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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  23:21:39  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Part two of In Red Rune Canyon (the prequel novella for Called to Darkness

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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Dennis
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Posted - 18 Jan 2013 :  12:16:05  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hi, Richard!

Spoiler Question:

When you were conceptualizing the mega-plot of the whole Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy, before you wrote the final book, The Ruin, did you really plan on having Iyraclea killed, or did the idea come to you later? Also, since Iyraclea is essentially Ed's character, did you tell him of your plan on what to do with her in your series?

Every beginning has an end.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 18 Jan 2013 :  12:58:34  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Dennis:

Question #1: The latter.

Question #2: No, I didn't, although in retrospect, that would probably have been a good idea. Obviously, I did have the approval of my editor, or I would have been told to change that. To be honest, to me, the character in question was simply one I pulled out of a sourcebook. I had not (and have not) read every single piece of Realmslore, and I wasn't aware of any special connection between the character in question and the person you mention.
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Dennis
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Posted - 18 Jan 2013 :  13:48:51  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Ah.I see. Thanks, Richard.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  14:07:11  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
“Sexism, Our Community, and Our Genre” is my new post to The Night Bazaar:

http://night-bazaar.com/sexism-our-community-and-our-genre.html
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Ayrik
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Canada
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Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  14:35:20  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
An interesting article, but I had to look up "cosplay controversy". My anecdotal experience is that "real" nerds are indeed socially awkward, especially around females, and will ogle like crazy but never dare approach or insult ... logically, this suggests that the non-nerds are the ones responsible for harassment, guys who just go to the party to hit on the hot chicks.

I share the positions you express in the essay, but I'm also of the opinion that girls who dress like Morrigan or Power Girl are not going to be timid sorts who fear the attention. I've overheard guys saying "she's asking for it", but that's just a cowardly self-justification to transfer the blame to the victim.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
[/Ayrik]
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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 23 Jan 2013 :  19:46:17  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Part three of In Red Rune Canyon is up on the Paizo blog.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 26 Jan 2013 :  14:22:43  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My new post to The Night Bazaar is about racism in SF, fantasy, and horror:

http://night-bazaar.com/you-cant-win-or-can-you.html
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2013 :  16:08:08  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My new column on Airlock Alpha deals with Jack the Ripper in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Check it out:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9510/astrojive-rip-me-a-new-one.html
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 30 Jan 2013 :  20:23:26  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The final chapter of "In Red Rune Canyon," my free Pathfinder web fiction serial, is now up. (The previous chapters are, of course, still available as well.)

http://paizo.com/pathfinder/tales/serial

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 30 Jan 2013 :  23:02:23  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

My new post to The Night Bazaar is about racism in SF, fantasy, and horror:

http://night-bazaar.com/you-cant-win-or-can-you.html

Thanks for posting this.

I enjoyed reading your blog post, particularly, "It’s good storytelling, and the suggestion that the movie should have spent time showing nice Iranians ignores the fact that no one tale can include everything. Writers must choose the elements that will create cohesive, compelling stories." Emphasis mine.

For the writer, I think it's important to remember you can't please everyone, all of the time.

Likewise for the reader, it's important to understand what viewpoint a story is coming from before judging something.

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 31 Jan 2013 :  00:30:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you found it interesting, Jeremy.
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Entromancer
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USA
388 Posts

Posted - 31 Jan 2013 :  04:07:22  Show Profile Send Entromancer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Richard, do you believe there's any room for a "New Wave" in the fantasy genre, similar to what Mr. Moorcock did with the Cornelius novels?

"...the will is everything. The will to act."--Ra's Al Ghul

"Suffering builds character."--Talia Al Ghul
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 31 Jan 2013 :  05:39:54  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I hope there's always room for new ideas. Which doesn't mean that I have any idea what "New Wave" fantasy would look like. Someone more clever than I am will have to invent it.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 06 Feb 2013 :  04:06:57  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Prophet of the Dead (my new Forgotten Realms/Brotherhood of the Griffon novel) is now available.

http://www.amazon.com/Prophet-Dead-Brotherhood-Griffon-Book/dp/0786963611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360123404&sr=1-1&keywords=prophet+of+the+dead
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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 06 Feb 2013 :  06:20:11  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
James Jacobs wrote (over at paizo.com):

Also, we're slowly but surely trying to give all races their own identity. It's weird to me that a skum would call itself a skum, or a troglodyte would call itself a troglodyte.

