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message 1: by Jim (last edited Mar 10, 2013 07:52AM) (new)

Jim | 418 comments I just thought I'd mention 'the guild'
Firstly it is an attempt to ensure that people know where to go for Fantasy of a certain quality.
You might not like the book,(I know I don't like books that are generally considered to be classics) but it will at least ensure that the book has met certain standards, and the reviews aren't all by the writers grandmother

The details of the guild can be found at http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/about-2/

We've got various writers doing blogs as to how they write 'fight scenes' at the moment, these can be found http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/


message 2: by Jim (last edited Mar 31, 2013 06:34AM) (new)

Jim | 418 comments After a series of blogs where writers have looked at how they do 'fight scenes',we're doing some blogs where writers look at how they write 'emotion' and 'romance'

http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/


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message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Thanks Charles
Wasn't sure where it should really go


message 5: by Charles (new)

Charles (nogdog) Jim wrote: "Thanks Charles
Wasn't sure where it should really go"


It's perhaps a bit of a gray area, but since it's both self-promotion for your blog and -- indirectly -- self-promotion for authors who participate in it; I unilaterally decided it belongs here. :-)


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Charles (nogdog) Jim wrote: "After a series of blogs where writers have looked at how they do 'fight scenes',we're doing some blogs where writers look at how they write 'emotion' and 'romance'

http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/"


Next up: how to write emotional fight scenes between romantically involved characters? ;-)


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David Staniforth (davidstaniforth) | 111 comments Sounds like a friday night in my house ;~)


message 8: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Charles wrote: "Next up: how to write emotional fight scenes between romantically involved characters? ;-) ..."

I'm afraid my contribution to fantasy romance is to suggest that vampires who sparkle are best dealt with by the application of thermite or white phosphorus ;-(


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Kathy wrote: "That could be good. :)"

Actually, unemotional fight scenes between romantically involved characters might be trickier


message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments And how romance should be done :-)

More action that 50 shades of Grey*

http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/2013/04/03/g...



* I've been told that there isn't a single sword fight in 50 shades..........


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Jim | 418 comments Don't know whether you've come across 'Few are Chosen' which is a book which is perhaps more SF than Fantasy. A nice independent review of it here

http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress...


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Jim | 418 comments Just to mention that Bass Instinct has won the Awesome Indies seal of approval

http://awesomeindies.net/


message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments A blog
http://www.afesmith.com/1/post/2013/0...

I don't know whether anyone has seen the 'barren island' blogs.
It's AFE Smith's version of the popular Desert Island Discs and is an interesting format


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Jim | 418 comments Another interesting blog, characters interacting with their worlds, including the dread problem of language

http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/


message 16: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments Don't panic!

I've remembered I'm a member...


message 17: by David (new)

David Staniforth (davidstaniforth) | 111 comments Knew you'd turn up eventually ;~)


message 18: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments Am I allowed a Mwahahahahahah?


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Will wrote: "Am I allowed a Mwahahahahahah?"

available under license


message 20: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments I've got some small change.


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Will wrote: "I've got some small change."

it's about half way between a dog licence and a marriage licence


message 22: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments Youneed to pass a test to get married?

I could see that, yes.


message 23: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Will wrote: "Youneed to pass a test to get married?

I could see that, yes."


Don't worry, no man is ever expected to pass it ;-)


message 24: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Pailing (marcuspailing) | 4 comments Hello everyone! Hi Jim - thanks for the link that brought me here.


message 25: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments Marcus has passed a test! Is he allowed to get married now?


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments Will wrote: "Marcus has passed a test! Is he allowed to get married now?"

If there's a valid certificate for the shotgun it might be compulsory


message 27: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Pailing (marcuspailing) | 4 comments Will wrote: "Marcus has passed a test! Is he allowed to get married now?"

