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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), 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!

I need to find a fedi #writing group. I've got gamedev friends now and they are awesome, and my tabletop players are great at holding me accountable, but don't know many people doing linear/traditional writing.

These books are cool, but I can kinda see why its slower, more pensive tone didn't catch on like Harry Potter's fast-paced content. The time spans and perspective shifts between are also kinda hard to follow at first, but they're really interesting and good!

I wish I had known there were 6+ books instead of 3, but my library only had 3 at the time I was reading them.

Damn it I'm 63% through the Tehanu audiobook and I just want to start this instead 😭

I'm in.

Hello, Mastodon. Hello, Wandering Shop. Hello, strangers and soon-to-be online acquaintances.

Many thanks to @Alamantus for helping me set things up!

The results are pretty predictable so far 😂 I definitely should've known masto folks would go for Le Guin before anything else 😄


What book do I read next from among these options?

Here's an abbreviation guide because surveys are limited to short line lengths:

Tehanu = Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin

TBoSaS = The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

TWGtRM = The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

I read Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, and it was a very interesting and fun fantasy perspective on voodoo and non-western witchcraft! I love Okorafor's writing, and its non-western flavor is always delightful and intriguing. This story had some American characters that served as a lens of sorts, and I almost wish it wasn't that way because being thrust into well-established worlds where you as the reader are initiated into it by reading is more fun to me.

Anyway, it's worth taking a look!

Been a while since I posted about books! I read Atomic Habits by James Clear, and it lays out some neat simple strategies for making it easier to develop habits you want and stop habits you don't! Things like "habit stacking" where you add habits you want after things you already do regularly and making the environment conducive to what you want to do.

For example, I started keeping my phone in the kitchen at night so I can make coffee when I get up and learn Japanese while it brews!

I discovered I had a surprisingly-large Amazon gift card balance, so I ordered the last 2 pretty Legend of Zelda manga volumes I was missing :D

Riddle Hint 

I thought of an easy that may or may not already exist, but I just thought of it:

As I live, I die quickly so you can work longer,
but snuff out my life and I live forever.
What am I?

DM me your answers!
Check the thread for a hint!

If you can spare 30 minutes, you should play this little #game/simulation. It's a nice cross between #philosophy and #statistics about #trust:

I'm reading through this science-fantasy novel I started when I was little (I wrote like 61 pages!), and not only are there typos on the *first* page, I also imagined a world that was /so wasteful/ that it took the energy of a whole star *each day* to power their planet, to the point that it was noticeable that a star was going out everyday day.

And the only protest from my main character was "Well, they sure do seem to be inconsiderate to the people who like stars!" and like... yeah I guess, but also.... a /whole star/????

in my hands, a story about Disney's life would recognize him as a tragic character. A champion of imagination whose own political imagination was so narrow that he fell for every comforting false narrative presented to him, from American exceptionalism to corporate benevolence

The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them 'magic' or 'dragons' or 'faeries' and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I'm prejudiced. - Robin McKinley

I've finished some books recently but I haven't documented them anywhere. I should fix that soon.

We did it!! With the help of all our donations, we were able to defeat the big bad AND we reached the $3000 goal!

Btw, there are 2 wyrmwood die vaults that are being given away (or some gift cards if you prefer).

Anyway, we start streaming in 15 minutes!

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.