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SymeonHaecceity Peralogue | joined 01 June 2005 | 39 posts

Language posted 02 June 2005 in Writing TipsLanguage by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: "Kidruhil Lancer":16uqxcie
I'd have to say that my biggest struggle as a writer is what to do about language. In a purely made-up world, how can you mention names of places/groups/peoples without coming up with a complete language? Or even multiple languages? I can easily create a myriad of names with their own unique sounds, but the difficulty for me comes when I have to rationalize them. ( Why is this city called such-and-such? Which part of its name means this or that..? )

So my question is, as a writer whose language skills are seriously lacking in the creative department, should I just wing it and be consistant? Or should I simply make statements such as "they spoke the such-and-such tongue", and let the reader assume?[/quote:16uqxcie]

Try [url:16uqxcie][/url:16uqxcie] view post

Gates of Fire posted 02 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionGates of Fire by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

I wonder if anyone has read Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire". It's not a fantasy work, but historical - dealing with the battle of Thermopylae - but I have no doubt that fans of fantasy fiction would enjoy it very much. view post

This time I got a question... posted 02 June 2005 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":1ifxh68g
Just found out that - once again - ALL the major genre publishers passed on the mass-market paperback rights to The Darkness that Comes Before.

Since we have so many big brains on this board, I thought I would field this question: What can a guy do to drum up some attention in the US?

Maybe I should become a Dunyain spam master or something...[/quote:1ifxh68g]

We could make up some fake "Oprah" book club stickers and put them on the books and place them in the Oprah section!

Watch them FLY off the shelf!

After the fraud is exposed, no doubt The Oprah will invite Scott Bakker onto his show.

Sweet Sejenus, sometimes I am so damn devious I scare myself!!! view post

Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 02 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

So it is a flat lie to say that homosexuals are deprived of any civil right pertaining to marriage. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.

Which is a little like saying "I don't care if Black people marry, so long as they only marry other Black people. Where's the civil rights issue?"

In Iran, people whom the ayatollahs don't approve of are barred from running for office or taking part in public discussion. The ayatollahs have the right to impose their ideas on the whole nation because they're really really really sure that they are correct about everything. All their friends agree with them, and anybody who disagrees with them is obviously evil or stupid.

And of course ayatollah's have very liberal stances on homosexuality.

I'm sorry to say, but the "it's always been this way" has to be one of the weakest arguments against gay marriage I can imagine. Or anything else, for that matter. view post

A Game of Thrones book club discussion open posted 02 June 2005 in Book ClubA Game of Thrones book club discussion open by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

One of the aspects I thoroughly enjoyed was the *family* relationships. All too often in fantasy characters are orphans or their family relationships are nonexistant or background noise. In reality, we are deeply tied to our families, for good or for ill. The Starks, the Lannisters, the Greyjoys, the Targaeyans.

Even PoN seems to be about orphans - Cniaur, Kelhus, Achamian and Esmi all are estranged from their families. The emperor has a rather *ahem* interesting relationship with his mother. Still, I think one of the things I like more about Martin's work over Bakker's is his depiction of the family romance. view post

Hinduism and Inrithiism posted 02 June 2005 in Author Q & AHinduism and Inrithiism by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Hi Scott!

I'm curious about the parallels between Inrithiism and Hinduism. Are there any specific Hindu texts, or perspectives, that you had in mind writing PoN? view post

Gates of Fire posted 06 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionGates of Fire by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: "Alric":2b9u9h2k
It is an excellently written novel. As a historian and historical fiction writer, I have to say that Pressfield managed a true gem with this novel. The characters and action really manage to draw the readers in, as well as giving them just a small feel of what it would have been like to stand that narrow strip of land at Thermopylae.[/quote:2b9u9h2k]

"Tides of War" is the only other one I liked. "Last of the Amazons" didn't hold me too closely, and I'm fearing that his newest book on Alexander the Great might be as good as the Oliver Stone movie. view post

Blood Meridian posted 06 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionBlood Meridian by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

I read about half of it. I'm currently reading "The Iliad" and will probably read that one when I am finished.

I once read the opening page of Blood Meridian at a *poetry* reading & people seemed to love it. A brutal book that I hope gets made into a movie someday. view post

Benjuka posted 06 June 2005 in Author Q & ABenjuka by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

I'm curious if some of the intricacies of benjuka will ever be revealed. Is it an actual game that has been worked out, or is it more of a background idea, a metaphor for the shifting sands of human interaction. view post

Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

You brag about your kickass benjuka skills and when you play with your friends you keep changing the rules in a Calvinball-like manner. view post

Now Reading... posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Currently reading the Fagles translation of the "Iliad". If you think PON contains a great deal of sex and violent supermen hacking their way thru the world, read the Iliad.

