Recent content by J P Ashman

  1. J P Ashman

    Self-Publishing Thoughts...

    All I'm going to say on the matter is thank you to Mark Lawrence for the self-pub fantasy blog off competition he's running. It should hopefully give the decent fantasy self-pubbers out there a platform to get their work noticed by readers who rightly want some confirmation that what they're...
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    So...characters

    Haha, love the lazy meh bit. To be honest, I did this only once.......on the Malazan series too, funnily enough.
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    So...characters

    I find this is how it is for me, too. I tend to go for plot/event and the characters 'react' to it. Some of my favorite characters (both to write, and that people have commented on) are characters that weren't meant to be...well...characters. They were there because they needed to be to allow...
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    I just bought...

    Cheers Tom. Going to definitely keep reading 'crombie, but want to try Lawrence too. I liked a short of his I read, and the guy himself, so owe it to him to read them. Cheers though, and I'll let you know what I think of the rest of 'crombie's and Lawrence's, although it'll all be a while. Lots...
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    I just bought...

    Thanks folks, appreciate that. I went with 'crombie's Half a King, and loved it. Will finish that trilogy, then hit something else (I am planning on Mark Lawrence...well not him, his books), but have lots on with writing at the minute. Then, once I've tackled Mark Lawrence's first trilogy...
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    Introductions!

    Just bought first of his new trilogy (it came within my gift card budget). Look forward to it.
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    Introductions!

    Cheers Tom, appreciate that. Thought I'd read a trilogy of his years ago, turns out I was wrong (my brother knows me too well, he told me I hadn't and I didn't believe him haha). Thanks again.
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    Introductions!

    I'm going to, damn it, I'M GOING TO! WooT! :-D
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    I just bought...

    Oh it is THE epic fantasy imho. I am just toying with buying my first Esslemont Malazan book, or whether to go with J Abercrombie instead? (Can only get one at the moment...saying that, I have a list to read before either of them anyway lol SO LITTLE TIME!).
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    Introductions!

    All the Joe A love is making my finger hover over the 'buy' button for one of his books now, with my £5 Amazon gift voucher...shall...I...press......
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    So...character names

    Haha...yes! There's no such thing as bad press. Let's start using celeb names. When they trash us on social media, we're quids in!
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    So...character names

    I've tended to simply use surnames and throw them together in combination I like, ie: Horler Comlay, which I used in my book. Sometimes I think of place names or people's names and just alter the spelling slightly, ie: Stow-on-the-wold near me becoming Stowold (which I used). Or with some, I...
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    For all you cat lovers...

    Probably the carper sharks like Sneaky said. Tends to be a lot worse with un-neutered males and all ferrets on a poor diet. They have natural oils that help keep their fur clear, which smells, but the worst is their waste when not on a natural diet. The 'ferret foods' you buy are full of plant...
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    January 2015: What are you reading?

    Yes...yes he does! My fave series EVER! Currently reading Trinity, Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses book 2. Not fantasy, but boy how our own histories are so deep and twisted and full of action.
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    Why the hate on The Desert Spear?

    Just come back to this thread after finishing The Daylight War. I still stand by what I said previously, but finishing it changed them slightly: The sex didn't bother me, it's realism. Horrid, true, but realism. I understand why people don't like it, but for me it's not a deal breaker. There...