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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:16:53 AM »
Hey, you know those "Goldilocks zone" planets that scientists are so interested in? The ones whose gravity, heat levels and physical makeup are similar to Earth's?

Well... now for the first time they've confirmed the presence of water vapours on one of them.

I mean, this isn't the same as discoverin radio messages or anything, but this is still pretty interesting I'd say.
You should read To be taught, if fortunate by Becky Chambers. It's setting is about a team of four exploring planets like this.

Has anyone ever visited Turkey?
I've been to Istanbul a few years ago. Uhm... 13 to be precise.

@ScarletBea, I can absolutely recommend this: https://www.bite-away.com/uk/

It's a stick that applies heat (enough that it hurts for 3 or 6 seconds, depending which setting you choose) to a bite or sting (doesn't matter if mosquito, wasp or whatever else).
This breaks up the proteins from the poison/solution the insect put in you that make it itch or hurt.
From my experience with mosquitoes, ticks, wasps and bees the itching goes immediately away. If it's something more severe like bee or wasp, you should use it multiple times on and around the sting as fast as possible. This will stop the hurt, the swelling and the itching. For a mosquito bite it's enough to apply it when you notice it.

In other news our newly immigrated South African neighbors just asked my wive how she could wear shorts when it was so cold outside. It's still above 20°C and it can go below -10°C in winter here, so I have no idea how they will survive or if they really know what they have to expect in regard of low temperatures.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:04:26 AM »
@Elfy was right (and I not surprised), To be taught, if fortunate is a wonderful book. Becky has the rare talent to write Science Fiction second and people first.

Don't know what I'll start next yet...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 07, 2019, 06:13:02 PM »
And listening to the second Memory, Sorrow & Thorn novel: “The Stone of Farewell”

I’ve taken a pause while the female co-star behaves like an idiot. Maybe if I wait long enough, she’ll have gotten that part over with when I start to listen again. (This is what I tell Mrs. JMack during sooooo many movies: “I’m embarrassed for the characters. I can’t watch.”)
I think listening is harder than reading in this case.

On Kallor:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Kallor always had been a d*ck. From when his killed his citizens to killing Ereko. There always has been hints of his perceived humanity but it was never elaborated.
I disagree.
The moment where he is at the Tiste Liosan Court or his duel near the end of Toll the Hounds were two moments where you could see how much he hurt and that there is some humanity left in him.

How come this thread got on page three? No funny stuff anymore? ;)

-> https://imgur.com/gallery/EQQ0d8r

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« on: September 03, 2019, 08:38:44 PM »
Ah right, yes. That's what I was looking for but apparently I wasn't looking in the right place. Of course it makes more sense in the voting thread than the submission-thread. I'm tired...

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« on: September 03, 2019, 07:36:57 PM »
in our opinion it's best to not vote for yourself. If nobody does it, it's fair.

Wouldn't it be a good idea to state this in the rules? I don't think everybody would think of this.
I thought it was in there but we only said "please vote", so yeah, I'll add it, thanks. ;)

[JUL 2019] Employment / Re: [Jul 2019] - Employment - Voting Thread
« on: September 03, 2019, 07:32:39 PM »
Congrats @Brand J Alexander!

I'm stoked I got second place, I never know how well my mundane office-work experiences would translate to a fantastic setting.
Right! Congrats to your second place, which is impressive for a newcomer too!

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:03:11 AM »
Am not sure. I'm on with participants not voting at all.
We won't get enough votes this way and if you can't vote, you may not read the other stories at all, which would be sad and bereave you of the opportunity to have your story read (and possibly critiqued) by other writers, which is invaluable.

Voting for a competitor in a contest doesn't make sense at all in any kind of competition far less this one.
Ah, but the way I see it, the competition is between the stories. That's nearly but not exactly the same as competition between the writers.

I'm not a good writer and a win would go a long way boosting my confidence, but then it's not be all and end all.
While the short-term goal is to win, the long-term goal is not to win but to get better at writing stories.
And to achieve this, it's much better to have your fellow writers as judges too, because the feedback they give is usually more specific and helpful on a technical basis than that of readers. The feedback from readers is valuable of course too, because they decide if the story works or not. A fellow writer may be able to tell you why it works/doesn't work, though.

I hosted over 60 writing contests here on FF and I saw a lot of writers develop their skills from story to story, surpassing what they themselves thought possible.

Let me be clear, it not a chance to win that drives this argument, but that it overturns all normal competition rules that lead to this.
Ultimately we can't check if you voted for yourself or if you asked ten friends to make accounts and vote for you. That's one reason why I'm saying that while it's nice winning, the long-term goal is much more rewarding and it doesn't hang on who won or who was allowed to vote for whom.

Spoiler Malazan:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Kallor. Not saying I like him, but now he's just a tragic person and not an absolute asshole anymore.

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« on: September 02, 2019, 07:40:09 PM »
Why do participants have to vote for someone else when not voting may enhance their own chances.
Would it feel good if you won because your vote was the one vote more you needed to beat the competition? Or if your vote was the only one your story got?

In a political context voting for yourself makes sense because you vote for your beliefs. In this context though, it doesn't. You can't judge a story you yourself wrote the same way you can other stories. Maybe if you wrote the story a year ago and haven't read it since then. But a new story? No way.

Perhaps one vote for themselves and one for another would be more balanced.
If everybody does this, the result would be the same if nobody voted for themselves, so in our opinion it's best to not vote for yourself. If nobody does it, it's fair.

[SEP 2019] School / Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 06:13:30 PM »
Eek. Magic schools and the like are one of my least favourite fantasy tropes. Have to think long and hard about this month.
Science Fiction it is then.

General Discussion / Re: The Edibles Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:41:45 AM »
Has anyone ever tried Turkish foods? Or beverages?
One of my favorite restaurants here in Berlin, where we celebrated our wedding, is Turkish.
It's called Osman's daughters and they have amazing food (mostly Maza/Mezze).

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