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My name is Piper, and I'm cat vacuuming at 1:00am. Meaning: I'm introducing myself to all of you so I can put off writing.

I've always loved to read, and my dad introduced me to SF/F when I was young. Writing was a natural next step to take.The first book I wrote was a Bob Book. (For those of you who don't know what the heck I'm talking about: Bob Books are short picture books with extremely simple sentences, e.g. Mat sat on Pat.) I was five, and my little brother was learning to read. In case you're wondering, it was really bad. I wrote another book in third grade about Halloween; it was 12 chapters (I thought that was super long), and I made my dad illustrate it. That was also a really bad book. The next book I wrote was -- you guessed it -- very bad. I started it in fifth grade and finished it in sixth grade. It was about 50,000 words; a legitimate middle grade book.

I am currently working on a book; I've written about 30,000 words out of an estimated 90-100,000, and all I can do is hope I've acquired the skills by now to write a decent piece of fiction for once.

Favorite non-Sandersons: Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (he would be my favorite author, but he turned out to be a bigot); Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi; Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman; the Watchmen comic; and Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Now that everyone who's made it to the end of this post knows of my infinite geekiness, I must kill you all. Expect assassins.

Oh -- and I'm excited to be part of the community, yadda yadda yadda. (I get crabby late at night.)

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Hi @PiedPeterPiper,

Welcome to the group. Having read the sample in your message, I think you're going to fit in just fine :). There are skills there. It is not bad!

As for geekiness, well, you've come to the right place. Anti-geek assassins tend to turn around at the door, recognising they are hopelessly outnumbered.

have you read the original Fuzzy stories, ironically by H. Beam Piper?

1 hour ago, PiedPeterPiper said:

he would be my favorite author, but he turned out to be a bigot

Yes, always regrettable when such good writing is not produced by a good person. I also love that story.

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1 hour ago, Robinski said:

have you read the original Fuzzy stories, ironically by H. Beam Piper?

I have not read them yet, but I will have read them in -- let's give it two weeks.

1 hour ago, Robinski said:

Yes, always regrettable when such good writing is not produced by a good person. I also love that story.

I'm pretty sure, at least, that he doesn't get royalties from the Ender's Game sales (although I don't know about the rest of the series), so I don't feel bad recommending it to people.

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@PiedPeterPiper

Welcome! Glad you're joining us! Ender's Game was one of the first non-Anne McCaffrey sci-fi books I read. Orson Scott Card might have many opinions I do not share, but I've learned a lot from his writings. 

I too am an avid cat vacuumer. I hope you haven't procrastinated to the point where you write every word on an index card and have started switching them around. 

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5 hours ago, Snakenaps said:

I too am an avid cat vacuumer. I hope you haven't procrastinated to the point where you write every word on an index card and have started switching them around. 

Not quite so extreme, but thanks for the idea!

Don't worry, I'm kidding. Right now, I'm wasting my time by annotating Oathbringer in the Alethi Women's Script.

And on Orson Scott Card:

Every conversation I have about him is bittersweet, because I'm like: "his character and relationship work is AMAZING!" and also "I hate his living guts!"

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Hi, my name is Steven and I'm a writer.

I'm currently creeping through the last chapters of the 1st draft of an 80-90k word fantasy novel. The 2nd draft will be so much fun [/sarcasm]. It's my first attempt at fantasy - it didn't start out as such - but I think I've got it firmly within my grasp. I think. I'm mostly an outline-writer, but I'm trying to experiment more with making things up as I go. Mainly that experimentation comes in the form a cyberpunk serial story I'm posting to my blog.

Otherwise, I'm just some random dude on the internet. I read all kinds of things but generally I gravitate towards the weirder end of things. Dempow Torishima's "Sisyphus" is pretty good. Presently reading "Eye of t he World" on my wife's recommendation.

Pleased to meetcha!

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Hi there, @Stevent. How are you liking Eye of the World? Do you think you'll read all 15 books? Also, congrats on being almost dome with your novel. I absolutely love editing. It's my personal favorite part of the writing process [sarcasm].

