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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 15, 2019, 07:14:07 AM »
Happy birthday @Elfy !!!  I got drink just for you!! Drunk.

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.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who reads short stories?
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:25:14 PM »
I love short stories

Met with Nemonte Ninquimo, a Waorani woman who led the charge to keep oil companies out of her community opening the door for legal cases all over the Amazon. There were 9 Waroni women present speaking to my students all but one of whom are also women. Her words were so powerful that while I was translating I could barely keep from crying (kinda funny as one of two guys in a room full of women)


If you're interested in the petition, please circulate:


Oops heres the English version

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:06:25 AM »
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.

Post we don't bite apart from when I turn into a werewolf.

This is what eclipse looks like after his transformation

Writers' Corner / Re: Grammar Quesiton...
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:30:05 AM »
Jmack is far more wholesome than I am. Maybe it's just me...

Writers' Corner / Re: Grammar Quesiton...
« on: June 05, 2019, 01:22:26 AM »
Unrelated to grammar calling them "tops" makes me immediately think of gay sex. Capitalizing helps. A little. But yeah I still think of gay sex. Are the people who live in the other part of the city called "the bottoms" ?

[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: June 05, 2019, 01:19:50 AM »
Grimdark erotica?

Oh wait that's Nora's entry from last month...

Fomenting conflict in the middle east is a central part of US and UK foreign policy for some time (according to their own policy papers).

NO THEY MADE A TRAILER FOR TES6!!! ITS COMING FOR REAL!!! (within the next 20 yrs)

I'm waiting for myself to finish my own WIP, which I finished over 8 years ago and have been "revising" (aka disassembling into a mess)

[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Discussion Thread
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:15:00 PM »
Yep, I wasn't sure I could do non-human erotica. Although now i think about it...

I also finished my  first draft WIP, and am half way though first-pass editing. Ohh and I did a winning camp na-no. So I've been writing. I Just didn't have extra brain capacity to devote to a decent short story :)

I a burst of ecstacy, his pollen exploded into the wind gently sliding over her foilage drifting higher and higher up her trunk until his seed found the tender petals of her flower

General Discussion / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:11:37 PM »
I was expecting you to say "drinking the blood of my enemies and hearing the lamentations of their women

General Discussion / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: June 01, 2019, 02:11:22 PM »

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:48:48 PM »
Did we forget to mention saraband's book on this thread?

Hey and they probably don't know that WD Frank refers to you as man candy or about all the offers to share prostitutes! (Yes I have read Hearts and Other Dead Things)

Hahahahaha  I forgot that you and @Lady Ty have read "Hearts"
How did you know WD Frank calls me man candy????

Haha @ScarletBea  it's bc I started these as long form letters to people back home while I'd be gone for years. I've got hundreds of these I went to put into a book one day but I don't how to tie them all together. 

Haha yes @JMack it is all true
The few glimpses I got of your life (haunted tea pots, muggings, chantacuros, hostage situations, ...) and the style you wrote this piece in says in big bold letters: Write this book!

Mrs. JMack agrees. I read the post to her, as I have others you’ve written.

Mr. Darewood, write this book!

Awweeeeeeee you read my stuff to Mrs. Jmack???? That's the sweetest thing I've ever heard!!!!!!!!

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