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No new criticisms here of traditional epic fantasy. I think I just liked the idea of a hero who looks like an accountant going on a quest.

We only have six days of school left. The summer for me is both a rehearsal of what retirement might feel like and a chance for me to pretend that I'm a successful author living off my royalties.

What's weird is that I actually write less during the summer when I have the whole day to do it than I do during the school year when I'm scheduled up to my eyebrows.

The Quest


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May. 16th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Have you read Mieville's _Un Lun Dun_? I think you'd like it.
May. 16th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't. Are you serious that I might like it, or is it an example of the "quest coupon" school of epic fantasy?
May. 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
I don't want to give away much about the book--I read it while knowing as little about it in advance as possible, and it was the right choice. I am most emphatically not trying to set you up.
May. 17th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
I loved my "plot coupon" video games when I was a kid. :D

Recently, while plotting out a novel idea, I realized that I was being incredibly formulaic and very plot-coupon-oriented in an effort to stretch the material. That's when I realized that I actually had a couple of short stories instead.
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