Compare Cniaur to Achilles - esp. in regards to losing his "prize" to a superior. view post

Ong Bak Absolutely rules! posted 07 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionOng Bak Absolutely rules! by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Ong Bak was a movie I *wanted* to like. Maybe it was the overuse of bad 80's style camerawork - where they show the same kick from three angles. Terrible!

Some people in the theater actually *laughed* at the climactic death scene of the hero's friend, so maybe that's what ruined it for me.

I really dug the fight scene in the bar tho, where he beats up three guys, especially the zippy dude with the fro.

My personal vote for kickass martial arts movie of the year is "Kungfu Hustle", a movie I liked even better than Kill Bill. Definitely a bizarre movie, yet sweet and funny at the same time. view post

Terragen posted 07 June 2005 in Writing TipsTerragen by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

I came across this link and thought to myself

"Now that would be really cool to design fantasy landscapes for a book and help visualise ideas."

Now if only someone would do some designs for Earwa.

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Does anyone have any other software they like to use for writing? view post

Boosting Sales of the &quot;Prince of Nothing&quot; posted 07 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionBoosting Sales of the &quot;Prince of Nothing&quot; by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

If we all put our collective noggins together I think we can come up with a great marketing plan. view post

Xinemus and the Cishaurim posted 07 June 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtXinemus and the Cishaurim by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Does anyone else think the Cishaurim may be involved with giving Zin his sight back? view post

Other authors you enjoy posted 07 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOther authors you enjoy by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:2n73idk0
After finishing PSS, I finally understand what all the hullabaloo about Mieville is... It really is an extraordinary book, though I think it shares many of the same weaknesses as TDTCB.

I started Cryptonomicon some time ago, but somehow it slipped through the cracks of my hectic schedule. I seem to remember thinking it was pretty much mainstream - I'm trying to concentrate on catching up on the 'genre greats' - university put me about a decade behind.

I have Snow Crash on the MUST READ shelf, but I'm trying to catch up on my Erikson (DG was my last). I started MOI, then decided to go back to GOTM. Damn, that man knows his yarn![/quote:2n73idk0]

You will probably enjoy Quicksilver as well, the "prequel" to Cryptonomicon. Snow Crash is on my must read list too. view post

The Afterlife posted 07 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThe Afterlife by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

How do the major faiths of Earwa deal with the afterlife? I found it an odd inconstancy that for all the fanaticism, the glories awaiting people in the afterlife are never mentioned.

Sorcerors are "damned", but what does this mean exactly? Are they cast into some sort of inferno, or simply denied "the light"? Is this something that will be dealt with in the next book? view post

Noble Savagery posted 13 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNoble Savagery by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Please choose your favourite "noble savage" view post

Bakker Biography Material Unearthed! posted 15 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionBakker Biography Material Unearthed! by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

You should have used his toothbrush for a personal rectal exam. [url=http&#58;//findaperson&#46;canada411&#46;ca/10649/log_feature/search_suggestion/search/Find_Person?firstname=r&amp;city=london&amp;zip=&amp;state_id=ON&amp;name=bakker&amp;firstname_begins_with=1:33jlafx0]Canada 411[/url:33jlafx0] might've been quicker tho! I dunno if that's our R. Scott Bakker but some midnight phonecalls should answer that question! view post

A stupid question posted 15 June 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtA stupid question by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Something I'm really not clear about - but is TTT the last book in the PoN series? view post

And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 15 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Given a choice I would pick McD's - they at least have *some* decent foods, salads and such.

Harvey's has the best Burgers &amp; Wendy's is pretty decent too. A&amp;W has kickass onion rings &amp; root beer.

The only thing worse than BK is "Fast Eddies", the Canadian version of White Castle. Home of the "12 for a buck glutburger!"

I thought the movie "Supersize Me" was a bit strange - McD's probably has some of the more healthy choices out of all the fast food joints if you get the right stuff.

Now I'm hungry!!!! <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o --> view post

Noble Savagery posted 15 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNoble Savagery by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

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That and is real name is Randy Poffo.

