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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:36:38 AM »
Just started The Tropic of Serpents, the second volume in the Memoirs by Lady Trent series.

I may need to read fast or make a break the day after tomorrow because Becky Chambers has a new book out!
Took me totally by surprise but looking forward a lot to To be taught, if fortunate.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:25:07 AM »
Those sovereign citizens sound a lot like Germany's "Reichsbürger". People who don't acknowledge the government (various reasons, mostly I think because they say it's not a real government but a puppet show the allied forces installed after WWII, that Germany is still occupied but most people are too dumb to see it).

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All that said, I don't feel like it's 'breaking the rules' in fiction to talk about weather, especially if setting the scene requires it. . .
You certainly can talk about the weather or set a scene.
It's insofar against the "rules" as if a story should grab you so that you are motivated to read it. If it starts with the weather, that's not as likely as if you start with a fight.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:18:30 PM »
I offered a very poor person a job, he refused. His wife was beggar, they lived in a ruin. I guess it was because they were so used to their poor life, a decent life scared them.

There could also have been a thousand other reasons. Your guess says more about you than it does about them, if you ask me.

Can you please tell me some? I thought about it a lot and this was the most sensible explanation.

They lived in a ruin (literally) and had two kids. Older one was barefoot. The other was a baby.
The husband was collecting paper from the garbage to sell. He had no permanent job.
The mother was begging with her two children when my wife met them.

I offered them a house to stay and a permanent job. They refused. The husband did not even bother to come and speak to me about the new opportunity. He simply ignored me.

Of course there could be other reasons. But mine made sense. I also asked other people about them and their motivations. They backed me up, too.

Don't underestimate the fear of change. Or maybe they didn't think you were serious because things like that only happen in stories?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:45:45 PM »
Why did I cut .5 points? Well, first of all, I agree with @Bender that Kvothe is perfect in everything. I like more if the hero is a little bit clumsy like Kip in Lightbringer.
Don't forget that all we hear and learn about him is told by Kvothe himself. We know that he's not exactly reliable and truthful in his stories, so the way I see it, his perfectness has to be taken with a grain of salt. The fishes he caught are of course all big. ;)

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My fundraising attempt for the publication of a Viking fantasy novella here in Iceland runs out in 26 hours, and it's currently at 71%. It doesn't look like it'll go through, and I have to admit I'm pretty disappointed. I managed to land a TV interview AND a newspaper interview, and I've been diligently posting on Facebook for over a month, but there has never been much of a reaction except among my closest.

I have to admit this is a disappointment. I'd decided that I'd pitch in myself near the end if just a little bit was missing, but I don't know.
I'm glad it worked out after all, Elí!
My thoughts before had been that you aren't known widely as a fantasy author in Iceland and your fundraising is for  something you are going to write. So there are lots of unknown variables that may discourage people: Is his writing good? Will he follow through with it? Will I like the story?
I think what you did is something that works well for established authors with a fan base (Michael J. Sullivan did this a few times) but I don't think many lesser known authors like you have much success with this approach.
I'm even more happy for you that you made it! Congrats! :)

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Voting Thread
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:48:06 PM »
Congrats, @JMack!

@Bender, I'm pretty sure that your lack of votes is only due to the fact that there was only a single vote. I enjoyed all four stories a lot.

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General Discussion / Re: How can someone/anyone be a writer?
« on: July 31, 2019, 07:49:32 PM »
I'm terrible at planning. Once I know the plot in advance it almost feels like there's no surprises left and I grind to a halt.
Me too!

Writing something you have already planned is a chore I find incredibly hard to do. I once skipped a part in the story to write something later I was more interested in and I didn't manage to fill the whole because I knew exactly what needed to happen to get to the part I already wrote.

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General Discussion / Re: How can someone/anyone be a writer?
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:02:59 PM »
I just posted my 66th monthly writing contest theme (if I managed to count right) and it's incredible to see people's progress over the months/years who continually take part in this.

The possibility to write a story every month and get feedback (not only votes, we do critique threads if there is demand) from readers and other writers is something you are hard pressed to find someplace else.

So like others before me already said: Join the writing contest and see if you like it. :)

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Break the Rules: Weather



Rainmeter theme by adni18

Break the Rules is a new series of themes we'll do every now and then were you are supposed to do something you normally shouldn't do when writing a story. We hope this provides a new perspective and fun. In our first edition of BtR you have to start your story with a description of the weather. We want to encourage you to just start describing the weather and look where that takes you storywise.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. You have to start your story with at least a hundred words describing the weather. If you write a poem, the first eight lines need to be about the weather.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close August 31st/September 1st, 2019 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here.

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Break the Rules: Weather



Rainmeter theme by adni18

Break the Rules is a new series of themes we'll do every now and then where you are supposed to do something you normally shouldn't do when writing a story. We hope this provides a new perspective and fun. In our first edition of BtR you have to start your story with a description of the weather. We want to encourage you to just start describing the weather and look where that takes you storywise.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. You have to start your story with at least a hundred words describing the weather. If you write a poem, the first eight lines need to be about the weather.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close August 31st/September 1st, 2019 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

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The monthly writing contest was better under @Autumn2May  guidance 😉
:'( :'( :'(
I demand reparation. With good food, preferably.
Don't worry Bea, he only wants to provoke you/us. ;)

A2M was hosting the writing contest from June 2011 to August 2012 and Eclipse only saw the last five months of that.

So let's have a look at those:

April 2012 poetry: entries: 11 votes: 18
May 2012 roads: entries: 9 votes: 7
June 2012 deserts: entries: 2 votes: 2
July 2012 steampunk: entries: 6 votes: 12
August 2012 fairy tale: entries: 2 votes: 10

We are in a bit of a slump at the moment and we get better numbers than that (this year ranging between 11 and 4 entries) and at the peak (2016) we had 15-20 stories regularly per month with 22 the most (theme: Corpses in September).

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As usual, this will be open for submissions still a couple of days after month end.

The good old times, when everybody was punctual and only @Lanko had to beg to keep it open for a day or two... ;)

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Hey, Scott posted on his twitter that he had finished Thorns of Emberlain, so he's now out of the "took too damn long writing" writers group, hahah.  :D (Along with Jim Butcher, since I heard he finished Peace Talks as well?)

Is it the last book of the GB sequence? I thought it was a trilogy :)
I think he planned five, so there's still one to go. But after decades, memories fail sometimes, so I admit that I may remember wrong. ;) ;D

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A duel to death should settle this, no magic though.
What about the magic of love?

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