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Hello there all!

Yet again long time no see, right? So. Story time, people. I think this is the place and I do not need to make another subject for myself.

As the title says. There is light at the end of every tunnel. I guess this time I finally got to find my own. I disappeared somewhere around january with my life changing around way too much. Finished my university, changed my living place, started my first job which I actually do not really like. I was trying to write, but could not find enough energy or time since I have to do most things on my own. It was quite crippling because my dreams were always of creating stories. Building worlds, filling it with characters and their voices that would sing songs about heroes, queens and beasts. Being hit with a brick from a wall of the real world was disastrous experience for a daydreamer like me. I even stopped to write short poems that always filled my head. They disappeared as almost every drop of my creativity. Writing became painfull. I could not even read books. What always was part of me... It looked like I have to throw it all away. And I considered it many times - to stop dreaming about writing.

To be honnest - I even had a whole post written here about how I want to quit writing. Good thing I never decided to post it.

Now that I sit here, writing those words I realized that propably most of us had a time like this. Time of doubt and surrender. Of sadness and (hopefully not) depression.

There were other grim thoughts that I will not mention. I am getting out of this. Bought 25 books recently. Started to read. Rimes yet again finding their way into my head. Soon enogh I will start to write again.

I hope you all the best and it is good to see the world in brighter colours. I have a long story of some mental problems on my back so I am double glad that finally I am out of this hole and it never grew into something deeper and darker.

Hi! And goodnight.

Oh. I read Malazan. I am one of those people who constantly spam "READ MALAZAN!" when some unlucky soul asks a question about the nexst book they should read in dark/epic/sweet puppies category on our facebook group. ;)

I also remember seeing this comic some time before. Look like I am more motivated to actually find out if it cheks-out. I love the philosophical approach, but man... I will write a note: "Dear Arhi. Don't use names from IKEA catalogue. Sincerely: Yourself."

And I just realised there is a 100 pages long glossary at the end of the book.


Oh... And yes. Exposition is the word. :v
But I have a feeling that "Fearsome mountain of Information" fits better into this discussion :D

Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: Best Dragon Art?
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:33:45 PM »
I feel like I need to add something about Zaitan.

Originally this dragon was meant to be a lot bigger. But because game's engine had it's limitations they had to make him smaller. A lot smaller.

Hello there!

Long time no see! So I came here to discuss some stuff with You all.

A few hours ago I started to read "Prince of Nothing". I heard this is a good piece of grim-dark and I like my books how I like my coffee. Wait... I actually drink coffee with milk instead of water so it is a bad comparision.

I just like dark books, because I am edgy like that.

That is better.

Anyways. I heard it is a good trilogy, and synopsis of a plot looked great. War. Gods. Apocalypse. Good stuff.
So I started reading. I went through less than 100 pages and now I sit here confused. I just don't know what is going on. So many strange names. People talking about different events. Another bunch of strange names.
There is just too much informations on waaaay too few pages. I feel like I am reading in a different language than mine.

I never had this problem while reading Way of the Kings or Mistborn. Althought the plot of these books is also far from being simple, yet informations felt, like they were poured carefully in my mind. Bit - by - bit.

While reading "Darkness that comes before" I just feel that I am too stupid to read this book.
Or maybe there really IS too much info.

Anyone read something similiar, that made you question the level of your IQ?

Writers' Corner / Re: Starting close to the end
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:26:36 AM »
As far as I remember we know from other sources all the crucial things about the plot of Iliad that happened before Iliad.

And of course they would ask questions. I mean... I asked questions about Balrog in LotR because I like to know stuff. That's the human nature.

I think it could work in this way (we already know the background from the other sources) or just like a Balrog works in LotR.

1. It doesn't matter why something is happening. It only matters that it does (Balrog confronts the fellowship).
2. Scarce exposition is enough to tell most of the story (Gandalf said two sentences about how dwarves woke an ancient evil by digging too deep - and it was enough).
3. Many things are happening and part that is told, has a bigger meaning than the part that is left untold. TLDR - Destination is more importand than the way. (Fellowship was scattered. Gandalf became white).

