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  1. Gabriele

    The Return of JV Jones

    Yep, I don't need details either. But this is the sort of post I've been waiting for years. Sorry, life got in the way and writing doesn't flow well. Dunno when the book will be out. I'm fine with that, authors are human beings, after all, and I'm waitng for more than one unfinished series but I want to get the occasional quick update.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    I've been working on and off on my magnum opus Kings and Rebels since 2004 or so. It was not intended as several-books-series back then and has morphed almost beyond recognition - it changed from historical fiction to Fantasy because the history kept getting in the way of the story I wanted to tell, and at some point I got the idea to write about the Lost Realms (Kêr Ys, Lyonesse, Vineta, Cantre'r Gwaelod and their ilk) which I then combined with the no-longer-historical fiction. But some of the characters and basic conflicts still exist, plus a few scenes, albeit heavily edited. Fortunately, I don't have fans breathing down my neck like Martin, because my writing speed isn't any better. The other projects are historical fiction. The Sichelstein Saga - probably a trilogy - is set in the 10th century, the other ones in the Roman Empire. And damn Jovis if they don't remain standalones. I'll use the April Nano Camp to get a prequel story to one of the Roman novels down, and I hope it will stick to the planned 10K.
  3. Gabriele

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    I wish I would get some short story plotbunnies. That way I could finish something in a reasonable amount of time. But all I get are epic monster bunnies who bring their family and multiply into series, so it will be years until I can put 'The End' under any of those huge projects. The one thing I get better at is not allowing any new plotbunnies into my life.
  4. Gabriele

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Here's the place where the crits should go. I's hiding on page 8 or so.
  5. Kearney never got the promotion his books deserved, and his defunct website doesn't help. He needs to have some internet presence - at least an updated website if he doesn't want to go the line of blogging or F-book.
  6. Gabriele

    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    So this hasn't changed in the latter books? I get a feeling Cameron pops the books out a bit too fast and the publisher saved the costs for a good editor. Being an editor myself, this can really take the fun out of a story because I keep noticing these things. Second, does he still have those choppy POV shifts with scenes that are only a few paragraphs? That was another reason I couldn't warm up to The Red Knight. I remember you were pretty critical about the book in 2013 and now like the series. What changed on the reread?
  7. Gabriele

    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    :agree: I finished it, but I don't think I'll buy the sequel. It's a pity in a way because the premisse of the book / series is something right along my alley.
  8. Gabriele

    Hello from Benioff and Weiss

    They can be fun in books, but in real life they're too much work. :P And I never thought Pullio was handsome. So tastes vary a lot (just look at the Tamzin Merchant discussion which shows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that goes for girls looking at guys as well ;) ).
  9. Gabriele

    Hello from Benioff and Weiss

    Oh yes, we did. Direwolf puppies will be a damn lot cuter than procompsognathuses. :P
  10. Gabriele

    Hello from Benioff and Weiss

    Aww, I want one. I wonder if you can also train them to growl at neighbour who mows the lawn at 6 am in the morning. :)
  11. Gabriele

    Hello from Benioff and Weiss

    Damn those teases. :) We should sit very hard on our hands for a few days and not post anything in the threads about GRRM's hints and this one. Maybe that'll make them spill some actual news. :P
  12. Gabriele

    References and Homages

    [quote name='Arakano' post='1109223' date='Nov 17 2007, 00.57']I would not say that Tywin Lannister is based on Arthur, though. ;) He is based on Edward I. "Longshanks" of England: A cunning, cold, ruthless, yet charismatic and efficient ruler, who was forced to mature early because of his weak father, who was occasionaly bossed around by his own nobles - something Edward ended by crushing the mightiest of said nobles when he was barely an adult. He later conquered Wales and led many wars against the Scots (yes, Braveheart, that's him), with some success and some losses, until he finally dies and his son is defeated by Robert (!) Bruce, who due to his noble ancestry and his victories in the field is made king of Scotland. His wife, whom he dearly loved, died before him, which left him grieving (although I should add they had more than 3 children - 16, in fact, but even Martin has limits on his numbres of characters... :D) Oh, and Edward later married a french princess, as did his son, thus allying himself with France. If we accept the rough nation-house-equations (with Westerlands=England, North=Scotland, Reach=France), as I agree we should, than the similarities are more than obvious. I believe that Martin even admitted the inspiration somewhere. And I am also sure that someone already posted it, so I don't claim any laurels... :D[/quote] If he sticks with the parallel for the next generation, we should get some Jaime/Loras action. :D