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The Chatterbox / Re: Recent movies/tv shows
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:40:09 PM »
I've also been watching a lot of YouTube videos, mostly stuff about hiking/backpacking. I like to watch series about people hiking long trails (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) and it's the season for it. I have no interest in TV lately and I'm horribly behind on the shows I usually watch.

I'm considering doing a Doctor Who rewatch, but I can't quite get up the motivation to start it.

I do want to see the new Avengers movie, but I've missed several of the most recent MCU movies (last one I saw was Civil War) and I feel like I have to see them first before I can see the new one. Which I know is ridiculous, especially since I saw the first Avengers movie after having only watched Iron Man and none of the others, so maybe I can convince myself to go this weekend or something.

Announcements & Information / Re: Site Feedback Wanted- Discuss!
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:31:28 PM »
Sorry, I meant to respond sooner, but I think @katfireblade has already said pretty much what I was thinking. I've said for a long time that people have to want to make the time for this site (or any other). I think this is a good site and I like coming here, but I don't really have suggestions for what the  mods can do. I think you guys have done pretty much everything you can do, short of offering monetary rewards for challenges or something (which I know you can't do and isn't something I think you should have to do).

I have my own excuses for not participating, and they're just excuses, but ones that I feel are a real barrier to participating more on this site. But that's down to me, not the fault of the site, so nothing you guys can fix. I know the mods have done a ton of work to keep the site going, and I appreciate that. I hope it sticks around.

Bookworm's Corner / Re: What are you currently reading [2018]?
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:18:22 PM »
I just finished The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham, the third book in what turned out to be a pretty mediocre fantasy trilogy (I was going to do a review on here, but I don't know if I want to expend any more energy on those books) and IT by Stephen King. Not sure yet what I want to read next.

Aw. :(  I really liked participating in the book club. I do kind of want to try again, maybe this time with a book that's a little easier to get hooked into? A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic and also fairly short, but it's a bit antiquated and the dry narration can be off-putting. I think the story really picks up around chapter four, but the chapters before that can be a chore to get through, at least in my opinion.

It might also help to have a longer reading period, as we all have multiple demands on our time and having just a month to read a book can be daunting, even if you're already a regular reader. I average about ten books a month, but that's just incidental; I never give myself a deadline (well, if they're library books they do have a deadline). Even with the amount I read I still found having only a month for this book club daunting, because I also still want to read other stuff, and I have to balance that with work, my own writing, my other hobbies, etc. I'm pretty sure I only finished because this particular book is so short. So maybe we could do one book every two or three months, to give people more time to read and gather their thoughts?

I did feel like having a separate thread for just chapter one, then another for 2-4, was a little excessive. I can see the rationale behind it: get people's initial impressions after the first chapter, then get into the meat of the story, but there was something about it that didn't quite work for me (but I loved the discussion questions! They helped focus my thoughts, even when I ended up not really answering them in my replies). For me, personally, it felt a little overwhelming, because the chapters 2-4 post went up before I had finished chapter one, and I got that weird feeling of despair that I was already falling behind. I know that's not true, but my brain freaks out at things like that. I almost think it would be better to post all the discussion threads at once, and people can reply to the appropriate ones at their leisure. Or at the very least I can, without feeling like I'm being rushed along before I've really started. But that's just something I think would work for me. I'd like to know what other people think. And also that might make it more difficult to come up with discussion questions, unless the person writing the questions has already read the whole book. So, in that case, maybe it would work to do as you said, have an early discussion post, then a later one for the finished book? It's something to try.

Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: Feedback - What do people want?
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:47:15 PM »
For me, it's primarily a time and energy issue, as other people have already said. Reviewing here is something I need to make more of a priority, I know, and that's something I have to work on for myself. I've sort of gotten out of the habit of reviewing, to be honest, after the last critique group I was in went defunct. It also felt like, in a lot of other writers' forums, that I was putting in a lot of work for other people, but I was the only one putting in any effort at reviewing, and on top of that not receiving any feedback for my own work. It's discouraging. I know it certainly doesn't improve the situation to just stop trying altogether, but I think I did get a little disgusted with the general apathy of the writing groups I belonged to and I just kind of faded into perma-lurk mode.

Which is a roundabout way of saying it's not you, it's me. I'm cool with whatever critiquing system gets set up here, if any does. I'm not going to be picky about that or super selective in what I read. I just need to make the time to do it, and that's all on me.

Publishing & Marketing / Re: Self-publishing Discussion/Resources
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:14:50 PM »
Yeah, see, I don't want to deal with having to pay an agent 15% of everything, and I don't want to deal with the copyright thing

Just a note, you do not pay an agent anything. If an agent tells you to pay them for their services, it is likely a scam. An agent gets a 15% cut, yes, but they get that by selling your book. That's the incentive for them to work to sell your book.

