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    Posted: 11 Jan 2012 at 12:06am
Bumps for Miah - this is what the Blog evolved into. A kind of online collecting house for submissions to our publishing project Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2012 at 12:12am
Ok, I'll have a look around Smile Thanks for pointing me in the right direction
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2012 at 10:47am
Hi Miah!  Nice to see you Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2012 at 5:06pm
Hiya SarannaSmile  I've been away for a while but looking to ease my way back in here somewhere. *eases back with coffee mug in hand* Sooooo.... how ya'll doin? I had to go find my head... seems I lost it somewhere. Good news is that I found it....just not sure if its screwed on all that well. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2012 at 8:32am
Yeah this looks kinda interesting... Not really sure if this is something I can do though...I doubt I'd even be very good at editing or helping review the stories...  Stories based in 'worlds' that I don't create... yeah I can manage that... I guess Ogame really isn't so much a world but meh.  DUnno.  Don't think I could leap to entirely original any time in the near future.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2012 at 11:59am
Well it's something that's going to be around for quite some time on here I hope anyway so keep an eye on it.
 
Reviewing can be more like previewing in that it's useful to get a variety of views from people with different tastes to get an idea of 'appeal' and how wide it might be. SF&F readers do tend to be pretty eclectic in their tastes so there is potentially something for everyone in this if only to spread the word Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2012 at 3:09pm
Jano medear i have emailed you my story - should I have posted it here instead?  (Miah, congratulations if you found your head, mine keeps escaping on a daily basis!) Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2012 at 3:59pm
No it's fine - what I'm doing is posting them in the Blog. Will get around to that this weekend Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Feb 2012 at 3:39pm
Hokay thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2012 at 4:59pm
Just a little something that caught my eye in one of Lulu's promtional mailings. 
 
It's an article on The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishers House which isn't a million miles from what we're trying to do in an admittedly smaller way - still they had to start somewhere! Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2013 at 3:48pm
OK - time to start getting serious... Nuke

With my first novel sitting in a sift for a new writer's competition and therefore in the lap of the gods for now I need to concentrate on something that I do have control over and want to commit to that's separate from my personal goals, regardless of how that road pans out. It may be that Safari Tales (or whatever it gets named eventually) will have to be incorporated into this endeavour, but for now it's enough that I'm motivated to make a firm move to get our publishing house onto it's knees at least with something practical to kick off with.

I've been sculling around Lulu for some time now and have downloaded templates to get a paperback format sorted out (I'm not messing around with hardback with the advent of e-books as there are planetary resources to bolster and readers wallets already get lightened enough without making them wait for sensible prices for the hand or eye) so there's no reason not to start the typesetting and proofing stage up for those stories that are ready to go to that phase already and see how we go from there. No time scales - this can all flow as required without solid deadlines for now, so long as there are people who want to be involved and get into print at some level.

So - we will want an introduction for it all. What do you think of this -

Introduction

As you have probably gathered by now, these stories all have an element of dreams and fantasy in common, despite the dreamless connotation of the title. If we tell you that the term 'dreamless roads' derives from the realms of Middle Earth and the timeless creations of J.R.R. Tolkien, then perhaps it might not seem so odd that most of the writers in the DreamWorlds community are serious about their fantasy (and sci-fi too). Serious doesn't necessarily mean humourless of course and whilst high fantasy often spells drama, this doesn't prevent fun happening along the way at times and so some of our tales flights of fancy steer well clear of nightmare and dabble around in more earthy pursuits that need to include visits to a tavern or three, or friendly encounters with bumbling mages, or kind young ladies in said taverns. Without a dash of reality here and there, even fantasy can get to be a drag after all and derring-do can get a little exhausting on the old grey matter if you have full throttle mythic creatures and stormy-eyed heroes with tempers to match, constantly jumping out at you with every turn of the page.

Our DreamWorlds concept began life as a wide-ranging forum for people to explore their dreams, whether those were firmly based in the 'real' world of domesticity, or sport, or more cerebral pursuits, including immersion in fantasy genres - or anything else that makes people feel happy.  Being a forum, DreamWorlds could be shared, but there was also room for privacy as well as 'in your face' interaction, and the chosen subject matter could be gentle and quiet, or wild and glorious, depending on where your interests led.  With the concept being based around Dreams, and Worlds for those Dreams, we made house room for all kinds of fantasy and fandom roleplay that was textually generated, as well as building chatroom-style areas for socialising, or for discussing leisure topics in general or in earnest. We wanted it to reflect all kinds of activities that people get into for mental stimulation, pleasure, exercise or well-being, away from the practical or domestic side of life. From the outset, we craved freedom for our tastes and minds to roam with few restrictions; to strive for a multi-layered place to play and explore the imagination; to find like-minded people who understood and shared our passions and, above all, we wanted to share our own DreamWorlds with others we had yet to meet. Online we came together to enjoy our dreams and our imaginations, to let our minds expand and be happy. We met as friends who wanted to share the pleasure of reading, going to the movies, playing sport, or revelling in the great outdoors, or writing novels, fan-fiction, biographies, appreciating or making art of any description, our love of wild nature, or pets, or gardening, or cooking…

As a website celebrating dreams, perhaps it was inevitable that we attracted some very creative people and some of those are also very fine writers. Dreamless Roads as a publishing project from that perspective was an almost foregone culmination of all this sparkling interaction and atmosphere of reaching out for the intangible something that stretches dreams into fantasy, but also into realisation. 