I wonder if there are any story that matches to what Yora said...

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:40:23 PM »
I loved this and respect the work it must have taken to translate and retain some rhythm and rhyme. As a linguist, I can detect and appreciate the variations from American English, which give the poem a depth and ethereal quality it wouldn't have if someone "perfected" it by departing from the source language. Well done!
I read "Life Saver" in my head with a voice of an old woman telling a story.
Good stuff!

I love how simple and ordinary is my answer and how well written and sophisticated is yours. :D
Just like the poems - you definitely know what you are doing.

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:14:17 PM »
I read "Life Saver" in my head with a voice of an old woman telling a story.
Good stuff!

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:02:09 PM »
This is what I wrote for my GF's story. It's originally in other language and I tried to translate it to english... I hope it's not very bad (hard to keep the meaning and find good rhymes when you do this frist time). And thanks to this piece I now know that there is no word "hidement"...

We will greet you, between life and devastation
Grant you a gift of sufferring, or a gift of salvation

And when you will stand, at the voids rim
Will you smile and laugh, or will you scream?
Are you other people, or your own creation?
You were born a man but do you deserve damnation?

Ours is the judgement and we hold the chains
Ours are fiery wings, and the blood you hold in veins
There is no escape and no mercy in our heart
Shatter the bones into ashes, gut the flame of life

Is this the way to a new life... Or end of your existance
We are Fire. We are death. We shall sunder your resistance
There is no place to hide and no time for atonement
Stop running and face the flames, of our eternal judgement

Will your ashes fly to haeven. Or to hell... down low
Between life and damnation, you will be greeted in Limbo

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Magically mutable worlds
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:04:54 AM »
I am actually amazed that there are no answers. I have somethinkg like this in my world but I won't speak about it as the subject is about actual book. To be honest I can't think of anything particulary notable. It seems like any big fantasy series speak in some way about magic changing the world in some way (Malazan and Wheel of Time) - but usually it's just a distant danger etc. It's somewhat easier to think about video games (Dark Souls and fading of the Flame and White Frost from The Witcher) but books... Now I feel like I'm not reading enough, because I can't think of any...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:52:29 PM »

That's fascinating! I was aware of the worry about the Harry Potter books among certain sects of Christianity, but not aware it had been applied to fantasy in general. That's the first I've heard of a general warning against all fantasy novels or media.

Many preachers spoke against Harry Potter. Sometimes some REALLY bad things. And with HP - fantasy in general. Besides my teacher from highschool was really concerned about me and my friend loving fantasy books, as books like this tend to put people away from real world and faith... She was even more concerned when we told her, that we are creating our own fantasy world, but beside this, she was a very nice and helpfull person - concerned but still supportive for our projects.

My GF's religious mother on the other side thinks that Harry Potter books are evil... But only Harry Potter. Other fantasy books are fine for her.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:20:29 PM »
I am a Christian and this is the first time I met with this term. I always thought that Christianity doesn't go well together with fantasy. In my country, Church openly spoke against reading fantasy books - at least a big part of it - because it can be dangerous.

In example "Harry Potter" because it befriends young people with magic, witchcraft and occultism or even "Twilight" because werewolves and vampires. There were even 10 reasons why "HP" books are evil.

I can understand that in science fiction we might crave for some good explanation why 100 000 000t star-ship just went from 0 to the speed of light in a matter of seconds (It's hyper-space-fart-drive) but we are not really interested why in the world the crew was not transformed into a steamy pile of crushed flesh and bones because of the sudden acceleration.

Of course - it's science fiction, so we have "science" in there. But still we have another word - which is "fiction" so the fart-drive stays in it's place.

