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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: June 26, 2020, 01:48:59 PM »
Definitely! I was talking with a colleague this morning and we were saying that those crowds are enough to keep us away at any time, much less now
(and by the way Skip, I saw video footage, it was really like that hehe)

Yesterday I went for a walk in the village and in the small river/waterfall there was a group of about 20 young teenagers swimming, no distance for them either.
They'll most probably won't get it, but who's to say they're not carriers and take it home to parents and grandparents?

Anyway, I started Nevernight because I read that it's very similar to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (was released at about the same time). :)
Funnily enough, that's the reason why I'm not sure I want to read it...
I've read both, and there are some superficial similarities, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of either trilogy.
Good to know, thanks

So nice to hear from you, @Nora! x

Anyway, I started Nevernight because I read that it's very similar to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (was released at about the same time). :)
Funnily enough, that's the reason why I'm not sure I want to read it...

General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:06:44 PM »
I said I wasn't going to criticise people anymore, but this?
People are MORONS! >:(

General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:44:41 AM »
Libraries can also open from the 4th July.

I feel somehow hypocrite for wanting to go there after my comments on people and shops, then I realised what I want (for everything) is every place just for myself ;D

If I pick up books, then leave them untouched for at least 3 days, any virus should have died - like groceries.

Did you read Road Brothers?
Yes, I got that one too. It was good but I prefer novels to short stories.
I'm also keener on Jorg than the brothers, so didn't really connect with some stories.

I started re-reading the Broken empire trilogy.

I'm almost finished with Prince of Thorns and I'll continue with the other two (even if I'm picking up new books this afternoon).
I'm happy to report that I still really love this book :D

Just mention here that you'd like a critique for your story, people then go to the submission thread to read it.

As for timelines, there's nothing. To be honest, you can go back a year and ask or offer a critique for the older stories, there's nothing preventing that.

@CameronJohnston, are you very busy at the moment?

We thought that a plus on entering the contest would be to get a critique by a published author.
Would you be willing to do this for one of this month's stories?

If yes, not sure how we'd go about it: I assume you can choose, but if that puts you in the spotlight, maybe we can ask for volunteers to propose their story hehe
(if not, maybe in a later month?)

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.
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.”

I also really liked Xus the mount, and all the mounts.

Do you think they're 'plain' stags? They seem a bit sharper and more dangerous than normal stags, not that I've ever seen one up close...

After all, lizards in these books have feathers and fly ;D

Oh his "Flatliners" was one of my favourite films of my teenage years...

Congratulations @JMack, you did it again :D

Sorry I didn't vote for you, it was a good story but not really my style.
I voted for @Alex Hormann and @Jake Baelish, I ended up going with the stories that tickled my good feelings ;D
I could also have easily voted for @Skip.

But it was great to see so many stories (hint hint for June contest!!)

Thanks all!
I think I'll leave Wexler's series to read from the library when it reopens, and for now I'll get 4 books:
- Foundryside
- City of lies
- The ruthless
- Turning darkness into light

Side note: to use a gift card and to attempt to stretch my world, I'll get one from Waterstones, picking it up from the shop. Let's see if I regret going into town :-\

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