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  1. Latest reads....

    Slight update. The City and the City review's up. In the pipeline there's a review for Mark Charan Newton's Nights of Villjamur and Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold, both of which I loved. Don't think those two will be far from my favourites of 2009, though time will tell - there's still over 6 months to go before I make my list!

    However I do like to mix things up, so I've reread Robert Heinlein's Rocketship Galileo and Glory Road (well, actually, Glory Road I'm about two-thirds ...
  2. Possible Critique Thread

    Hey there readers,

    So, yeah, I started a thread: "Possible Critique?" in the Authors and Writing/Writing division and thus far I've had one, yes may I repeat: one individual actually give some advice (kmtolan, you're awesome by the way!). Now, I know that this is a forum where people can freely choose when they want to dish-out their advice cards, but seriously: is it because there's soo much reading involved?

    Anyway, I've done a ton of revision to the writing ...
  3. Trouble and Love

    Saliman, Irc, and I were wandering around in the streets of Lirigon earlier today. It was so nice and so peaceful. But like always, the peace was broken by three children playing tag. I was very surprised to find that those children were Zelika and her brother and sister. I was shocked to see her alive. After Saliman had told me she was dead I thought that the world would never be the same. Now here I am playing tag with her and her siblings. One of her friends, Mik joined us later as well. ...
  4. wishes hush on a wintry eve

    Wishes Hush on a Wintry Eve

    Delicately hushed
    falling softly
    Slipping into the warm blanketing of the indigo night
    Stretching out each limb
    flexing sinews catching
    dazzling shards from a fallen star granting
    wishes upon wish
    in crystalline frostings that
    drift as blown snow flakes
    now calm
    into blissful
    slumbering rest

    (c) libithina
  5. A Full Day

    (Zelika Loophole Blog #10)

    Just after I left to play tag with Nisrah and Sunara, we came across Hem, Saliman, and Irc. Hem joined in the game almost immediately, and Mik met us and also played.

    Nisrah got in trouble when he bumped into a big, brutish man. Hem helped him but the thug kept attacking us, and he called me a whore. Luckily Saliman arrived and freezed him. Sunara went and found another Bard and they took the man somewhere after he was let out of the spell ...

    Updated May 22nd, 2009 at 06:19 PM by Maiablackwolf

    Zelika Loophole Blogs
  6. Follow up on my recent Publication

    Just a follow up on my new book "Science Fiction and Alternate History - A Collection of Short Stories"

    It's now on many of the major sites such as Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Abe Books, Alibris, Books-a-Million, Booktopia etc.

    I've sent a copy to the reasonably regarded Australian science fiction magazine Aurealis, who have agreed to review it.

    I don't yet have any sales data, but should have access to that some time in the next few days. ...
  7. The double-edged sword of inspiration

    If you refer to almost any "how-to" book in any creative field (e.g. writing, painting, music etc.), most authors will suggest to immerse yourself in the respective field you're trying to break into. The logical thinking is that this will inspire you and help you keep your finger on the pulse of new ideas, even if they are spun upon old ones.

    Wanna write fantasy? Read any and all fantasy that you can. Wanna paint? Pick up a subscription to Juxtapoz magazine and go to every ...

    Updated May 19th, 2009 at 03:05 PM by jackacid

  8. Alexandria

    Hello readers,

    About six or seven years ago I was a forum junkie (not on this one but nonetheless). I have found that talking on forums was therapeutic to my writing. Seeming as I've done a total of a month's worth of writing since I've stopped chatting on forums, I thought it would be a good idea to pick up the habit again.

    After reading some of what is really posted on this site, I'd have to say that my writing is less science fiction/fantasy and more... well... ...
  9. It Is Done

    I can feel the weight of the Nameless One's darkness lifted from Edil-Amarandh.

    And, thank the Light, none of our small company perished in our quest for the Treesong. Saliman came very close, but thanks to Hem, he is still with us and has returned to good health.

    Maerad had me worried for a time with her visions, but it was meant to happen, and the dead, I'm sure, helped her to battle Sharma.

    Now that my journey is over, I'm rather ...
  10. Update...

    Still reading that Hugo Award package stuff...

    and it is working, in that I'm getting more of an idea of what I like (or don't.)

    Which I believe is the idea: informed choices for voting. Though I'm not going to Canada, sadly, I quite like the idea of voting in the Hugos and making my mark, little though it is.

    Have just about finished writing the review for China Mieville's The City and the City. on the whole I liked it, but quite brief compared ...
  11. Btl...

    My sister gets married tomorrow! Scary to think after 26 years she'll just lose her maiden name like that. The weather better pick up. Trust Ireland to make sure it rains in May, and May's always nice.
  12. Daisy Chains!

    Ok so today, I made daisy chains (:
    It made me very happy, actually

    Currently Reading: nothing
    Listening to: Miley Cyrus and Kill Hannah
  13. Review: F & SF Magazine, June 1995

    In the first of these irregular reads, I’m picking (or rather I’m having picked for me) an F & SF Magazine between 1959 – 1996. As requested, first F & SF Magazine review:

    The first chosen was the June 1995 issue, in its 46th Year of Publication. To put that in perspective, this issue is from the time when Kristine Kathryn Rusch was editor, when Gregory Benford ...

    Updated April 28th, 2009 at 08:16 PM by Hobbit

  14. Do blogs really work?

    That's the question. I guess the answer is it depends. It depends on who is writing, whether readers can find it, does it have anything interesting to say.

    I will be interested to see if this one works, if I get comments back, etc.

    I ask only because I've been thinking to publish my first book as blog if it doesn't sell. I suppose that putting the horse behind the cart. I'll investigate that possibility if it comes to that.

    Updated January 3rd, 2011 at 05:35 PM by feitelberg

  15. Lullabies, Busk and Nerili

    Being out to sea for so long has made me realize how much I value dry land. It also...revealed to me, certain aspects of Maerad's powers. While sailing, we came upon a Stormdog...the beast was effectively soothed by a lullaby sung by my young student. Needless to say I was shocked. I'm delighted that we weren't killed by the creature, of course, but so much power held by one person - one untrained person - could prove dangerous if not handled carefully.

    I write this entry while amidst ...
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