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Sovin Nai Site Administrator | joined 15 January 2004 | 401 posts


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q & 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


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 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


Great News - and please post what work you are all doing. posted 15 March 2004 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Champions of Carnage seems a bit heavy. That was just my initial reaction, anyway. I like it, but think that some people could be a bit turned off by it. view post


Now Reading... posted 16 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I just started The Fencing Master, which is not fantasy at all, but oh well.

Voland, how are you struggling with the Liveship Traders? Are you having problems getting into the plot, or following the story, or what? I'm just curious, because I think they might be my favorite works RH has done. I would like to hear your opinion. view post


Welcome and Guidelines posted 18 March 2004 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, after a rather bumpy ride we got the attachment function working. This forum is now unlocked and open for business. Please, begin posting your writing and become better authors. Sorry about the few days of downtime. view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 18 March 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think the only information about Kellhus we can assume to be true is that which comes from his POV. view post


The Series That Comes After? posted 18 March 2004 in Author Q & AThe Series That Comes After? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That is very exciting, to think about the relationship between The Hobbit and LoTR and then apply that to what we are reading now.

Scott, have you read any of the Farseer, Liveship Trader, or Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb? They follow the cycle of trilogies format, and I really like it.

It is also exciting to think about this website ten years down the road, with a huge member base and tons of forums. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 18 March 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the board, Replay.

Yes, morality and value would be a changing concept. I am arguing that from where morality is derived is irrelevant. We must acknowledge it as a necessary facet of life. It smooths out human interaction and gives members of a society a common frame of reference. But, by acknowledging that morality is not a concrete system, we can liberate ourselves from the who's right/wrong argument and acknowledge differing moral beliefs as personal problems and not religious. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 18 March 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What I mean by not a religious issue is that by accepting that we don't have the absolute truth we can allow other religions or lack of religion to exist peacefully without the need to "make them see the truth." I am not saying that these are not religious beliefs, but I see how that was unclear in my last post, sorry. view post


Administrator Vacation posted 18 March 2004 in General AnnouncementsAdministrator Vacation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil and I, the founders and admins of this site, will both be gone to different places in Mexico with our families over spring break. This being the case, if anything goes horribly wrong or falls apart we won't be hear to deal with it. Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing, and I at least will do what I can to log in from Mexico at a cyber cafe or some similar location.

We should both be back Saturday the 27 of March. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 27 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You really should try Mozilla or Firefox at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.mozilla.org">www.mozilla.org</a><!-- w --> view post


Great News - and please post what work you are all doing. posted 27 March 2004 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Requiescat? view post


The Series That Comes After? posted 27 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThe Series That Comes After? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

May I state, as a devout Hobb follower, that you MUST read the books in order, and all of them. The tawny man trilogy will make sense but so much will be lost. Bits of innuendo and character developement and the rich complexity of intertwined tales, which are the true beauty of Hobb`s works will be gone. Sorry about that, but I feel quite strongly. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 27 March 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think the most important factor is to accept that your religion is personal and ensure that it is really personal. You must believe what you believe because it is how you feel and not for any other reasons, such as societal pressures, or because thats how you were raised. To many people donĀ“t know why they believe what they claim to believe. view post


Great News - and please post what work you are all doing. posted 31 March 2004 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Interesting. What religion does that come from? view post


My Book - A Faceless Shadow posted 31 March 2004 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Did you have trouble posting your map or just decided to post a link? (Wondering from the perspective of troubleshooting...) view post


My Book - A Faceless Shadow posted 02 April 2004 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All right. Thanks. I am enjoying your story, btw. view post


The LOTR Films posted 07 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

As a standalond cinematic experience, I think they were excellent. For me, they were the first fantasy films which did not feel like fantasy but like medieval history.

As they relate to the books, there is no comparison. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 07 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, tabs should definitely be added to IE if they want to stay competitive. view post


Great News - and please post what work you are all doing. posted 07 April 2004 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Quite. It will certainly get people's attention. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 07 April 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sorry, but if you don't mind I would like to step into the ring and say something here, having missed most of this discussion until today.

I think that what Replay is talking about with the intrinsic nature of values is halfway right, but needs to be combined with what Iceman is saying. Value derives its meaning (or value) from what we percieve to suit the environment best. They are related, but I believe one is the human perception of suitability. Thus we value strong physiques because historically they were valued (the social value) because prehistorically they were best suited (hunting and gathering). They form a related chain.

On the other hand, I do believe, as I have stated before, that morals have no grounding save in the common whim of man, which does have a basis in values which has a basis in suitability. In this way everyone is morally "right," just different. Just how much difference the mean (average) morality is willing to tolerate determines at what point laws are made or wars waged.

The interesting point Scott made was (if I am interpreting this correctly, Scott) that if the person stating that there is "one right morality and it is mine" is actually right, then everyone else is wrong. I feel that this is closely related to religion. We have multiple conflicting religions all claiming to be correct. This cannot be true. They must all be semi-correct or one must be correct and the rest utter rot.

Sorry about continuing, but I find it quite fascinating. What do you think about opening a philossphy section? view post


Visiting the US? posted 07 April 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Like Seattle Washington? <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Getting the words down. posted 09 April 2004 in Writing TipsGetting the words down. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What usually happens to me is this:

I start with an idea I feel is brilliant, and I'm totally pumped about it. I spend a few days or even weeks thinking about it and fiddling with it, then start writing. I get a couple of typed pages into it, take a break, and come back and read it. Sometimes I think it's okay and sometimes I think it's crap, but I never really like it. Then I pick up a book and do some reading and am blown away by the authors writing. I feel there is no way I could do my storyline and world justice, so I just stop writing and stick to reading.

That is the general pattern, and I don't really write much because I always feel that way and It just isn't worth it. My favorite part is coming up with plots and worlds anyway. view post


A few questions posted 09 April 2004 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Six fingers could be handy. You could hold more. Actually, if you correct this screw up in later editions (which I assume you will), this one will become very valuable in all likelihood. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 09 April 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I do believe that Morality is a total human construct. However, I also think it has deep seated roots in our evolutionary past. The do unto others as you would have others do unto you sort of mentality. If you kill your neighbor, your other neighbor will kill you before you kill him. The fundamentals of morality have a grounding in basic logic, which is why we have certain seeming 'global' standards.

I'm going to do that section. view post


Visiting the US? posted 09 April 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We should raise a plane ticket fund! JK. view post


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