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I'm stealing [personal profile] aldersprig's idea! If you want to see how your name would be written in ~my~ as yet unnamed conlang, post below!

Here's the alphabet
here's an example of the writing

Figured I should add some pronunciation notes since they're not all English-equivalent. 8D

th is voiceless, as in think
ch is the sound in the Scottish word 'loch'
kh is... er... well... it's mostly how it looks?
pf as in German
r as in Spanish
a, e, y, o, u are similar to the Japanese a, e, i, o, u
i as in pit
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I've been chewing on ganking that character question meme Lyn posted yesterday and after some thought, I decided to do a ~variation~ on it. So here's how my game is going to work.

- I have a secret list of characters!
- You comment and ask a question - or multiple questions, that's fine too.
- For each question, I roll up a random number.
- Your question will then be answered IC by the corresponding character!

I can guarantee they won't lie, but they might not give the whole truth... ;)

How is this different?
Well, the original meme technically lets you pick a "revealed" character's number. This way, you never know who is going to answer it. :D I reserve the right to add additional characters to my list at any point, too. Muahaha.

What can I do after the character answers?
Whatever you want! Make a new thread with new questions, reply to the character's answer, jump in IC with a character of your own, et al.
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Stealing the idea shamelessly from [personal profile] aldersprig, where you can go to see the nested quote definition in all of its glory.

Give me prompts for demifiction for Saeland, my setting for the Invisible Dragons (working title) series (that may never come to fruition but you know). If it's something that exists in-setting, I'll do it! Or at least part, if it's longish.

I have a setting definitions page somewhere, I think........ but it's the setting for this story.
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Stolen from [personal profile] aldersprig!

Send me a pairing and a line of dialogue and I'll write you something ("pairing" can also be "ensemble" or "set of friends" or whatever). List of my characters are here and I like a bunch of anime and movies and tv shows and stuff so go for it.

"Wait right there, don’t move!"

"That’s a good look for you."

"Could you repeat that?"

"Hey, have you seen the…? Oh.”

"Everything’s going to be fine."

"This isn’t exactly what I had in mind."

"Are you flirting with me?"

"Must be a day ending in y."

"Stop trying to cheer me up!"

"You want me to do what?”

"It’s never too late."

"Please stay."

"If there’s one thing the world needs more of…"

"I’ve got one word for you: sing-along!"

"Are you fucking kidding me?"

"Can we pretend I didn’t just say that?

"That is one hell of a mess."

"There’s something I’ve been meaning to say…"

"Last time I ask you for a favor!"

"Come on."

"I need this."

”Don’t make it into a big deal.”

"You forgot to say the magic word."

"Where the fuck did that clown come from?"

"I’ll never unsee that."

"Can I tell you a secret?"

"This one’s on me."

"I’m lost."

"Give me a hand."

"I think you missed your calling."
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for reference etc., grouped by setting

Read more... )
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Nabbed this from [personal profile] aldersprig

Pick a number and I'll try to answer that question. Then you can do the meme or not as you choose.

– 1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
✓ 2. Favorite tense
– 3. Favorite POV
– 4. What are some themes you love writing about?
– 5. What inspires you to write?
✓ 6. Thoughts on critique
✓ 7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
✓ 8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
– 9. A passage from a WIP
– 10. What are your strengths in writing?
– 11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
– 12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
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For future prompt posts, a link to the previous entry will go here. I was considering writing a little premise blurb thingie here instead but I figured it'll be easier (for me, at least, bwahaha) if I don't, so~

If you want to participate, click on one of the active colors, choose one of the unused prompts, and post that prompt in a comment before Noon on Thursday, Pacific time. I will then pick at least one suggested prompt for the next first part.

Be sure to include the name of the color and the number of the prompt you are suggesting. You don't have to include the prompt line itself, but you can if you like. (And if you have any questions, feel free to ask!)

