. Eoin Colfer, the Artemis Fowl series, I think book 5 is the pinnacle of the series.
5. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
6. Patrick Carmen, the Land of Elyon series & the House of Power series
7. Clare Davidson, Trinity
8. Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, Elfstones, Wishsong
9. Rebecca P. Minor, Curse Bearer
10. G. P. Taylor, Shadowmancer, Wormwood

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Most atmospheric fantasy books
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:20:55 PM »
Oh, I have The Painted Man/The Warded Man on my to-read pile.

Just finished read Bid the Gods Arise by Robert Mullin. A fantasy, sci-fi mix. The atmosphere was otherworldly, but yet grounded, at times creepy.


I will read 12 books for sure, but aiming for 24. I know. A small lot compared to some of yalls. But we'll see. Gonna have to redeem myself at our local library first since I won't be able to buy all the books I would like. :-)

Spoke too soon. Hopefully another time.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Desert Island Books
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:34:48 AM »
So...would a series of seven books count as one?

I would have to bring:
1. Harry Potter 1-7
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl & the rest of her books in her series
4. I am Ocilla by Diane M. Graham
5. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
6. Artemis Fowl 1-6 by Eion Colfer
7. Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka
8. Writing Fiction for Dummies :)
9. A book on survival
10. a crate of empty journals :)

Ha! Okay, those last two probably don't count. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who Inspired You?
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:20:27 AM »
The Sword of Shannara trilogy got me hooked into reading/writing fantasy.

Open For Submissions / Re: Angry Robot wants your epic fantasy!
« on: April 27, 2012, 02:50:42 AM »
Thanks for posting!

Wow, thanks!

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