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2017-Apr-14, Friday 02:37
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fucking hell titles are hard. so are writing markets.

things that need proper titles:

1) Camp NaNo novel
2) fluffy queer romance short
3) "good fucking gods does this reaction to 45 have enough fucking content notes on it yet" short

things that need paying markets to buy first pub rights for them from me:

1) "Light and Storm", the Leto short
2) fluffy queer romance short
3) "good fucking gods does this reaction to 45 have enough fucking content notes on it yet" short

(I'm not kidding, it has thirteen content notes and I'm still thinking I missed a few)

(also Camp NaNo novel will eventually be wanting an agent to do the hard part of finding a traditional publisher to buy it, but that can wait till there's at least a first draft)

and my usual approach of "title = song lyric!" isn't going to fly unless the lyric is the song title, because US copyright law has a lot of bullshit in; "title = poem quote!" works better in that respect but lacks a certain...hm. memorable originality?

on a related note! people who try to publish origific: is it worth $6/mo (or $3.33/mo for $40 up-front for the year) to subscribe to WritersMarket.com $30 for a print Writer's Market 2017 with free year's subscription to the associated dot-com? like, recall I have no money? but I really want to sell these short stories and have no fuckin' clue where would want them?

(I mean, the Pagan/Polytheist Calls for Submissions group on Facebook exists? and occasionally someone even posts a paying market? but not often! and I explicitly want to send "enough fucking content notes"—which I think has a real title now: "Courage: I Remember—I Say Her Name"—to somewhere that is explicitly looking for dystopias, and the word "dystopia" has been used once in the history of the group.)

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2017-Mar-22, Wednesday 17:20
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Access List, participants: 10

If I do Camp NaNo, which project should I work on?

devotional: athenic horologion
0 (0.0%)

devotional: daily hellenic practice
1 (10.0%)

devotional: hellenion clergy education
1 (10.0%)

devotional: olympians & ouranic theoi
1 (10.0%)

memoir: lightning flame
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memoir: pennsylvania twirl
0 (0.0%)

novel: cinderelectra and phoebe
3 (30.0%)

novel: fairytales in the margins
1 (10.0%)

novel: inherit the flame
0 (0.0%)

novel: valerie brown
2 (20.0%)

poetry collection
0 (0.0%)

I don't recognize any of these projects, or I do but I don't like those I recognize, but do Camp!
1 (10.0%)

AMBITION GETS YOU IN TROUBLE, ALEX: don't do Camp at all
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alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Give me Grimm/Andersen/Disney-style fairytale prompts with queer, trans, and/or disabled protagonists. Examples: Autistic Snow White. Lesbian Rapunzel. Cane-using Cinderella. Trans female Beauty (of -and-the-Beast).

(I'm not asking for fairytale people-of-color prompts because I'm pretty sure that's not my lane. Probably gonna racebend lots of these anyway.)

I won't promise to write something for every prompt. But I want to play poke-the-haters-in-the-eye.

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2016-Aug-16, Tuesday 09:29
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"A small bowl of water sits on my desk," she continues, "a reminder that even if nothing is happening on the page, something is happening in the room -- evaporation. And I always light a candle when I begin to write, a reminder that I have now entered another realm, call it the realm of the Spirit. I am mindful that when one writes, one leaves this world and enters another."
—Terry Tempest Williams as quoted on Myth & Moor
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Pick a question to ask me:

1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?
14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.
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Throw me a concept/idea/title and and I will give you a brief summary of the story I would tell based around it.

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2015-Mar-22, Sunday 01:27
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HAH WORDS. fuck you trollbrain I MADE WORDS.

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2015-Mar-15, Sunday 19:10
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no, self, past experience indicates that we cannot write a novel in three months, do not attempt to do a Saturation of Octarine for [community profile] rainbowfic, yes that is a very shiny prompts list but there is no way you can get all thirty prompts into anything shorter than a novel, and you have enough novel ideas to be going on with anyway. no really DON'T.

(I am not sure whether I want y'all to go "DO IT" or "DON'T DO IT"!)

(it would be a thing of beauty if I thought I could actually accomplish it, though, all about the feminist movement and civil rights movement and queer rights movement and etc in a world with magic, spanning at least three generations and a whole lotta protagonists)
alexseanchai: Pharaoh Meritamun (Viva La Vida Meritamun)
When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

Saturday morning at nine-forty-five found Tara sitting at a two-person table in Brewniverse, mug of ambition in one hand and cinnamon bun in the other.

