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Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

Ah ok, could someone post the link to this OWW forum?

I usually ask that writing question of every author I run into, the reason being is that, I have a tendency to start world-building when I get bored, as I find it to be a relaxing and creative process. But when I sit down and actually start to translate that material into a story is when I run into problems. For e.g. I have had a setting and world set up for about a year now, but as of today, I still haven't finished even a word of the actual story.

I come up with a few paragraphs and end up deleting it all eventually to start over because I think it doesn't read well or because my writing sucks or because it's just not a good enough beginning. Repeat that process over and over again. Blah. Sometimes I think I can't ever finish even a short story, I have no clue how some people can just sit down and write and write and write...

Enough of my whining. Btw, is TTT the last book in the prince of nothing series? view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Vanarys, Commoner

Another vote for TTT. Sounds cool. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


OS's and Browsers posted 10 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

I've grown to prefer Linux over windows. My background is actually in computer science, so I've been using a variety of unix-variants for a long time. I do a lot of coding in PHP and web design as well. I'm currently redesigning my store via php and mysql. At my day job, I design online courses.

Browser is Mozilla based.

At work I have to use Windows/Netscape/IE. I avoid IE unless I am working with a customer or testing web compatibility.

-Neil view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

It think this is the one he is talking about&#058;
[url:lx4jcdsx]http&#58;//sff&#46;onlinewritingworkshop&#46;com/[/url:lx4jcdsx]

-Neil view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 10 March 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Vanarys, Commoner

Quote: &quot;Mithfânion&quot;:283uns4i
Anasurimbor Kellhus has to rank up there in my all-time top three of favoriet characters. Whenever I think of him it's an image of some lone figure standing on a hill, cloak and hair blowing in the wind, ominous aura included. Just seems to fit <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->[/quote:283uns4i]

I completely agree Mifthânion. It annoys me that there aren't more characters like him, but that's part of his attraction I think, that unfamiliar air... view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

Cool, thanks Neil. Btw, I see that you have TDTCB for order on your website, do you ship to Guam? Considering that it's taken for international even though it's still US territory... *grumble*

On a different tangent, what books would anyone of a philosophical bent recommend for a newbie to start with? Considering the fact that up until I read some of Mr. Bakker's posts and the TDTCB excerpt, I basically avoided any and all philosophical debates and literature as I considered it a waste of time (no offense to anyone). But against my better judgement, my interest is growing so I'll read pretty much anything, with one exception, please don't make me read anything by Aryn Rand. PLEASE, for the love of god, anything but her! <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? -->


Thanks in advance. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 10 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got linux about a year ago for the first time, and absolutely loved it. It so much more customizable than windows, and refreshingly non controlling. I also love all of the programs available for free for it and the ease of setting up servers on it. What sort of courses do you design? view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Come on and vote, everyone! Lets have all 30 of you vote! It's your patriotic duty! view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Why not Ayn Rand? I have to read something by her for a scholarship essay I am going to write, but have never read her before. view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Ayn Rand is a joke. Normally I'm loathe to say that of any thinker, but I've been convinced that she's nothing short of pernicious. We human beings are actually quite inept when it comes to knowledge, and quite good when it comes to duping ourselves - which is the whole reason why science requires such elaborate precautions (and still regularly trips up). We generally hate complexity, we feel threatened by uncertainty, and we love flattery. This is why you have so many different groups saying, 'We're the best X!' with such absurd conviction, where x = nation, faith, race, gender, class, and so on.

The best thinkers, it seems to me, cut against these tendencies, and so challenge the status quo. The worst thinkers, such as Ayn Rand, exploit these tendencies, and end up apologizing for the status quo - or even worse, arguing for more extreme versions of it. What you end up with is a very superficial but very appealing creed. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Wil, Head Moderator

Ah, but it's our right NOT to vote. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All I'm asking is that as many people as feel comfortable vote so that we can have a better sampling. view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Hmm. Thanks. I'll think about that as I read the book; I think it will make it more interesting. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Wil, Head Moderator

Ah, but don't try to guilt-trip us into it when we make the choice to abstaine. view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 11 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

The above post was me btw. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 11 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Sovin Nai&quot;:xuqaj1az
What sort of courses do you design?[/quote:xuqaj1az]

A good portion of the courses are designed in a CMS called Blackboard. I try to expand beyond that where I can. For the most part I'm working directly with someone from the faculty. I'm also designing courses to help them learn how design for and teach in an online environment. My goal is to make my job obsolete. I'll be gone from there long before that happens though.

