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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1273 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2007 :  17:03:28  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
(the most famous example: Princess Alusair)



Can someone tell me what happened about her that make her a famous example of this problem ?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2007 :  18:25:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hooded One: That's very interesting. Until now, nobody ever told me that Ed had done that much with the character of Shamur, so I was telling the truth as best I understood it.
It was extremely gracious of Ed to decide that the writer who wound up working with Shamur in the Sembia series should have all the creative freedom possible, and I really appreciate it.
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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1273 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2007 :  19:55:01  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Hooded One: That's very interesting. Until now, nobody ever told me that Ed had done that much with the character of Shamur, so I was telling the truth as best I understood it.
It was extremely gracious of Ed to decide that the writer who wound up working with Shamur in the Sembia series should have all the creative freedom possible, and I really appreciate it.



So Ed and Richard should re-visit this old short story together and get it published on WoTC website

Edited by - Skeptic on 27 Aug 2007 19:55:31
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2007 :  03:30:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll pass that on to Ed. I know he regards your Realms novels highly, BTW, because I have several times seen some of them on his bedside "re-read for pleasure" pile, when visiting his lair.
Skeptic, that's a fun idea. First, however, Ed has to have TIME enough to hunt for and resurrect those two old stories (one might not even exist as a computer file, but typed only, dating as it does from the dear old pre-computer days). Then we have to find out if Wizards is interested (some gamers are under the impression that Realms writers can freely choose who they'll write a novel about or what they'll put on the website, but it's not really up to them, remember; "olden-time" Realms stories might not be wanted).
And Alusair Nacacia ended up with no less than THREE distinct fates in early printed Realmslore, thanks to a licensed SSI game, a published TSR adventure module, and a published TSR novel all doing different things with her (so she's the classic example of inconsistencies creeping in if the published Realms isn't closely coordinated).
love,
THO
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Ozzalum
Learned Scribe

USA
277 Posts

Posted - 12 Dec 2007 :  21:19:00  Show Profile  Visit Ozzalum's Homepage  Send Ozzalum a Yahoo! Message Send Ozzalum a Private Message  Reply with Quote
deleted - The answer to my question appeared earlier in the thread.

Edited by - Ozzalum on 13 Dec 2007 23:41:55
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 12 Dec 2007 :  21:56:57  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One thought: most published authors are quite wary of reading other people's unpublished work. It's very, very easy to get sued for plagiarism, and the best defense is to never have read the material in question.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 24 Dec 2007 :  05:47:27  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Happy Holidays to everyone here at Candlekeep!
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 24 Dec 2007 :  14:02:15  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, same to you!

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Zanan
Senior Scribe

Germany
942 Posts

Posted - 28 Dec 2007 :  21:52:43  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, while I am late for x-mas, let me wish everyone a Happy New Year! Keep the good lines flowing!

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

Visit my "Homepage" to find A Guide to the Drow NPCs of Faern, Drow and non-Drow PrC and much more.
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KnightErrantJR
Great Reader

USA
5399 Posts

Posted - 01 Jan 2008 :  20:05:37  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A General Message I Wanted to Convey



It occurs to me that while I'm not a big fan of the changes that we know are coming from the 4th edition incarnation of the Realms, that it could be easily extrapolated that my enthusiasm for some of the novel series, especially those that touch on the events that are related to the changes in the Realm, might have abated.

I'd just like to say that I'm actually still very much looking forward to reading Paul Kemp, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas Reid, and other author's books, even if those books move into a different time frame. These are proven authors and ones that have a feel for the Realms, and I'm going to keep reading them as long as I enjoy them, even if my Realms grow more and more distant from the one portrayed in the novels.

I can't wait to read Ed and Elaine's upcoming novels as well. I'm still very excited about Realms fiction, even if it does have less bearing on how I use the setting in my games, and I'm sure I'll still find some things here and there that I can use in my "no Spellplague" version of the world, beyond the sheer enjoyment factor I'll derive from the authors that I appreciate.

I know the opinion of one scribe here at the keep probably doesn't amount to a whole lot, but at the same time, I didn't want my lack of interest in some of the 4th edition changes to translate into the mistaken impression that I don't appreciate the well crafted fiction that Realms authors put out.

Happy New Year all!

"Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder."--Saint Thomas Aquinas

http://knighterrantjr.blogspot.com/


Edited by - KnightErrantJR on 01 Jan 2008 21:32:04
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Purple Dragon Knight
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1792 Posts

Posted - 01 Jan 2008 :  21:43:00  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

A General Message I Wanted to Convey



It occurs to me that while I'm not a big fan of the changes that we know are coming from the 4th edition incarnation of the Realms, that it could be easily extrapolated that my enthusiasm for some of the novel series, especially those that touch on the events that are related to the changes in the Realm, might have abated.