-

Grandmother Mairwen told me the tale of Cadair Idris, the mountain called the Giant's Chair. To put it in a nutshell: aspiring poets climbed the mountain and spent a night under the stars. Some woke mad. Some woke poets. (Grandmother seemed to think there's a difference.) Some never woke at all.

-

Sistrums jangled, cymbals chimed, castanets clacked, dancers stamped. Meritamun, princess of Kemet, poured a measure of beer for the goddess Hathor and another for herself. Hathor must surely be drunk by now.
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What I'm thinking is, I write about a hundred words of fiction in the post. Commenter A does the same in the first reply, following on from what I've posted. Commenter B adds about a hundred words in the first reply to A's comment, and so forth and so on and we'll see how far the story goes. And if Commenter C doesn't like the story as already established in the first comment thread, or if she starts writing in response to A's comment and B ninjas her, she can start a second thread simply by replying with her hundred words to the comment that her words follow. (Or to the post, if her words follow the bit in the post itself.) So it's a collaborative-canon story with built-in AU potential. What do people think?

To keep straight story comments and discussion comments (I imagine we'll want discussion comments, whether to say "I liked this bit" or "let's plan ahead a little" or whatever), subject lines please: "story" in the subject if adding to the story, "discussion" if not.

And of course if you don't like my opening, in blockquotes below, you can swipe the whole upper part of the post and start your own in your own space! In fact, let's make that formal: this post and all its comments are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. (If you do not wish to license your work under those terms, please do not play.)

Here goes nothing:

Hinata ran down the path. Late for school! Late on the day of the exhibition match with White Iris School! Magdalena would never forgive her. Blue Rose School was counting on Hinata's skill with the fire-ribbons to outshine White Iris's fire mage, whatever her name was—Reshmi?—and on Hinata's cooperation with Ciara and Mei Huan and Akachi and Lani to make the Blue Rose display piece absolutely stunning. Magdalena was going to fold their arms and frown at her.

Hinata just hoped she'd have enough time to catch her breath before performing—calling fire when breathless was verging on impossible—
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Gretel likes stories. She dreams of being Aschenputtel, dancing in shoes of silk and glass and gold.

Gretel likes listening to stories, but she likes telling stories better. She wants to tell you about the witch with the candy cane house.

Gretel has to listen carefully for her little brother, even as Hansel has to look out for her. Sometimes people are mean, and sometimes the world isn't fair, and that means she has to be careful. She'll always tell you she learned that from the witch with the candy cane house, but she might not tell you true.
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Rosandra sneaks around with other flame-dragons sometimes.

Ra is...not encouraged to associate with other flame-dragons. Ra will need a wind-dragon and a water-dragon and an earth-dragon to conceive and lay the eggs Rosandra will someday hatch into the children ra will tend, and that ought to be the end of ta ambition. Ra doesn't need friends, just spouses.

Says ta wind-parent. Says ta earth-parent, when someone asks se about the matter. Says ta water-parent, even, though only when ti wind-spouse is listening.

Rosandra's flame-parent just smiles and wishes—quietly—for friends of ta own.
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If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current works in progress in your journal.

"What if I get it wrong?" Gillian asked, the smell of copper and grass and primroses all around her.

and a whole lot more )


(1) Rereading my Supernatural WIPs is making me want to rewatch the show. Argh.

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2014-Sep-10, Wednesday 00:44
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For reasons I am looking for places where legend has it that people go (and if applicable do things) in order to gain poetic or artistic inspiration. I already have Cadair Idris and the Hippocrene spring on Mount Helicon; those are in Wales and Greece respectively, and I'm really hoping legend holds there are such places in regions other than Europe.

DuckDuckGo is not spitting back anything useful. :(
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okay now that I've finished this story (or at least got a solid complete draft of it—editing needs to happen I'm sure), what do I do with it? I would like to make money with it, but I can't recall as I've made a single penny off the poetry collection I released CC BY-SA with free download available, or more than a few dollars off anything I've posted freely (and that only if we count sponsoring prompt calls, like the one I'm supposed to be having this weekend but I've been up twenty-two hours). but I do like CC BY-SA and that basically requires a free avenue of distribution.

granted, haven't made more than a few dollars off the stories only available in buy-it-then-read-it either, but.

oh btw it is probably the third-longest thing I've ever written? *checks ao3* yes, yes it is. it's nine thousand words. the 85k fanfic is not on ao3, just on ff.n. and the third-longest fanfic I've ever written is three to five thousand words shorter than I was vaguely recalling it to be.

