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“Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” Groening says.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Death Sentences
« on: April 03, 2017, 03:14:50 PM »
this is an amazing site:

basically, they collect and publish the last sentences folks read before they abandoned a book to the dnf pile.


The first lesson is available now, and will provide an introduction to storytelling as well as help you hone your initial creation of things like setting and character. The lessons include both videos and activities for students to complete, and provides a general basis on which to build. The next instalment will focus on Character creation specifically, and others segments will address storyboarding, emotional appeal and more, with releases happening throughout 2017.


Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Game of Thrones: Season 7
« on: January 29, 2017, 11:32:11 PM »
um.  i know season seven not coming out until this summer, but i saw this and about pooped my big boy pants.

this is pretty sweet.

you can get tons of rare/interesting neil gaiman books on humble bundle right now:

and . . . you'd be helping people!

yay charity!

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Rogue One -- It's here!
« on: December 15, 2016, 11:51:41 PM »
super excited to see this!  just booked our theater tickets for saturday afternoon.

it's crazy.  internal expectations for the movie are pretty tame.  i don't think anyone really knows what to expect since it's the first movie that's outside the main plotline and doesn't have a skywalker in it.

personally, i think it's going to kick ass.

so much excite!!

Writers' Corner / Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count
« on: December 15, 2016, 04:15:45 PM »
this is freakin' fantastic.  she's awesome.  anyone nervous about putting their work out for everyone to read should watch this.  it's a primer on how to deal with vulnerability and climb into the arena.


Monthly Writing Contest / Contest Anthology 2016
« on: December 06, 2016, 08:20:48 PM »
so, i had a thought in the shower this morning -- because, duh, that's where i do all my best thinking.

what if we took the top 3-5 stories each month and assembled a "Fantasy Faction Contest Anthology 2016"?  if you think about it, four stories per month, at 1500 words each, is 72k words.

also known as a book.

i was thinking we could even put it up on the kindle store (or somewhere) and the proceeds could go towards funding the server costs and author events and such for the site.  or, maybe even a professional editor for the 2017 edition.

while we poor, lowly authors wouldn't necessarily get paid for something we already do willingly for free, we'd hopefully get a skosh more name recognition out there in the wild, right?  of course, anyone can opt out of their stories being included any time.

as to how we'd determine which stories would be included, i was thinking choosing based on gold, silver, and bronze medals each month.  it should come out to 3-5 stories per month because we usually have ties and the like.

actually, lemme go back and look at the stories for this year.

stand by.

. . .

kk.  i'm back.

so, just going by 3rd place and better finishes, these are the stories through the first 10 months of this year that would make the theoretical cut:

1 - But, I’m a F#@%ing Dragon! - m3mnoch
2 - A Twist Two Far - Rukaio_Alter
3 - Narrative Friction - OnlyOneHighlander
3 - The Wall of Going Forth - Nestat
3 - Kendrick -  night_wrtr
3 - Sponge Riot - tebakutis

1 - Mistaken Identity - Rukaio_Alter
2 - Bulls and Horses - m3mnoch
3 - TROJAN HORSE - Jmack

1 - A Gift for the Nightmare Man - tebakutis
2 - Mare Ridden - Patchwork Mind
3 - Keep Turning - Hedin

1 - Everything in Frame - tebakutis
2 - The Hound of Arnas - Nora
3 - Our kind of Watchman - Peat

1 - The Magical Lamp - Lanko
2 - The Strangled Heart - tebakutis
2 - Sweet Release - m3mnoch
3 - How I Met Your Mother - Jmack
3 - The Wolf of Tales - Nora

1 - One Last Drink - tebakutis
2 - The Gambit - ArcaneArtsVelho
3 - Curse the Schedule - m3mnoch
3 - Cat Country 100.3FM - Lady_Ty

1 - Conan meets Nietzsche - Lanko
2 - The Frosted Glass - tebakutis
3 - The Cake Won't Kill You - Anonymous

