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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Gorgeous SF/F book covers!
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:41:55 AM »
Let's not be all too negative. Mr.J shared a gorgeous Cover for Lord of Light, and it made me think of my favourite book covers, and I think we all have them, these little masterpieces of graphic design or pure art.

Besides, sharing them all here might give good fuel for self published writers who want to think about cover design, and while the worst covers topic offers a great guide of what not to do, let's share here what one can look up to...

Mr.J's cover :



One of my personal favourite, even though I've never read the books :



In the same vein as the first, I think the chinese version of the lord of the rings is very cool :



Share yours with us!

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Check this out guys!

[youtube]gCvcD3IBSlc[/youtube]

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Writers' Corner / Little Wrtiting/Creativity Game : Who lives there?
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:12:10 AM »
Hello fellows.

The current state of discussion in the FanFic thread had me thinking, so I went out and did some research in order to offer a little bit of fun, if you guys feel like letting lose in a criss-cross of mini-monthly-contest/rpg.
Since we all love cool Fantasy/SciFi art, I figured we could keep the ball running and play game all together based on such art.

The idea :

  • Pick a picture that inspires you that's been posted anywhere in this thread - All pictures ought to be Landscapes, whether in sketch, digital paintings, regular paintings or even IRL photographies - and make up a character who lives there, or passing through on his adventure, or even go wild by crafting a bit of a plot around said character.
  • If someone already picked the same picture, it'd be fun to have your own character's story to connect in some way to their own. Or not. We could have 10 characters living unrelated lives in a picture. (And an 11th one assembling them all for a strike team on a quest to seize the weird floating tower we can see at the back of the picture. Whatever!)
  • Post a new picture of your own at the end of your post to fuel the game and show off your 'inspiration folder' if that's what you call yours - sure is what I call mine.


Here's what's been going on in the Fan Fic Thread so far :

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A strange alien has crash landed on a snow bound Viking planet and is hiding on the rooftops from the terrifying humanoids.



Tuk tuk cabs still exist in the distant future. Adventures of an airborne traffic cop in the year 3473. 8)

Let it be said that my cyborg would be a shrine attendant, working for the living god residing there, and his main job would be to go around on his shitty flying scooter to deliver or placate wards written by the god on pieces of paper or wood.  :P



it's calling to me, asking for a blade runner / ghost in the shell mashup.



Love those kinds of pictures. We'd choose #4, and naturally write a story about turf wars between cats from either side of the street/tracks.  8)

~Tip : if your picture is massive, make it easier for us by changing the [ img ] bracket to [ img width=750 ] it will make it fit the forum perfectly - Thanks @Raptori !

Personally I think it'd be awesome to go wild on spontaneous writing, building on the first adventure/plot/plot twist that springs to mind for the character you can picture evolving... Let it loose, flex the imagination muscle!

Now let me provide a couple of fresh pictures, see if anyone is inspired by them.







P.S : Henry, I didn't add your pic, but feel free to offer it up if you want, it looks very parisian, so a supernatural love story would be a great plot out of it.

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[DEC 2015] Young Love / [DEC 2015] Young Love - Critique Thread
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:53:11 PM »
Alright guys, the critique threads seem to have been dying a little these last months, but let's keep the habit alive, it's good for our writing!


So here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in our writing contest - and to give critique as well.

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

IF this thread is overrun fast, I'm splitting it so that every story has it's own one to avoid confusion.

* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:

This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.
   

Quote
    Critiquing Other’s Work
        1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
        2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
        3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
        4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
        5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
        6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
        7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”

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All of us who dream to get published know roughly (or in detail) the process to snatch an editor's attention.

But do you know what happens in the year after the editor said yes and before your book hits the shelves?

This tor.com article is actually great. They know what they're talking about at least, and I never really knew how the editorial process went, so it's interesting to read :

http://www.tor.com/2016/01/13/winds-of-winter-book-publishing-process/

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Open For Submissions / Tor permanent close to short fiction
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:12:14 PM »
Grievous news people!

If you've got something to show off, I think that now is the time!

http://www.tor.com/2015/12/21/tor-com-is-closed-to-short-fiction-submissions/

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What should Nora read next?
« on: December 17, 2015, 11:40:11 PM »
Ok, so I'm 79% into Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, and while I quite like the book and universe, it's a 600 pages hard core sci-fi, and tome 2, Chasm City, is a 700 pages door stop with a slow plot, so I feel like I'll enjoy a break.

I'll follow Jmack and Raptori's lead and ask around for my next book.

