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drosdelnoch Subdidact | joined 05 July 2004 | 228 posts


Now listening to... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Been going through a selection of my old albums recently including Sisters of mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Bauhaus etc. Forgot how good they were (and yes I did buy them first time round. lol) view post


Now Reading... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive also got singularity sky in my to read pile <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Have read Etched City and looking forward to I think its going to be called Black Dog which will hopefully be out next year. Really want Iron Council now but suppose will have to wait <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

Other than that about to read The God Squad, not a fantasy novel rather one based on a true tale about a guy who's mother dies, father commits suicide and he's left to be raised by Nun's. Ive been told that its very harrowing. view post


Ages posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just turned 29 about 10 days ago. Really not looking forward to the 30th as it will make me feel old <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> Mind you its not how old you are its how old what you feel isnt it? <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

That and the fact that Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


How did you get here? posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Followed the Malazan board link, Holy Name Dropping although have to be honest and say that I did visit here when it was initially being set up after reading the novel months ago. view post


I have an illness posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionI have an illness by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

You read a couple of books in a few days and claim that you need to get out more? I really wouldn't worry about it, now when you hit reading 15+ books a month and go out with the mrs, meet your freinds then you have something to worry about....... hang on a mo, eeeerrr, perhaps you dont need to worry about anything, its perfectly normal. lol <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


The LOTR Films posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I enjoyed the films and found out recently that Daniel Day Lewis was initially intended for he role of Aragorn. Mind you dont know if he'd have pulled it off, what with his age. lol

Still have to say Viggo did a damn fine job. Did however get annoyed by Sam, just didnt seem right for the part. Ian Mac did a great job with Gandalf and the scenes with Chris Lee I thought were perhaps some of the best in the films. Other than that I thought that the cast were very well done and would also like to give special mention to the guy who played the dwarf (Rhys Davies as I thought that he was a cracking character with the humour in the dark moments) and Andy Serkis for his wonderful portrayal of Gollum. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 06 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think that Consult hit the nail on the head, the fact that you can reread the novels and notice something new each time, I also like the way in which the world is in chaos with each character trying to do the best for their nation as well as the way in which each army operates differently. Really looking forward to the next novel. view post


Woh! posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Works quite well although have to say that the subject box can be a little hard to differentiate from. Still that said it does look good and is definetly an identifyable mb. Good work! view post


Release Dates posted 06 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Looks like the UK release date has been delayed until March, at least thats what Ive heard <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Nothing view post


Woh! posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The space line when you get the option to write a subject into it. Same if your not logged in with the name however the space where you get to write the message is fine. Just thought that it was a little hard to see. Still does look good the whole thing <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Bonnie (Sheepdog names) view post


Ages posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im the mean average I think its called. Strange that ! lol view post


The LOTR Films posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im looking forward to quite a lot of deleted scenes, strange that the Gandalf battle against the Witch King was deleted from the film but stayed in the game and the advert. view post


Idea for this forum posted 07 July 2004 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im quite interested in it. I really want to improve my writing technique, one of the main things that I have a problem with is writing Speech for characters. Writing a sword fight I find easy to do, which most people would find hard but making it believable is something I can visualise, just the characters speech just doesnt sound right when read back. view post


Idea for this forum posted 07 July 2004 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Seems good, perhaps it'd be a great time to get ready to roll on the idea. view post


Woh! posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

yep, its ie that I use. view post


Now listening to... posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Aldarion, I think perhaps you forgot Jonny Cash. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Seriously though also been listening to some other stuff recently, as Ive been reading a few fantasy novels Ive had stuff by Clannad, Caroline Lavelle playing and have to say it enhanced the reading. Also quite like Sonne by Ramstein. view post


World-building posted 07 July 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Map wise I tend to draw them on the computer using photoshop, then I sketch in the basics such as mountains and rivers, lakes etc. From that you can generally figure out where to place settlements and forrests and carry on the planning.

Other than that I then start to build the world by asking simple questions :

1) Climate
2) Are the religious or have they done away with it?
3) What sort of ruling system do they have are they like Rome and have a senate or do they have Royalty
4) How advanced are they? What sort of technology is available
5) Is there a feudal system with people curently warring on another or do they all live in relative peace?

After that you can develop the individual peoples and then look to the principle character. Hope this helps

Gareth view post


Idea for this forum posted 08 July 2004 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ok will keep an eye on it and think about the writing, <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


World-building posted 08 July 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

You hit the nail on the head there Sovin, yes it is time consuming but think about how easy it is to edit and your not left with masses of rubber marks, I have used the letter V in the Vivaldi font (which can be found on a vast amount of free font sites) and then inverted to make mountains, works quite well, gives a sort of tolkien style to it. Cant remember if it was a capital or lower case but if you do it you'll see what I mean. view post


A Game of Thrones posted 10 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest Ive read the first two and saving the next two (book 3 being released in two parts) for when a confirmed date is out. Still I suppose thats the way it goes. Will probably reread but feel that Ive taken all the info available already in and if Im honest if theres nothing new to gain whats the point of reading them again? view post


Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 10 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Series for me are

1) David Gemmell novels (can count them all in really as there is a way to interlink the whole lot as according to DG theyre all set in the same world at different times.)

