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I finally tried a board game called inkognito yesterday which I won as a price some years ago. The first round was very chaotic because we all needed to learn and get used to the rules, but the later ones were realy nice. It included lots of thinking, combining clues and interaction with the other players which I enjoyed very much. And the "dice" are very nice too  ;D

Wow. $129.95 on amazon, because out of print, I think.

Sounds really neat.

That I think I randomly drawed it out from a tombola I won it is actually a very nice pick. The spanish version seems to be only 23€on amazon but I think that wont help.

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I was very absent the last weeks but still noticed that we got no critique thread for november, also none for december. As always I would be very welcome to critique and I am sure there are others who would love some too.

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I finally tried a board game called inkognito yesterday which I won as a price some years ago. The first round was very chaotic because we all needed to learn and get used to the rules, but the later ones were realy nice. It included lots of thinking, combining clues and interaction with the other players which I enjoyed very much. And the "dice" are very nice too  ;D

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[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Voting Thread
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:14:46 PM »
Congrats to everyone, I sadly forgot to vote this time.

But I read now all stories again and would say that my votes would go to @Jenny HJ and to @Nora
The entries were great and I even got a vote.

I wont miss out to vote for the december entries for sure and I hope to read much more from you all in the future.

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Last will
word count: 1470 words

Spoiler for Hiden:
“Dear Serina,

I am sorry for what I did to you. I abused your trust and faith in me. What I am now I do not know any longer, but I know the reason why. After all these years I finally realized that all that happened is fully my fault. My past found me and took away all that is dear to me, piece by piece. But I wont watch it any longer. The time arrived to face my sins and pay the price for my actions, or in most cases, for not taking the right actions.

My words wont be muffled by any sweet talk and I will confess my deeds against you directly. I am the one who intoxicated you to made sure you wont wake up for the next 3 days. As you can probably see, the surroundings must look quite crumbled, if maybe not even destroyed completely. I still wonder how our home looks like when you finally read this. I just could not stand the thought of losing the last person in this world who has any meaning to me. I finally know how it feels, it´s a mix of grief and being scared. But also a cowardice, I can´t believe I can finally relate to Ye´tulpha.

For now I will give you a last guide as for I am sure this place can´t be called anyones home anymore. Did I ever tell you the tale of the Dragon on the Island of Mohn, many centuries ago? It is a beautiful island off the south-eastern shores of this Lands. There were many of my friends and comrades and I used to live there a year or two. Not a very large mass of land but it had a decent amount of inhabitants. That was until a Dragon came from across the ocean and chose to reside in a cave on the largest Mountain. The first weeks went on without major incidents, but after some time lifestock and even people disappeared. We all knew what was going on.

People from all villages all over the Island gathered and discussed what we should do. In the hall of Yestmon the wise and important from all arround Mohn gathered, which weren´t many, to find a solution to this nasty problem. Among us we decided to split in two groups, one group for helping the others and the group who was going to fight the problem. I was very anxious because I never fought a dragon, not even a young one which is already hard eough, but a full grown one who is probably even older than the ancients who were to colonize this Island. The crowd soon disappeared after they heard what we are looking for and left over were only a hand full of brave people to fight the Dragon.

We were lead by Ye´tulpha, you surely heard me often mentioning her name. A wonderful half elf woman who is said that she was under the first settlers who came to Mohn. She had a small house  through the forests north of Yestmon on the foot of the mountain. Living in the nature and experiencing it´s gifts every day anew. Among us were only 6 persons suitable to fight but we worked on the strategy. The plan was to slay the dragon at night, the warriors would sneak inside and try to kill him while asleep and the rest would stay outside to heal the wounded and harold the message down to the villagers. But more important was their part for plan B, to blow up the whole cave if we get killed by the dragon. The night of the fight went closer and all preparations were done and all was checked for the 4th time already to make sure we forgot absolutely notihng. We marched swiftly as we were a group of only 10 people.

Now to keep this letter short I will come to the important part. We marched all the way up to the cave and could sense a horrible smell. We had a last talk about the plan as a group to make sure that everyone is fully aware of what will happen and what to do in which case. I was trembling with fear on the inside but I took a deep breath and tried to gather my courage as we entered the cave. The others of my group, probably even the whole Island, were very anxious too, but everyone kept a cool head. We soon found a gigantic sleeping dragon and went on with our plan. Our swordmen managed to climb up the dragons neck, but he slipped with the knife and woke the dragon up. With a mighty roar the chamber filled with fire and the dragon started to unleash its fury among us. Everyone ran and tried to hide behind the stalagmites and stones in the cave. But the fire kept spreading and growing.

