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Writers' Corner / The archeology of magic
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:48:39 PM »
I want to invent a word, or at least use a good one invented by someone else. In my world, magic has been around a long time, and naturally things change over time, so there will eventually be people who study the history of magic, even before there were written records.

That's the archeology of magic. The terms I've cobbled together are awfully clunky
thaumatology
archeothaumatry
archeomagica

I found this one from a book title, "materia magica" which is more elegant, but which does not quite imply "study of." Ideally, the word could change gracefully, the way archeology can become archeologist.

All ideas welcome!

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Self Publishing Discussion / Selling books in person
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:48:14 PM »
I just came across this article, which I found both well-written and detailed. For anyone who has a book in hand and is looking for ways to sell, here is a guide to one aspect of self-marketing. I've archived it for the day when I do this for my own book.

http://kentonkilgore.com/blog/2015/02/26/hand-selling-books-whats-worked-for-me-2/

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Writers' Corner / Is this the kissing part?
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:39:04 PM »

I've got male and female leads in my WIP--two males, one female. I have good reasons, both plot- and character-driven, why she has an interest both, and why they have an interest in her. I'm pretty comfortable with how all that fits together and how it plays out through the book.

I'm not at all comfortable, though, in showing that relationship develop in specific scenes. Oh, I can outline them well enough. I know when she likes A and dislikes B, when she has conflicting emotions, when she likes B but loves A. I can outline it in satisfying detail, but when it comes to the actual writing, I'm no good.

I can tell, because I've been avoiding those scenes. I've been writing all kinds of other scenes, some of them with high drama and emotion, but when it comes to my main characters in love, I just freeze up. My explanations for this range from inexperience to incompetence to a fear that I'll botch the job and my characters don't deserve that. In addition, I'm not at all sure how much space these relationships merit. This isn't a romance novel, after all, it's epic fantasy. I've toyed with abandoning the love side altogether, except that adds a satisfying aspect to the denounement.

So, no real specific question here, just angsty rambling. Have others stumbled over the kissing parts (Princess Bride reference, not a reference specifically to kissing)?


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Introductions / Elk in Headlights
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:35:16 PM »
Hello to all and sundry. My name is Ellis L. Knox, but I've had a nickname since childhood, so call me Skip.

I write historical fantasy and have a couple of publications, and I'm working on a novel. I've been reading fantasy for most of my life, which at 63 adds up to a fair pile.

I'm a medieval historian by training, but I fell into the computer business early on and the tar baby stuck. I'm retired now, though, and have returned to my first loves of history and fiction.

I'm delighted to find this group. I've been reading Fantasy Faction for a year or more, but only today stumbled onto a reference to the forum. Jumped on it.

I look forward to hearing from folks here on their triumphs and tribulations in their writing, and their publishing.

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