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Friendly reminder:

1. Please only post Self-Promotion for your books on weekends.
2. If you post a blog entry, please post a question for discussion.
3. Please follow these rules so we don't have a community full of links with no discussion. Links are cool, but discussion is much cooler.

Please follow these rules. Thanks!

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I am new to this site and feel a bit self-conscious about posting. Of course, I want people to read and comment on my blogs, but I am not selling anything. Is that self-promotion? Let me know how welcome or unwelcome my posts are if they are mainly focused on questions and discussions for which I have already written a post (as opposed to simply posing a question for the community to hash-out together). Thoughts? Are posts like mine welcome or shameless (or both)?  
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Marian DeVries-Griffith

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I find that I am really not at all good at writing as I go, even if that is what I seem to be doing most of the time.
For my story 'The Whisper Tree' I wanted to do an experiment and not plot out the story in advance and just start writing and see where my whim would take me. Or maybe more mystically sounding: 'where the story would take me'.

Two months into the experiment I now have a plot written out in ever growing detail, just to keep everything straight in my head. Admittedly a task made that much more difficult for having five main characters, but still ...

I guess I will have to admit defeat and accept that I can not write stories just as the mood of the day strikes me and that I will always need a fairly rigid structure of a plot.
Now chapters and paragraphs, that is an entirely different issue. Those are pretty much 'I kind of need to hit these points today, let's see how it goes' antithesis of plotting.

I wonder if I am the only one with such a schizophrenic attitude towards what must and must not be plotted in advance?

Are you plotting everything? Or nothing? Or just parts? And if the later is it always the same specific parts or some details of the story that were in your head from the first word you put on paper and you know you just have to give a home somewhere in the story?
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Of the few writers with whom I am personally acquainted, plotting seems to be the prevalent method of story building. I'm just the opposite. In fact, I know no one else who falls into the "pantser" side of the authorial divide.
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Jeff Ford

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Tiny excerpt from my fantasy novel WIP:

The old man stopped his raking. Slowly he turned, and the look he gave the boy was neither one of amusement nor disdain. "What do I know of love? Boy..." He paused, eyes settled on the autumn leaves for a long time before he started again. The look he now gave was as if he were looking right through the boy, as if looking back into a life long past. "I have had broken bones and broken hearts but I couldn't tell you the difference. They both happen the same way. The initial pain is maddening, and you ain't sure whether you wanna let it be fixed or just die along with it. Sometimes you wonder if it can be fixed. But in the end you carry on. Such is the way of life, o'course. And eventually you feel fine, or as fine as you can possible be. The pain dulls for a time, and one day you might think it's gone forever. But I'll tell you something, boy. Never think it. No, not for a moment. Because as soon as you think the pain's gone for good it'll hit you like the sudden gust of an autumn windstorm. That's what I know of love, boy. Now, what do you know?"
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Hello. I am new here and I would like to know how things go on over here. :)
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Paul Ikin

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New Chapter Art Prints available - Limited Edition - Catfish (chapter 8)
The Other Side of Eve, Signed and Numbered by Paul Ikin - Author and Illustrator. 39 Left of 50
#books   #bookart   #catlovers   #chapterart   #novel   #fantasyart   #fantasy   #kidlitart   #kidlit  
Limited Edition Prints - No.1 - Catfish
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Brandon Pilcher

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Here's a selection of short stories I've finished over the years. Most are in the genre of fantasy, but "Pharaoh's Justice" is historical and "Public Nuisance" is more sci-fi (since it has a modern/futuristic setting).
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Henry Lion Oldie

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The cover picture for the one of the Russian editions of H. L. Oldie's fantasy novel "I'll Take It Myself".
Art by Dmitry Shubik (Israel).
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cris pasqueralle

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Destiny Revealed, a fantasy adventure that reviews call "the next up and coming Harry Potter and Percy Jackson" Get your copy for only $2.99
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Brandon Pilcher

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Anyone here aware of the recent kerfuffle in the spec. fiction community over the Hugo Awards and the Sad/Rabid Puppies backlash?

I'm not at all the most enamored with the so-called "Social Justice Warrior" culture that "Sad Puppies" et al seem to be reacting against. Some individuals who have jumped onto the social justice bandwagon can be obnoxiously self-righteous and hostile towards anyone who doesn't share their particular perspectives on morality. But this is a problem with moral crusaders across the political spectrum, and honestly some of these "Sad Puppies" (and the loathsome Vox Day with his spinoff "Rapid Puppies") seem no less hypersensitive and intolerant than any social justice bloggers. They're like mirror reflections of their own worst enemies.