Is that "allowed" or "required"? I'm a bit worried about the sudden appearance of a shotgun, y'see ...


message 28: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments The shotgun might make it compulsory ;-)


message 29: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Pailing (marcuspailing) | 4 comments Jim wrote: "The shotgun might make it compulsory ;-)"

That's what worries me. Not that I'm averse to getting married; but I'd like to feel that I had an element of choice ...


message 30: by Will (new)

Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 30 comments Marcus, the language thing you were talking about:

I've just picked up The Lies of Locke lamora again, and practically on page 1 I've noticed the use of the word 'grotty'.

I would have taken that to be good Northern slang, and it's use by someone writing in Wisconsin is..odd?


message 31: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Pailing (marcuspailing) | 4 comments Will wrote: "Marcus, the language thing you were talking about:

I've just picked up The Lies of Locke lamora again, and practically on page 1 I've noticed the use of the word 'grotty'.

I would have taken that..."


Hmm, interesting. I never noticed that at the time. (It does, however, show how good a writer Lynch is, because I *didn't* notice it, and I usually flinch at seeing what I consider to be fairly modern slang in a fantasy book.) A quick dictionary check seems to indicate that it came into use in the early 60s, and is certainly considered to be chiefly British slang. (From "grotesque", of course).

From a Wisconsin writer ... definitely unusual!


message 32: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments Lorks my book is full of slang but I'm beginning to think it's actually sci-fi now.

Cheers

MTM


message 33: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Giles (sandra_giles) What's happening here then? Other than a forced marriage, that is.


message 34: by David (new)

David Staniforth (davidstaniforth) | 111 comments Hey you, managed to find somewhere else on goodreads, I see :~)

Don't get lost on the way back to the kindle group!


message 35: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments David wrote: "Hey you, managed to find somewhere else on goodreads, I see :~)

Don't get lost on the way back to the kindle group!"


she's laid a trail of bread crumbs


message 36: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Giles (sandra_giles) Yes...Bread crumbs...That's what they are.


message 37: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments So long as it's not dandruff.


message 38: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Giles (sandra_giles) Now that's not appealing!


message 39: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments Am I meant to post things like this here, only I got a great review today... but if this is the wrong place to put it I'll delete it. http://lilythenovelnerd.wordpress.com...

Cheers

MTM


message 40: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments A horrifying revelation.
How I suffered minor inconvenience at the hands of the nuclear industry

(may contain eggs)

http://mtmcguire.co.uk/2013/04/25/box...


message 41: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments Thanks Jim, for doing that so I don't have to. ;-)

Cheers

MTM


message 42: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments M.T. wrote: "Thanks Jim, for doing that so I don't have to. ;-)

Cheers

MTM"


I don't mind telling people how wonderful I am, honestly


message 43: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments A treat for those who like steam-punk
http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/

A piece from The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure


message 44: by D.E.M. (new)

D.E.M. Emrys (d_e_m_emrys) | 15 comments Trying to track down an Amazon Top 1000 reviewer to meet the guild's requirement.


message 45: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments D.E.M. wrote: "Trying to track down an Amazon Top 1000 reviewer to meet the guild's requirement."

speak to Ignite?

It doesn't have to be one particular type of reviewer, but that gives an example of the standard. We've admitted people who have a dozen or so reviewers, all by genuine reviewers who have a fair few reviews and who aren't afraid to give poor reviews.


message 46: by D.E.M. (new)

D.E.M. Emrys (d_e_m_emrys) | 15 comments I'll see what Ignite says...I think she might be a little busy though, as normal!


message 47: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments You can be an associate member without the top 1000 review because we all know that's a tricky one to pull. I think Jim's sent you a PM. ;-)

Cheers

MTM


message 48: by Jim (new)

Jim | 418 comments http://gumbeeguild.co.uk/2013/05/01/h...

More in the series of How Gumbee Fantasy Writers’ characters interact with their worlds.


message 50: by M.T. (new)

M.T. McGuire (mtmcguire) | 20 comments If the tension one doesn't persuade you to buy Marcus' book, nothing will. ;-)

Cheers

MTM


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