« Last post by Moonlake on September 10, 2015, 07:32:54 AM »
@Scras, I know there're valid points to this theme idea but this frowning upon on 'jumping ahead' really comes from Axle. I don't want to engage in finger pointing but he's the one adamant that we just concentrate on the biz of writing at the moment and worry about the selection and marketing process later, much later. Also, when I was reading the exchange b/w you and Axle, it came across to me that the central msg is this: Scras is walking way from this venture b/c he wanted a theme to the epub and Axle supplied him an answer based on the current stories already written/being written which he found dissatisfactory (if you guys hadn't jumped so far ahead, I would have come into the discussion and told you that instead of Axle's Greek term, we could have 'shape-shifter' as a common ground for the two stories written by me and Axle. It's a term easily understandable for most who read fantasy and granted it doesn't have as close a link to the central theme for our 2 stories- in fact only tangential while Axle's Greek term is spot on. But I think shape-shifter is really on par with some of the themes you mentioned like dwarves, orcs, dragons etc. I would bet that a collection of short stories with dragons as a central theme for example will all star dragons but quite a few of them would just have dragons as a kind of tangential thing, some bit of awesome myth etc.). So to me, your declaration of walking away from this after a discussion about themes just seems absurd and bordering on insanity (I don't want to say derogatory words but that is seriously my impression).
Back to more useful talk, I don't dislike this idea of themes for itself because as I said elsewhere, I do like a 'clean product' but as Axle persuaded me to, I think the current priority is put out more stories among the epub writer's group and then we can pick the best. Not cripple ourselves before we have found the momentum to get into writing by narrowing things down to a 'theme'.
The main reason that I'm 'against' themes is because I'm really not that good with short stories. I keep thinking up all these epic stories ala LoR style. Add a theme on top of that, I simply won't be able to participate in this venture due to the slow pace that I would be progressing at (arguably not a problem for the initial few issues but not stable if we ever make this venture into something like a ezine released quarterly). It would be just like a Citadel quest for me minus the ability to retro participate.