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  1. Aniel

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Guys! I finished my first draft! It took SIX YEARS. 2141 days (+ unknown number of days from before my hard drive died and I had to start over). I attribute the insane curve in my productiveness (if I could make a fancy chart I would) to the fact I kept track of how much I wrote in a day. Well, first I started with "in a week", but then when that didn't work so I decided to keep track in an excel file, and simultaneously keep track of how much was left and what I averaged - making my average my daily goal instead of having a static number. I did the math when I finished, and during these three different approaches to writing this is how it ended up: Period one = 74.78% of those 2141 days. I wrote 35.66% of the draft. Period two = 17.75% of those 2141 days. I wrote 23.71% of the draft. Period three = 7.61% of those 2141 days. I wrote 40.49% of the draft. HOWEVER! 7.6% of 2141 is 163 days. I did not write for 163 days straight. I only wrote 58 of those days. That means I actually wrote 40.49% of the book in 2.71% of the total time I've been working on it. I have no idea how many days I actually worked on the WIP during the other periods, since I wasn't keeping track then, so I can't really say how much time I spent not writing. I know that I did not touch the manuscript for 6 months at one point though. Anyway, I'm definitely going to keep track of my progress on any future novel-sized projects I take on, at least once I know what I want to accomplish in them. Right now I'm taking a step back as I've seen so many other writers recommend that before editing. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me still, but this is the first first draft I've ever completed, so yay! I the meantime I'm going to try to work on other, much smaller, projects that have popped up during the creation of this one, as well as try to make myself more uh... visible? online as a writer.
  2. Finally, Littlefinger has been brought down in the way I always wanted it to happen. Well, almost. I really wish Sansa would've been the one to "swing the sword", but I guess this will have to do... Loved the groveling, he finally came crashing down. All of Theon. Saw the nutshot thing coming as soon as the fight started. It was still great. The scene in the throne room is probably one of my favourites with him. Cersei being so obvious about her pregnancy to the point that Tyrion figured it out. Cersei being the wight's intended target when Sandor kicked the box over. Qyburn being an adorable necromancer. All of the reunions this season in general, I'm hoping for an Arya-Hound-Sansa reunion next season. Mostly the Hound and Sansa, because well... I'm not a SanSan shipper, but he did sort of protect her from Joffrey. Not a Jon-Dany fan either, but I feel like their romance has been better written than I expected. Unlike all the travel it at least wasn't rushed (though who really wants to see fifty scenes of people riding/sailing back and forth?). Jaime leaving Cersei! The only way it could have been better was if he had strangled her. But you can't have everything, I guess. But Tormund! Tormund and, to a lesser extent, Beric I need the Giantsbane alive, goddammit! If only for him to gawk at Brienne some more... Also, I've never seen it mentioned before, but on a scale of 1-10, how stupid (and foreshadowy) was it of Dany to name one of her dragons after her season one antagonist? Like really. Brother or no, in her shoes I would not have named a dragon after him.
  3. Aniel

    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Kålpudding. Literally "cabbage pudding". The first time my mom made it I was skeptical, to say the least, but with a little extra salt I found it super tasty. To the point where I've officially designated it as the favourite food of a fictional character I'm writing. Somehow though, the English wikipedia doesn't have an article on it, or even a mention in the list articles for cabbage or pudding dishes! It's not even in the Swedish cuisine article! There's an article about a similar finnish dish, but it's a casserole... I hope it turns out well, because I had to make rice pudding too which is also something I've never done before. It tasted fine aside from the fact that it's unsweetened as you mix the rice pudding with some ground meat, eggs, and spices as a sort of filling for the cabbage pudding. It sounds like such a weird dish when you talk about it... And then you serve it with boring potatoes. Which I very nearly forgot to put on the stove...
  4. Aniel

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Could be she just couldn't find any Targaryen-coloured clothes. Black gets rather warm too. Alternatively, she gave him a green cloak to bring out the lilac in his eyes. If you look at makeup tips green eyes usually get assigned red or purple eyeshadow to make them pop. Why not the opposite? Though I doubt GRRM knows much about makeup... I don't think the nobles always wear their house colours. Cersei wears a lot of green, and she's so proud of being a Lannister you'd think she'd take one of their banners and make a dress out of it...
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Regarding Luwin moving to Winterfell with Catelyn, I had the thought that there were two maesters at the time: Maester Kym who was the senior maester, and then Luwin as a "younger" replacement/assistant, like with Cressen and Pylos. And then perhaps Walys died in Winterfell and everyone figured that Luwin could take over that post, and sent him on his way with Catelyn. Then he would be a familiar face to her, Winterfell would have a new maester, and the Citadel could send someone else to aid Maester Kym - probably Maester Vyman who is there now and unfamiliar to Catelyn.
  6. Aniel

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Well, I quoted this in my first post here: The mousy little skinchanger closed his eyes and said, "I see them. They're coming along the streams and game trails . . ." Yeah, I thought so too, on the anomalous part. I didn't say anything about skinchanging multiple animals, but there seems to be something going on with his shadowcat when the eagle is set on fire. I don't think he's skinchanging both the eagle and the cat at the time though. To me it feels like it goes against the logic of it all. Might be the cat screams because they have such a strong bond or something to that effect. I don't think I'm the right person to start such a topic however, I've only read all the books once and then I'm not one for speculating too much, so I might end up saying things like "interesting, but no" when others offer their insights.
  7. Aniel

