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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by sciborg2 on September 24, 2021, 09:22:06 pm »
“Only the pure soul can truthfully live in this tension: to know about the possible ruin and still remain tirelessly active for all that is possible in the world.”
 -Karl Jaspers

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"As properly unconditional, the subject is a free being. It is truly present as the self-conscious Existenz which in action finds itself in its objectivity but cannot be derived from objective being, no more than that being can be derived from it."
 — Karl Jaspers
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Literature / Re: Yearly Reading Targets 2021
« Last post by The P on September 24, 2021, 12:27:34 pm »
Beneath the Twisted Trees by Bradley P. Beaulieu ( :'()

I think I'm giving up on this series.  It's not bad.  I've mostly enjoyed it so far, but....  It just lacks some undefinable quality that would compel me to keep reading.  The writing itself is fine, the story is fine, the characters are fine.  Maybe I'm at the point in life where I really need something special to get me to read in the midst of constant interruptions and chaos (kids), I dunno.  But this series is not it for some reason.  It's like there are great ideas and possibilities lurking on the edges of where the story actually goes.  The whole time I'm waiting for that awesome something to break in and reshape the story, but it inevitably goes somewhere less exciting.  And it's not like nothing happens or the plot doesn't advance, we've come quite a way since the first book.  So a third of the way through book 4 I decided I was tired of it.  Quitting this far in leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but there it is.  I liked Beaulieu's earlier trilogy; he's not a bad writer.

I'm moving on.  Next is a KJP novella that I somehow missed a couple years ago.
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by reichorn on September 23, 2021, 06:08:45 pm »
Whoah, amazing to see an update Roger!

Glad to see you still lurking 'round these parts!  Yup, I'm STILL plugging away at the book... but now I'm doing it full-time, which means it's actually going to get done.  I'd love to know what you think of the new opening chapters.
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by sciborg2 on September 22, 2021, 11:09:32 pm »
Whoah, amazing to see an update Roger!
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by H on September 15, 2021, 04:17:25 pm »
Indeed, we have a Discord server and feel free to message me if you want an invite.
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by Wilshire on September 14, 2021, 02:51:54 pm »
Well I don't know if I'd qualify the SA community as going and/or strong, but we do persist! There's also a Discord now which several active member have migrated to (H can provide you the link if you're interested).
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by reichorn on September 14, 2021, 01:09:01 am »
Hey, Wilshire!  Glad to see the SA community going strong.

As for your question:  Yes, I've made significant changes to the book since July.  Indeed, I scrapped the opening chapters and rewrote them.  So while the prologue remains largely unchanged, the chapters are fresh off the presses.  I'm eager for reactions!
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Writing / Re: Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by Wilshire on September 14, 2021, 12:08:54 am »
Thanks for the update. Someone not long ago was asking about this, looks like we have an update!

Also apparently H posted a link back in July - is this more updated than that (https://www.second-apocalypse.com/index.php?topic=765.msg49406#msg49406) ?
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Writing / Three Roses, Bk. 1, by Roger Eichorn (sample chapters)
« Last post by reichorn on September 13, 2021, 09:32:22 pm »
Dear sorcerers, sloggers, and varied miscreants,

It's nice to be back!  I've not posted here for a long time.  Much has happened, to me and to the world.  I hope anyone reading this is well.  As longtime SA'ers may know, I've been working on a fantasy novel of my own for years, occasionally posting opening chapters on Bakker's blog.  Having finally fought my way free of graduate school, I've devoted this year to finishing the novel.  It will be done by the end of the year.

I've updated the sample chapters on Scott's blog.  You can find them here:

https://rsbakker.wordpress.com/stories/three-roses-bk-1-the-anarchy/

The Prologue had been up there in one form or another for years, but the two opening chapters are entirely new.  If you have the time and inclination, I would love to hear what you think.

Thanks!
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Literature / Re: Yearly Reading Targets 2021
« Last post by The P on September 07, 2021, 01:08:11 pm »
A Door Behind a Door by Yelena Moskovich (18)

I picked this up on a whim.  It's not sff, but the guy who recommended it said it had some David Lynch vibes, which was enough for me.  I liked it quite a bit.  It has a strange style.  It's almost like very tiny chapters, sometimes only a sentence, with a bold-caps title that sometimes is part of the body itself.  The style makes it feel a little like stream-of-consciousness, but actually readable.  It reads very quick.  Under 200 pages, it could and probably should be read in one sitting.  I understand the Lynch comparison, in things get weird, but where Lynch goes for absurdia with the appearance of meaning, the weirdness here means something (I think, and I'm sure I don't get it all).

It is rare for me to read outside my choice genre(s), but I'm glad I did in this case.  Being short helped its pitch.  Definitely worth the time if you want to try something more capital-L Literature.
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