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I've had this account for a while, but since I'm repurposing it and will actually use it, an seems in order!

I'm Robbie (@Alamantus@cybre.space), and I like and stories. Brandon Sanderson is my current favorite author, and I'm always trying to find new stories to enjoy. I mostly read via audiobook or text-to-speech, so if I misspell a character or place name, that's what I'll blame it on. This account will mainly be for and -related posts. はじめまして!

Ah damn it, my old Nook simple touch e-reader doesn't support Unicode and thus can't render Japanese 😭

It didn't help that I felt super self-conscious with my partner who's an amazing professional writer and editor sitting right next to me writing her own thing.

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Well shit. I'm not confident enough to actually write anything. How can I learn to write things for myself only and not feel the urge to share it with anyone?

Also apparently blackbandcamp.info still works, but their new official home is

blackartistdatabase.co

because they're promoting artists on more platforms than just bandcamp now. Neat!

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Writing is hard! I can't imagine how people actually go about connecting vague thoughts and ideas together, let alone making dialogue or actual intelligent statements about ideas within their world.

Oh well, I'll probably lose interest in this story by the time I finish writing my outline anyway.

In case you missed it, I'm doing all my cook posting at @Alamantus now that toomanycooks is closed! I just successfully made a sweet bread thing without even using a recipe and it turned out really good!

(I'm "kinda listening" to the podcast in that I'm picking and choosing random episodes with titles that sound interesting to me instead of attempting to listen to the whole thing chronologically like I might normally do with a podcast I'm interested in. So I guess I'm listening to it like a normal person might?)

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So I started kinda listening to this podcast called Reading Glasses to get some book suggestions and reading tips, and they recommended the author A.S. King, so I picked up her book Dig, and it was really good! I didn't even read the description at the library so I had no idea what it was going to be like, and it ended up being this magical realism story about a bunch of random characters who end up connecting somehow by the end.

It's a great read if you're interested in something different!

The best way to sum up Tolkien's influence on fantasy literature as a whole was, of course, written by Terry Pratchett:

“J.R.R. Tolkien has become a sort of mountain, appearing in all subsequent fantasy in the way that Mt. Fuji appears so often in Japanese prints. Sometimes it’s big and up close. Sometimes it’s a shape on the horizon. Sometimes it’s not there at all, which means that the artist either has made a deliberate decision against the mountain, which is interesting in itself, or is in fact standing on Mt. Fuji.”

I read The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, and it was super interesting! An alternate history fantasy gearpunk version of earth with yet another bizarre magic system, this time based on chalk drawings!

I actually checked out both the audiobook *and* the ebook so I could look at the illustrations, and I think that was worth the extra checkout!

@WizardOfDocs Hey! I just saw your interview on superlinguo! That's super cool! I haven't read it yet, but it was a cool "oh neat, I occasionally interact with them!" kind of moment 😄

I should have added this as a caveat: "Especially on mobile or a variety of devices with non-traditional keyboards." Markdown is clearly the go-to for most people on keyboards these days, but it's hard to use on (especially) an iPhone keyboard without hardcore markdown autocompletion in an app.

Also to clarify: by "writing stuff online" I meant "composing text in a browser" as opposed to "writing content for the web"

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What's your favorite formatting option for writing long posts in text editor a when writing stuff online?

(If you can, #boost this for a wider audience!)
#writing #textEditor #formatting

I just started reading this story written from an alien point of view as they interact with humans, and it's absolutely delightful so far! I highly recommend you check it out:

archiveofourown.org/works/1597

While looking for explanations of various fairy tale figures, I happened upon Overly Sarcastic Productions on YouTube and watched a few videos. The ones I watched on Tam Lin and Loki were really well done! The Loki one had a surprising amount of research put into it, and I highly recommend it!

youtube.com/c/OverlySarcasticP

hey fedi! I've been dipping my toes into fiction writing. I wrote a short story about the internet, big internet bills, morel mushrooms, and also aliens, sort of. you might like it! please be gentle, it's my first story since I was a kid.

https://chrisbeckstrom.com/fiction/mushrooms/

#fiction #writing #scifi

@davidrevoy Hi, this is out of nowhere, and I know it's probably still pretty early, but do you anticipate releasing a "complete collection" print version of Pepper&Carrot at some point in the (distant?) future?

Hey what's the actual difference between a and a aside from length? Like, is length the only thing or is there some other tangible difference? Or is "graphic novel" just the term for "long comic"?

I just read the first Softies book by @Smeallie and it's really good and fun! I hope there's more to come! 😄

Get a copy here: softies.net/stuff/

It's also a webcomic on that website but you should get the book if you can!

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