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285 — Are there any significant memories that stick with your MC to this day?

[Wintereyes] There I was, next to the smoking exploded grain silo we'd finally extinguished, an exasperated but resigned farmer pacing to my right and a contrite and apologetic red dragon to my left, trying to avoid my gaze. I'd just explained to her that if she had a cold, and especially if she thought she might sneeze, that she needed stay away from flammable objects. That meant farms /and/ the woods where I lived. That was when Her Highness came rumbling in with her militia, herself in a nebula of blue radiance that was so immense it towered higher and wider than an old oak tree into the night sky. She was a firestorm of magic.

Yet, she hesitated at the entrance to the farm. She looked at me, not the barn-size wayvern I'd befriended. /Afraid/, was my thought. And... everyday I think about, I still don't understand why.

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Ch 8 Nbr 17 — What genre(s) would you be terrible at writing?

Any genre that requires exact knowledge of actual events, phenomena, or procedures (i.e, minutiae). If the reader can bring knowledge to a story I've written that contradicts what I know, I'm unlikely to write it well. I'd never write a historical novel, a police procedural, a military adventure (even if SF or fantasy), or even a mainstream novel (I have no knowledge of how typical people live). I'm very careful with my SF to stay away from the quantifiable, and defer in-story to experts who reply in layman's terms. Measured vagary and lampshading are my friends. In other words, I don't write hard SF, either.

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#WordWeavers 2404.16 — If your MC hosted a talk show, what would it be about?

Because she doesn't suffer fools well, including her own foolishness and evil, she would ask questions that will make people squirm and reveal who they really are. I suspect the devil-girl would host a show like Larry King Live.

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#writephant Q3. We have lots of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers here. Have you ever invented a sense/ability/unique skill for one of your stories?

When you posted this question, I passed with nothing really interesting to relate beyond the hackneyed telepathy and the usual sixth senses. However, between then and now, I have a definite, yes. It woke me in the middle of the night. It's obvious for my Wintereyes character after her interactions with a cat, which I've just started writing. The story is a magical fantasy.

Vibrissae: A sense of range, texture, and heat centered on one's head, disconcerting because the sense is facial. The main character is very shy; her reactions in crowds ought range between interesting and NSFW. I don't think she'll be able to stop herself from feeling the people around her, but I'm not sure yet. She'll be hesitant to tell anybody she does.

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Chapter 50

I don't want to know if you have a better understanding of what you said the first time I was in the back of my mind.pretty much the first half hour and I will do that tomorrow the back is a good time I thought you were coming back in a meeting never had the opportunity I was wondering I was at work tomorrow the last time we went out in that taxi to get easter to get easter. I'm captain zero write. deployed dictionaries auto update to lower latency candidates. there's trivial authentication because it's A class. quickest response wins. spider web services. domain registration and hosting only, find your own ISP. a cheapish business model but comms cost both ways. but a quiet office with you behind your counter and me behind a desk and a rack and a couch in the back room. johnsfitness.com.au flowerstoyourplace.com.au collectablesandcards.com.au no e-commerce no banking no Microsoft no Dell. Me fighting the mighty Apache whilst you wrestle the wily MYOB. That seemingly endless humming heaven that hardly lasted two domain renewals. tossing a valid thawte certificate into the grave. those afternoons sensing my frown has persisted too long and deriding what you called my computer face you would stand and clutching the sides of your velvet skirt and glancing to the rack room hiss let me take a load off you. check my back door for vulnerabilities. upload something through my token ring. show me a dynamic route. begging for my BGP. were you filling your time searching double entendres on Alta Vista?

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“Rosicrucianism” just popped into my mind along with “fantasy novel”. Not sure why, but I can accept the potential for the premise. I’ll have to put that idea onto my Someday/Maybe list

My mind is usually correct.

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She had heard of people who would not read fiction because they didn't want to waste time on "stuff that wasn't true."

But fiction, to her, told the stories of humanity's experience -- people's hopes, joys, fears, irritations, desires, questions, doubts -- in a way that non-fiction prose simply could not do.

A Novel Landscape framed print -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/a-novel-landscape-steve-henderson.html?product=framed-print

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M is for Makeovers!

Yes, Cinderella is the obvious choice, but I wanted to go beyond that with these tales.

Read here:
https://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/2024/04/m-is-for-makeovers-romance-tropes-in.html

sfwrtr, to 13thFloor
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#WritersCoffeeClub Ch 8 Nbr 16 — Have you ever started a chapter with a quote or poem? How do you feel about the idea?