I've come to believe that, as writers and other creative workers, we should all accept that moral criticism of our work is inevitable in a society valuing freedom of speech. Critics, wherever they stand on the political spectrum, have the right to voice their opinions and interpretations of our statements. The corollary to this is that we in turn have the right to evaluate those criticisms and decide for ourselves whether they're worth listening to. Everything you can imagine is offensive to someone out there, so pleasing every single reader out there is impossible even if you can't prevent them from feeling displeased.
Does it still count as vote-rigging if they technically didn't break the rules?
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I'm not sure where the term "Social Justice Warrior" originated, but its usage goes well beyond Gamergate or Sad Puppies, and I've seen enough examples to make it clear that some people deserve the label. Mostly I've seen it used and discussed on Slate Star Codex, currently my favorite blog.
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Matthew Olney

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A realm torn asunder will give rise to a hero.
The winner of the Wattpad's Write Awards is available to buy on Kindle now!
UK Link - http://ow.ly/yB6E3
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The Kingdom of Delfinnia is in chaos. After assassins kill the king and his family, greedy self serving men battle one another for the crown. Unknown to them is that one heir yet lives, a baby boy now hidden and protected.
In the mage city of Caldaria is a boy named Luxon, a young mage who will discover his past and his powers. For he will one day become known as the Legendary, the wizard who would break the world, the man who would embrace death and live and the hero who would give a realm its greatest king.
Sent on a quest to find the one responsible for the King's assassination Luxon teams up with Ferran of the Blackmoor the legendary Nightblade and hunter of fell beasts, Sophia Cunning the land’s greatest witch hunter and Kaiden, a noble knight sworn to defend the world from darkness.
Together they find the answers they seek, but the truth is far worse than anyone could possibly imagine.
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Sunil Bhatia

Writing Life  - 
 
Child's Fairy Tale 2 

The baby dragon tumbled
Out of the cave,
While his tired mother slept
After a days playing with the babe.

He giggled as he saw the sun,
In the sky and 
Mistaking it for a fruit
Started feeling hungry.

An eagle stooped from a great height,
Picked up the baby and 
Left it in her nest,
Where her children were staying.

They were hungry and 
When she returned,
She saw them sharing food,
And playing.

She could not hold herself
And took the dragon back
To the cave, and left him,
In his mothers lap..

She was still sleeping.
Papa dragon returned
And they went out,
Spending the evening,

Laughing as the sun 
Bade farewell
And the starts came out 
To say good night. 
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Henry Lion Oldie

Writing Life  - 
 
 
Victor Kolyuzhniak, a participant of Henry Lion Oldie​ & Andrey Valentinov's SF & Fantasy Literary Seminar "Partenit", received the Encouragement Award as The Best Debut Author of the Europe'2015 (ESFS Award) on "EuroCon-2015" (SF & Fantasy International European Convention). Our congratulations and a best wishes to Victor Kolyuzhniak! Victor's debut book "Crocodiles of Mr. Pinky" (urban fantasy & mystics) have been published in hard cover in Russian in "Partenit" book series in 2014.
Photos:
1. Front cover of "Crocodiles of Mr. Pinky" book by Victor Kolyuzhniak.
2. Victor Kolyuzhniak on "Partenit" Literary Seminar (Andrey Valentinov's group, 2013).
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Team Awesomeface

Introductions  - 
 
     Hello, everyone :-D! My name is Dan, and it's a pleasure to see (and hopefully meet) so many fantastic folks interested in fantasy writing! Thank you for having me here. This looks like a wonderful community! I'm always happy to be in the company of those that share my passion. I'm writing/producing some shorts and a web series :-). All of them are in the "geek culture" wheelhouse, but the web series is strictly high fantasy. I hope to get to know you all soon ;-)...
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Worldbuilding, and how fully using a resource can define a culture. 
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Dawn E

World Building  - 
 
Just a few basic building blocks for worldbuilding.
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Greg Strandberg

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My fantasy book was boring, so I went in and added a few "thrills and spills" chapters to break it up. Seems to have worked - the book is on the charts again, and paid charts...not perma-free.

Here's one of those chapters I added. Thanks for reading!

#authors   #writingtips   #fantasy  
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Brandon Pilcher

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Is it OK if I promote some of my fantasy art in this section of the group? Most of these were colored with Photoshop CS6 after scanning them in, but there are some traditionally penciled works and even a couple of ZBrush models (though I am new to that program). My favorite themes are dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian and other African history, and pretty women. :D

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1g1R7Ha7L4EflhYc1YyMVBVd2xIT19OR2g4VkVKM296X2VxdWlKOGJtb1VfQjFFV2hncWM&usp=sharing


#Art #Dinosaurs #AncientEgypt #Africa #BlackWomen #Fantasy  
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An illustration from a story I am writing that I have been trying to get right.  The concept is a basic 'hollow subject' where another scene shows through the contour of something else.
Only this one I want some of the texture of the original subject (an ancient tree) show up to mix with the scene that you can see through it (a forest).
Getting that right is a surprisingly delicate blend of images, masks and tonally and texturally similar images that are just different enough to stand apart but not so much that they can't blend together.
Slowly getting there, but this is still a work in progress before I can profess myself satisfied with the result.
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Simon Ericson

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"I'm not worried about the monster under my bed, he's afraid of what's in my closet." - What's in the closet guys? 
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The monster under the bed is a Republican, and it's a homosexual in the closet...
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Vashti Q-Vega

Fantasy Novels  - 
 
Haiku inspired by the novels, 'The Fall of Lilith' and 'Dracul'.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Haiku Friday! I hope everyone is having a great day so far. If not . . . don't worry about it––the weekend is around the corner. ;) Today's prompt words are provided by Rono...
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