All the books in this poll are on my kindle and ready to open. I'll just ask that you read the blurbs on goodreads if you don't know a book, and not only vote for the one you've read and liked (or else I'm sure I'm gonna have to swallow The way of kings...  :P)

I'm more into sci-fi at the moment which is why the only non-sci-fi is from Sanderson, since he's been writing more than I kept up with. I would have listed Shadow of Self, but he's so disappointed me with mistborn #2 and #3 that I'd rather give that world more time...

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Incredibly beautiful Universe in a marble...
« on: November 25, 2015, 03:21:16 AM »
Wow wow woooooow!!!!

Check these out, everyone, it's incredible! I'm pretty sure one will cost me a leg, but I'm already waiting for them to restock with a saw in my hand...

So, this japanese guy - you can see all his work here : http://www.plusalpha-glass.com/gallery.html - makes these little marble pendants, that either contain flowers, jellyfishes, or... the Universe!















Here's a short video of a finished piece, you might have noticed the planets are pieces of opal, just look at it shine, and with it's little gold moon, aaaargh!!!

[youtube]gVoaaBCnU28[/youtube]

And here's him making one. They're quite small. Probably best worn on a long chain, with another chain hanging a mini looking glass :p

[youtube]Wg0KG0fVOX8[/youtube]

One of the flower pieces...

[youtube]GhiiOeXRZRE[/youtube]


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So here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in our Rogues writing contest - and to give critique as well.

If everybody wants and gives critique, this thread will be pure chaos soon, while 2-3 critiques for as many stories shouldn't be a problem. We'll see how it goes and adapt if necessary. :)

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

IF this thread is overrun fast, I'm splitting it so that every story has it's own one to avoid confusion. :)

* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:

This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.


   
Quote
Critiquing Other’s Work
    1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
    2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
    3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
    4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
    5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
    6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
    7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”

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[AUG 2015] Space Opera / [AUG 2015] - Space Opera - Critique Thread
« on: October 05, 2015, 06:13:47 AM »
Being surprised that no one started one yet, I'm taking the risk of launching this! As for one, I'd love a review of my story.

--

So here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in our Space Opera writing contest - and to give critique as well.

If everybody wants and gives critique, this thread will be pure chaos soon, while 2-3 critiques for as many stories shouldn't be a problem. We'll see how it goes and adapt if necessary. :)

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.


* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:
This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.

   
Quote
Critiquing Other’s Work :
    1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
    2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
    3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
    4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
    5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
    6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
    7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Tor.com and Scientific American contest
« on: September 20, 2015, 01:49:32 AM »
A 1000 words top contest related to Quantum physics!! I'll try to have a go at it, even though it'll require to pack a lot of knowledge in a short time...

In case some of y'all might be interested!!

http://www.tor.com/2015/09/16/scientific-american-nature-tor-books-announce-2015-quantum-shorts-flash-fiction-competition/

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Here are the two parts of two great articles on Why horror is good for you (and for your kids) and how to make it better!  8)

http://www.tor.com/2014/05/29/why-horror-is-good-for-you-and-even-better-for-your-kids/

http://www.tor.com/2015/06/22/constructive-storytelling-why-horror-is-good-for-you-part-two/

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Holly Hell, just finished this movie. Anyone else watched it?
What were your thoughts on it?

For others, here is the trailer :

[youtube]EoQuVnKhxaM[/youtube]

I found it sooo very tense! It's such a good movie in the genre. Can't believe that's the first movie of the director!
For once, it's not about an AI that takes over the world because it knows better...
The movie brushes on several very smart concepts too, turing test, philosophy of language, ect. Amazing performance from all the cast.

Did any of you see this ending coming though? Damn I had the heeby-jeebies!!  :o

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Hey people!

I'm looking into the horror genre these days, and have come across a book so horrendous recently, it polluted my brain. Just as if I'd taken it out of my skull to rub it in the oozing filth drooling down some dark, bin filled back alley, before putting it back in my skull.  :-\

So I wanted to know what was the worst you've read, get some recommendations, just to gauge where the book I've read (well, perused, it's a collection of short stories that very few people in their right mind would force themselves to read from page 1 to finish) stands on the horror scale, and learn more on the genre.

For the curious, the book in question is The Consumer by Michael Gira, and if you've read it, I'd also appreciate your impressions (beyond strangled borborygmi).

It can be supernatural horror, fantasy horror or non supernatural at all, just fiction. I'm not into "true story" stories though.

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / How to photoshop - fantasy edition.
« on: May 03, 2015, 01:10:03 AM »
Sharing with you my friends... How to photoshop!  ;D

http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/aXpGRO9_460sv.mp4

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