(eta: ...huh that means this is the longest original I've ever completed. I'm saying 'completed' now because apparently I have 13K on Leah Far-Sighted.)

...my books icons are keyworded by number, not description. I just picked one at random. it is in grayscale. given the story I just finished, this is hilarious. or possibly that's just given that I've been up twenty-two hours.
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FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
NEXT — the next line. meaning I will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
PROMPT — you post a prompt, and I’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
THE END — I’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if I’ve written it
BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective

Note that you will get a randomly chosen value of 'current project' (that excludes any ficfest with a reveal date) because I have so many current projects. So if someone in the comments has already said, for example, FIRST, feel free to say FIRST again, because you'll get something different. (And note that there will probably be no answers till I get home tonight, because home is where all the files are.)
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The path was long, worn wide with the footfalls of however many hundreds of aspiring poets before her. The Pony Path, the guidebook called it, in contrast to the Fox's Path and the path whose name Joan couldn't pronounce.

Looking at the Pony Path, Joan could almost see the shapes of the family stories about this mountain ridge: two women, one dark-haired and one golden, both far paler than walnutwood-brown Joan, hiking up the trail.

Would Joan's story end with her waking dead, like Carys, or mad, like Branwen, or—or was it all just folktale and legend, sound and fury, signifying, as Shakespeare said, nothing?

If it was all nothing, why was she here?

A drop of water hit Joan's head.
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So apparently Priya's pronouns are Hindi. Hindi apparently has gender-neutral pronouns. Hindi in fact apparently has only gender-neutral pronouns. I am very pleased about this. (Less pleased that all the verbs are gendered and there's only two grammatical genders, but nothing I can do about that. Also, I can't really talk, because I'm planning to take gendered-to-hell-and-back Spanish for the language requirement for my degree.) Only one problem. I'm writing for an English-speaking audience. How do I turn the little squiggles in this post into something I can type on my US English keyboard, that my English-speaking readers have half a chance of pronouncing? And how to decline the pronouns? (Like, how does, or does one, distinguish between 'she' and 'her' and so forth?) I found one site that says it's 'vah', another site that says 'woh', I'm not sure if those are the the same word transliterated differently or the same word declined differently or different words altogether.
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Problem being, the connecting point for most of the cast is Irish heritage, specifically music. Ireland being and Irish-Americans generally being white as Easter lilies, this could easily result in an all-white cast. In fact I suspect that if I do not have an all-white cast, at least among the characters claiming Irish heritage, readers will side-eye me hard and abandon me for implausibility.

I do not want an all-white cast.

I cannot make my lead a person of color, I think, because the metaplot is her realizing her privilege and trying to do something about that (core of the story is Child 200, and it just plain don't work if she doesn't start the story well-off), and also I dunno how 'be a proper young lady' instructions to a little girl play out when the little girl is of color. Which means her parents are white too, and that's three of my ten named characters, and five of the remaining seven are in this Irish music group and the sixth is a sibling to one of those five. Number seven is not Irish even a little bit, but, well, if anyone's a villain of this piece, it's him. If he's the token PoC, that would be bad.

I'm thinking about making two or three of the characters PoC anyway. Maybe the siblings and number seven, though I'm not sure yet. Does that sound like a good solution, or do you have other thoughts?

(The cast also looks very heterosexual and cisgender. I think I'm going to have to suck up the cisgender, but maybe the love story can be queer het instead of straight het.)

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2012-Aug-26, Sunday 15:19
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Alita came over to examine the map laid out on the central table. After a moment of study, she turned to face the largest cluster of people. "Kits, cats, sacks, and wives," she said.

Damned oracles. Always thinking they're clear as crystal, when the truth is, till afterwards, they're clear as mud.

Rebecca helpfully recited the full poem.

"So, what," said Saira sourly, "the solution's so obvious a child could find it?"

"No, no," said Nia. "It should be that obvious. But all the multiplying by sevens are there on purpose, to keep us busy—what are they doing that they want us to see? And where is that keeping us from looking?"

As the room dissolved into an argument, Savitri sidled over to Alita. "It might not be that the speaker's going to St. Ives and nobody else is," she remarked. "It might be that everybody's going to St. Ives and the speaker's making better time because of not herding cats."

Alita smiled.

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