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Old 09-10-2013, 11:54 AM
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Robert Service, "The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses".

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Old 10-22-2013, 04:41 AM
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My love of reading was (re)ignited by Catcher in the Rye (yawn) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Adolescent cliche, I know, but gimme some slack.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:58 AM
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As a child it was, like Anya, a ladybird Book: Snow White and Rose Red, the story of two sisters who befriend a bear in the woods. He stays with them and their mother for the winter. But it turns out he's really a prince who was bewitched by an evil little man. When the girls are older the bear beats the little man, and becomes human again he takes them back to his palace where he marries one of them and his brother marries the other. Beautiful story, and a happy ending.

As an adult, after several not so nice life events I found a refuge in books again, which I had forgotten about. And when reading Dark Prince by Christine Feehan, I realised stories of handsome heroes and happy ever afters still made me happy, so why not write some of my own.
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I umm lied - it wasn't a Ladybird Book lol I recently found it on Amazon when I was looking for a book for my son. The story and the day are very clear in my mind still.

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:21 AM
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This was mine:



And one of my favourite pages from the book where the girls sleep beside a cliff one night and an angel watches over them.

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Fahrenheit 451 was the first book I ever showed any interest in.
Read it cover to cover, basically without putting it down once. Love it.

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Old 11-27-2013, 05:47 AM
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Slaughterhouse Five. When I read this in high school it struck a chord that I've never been able to describe. I picked up Cat's Cradle next, which shook me to my core. I was burning through all of Vonnegut's material shortly thereafter. Sure, there were other books that I enjoyed prior to SH5, but KV lit a fire. I've not revisited KV in years, but thinking back on these questions as a new member of the board has me interested at giving a few of his works a second round, so that I may look at it through different eyes.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:16 PM
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What drove me over the edge to want to learn all I could was not a single book. I look at it more as a single author, and the tragedy that took place with him. He could not live without his mother, and as she lay close to death, he committed suicide in his thirties.

You may recognize my recent avatar as Conan, but Robert E. Howard's writings were much more than that character. He is the one who I had to emulate, he the driving force behind my yearning to write.

So one day back in 2009 I joined this site to learn and develop. Yes, I'd written sparingly before, but it was garbage. I thirsted for knowledge and had a few take me under their wings so to speak. Some were/are Board Game buddies, some critiqued my offerings, some I look up to as masters of the craft, one has edited for me.

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Old 11-29-2013, 08:18 AM
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First interest in reading?
Had to have been Roald Dahl or J.K Rowling. It seemed the impossible fascinated me, so the idea of having a family like The Twits or living in a Giant Peach or even being a wizard and defeating a Dark Lord seemed all to interesting for me. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who still enjoys reading such authors!
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I think my first interest in reading was sitting down and reading through the Hobbit, and then of course The Lord of the Rings with my dad. As a child I made the mistake of trying to emulate Tolkien perfectly because I idolized his work. Really, any time I read high fantasy I feel the need to get my own world on paper.
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Then you can probably answer this -- wtf is a Smaug??
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I have always been a reader, ever since I was little. And around middle school I wrote here and there, but they were not very good stories and kinda just stole from other things I had read or seen. But then I read Michael Moorcock during my freshman year of high school and I believe that that was what got me into seriously writing. He has certainly influenced how I write my stories, and the more of his writings I've read, the more I have realized just what one is capable of doing.
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A book didn't really get me into writing, but I am writing one book that's inspired from The Mortal Instruments series.
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I hated reading until this one book in 5tg grade. I think it was called road trip or something. With that book I started reading but in 6th grade I read dead until dark and then I went on a reading spree
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There is definitely a book that inspired me to begin writing and that book is Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich. I discovered it by accident really and read it cover to cover in two sittings. Afterwards I was amazed to think that people could get paid for doing something so great as writing. That was about ten years ago.
I had read before that but nothing had inspired me to write until that.
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Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams.
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Originally Posted by JoeMatt View Post
Then you can probably answer this -- wtf is a Smaug??
Provided your question is sincere and not sarcasm or something, Smaug is a dragon.
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What would your answer be if it was sarcasm?
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Originally Posted by JoeMatt View Post
What would your answer be if it was sarcasm?
This is why I should stop answering everything single question on the internet, so many people are being sarcastic. I never know what is sincere, bloody hell.
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I would have thought the phrasing of the question would be an indicator that I wasn't being serious. No? And if I had really wanted to know, I would have looked it up. And to someone who knows nothing about The Hobbit, "Smaug" sounds pretty silly and not too ominous or threatening.

The thing with sarcasm or any kind of humor is, not everyone is going to get it. But some will -- so I see no good reason to hold back.
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Sarcasm is why I developed the as a nervous tick online. When I first started chatting online I was surrounded by American males who never got it and constantly became offended.
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Originally Posted by AnyaKimlun View Post
Sarcasm is why I developed the as a nervous tick online. When I first started chatting online I was surrounded by American males who never got it and constantly became offended.
I would have thought American makes would have been the perpetrators. Or is it that they can dish it out but they can't take it?
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I would have thought American makes would have been the perpetrators. Or is it that they can dish it out but they can't take it?
It was right at the beginning of the 90s. At that point on the internet the fact I was a woman was a big shock - the fact I had a brain and could talk also presented issues Think a sense of humour was a step too far.
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That's the way I like my women -- brainy, able to talk and sarcastic.
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Using those little face things would make sarcasm simpler, but I don't use them so I never use sarcasm online. Because I only seem to notice sarcasm when I'm faced with it verbally, and I don't want to confuse someone with it myself. Words alone don't indicate sarcasm to me unfortunately.
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They weren't little face things then just a semi colon and a bracket. If I was feeling adventitious it would be :-; or my second favourite :-P
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I prefer just using words. I've never much liked these weird little punctuation things that social media seems to have spawned somehow. By all means, use them, not like I can stop anyone. But I won't use them myself.
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