The currently active colors are as follows:

Alice Blue
Pineapple Yellow
Spilt Ink
Tiny Angry Magenta

None of the prompts have been used yet so go nuts! Well, don't go nuts, but feel free to pick any one of them.

If you are feeling ambitious, you can also go choose a style or supply. Styles are generally extra restrictions on the piece or the prompts used, and supplies are generally extra prompts.

I do not guarantee I will use any styles or supplies.

I hate having to give things titles.
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I am going to try doing this serial thing!

(For those of you who read the interest post, I'm doing something slightly different for the set-up than what I described.)

The basic idea here is this:

I'm going to start writing a web serial using [community profile] rainbowfic prompt lists, with reader input on which prompts to use next to help me keep going. To start out, I am going to take ideas and suggestions for the story premise.

Before we get started, some information and instructions:

  • I want to do what I call "contemporary science-fantasy", which is basically "set in modern day and crazy shit happens that is usually - but not always - caused by advanced science/technology". Supernatural abilities are good. Typical Urban Fantasy elements, less so.

  • Examples of the genre: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Artemis Fowl, some episodes of Doctor Who.

  • By "story premise", I do not mean a plot summary. I am not looking for plot twists or plot details, but rather pieces of a general idea of the starting point.

  • Example of a story premise: "[Main Character] is thrilled about going away for her first year at college. But when strange things start happening around campus, she starts to realize there's more to the school than she thought." (This one is really general, but you get the idea.)

  • I plan to put up the first prompt post on Monday. This post will remain active until then.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, here's what we're going to do!

As a comment to this post, give ONE suggested point for the premise. A bizarre string of events, a mysterious stranger, moving to a new town, hitting a Norse god with your truck, that sort of thing. In addition, include
THREE of the colors listed below
ONE suggestion for a serial title
(or a part of the title, or structure of the title)
and ONE character-background detail for the main character (number of siblings, educational level, unfortunate incident involving a dog and a hair dryer, etc. etc. etc.).

The colors are prompt lists for the rainbowfic community and are going to be the driving force behind this story. You can base your color picks on whatever you want: the name of the color, the theme of the list, the actual prompts on the list, drawing slips of paper out of a hat...

I'll be using the five colors that get the most votes as the starting colors for the project. (The community limits you to five active colors maximum.) In the case of a two-plus-way tie for color #5, I'll exercise my own judgement to select it.

Pick Three
Alice Blue
Cloud White
Pineapple Yellow
Spilt Ink
Symphony Black
Tea Rose
Tiffany Blue
Tiny Angry Magenta
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tl;dr version: If I were to do a reader-input web-serial thingie, would I actually get reader input?

Full version )

I know I'd be posting the story on DW so that the parts get posted to the community, but I might also crosspost to my personal writing blog. Haven't decided yet.
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Talking a bit with Lyn about common themes/plots in Addergoole got me thinking: what kind of plots do I like?

It's actually more difficult to figure out than you might think. I tend to be drawn more by genre and character types than plot lines, I think. But there are some I like more than most.

- Escalating FIGHT THE BAD GUYS. A common plot in action manga, some sword & sorcery, and monster-hunting types of UF.
- Antagonist character development into a hero. Like Zuko. Zuko is great. I love everything about Zuko. (except his thing with Mai but let's not go there)
- WHY IS EVERYONE TRYING TO KILL/CAPTURE ME?? Also known as the confused fugitive plot line. The story revolves around figuring out what is even going on up to the SHTF point, where they finally have had enough and push back, ultimately defeating the antagonists sufficiently to resume semi-normal life. (Usually.) I really love these.
- Fugitive plots in general, actually.
- Cons and heists. The Sting, Ocean's Eleven, The Lies of Locke Lamora (to an extent). I love a good charismatic and audacious criminal. I also really love these.
- Let's Have An Adventure! The protagonist(s) gets dragged unexpectedly and usually unwillingly into some fantastic chain of events, where the emphasis is on Doing Cool Things and Seeing Cool Places. Usually travelling is involved. Portal fantasy (e.g. Narnia) is almost if not actually always this type of plot. How much I like these is heavily dependent on characterization and world-building, for obvious reasons.
- It is a mystery. Mysteries in general. Preferably clever and not murder.

