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Writers' Corner / Reaging my MCs for YA?
« on: June 26, 2019, 09:16:29 AM »
I'm considering lowering the age of my MC (and well, actually none of the other details in the story) of my WOP just in case that I maybe able to promote it as a YA fantasy too in the future. You know, just to be safe. I think this happened with the First Mistborn too, because Vin was 17 and eligible for the YA category as well, and it was initially marketed as YA fantasy.

What are everyone's input on this? My novel had some gory action scenes, but I guess I could tone that down. No sex or other 18+ stuff.

Hello guys, here goes... My life had been kind of stressful lately, and I felt like I'm in somewhat of a reading slump with my current TBR pile. I'm looking for some fun and light fantasy series/ standalone with humor that could brighten my day up somewhat. Preferably something with action too. (everyone knows how I love action scenes, haha  :P)

P.S. Riryria is already in the TBR list. It's great.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Flintlock Fantasy Recommendation
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:53:21 AM »
I've recently grown more interested in firearms as a hobby, so I'm now more open to reading flintlock era fantasies which I usually tried so hard to avoid. I've just started Waking Fire and found it absolutely refreshing from the sword and sorcery era too, so there's that. Anyone got any great flintlock fantasy recommendations?  :D 

General Discussion / Sword Fighting
« on: December 01, 2018, 02:00:14 AM »
Does anyone here do any kind of sword fighting martial arts (HEMA in particular)? What are your thoughts and opinions on it?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Akinator Character Guesser
« on: November 23, 2018, 08:53:49 AM »
I stumbled across something pretty fun from the facebook group, give it a try with your favorite characters.


P.S. I was definitely spooked when it guessed my pick of Kaladin right. Tried other characters on the PC version and holy molly it got them straight on too.  :o

P.S.2. Not sure if this post belonged here, so if not, apologies

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Oh This is Me
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:44:41 AM »
Have you ever came across a book character that made you thought, "Wait, this is guy/gal is so much like me? Like exactly?" (or the combinations of several characters). Mine is Jalan Kendeth, except for some small points like gambling, drinking, and being a prince part, it struck pretty close to home. I was even wondering if Mark Lawrence wrote it off someone like me, hah.  ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Wax and Wayne Book 4
« on: July 12, 2018, 09:30:26 AM »
Have anyone heard any progress on this? When I finished reading the Bands of Mourning, I'm pretty sure that there is going to be a book 4 by how it ends, but I haven't heard any news from Sanderson about this. (recently there have only been news on the Stormlight Archives, that is.)

General Discussion / Pen Name
« on: May 06, 2018, 03:42:03 AM »
I had a sudden inclination to change my pen name to S. K. Korvach/ kovacs. What do you guys think about it? (I want to insert a poll but had no idea how to do that lol)

S. K. Kovacs

S. K. Korvach

Same old S. K. Inkslinger

What do you guys think about it?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Book Series Recommendation?
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:20:06 AM »
Since my TBR pile had dwindled somewhat, I'm thinking of getting my hands on a new fantasy series. My mind is split between the First Law by Joe Abercrombie and Riryria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. Also, based on my preferenes (action fantasy, Brandon Sanderson-ish style, etc.) does anyone have any interesting book series that they can recommend?

Thank you so much!  :D

Writers' Corner / Japanese Mythological World
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:49:04 AM »
I'm writing a novel based on my own version of a Japanese, Chinese-ish mythical world, and end up subconciously using some english-japanese words for some of the items. Examples: Futon, tatami mats, hakama, nodachi, oni, tengu and etc.

My question is whether my readers will be able to understand these items I'm trying to portray? Should I put in some definition list at the bottom of each page with the japanese words? Or do I need to replace the word with "mat for tatami, nodachi for longsword, oni for giant, etc." every once in a while to give the word an english definition?

My first ever novel, "The Knight of Chimera", had finally been published! The Knight of Chimera is a fantasy novella (at around 100 pages) set around Gerald de Yefrem, commander of an infamous band of mercenaries, and his quest that will take him across a fantasy landscape and even into our own world. Official blurb:

"Gerald de Yefrem is commander of the mighty Bestia, a legendary band of sell swords whose ferocity in battle is feared throughout all of Eosium. After the death of his father, Gerald finds himself thrust into a world of wonder where nothing is familiar to him. In this strange environment, he must fulfill the prophecy bestowed upon him and wage war against the evil Tainted Ones and their legion of blood thirsty demons. Edited and prepared by Ronin Publications"   

The Knight of Chimera is available on Amazon.com here!: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983684546/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1518666593&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Knight+of+Chimera

