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Time Jenga? A post by Ysabet

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posted an interesting concept here in response to the “fixed point in time” time-travelling concept:

    Time Jenga. There are not fixed points in time. There are load-bearing points in time. They cannot be altered while the weight is resting on them, because it pins them in place. …

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Other People’s Prompt Calls!!

The Artist Formerly Known as the Writer in my Attic, K Orion Fray ([personal profile] kissofjudas, is having a prompt call – here. The theme is “Ghosts and Spirits.”
Prompting is free; tips buy story continuations.

And, in [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith‘s Tuesday Fishbowl, she wrote “The Age of Reasons” to my prompt. It hasn’t been sponsored yet, but it’s a lovely poem!

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Blog Hop Stop: Fiction in the Alder’s Grove

I have been tagged! That never happens…

The writer in my attic tagged me to do a Blog Hop. I’ve know Rion for a couple years (we met, more or less, because of Addergoole, like most of my current friends), and for the last year-plus, she’s been staying in our attic and occasionally rescuing our cats from themselves.

What am I working on?

Let’s see!

I’m posting Edally Academy, a Steampunk Boarding School serial (Meta: I’m working on getting a webpage up and running). Tairiekie & her new teammates not only have to deal with classes & teachers at a new, prestigious, & challenging school, they also have to figure out what’s going on with the mysterious Instructor Talmizhaab’s device.

I’m both posting & writing Inner Circle, a potentially-kinky fantasy serial with gladiators and strange magic (& a webpage). Taslin and Valran have both bent knee in order to raise in rank. But getting to the inner circle can take a lifetime – or cost you your life.

I’m working on the re-write of Addergoole, my first web-serial. Right now, I’m getting everything ready to launch the kickstarter!

I’ve got a prompt call open, where I take your suggestions and write fic to them. I’m working on short story submissions to two different anthologies & a contest (let’s see: Steampunk Horror, Genre Fiction Gender-Funky, and “Property”), and working on edits for another anthology.

AND I’m beginning to plan my Nanowrimo novel and working – still – on my fantasy travel-across-the-land possible-love-story, Into Lannamer.

Focus? What’s that?

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Oh, dear, what genre do I write in?…

If anything, I’d say that I enjoy dystopic fiction more than most. In almost everything I write, eventually, the setting is going to be the bad guy…

…or is it? Because I’m also inordinately fond of shades (but not 50 of ’em) grey.

Why do I write what I do?

I write the stories that people like, and I write the stories I like.

I grew up reading fantasy & scifi, and find a world without magic (or the stars) a little too boring to write in. So most of my stories are speculative in nature, and even those that appear to be in this world are a little bit off, just like me.

How does my writing process work?

Generally: I start from a spark – either a phrase or a prompt, something that pops into my head in the shower or something someone else suggests (I once wrote a short story based off of cooking directions). I write until the spark runs out, then I sit down with an outline and figure out what I need to do to turn that spark into a full story.

(Of course, with flash, I just stop when the spark runs out.)

Who’s Next?
I’m going to tag [personal profile] clare_dragonfly! Clare writes Chatoyant College, a fantasy web-serial set at the only institution in the United States that teaches magic, and has recently been working on fiction set in The Ursulan Cycle, a gender-bent version of the Arthurian Cycle.

And, speaking of the Ursulan Cycle, I’m also going to tag [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith. If you don’t know Ysabet from her monthly poetry fishbowls (in which she takes prompts on a theme and produces very moving poetry) or her soft-fic Love is for Children Avengers fanfic (or any of the other awesome work she’s done), go do some reading. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you’re back.

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I really need a “Bingo” Icon

So… [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith just linked to a Bingo Generator, including lists she made, including:

Chromatic Characters
People with Disabilities
Asexuality & Demisexuality
Gentle Fiction (No Sex, Violence, or Foul Language)
Characterization Tropes
Setting Tropes
Plot Tropes
Motif Tropes

This, this is awesome.

