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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!

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:

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!

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.

#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:

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


I'm going to be live at QuaranCon talking Crowdfunding (on Patreon and Kickstarter) with other authors at 4.30pm BST!

Free on Youtube to watch live or after the fact.

Looks like there's a sale on the Softies book going at Bookshop right now! Grab a book now so you can read it while getting vaccinated, then ask the doctor to vaccinate the book (if enough of you do this, I will be vaccinated by proxy)

My new novel, NON-PLAYER CHARACTER, is live on Kickstarter!

Support a portal fantasy adventure with all queer main characters where a TTRPG group of nerds in their 30s are transported to the world of their game.

Rewards include a playable TTRPG!

Boosts extremely welcome.

#vkickstarter @ttrpg

I just finished Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, which was a really interesting take on sources of magic and how different kinds of people access it.

I can't say a lot about it without spoiling it various twists, but it's about a black girl who gets tied up in a secret society in a South Carolina college involving the Arthurian legend while trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death. The magic is a little loose on rules, but the magic concepts and various twists were very entertaining!

Ah dang it, I accidentally finished book 6 in the Earthsea cycle before book 5! I hope I didn't miss anything important, because it didn't feel like I did... it was easy enough to follow after book 4!

Wow, the end of Stormlight Archives books always sneak up on me... I love these stories so much, and it's always so sad when it ends!

Anyway, Rhythm of War was wonderful and there are so many worldbuilding concepts revealed and so many other intertwining elements from other Sanderson books, and it's just 😚👌 completely my thing.

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