While we hid the dragon tried to shake off the brave man clinging on his neck. The man managed to stab the dragons neck and cut it open, little we knew about dragons because the moment it fell, the cave started to tremble and we needed to run out as fast as possible. The others managed to get out but I got encircled in dragonfire together with Ye´tulpha. After some encouraging words and a smile that burned forever inside my heart, she sacrificed herself to get me through the flames and out of the cave. The last things I remember after that is that I stared the whole night at the buried cave after it collapsed, broken and empty inside not knowing what to do. I only knew her for some months but it was the most precious time in my life because she became very precious to me. Now she was gone, sacrificing herself to save me.

Life went back to normal, everyone was cheerful and we celebrated our victory on the whole island, together with a moment of silence during the festivities to remember the ones who had fallen to the events. Everyone except me, I kept mourning in silence and just wanted to be alone. From what I´ve heard after my departing from the island, they built a statue of Ye´tulpha in the center of Yestmon, decorated with a marble plate that states the names of all victims of the dragon.

After about a week one of the elders came to me, he said there was a letter left in her house. A letter… well… just like this. Telling me she knew something like this might happen, and she gave me all that she possessed, from all people who knew her I was the only person who caught her curiousity and she could relate to. It included her beautyful house which is still packed with her and my notes and books, the land surrounding it and of course her beautiful pipe made of marble and local woods that I wrapped in a scarf and placed next to you in the chamber I locked you in, which you probably found already.

Since this is the only thing left I have, I will give the exact same things to you. I know you will love the island of Mohn and I hope you will find peace and happiness there, show this letter to the villagers and they will surely be nice to you. Together with the last lines that she gave me on my way, regretting, that I am also passing on these shackles that I carried for centuries instead of destroying them. I was a fool because it took me so long to realize what is going on and I blocked out all thoughts and emotions that would´ve helped me and prevented all that happened. Please try to break free and grow stronger than your old foolish master. ‘My tragic circle still found no end, after all it goes round and round and round. History has a strange habbit of repeating itself, but I hope that you will be the one to break free, to end this circle, and let this rotten fruit sprout to another peaceful tree of happiness.‘

I will always love you,

Rorodalno Isortix”

Even though she didn´t eat for 3 days, Serina went into a sort of trance, enchaining her mentally for another 2 days motionless on the small stool she sat on while reading the letter. After all this time she finally stood up and began to start leaving the last remains of her previous home towards the Island of Mohn. When she came out of the room she found that not much was left of her masters house and that there was only a deep hole left in the ground where her home village used to be.



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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantastic lines from books
« on: December 09, 2018, 10:16:00 AM »
People only belive, what they want to belive.

-Wizard´s first rule

I really like that one because I never heard anything as true as this.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Social media - I would really appreciate some advice
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:22:42 PM »

No, it's not about the money. I'm lucky enough that there is very little I want that can be bought with money. Within those boundaries I have pretty good financial security. It IS about the joy of writing. I love to write, and by this point I NEED to write to get the ideas out of my head. But any creative type wants their work appreciated and appraised. Writing is my main source of pride. It's just that reviews drastically taper off with each book I release.

That's very kind of you

Well if it´s not about Money than I would recommend to delete all social media and only post your work here, share it with friends and so on. Maybe even not publish it at all or only for free as ebook since sales dont matter and it is only about praise. More people will read something by someone they never heard about if it is for free. Just imagine to be a customer, would you buy something without any recommendation or an add telling you to buy it, explaining the features and such of the product? I NEVER buy anything without getting at least the slightest information about the product and since it´s not about the money there are also no costs for self publishing over the internet by just creating a pdf and or epub and upload it somewhere and share the link arround, maybe open a blog with texts and previews and a download link to the book.

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I started with the Hobbit again some days agon, about 3/4 through and it is still very awesome. Especially because I FINALLY read it in english and not the german translation. But I think Lotr will drag...

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Writers' Corner / Re: Social media - I would really appreciate some advice
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:09:46 AM »
Anyway, back to topic. You will hate me for this but you need to spend more time on social media AND on many platforms, as a matter of fact, all of them. Starting with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and whatever there is. Maybe also a LinkedIn profile stating that you are an author and look for publishers or people who can help you develop. Well, from my experience with LinkedIn I would not recommend it since all people there look only desperate in selling their stuff.

I'm not sure this is necessary or even advisable. Having an active presence on one seems better to me than having half-hearted efforts on many. And they will be half-hearted unless you're really passionate about them.

I guess I was too sleepy yesterday to express it the right way.
I meant that ALL Social Media activities need to be full hearted, thats why they are so exhausting, it is like you must spend many hours daily for something, time you could spend for something that actually interests you.

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[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:11:01 PM »
Everybody in this forum, please feel free to write critique about my entry.
I am glad and open for any form of critique.

