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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Stranger Things Poll
« on: August 19, 2016, 09:17:25 AM »

I was trying to tell a friend who's into fantasy about the show, and it occurs to me that I don't know how to describe it really.  It's got elements of so many things mixed in, but it's not really any one of them.

(this is the same problem I have when thinking about how to sum up a book I've written for marketing or contacting agents...)

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Stranger Things Poll
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:34:42 AM »
The whole cast esp. the kids were pretty amazing, but Winona's character really struck a chord with me.

The whole being so overwhelmed by keeping yourself above water financially that you lose the most important things, and the sense of guilt and desperation... It was really powerful.  In a lot of ways she was the most isolated and vulnerable character (other than Will), everyone else had friends of some sort, she was just utterly alone esp in the first episodes. She made me think of my mother.  Plus she makes a good crazy-woman face.

Idk, I really felt for her.

The kids were pretty amazing too.

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

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Magicians on Syfy
« on: August 18, 2016, 08:07:06 AM »
Reading all these comments, now I don't think I'll read the books - I have the feeling that both the books and future tv seasons would be ruined for me, hehe

Yeah, hated what I read of the books, definitely found the show much more palatable.

I think she's a decent actress, honestly. But since I didn't read the books, I'm not sure how different book Alice happens to be from show Alice. At least for my part, I found all the characters interesting, and if anything, I was more frustrated with Julia than anyone (though to be fair, that's what the writers were going for).

Yeah, I was team Julia for the whole show.  It would have worked way better for me if she was the principal protagonist instead of Quentin, who I repeatedly wanted to bludgeon to death with my channel changer.

Well, that or learn to love doing the dishes :p
NEVER!  >:(

I happen to love doing dishes!  Something about the warm water on my hands (and the fact that doing dishes means I actually have time to do dishes which means I've got a moment of pause...) just really calms me.

For me, I need an emotional trigger to write. I need to go out into the world and witness something harrowing or heartbreaking or funny.  Surprisingly it doesn't take long to find those things in LA, like a few secs of peoplewatching, a convo with a homeless woman, listening to people talk on the train.  Or watch a documentary or re-watch my favorite scenes from Stranger Things when Winona Ryder is trying to talk to her son.

Writers' Corner / Re: Explain your magic systems
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:45:05 AM »

I love how detailed your system is! And I like your breakdown of elements, and the conservation of matter thing (can't create).

This thread has got me wanting to jot down my magic system in a more organized way...

Writers' Corner / Re: A little pronunciation problem . . .
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:38:53 PM »

Cythro / Cithro (haven't settled yet)



Ffeor (Should be one of the simpler ones)




Those are awesome!!! Will you rename all the characters in my book? I suck at names.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:30:50 PM »
Editing.  Forever.

Maybe I need a thread about how many words I *deleted* today....

Writers' Corner / Re: Is There Room For Yet Another Tolkien Clone?
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:06:51 AM »
But don't let that discourage you. If people continue to use elves/dwarves, it's because there are people who simply love them and can't have enough of them. There's audience for everything.

That would be me!  Can't read enough high fantasy.  But having magic is more important than elves or dwarves.

I wish I had the time to ponder for paragraphs about whether the common-or-garden elves-dwarves-and-whatever in the cultural fantasy consciousness at present have more to do with Tolkien or D&D (by, admittedly, way of Tolkien, but with a lot of alteration).

It's probably best for everyone that I don't. ;p

Please do!!!  I'd say Tolkien and D&D hit me at the same time, but elves, they go way back before them  Tolkien and D&D may have put elves into an anthropomorphized political construct, but the fair folk, the aelfar of Old Norse and German mythology etc etc.  There's a rich and diverse mythology there to explore.

In that sense, it's a little absurd to decide that anything with an elf or a dwarf in it is a Tolkien rip off.  Everyone writing in High Fantasy (or fantasy at all) owes a huge, huge, HUUUUUUUGE debt to Tolkien, but elves and dwarves have been in song, myth and story long before and long after him.

I, btw write Tolkien/D&D rip offs as well :)  I hope you're having as much fun as I am!

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

Writers' Corner / Re: May 2016 Author Earnings Report
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:57:11 AM »
The Eisler saga is a fascinating one, and I would be happy to tell more details in a bar some time.


you in town for comic-con this week?

Oh sh**t am I missing comicon?? I don't get back from France until tomorrow

I can't stop reading wikipedia

Writers' Corner / Re: May 2016 Author Earnings Report
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:19:44 AM »
Thanks!!  I know nothing about this stuff.

Writers' Corner / Re: May 2016 Author Earnings Report
« on: July 13, 2016, 04:22:08 AM »
There are flaws and gaps in the Author Earnings Report and they are by no means an unbiased study group.  They have a worldview and they do seek to promote it.  There is lots of information they don't get access to or don't seem to even try to. Their conclusions and data don't match many other established groups when it comes to author income.  The Author's Guild in the UK and US disagree, Forbes, Codex and other significant industry tracking groups come to different conclusions and different numbers.

Could you unpack that please. How are their figures different and how does that play into their worldview?

Writers' Corner / Re: May 2016 Author Earnings Report
« on: June 11, 2016, 06:14:40 AM »
I'm wondering what percent of the indie authors were fetish romance.

(aka Chuck Tingle's 38-page "Space Raptor Butt Invasion"  or Anita Blackmann's 34-page "Riding the D Train" with the list of fetishes she's catering to included in parentheses after the title)...

I have a disturbing feeling they sell more than Edgar Allen Poe.

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