Hence, the skum racial name is "ulat-kini."

For troglodytes, it's "Xulgath." Unlike the skum, though, we didn't decide on using that name (trivia time—Xulgath is the racial name for all lizard humanoids in my homebrew game) until recently, so we weren't able to get the word into the Bestiary.

It's a late addition, in other words, but that doesn't make it wrong.

You can expect us to probably do similar things for other races that have names that you wouldn't expect would be the names those races use for themselves. Catfolk and ratfolk and lizardfolk all come to mind...


Just out of curiosity, had they made that decision when you began working on Called to Darkness?

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett

Edited by - Kajehase on 06 Feb 2013 06:20:50
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 06 Feb 2013 :  14:36:03  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, they had.
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Kajehase
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Posted - 07 Feb 2013 :  06:47:18  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for answering. :)

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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Thrasymachus
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Posted - 07 Feb 2013 :  21:22:29  Show Profile Send Thrasymachus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Audible.com is releasing four of my Forgotten Realms novels as audiobooks on 1/8/13. I'm hoping these will the first of many. The novels are the three books that make up the Year of Rogue Dragons plus Whisper of Venom. More info here:

http://www.audible.com/search/ref=sr_topbox_1


Is this an Audible only release, or is this suppose to be released on Itunes and others also?


Former Forgotten Realms brand manager Jim Butler: "Everything that bears the Forgotten Realms logo is considered canon".
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 08 Feb 2013 :  00:54:42  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Honestly, Thrasymachus, I don't know. Sorry.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 08 Feb 2013 :  00:55:33  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I contributed a guest blog post to the Fantasist Enterprises site on the subject of authorial inspiration. Check it out:

http://fantasistent.com/2013/02/07/cross-pollination/
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 08 Feb 2013 :  01:52:41  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good stuff. Always cool to see what drives authors.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 08 Feb 2013 :  03:52:32  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you liked it, xaeyruudh.

For anyone who might be interested, here's a kind review of my novel Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness:

http://www.examiner.com/review/review-called-to-darkness-by-richard-lee-byers?cid=db_articles
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1763 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2013 :  14:15:23  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My new post to The Night Bazaar is about reviews and reviewers. Check it out:

http://night-bazaar.com/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-but-mostly-the-bad-and-the-ugly.html
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Dennis
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Posted - 09 Feb 2013 :  15:32:14  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

My new post to The Night Bazaar is about reviews and reviewers. Check it out:

http://night-bazaar.com/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-but-mostly-the-bad-and-the-ugly.html

This:

quote:
In today’s overcrowded entertainment marketplace, it may well be that any mention is better than none.
For the record, I loved most of your FR novels. The Haunted Lands is one of my favorite series of all time.

I was caught unprepared by the inclusion of dragonborn in the second and third book of The Brotherhood of the Griffon series. I generally avoid all scaly folk. I tried to make yours an exception, but unfortunately it didn't work out fine.

I was hesitant to grab The Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy, for obvious reason: dragons. I think of them as Realms fixture, so there's no way of completely avoiding them. But when one book has them in profusion, I'd normally shun it. What made me read TYoRD? Sammaster and Iyraclea. Did it turn out well? Yes--a bit better than I hoped.

One can never please everybody. Even your own die-hard fans may get disappointed once in a while. [I used to be a fan of Robert Jordan. His books are some of those few that I bothered pre-ordering. I gave up on Wheel of Time after the eight book, having realized that Jordan was rehashing the same formula over and over again.]

And this:

quote:
If the reviewer didn’t like the book, nothing the author can say will persuade him he actually did.
True. When a reviewer writes something, most often than not, he already has made up his mind about it, and nothing--and I mean NOTHING--will ever change it. A relatively recent example I recall is Trudi Canavan's The Magician's Apprentice. I loved and extolled to the heavens The Black Magician Trilogy. But the former, I almost tore apart. Literally. I sympathized with her, for having to endure a series of misfortunes (personal, family matters) while writing TMA. But it didn't change my opinion on how trite she made TMA appear.

Every beginning has an end.

Edited by - Dennis on 10 Feb 2013 00:04:06
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