And the copyright thing does not sound right to me. I think there's a lot of confusion about copyright, subsidiary rights, etc., and a lot of misinformation circling the internet that just causes more confusion, because most of us don't have law degrees or understand the minutiae of copyright law. That's one value of agents: they understand publishing contracts, and good agents (which you would find through research, if you were planning on traditionally publishing) will negotiate for the most beneficial contract for you that they can get, and they also watch out for publishers trying to get away with screwing you over by burying you in legalese.

And I know this is a self-publishing thread, but since there is so much misinformation out there, I would recommend reading someone like Janet Reid, who is an actual literary agent who answers commonly asked questions about traditional publishing and what an agent's role in that is, as well as debunking a lot of myths that people have about how the whole publishing thing works.

Published Works / Kay Brooke/Ahryantah
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:19:01 PM »
Author Page:
The Writing of K. L. Brooke

Self Published Works:
Unusual Florida: A web serial about one very strange summer spent at Holden Point Resort, where the year is 1997 and nothing is as it seems. Updates every Monday and Thursday. (link goes to the chapter index)

Having finished the book now, I feel like I understand Vetch a bit better as a person, though I still don't quite get his motivation for becoming friends with Ged (I think you're on to something describing him as a "fixer" type, though). I also found it interesting that (spoilers for later chapters)
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I have read this book before, but I didn't remember much from it, as it turns out (I think I was confusing it with later books in the series), so it was almost like reading it new!

I didn't touch on the no women thing, though I definitely noticed it. That was actually what drove me away from finishing the series several years ago when I first started reading them. It seems strange, given that Le Guin is known for some more progressive stuff, but this book in particular was written early in her career. I've read some interviews and essays written by Le Guin, and I know she was aware of the sexism, and that it was an awareness that came with time, and also something that she tried to fix in later books. That knowledge still wasn't enough to get me past the third book of the Earthsea Cycle, sadly. Maybe someday.

Worldsmyths Book Club / Re: Favourite Quotes [A Wizard of Earthsea]
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:26:19 PM »
Those are both great quotes!

I've already returned my copy of the book to the library, and I didn't make note of quotes I liked. I'll be sure to do that next time.

NaNoWriMo Archive / Re: Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 April Session- who's in?!
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:23:46 PM »
I might do it unofficially, but I'm not a fan of the cabins. Will there be discussion on here?

I'll continue doing what I've been doing all year so far: working on my fantasy trilogy and web serial, and also writing some short stories. I don't really have a big project in mind specifically for this challenge; I feel like I have enough on my plate already.

The Smyths Guild / Re: Kay's Writing Goals
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:24:11 PM »
Whoops, it's Sunday again, isn't it?

My goals for this week remain the same as last week. I did a little bit of work on my web serial (going live this Thursday!), but didn't finish the outline. I didn't do anything to PB or PC, and I think I've sort of given up on the short story I had half an idea for. But I did start editing some other short stories I've written, with the goal of submitting them somewhere.

I know most of it is that winter is so hard for me. I'm just now pulling myself out of the post-Christmas slump, almost three months into the new year. I'm really, really trying to improve.

1. What time zone are you in? EST (GMT -5)

2. Are there any specific days that you generally know will be better for you during this month? (i.e. Saturdays and Sundays) Are there any that you generally know will be bad for you during this month? Not really. Time of day is more of a concern for me than specific days.

3. Are there any specific times that you generally know will work for you? Late afternoon (like after 4:00) and evenings.

Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: Limyaael's Fantasy Rants Discussion
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:36:42 PM »
Heh, I'm pretty sure I typed this exact same response to the last thread about Limyaael's Fantasy Rants (which I also remember there being. Maybe not on this board?). But I used to love reading those. I didn't agree with all of what she wrote, but the value I found in them was that I started to think more critically about what I was writing and why. I think it helped my worldbuilding a lot in particular. I also remember she talked a lot about ideas and concepts she'd had that she really wished people would write, and a lot of those formed the basis of my first idea journal.

The Smyths Guild / Kay's Writing Goals
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:27:39 PM »
So it seems people are making separate accountability threads for themselves? If that's not what we're supposed to be doing, let me know.

I'm going to be honest, my writing output this year so far has sucked. I've been making a weekly accountability post in my Dreamwidth (for stuff other than writing, too) and it hasn't really helped. But I did do some writing today, so right now I feel a bit better about things.

Goals for this week:
  • Write at least 2000 new words on PB (this is the second book of a trilogy)
  • Finish my outline for UF (web serial going live in March, not fantasy)
  • Write two more episodes of UF
  • Get back to editing PC (first book of the trilogy)

I also have half an idea for a short story, but I don't really even know where to start with it, much less where to go with it. I'll let it ruminate for a little longer.

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