1 - Goldenfoot, The Brave - night_wrtr
2 - Potion, Potion, Potion - Anonymous
3 - Love Potion - m3mnoch

1 - The Rule of the Curse - SugoiMe
2 - The Treasure of Saint Curio - tebakutis
3 - The Precious Cargo - Elfy

1 - Where there's a will
2 - Is it Really Graverobbing if it's for Science?
3 - Harry
3 - Blink

hrm.  looking at that list, it's looking like 3.8 stories per month, so 6k words per month average seems about bang on.

so, is this something that anyone is interested in?  what do you guys think?  should i pull together a sample book and we can see what it looks like?

Fantasy Resources / Robin Hobb on Writing Excuses Podcast
« on: October 14, 2016, 11:44:32 PM »
robin hobb showed up on the latest episode of writing excuses.


she's wonderful.

mostly talking about writing nice characters and dialog.  i was fangirling that she starts stories like i do, with characters.  and i was loving all the solid thoughts -- again, that mirrored my own -- on how to write dialog and how each character has a unique voice.

my bubble of love was only a tiny bit punctured with the talk about her being a pantser after that.  but, if i was forced to guess, i probably would have called her as one.

Writers' Corner / Gender-Swapping the Bad Guy®
« on: September 24, 2016, 06:21:00 PM »
guys!  guys!

so, i'm pushing through my wip and am at the halfway point.  i'd already written/developed my main bad guy.  he's pretty awesome.  sorta-kinda like andross guile smashed together with ramsay bolton.  real class act, he is.


i was looking at my casting, feeling a little light on foreground women characters.  thought for a moment, "hey, what if?"  and, boom!  danar became danari!

. . . and she's AWESOME!!  so much better!

man, having a badass villain is sooooo cool.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Anyone Going to PAX?
« on: August 27, 2016, 03:03:23 PM »
i'm getting ready to make my annual trip up to seattle for pax prime.  it's our "guys' trip" where we drink our faces off, bask in the electric glow, and play a 3-day d&d campaign.  (this year is my turn to dm)

is anyone else going?

Writers' Corner / I Want to Write Like This
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:44:03 PM »
the 50 most beautiful sentences in literature:

“It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.”
—Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence


Writers' Corner / A Game Plan for Promoting Genre Fiction
« on: July 20, 2016, 02:11:10 PM »
raph koster showed this to me today.  (he's a game design guy)  i thought it was fascinating how it uses game design to build a marketing plan for your book.  it uses richard bartle's (another game design guy) taxonomy of player types to break down the strategies using the concept of an author being a performer/achiever/socializer/explorer type.

Promoting genre fiction grows more competitive every day, yet no two authors or careers are alike.

Our solution: a chooseable adventure so you can pick the path toward the career you've always wanted. We offer a promo game plan tailored to your personal style, strategy, and measure of success.

Your A Game explains the tools and rules of kickass genre marketing to let you make your best next move. We break down the tricks and traps facing all novelists so you can:

- build your personal brand into a professional force.
- polish your public presence, online and in person.
- reach your ideal market and access your fans.
- raise each project to the next level.

Your career should be fun. Start playing Your A Game now.


p.s.  it's so weird saying raph and richard are merely "game design guys".  heh.  know your audience, i suppose.

Monthly Writing Contest / Contest Ebook Creator Open Sourced
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:20:11 AM »
hey fellow computer nerds!

i went ahead and created one of those community github thingies for the ebook creator whatchamabob.  if you want me to add you to the "Fantasy Faction Tools" organization on github, gimme a holler with your github account.

yay for bus-hitting-protection!

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Wheel of Time TV Series
« on: April 28, 2016, 10:45:17 PM »
looks like it's officially official.

Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time ™
Apr 28, 1:45 PM

The following is a press statement that has been approved by the studio involved in contract negotiations:

Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet ?

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