A quote from serialization:

/Starlight, Starbright, what little girl do I see tonight, with her nose oh so rosy red and her wand all aglow? / [Some nouns changed for clarity. —RS]

I include an epigraph only when the story dictates. Sometimes it's a step back from the main narration, which is usually 1st person, to another voice that establishes the story exists in another context. Using it this way is problematic, as it signals to some readers that the POV dies. In this example, the poetry snippet sets up a cutesy child backstory that turns out tragic.

I rarely write epigraphs.

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Thinking of anything to keep from writing the chapter. Capital P . Including this post. Please tell me to stop !


trying to . .

sfwrtr, (edited )
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Well, I added 2,100 words in the end, getting over the squick parts. Other than some displacement activity, one that included getting up and making myself an Aperol Spritz, the words came out easy.

I've just read it. I think I nailed it, too.

Why was I so apprehensive? Basically, I took my advice and wrote it, telling myself it wasn't history because I'd written down, that I could change anything, that I could revise it later—telling my not to think about the stupidity of what was being written down but what the character was going do after hearing, seeing, or doing that.

I will sleep well tonight.

Cc: was . of and .

sfwrtr, (edited ) to Dog
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As an I often assume knowledge that I should ask about. So, here's the ask: As an average person, if you saw a woman in an urban situation with a (it is a wolf but nobody is saying it is a wolf), would you assume it was a ?

Please boost for maximum sample size.

Feel free to comment if you have experience with telling the difference or studying .

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SUMMONING THE DEAD was only the first mistake Alex made—things got a lot worse after that. Sharp, evocative horror novel has a powerful sense of place and of the terrors of suffocating slowly in dead-end towns. B PLUS

https://www.cemeterydance.com/thesethingslingerFranklin

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2404.14 — Is your MC spontaneous, or a planner?

Wintereyes is the definition of spontaneous. She doesn't plan so much as have goals. She wants to be a provider, that is she wants to be able to make the kill for her pack, and is learning running archery. Knives are too short range. Spontaneous doesn't mean she is imprudent. She thinks her actions through. That she's lived with wolves most of her life and is now living amongst humans means she doesn't always interpret people's actions correctly, however. Misinterpretations cause her problems—some humorous, some NSFW, some deadly.

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2404.11 — How much power does your antagonist have?

In the reluctance series, mostly, the main antagonist limits herself to keeping humanity from going extinct. The sky's the limit in a very literal sense(†).

In Inklings, that main antagonist is more "radiant" than anyone else(†). Apparently, Her Highness also has enough authority to make the MC temporarily abandon her life with her wolf pack to attend school to learn to become more human.

(†) Am I cryptic enough?

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ceoln, to writing
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Posted about some of the things I left out of yesterday's short story.

The Cutting-Room Floor https://ceoln.wordpress.com/2024/04/14/the-cutting-room-floor/

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284 — What are common traps for new authors?

Lack of realistic expectations about the profession, or romanticizing it. I can't tell you how many times I've run into this, and had to smile and nod and leave. It's ridiculous to think becoming an author doesn't require similar effort, practice, and training as for becoming a professional athlete or doctor. Even then, expecting becoming renowned in the field...?

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A Book Club's Guide to Murder & Mayhem - A Suzie Tuft Mystery Series Book One - Cozy Mystery

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Leanpub book LAUNCH! The Incredible Story of Deft: What Nobody Told You About Business Hype (Lean, Agile, etc.) by Isaak Tsalicoglou https://youtu.be/ISXcwSHg_VU

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Leanpub book LAUNCH! The Incredible Story of Deft: What Nobody Told You About Business Hype (Lean, Agile, etc.) by Isaak Tsalicoglou https://youtu.be/R9JD_LYEh1U @noitonoito

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A PERSONAL REINVENTION REVISITED with added layers of distance; French writer Édouard Louis retells the story of transforming himself from a poor village boy to an elegant Parisian autobiographical novelist. Thought-provoking yet a bit artificial. B PLUS

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/change-douard-louis/1143839042?ean=9780374606800

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Biden direct-to-camera ad:

"Because of Donald Trump, millions of women lost the fundamental freedom to control their own bodies.

"If Donald Trump gets back in power, what freedom will you lose next?

"Your body and your decisions belong to you, not the government not Donald Trump.

"I will fight like hell to get your freedom back." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZIdq7ZJyc&t=10s

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rayckeith, to 13thFloor
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"My adaptation of the God of Arepo short story, which was originally up at ShortBox Comics Fair for charity. You can get a copy of the DRM-free ebook here for free - and I'd encourage you to donate to Mighty Writers or The Ministry of Stories in exchange."

"the god of arepo"

(made me cry for some reason)
https://www.tumblr.com/reimenaashelyee/699730476222529536/my-adaptation-of-the-god-of-arepo-short-story

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