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Different stages of skinchanging? It would make sense if we already have two steps, using only one of the senses and then using the entire body. Perhaps he can subjugate the bear enough to ride it and fight at the same time. Hmm... Arya is blind, so she loses nothing skinchanging into the cat. Varamyr closes his eyes to use the eagle's eyes. I don't think Bran ever sees two different places at once while warging Summer, so maybe you have to lose your own sense/ability in order to use the animals? But then what says you have to use an animals eyes while warging it? Perhaps he's only putting part of his soul into the bear to make it move but he isn't using the eyes. Forcing it to obey the commands he gives it when he's riding it (continuing the horse thing, he'd need control over his own legs and thus wouldn't be able to use the bear's legs if the skinchanger's abilities vs. the animal's abilities thing is true), freeing himself to fight people. It might be best to devote a thread on this subject. But it seems partial skinchanging isn't completely out of the question given what we've seen/heard. Only GRRM knows.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Perhaps it's because he's 1) Paralyzed from the waist down and thus lacks full mobility. 2) Fully warging Hodor, a human, while Arya seems to only be borrowing the cat's eyes in a partial skinchange. Bran has been training more than Arya, it wouldn't surprise me if Arya only slipped into the cat halfway due to inexperience (or instinct?) and thus retains control over her own body. It seems Varamyr can use Orell's eagle and still speak: From ASOS, Jon X. What I'm getting at is that it seems likely that a skinchanger is able to enter another being only partially, to make use of its eyes for example, while simultaneously relaying information or reacting to events around themselves. And it might be easier to do so with trickier animals than to fully "enter" them immediately. Varamyr says "Once a horse is broken to the saddle, any man can mount him," and well, in order to break a horse into the saddle you start off small, only putting the saddle on for a little bit before getting on top of it yourself.
  9. Aniel

    What's it like where you live?

    Ah, I figured it might be the temperature. Yeah it kind of sucks that there are so few daylight hours in the winter, but in the summer at least it barely gets dark before the sun rises again. My SO from Chicago was kind of shocked about that. I'm from Märsta which is on the opposite end of the commuter rail you take from Södertälje C it you want to go to Stockholm. Or as it says on the train as you're rolling in: the slutstation. (Slut means end, so slutstation means "final station", not a station of promiscuous women for those who may not have heard the word before. Once I had a sluttest!) It's conveniently close to Arlanda airport and the Migration Agency, but it's only got 10k people and nothing really happens here besides the occasional stabbing so I wouldn't recommend living in my town... Rönninge I've only heard of because they're doing some work or other with the tracks around there so I frequently see messages about the train not stopping in Rönninge when I'm on my way to work.
  10. Aniel

    What's it like where you live?

    How is the climate not so nice? I've lived an hour away from Stockholm all my life so I'm curious how others see it
  11. Aniel

    What's it like where you live?

    Ah yes, I knew I was forgetting a big thing. In Sweden no one cares about religion. Kids are taught about all the major ones in school like any other subject to be studied, with nothing touted as the truth and with the attitude of "you decide what you want to believe, just be nice to other people". The average Swede will celebrate Christmas and Easter, and will get married and baptized in churches but I've never seen religion actually influence anything legally, we cleared gay marriage in 2009 and were the 7th country to do so, and only the Christian Democrats (a relatively small political party) opposed it. Other things such as contraception and abortion I've never heard people complain about on a religious level, and abstinence-only sex-ed would never be taught in the average Swedish school today.
  12. Aniel

    What's it like where you live?

    I live in Sweden . Pros: You get paid to go to school (around $130 each month until you're 20, so good for kids less good for adults - going to Uni won't put you in debt for eternity) You get paid for looking for work Apparently you make twice as much working half as hard as in the US. Free-ish healthcare, with a protection plan so that you don't end up ruined because you got some severe illness like cancer Everybody speaks English No wars, no guns, no terrorists (there was a carbomb maybe 7 years ago that didn't kill anyone) Clean and convenient public transport The roads feel much safer Less extreme temperatures/climate than the US (based on Illinois) No natural disasters Lovely nature all around Super cheap houses up north You can travel the distance from Stockholm to say, Haparanda (by the Finnish border) in one day. By car. Super tasty burgers up north where McDonalds never got a foothold (okay, this is more of a comment really...) Generally (and politically) pro-equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual preference. Fika (if you make friends with a Swedish person and get invited to their house you're basically guaranteed coffee and cookies/pastries/cakes) Smörgåsbord! People won't talk to you unless they have to/know you Cons: People won't talk to you unless they have to/know you A party with among others nazis in their midst somehow got into the government. (No party is collaborating with them on anything however, which is awesome) Instead of getting shot you get stabbed or (if you live in my town) attacked with machetes. Is becoming a bit too sensitive about just... things... A kid got scared by a ghost in a children's cartoon. The parents wanted to ban it. High taxes (though they pay for that money and free healthcare) Job market Swedish grammar isn't as structured as English Unfortunately frequent train issues. Not as large a selection of exotic foods when going out to eat.
  13. Aniel

    Board Issues 4

    DP
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    Board Issues 4

    I found it! Well, sort of. If you press the New Content button, to the left of all the threads that show up you can tick a box that says "Only items I've posted in" and a couple of more boxes under the headline "Filters". I got an error telling me to try to use search again in 6 seconds, but it worked afterwards. Not as smooth as on the old board though.
  15. Aniel

    Board Issues 4

    Yeah, I noticed that too. I'm not sure if that function still exists. I hope it fcomes back though... the only threads I've followed have been things I've been interested in but not yet posted in ._.
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