Our first story is therefore an examination of the human need for creating fantasy realms that can spring from any kind of dream, or aspiration - even if that can take on the form of dreamless roads leading out of nightmares...

And into Dreamless Roads the story ;-

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2013 at 6:15pm
Well I've begun with an actual bit of personal goals towards this end myself in the Caer, I intend for it to be made into easy fiction rather than based wholly on fanfiction but for now working with the base mindset of another world is easier for modeling purposes than worrying about names of crap in a world I'm still brewing in my mind while the story plays out.

I'm hoping to have 50k words completed and ready to go by midsummer, but who knows what life will bring between here and there, I'm only about a 1/25th of the way there yet.  But the notions are swirling and the ideas a'brewin' once again so I'm excited.
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Thumbs Up to JanoThumbs Up to Nurbor
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 1:24pm
Thanks chaps - we all know that once you get started on The Road it can take you onwards quite quickly at times which is why I'm not that worried about word counts either. For this first dip in the water I'm happy to go with short stories rather than novella 'length' ones (which seems to go with 50-70K words roughly) so it's up to you what you submit and how long it is although I'd hope for most to exceed 1000 in memory of dear Scheherazade Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 12:13am
I presume we need to work at editing and whatnot prior to submission right?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 1:20pm
Thumbs Up although it needn't be any different to putting up any piece of original writing - you can post anywhere you like on the forums for initial discussion/feedback and review, but I'm keeping the online editorial/proofing side of things on a private blog site to keep it all intact within the publishing contribution and processing co-operative peeps only.
THIS IS THE LINK! to the Dreamless Roads Writers' Blog HQ
To use it you need a Wordpress account if you haven't already got one (you don't need to have your own personal blog, just an account to post to the Writers' blog) and then PM me your username/email etc and I'll add you to the list of authorised contributors Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 11:47pm
i'll double back for this later.Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2013 at 9:49pm
It has begun!

Go here to find out more Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2014 at 3:22pm
*bumps*

OK - We're open for business again and this time it's for real! Wink

I've got 3 'short' stories ready to roll more or less, one of which still needs a full edit (other 2 are stand alones from the novel) Daniel/Ceregorn has two great supernatural thrillers awaiting his approval and Saranna has a themed collection in editing - but we need some more please! jazz
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2014 at 8:59am
Err - I thought Legends of Skorn was ready to go too - does it need more editing?  Will do so if you think. Type Cat
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2014 at 1:32pm
Ooops - whatever you say boss! Tongue  I thought we still needed to hear from Alsitair... Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2014 at 12:13pm
Heck, the sun will grow cold while we wait!  Print and be damned, I say.  Hbanger
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2014 at 6:43pm
Ohhh very interesting so short story to novella length... I'll see what I can find, that would fit the dreams/fantasy genre if anything at all if this is still open.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2014 at 8:02pm
Very much still open. Although we can't do any fan fiction pieces - it has to be original to you, the fantasy theme's very, very loose so horror and sci-fi are OK as well all varieties of fantasy including Christian or alternate history. Young adult fantasy maybe not so much as some of mine and Ceregorn's tales are on the dark side, but basically there's no real boundaries unless it's gratuitous smut. Wacko

I'm anticipating getting serious with editing for September 2014 with a view to getting it out for the year end (good Holiday Season pressy Wink) so looking at an 'on sale' window for end November.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2014 at 8:38pm
Of course I would not even think of putting in fan fiction... I'll see what I can find in my older files.  Since that's probably a bit tight for me to come up do a first good read and then a second before looking into getting a beta/editor
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2014 at 8:43pm
Well there's no shortage of beta readers on here as you know and plenty of places to pick brains or kick ideas around etc. Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2014 at 9:01pm
Of course... I'll look into it after the convention this weekend when I have time to really dig through my files on my computer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2014 at 10:47pm
Update on this - I've 'advertised' for more contributors amongst my connections and Groups on LinkedIn and 3 other people are showing interest so we're gathering impetus in terms of hands in the air volunteering work Tongue

Next I'll be doing a mailing for our regulars on the main forum site to see if we shake that banana tree a little and wake up some people like Ceregorn and Soro that haven't been around in a while as it's time to put some thought to picking up pens or at least kicking ideas around Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2014 at 12:10pm
Please don't speak of shaking trees so soon after mine blew down!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2014 at 12:45pm
Hope the tree didn't damage anything Saranna. Never good to see a tree down.
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