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Joined 04-29-02, id: 206600, Profile Updated: 03-06-09
Author has written 8 stories for Fantasy, General, General, and Love.

I recently attended a writing seminar, where a list was passed out, by a published fantasy writer, I am going to type it here. I think this is a much needed list for this web cite.

"Ever since J.R.R. Tolkin and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great original fantasy: is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam. We think anymbody considering writting a fantasy novel shoudl be required to take this exam first. Answering "yes" to any one question resluts in failure and means that the prospective novel should be abandoned at once.

The Exam

1) Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?

2) Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a tend pound sledge hammer but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?

3) Is your story about a crak team of warriors that take a long a bard who is useless in a fight?

4) Are you writing prequles to yur as-yet-unfinished series of books?

5) Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?

6) Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?

7) Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?

8) Is your main character a young farmhand of mysterious parentage who is heir to the thrown but doesnt know it?

9) Does a young charater come of age, gains great power, and defete the supreme badguy?

10) Is your story a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?

11) Does a character sole purpose consist of showing up at random points and dispence information?

12) Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?

13) Do any of your female characters exist solely to be rescued? Do any of your female characters exist soely to embody feminist ideals?

14) Does your novel have a prolouge impossible to understand until you've read the book?

16) Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?

17) Are the characters from the same village named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok" Or anything remotly related?

18) Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in you favoriate RPG?

19) Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?

20) Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?

21) Does anyone in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?

22) Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?

23) Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?

24) Do you not realize how much gold actually weights?

25) Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?

26) Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?

27) Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody straight through plate armor?

28) Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?

29) Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?

30) Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?

31) Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?

32) Are there different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?

33) Does your main villain pnish insignificant mistakes with death?

34) Is "common" the official language of your world?"

Now this may seem harsh, I mean there are alot of decent novels that have been published that break a couple of these rules in the last 5 years. But the truly great, best sellers? Do they break any of these rules? Keep in mind, this came from a man who is published and his publisher. So if you are even thinking about writing for a living, consider this Exam.

Thank you and have a good day. Oh and my own story is listed below

About Rebirth:

if you have any ideas about a better title dont be shy. I hate this title. I originally started writing this story because I had to have some work of fiction to turn in for a class, and the teacher didnt accept untitled work so I just slapped something on it that would work temporaraly but this has now become the working title until I find something I like better.

Also it was originally supposed to be a short story, but it sorta kept going...mostly because my teacher decided that rather than write lots of short stories I was to only work on this one, but he didnt care about chronological order so now I have alot of story fragments that I am trying to weave together...Which will be why i might not update for a while then all of a sudden I post like five chapters at once.

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Of His Darkness by The Old Sam Garrett reviews
The world nearly ends when two worlds collide, and a magical world contaminates our normal world. This story deals with a lot of issues, from the manipulation of religion to the massive hysteria that can be spawned by one moment of chaos.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 21 - Words: 204,749 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10/27/2007 - Published: 8/14/2007 - Complete
Nobility by Xevv reviews
Might get a little disturbing. There is a rape scene in the second chapter, so if that offends you so much that you don't want to read it, spare flames and go somewhere else.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 25 - Words: 65,478 - Reviews: 146 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/12/2006 - Published: 10/16/2003
Scars by Katherine Daystar reviews
Rhen is no longer the naive child that was sold by his own parents out of superstition. Now he is a man, an elite soldier in ZaKorr’s army of blackness. But can he maintain this life despite the interference of a conscience he isn’t meant to have? (Done)
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 19 - Words: 56,328 - Reviews: 68 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/27/2006 - Published: 1/7/2006
The Light of Ancients by Gayalondiel reviews
A tale of unexpected alliance between a sorceress and the mercenary sent after her
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 13,650 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 7 - Updated: 12/2/2002 - Published: 8/6/2002
the emerald arrow by azsapphire reviews
used to be a tale of elves. rated pg for some violence. not bad. plese review! i need reviews!
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,810 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/29/2002 - Published: 8/5/2002
A breath of the elements by Serge1 reviews
Rafe a young elf mercenary becomes tied up in a fight for a world that has been against him since the begining of time
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,075 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 8/14/2002 - Published: 7/20/2002
Too Easy by Jackson1 reviews
Chapter FOUR up!! Story about a teenager named Dakota who has an abusive family, and meets a girl and her brother who help him through it.In ch4, he remembers his depressing past.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,123 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 5/22/2002 - Published: 3/31/2002
Revenge by Jackson1 reviews
Well...Mr.Dude(I never gave him a name) ish having unpure thoughts...NOT THAT WAY! But...it gets kinda gory...ya know (SHORT)
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 338 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/29/2002
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Rebirth Genesis reviews
I hate Summaries. High Fantasy/Science fiction...it started out as a creative writing project and has been equated to a cross between the Gunslinger and the Handmadens tale. Read and Review. But dont be a wuss about reviewing or reviews.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,201 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/8/2008 - Published: 10/27/2006
The Other Way reviews
A girl, a boy a nation, all trying to survive in a crazy mixed up world. Choices made for the best dont aways work out the way they were supposed to, and people are faced with the choice, whats best for them or whats best for everyone
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,075 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 1/27/2006 - Published: 1/8/2006
You reviews
A poem about relationships
Poetry: Love - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 293 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/5/2006
Blackness to the south reviews
Ok...I suk at summereys...and thats an understatment..Elves..a girl that has pointed ears but other than that doesnt look like an elf and wont say anything about her past..a upcoming war..and a prophicy of a different type of elf..Rated R for violence R&R
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,274 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 11/20/2002 - Published: 5/7/2002
Thunderstorm reviews
Its the way I thought a little kid might view a thunderstorm
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 82 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 6/6/2002
Maddness reviews
somehting else i did for school, but a lot of people liked it so i decided to put it up here
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 100 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 6/6/2002
Endings reviews
this is not like something I would normaly write, but thats ok. Its alot shorter than most things I write. Its a Romantic drama and I hope you like it. oh, please Review
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 655 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 5/11/2002
As the Sunrise Sets reviews
Well...I'm uploading this for ah friend who can't, but it's basically about an adventure. It's really good! Take my word for it! You'll be sucked in by the first few paragraphs...if not first few sentences!!
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 215 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/30/2002