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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: SPFBO 2020
« on: Today at 05:58:34 PM »
Here are the top 3 covers for all reviewers, you can vote for your (multiple) favourites!

https://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2020/05/spfbo-6-cover-contest.html

I think people are really raising their game, this year I voted for 8, and could easily have chosen a couple more...

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: Today at 05:33:43 PM »
My point is that everyone, everywhere in America, should be prepared for violence and civil unrest in the weeks and months ahead.

Nailed it.
Oh come on, in your original post you were talking about the virus, and what's happening is not related to that! You're no psychic ;D

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I used The Machine Stops to sneak some SF into my English Literature A-Level.
@DrNefario , are you doing your A-levels now? You're really young, I don't know why but I always thought you were way older ;D
How have you managed things with lockdown?

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Here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in the 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 its 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.
           
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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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It's time to vote on the May Writing Contest: "Unconventional Dragons"

This time we got 9 entries - thanks A LOT to all who participated!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your TWO favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 6-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months (I'm still hopeful of getting the access to do this...)

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

NEW FEATURE: note that the voting deadline is now the 21st June, which will leave the last week of the month for feedback/critique availability.
You have 2.5 weeks to vote, I hope that's ok... I will send out reminders as usual, and if we don't have enough votes I will extend the deadline, but let's try this out.

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I'm now reading R.J. Barker's Age of assassins.
Finished this one and I'm straing into book 2, Blood of assassins.

It was really good, and I'm glad I jumped into this trilogy. Yes, I can see the similarities with Fitz, but it's also a mystery and a tale of finding your feet (pun intended!) amongst the outside world, how motherhood takes many forms, and what's defined as bad by the world has many nuances.
5/5

That moment of exhilaration when somebody likes a book you've been plugged like mad and you can stop thinking "oh gods, what if they hated it and this is somehow my fault"  8)
Yes, thanks a lot!
And I went to find your review:
http://peatlong.blogspot.com/2018/08/age-of-assassins-by-rj-barker.html

I agree with everything hehe, including being ahead of the MC in terms of realising the mystery solution, although there were still enough surprises for that not to be a complete "You should have known, you moron!" ;D - and he didn't tell Merela everything he knew, so she was definitely smarted than Girton ;)

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I'm now reading R.J. Barker's Age of assassins.
Finished this one and I'm straing into book 2, Blood of assassins.

It was really good, and I'm glad I jumped into this trilogy. Yes, I can see the similarities with Fitz, but it's also a mystery and a tale of finding your feet (pun intended!) amongst the outside world, how motherhood takes many forms, and what's defined as bad by the world has many nuances.
5/5

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Xiagan is now on holidays abroad and not easily accessible, so I'm making an executive decision and changing June's limit to 2000 words - that was part of the initial proposal as well.
We'll see about the others later.

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Last day of furlough, it's back to work (still from home) tomorrow!
I'm trying to spend all time outside hehe
(I think it'll be the last sunny day in a while anyway, so I'm lucky!)

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General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: June 02, 2020, 01:04:10 PM »
All in all that's a success story :)
Thanks for the optimism!
I like everything neat and tidy, and looking at the tools I really don't see that... Nevermind, eh?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Reddit top fantasy novels
« on: June 02, 2020, 11:54:54 AM »
Reddit top fantasy novels 2019:
https://www.listchallenges.com/rfantasy-2019-top-novels

How many have you read?

@Peat, here it is!

I've read 51 (including series I haven't finished) and, wow, some really strayand weird names on that list :o

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General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: June 02, 2020, 09:51:11 AM »
Oh I realised my last post was about the loft ladder!
Which is related to what I wanted to share, hehe

So, the loft ladder was installed, including a new cover/panel. It's just plain MDF and the guy said I could paint it.
After all these months I finally decided to do it, after finding a half-full tin of white paint from when I did the bedroom.

This morning I applied the second coat, just after getting up as it takes ages to dry. However...
I've got dots of paint all over my hands, the little roll still has lots (I think!) and the tray is almost all white ::) I used water, white spirit, I was outside scrubbing and trying not get paint on my pyjama, yet nothing is properly cleaned, argh!
I'm hopeless at DIY :(

Good things: the loft panel looks fab and I managed not to drop paint on the floor or carpet ;D

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Wow, so many stories! Thanks all. :)
Yes, 9, hurrah! :D

Is there anyone doing their finishing touches, or can I lock the topic and start the voting?

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I just hope that all you american friends are safe, and if you are out protesting, please take all precautionary measures *hugs*

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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / Re: [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Voting Thread
« on: June 01, 2020, 04:31:11 PM »
Congratulations, @Alex Hormann!
I voted for you and @JMack ans really *loved* your stories!!! :D

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