Welcome to Reading Excuses!

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Welcome to Reading Excuses @Stevent! Looking forward to reading through the novel!

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Hello @Stevent! Welcome to the group! Love the name of your blog!

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On 8/19/2020 at 5:22 PM, PiedPeterPiper said:

Hi there, @Stevent. How are you liking Eye of the World? Do you think you'll read all 15 books? Also, congrats on being almost dome with your novel. I absolutely love editing. It's my personal favorite part of the writing process [sarcasm].

Welcome to Reading Excuses!

Thanks for the welcome! So far so good with Eye of the World. I'll at least read the next couple of books, but the entire series is a bit daunting. My to-be-read pile is pretty big, I'll probably tackle some Michael Moorcock next I think.

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On 8/19/2020 at 5:48 PM, Mandamon said:

Welcome to Reading Excuses @Stevent! Looking forward to reading through the novel!

thanks, I'm looking forward to it being read!

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13 hours ago, Stevent said:

I'll probably tackle some Michael Moorcock next I think.

Hi, Steven, welcome to the group.

Have you read any Moorcock before? If not, you are in for a treat, IMO. What will you start with?

Wheel of Time is worth the slog, I think. In my opinion, Sanderson's books are the best, possibly coloured by the fact that the saga was drawing to a climax, but I think Sanderson's style is more passionate and character-centric than Jordan's.

I had a quick look at your blog. Based on that first glance, I think I'm going to like your writing. Seems to be a nice, easy-reading, uncluttered style that I enjoy.

I look forward to many long and possibly frustrating discussions about comma usage ;):D 

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p.s. @Stevent,

Have you had your email added to the circulation list? Perhaps you have messaged @Silk already, in which case ignore this message, but if not, PM Silk and me with the email you would like to use to receive and submit, and we'll get it added to the list.

Cheers, R

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5 hours ago, Robinski said:

Hi, Steven, welcome to the group.

Have you read any Moorcock before? If not, you are in for a treat, IMO. What will you start with?

Wheel of Time is worth the slog, I think. In my opinion, Sanderson's books are the best, possibly coloured by the fact that the saga was drawing to a climax, but I think Sanderson's style is more passionate and character-centric than Jordan's.

I had a quick look at your blog. Based on that first glance, I think I'm going to like your writing. Seems to be a nice, easy-reading, uncluttered style that I enjoy.

I look forward to many long and possibly frustrating discussions about comma usage ;):D 

The only Moorcock I've read is a few issues of the Corum comic adaptation (and that was like 25 years ago) so I'm starting with Knight of the Swords.

I'm enjoying Eye of the World and am interested in where it goes. I'm finding the second act to be a slight slog. Oh, what's this? Rand and Mat are in another village juggling and avoiding Darkfriends? Wonderful.

And yeah, I've been accused of comma abuse a few times. Punctuation isn't my strong suit; that's why I'm here. Usually I just drop commas wherever I feel like there should be a pause.

 

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8 hours ago, Stevent said:

Knight of the Swords

Cool.

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On 8/21/2020 at 6:04 PM, Stevent said:

I'm enjoying Eye of the World and am interested in where it goes. I'm finding the second act to be a slight slog. Oh, what's this? Rand and Mat are in another village juggling and avoiding Darkfriends? Wonderful.

I've giving you a fair warning now - there's a lot of slog in Wheel of Time. Like, entire books of slog. It's a tough series to read and can take even dedicated readers years to finish. That being the case, I wouldn't warn you against reading it - there's still a lot of really good stuff in the series and the ending was done very well. (At least, I enjoyed the ending immensely. I understand there's some mild controversy about some minor parts.) Just wanted to give you the heads-up so you don't get overly discouraged around the mid-to-late books where the slog is the worse.

Also, yes, please read Michael Moorcock. He's a criminally underrated fantasy author. I don't know why more people haven't even heard of him, much less read him.

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