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by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 1st, 2010, 12:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6204

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

Well, there's power in originality. Tolkien wrote something original and transformative that affected millions of readers, something that is still shaping the genre decades later. But that sort of originality is also difficult. Difficult for a writer to pull off, and difficult, often, for readers. N...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 30th, 2010, 9:02 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: My writer’s block is soooooo bad…
Replies: 21
Views: 3024

Re: My writer’s block is soooooo bad…

My writer's block is so bad that I hired a ghostwriter and the ghostwriter got writer's block.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 29th, 2010, 6:36 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?
Replies: 85
Views: 19661

Re: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?

It's difficult for me to articulate exactly what I mean, but I will say that I would absolutely love if each story within it had it's own trilogy. With it's own set of deep characters and fully fleshed out plots. I particularly think that the fall of Gondolin would be a tragic but beautiful tale. I...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 27th, 2010, 1:17 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 189786

Re: The Introduction Thread

johndavid wrote:I do have one question. Does the 'boss' post often on the threads? It would be nice to have an expert talking to us 'common folks'.
He does indeed.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 27th, 2010, 1:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10066

Re: What's your genre?

All the cool kids write fantasy.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 26th, 2010, 10:36 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Independent publishers
Replies: 8
Views: 1685

Re: Independent publishers

Okay, I admit, I'm kind of in love with the Dalkey Archive. If I ever won the lottery I'd simply buy their whole catalogue. Plus they give discount on bulk.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 23rd, 2010, 3:43 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 39
Views: 56663

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries

Also, a lot of people aren't too worried about the basic exposition of a bio, and really only want help on the synopsis part of the query. They just cut to the chase and post up the part they want critiqued.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 23rd, 2010, 3:09 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 3112

Re: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine

Well, if the publisher still owns active rights on these titles, I'd say they're very relevant indeed.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 22nd, 2010, 5:42 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 3112

Re: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine

Most contracts, as I understand it, have a no competition sort of clause in it. A writer can't put out a version of the story with another publisher (which is basically what Amazon becomes in this scenario) while the book is under contract/still in print, etc. Obviously Random House sees this as a v...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 21st, 2010, 8:22 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Word Count Strikes Again
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Word Count Strikes Again

Just use the wordcount from Word - it's the standard these days, and allows a certain uniformity.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 21st, 2010, 9:23 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Fantasy Books
Replies: 44
Views: 12710

Re: Best Fantasy Books

Some that haven't been mentioned: Steven Erikson (Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series) Glen Cook (Black Company series) Lloyd Alexander (Chronciles of Prydain) Joe Abercrombie Scott Lynch China Mieville Sean Russell Tad Williams Guy Gavriel Kay David Eddings (the early series, like The Be...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 20th, 2010, 10:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2503

Re: Canucks

I can't even begin to fathom living in a place as cold as Canada. Cold? I wish. This Canuck is broiling in 90 degree heat with high humidity. Humidity in the 90% range. Who knew it even went that high? That's wetter than the Pacific. Every day a little more of my brain melts out my ears. Of course,...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 20th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Canucks
Replies: 16
Views: 2503

Re: Canucks

Hey, I'm living just outside the ever glorious metropolis of The City of Windsor, Ontario. And I can probably chuck rocks at Aimee over in Michigan. Darn those Michiganders. Not as bad as those shifty-eyed Ohioans, though. :) Does being Canadian affect my writing? Probably. How? Not so sure. I admit...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
July 19th, 2010, 8:44 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Social Networking - does it really work?
Replies: 53
Views: 16890

Re: Social Networking - does it really work?

It's funny, I just put up a blogpost today reviewing Lukeman's The First Five Pages and his A Dash of Style. And how the latter is the more interesting book...

This whole internet thing sure does make the world shrink, sometimes.