In fantasy I care even less. I mean... we have dragons in there! Giant, armored lizards. Sometimes hundreds of meters wide. Weighting a tone or two. Maybe ten. AND FLYING! The heaviest living birds with ability to fly are like... 20 kg. The biggest flying things ever - Quetzalcoatlus (how do one even pronounce it?) weighted from 45,8 do 200 kg. Hetzegopteryx was about 180 to 250 kg and was propably too big to fly.

So if were to adhere to laws of science we would never have dragons in fantasy. Can you imagine fantasy with NO dragons? Or dragons being fat, barely moving over-grown and lazy lizards?

Go away!

I want magic! I want Smaug. I want Kalameet and Midir! I want epic dragons, and epic dragon-battles. Science people can have their science. I want a dragon. A big one.

Ok. Ok. I like it, where there is some link to laws of normal world. That's why I have spent quite some time trying to justify why my race of dino-birds can move and fly fast with relative ease. That is why I have some kind of entrophy-like force.

I like science. But I like dragons too.

And there is enough room for both of it.


<insert Jimmy Barnes screaming in the sky from "Big Enough">

1. Science is nice.
2. Laws of physics not so much.
3. Gravity broke my phone.
4. But dragons are nice.
5. As a reader I want magic and dragons.
6. As a writer I want magic and dragons too.


Gimme mah dragons!

General Discussion / Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:29:01 AM »
@Nora - Answers like this are why I like this place so much. ;)
Also because people from here really do know their facts and their opinions are well backed. I mean - we all read. Most of us write. Some of us are even on the shelves! My first reaction to people attending this forum was:

"Dang it. There is so much knowledge! People are so wise! I must read everything!"

And so I could read stuff for 4-6 hours straight. I miss having so much free time.

And I'm not just being nice. I learned a lot from poeple here. Main site's articles and Writer's Corner were a godbless for an aspiring writer like me. I still admire in example: @Yora for his worldbuilding posts - even after 3 years of creating my own world.

@Lady Ty Haha! I definitely will. And I regret that for the last few months I have not even checked the forums. But we all have times like this. I hope I am justified ::)

General Discussion / Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:39:39 PM »
I remember that when I was still un-registered lurker. I treated you guys and girls like really big authoritys. I felt small and unsignificant. I remember being nervous getting my first answers to a topic I made.

And now - you all still are. And althought I don't write much here (not being a native speaker makes it hard for me to express myself and sometimes I need a few hours to write what is on my mind - I am not kidding) because of university, family stuff and my rampaging addictions, I still like to jump here and read what is going on around here - good ol'Fantasy Faction.

General Discussion / Re: Quote your first post you ever did
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:22:22 PM »
So recently I finished to outline a story that happens in my world, and the first thing that came into my mind was - "Man. This world is brutal. It's entire story is brutal. Dude. WTF?".
My goal was to create a story when everyone is hurt in some way (physically and mentally) and where painfull but quick death is actually a blessing. And to forestall - I don't use violence just for the sake of using it, but still it's a key component of my world, and i made sure it's justified (most of the times).

What do you think about it? What is the thick red line that separates "grim/dark fantasy" from "butcher's fairytale" (this is how one of my friend reffers to it)? How not to turn a story into a parody? How far can one walk into a Mordor of description?
Do you often use violence in your writing. Or maybe in other way: Do you LIKE to use violence in your writing.
I also want to say is that I never read any of GoT books, and never even watched a second of it's TV series. But as far as I know - it's a hurtfest/killfest/rapefest/tearsofreadersfest/cutthedongfest.

Maybe it's a time to read it? Or do you know other authors that like to "play" with their characters in this way? Or maybe even better?

I wrote my first hello more than a year later. My very first post AND first topic I ever made here. In writer's corner because I was a lurking in the shadows for at least a year before I have found enough courage to speak with you, guys and girls. So to speak, I still need to check for it before making any post. :D

<still have not read or watched any GoT>

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