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Table Top & RPG Games / Has anyone used Roll20?
« on: August 27, 2016, 09:42:04 PM »
I saw a panel on this at comicon, it looked pretty cool


Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Stranger Things Poll
« on: August 18, 2016, 08:24:31 AM »

General Discussion / Comicon?
« on: July 24, 2016, 01:11:07 AM »
Is anyone else at comicon rn?? Let's meet up!!

Fantasy Resources / What?? This article says flails never existed!
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:33:14 AM »

So if you ever played a cleric in D&D you might have used a flail/morning star.
According to this article, one-handed flails never existed, they're a modern invention.


Do you think that's true?

Writers' Corner / Frustration
« on: April 30, 2016, 10:40:20 PM »

Okay I'm calm now
feel free to reply with your own gutteral scream

Self Publishing Discussion / On Contacting Reviewers
« on: April 16, 2016, 07:05:27 PM »
So I'm helping promote these two charity anthologies I'm a part of and I agreed to contact some people on the Indie Reviewer's list.

I've never contacted a reviewer before-- is there a certain protocol/etiquette I should use?  Do you send the AR right away, or do you wait to see if they're interested then send them the file?

I have no idea what I'm doing, any advice welcome.

Open For Submissions / Podcastle looking for short fantasy
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:32:43 AM »
Looks like these guys are offering 6 cents a word for short fantasy stories.  Thought I'd pass it along!


Small Press & Self-Published / Charity Horror Anthology on Sale Feb 8-12
« on: February 06, 2016, 11:52:11 PM »
I know, right? Charity and horror look kind of odd together, but trust me, it makes sense.

My short story "The Killer 10" appears in an anthology with everything from baby-eating demons to, well, my story about a dude who really has to take a shit while a serial killer's on the loose. It's... er... at the very end.  Seriously, it's the very last frigging story. WTF.

Anyway, the cause is fantastic-- ALL of our proceeds go to an organization that helps homeless people in all sorts of ways, from getting shelter, to jobs to (most importantly) mental health services. That last part is really rare-- the most difficult to reach homeless people are the mentally ill, and few organizations are willing to engage with the most vulnerable people of all.

At any rate, it's on SALE from Feb 8-12 for just $0.99.  So get it while it's on sale!  Or get it when it's *not* on sale to give an even larger donation to our charity.

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017A6XEDQ

Writers' Corner / Female Fantasy Readers thoughts on Male Protagonists
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:19:23 AM »
EDIT: My apologies on the stereo-typifying implications of this post.  That wasn't what I was aiming for.  But if you'd like to see my foot squarely stuck in my mouth original post follows:


Can you write a novel that appeals to women without a female protagonist?  How do you go about reaching female readers if your cast is male-dominated... or do you?

Fantasy used to skew male, but I think those demographics are changing and that's a really wonderful thing. Unfortunately I didn't write my WIP with gender in mind (or at least, a gender other than my own). I wrote it thinking of nerdy adolescent guys (like I used to be when I started reading fantasy novels).  Now I'm noticing that my most responsive beta readers are women, which is throwing me for a loop and making me seriously reconsider my writing. There are some strong female figures in my book, but they don't take the reigns until the second half of the book. The first half DEFINITELY doesn't pass the Bechdel test-- it's about a bunch of dudes trying (and failing) to rescue a princess (though the antagonist is female).

So I'm wondering, without changing the gender of your characters, is there a way to make a book more female-friendly? What are the secrets to engaging female fantasy readers? Or is that a stupid question... Sorry if it is.


So this is a sort of mixed review comparing the Expanse to GoT.


I actually think the series deserves a lot more credit.  I'm loving the politics of it-- it seems so believable.

Do you think Corey should be compared to GRRM?

Fantasy Resources / Anyone know of a Fantasy Thesaurus?
« on: November 13, 2015, 10:23:05 PM »

So I'm wondering if this exists: is there a thesaurus out there that you can use to convert modern words/sayings to those that might be common in the periods we write in?

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Fantasy contest
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:46:04 PM »

So the winner gets like a 25$ Amazon gift certificate and a coffee mug-- so it's sort of a gimmick to get more content for their site without forking out much cash, I think, but hey, it's exposure right?


Writers' Corner / To Describe or Not To Describe
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:14:02 AM »

So, I've written a novel and I've had a ton of fellow writers beta-read it for me, and so far they've tended to prefer sparse description.  But I had my first "real person" beta-reader recently and he said I don't describe things enough.  I started thinking back to some of my favorite fantasy novels (yes, I like Robert Jordan) and the dude describes the hell out of everything. 

So what's your take?  Do the basics: quick and dirty location and set up the character a tiny bit and leave it to the reader's imagination?  Or set the scene in intricate detail and describe your characters physical appearance with precision?

Writers' Corner / Writing contests for novels or chapters
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:46:13 AM »
Does anyone know of any other book/excerpt contests for unpublished authors?  The only one I know of is L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future.

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