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Ben Brooks
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Hi, everyone! My name's Ben, and I've got a problem: a writing addiction!

I'm currently working on my third novel, if you count the high fantasy one I wrote so long ago in college that is doomed to spend an eternity in a dusty file cabinet. My primary genre I suppose could be best classified as "multicultural fiction" since most of it is drawn from my experiences living in Japan. Currently not published, but hoping to change that in the not-so-distant future.

I look forward to meeting other writers and helping each other get better at our craft!

- Ben

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Meredith
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Welcome to the treehouse.
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MartinV
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Hello, Ben. Admitting your addiction is the first step... to an advanced stage of the addiction, that is!
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Welcome to Insanity, enjoy your stay!
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Merlion-Emrys
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Another example of how EVERYBODY but me gets to go to Japan. It's evil.

One of the main characters of some of my stories is an Onmyoji. I'm a huge fan of anime and other Japanese/Asian cinema and mythology. Indeed, my first published story was titled "Kitsune-tsuki" from which you can probably figure out what it was about.

Good to have you. Have some pocky.

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Ben Brooks
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Thanks for the welcome, everyone! For the record, I lived in Japan straight from 2004 through 2006, but I visit quite often as my wife is Japanese.

I started out thinking I wanted to be a fantasy author, and last fall I decided to write something more commercial/literary fiction and fell in love with it. So that probably makes me more of an outcast here, but the company is welcome!

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hi everyone, my name is webs, and i'm happy to be here. can't wait to get something written and posted.
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So Howdy there.

As you may know already you are not the only one here with that addiction. I know I can get cranky if I don't write every so often and I find that a good session is one of the most fulfilling things I can do.

As to Japan. Merlion... I've never been there either. But I've noticed that many writers like to use Japanese (For lack of a better word here) fairy creatures. Especially that fox with the five tails. Or is it seven? I should know how many tails, I've read it enough times.

But I think that commercial/literary fiction can still be a form of fantasy.


So keep writing and stay close here.

However as yo wonder around the Treehouse do be careful if you see a unicorn, she can be mean.

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quote:
I started out thinking I wanted to be a fantasy author, and last fall I decided to write something more commercial/literary fiction and fell in love with it.
I'm not sure what you mean by commercial/literary...fantasy/sci fi/horror is usually more commercially successful than what's refereed to as "literary" fiction. Though on the other hand, there is a very strong trend right now towards "literary" styles in speculative fiction...an entire professional magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is devoted to "literary adventure fantasy."

I say, do both.


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As to Japan. Merlion... I've never been there either. But I've noticed that many writers like to use Japanese (For lack of a better word here) fairy creatures. Especially that fox with the five tails. Or is it seven? I should know how many tails, I've read it enough times.

Foxes in Japanese folklore/religion/mythology gain more tails as they get older, and more power along with it. The max is nine...a nine-tailed fox is almost unstoppable, with powers comparable to a deity. The fox in my story had five tails and was only narrowly defeated by my two main characters.
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