2) Steven Erikson : Malazan series

3) R Scott Bakker (not sure if I can count this as Ive only read one novel at the moment, have to wait until March for the second one <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> )

4) Sarah Ash : The Tears of Artemon series

5) Stephen Kings Dark Tower series

6) Robin Hobbs Fool series

Thats about it for the mo, dont tend to read many series <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now listening to... posted 10 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I got sent the three lord of the rings film soundtrack for my birthday a couple of weeks back, have to say that Ive really enjoyed them, my fav has to be the music for Return of the King, with Billy Boyd and also Viggo with his elven acceptance speech. view post


I have an illness posted 10 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionI have an illness by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Theres no such thing as a life out of books. lol

To be honest the thing that I like about this particular line of books is the fact that theyre a good way to escape modern life and giving you a sense of justice. view post


Week One : Drosdelnoch posted 16 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek One : Drosdelnoch by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The skies were overcast, much more different to the way that they had appeared last time he had been here. Then the weather had unleashed itself with a torrential rain that seemed to drown out the emotions of the mourners at his wife’s funeral, as if the immortals that watched over them all had wept at her passing.

Passing through the gates of the graveyard he walked calmly past the willow drinking from the pond that flowed nearby, slowing to a stop by a simple carving of an Iris, which marked where she lay for eternity. The carving had taken sometime but the sicker that she had become the more time he spent pouring his energies into that one loving thing that he could do for her, it had initially intended to be a new bedhead for her but as the days dragged into months it became clearer that she would need no such thing and he resigned himself to present her with as much of his love as he could to look after her in the hereafter.

Looking down he saw that a number of weeds had begun to grow and he lowered his large frame to the ground in order to be able to remove them. As he pulled each one up, he remembered happier times, such as when they had first met and the fun that they had when it emerged that her name had been Iris, he’d always called her his flower-girl after that and the name had stuck throughout the years and such happy years they had been, the fact that they’d never had children never bothered him, he had been content just having her by his side as they meandered away the years growing contented in each others company. His former life had become a thing of the past and if anyone had enquired about what he had done before he met her he always told them that he’d been a farm hand in the north before the plague had hit hard there. The fact that no one could check his story gave him peace of mind as he didn’t want any to know of his true past, that of a brigand, never staying in one place long, just long enough to earn enough money to travel further away. Occassionally people would pass through and throw shifty glances his way trying to look at him from different angles but the beard he had grown had disguised a number of scars that marked him out and he’d been here for so many years now, if anyone asked he’d always been there.

“Ive come to see you, to tell you that I wont be around for a while, Fleur.” Started Marquis, “my brother has written from the north and asked that I go and help him as he’s managed to get into some trouble. So I may be sometime, but I don’t want you thinking that I’ve forgotten you. I’ve asked young Borin to keep an eye on things for you, you remember him don’t you, he’s the one who fell in the river five years back and couldn’t get out for falling in the mud. How you laughed at him then, all covered head to toe like a happy pig.”

Remembering her laughter brought a tear to his eye and he casually wiped it away before continuing to tell her that he hoped the trip wouldn’t keep him long and that he’d bring her something special back. But to show her that he loved her, he gave her a parting gift before he set off. Digging a hole near to the headstone he opened up his bag and brought out a plant that had traveled halfway across the continent just for her. Although she would never see it, he knew that the thought alone would have made her happy. After bedding it down he walked to the shallow pond and scooped up some water carrying it back to her grave and let it slowly dribble through his shovel like hands giving the plant much needed life giving water. Hopefully when he returned the flower would have taken and given his wife a much happier looking resting place. Standing he turned around and began walking back to home that they had shared in order to pick up his traveling bags for the long journey north, he didn’t look back afraid that if he did so he wouldn’t be able to bring himself to leave. Staring back from the kirkyard a lone Iris fluttered gently in the breeze, seemingly listening to the music of the wind. view post


Week One: Wil posted 16 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Wil by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I don't think that it was too short quite a bit of emotion is put into the scene and the way in which the subject matter was portrayed is quite touching, personally I thought that sometimes less is more and with the way in which you handled the manipulation of it puts it into a context that all can connect with on a personal level, after all how many times have you gone through a grave yard and seen the results of vandals upon what many would see as someones last place of respect.

Nicely done! view post


Week One: Gurgeh posted 16 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Gurgeh by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think that this shows a great way in which different people look to a subject matter, although with this I would be interested to see how the scene would develop. Does the character know that he's dead? What does he think is happening? Why is he still here?

But for me this is always a sign of a well planned peice of writing, if you can get the reader to ask a large number of questions then you know that you've hooked them. Im looking forward to see how your writing develops over the course of this. My piece Im sad to say was written more as a bit of a rush to get something done although I had planned pieces of it prior to going to sleep on a couple of nights. This shows how well a bit of writing can be portrayed as well as developing a theme that could easily lead on to a longer project.

Nice work. view post


Week One: Replay posted 16 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Replay by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

A writers influences can usually be seen in the way that they approach a subject, I think that what you've done is set a scene quite clearly that requires further development, leaving it on a hook about but who was the man in black.

As mentioned in another critque parts of the speech seemed to want to head in one direction but seemed to have been slightly dashed, although I loved the way in which the whole piece has been set out. I personally have a had time writing speech for characters and feel that parts of it are clunky when I do it, you seem to have the right idea with it as the characters appear to be interacting quite well.

Keep up the good work. view post


Week Two Scene Nominations [CLOSED] posted 16 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek Two Scene Nominations [CLOSED] by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think it depends upon what people wish to develop, all have intrigueing ideas behind them so I'm going to find it hard to pick a fav but would perhaps suggest something a little more upbeat from the last subject after all we dont all want to turn into Morrisey. lol view post


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