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I've read a bit further than the first chapter but I will try to limit my answers to it.

How do you feel about chapter 1? Have you already been swept up in the story? Are you keen to read more? Or are you a bit more reserved? Or perhaps you're disappointed and only grudgingly turning the page to chapter 2?

While I wasn't exactly put off by it I wasn't all that drawn into the story either to be honest. It was just kind of there for me. I kind of liked the old school feel with the heavy exposition. It was a nice change of pace from the style you usually see these days. Also I didnít mind learning about Gedís accomplishments right away, but I did find his different nicknames a bit confusing and had to read the first few paragraphs again before I figured out what was going on. Anyway there wasnít anything in it that turned me off. It just could have done more to pull me in.

What do you think about the world that's been introduced so far? We've seen a map, and some territories have been mentioned. Does it sound interesting?

I don't know how I feel about the world yet. The map in the ebook version I have is very small and the fact that itís divided into two separate images on separate pages isn't helping. That said I like the fact that the story takes place in an archipelago, partially because I grew up in one, but I want to know more than what was presented in the first chapter.

What do you think of the magic system so far? Is it unique? Have you read a book with a magic system like this before? Do any of your novels have a magic system like this?

I won't say much about the magic system since not only am I a few chapters in, but I actually started reading the wrong novel (Tales from Earthsea). So Iíve read a bit more about how magic in the world works. That said I've always liked the concept of true names. Iíve never actually used it myself but Iíve seen it used a few times. I know a friend of mine from college used something similar in one of his novel, though in his world only certain things had a true name. Anyway Iím looking forward to reading more about how the magic system works and what can be accomplished with it.

What do you think of Duny/Sparrowhawk/Ged so far? What have you learned about him? Do you like him? Does he annoy you?

Personally I try not to make up my mind about characters until Iíve read a decent amount about them, and I havenít seen enough of him yet. I did like his arrogance though, as well his willingness to learn from his aunt. He also clearly is talented for his age, but given what we know about his eventual accomplishments thatís somewhat to be expected. Iíll wait until I see more of him before I form an opinion.

I'd definitely be interested in a world building group, and possibly an accountability group as well.

Worldsmyths Archive / Re: What book are you currently reading?
« on: December 18, 2017, 12:53:53 AM »
I just finished the first Mistborn novel today actually. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next though. I have the other books in the series, but I kind of want to take a break from it for now.

The Chatterbox / Re: Worldsmyths Age Range
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:34:31 PM »
29 here.

In my WiP there were ancient godlike beings known as the Ancestors (their actual name has been lost to time) that were trapped in alternate dimension by a group of human hybrids that rebelled against them. In the present day the descendants of the hybrids (creatively known as Descendants) are responsible for watching over the seal that was used to trap them. They also hunt Fiends, creatures that the ancestors create and force through the seal to find a way to destroy it.

I'm still trying to figure out mine. I decided to scrap my original idea because I felt like I wouldn't have been able to do it justice within a time constraint so I'm currently trying to come up with something new.

So far I only have a few basic ideas for a scifan world and a few vague character ideas, but not much beyond that.

Archive / Re: What to do with The Showcase- Please read/reply/VOTE!
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:53:11 AM »
I agree with True Neutral, and think you should keep it until the Librarium is ready.

Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: Storms of Magic is OFFICIALLY FINISHED!
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:01:31 AM »

NaNoWriMo Archive / Re: NaNoWrimo 2017!
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:14:41 AM »
Are you participating in NaNo this year?
I want to, but I'm not 100% sure if I will be able to. It will depend on what my work schedule looks like.

Do you know what you're writing yet?
Not yet.

If you don't know what you're writing yet, do you have any vague ideas?
I want to write something that draws influence from different eastern myths, centered around a shaman or exorcist that's being hunted by a fox spirit obsessed with obtaining immortality. Beyond that I don't have much else planned out atm.

Are you planning on starting something brand new or "rebelling" and continuing something you've already started?
This will probably be something brand new, but there's always the possibility that I get impatient and start it early.

I can't say that I have a favorite creature to research, though I did enjoy reading up on creatures from Norse mythology for a project that I ended up putting on the back burner earlier this year. I mainly focused on the Vaetir races (elves, dwarfs, jotunn etc.) and the norns, but I also looked into creatures like Ratatoskr and Nidhogg.

As for the second question I have thought about writing something loosely Xianxia inspired featuring animals and spirits based on myths from different asian countries. I haven't put too much thought into it since I'm working on something else atm, but I definitely want to include huli jing (Chinese fox spirits) and naga.

Prompts & Writing Games / Re: Write a happy story in three words
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:43:01 PM »
The king lived.

Honestly I really don't think I would want to live in most of the worlds I have created because they all are a lot more dangerous than the real world. Between all of the unrest, genocidal gods, and human eating monsters I highly doubt I would last very long.

- A contest between people from many countries
- Rivalry
- Assassins/murder/kidnapping

At the moment I'm about halfway through Nevernight, and I must say that I've really enjoyed it so far.

Aside from that I don't really have much on my list to read this year. Just The Eyes of the Dragon, which I started well over 2 years ago but never finished. Will probably have to start over from the beginning since I don't remember much of it.

Oh and I did promise a friend that I would give the Shadowrun novels a try, since I've always interested in Scifan. So I might pick those up at some point as well.

Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: What can you help with?
« on: February 14, 2017, 01:55:14 PM »
I live in the Bahamas so if you need to know anything about the country itself or tropical islands in general I'm your guy. I also know quite a bit about Bahamian history, having studied it in high school, so you can ask me about stuff like the Arawak and Caribs, pirates, the slave trade etc.

I have degrees in physics and mechanical engineering so you can ask me about stuff related to those as well. My specialty is thermofluids and fluid flow which in regard to fantasy writing could be helpful for things like aqueducts and steam/dieselpunk stuff. I also know a bit about other areas of engineering so I might be able to help with those as well.

I'm nowhere near an expert but I know a thing or two about asian folklore, mainly Chinese and Japanese though I know some Indian as well. I also know a bit about old Norse mythology and ancient Semitic religions/pantheons. So I may be of use with those as well.

Baking is one of my favorite pastimes so I can always be helpful with stuff related to it. I have a fair amount of recipes at my disposal, and I can also help with fundamentals and techniques as well.

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