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RADerdeyn last won the day on June 21 2018

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  1. It's worse than that. My wife found Pumpkin Spice Special K.
  2. Sorry, missed this yesterday. I hope you had a great day and many following.
  3. I read a book like this in the last few months and, like you, I was jarred a bit at first. But, when I analysed it, I came to the same conclusion you did. As a stylistic device, it gives the writer some additional freedom in managing scenes away from the main POV character. In the book I read, it also seemed to be that the writer was using the first person to deepen the characterization of the person telling the story. The third person bits were important to the story, but it both lessened their importance (I suspect on purpose) and gave the author a way to occasionally sketch (since the reader saw) the 1st person character from the outside. All in all, a different experience, but the writer pulled it off pretty well.
  4. Thanks for the replies all. The quote is from C.S. Lewis in his essay On Science Fiction found in the book, C.S. Lewis On Stories and Other Essays on Literature. The point (and thereby, the question) here isn't whether the characters in a fantastical story can be "extraordinary". They certainly can, as any good hero can be - for example, Aragorn in LOTR. The question is, how deeply do you develop the character, and does a deep level of characterization detract from the wonder and awe of the fantastical setting? Is it possible to do too much character building that it detracts from the story? It seems it would be counter-productive to add a complexly-drawn character like a Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, or a Scrooge from A Christmas Carol to a fantasy novel, even of they did fit in the story somewhere. Johne, I'm not sure I agree with your premise that "...Fantasy story theory has advanced quite a bit since their day." The article you quote from Orson Scott Card exactly supports what Lewis said. in describing a Milieu story Card says, "For instance, in Gulliver’s Travels, it mattered little to Jonathan Swift whether we came to care about Gulliver as a character. The whole point of the story was for the audience to see all the strange lands where Gulliver traveled". I do like Card's description of the other 3 types of stories, though it would be interesting at another time to discuss whether there are 3 others or perhaps more.
  5. I would be interested in everyone's comments on the quote below. After folks have had time to comment. I'll let you know who the quote is from. "Every good writer knows that the more unusual the scenes and events of his story are, the slighter, the more ordinary, the more typical his persons should be. Hence Gulliver is a commonplace little man, and Alice is a commonplace little girl. If they had been more remarkable, they would have wrecked their books." What do you think?
  6. I am blessed (cursed?) with an almost insatiable curiosity, and I would be interested to see the sources for this information. The data I've seen indicate very different numbers. And, in fact, the oceans and the land biosphere appear to be at equilibrium, absorbing as much CO2 as they release See: Here and Here for examples of the science. I am no scientist, but I was trained to look at original sources for information. Why read what somebody said somebody said, somebody said, etc. when you can look at the original information and form your own conclusions? There is a time and place for looking at commentaries on texts or issues, but it is always preferable to review the original source of the information. That will inevitably get one to a better conclusion.
  7. Have a great day Nicola. Happy Birthday! 🎂
  8. 200 years is statistically irrelevant. But, the science goes back much further thank that. Ice cores supply a lot of information about the past. As an example: https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2616/core-questions-an-introduction-to-ice-cores/
  9. Dprowell, I am actually behind you in terms of trying to market my work, but I am very nearly ready to do so. I have been doing a LOT of research on what works and what doesn't, and I found a few sources that you might find interesting. The first, Nick Stephenson is the guy who literally invented the term "Reader Magnets". He is a published author who went from writing to training writers on marketing which he says he enjoys more. He has an excellent video explaining the top 5 things you need to do to get a useful email list. At the end, he of course (soft) peddles his Author website software, but that doesn't detract at all from the clarity and obvious value of his presentation. He is British, and so a bit of a slow talker, and the video clocks in at 1:16, but it is well worth a listen. It is here: Email Lists - Nick Stephenson In addition, I found Chris Fox, another successful author who discusses strategy for finding the right readers. His blog is here: Chris Fox - Finding your Readers Good luck!
  10. I think @davidbergsland and @dprowell have both make great points. An additional aspect to consider is whether your fantasy is meant as pure fantasy, or as allegory. If it is purely fantasy, it isn't really possible to be heretical, since you are in an imaginary world. If, however, you mean your fantasy to refer in an allegorical way to the real world, then, yes, you must take care. Even if you just want to to have your fantasy world just reflect the realities of our God-created world (not in a direct way, but in a this-world-follows-the-same-rules-as-our-does way), you have to really think about what is good and what is evil. The fantasy worldview has to be internally consistent. As @dprowell correctly points out, he would violate that rule if, "...I were to make my protagonist use that white fire to exact revenge on people, or kill innocent people," In my stories, which I would categorize as lightly allegorical, I started with the question of what would a Narnia-like world look like after the Spirit had been sent? It has made for some interesting dilemmas as to how and when the Spirit interacts with the characters in the stories; dilemmas that go back exactly to your original question E.T.
  11. Look up "manic" or "mania". I imagine a manic character might have some of what you are describing - they could be both likable and sympathetic, but also potentially a danger to self.
  12. There is certain amount of irony in the "show, don't tell" mantra. Just to throw the cat among the pigeons (that was a "show" ), did anyone ever notice that, inevitably, when someone wants to address the topic, the first thing they do is tell you to "show me don't tell me"? I'm being a bit facetious here (well maybe more than a bit), but I come from a background (philosophy) where "tell" is pretty important. That being said, "show" is much more common and more palatable in good story writing. But I think it important to note that even every great book will sprinkle in more or less "tell" depending on the needs of the story. "Tell" is not a bad thing, it just needs to be used in a balanced way.
  13. Lynn, Come clean. There must be at least two of you. The site you linked is full of highly useful information, as are so many others you have linked or pointed us to. Where do you find the time to locate so much helpful information? Thanks for all you do for us on this site.
  14. SW, I'm so glad to hear you are alright. Praying for your full healing.
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