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Woah, that was close! And to think that I nearly couldn't decide between the Quantum Thief and Songs of the Earth and thought about not voting at all...

I'll read along. :)

[DEC 2011] Among Thieves / Re: Author Q & A
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:39:03 PM »
One of the hardest thing for me in 1st person is the world building. Here you have a secondary world with a narrator who is already intimately familiar with it since he grew up there. What need has he to tell you about how anything works? In a real world setting, this is a bit easier, since we all share a good number of common reference points; but when you have a new world with magic (which the narrator doesn't even understand or use), religion, politics, and so on? It gets tricky. That's part of the reason I made Drothe interested in history (the other part being that I'm interested in history, and like to make it up). I figured if I had a character who wanted to know how things had come to be in his world, that would give me an excuse to build some context for the reader while still staying true to the narrator's voice and character. Plus, if you talk about how something was, it also gives you an excuse to talk about how something is. :)
Another tricky bit is relaying things that are happening off stage. A lot of what comes about in AT is the result of other people doing things that effect Drothe. In 1st P, the only way the narrator (and the reader) learns about these things is either by them happening to him, or learning about them in some way (people telling him; figuring it out; overhearing someone; etc.). In 3rd P, I could have just cut away to something, rather they trying to figure out how to get Drothe here or there or decide how he was going to survive something else. However, the up side of this is that the main character's life is never boring, which, if you do it right, helps lead to a fast-paced story.
That was very nicely done! :)
I'm writing a novel in first person atm too and sometimes it's cursed hard to get some important stuff to the reader with only one pair of eyes to see/tell it through. If your character doesn't understand something, your reader won't understand it either - but who wants an omniscient or smart-alecky character? ;) Especially things like scheming behind your characters back are hard to do...

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the holidays and the singing hedgehogs. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Wheel of Time
« on: December 23, 2011, 09:15:21 PM »
I'm looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up.
I found that there was a lot of wrapping up in the last two books already. Immensely satisfying.
I can predict that a publication date in November 2012 will kill my NaNoWriMo in that Year. ;) I read ToM in under three days, but usually I don't have as much time to dedicate to it as I did back then. :)

None, my to be read-stack is already about ten books high, so I'm not in dire need of new books atm. :)

You can never have too many books. ;D

I have 650+ fantasy books alone, not counting all the others and two whole walls in my living room are filled top to bottom with books. I've no idea where to put a new shelf, so I'm going to have a problem in the near future. ;)

None, my to be read-stack is already about ten books high, so I'm not in dire need of new books atm. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A bit of fun
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:34:37 PM »
I'm sure I already know what I will see. :D

The link is broken.

Here it is:

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Hobbit
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:12:26 PM »
Double-yay! Just read the book a few months again. So much I had forgotten! :)

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Willing to answer questions
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:03:07 PM »
Thanks for the offer! Will do when my novel is finished. :)
Your wife's blog was one of the first I ever read about (self-)publishing. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Wheel of Time
« on: December 21, 2011, 01:59:13 PM »
It's done! :D (just wanted to make a new topic when I saw this :).)

Quote from: Brandon Sanderson
Ladies and gentlemen, A Memory of Light--the final book in The Wheel of Time has been finished. #AMoL

I can't wait for it. This is going to be sooo awesome! :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sports in Fantasy Novels
« on: December 20, 2011, 09:48:05 PM »
I don't remember the name of it. But in Terry Goodkinds Sword fo Truth series there is a blood sport played by Jagang's people thats a little bit like american football.

I can't remember the official name, but it was called "The Game Of Life". This sport played a big part in the last couple of books in the series
Jala'Ra, if I remember right. The tame version by Richard is called Jala'Rahl.

And yes, there is Football in Feist's Midkemia. Another sport that turns from being violent and without rules to something more civilized.

I especially liked the part where you told us about the novel you're currently working on. Sounds like fun!
+1 :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Where do you write best?
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:06:44 PM »
Trains work for me surprisingly well. Just sitting there, with nothing else to do, no internet connection (so Finnish trains don't work ;)) and a fix amount of time I have to fill.
For me, no internet connection is most important I think. In NaNoWriMo I did the most words a day (besides the last two days of November) at a friends place with no internet at all.

Introductions / Re: Hi from germany ;-)
« on: December 17, 2011, 03:32:48 PM »
Hello and welcome!
* xiagan waves to you from Berlin.

If you have problems with names, you can always try a Fantasy Name Generator. It sometimes works wonders. :)

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