I'd just like to say that I'm actually still very much looking forward to reading Paul Kemp, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas Reid, and other author's books, even if those books move into a different time frame. These are proven authors and ones that have a feel for the Realms, and I'm going to keep reading them as long as I enjoy them, even if my Realms grow more and more distant from the one portrayed in the novels.

I can't wait to read Ed and Elaine's upcoming novels as well. I'm still very excited about Realms fiction, even if it does have less bearing on how I use the setting in my games, and I'm sure I'll still find some things here and there that I can use in my "no Spellplague" version of the world, beyond the sheer enjoyment factor I'll derive from the authors that I appreciate.

I know the opinion of one scribe here at the keep probably doesn't amount to a whole lot, but at the same time, I didn't want my lack of interest in some of the 4th edition changes to translate into the mistaken impression that I don't appreciate the well crafted fiction that Realms authors put out.

Happy New Year all!

Hear hear!

I'd like to echo this knight's feelings, as mine are the same. I still very much appreciate the Realmslore you all post on the CK site. Keep up the good work! (especially if that Realmslore is "pre-Spellplague!" )
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2008 :  19:26:03  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Indeed, I still plan to read the novels of authors I've grown to like over the years.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3521 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2008 :  22:18:11  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

A General Message I Wanted to Convey



It occurs to me that while I'm not a big fan of the changes that we know are coming from the 4th edition incarnation of the Realms, that it could be easily extrapolated that my enthusiasm for some of the novel series, especially those that touch on the events that are related to the changes in the Realm, might have abated.

I'd just like to say that I'm actually still very much looking forward to reading Paul Kemp, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas Reid, and other author's books, even if those books move into a different time frame. These are proven authors and ones that have a feel for the Realms, and I'm going to keep reading them as long as I enjoy them, even if my Realms grow more and more distant from the one portrayed in the novels.

I can't wait to read Ed and Elaine's upcoming novels as well. I'm still very excited about Realms fiction, even if it does have less bearing on how I use the setting in my games, and I'm sure I'll still find some things here and there that I can use in my "no Spellplague" version of the world, beyond the sheer enjoyment factor I'll derive from the authors that I appreciate.

I know the opinion of one scribe here at the keep probably doesn't amount to a whole lot, but at the same time, I didn't want my lack of interest in some of the 4th edition changes to translate into the mistaken impression that I don't appreciate the well crafted fiction that Realms authors put out.

Happy New Year all!



My sentiments exactly, well put KEJ.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
4586 Posts

Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  15:23:10  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys, that really does mean a lot to me.

And I promise that, come what may, I will do my very best to make sure that I write stuff that you will enjoy, regardless of when/where it may (or may not!) take place.

Because that's the writer's job.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  18:05:08  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What Erik said goes for me too.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  20:00:13  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You're both welcome, then.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Delzounblood
Senior Scribe

United Kingdom
578 Posts

Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  23:15:36  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hammer of Moradin

Not wanting to completely change topic, but to prompt it in a new direction, I will pose this question: If you have an idea for a story, know the characters, setting, and pace, how do you start writing those first words? Do you start chapter one, page one? Do you develop a few scenes that you just have to get out? Or, do you write the end last?



I am as many a virgin writer!

To answer this question is very easy for me, My novel (a working progress) started as a character back story which was continualy fleshed out to the point, I thought would make a good story. I started in the present day and have used a flashback style to fill in the story so far, already knowing the storys end. I had been developing this story board in my head as I worked through the Character creation for a current FR campaign I am running. I know all the key points and major events I am just filling in the links and fleshing out the story with sub polts to run along the main body to combine in a shattering climax!
I have found reading other books in a style I am comfortable with helps my mindset in story creation.

Authors I use for differing styles vary greatly from Terry Pratchet, Bill Bryson, Tom Harris, Stephen King to nearly all of FR and DND authors.
I also use the most powerful tool I'll ever have! My imagination, which can be very twisted and deep to an abstract look at life painting.

my advise!

Use everything as a influence. try, try, try again. Never throw any work out, it might help reading it 3 months later for a different tack.

Goodluck everyone else who is trying. One day you might see your book on the shelf!

Delz
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13102 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2008 :  01:48:09  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was thinking about a new topic, but didn't know where to put it, and I suppose this as close to a general writer/designers forum as there is.

