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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:21:19 AM »
Hi, Ravenoak.  I'd be happy to read and review your novel.  You can see my posts on this site to determine if you'd like the type of way I look at things.  If still interested, send me a private message.  Good luck with the book!

Fantasy Faction Book Club / Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:46:37 PM »
We could go brand new: Chris Evans's Of Bone and Thunder.

Something not new, but great fantasy-flavored Scinece Fiction: C.S. friedman's Black Sun Rising (or the whole Coldfire trilogy)

Or, taking Yora's suggestion of something old, I've not read The Once and Future King, though I've always meant to.

Re-reading Conan stories in order of publication.  What do I find?

then came Yara, versed in dark knowledge handed down through the days of barbarism, since before Atlantis sank.

Yora... Yara?   ;)

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: The Call of Cthulhu
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:18:10 PM »
I'll have to try Madness.   ;D

My experience with Call was reading it a teenager who had been on a steady diet of R.E. Howard and E.R. Burroughs.  (Stereotypes and racism were rampant in almost all popular stories, movies, etc. written pre-1960s.  I was aware of them in these books, but knew to take them in context.). So at age 13, I flund Call to be wonderful, scary, fascinating fun.  I think my older brother may have read it aloud.

Which is what led to me trying to read Dunwich aloud to my daughter and wife a year or so ago.  (What should we do tonight?  I know!). They thought it was the dullest, most poorly written thing they'd ever heard.  (My daughter is SFF fan, so she counts.  My wife exits any movie saying: "And the most unrealistic part of that movie was...").  My own view was just mildly better.maybe what's scary at 13 sounds dopey at 50 if read aloud, would be great if read to oneself.

In fun, jest and friendship.  Simply that you want exciting S&S that carries the passion we find in Howard.  It would be great to be able to write that, wouldn't it?  So, I'm going to take a shot at it and see what you and others think.

Tried to start a "true" S&S story last night.  It was "heroic fantasy" within a few words.  I think there is ra eleasing of societal mind sets necessary in this.  Will be trying again with the same character, but a different approach.  There's a part of me that just wants to try my character dropped into a Conan plot to see what it takes to do this.

So, Yora, are you willing to apply the Yora S&S test to something in a few days/weeks?

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Re: Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:45:27 AM »
So, there is something I'm confused by.  I find references (at least I think I do) to women taking about other women as spouses in a society where, aside from same-sex attraction (normal, as in Ghrasia with Javia), I understood only opposite-sex marriage to be in place.  Am I just getting twisted up trying to follow all the relationships?

Also, when we discuss multiple genders in the posts, it would be helpful to distinguish between linguistic genders (e.g., male passive) vs. actual procreative genders. Again, I think there are only two procreative.  Is this correct?  While I find it all fascinating, I'm also having trouble tracking.

Writers' Corner / Re: What a Feminist story isn't.
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:08:11 AM »
Yes, Cupiscent, to every one of your points.

I remain uncertain of the reason to define a story as feminist or not, while completely convinced that stories can and often should help us change - either through direct conflict against the norm or through indirect comparison in the mode of the female Jedi.  Both seem completely appropriate and important to me.

Writers' Corner / Re: Publishing AMA (ask me anything)
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »
but I thought I should answer the question asked and not necessarily go into what I think is a better approach.

Thanks, Michael.  And I'll bite.

4. Relative to online forums for reviewing writing, obtaining feedback, etc., what do you think is a better approach?

I do buy into the theory that the name James Bond is as much a rank within MI6 as the 007 label and passed on to other agents when the current "Bond" either dies or moves on.

C.f. The Dread Pirate Roberts!  (Princess Bride, for the uninitiated)

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Re: Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:53:01 AM »
Thank God for kindle.  A word search reveals no mentions of chitin after chapter 16.  I can read in peace and with confidence.   ;D

Writers' Corner / Re: Publishing AMA (ask me anything)
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:50:45 AM »
Hi, Michael:

I hadn't been aware your work, but just looked at Amazon, read your bio, etc.  congrats on the publishing, but even more on doing your own thing.

My questions are about forums, writers groups and writing courses?

1.  In addition to F-F, are there SFF forums you recommend for feedback on writing and/or community?
2.  Have you been involved in local or Internet writers groups?  I'll see authors thank the Podunk Alien Brain Farm writers group without whom I wouls still be training gerbils, etc.  Any thoughts, suggestions or places to learn?
3.  Have you taken writing courses, physical or online?  We're they useful for you?  Again, thoughts, suggestions, places to learn?

Thanks for offering your POV and for taking the time!


[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Re: Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:48:48 AM »
Argh!  There it is.  Right the. Idle of chapter 16:

Spoiler for Hiden:
chitinous red armor

Can we say: insect-like? Carapace plated?  Jointed?  Something else?  Ever?

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Re: Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:21:16 AM »
Just finished chapter 15, and it's really humming now.  My problems at first were both the complexity of everything and some of the writing style in the first chapter.  How many times did the author use "chitinous armor" in the first few pages?  I was also struggling with what seemed like various inconsistencies.  For example, we are told that (character name?) expected the invaders to come by land, but instead they came by sea.  Me are the. Told that the shops of the invaders are all along the coast and had been for some time.  But, maybe in the complexity of everything, I was misunderstanding.

But a few chapters ago, everything started to click, and these quibbles have become quibbles.  The writing has become confident, the concepts are fascinating and I'm really starting to care about the various characters.

Looking forward to the rest of it.

Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: CONCEPT ART/ ILLUSTRATION/ COMICS artist
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:01:49 AM »
Fun, fun stuff.  I especially like the goblin vs. girl comic strip.  Congrats!

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