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General Discussion / Re: Sword Fighting
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:50:10 PM »
When it actually came to the time to ask I'm not fully sure what to inquire too, hahah. Is it fun and do you enjoy using certain types of weapons more than others? Also, since european longswords aren't really available in my area, do you think I could replace it with, say a katana, and do the same drills as for a longsword?

Thanks Cameron!  :D
I am inexperienced with European styles. For non-European styles for fun and defense, I suggest you look at the broad family of Philippino stick/knife/sword martial arts: Kali, escrima, and their various subsects, like pekiti tersia. Their moves are interchangeable and there are practitioners who can teach. Unlike many other arts, these are less-pretty more-effective arts with simple, stackable moves that are effective open-handed, with a car key, a screwdriver, or a stick, in addition to edged weapons. They are practical and evolved, so there's more subtlety than there appears.

YouTube them and find a practitioner. Lessons are not expensive and they are all good exercise and hand-eye coordination builders. I am renowned among my friends for little tricks of the hand (swatting bees from the air or catching dropped objects) - and it's from my training and practice. See my poem on the Peaceful Path for my summary on the subject.

Writers' Corner / Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:13:34 PM »
I don't think anything's going to be better than Cameron's doom of dragons, but you might consider a clutch, a flight, a storm, or even a gasp - it's what you do when you see a group of dragons, particularly when you don't expect them hahahaha

Writers' Corner / Re: Sublime words in writing
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:36:43 AM »
I'm sure many would disagree, and they're welcome to. But when you write, I do not think you should use "your" voice; you use your writing voice, which should vary (perhaps a great deal) from your speaking voice. That variance should, even when writing narration, be centered in your Narrator's voice, which should match the genre, mood, audience, and like a zillion other things. That voice is not just vocab but usage, and you should build it deliberately. This is exponentially more important, or rather, more visible and complex, in your characters' voices.

So whether the sun shines, pokes, smiles, giggles, or guffaws its way through the trees, you should make that choice not so much on the first word that occurs to you, but the first word that would occur to your narrator.
 Consider the voices and word choices here - hear the characters (who are also the narrators) not only have distinct voices, but their word choices vary as they get to the critical parts.
Jump to the 1:00 mark:
Then compare to this clip:
Notice where the narrator gets to the lofty ideas and ironies at 3:29 and the big words come out "magnanimous" - and hear how it's juxtaposed against the others' "gave up drinkin'".  Art.

My point in all this is that the question should not be "should I use big words?" - the questions (plural) are "Why am I using them?", "when should I and shouldn't I use them?", and most importantly - "Which ones, where / when, and by whom?"

The words themselves are never better or worse than others - only more or less appropriate for the task. The inability to speak in simple terms when one needs to is just as much of a limitation as the inability to make one's language loftier, airier, and effervescent when one needs to. My two cents.

Get better soon Jmack. For my part, I consider 2018 one of the crappiest years of my life and look forward to 2019.

I hadn't realised that you lived there too, Justan. Keep breathing :)

Ah yes, some say I'm a black hole of information. I let everything in, but nothing gets out.

Thanks, the air's getting better the last few days.  ;D

Get a Go Bag assembled and have a plan. I can help you decide what to put in it if you want. Like a fire extinguisher - having one makes having one unneeded most of the time. Not having it invites irony. Murphy is a SOB.

"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment - because they'll never come again." - Picard, STNG

I am so sorry Ink

Sorry to ask, but I trust you enough to do it without me explaining... can I get some hugs, maybe a dragon or fancy book or two? No need to clutter this thread, you can post in the King's Paws, but I'm asking here because it's related to the stuff in the title...
I am thinking of you with warm hugs and good wishes.

Splitting up after 27 years.... So yeah interesting times. The good news .... I am breathing in and out, putting one foot in front of the other. Life is a monster sometimes, but one we all must face, alone if need be. So I will remain quiet and lurking while I squash these lemons into lemonade.

Hoping for the best Ink, a terrible situation

Both contributed to their respective genres in substantive, lasting ways, but these contributions are far out of proportion; Asimov refined and expanded the SF genre in the niche-area of robotics. Tolkien all but established the Fantasy genre - and simultaneously provided a near-insurmountable cornerstone work of lasting quality.

It's a rainy day in Georgia. I'm flying to Vegas to visit my sister and her husband on Monday. Sort of a dull period all around.

I think a deliberately botched smile drawn around the mouth would take creepy and turn it into unnerving.

Linguistic telltale there: Russian has no double-negative. "I never didn't do it" = "I never did it"

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