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General Discussion / Re: The 'Classics'.. with added monster
« on: September 26, 2009, 05:10:37 pm »
I think it would be a mistake to assume that all these books will use the same formula, although a few might. There's huge scope for creativity and I hope that the publishers choose to see that, rather than just snap up lots of the same.

A friend of mine is working on a novel in this genre and as a worthy short story writer with a sharp sense of humour he is doing a cracking job.

It's going to be interesting to see where the genre does go, with so much material to work with and so many possible new angles it could be much more than just a cash cow for the publishers.

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Gosh, I've only just joined and I'm hoping it's not always like this!

Anyway, I wanted to stand a little in defence of the internet. If you use it as a tool, not a life replacement it is brilliant. Too many people get carried away and disappear from the real world in favour of a virtual one. This isn't a good thing.

Using the networking sites should be seen as just that, networking. It's a way to have discussions with a wide variety of people before meeting them for the first time which means you already know a bit about each other.

The downside is that anyone can set up a blog or join a forum and the trick is to figure out who is worth paying attention to and who isn't. That list will be different for each individual but that is what is fascinating about humanity isn't it? You could consider it as life, but in writing.

But then, what do I know?  ;D

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Introductions / Just landed!
« on: September 26, 2009, 12:53:03 am »
Hi!

I joined the BFS a few weeks ago and have just got around to visiting the forum.

I am currently part way through writing two novels. One, described by one reader as a rural urban fantasy, is on the back burner for now although I'm six chapters in. The other, which is very much in progress is now nine chapters in and progressing quickly.

I'm also starting to write some fantasy short stories and hope to submit something to the BFS for the magazines at some stage.

I grew up on books such as The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath and of course, the Narnia series, later I went through a sword and sorcery phase for a few years then moved into watching movies. This was mainly because of time pressures, due to studying accountancy then moving on to an Environmental Studies degree.

I love films about angels and demons such as The Prophecy and Constantine, and only recently have had more time to get reading again. Most recently I've been reading Alex Bell, Suzanne McLeod, Paul Magrs, Neil Gaiman and Toby Frost and I have a huge to be read pile which includes some steampunk.

I'm gutted that I missed out on this year's Fantasycon, but will be there next year by hook or by crook! Hopefully by then I'll have got to know some of you online and at some other events in between.

Sandra

www.sandranorval.co.uk

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