General Discussion / Best Dream You've Ever Had
« on: August 06, 2017, 02:20:28 AM »
What are the best dreams you've ever had? The one that left you feeling fresh and excited, ready to face the new morning? Here is mine yesterday:

"I was walking in a rocky canyon at night. The place was pervaded by thick layer of mists, and I could barely glimpse anything. Out of fatigue, I decided to take a nap, despite the seemingly glowing eyes glancing from the surrounding darkness. I woke up by a dragon's roar. It chased me out of the canyon, which opened up into some kind of cave opening. Going out, I finally discover that the canyon is actually the nostril of a much larger dragon, growling at me ferociously. Leaping down from the nostril, I was stunned to found out that the ground is but a tiny speck below me, and I fell.

To my amazement, I discover that I had leathery wings and  could fly, treading across the expanse that is the pale blue sky. I soared to a palace constructed against a mountainside, perched far above the ground.
I landed atop an open terrace, and there I met... Dalinar Kholin."

What a strange dream! I also end up writing this in a story form, which is how I feel/ interpret some parts of the events while dreaming itself. Now that is an experience I'll not easily forget.  :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Buying Books for Covers?
« on: July 29, 2017, 08:11:50 AM »
Have you ever bought the same books you already had because you wanted the version with better looking covers? A while back, I bought the Mistborn trilogy, but the second book was a different reprinted edition and just didn't fit with the rest of the books. Just a few weeks after that I run across a Mistborn trilogy box set, so I ended up buying that in addition to my 3 initial books.

Now the thing is, I'm currently having the UK version covers for The Way of Kings and The Words of Radiance, and I'm thinking if I should grab the US version of Oathbringer when it comes by. (Unfortunately, there's only the US version of cover for the Words of Radiance, and not the Way of Kings here, so I ended up with the UK covers) Should I buy the same books again, just for the better looking covers?  ;D

Writers' Corner / Publishing Dilemma/ Confusion
« on: June 22, 2017, 07:33:40 AM »
I am in a rather weird situation at the current moment. After my short story was rejected by the last two publishers, I sent them off to two more publications. The first one, a small, non-paying publication, accepts the story along with reprints of my other short stories.

The second publisher, paying 1-2 cents per word, just sent me an email of their acceptance today. I am elated beyond my mind, ofcourse, although the dilemma does occur to me. I sent another email to the first publisher, stating that I am submitting the work as a reprint, but could the story be a reprint if even the first print had not been done yet? What should I do?    ???

Also, this is one of the policies of the first publisher (non-paying one):  "Our contracts are as simple, sensible, and as fair as possible. YOU OWN YOUR STORY. When we accept a story for publication, we are buying first-publication rights. That means that once we have published your story, you are free to do whatever you want with that story." To be honest I'm not exactly sure what does this mean, can anyone please elaborate on the full meaning of the contract? Am I eligible to send my story anywhere else as a fresh, first-time print after publication with the first publisher? 

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Booksale Blurb
« on: June 04, 2017, 10:17:57 AM »
So I've recently been to my first ever Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, where readers can buy boxes and practically put in as many books as they can into those boxes. As expected, I went and got two large boxes of books, which I could barely carried back toward the cab. Here are the mis-matched and random assortments of books I had manged to picked up:

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gentlemen Bastards #3)

Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time #9), A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14), and New Spring (A Wheel of Time novel) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Blood of the Mantis (Shadows of the Apt #3) and Hairs of the Blade (Shadows of the Apt #6) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Wizard's First Rule, The Third Kingdom, The Pillars of Creation, Severed Souls (Richard and Kahlan novels) by Terry Goodkind

The Druids of Shannara, The Dark Legacy of Shannara, and A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks

Captain's Fury, Princep's Fury, First Lord's Fury (Codex Alery #4, #5, and #6) and Storm Front, Turn Coat, and Cold Days (Dresden Files #1, #11, #14) by Jim Butcher

Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Empire of Ivory and Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire #4) by Naomi Novik

Tehanu (Earthsea #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin

The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korvbal Broach by Steven Erikson

Now the questions are:

Will I be able to at least grasp the essence of the story/ the author's writing style reading book 3, 6, or etc. of these books straightaway?

Have anyone read any books in these series, and which ones do you recommend?  (So that I could continue to buy other books in their series. Except Gentleman Bastards series, since I'm already planning to go with that one)

I've never actually read any of the works by these authors, but I've heard their names a lot in the forums and Goodreads, so they seemed like a good bet in the book buffet that I went to. 10 of these books are hardcovers, and all of this I got at around the price I'd usually be able to buy only 4 books at the local store. What a deal!  ;D

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