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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Critique Thread
« on: June 03, 2020, 11:45:46 AM »
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.
           
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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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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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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in May 2020?
« on: June 01, 2020, 09:48:51 AM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it

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So, what should I read/get next?

Note that I normally like to read a trilogy in one go, so actually writing the options I've basically excluded in my mind the ones where I have to wait for book 3 ::)

You can vote for 2.

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Monthly Writing Contest / Let's Refresh the Writing Contest!
« on: May 24, 2020, 05:19:30 PM »
Thanks to everyone who contributed with your comments and ideas in the other thread, sorry it took us so long to work on it...

Here is our proposal to refresh the Writing Contest - we'll give it a try for a few months and revise afterwards if it's working.

I have split it into things we (Xiagan and I) can and can't control.

Things we can control:
 
1. The word limit is 500-2000
  • Please note that this gives you lots of options: some said they prefer short flash-fiction, others longer pieces.
  • We may also experiment with different limits for different themes.

2. Themes will be announced for the following 4 months
  • This means that everyone has the same time to prepare
  • We hope that there will still be enough stories in all 4 months, not just the last one
  • We aim to have a selection of different prompts each time: theme, image, type, writing, quote, etc

3. Voting will be open for just 2 weeks, to encourage quicker feedback/critique (weeks 2-3 of the month)

4. We're going to promote/encourage more feedback/critique
  • Open the thread right away after voting ends
  • Writers should feel free to request
  • Encourage everyone to give their feedback, even if it’s not ‘formal’, just a few sentences, and the person isn’t a writer
  • We're going to ask members with published books to do a “guest critique” of a story (asked by the writer then randomly selected if more than one request)

5. Let's also advertise the contest on the facebook group, via common members of both sites
 
 
Things we can’t control:
 
We’ve been working on these items for many months, but it’s out of out control, so all we can do is hope and beg ;)
 
1. Publish winning stories on main site

2. Publish winning stories on facebook group
  • This one might be more achievable, via the person(s) identified in number 5 above

Thanks, and please give us your opinion!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Multiple plots in a book
« on: May 24, 2020, 12:05:04 PM »
When I started reading fantasy it seemed that all books had a single plot: a problem to be solved at the end, with an arc that spanned the book.
I don't know if it's the choice of books I'm reading now or things have changed, but now I'm finding more and more books with multiple plots, multiple battles/climaxes, multiple arcs, and they are so much better for it!

Have you noticed this too?

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Aliette's new book, Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders, will be out in July.
At the moment you can only pre-order the kindle version, but she says there'll be a print version too.

It's set in the same world of the Dominion of the Fallen world and centers around Asmodeus and Thuan!

It's got a great cover :D


Blurb:
Quote
From the author of the critically acclaimed Dominion of the Fallen trilogy comes a tale of dragons, and Fallen angels — and also kissing, sarcasm and stabbing.

Lunar New Year should be a time for familial reunions, ancestor worship, and consumption of an unhealthy amount of candied fruit.

But when dragon prince Thuan brings home his brooding and ruthless husband Asmodeus for the New Year, they find not interminable family gatherings, but a corpse outside their quarters. Asmodeus is thrilled by the murder investigation; Thuan, who gets dragged into the political plotting he'd sworn off when he left, is less enthusiastic.

It'll take all of Asmodeus's skill with knives, and all of Thuan's diplomacy, to navigate this one — as well as the troubled waters of their own relationship....

A sparkling standalone book set in a world of dark intrigue.

And what she says ;D
"it combined the tropes of Asian court drama (I was watching Nirvana in Fire at the time) with Gothic comedy of manners, in which an unlikely duo had to cooperate with each other to navigate political intrigue and solve a murder. That duo were a bookish dragon prince and his ruthless Fallen angel husband: they came from my Gothic Paris Dominion of the Fallen series, but the story itself was totally standalone.

I had a blast writing it, and my hope that you will have a blast reading it as well, because this seems to be the perfect time for a fun and fluffy (*) book involving a mismatched couple, dollops of embarrassing moments, and the occasional kiss.

(*)"fluffy" for Bodard values of fluffy. It still involves a murder investigation, and ideas of consent and rulership and change, because, well--
*helpless shrug*"

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / G.R. Matthews gets a publisher!
« on: May 06, 2020, 07:58:13 AM »
Wahey, Solaris signed our @G_R_Matthews  :D

http://fantasy-faction.com/2020/solaris-signs-new-author-g-r-matthews

Many congrats!

If you haven't read it yet, go check is self-pub books! His Forbidden list fantasy trilogy is really good, set in a China-like world. He's also written SF, but I haven't read those.

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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Voting Thread
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:47:49 PM »
It's time to vote on the April Writing Contest: "Imprisoned"

This time we got 6 entries - thanks 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! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in April 2020?
« on: May 02, 2020, 09:55:59 AM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it

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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.
           
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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / 2020 Hugos
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:28:13 PM »
The short list was announced earlier this month, see here:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2020-hugo-awards/

As usual, I don't know that many.
I'm glad that Watchmen have 2 episodes nominated, that series was superb! I also watched Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a great documentary (still available on BBC iplayer).

Have people read The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow? I keep hearing about this one and wondered if it was something I'd like...

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General Discussion / Sleep
« on: April 28, 2020, 07:32:35 AM »
I thought we already had a thread about this, but I can't find it... threadomancers, help!

Anyway, up, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, at 6am today.
Should I like this better than at 3am? When it's middle of the night, I later go back to sleep, not today.
I'll start working in 20 minutes or so...

I don't want to take a nap after lunch, that would then affect tonight's sleep.

I hate this :(

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