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Turin Turambar

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  1. When I realize that writing 1500 words/hour is not normal. To put it in perspective, I used to sit down for two hours each morning and write a chapter (plus a little bit in the afternoon). At the same time, my first drafts are utter trash. That's what drafts 2-ad infinitum are for.
  2. A bit of context, please. Or is this an inside joke?
  3. Sorry to sidetrack the current conversation; your scheduled program will return shortly. How many of you guys are members of SFWA? Completely just curiosity.
  4. I wasn't able to get to it. I'll go trawling through my email and give a heads up if it makes more sense to me afterwards. EDIT: I went through the prologue - it was less "what was going on" and more "so many (proper) nouns and referenced events." Though the prologue was cool. edit again, because I can never just write all my thoughts at once: I'm not saying it's a bad thing that there's a high learning curve. It adds depth to the world. It's just got to be played right, so if it works for you, I still get the feeling that this world is lived in. Just at the cost of me having a clue as to what is going on.
  5. Well. I have no clue what is going on but I'd forgotten how much I enjoy your writing. Just how high is this books learning curve because now I feel stupid. I got the basic just of the planet and being stuck on it but not all the history that kept on being mentioned.
  6. Hello, I haven't had the time to do any critiquing since sometime in August, so I may be rusty (I'm doing this one because I haven't even been able to read most of the submissions, and I don't want to come in the middle of something because then I'll be missing stuff). From memory: The time and location weren't clear, but that could be just because I'm not a history buff. I'd be curious to know the break point from when this separates from our history, but I'm assuming you'll mention that in a future chapter. I got Asian vibes when I started, but then I remembered a handful of European countries had Emperors. The hook was good - it was a relatively short chapter and I'm already pulled into the plot of what's going on which tends to be a bit of a problem for me with my own writing. One thing that slightly bugged me was I didn't know the name of the MC. Which is fine, just a tad annoying because I kept on referring to her in my head, and there was a blank. I disliked the emperor from the beginning, coming off as an insensitive man-child thing, especially with his creepy interaction with H. I'm almost glad he died, so barring other ramifications - assassin starts killing other people or power crisis - as long as there's a satisfying conclusion I'm good. As for H herself though, I don't feel like I got to know her as a person. I understand her motivations, but that's only a small part of her. Good writing!
  7. The proper time to light this year is about 5ish, I think.
  8. You're early. EDIT: Nope. You're right. I forgot about time zones.
  9. That's perfect - I wasn't asking the pros method. I'm asking your method.
  10. Hey everyone, I've been around for well over a year now, but since I don't think I've ever formally introduced myself and because I haven't been actively critiquing much since august due to an incredibly schedule so the newest people don't know me, I figure I should post something here. I'm Turin Turanbar (yes, I know the name is technically spelled wrong). I've been writing since elementary school, and started only a little after reading. I absolutely love reading fantasy in every way shape and form (which should be a given), starting with HP, then chronicles of Narnia and then Lord of the Rings by 9 or 10. I'm the kind of stuck up idiot who read war and peace before high school for fun, and I'm currently trying to plow through most of the books from writing excuses book of the week and the books that Daniel Greene reviewed. In regards to hobbies I'm also learning violin. I'm still unsure what I want to do with my life but I know that I want do go into creative design and mostly leaning towards architecture as a major. I know you were complaining about them recently @Robinski - don't worry, I don't take it personally. Still, whenever I see anyone do anything competently I'm usually immediately jealous and have to resist trying to teach myself whatever skill it is. (I'm an INTJ-A for those who like MBTI and yes, I'm aware that there's a confirmation bias there) (There's a tad too many parentheses, aren't there...) Some of the best books in my objective opinion: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court and The Rook. Tolkien's works are sacrosanct and he can do no wrong. I don't really see what's the hype about Joe Abercrombie, the Unkindness of Magicians, and a Darker Shade of Magic. PLEASE change my mind here.
  11. Great. I'm actually horribly sarcastic normally, and thought I may have gone too far. It's easier digitally though - I have time to reconsider something really funny (to me) and probably really degrading.
  12. Whoops, I didn't mean it as hard as I think you took it. My apologies, I was teasing you. Gently. I'm sorry if you were offended in any way.
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