I was just thinking that a knowledgable person is a fans best friend, but alternately, he or she is the deisgnes/authors worst enemy.

Can this statement be said to be true?

In other words, the more folks know about a world, the more inconsistencies we can spot. It seems like a great deal of the 4e changes were meant to get rid of that problem, but it seems that instead it is just aggravating it.

So, do you guys find it better for people who 'know less' to read your stuff?

From my own point of view, on one level, I think I enjoyed the novels much more when I was an FR 'newb'.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 22 Mar 2008 02:14:50
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2008 :  04:53:54  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Markustay: It depends on what kind of "knowledgeable person" you are.
In my experience, there's a kind of KP with an essentially positive attitude who gets a big kick out of it when, in his opinion, a story evokes the authentic feel of a shared universe, or when it employs interesting elements of the shared setting. If a writer is making an honest effort, such readers are often very enthusiastic about his work.
Then there's a kind of KP with an essentially negative attitude. Even small inconsistencies annoy him to the point where he has difficulty recognizing the dramatic merits of the story. And he's likely to spot such inconsistencies with some regularity, because they're inevitable in any long-running series, particularly one written by multiple authors, and particularly one that periodically gets retconned.
Such KPs also tend to dislike a story just because the style differs from the style of the stories that originally attracted him to the series.
If you manage to please a reader like that, well, you're lucky. And so, everything else being equal, I'd rather hear from the first kind of KP.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2008 :  23:37:52  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Delzounblood


I am as many a virgin writer!



Then I hope you lose your virginity in the best way possible.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)

Edited by - Rinonalyrna Fathomlin on 22 Mar 2008 23:38:26
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13102 Posts

Posted - 28 Mar 2008 :  05:10:25  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank for your very honest answer Rich.

I try to be the first type, but find myself often slipping into the second category.

Its not intentional: I'm an avid reader, and I love the fact that I can come here and interact with the kind of people (authors) who have provided me with so many countless hours of enjoyment through my life. That is why I feel bad that I may be inadvertantly 'hurting' those who have done me such a great service.

It's good to be a fan, but not a fanatic.

Thanks for your input - after much soul-searching, I will try to be less judgmental, and just take the stories as what they are - fun tales about the world I have grown so fond of.


"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Rosemary Jones
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
148 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2008 :  05:44:20  Show Profile  Visit Rosemary Jones's Homepage Send Rosemary Jones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What's impressed me from the comments that I've gotten about CRYPT is people's willingness to go along with my slightly different style.

I worried a lot when I first started writing in the Realms. I wanted to tell a story in my voice but I really wanted to be a Realms story too!

And reading all the books that came out around the same time as my novel, I've had so much fun with all the different voices that the authors bring to their work. It's been a real education in all the ways that you can tell a great story.

Rosemary Jones
www.rosemaryjones.com
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2008 :  16:38:46  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rosemary Jones

What's impressed me from the comments that I've gotten about CRYPT is people's willingness to go along with my slightly different style.

I worried a lot when I first started writing in the Realms. I wanted to tell a story in my voice but I really wanted to be a Realms story too!

And reading all the books that came out around the same time as my novel, I've had so much fun with all the different voices that the authors bring to their work. It's been a real education in all the ways that you can tell a great story.



It's funny that I'm more comfortable/understanding of the Realms and its lore than I am with my own "writer's voice." I'm still unsure exactly what my voice is in fiction/narrative, but after 10 years with the Realms as a designer and editor, I rarely even have to think about how certain characters sound as narrators, etc.

Now, having just finished another prologue for a spec novel today, I've identified one thing in my writer's "voice" that's carried through in all my works--I apparently must kill someone in the prologue to get things rolling.

Does this mean I'm doomed to write James Bond stories in the future with the obligatory pre-credits death?

Steven
whose going to get Rosemary's book out of the to-read pile soon...right after these next 3 books of research for the spec novel in progress.....

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
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Kajehase
Great Reader

Sweden
2104 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2008 :  16:48:16  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Does this mean I'm doomed to write James Bond stories in the future with the obligatory pre-credits death?

Steven
whose going to get Rosemary's book out of the to-read pile soon...right after these next 3 books of research for the spec novel in progress.....



Don't forget the explosion - there has to be an explosion as well. And a woman whose looks far outweigh her acting skills (and how does one portray that in a book).

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
1758 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2008 :  18:01:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
And if you really want to follow the structure of the Bond movies (or at least most of them), all the sound and fury of the opening sequence won't have the slightest relevance to the rest of the story.
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