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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The F-F book club
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:20:59 AM »
Every time I see "f-f book club" I think "fight club" and I keep wondering what it would look like if we took the best of the two and somehow combined them into an anarchist commune guided by a split personality bent on ending all debt using books to seal our cathartic bonds

It might be weird to some people but I always think of WoT as YA... Maybe because I was YA when I read it.

More appropriately I think of forgotten realms, dragonlance (and everything else by Weiss and Hickman) as YA. It's definitely not a category I shy away from. I think of it as a guaranteed easy noblebright read that I can pick up without reservation. For adult stuff I need to be in the mood.


FF3 (FF6 in Japan) and FFX were my serious addictions, now it's skyrim:


Never played it, but I listen to Icewind Dale's soundtrack sometimes when writing ;)

But if we want to REALLY got back to the beginning, it's Zork.  Beyond Zork was my favorite of the series.



First and second person are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me

Whyyyyy am I the only one who voted for the dispossessed???

General Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:04:25 AM »
Yeah it terrible when you can't game and have to make do with small boating through rain forests.....

The struggle is real


Bradley, I wouldn't be surprised if you tell us you donned your vigilante costume and started rescuing children from those inhumane immigrant detention centers.

There is nothing Darkwing Duckwood can't do!
I'm too far away atm, but honestly there should be mobs of people protesting (no vigils, PROTESTS) outside of those centers, with UNHCR and UNOHR child protection officers on hand to remove the children immediately.


This article made me think of you.


Use r/books to draw people to your site!!!!

    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain.


I hate salad dressing... all condiments really.  Mayonaise most of all, but I don't like ketchup or mustard.  At all.

Also, I'm and anarchist.

@Justan Henner

Spoiler for Hiden:
I have a theory about this.

In angolophone countries. or at least the US and UK, neoliberalism has embedded itself into the psyche of "progressives" to the point that they aren't capable of seeing structures or conceiving of structural change-- for them only the interpersonal exists.  Millenials have been raised in an environment in which Rosa Parks sitting in the front of the bus wouldn't be about challenging a government-articulated system of oppression and parlayed into a struggle for the achievement of rights, but an interpersonal conflict about rude people that begins and ends with catfights on the internet and likes on youtube videos.

Similarly, the Culture Wars seems to be often about inter-personal micro-agressions than, you know, the big picture rights thing.  A narrative that drives consciousness among racists? That inspires political action among progressives?  That's not on the radar.  Trans people, due to discrimination make 20k a year in the US-- that's starvation wages.  Many are driven to sex work to survive.  But the top of my feed is some article about how JK Rowling is transphobic because she followed a transphobic journalist on twitter.  Maybe she is, maybe she isn't but... WTAF people.  There are real issues here, and a twitter follow isn't one of them.  It's part of this effort to exert some sort of petty power over individual actions (a twitter follow) instead of having any sort of consciousness of the interaction between the *quality* of representation, the texture of a narrative, and how that can be parlayed or not parlayed into ideological change and political action.  Visibility, in my opinion, absolutely cannot be viewed as a virtue in and of itself. How did we get from the Stonewall riots to... this? I would say: neoliberal co-optation, which means even if progressives win the Culture Wars, we've actually lost, as we're fighting for the right to be interpolated as neolliberal subjects, as opposed to using the media as conscious rights-oriented political actors.

Which is a long side note somewhat agreeing with you in that I believe different stories are about different things, and I agree that the absence of something can very well mean that it's just outside of the scope of what the author was trying to do at the moment.

Writers' Corner / Re: How to promote my book
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:48:28 AM »
I'm on a few author forums on fb.

Ads don't seem to be great, of all of them a well-produced instagram ad seems to yield the highest return.  I've heard of a lot of people loosing money on ads.

There are like book lists where you can do a promo which seems to work sometimes.  Just reading people on here, getting reviewed somewhere got Teb an uptick, and doing an AMA on reddit r/fantasy seemed to do wonders for Eli, but I haven't finished my book.  I've tried light promoting of some anthologies that I'm in, but tbh I have NO idea what I'm talking about and have had very little success on this end so I probably shouldn't have posted :)

General Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:39:00 AM »
God, I miss D&D. 

I'm with you, @shadowkat678 , it was great for my storytelling, in particular learning to manipulate circumstances to guide the characters into choices that are good for the story, and dealing with it when they surprise you.

Spoiler for Hiden:

Embarrassingly, as *everyone* says NOT to do this, my WIP is really an effort to finish the story of my high school D&D campaign, since we never got to the end of the sprawling epic I had devised.

The MC is my little brother, which makes it challenging for me to make character adjustments.

I have only just begun playing but I absolutely LOVE IT!
We're a group of 4 absolute newbies and an experienced DM, so he's helping us through all the tricky stuff and remembering to add our proficiencies and stuff.
It's great for coming up with characters and trying out ideas. I really like it because I get to indulge my over the top side, which I always have to rein in when writing - I prefer to go for as much reality in my writing as possible, so it's great to go all out on the madness with my DND character.
We have another session this Saturday night and I'm already bouncing with excitement.

@AnnaStephens and @CameronJohnston Now I wanna see a Critical-Role-esque live casting of "D&D: Author Edition" !!!! I'd make a twitch account just for that.

As depressing as it sounds, I don't think the Democrats taking power would be enough to end the camps. I read somewhere that before Trump, Obama deported more people than any other president. The Republicans aren't as good at hiding it, but the Democrats have done some pretty atrocious things as well. From what I can see, America needs far more than a change of ruling parties. The entire political system, the whole structure, requires drastic change.

Before Trump, I thought our problems were the politicians.  It's a harsh awakening to realize that it's the people. My favorite quote from before the 2016 election results were in and everyone thought Hillary was going to win: "If you're going out to eat and 3 people vote to eat pizza, and 2 people vote to eat *you*, even when dinner is over, you still have a problem"

Todat I got this book from the library: Why we get the wrong politicians, by Isabel Hardman.

It seems very interesting to understand UK politics, I'll get back to you as I read more.
I'm about one third in and my eyes have been opened! The system is appalling, and I don't think anybody has a good overview of exactly what is supposed to happen, when and how - much less the people trying to get into politics in the first place.
It doesn't really seem to be about the people (although of course there's always bad ones), but the whole process conspires to reduce everything down to the lowest common denominator...

This should be mandatory reading for anyone living in the UK, and then maybe, just maybe, we'd be able to change the process (although I think it'll take a gargantuan effort!)

Make Americans read it too!  I want to read it!

Writers' Corner / Writing for divided, impatient milenial audiences
« on: June 25, 2019, 06:04:28 AM »

Riffing off of this:


I don't agree with most of this article, but this part stood out: "the Gandalf, Radagast and Saruman figures of the series are all genderflipped, Jordan used magic to put a skewed view on misandry and misogyny, and the series shows remarkable depth in historical and social parallels. There are layers of alien cultures, especially among the Aiel and Seanchan. The show needs to hit with that first, and that’ll be tough, given the story structure."

I think this is actually a huge modern dilema: using a regular trope-filled story to rope people into the trope-twisting surprise you have in store is a great way to open minds. But today people seem to be divided to the point where the more liberal readership can't abide a standard opening, and the more conservative readership won't abide the twist. There's no mind-opening, progression or intellectual growth to be had. I'm not sure what the solution is to engage today's readership with something they'll give time to develop instead of being able to judge in the first 15 seconds.

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