Other points of note that I like are when the villain has some sort of breakdown in the finale, antivillains (where the/an antagonist is not actually bad/evil), political intrigue, amusing banter, abductions of loved ones... There are a few relationship-type things I like but really it's more about the quality of the dynamic than the specifics of it.

I'm sure there are more but I think this covers all of the major things.
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I kinda want to do Camp NaNo this July but I am in the typical situation of "oh crap but which one do I do?!" that I always find myself.

I'm still working on I.D. but that's... not a NaNo-type project at this point at all, so it's obviously not what I'm going to do. Moving on from that, this gives me three categories of options: Existing Projects, New Projects, and Non-Fiction.

I don't really want to try doing non-fiction this month, so let's ignore that one for now. (Yay, progress?)

Existing Projects
- Continue Aetheric Engines from where I left off. Well, from slightly before where I left off, as the last few pages are being 90% scrapped. This is what I'd call "dark adventure steampunk".
- Give Wonderland another go. I was just re-reading my initial 30k semidraft... thing that I did in '09 (was it '09?) for NaNo and remembered why I liked it so much. It needs to be redone almost from scratch; only about 1% of the existing document is worth keeping. It's a fun fantasy steampunk-ish adventure thing, nothing especially original about the plot itself. (Travel to new world, discover you are an Important Person, defeat evil ruler, you know the drill.)
- Try The Philosopher's Society again. It's got the benefit of having extant characters, but the problem I ran into the first time was stalling due to lack of direction so I'd need an outline and do I really want to do an outline in the next week? I just don't know.
- Addergoole Year 18. Pros: doesn't need much of a plot, as it's all character development. Cons: chaaaaaaraaaaaaacterrrrrrrrrrrrrs. It's also pretty dark and I dunno if I might start burning out on writing slowly escalating emotional abuse constantly for a month, you know?
- The Blackburn Society. The episodic format is both good and bad, I discovered. Good because I don't need to work out long or complicated plot lines; bad because I have to come up with a dozen plot lines instead. On the other hand, it's pure fun. They go around chasing down monsters and mysterious phenomena and there's lots of banter and it's just really fun to read and write. If I manage to think of an episode premise.
- Wardrobeless. This book frustrates me because it's one of the few things so far that I would find so much more entertaining to read than to write. I think it moves more slowly than my stories tend to, which means I tend to get bored. The first arc is also slightly slice-of-life-ish. ...Come to think of it, it's like a less tidy non-romantic Kate & Leopold sort of scenario.
- Solomon Twist. It's supposed to be a story in the vein of Alice in Wonderland or Narnia or E. Nesbit or Edward Eager. Children's fantasy adventure. I wrote the first two and a half typed pages some other NaNo - just up until the story really starts - and then stopped, presumably because I realized I didn't know what I was doing. The first bit was really great, though.

New Projects
- SPACE PIRATE MAVERICK. It is a series about a space pirate phantom thief whose "stage name" is Maverick. She may be ex-police, with that kind of a name. Anyway it is going to be great fun but I have no idea where it's going to go other than PHANTOM THIEVES: IN SPACE.
- Sherlock Holmes fan fiction. You heard me. (It's not shippy. It's totally self-gratifying.)
- A guy gets caught up in a conflict involving a not-exactly-superhero secret agency type thing. Sort of like X-Men meets S.H.I.E.L.D. with less spandex.
- Magical rune girls! There's been like an apocalypse and there are these girls who have rune things on them somewhere and they do magic things and then there's a boy who turns out to do the same thing but different because of reasons that are the plot.
- Magical boys! Magical transformations and everything. You may have seen some of my costume design ideas so far, a couple months ago.

what should I dooooooooooooooooo
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Update 1/13/12 Correction to the 'ZEPPELINS!' entry on the Settings page, because I am a dumb.