Man, I need a slim jim - oh yeaaaaaaahhhhh!!!! view post

A stupid question posted 16 June 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtA stupid question by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Twayleph&quot;:1a7rjzj9
Yes, TTT is the last book of the Prince of Nothing Series. It is not the last we'll hear of Eärwa, however, since Scott has planned to write two more series of book, one called The Aspect-Emperor and another one whose title Scott is reluctant to reveal for spoiler reasons. I think we'll have to wait a little more than a year for those, though <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->[/quote:1a7rjzj9]


I look forward to it. view post

Ong Bak Absolutely rules! posted 18 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionOng Bak Absolutely rules! by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Nauticus&quot;:3konznow
Quote: &quot;Faelcind Il Danach&quot;:3konznow
nauticus I am lifelong martial artist myself so I appreciate the realitis of fighting vs. onscreen perfromance but suggest martial artist won't get particular kick out of this movie is rather ludicrous. The vast majority of martial artist admire guys like bruce lee and Jackie chan despite knowing what the do onscreen wouldn't translate in real fight.[/quote:3konznow]
To each his own, I guess. Most people I train with have little respect for Lee and Chan, and so forth, for exploiting their self-defense training to make money. Of course, we can just as easily hate Capitalism for that, but thats beside the point.

I don't disrespect either of them, but I'm a fan of realistic movies. So, when they have unrealistic fight scenes, it annoys me.[/quote:3konznow]

Bruce Lee was, at least, a real martial artist. He would no doubt have practiced daily, whether he was a movie star or not. When I studied karate, ages ago, my sensei once put on "Enter the Dragon" and would replay certain moves, over and over again, to show us how it was done. In particular, the side kick he used to take out O'Hara when he came at him with a bottle is fantastic.

There are certainly varying degrees of realistic. "Raging Bull" is realistic. When De Niro (Jake) beats the crap out of Pesci (Joey) it's pretty damn realistic.

Jackie Chan is great - while there are no doubt "better" martial artists, how many have his comedic timing and sense? I think he's nearly a modern Chaplin.

As for Bruce, well he couldn't act - but let's face it, you watch Fred Astaire for the dancing, not the acting. You watch Bruce for the ass kicking - not the finely honed acting.

If he made millions doing what he did best and entertained millilons more, good for him! Martial Artists might complain about Bruce "selling out", whatever that hoary phrase means, but without him how many martial art's schools would be variety stores in plazas? view post

And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 18 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Deerow&quot;:1wc6j59q
I know some Americans visit the boards here so I just wanted to ask something. I was recently in L.A. and went to McDs a handful of times (couldn't afford anything else...although CPK is amazing...but I digress) and didn't see anything like salads, yogurt parfaits, or toasted they exist in the states? Or was I just in a really shitty McDonalds?

Just wondering because they are pushing that shit pretty hard up here.

*Btw, my girlfriend is American but lives in I don't think there is a McDonald's anywhere near her...just sheep and cows <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->*[/quote:1wc6j59q]

Where I'm from (London) we are often used as a "test market" for McD's products so we often get products first. London has the dubious distinction of being the first place to have Chicken McNuggets. Makes sense. Try it out in a smaller, and more conservative, market first. If it works then ship it South.

Guess that makes us McGuinea Pigs! view post

WoT posted 20 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoT by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Okay it sucks! But how much??? view post

Snowflake Method posted 22 June 2005 in Writing TipsSnowflake Method by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

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Sheesh - the free publicity I give people - I should be paid!!! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post

The New Promisekeepers posted 22 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe New Promisekeepers by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

I have decided to start my own grassroots Promisekeepers for Men of the Tusk. If you make the following Seven Promises you can join to!

1) I promise to donate %75 of my income to the Three Seas Forum moderators

2) I promise to grow a moustache (sorry - but no girls allowed!)

3) I promise to kill Fanim on sight.

4) I promise not to have any impure thoughts while butchering infidels and throwing rocks at prostitutes after I had sex with them

5) I promise to turn off my cell-phone while the priest is droning on "Sejenus this... Sejenus that..." in church

6) I promise to always where my "what would Sejenus do" bracelet.

7) I promise to wake people up at 5am on Sunday to give them Inrithi pamphlets and ask them if they have accepted the words of the Prophet. If they haven't I will throw rocks at them.

Promisekeeper FAQ's

"What if I can't grow a moustache?"

We will sell you one for $99.95. Don't use any other one for God will know and punish you.

"What if my wife objects?"

That will be covered in our seminar "Interpersonal Relationships Between a Husband and Wife or Shut Your Mouth Woman and Make Me Dinner!"

"What will the moderators do with the money?"

None of your business.

"I have some good friends who are Fanim, must I kill them?"

Yes! view post

Shirt Discussion posted 22 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Maybe you should make one that says

"My parents went to Shimeh and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt".

On second thought.... view post

Local Writing Groups posted 23 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; ALocal Writing Groups by SymeonHaecceity, Peralogue

Hi Scott!

I was wondering if you knew about any good writing support/critique groups in the London area. If so, please let me know! view post


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