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  Topic: why do you have mortal elves?
James

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PostForum: Writing the Elves   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:09 am   Subject: why do you have mortal elves?
No, it isn't silly and shallow. The Ynissul, who are effectively immortal, also made themselves the ruling thread because of that immortality. Other, shorter-lived threads hate that.

You have to th ...
  Topic: Currently Reading <cont 5>
James

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PostForum: Books   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:41 am   Subject: Currently Reading <cont 5>
'The Terror' by Dan Simmons.

Everyone should red this book. Brilliantly described historical fiction about two ships trapped in the arctic ice in the early 1800s... and there is a creature out ther ...
  Topic: why do you have mortal elves?
James

Replies: 9
Views: 6905

PostForum: Writing the Elves   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:40 am   Subject: why do you have mortal elves?
I don't know a lot about Egyptian gods beyond what I'ver learned from Stargate (ha ha).

The tension between the threads (clans as you call them), is at a fundamental level, about their relative lon ...
  Topic: Beyond the Mists of Katura
James

Replies: 16
Views: 12306

PostForum: The Books   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:35 am   Subject: Beyond the Mists of Katura
I'm reading the page proofs right now, Grafyrre (he's in the book of course). I think you're going to be happy with what you find... roll on May.
  Topic: The Ascendants of Estorea : The Official Website
James

Replies: 2
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PostForum: The Books   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:33 am   Subject: The Ascendants of Estorea : The Official Website
Spot on. It's a basic mistake many authors make - a death has to be credible within the story and never used as a pure plot device.
  Topic: Any audiobooks?
James

Replies: 4
Views: 6574

PostForum: The Books   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:31 am   Subject: Any audiobooks?
This is true and deliberate although you could argue that 'magic' is a fantasy staple...

My drivers have always been character and plot and I use what I need to to enhance the story. Did you feel t ...
  Topic: origins of the continent
James

Replies: 15
Views: 8820

PostForum: Writing The Raven   Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:52 am   Subject: origins of the continent
I don't control the artists who paint covers for my books so you may think I have blond elves... but I don't. Mainly, they are dark haired, dark eyed and that is part of their natural camoflage in the ...
  Topic: why do you have mortal elves?
James

Replies: 9
Views: 6905

PostForum: Writing the Elves   Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:06 am   Subject: why do you have mortal elves?
Well, Takaar was revered in an almost godlike way because of his talents and his effect on the whole elven race.

Trance-like state? I think you're talking about him emerging as an improved TaiGethe ...
  Topic: why do you have mortal elves?
James

Replies: 9
Views: 6905

PostForum: Writing the Elves   Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:08 am   Subject: why do you have mortal elves?
Well, genuine undying, invulnerable immortality would make any race far too powerful. Godlike, frankly. So while some of my elves are immortal in that they do not die of old age, they are still vulner ...
  Topic: Beyond the Mists of Katura
James

Replies: 16
Views: 12306

PostForum: The Books   Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:44 am   Subject: Beyond the Mists of Katura
You only get a direct link when you're telling me how graet my books are Very Happy

Details I can give away...well, you get to see, well read, the Senserii fight. They are seriously double-hard bastards. ...
  Topic: WWE Superstar
James

Replies: 1
Views: 2200

PostForum: Sport   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:37 am   Subject: WWE Superstar
I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about but if you;ve come to spam us with exciting news of something that is not even sport but more akin to very poorly acted reality drama, you've come t ...
  Topic: Beyond the Mists of Katura
James

Replies: 16
Views: 12306

PostForum: The Books   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:34 am   Subject: Beyond the Mists of Katura
Hi Grafyrre, welcome to the forums. A fan of Graf, eh? Good stuff, he's among my favourites. Clearly I can't guarantee to save him but he's right in the thick of it as always and, well, you'll find ou ...
  Topic: did you have an agent?
James

Replies: 2
Views: 3366

PostForum: Writing Resources   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:48 pm   Subject: did you have an agent?
I shall have to go and weed out the dead links...

Gollancz aren't a short story publisher, by the way. Any anthologies they do will be commissioned and the editor seeks the submissions, often by in ...
  Topic: Trilogy
James

Replies: 8
Views: 6822

PostForum: Writing the Elves   Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:42 pm   Subject: Trilogy
I'll see what I can do... could be a while though, not even sure where my rough is.
  Topic: Auum
James

Replies: 4
Views: 3611

PostForum: The Books   Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:33 pm   Subject: Auum
How do you say 'Auum' in your head, Lizzy?

Auum was one of those names that came along with no effort whatever. And he grew from the name. It's one of my favourites and through the Elves series, h ...
 
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