This is literally the worst possible time in an entire six-month span for me to be starting something like this, which of course is exactly why it's happening now.

Without going too much into the details of the "why" (as I am prone to doing just that and in fact was about to when I thought to myself, no, don't be a silly), I have decided to set up an on-going prompt... thingie. BUT! Not just any prompts will do. There are rules.

The rules are thus:
  • Each prompt must be for one of these settings. Please indicate which before the prompt.

  • The prompt itself can be anything, so long as it's consistent with the setting you picked. (e.g. space flight in Saeland simply will not do)

  • Submit your prompt as a reply to this post.

  • I will write a bit of fiction of at least 500 words (with no predetermined maximum) to each prompt in order of receipt, minimum of one per day. They will be posted on my writing blog and I will reply to your prompt comment with a direct link to it.

For now, there is no intention of a closing date. The settings page may be updated at some point in the future; I will mention if it does.

-P.S. If you feel the need to request I write something which does not conform to these rules, go ahead and ask. I can't guarantee I will write it, but I'll likely at least give it a shot!
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dahob over on LJ posted this as a question for aldersprig's question-about-writing meme thing earlier today:

In the RPG theroy wonk circles they have come up with three 'stances' that describe how people play RPGs:

actor stance - putting the character on like a coat and 'inhabiting' the game/story world, trying to react and percieve that way (sometimes reffered to as immersion stance). Exemplified by speaking in charter and roughly analogous to 1st person perspective.

author stance - where you are 'outside' watching the characer and describing what they do/feel/think, but often without internalizing. This can focus more on the visible surface of the characer than the inner workings. Exemplified by describing the characters actions and roughly analogous to 3rd person perspective.

director stance - which is where the GM in a game mostly stays. It is a meta level sits above an individual character's actions. It's where you act from when you hav a character do thigns for 'plot' reasons instead of character goal motivated reasons.

I think that fokls approach writing in very similar ways and that, just like gaming, people are more comfortable in some stnaces than other and shift from stnace to stance as they write/game. Assuming that you buy that at all (XD), where do you write from and how much influence does each stance have on your writing?

They are extremely interesting observations! I wanted to expound upon them a bit in the context of my own gaming and writing habits, so I took the liberty of yoinking it for here.

Actor Stance
This is how I usually play when RPing. The visual of "wearing" the character is extremely apt, I think. I generally describe it as getting inside of the character's head; seeing their thoughts and actions and reactions on an intimite enough level that you are in essence being them. It is almost like a reverse possession.

I don't really do this when I'm writing. Sometimes, when doing a first person narrative, I come close, but it's still different. There's a certain level of conscious control in the concept of the actor stance; you choose what to do, but you do it as the character. But you're still choosing.

Director Stance
(I skipped to this one because the Author one doesn't make as much sense without the added context of Director.)

I'm interpreting this as similar to what I term "puppet-mastering". I use this a lot when writing longer fiction, especially for less major characters or off-screen events. You could say that I write said characters in a similar method to how a GM plays the NPCs. Their individual goals and motivations are less important and their characters are less fleshed out, so you can tweak them and their actions (within the context of consistency) in order to sort of herd the protagonists and the story in an actual plot-related direction. It is very important, in a sort of back-stage way, for my successfully conducting a Real Plot.

Author Stance
I write like this ALL. THE. TIME. XD Even when I'm writing in first person, like with Invisible Dragons. Basically, I conceptualize my major characters as separate entities. They develop their own characters, are driven by their own goals and motivations and personality, and I have little to no real sense of control over any of it.

With the first person narrative mentioned above, that manifests for me as the book basically being narrated to me, by my narrator, while I take dictation. It obviously isn't quite so simple, as I'm going back and revising things to be more consistent or be more in the right voice, but that's the attitude behind it.


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