Category Archives: Follower Spotlight

Follower Spotlight: Hollis Plample

On this follower spotlight I’m taking a brief break fromHollis Plample. revealing wonderful indie authors, and taking to the eccentric pile of hipster cocaine that is 

I’m not sure if Hollis is a person, but if she is, Hollis speaks in the first person. A quick visit to her about page and you will find that Hollis a woman of many talents; Opera singing, tap dancing and instrument… playing.

Post Spotlight: Welcome to Hipster Week, Starting with Overpriced Coffees

If a picture tells a thousand words, this post is exactly one thousand words.

Post Spotlight: Choices Vs. Free

Also at a pictorial thousand words, choices vs. free tackles the decision every binge drinker worth their weight in whiskey has asked themselves.

Post Spotlight: Vancouver: Home of Sensible environmental decisions

A monster at two thousand words this two panel comic is LOL… did I use that correctly? It aptly sums up my opinion of most of my [Australian] government’s go-green campaigns.

Each bizarre comic is drawn (or photo shopped onto, I’m not sure) a faded music score, or document which gives the strip a cool zine sorta vibe, and I wish I had have thought of it.

Check it out, and follow along for a daily chuckle!

Thanks for reading,

Cortez

Follower Spotlight: Ally’s Desk

alice leiperEvery couple of weeks I review one of my follower’s blogs, last time I took a look at Theparasiteguy, and this week it’s Ally’s Desk.

If anyone knows anything about me it’s that I like three things; history, fantasy, writing craft, research and that I can’t count. In this Follower Spotlight, I’m taking a peek at Ally’s Leiper, a fantasy writer who has a degree ancient history and Archaeology.

First off, we should all wish Ally a happy six months on wordpress! By the sounds of it she’s learnt a lot about the world wide web, and a lot about its frivolous nature. But, it it time to take that trip into Ally’s blog and see what little gems we come up with, because I do believe this writer, reviewer and general lover of fantasy has more than a few.

Post Spotlight: Announcement: Article on Mythic scribes

This post is terrible! At only fourteen words it’s a total waste of… oh, wait, there’s a link… (I’m so funny).

Ally has written an article about medieval weaponry (awesome), she gives some examples of kick ass fantasy swords from various movies (awesomer), and gives tips on how to develop your own fantasy weapons (AWEESOOMERER!).

When I first saw that some of the items she reviews were from anime, I was a little disappointed. Not because I dislike anime but because… No wait, it is because I dislike anime. But, even with my prejudice aside Leiper I really enjoyed the little reviews of the different weapons. Discussing why how they fit into the world and why they work for the characters.

Leiper’s tips for creating weapons will likely open your eyes to at least one or two things that you should consider when designing the tools of war your characters wield. Pop over and have a look, if you are a fantasy writer, or world builder, you might just be inspired.

Post Spotlight: What’s with all the kings and queens in fantasy?

One thing that is rare on wordpress and perhaps shouldn’t be is well constructed articles. One of the many beauties of the blogosphere is its spontaneous and conversational nature. You feel like you’re speaking to the person, rather than an expert. But, Ally asks a question, and answers it in this well constructed and refreshing article.

Leiper’s writing style is clear and concise, she delivers her knowledge in an easy to follow manor and uses applicable, and well know references (such as robin hood). Essentially, the premise of the article is why in a world dominated by democracy, are fantasy readers so attached to the idea of kings and queens.

She covers histories and myths, story telling and human nature.

The concept of the rightful heir to the throne is centred around a character who has something of theirs, something they had a right to expect, taken from them, and then seeking to have it returned to them. The individual who took it from them is seen as morally corrupt, while the individual seeking to regain it is, if not perfect, certainly more moral than the person who took it.

This is a quote regarding human nature, and I think it’s something we can all agree with. For a person to enjoy your story they have to relate to, and as Ally herself says, we’ve all had something taken from us, and thus we can relate.

There are some really great, well informed posts on Ally’s Desk, and I recommend anyone interested in history and fantasy check it out. Leiper has been published on Myths Inscribed, and as mentioned, has content available on the fantasy writer’s forum Mythic Scribes.

Check it out, and as always; thanks for reading.

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Follower spotlight will be a weekly instalment, if you want to be featured, follow A month from somewhere. I will not ask your permission, but I will never give negative reviews. This section is intended to build the community, not break it!

Thanks for reading

Cortez

 

Follower spotlight: theparasiteguy

Each week I will turn the attention to one of my followers. To celebrate theparasiteguy achieving 50 followers; he’s lucky number one.

Like most of us, this fella’s interests include gaming, music and writing. A physics student, he has taken to the wordpress world to further his writing. Unpretentious, and fun to read, he has admitted he wants to build his skills, so he can do his concepts and ideas justice. An admirable trait, and shows true commitment to the craft.

Post Spotlight:

Farhome house – Encounter

A delightful little snippet about a chap named James induction into some sort of parasitic cult. Verb heavy with sparse description it’s a great little piece with a comfy concept.

I love reading new writers with great concepts. Writing is a skill, idea is a talent. It’s the foundation of best-selling authors. Theparasiteguy shows a lot of promise in his concepts and it’s just a matter of his skill catching up.

That said, theparasiteguy, is NOT a bad writer. His style is action driven and easy to read. From reading his bio and many of his posts, I’ve drawn the conclusion that he thinks he’s a lot worse than he actually is. This is an admirable trait in any kind of artists, because you know he’s never going to stop improving!

Post Spotlight:

A collection of bad sci-fi covers

I decided to turn the light on this post because I can’t help but feel my post getting a professional cover artist inspired it.

A better collection of crimes against the art community I haven’t seen. Very funny,

To say ‘theparasiteguy’ is well read would be the understatement of the century. When I wasn’t laughing my moobs off (mereasts, if your a Dylan Moran fan), I couldn’t help but be shocked that he had read so many books with terrible covers.

Post Spotlight:

Stepping into the world of self publishing

The parasite guy is going after e-books for his future reviews. Something, when I start reviewing books, I plan to do. I’m a big proponent of e-books and believe it’s the printing press of our era. In spite of this, I have never read any fiction e-books realeases… I am the ultimate hypocrite. Thanks to parasiteguy, this is going to change.

As a reader, however, I think that independent authors should be given a chance.  It has become increasingly clear to me that many such writers work just as hard – if not harder- than those who have gotten their books out via traditional means.  Furthermore, it must be said that traditional publishers are not necessarily the seal of quality that people think they are.  Ever read a book that was so bad you wondered how it got published?  Exactly.

A truer statement I haven’t seen in a while. Theparasiteguy is not only working to build his craft, but also immersing himself in the community. I think that just about every indie author (if they haven’t already), should take a leaf out of this man’s book and support their competition, so the community may grow as a whole.

The Wrap up:

All in all, get on board because I reckon this kid’s gonna be big. I am really looking forward to his first novel (whether that’s in three months or three years), so I can tell people “hah, I knew him before he was big.”

Head on over theparasiteguy and follow along!

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Follower spotlight will be a regular instalment, if you want to be featured, follow A month from somewhere. I will not ask your permission, but I will never give negative reviews. This section is intended to build the community, not break it!

Thanks for reading

Cortez