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Vanarys Commoner | joined 09 March 2004 | 7 posts


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 09 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

New member here. Thought I'd drop in and say hi.

Unlike everyone else here (most probably) I still haven't read TDTCB or TWP but have no fear I shall soon enough. Of course, I stopped by <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.princeofnothing.com">www.princeofnothing.com</a><!-- w --> and read the excerpt, during which I was just completely caught of guard and floored. Awesome stuff. I was going to wait patiently for the books to hit US shores, but I might just say screw it and order it from amazon.ca as I'm chomping a bit at the mouth now... <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

Anyway, I have one or two questions for Mr. Bakker, if he's not to busy to answer them (he's working on the third book right?).


First of all, when you sit down and write a story or just write period, how do you start off and what methods do you use to maintain consistency? You mentioned before in another thread that some people helped or taught you how to write, could you go about listing or perhaps stating some of the methods here?

Secondly, something struck me as funny, I don't claim to be a psychoanalyst or a Dunyain (I wish! <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->) by any means, but in your stories do you treat your characters as "the" question and the world around them as the answer? It seems to me that in the novels and stories that I have read, the ones that end up being tedious or just downright boring to me are the ones which treat the character as somehow the answer. Does that make sense? Not sure if I can phrase this any other way. But wait, alternately, you could also argue that Kellhus seems to be the answer to every question, every circumstance (or almost every) within your novel. Hrm.

Blah, anyway, looking forward to ravaging/consuming your books in a matter of hours after I get them, such as I do with all great books that I get. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> 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

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


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


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


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


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