I made a card. *looks innocent*

Born of a Fish 705 Foolish Wishes 750A(French) A Locked Trunk Biting the foot [The Three Languages] 671
[World Tree] Cherry Blossoms [Butterfly of Transformation] [Divine rewards and punishments 779 ](German; German) [Fear]
[Worry] Accidental Marriage FREE SPACE [The theft of fish 1] [Tom Thumb] 700 (German)
[Music lessons for wild animals 151] (German) Rummage Sale / Antique Shop Patchwork World [Odd Couple] [Mother / Father Knows Best]
[Primal Instincts] The Treacherous Sister 315 Greed 68A (The Boy and the Filberts; Aesop) The Magic Bird Heart 567 (German) [I Yam What I Yam]

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Landing Page updated: The Planners. Plus Signal Boosts

I have updated my landing page for The Planners (LJ), yet another setting which has been sorely neglected as of late.

In other news:
jeriendhal is writing 365 days of drabbles. These mini-fics offer some nice views into Jeriendhal’s worlds.

You may have noticed my Clockwork Collar micro-fic kink experiement (start here); rix_Scaedu is doing a similar thing (Only without the polls). Start here.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has a list of unsold poetry from her most recent Fishbowl. Also check out this awesome poem she wrote to my prompt.

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Fishbowl Time Again!

And Guys this one is so cool I want to do it myself some time!!

YSabetWordsmith is hosting her monthly poetry Fishbowl. The theme is “alternate histories.”

My prompts included:

What if, say, the Iroquois or another East-coast tribe developed sea travel first?
What if the Cold War hadn’t ended?
What if we hadn’t stopped the Space Race?
What if we’d focused on physical health advances and prosthetics the way we focused on smaller more complicated cell phones?
What if the Dark Ages hadn’t happened?
What if they’d never ended?
What if WWII had lasted longer?
What if Christianity had never spread?
Tír na Cali is based, in part on a what-if: what if the US had fractured in more than one direction during the Civil War?
What if there were really wizards and witches running things?

Go prompt! Go tip, if you’ve got it to spare! 🙂

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Winter is Here

The tiny creek that
drains our land is frozen, its
voice stilled: it, too, rests.

Okay, it’s a culvert, not a creek. But it’s still frozen. Winter is here!

House stuff has moved to a crawl; there’s a lot we really can’t do in the winter. We installed a closet rod & shelf in the closet – making the built-in cabinet will wait till spring, when we can stain & poly without killing ourselves. Soon, I think, we’ll have the window finished, and then we can sleep in a bedroom!!

We bought granite tile to go under the wood-burning stove, and when that arrives (around the 7th), we can make a hearth board, then have a chimney person come and install the stove, and then we will have firefirefire.

Christmas was wonderful, hanging out with my folks & the dog on Xmas eve, cocoa with [personal profile] capriox, then Holmes with T. on Christmas Day (we skipped going out to Chinese and had pizza the day before instead). New year’s was quiet – mostly knitting. I’ve been knitting a lot.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith wrote this lovely poem to my prompt in yesterday’s fishbowl.

[personal profile] anke‘s free small art is still open! Go prompt! She’s specifically asked for non-tipping prompts as well as tipping, so don’t be shy!

Rix_scaedu has posted the roundup from her call for prompts. If you haven’t read them, well, read them!!

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Monday after Giddy Sunday

I’m into work stupid-early this morning because there’s, in theory, a VIP coming in at some point. On the other hand, I get to leave early too!

This weekend was awesome! Saturday was a lot of housework – finishing painting the trim, moving the old sink out of the utility room, that sort of thing – not as much painting as I’d wanted but still productive.

Sunday, we took a long drive (go to the bottom of the lake, turn right. Go to the top of the lake, turn left. Go over the top of another lake….) to a place called The Wizard of Clay that does awesome pottery and has for over 30 years (My parents have housewarming gifts from there).

On the way back, we hit a few wineries, including Four Chimneys, which is a teeny tiny winery with some really awesome wines. I <3 living in wine country!!

In other news…

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has posted some more poems from the fishbowl, including “The Leaning of Life”, from my prompt.

[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has posted some more fiction from her Garden of Prosy, including The Other Side of the Gate, from my prompt.

[personal profile] meeks has posted a sketch dump, including a sketch from my story “Creeped Right Out.”


[personal profile] anke is calling for prompts, with a theme of “horror or dark fantasy”

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