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    Somewhat nervous new poster

    Hi. My name is Helen, I'm 28 and I live in the UK.

    I write fantasy, mainly because I like creating worlds that run to *my* rules.

    I also read in the genre (slightly dangerous I know), my favourite author is David Eddings and if I could write stories like he can I'd be happy. And rich.

    Urm that's about it for the moment.

    Angelesque

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    Hello and welcome. No real need to be nervous.

    How many stories have you written? Book or short stories mostly? How long have you been writing?


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    Keeping The Equilibrium Erebus's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard, Angelesque!

    And like KATS has already said, there's no need to be nervous at all! Afterall, none of us will bite you...promise!

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    I have been writing since I was a child and most of it has been short stories and essays for school and college.

    I have written some fan fiction, which is online at fanfiction.net and archived here and there.

    My current project is my novel. I have been writing this thing on and off for about 10 years now. Over time it has collected dust, evolved, been binned, but stubbornly refuses to die.

    So it's back to world-building and character profiles.

    Fortunately this time I have a beta reader who I know will bug me if he doesn't keep getting bit and pieces. I have also decided to "publish" it online.

    Hopefully this time it might see the light of day.

    Angel.

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    Publishing online is a good idea- let me know how that goes for you! I've posted about 10 chapters of one book I was working on, but decided to go P.O.D. route instead, s I stopped posting the newer chapters and the revised ones...they're all first or second drafts...I've been happy with the feedback I've had thus far.
    www.geocities.com/wastra/DoW.html

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    Welcome and best of luck to you! This is the time to enter the exciting (if highly competetive) world of fantasy writing. With the wild success of HARRY POTTER and the impending release of LORD OF THE RINGS, the genre is very hot and even (perhaps) a bit more lucrative than it might once have been.

    As for getting rich...best of luck there as well. But don't quit your day job and sit in front of your monitor all day, cranking out fiction. The chances of consistently earning enough money from your writing exclusively to support yourself (let alone get rich)is relatively slim. But, if you make it, more power to you! And don't forget your fantasy friends at sffworld!

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    I don't know ... some of us bite (I bite on request). And no, I don't know what I'm on about.

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    Welcome Angelesque.
    If you like to write, I want to invite you to contribute to our babilon story: LOST BREED.
    Although It's sf, not fantasy, but... we need some fresh talent!

    Lior

    [This message has been edited by lior (edited November 28, 2001).]

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    Guardian of sffworld Moderator James Barclay's Avatar
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    Welcome Angelesque,

    Best of luck with the writing. Keep going at that novel. Let's face it, if it's been around ten years, there must be something about it that works for you and that you feel needs saying. Finding what that is might give you more impetus to produce a finished draft all the sooner.

    Echo about not giving up the day job. Big advances are rare as are phenomena like Harry Potter, that's why they're news. Getting to a stage where you can live from writing alone is a dream long in the making for most authors, take it from me...

    I hope you enjoy the forum. Plenty of help and support to be had here as well as some cracking debate. Good luck.

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    Wastra,

    I went to your site and I think it's really good.

    I like the design and the contents but one thing - *please* tell me how you did the maps!

    I have hand-drawn maps, which are fine but for the slight problem in that I have no scanner.

    I have a program called Fractal Terrains, which is ok, but the pictures created tend to be small and go fuzzy when you enlarge them. (Actually I just had a look and I think that's because I have a trial version.)

    Thanks for the look at your website.

    Angel.

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    I read your stories on Fanfiction. I'm impressed.

    Now, I'm anxious to hear more about the stories you created yourself.

    Funny how much we seem to have in common. I too started a book some 10 odd years ago. Although I've worked on it off and on over the years, mostly I've focused on smaller stories. I'll shut up now about my stories as I'll go on and on and on and on . . .

    Again, welcome and I look forward to reading more of your creations.

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    Angelesque-

    They were drawn about 3-4 years back on, I believe, a simple "paint" program. I drew the rough outline of the land masses, then did one mountain tile and copied-and-pasted it where the mountain ranges belong. The texture is solely from patterns in the paint (mac paint? I think) program I used.

    I'm not overly thrilled with them myself- I like the over all look, but I wish I had managed to be neater/make them more easily readable. I'll probably re-draw tem again later, since a couple parts of the story are a bit inconsistent with the maps anyway.

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