Thanks in advance.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Social media - I would really appreciate some advice
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:09:30 PM »
Now I haven´t read all the tips by the others since I should sleep allready, but some mentioned (I guess) to keep going since this is the only thing you can do. But You should also spend more time on social media, connect with people that could push you forward (other writers, people who recommend books who you could give a sample book for free, mention others and getting mentioned by them, people who have contacts to publishers, yada yada).

I can feel with you since I HATE social media, it is the most antisocial, nervewrecking, exhausting and dull thing I´ve ever tried. Especially as an author I could never imagine what to post on popular platforms like instagram or snapchat.

It is said to look for like minded people where you would feel comfy, it´s just tough shit that people like me (and I guess a lot of you) a very unique compared to everyone else. Also tough shit that I thought about earning my money (and I mean much money) by becoming an author, guess I should keep this only as a hobby rather than the main route.

Anyway, back to topic. You will hate me for this but you need to spend more time on social media AND on many platforms, as a matter of fact, all of them. Starting with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and whatever there is. Maybe also a LinkedIn profile stating that you are an author and look for publishers or people who can help you develop. Well, from my experience with LinkedIn I would not recommend it since all people there look only desperate in selling their stuff.

Truth is, we all got swallowed up and left behind in this "social" media that killed the brains of humanity. We missed that train so our brains are not damaged but we suck at selling stuff, the main problem why I am still in my current situation. It (SADLY) became the main chanel for sales, people WANT to be bombarded by "stars" who are ads who personified. It´s a sad world to live in, making me doubt all my plans of even continuing a journey in a world that starts to rot and seems even darker if I think not even 5 years ahead. I am 24 and lost hope and faith in humanity due to shit like "hey I finally got a new job with this and that and got these plans for my future" and at least 95% of all people (not just my age but literally anyone) "eh, huh, oh cool bro I got 5 likes on insta I am so cool". Except the part that this is not a suitable reply, very disrespectful and overall antisocail. How can people be so brainwashed by this shit.

I keep drifting away from the topic. The sad news is, we all need to use social media because it is the main road to sell things. This includes, creating a fanbase, gain followers, make them hardcore fans and I read allready too many books on that topic. As I mentioned earlier, look at other people who maybe published allready a book, look for their tips to get new customers. Maybe ask them if they could recommend you something, if they could mention you in their video. Give free copies of your book to influental people. Influence is the keyword here, you need contacts that introduce you to a group of people interested in your product and especially in you. Don´t just post stuff about your book online, you need to daily post stuff like what you do, what you want to do, what you think about, what inspires you, post photos, even if nobody is willing to share your book on their channel you can still pay an influencer to advertise your product (I´ve never heard of social media influencers in the author section and I am pretty sure most authors still haven´t found a way to fully utilize social media since I never saw any good social media content by any author, in fact I followed Guy Kawasaki a longer period on social media and thought that he never read any of his own books because his social media presence was horrible).

Conclusion, we are all f**ked when it comes to sales and social media is a hell lot of work, the main reason I dropped some projects were due to building a web presence (which I still should finally work on). But you need to keep going and expand your field. Another last tip, well it´s more an example, from me (since this post is getting way out of hand, way too long and I finally need some sleep), Your social media presence is not about your product but about you, when you are yourself you will reach like minded people, always be yourself. Lets say you got a fantasy book, than make a facebook post about how you love wizards and dragons, tweet about how the birds flying to the sunset makes you think about them fleeing from a roaring dragon, make a video about things you think are fascinating about the genre, like if you write much about dragoins make videos about how dragons work, how they would look like, biology, anatomy and such stuff, just create content that expresses yourself, shows you have experience in your field, interest in your field and so on and so on.

Keep going dude, I need to know if it works because I am damned to walk the same path. I will sleep now good night.

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[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Voting Thread
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:38:32 PM »
Congratulations at Everyone  :D

I voted for @Alex Hormann and for @Carter , but I enjoyed every story.
@JMack and @xiagan Thank You very much for the feedback, and to everyone who ever gave me feedback.
It is nice to see that I am developing my skills.

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[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Discussion Thread
« on: November 27, 2018, 08:22:03 PM »
You like to use every single day, don't you? ;)
We only have 2 stories, get writing/finishing!!

I'm still keeping this open at least on Saturday 1st December, give you some part of the weekend :)
I don´t want to get the silver medal only because there are only 2 entries  ;D

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[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Discussion Thread
« on: November 26, 2018, 07:23:15 PM »
I have a Character, maybe two. I have a setting.

I have no plot.  >:(

Try to look why you can´t find a plot, I drafted about 3 different stories this month before I felt like writing the one I posted. Don´t worry, it will work, I am looking forward to read from you.

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Introductions / Re: Hey
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:43:44 PM »
Hi,

have a good day/night too.
Welcome to the forum.

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