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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:44 pm 
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That's alright Roy, nice to have the opportunity to vent! Feels good occasionally :twisted: best not to make a habit of it though, I've noticed diminishing returns with that ..... #-o

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:39 am 
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StevePalmer wrote:
I understand. I worked for Waterstones for 8 years.


Then you know, the agony and the ecstasy! #-o :mrgreen:

(the ecstasy was all those free (promotional and damaged) books, and decent staff discounts.... I liked our customers too).

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:16 pm 
I mostly had a good time at Waterstones, but there were a couple of occasions when ridiculous, Waterstones-damaging decisions were taken by the senior management.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:56 pm 
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StevePalmer wrote:
damaging decisions were taken by the senior management.


Isn't that what senior management is for? :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:47 pm 
One does rather expect it. It's always annoying, though... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:55 am 
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Hello Citizens of the TTA block. The Judge is here. And I Am The Law. Perps.

So, I am a froggy (what a shame) with a 3/4 Scottish blood running in my veins. I have discovered the TTA publications Black Static and Interzone on the web, when I was looking for SF/Horror prose magazines. I immediately sign for a one year subscription for the two mags. For the renewals, I will see if I can sign for a two years each or for the Lifetime option.

I love SF, Fantasy, Heroic Fantasy, Horror, Dark stories in all their medias: prose mag, comic books and graphic novels. I was 12 when I was offered my first SF book at school for my excellent results. It was a story of Space Rangers with their training on the Moon. One of the training exercises I remember is a full vertical drop of a module into a large excavation.

And from then, I have always bough SF books. Plus the below variants (almost the Conan stories!!). After a long travel in the intellectual desert (jobs were days and nights - I really hate IT domains now!!), and into a personal mental minefield (I suffer from a nervous breakdown - thanks to these jobs...), I am starting anew to try to read again. And it is really hard for me. Before, I was reading a book per night. Now, it's 1 to 3 pages per night. And that, for a reader, it's very difficult to admit...

I have subscribed to the best prose mags (UK and USA, only one French title - it costs very, very... OUCH!!!!) to help me. I hope than a day, I will be able anew to read without difficulties. Hey!! I have all The Wheel of Time, the Shannara saga, the Black Company Chronicles and all the Dragonlance books to read!!!!

One comment I want to say is: will it be possible to see in a near future, a new mag with only Fantasy and Heroic-Fantasy in it??? Hum??? PleaAAAAAAase!!!!

Now that I have enough talked about me, Citizens, you must report yourselves to your main block entry. Non declared public meeting to The Hall of Justice is illegal.
Move. Creeps.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:38 pm 
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Welcome, Judge!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:42 am 
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Hi,
I'm Cameron Johnston, hailing from sunny Glasgow (It is today, I swear I'm not making this up!) and a member of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers' Circle. I work for the NHS, usually write fantasy and horror (with some asides to science fiction), and I also study historical european martial arts, mostly the highland broadsword.

As the recent winner of Black Static's 'You Choose' competition I figured that it was high time I registered on the forum. Feel free to heap abuse on me for my choices :) but I think they should make for some interesting reviews.

I have had one short story published in a small-press anthology so far, but my writing has improved a lot over the last two years, and I am currently half-way through writing a novel. All signed up for World Fantasy Convention 2013 which should be a blast (feel free to hunt me down and say hello).

I have read Interzone and Black Static for years and always been impressed with the quality of both magazine and fiction. Definately my favourite SF publication.

-Cameron


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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:32 pm 
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Hi Cameron, nice to meet you on here! I thought you made some great choices in the 'you choose' comp - looking forward to seeing the reviews.

And congrats on the anthology publication!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:05 pm 
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Hi Cameron. Daft question time: Will you be at Booze and Baubles on the 22nd? Just wondering how much the Glasgow writers' circle overlaps with my geeky Glasgow friends... :)

Edit: on re-reading your post, we'll also have to compare acquaintences in HEMA some time :)

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Hi Jo,
Well, not sure what Booze and Baubles is, so no, but I suspect Munchkenstein is involved :)
As to HEMA, it seems to be getting increasingly popular up here. Anyhoo, have already followed you on Twitter :)

Hi Ali,
Nice to e-meet you too! Glad you liked my choices, and I'm sure that the reviews will prove interesting. I could have picked 10 'hot' vampire/angel dark fantasy novels I guess...*shakes head at Jim Steel*

Cameron


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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:11 pm 
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Cameron wrote:
Hi Jo,
Well, not sure what Booze and Baubles is, so no, but I suspect Munchkenstein is involved :)
As to HEMA, it seems to be getting increasingly popular up here. Anyhoo, have already followed you on Twitter :)


I believe a small, hairy person will be there, yes :)

HEMA seems to be sprining up all over the place. Mainly longsword from what I've seen - longswords are the new black? - which is a little disconcerting to someone who prefers rapier and smallsword. Or what I like to think of as stabbing my opponent, not bludgeoning them to death...

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
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Great to see you here as well, Cameron.

I need to extract a digit and get along to the Circle more often. Not enough hours in the day, grumble, grumble etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:34 pm 
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Jim

If we ran a WordDogs - not been one in ages, would you turn up at that?

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 Post subject: Re: Introduce Yourself
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:57 pm 
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Do you mean as a punter or as an embarrassing drunk with a microphone?

Haven't any new fiction kicking around so I'd have to write something first.

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