CloverReef

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  1. I don’t think I’m quite at 2000, but thanks to collabing/roleplaying, I’m well over a few hundred. I try not to use the same name twice either, for developed characters, but I have so many characters that I planned that I never did anything with, or only used once for a few scenes and abandoned, that sometimes I will salvage their name for a new character. But even then I feel weird about it lol. I have this rule that I don’t use the names of people who mean something to me, buuuut I do actually have one name that breaks both these rules. Rick. Someone I had a crush on when I was a kid, I started using his name whenever I’m in need of a 2 dimensional asshole in a collab. Like just a side character that doesn’t get much scene time (not a full on antagonist or anything) and he’s made appearances in at least a dozen stories now, lol.
  2. That’s a pretty good rule. Forces you to get creative as long as you don’t twist yourself into knots avoiding it. I’ve heard you mention it before and ever since I’ve kinda just been half-assedly avoiding starting sentences with ‘the’ and more aware of it when I do use it.
  3. Most of my ‘weird rules’ are not so much weird as boring and grammar related. A lot of my writing I go by feel, so if I made any rules I’d probably break them real quick. Well I do have a rule where I never use names of people I’m close to. And on the off chance I make a female character, she needs to be absolutely nothing like me as I’m deathly allergic to self-insertion (… of the writing variety…) Even if I some day decided to write my memoirs I’d probably break out in panic hives every time the main character did something that reminded me of me I guess I’m a little weird about my physical setting when I write too. Like I like to have music playing that fits the mood – there was a whole chapter in Blackbird that I wrote to the sound of a rain from one of those sleep noise apps because it was raining in the chapter. But at the same time, I can’t focus when the music has lyrics. The words fuddle me all up. So most of the time I have to write with instrumentals or complete silence.
  4. 19 is up! 2 chapters to go
  5. Good idea, thanks
  6. I have changed my pen name to PlagueRat on the archives. So if you saw my story posted there under this new name, don’t worry, it hasn’t been stolen.
  7. Yes, stress and feeling like no one’s even reading has a huge impact on my inspiration as well. Makes it all the more fleeting. Makes it hard to work up the motivation to attempt to grasp those wisps, and if you manage to grasp one, there’s still the battle of trying to convince yourself it’s worth it to do anything with it. Sometimes it’s hard to see the point. Sometimes it’s just work and family related stress that completely blows the smoke of inspiration right out of the air, but the will is still there. Stronger even, and desperate for the therapeutic clacking of keys and laying of thoughts, because when you need it most, it’s hardest to grasp. At least that’s my experience.
  8. Yeah, I write them down ASAP too, but that helps remember the ideas, not so much retain the inspiration. For me, an idea and being inspired for an idea are two drastically different things, and in my hands, a fully formed idea is worthless without the inspiration to bring it to life.
  9. Thinking of doing a penname change. Just feel like it’s time to evolve from the old CloverReef. I mean… I’ve been CloverReef for… about a decade I guess. It probably seems weird to some people, who are perfectly content identifying with one pen name their whole lives, but for me, as I grow and shift, how I identify tends to grow and shift too. 

    I do have a pen name in mind. But I’m debating whether I should wait until I finish posting my current chaptered story or not. 

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @CloverReef  If you think I’m horrible, you should read my stories to confirm it! :)

       

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      @Desiderius Price I tend to avoid the hells out of scat and WS when I don’t have to read it for the weekly sweeps. I’d almost rather read about sounding, which remains to date the only thing to actually have made me cry a little while sweeping. (I was very new, in my defense.)

    4. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @BronxWench I tend to say “scat” in the forums for the “eww” response.  In my writings, the tag will be a general CYA because I’ll mention characters taking a dump when it’s relevant to the story.  I can’t really fathom the “play” part of it, and I don’t want to.

  10. It feels like such a fleeting thing. You feel like you can reach out and grab it, but then it wisps through your fingers and dissipates like smoke. Sometimes I can grasp it for the length of a song and formulate an entire universe, but as the song ends, it fades like a dream and ten seconds later, it’s gone. The details are still there, but the visions, the emotions, the characters voices and desires are suddenly all very 2 dimensional and not strong enough to weave into a good story foundation. There are times, though, when it’s not such a flight risk. When I can grasp it and put reins on it and attach every passing whimsy to me like a dog sled. I’m not asking for help or advice. Inspiration is such a personal thing, no amount of “try this” will change my reality, but my reality is ever-changing. I’m interested in your experiences with it. Either right now, or over the years.
  11. Already got one story ready for this. Might add another. Story: Talking Dogs Holiday theme: takes place on christmas, involves christmas gifts and the big man himself makes an appearance! Warning: Nosex, micd Summary: Emily’s having a great Christmas! Her scam charity is going well, and she has a truckload of donated electronics for ‘sick children’ on their way to a black market dealer. But out in the middle of nowhere, on a deserted Nevada highway, a little distracted driving lands her in an unbelievable situation.
  12. @Tahn Yeah, Crispin was definitely creepy, lol. Thanks for the review!
  13. Chapter 18 is up! Things are coming down to the wire! 3 more chapters until the end! Will post 19 next Friday! Enjoy, lovely humans <3
  14. Review for The Devil Began To Sing Well hello again, Ireyon! I know, the story’s strange! I was in a pretty strange place when I wrote it, lol, so I was pretty sure most people wouldn’t like it, but to me, it was less about him getting punishment for his sin and more about what his sin creates. His terrible choices unleashed a dark force, and then he was left alone to suffer the aftermath. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Thanks <3
  15. Anyone know any good science fiction novels? Trying to find something to buy my dad for Christmas. Bonus points if it has gay characters, but no smut. No way I’m buying my dad porn lol. bleeeeh

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    2. CloverReef

      CloverReef

      Thanks guys! I'll check them all out!

    3. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Well, @CloverReef if you’re daring, wrap it in some playboy covers or similar :)

       

    4. CloverReef

      CloverReef

      Lol @Desiderius Price! Well my dad's gay so he might be a little confused by that message. And if you're trying to make me shudder it worked!