-Neil view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 11 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Vanarys&quot;:348o9uj5
Cool, thanks Neil. Btw, I see that you have TDTCB for order on your website, do you ship to Guam? Considering that it's taken for international even though it's still US territory... *grumble*

Thanks in advance.[/quote:348o9uj5]

Just sold my last copy of the Canadian TPB edition and I can't find anyone willing to ship me some more. If you want to wait for the US hardcover edition, yes, I'll ship to Guam. I'm not picky about things like that.

-Neil view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 11 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

A good philosophical intro... hmm. As silly as it sounds, I think the Writers and Readers 'documentary comic books' series is actually a good place to get one's bearings.

What kind of questions are you interested in exploring? view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 11 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:3292mi9z
A good philosophical intro... hmm. As silly as it sounds, I think the Writers and Readers 'documentary comic books' series is actually a good place to get one's bearings.

What kind of questions are you interested in exploring?[/quote:3292mi9z]


Hrm. Good question. I suppose anything on religion and science or neuroscience would be interesting.

Btw, what is this Writers and Readers 'documentary comic books' series that you mentioned?

Thanks again. view post


The Title posted 11 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Alright - you guilt-tripped me into my first post.

WSS sounds like a summer camp. OK, that would be a pretty cool summer camp but still... view post


OS's and Browsers posted 11 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So you're talking about online university course type of things? view post


The Title posted 11 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm NOT. Trying to guilt trip that is. Hey MagnanimousOne! Glad you have started posting.

Sorry all, but I realized this poll had some problematic elements, so I scratched it and started over. Sorry to those of you who had already voted, but there are other options now you may choose and which may encourage other, more reticent voters, to vote. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 12 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Yes, they are university-level courses. Mostly undergraduate, but there are a few at the graduate level. Most of the classes offered at the university are traditional in the classroom or a mix of classroom and online. A smaller percentage are totally online.

-Neil view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 12 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AHello to the author and everyone... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

They're introductory texts highlighting the basics of different thinkers in a quasi graphic novel format. To be honest, I'm not even sure they're publishing them anymore. I found them immensely useful as an undergrad. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 12 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What university do you work for? Or do you work for a company that works for various universities? view post


Welcome and Guidelines posted 12 March 2004 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the new writing exchange forum. Here is how it will work:

If you have a piece you would like to discuss, begin a NEW thread titled preferably with the name of your piece. In your first post, introduce your piece, give any necessary background information or the like, and ATTACH your work. DO NOT copy it into a post, as it will make people's eyes fall out in agony and give us a huge database.

After reading someone else's work, comment on it by replying to their post. Please do not start other threads about the same piece of work, the idea being to have one thread per story, poem, what-have-you. Respond politely and constructively in a helpful manner.

If a topic comes up in a discussion that drifts from the piece to a general literary topic, start a thread in the Writing Techniques forum.

Any commentary regarding the function of this forum is to be posted as a reply to this announcement.

ALL WORK IS ASSUMED TO BE THE PROPERTY OF THE POSTER AND NO POSTED WORK MAY BE STOLEN OR POSTED ELSEWHERE WITHOUT DUE CREDIT AND PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR. view post


Welcome posted 12 March 2004 in Writing TipsWelcome by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This is a forum in which to exchange strategies and other fun writing tips. DO NOT POST WORK HERE, save it for the works section. view post


World-building posted 13 March 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Wil, Head Moderator

I am working on building a world for a story idea. But I have no idea where to start.

Does anyone have a good suggestion for creating maps? Is it best to hand draw them or is there a cartography program that works? What about the laws of geography. Any suggestions would be great! view post


World-building posted 13 March 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Kellais, Commoner

First off, thanks guys for doing this!

Concerning maps: I really love maps. I draw a lot of maps and if I do, I draw it with my own hands. There is at least one decent tool to draw maps IMO. The tool's name is Campaign Cartographer and is from ProFantasy software. For a look, go to this adress <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.profantasy.com">www.profantasy.com</a><!-- w --> .

On laws of geography: If you want to make a map based on real geographical influences that is much more work and is connected to a lot of research...
What I DO look for is that at least the climatic-zones are not too ridiculously set. I don't want to have rainforest and 2 miles to the east a huge desert, that just doesn't make sense IMO.

Ok, that's it for now...

Kellais view post


OS's and Browsers posted 13 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

I'm currently working for FDU (Fairleigh Dickenson University) in Madison, NJ. I'll probably be somewhere else within a year. Not that it's a bad place, they just don't pay that well and this work is well below what I've done in the last university I worked for (Drew). I was Director of Academic Technology there for over 10 years.

-Neil view post


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