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  1. Anesor

    Elvin buildings

    Hmm, I suppose the first question is how tall your elves are and how big is a normal-sized apple tree? If elves are small kinds of fey and normal-sized apple tree would have enough ‘lifeforce’ or energy’ to be believable. (Yes, with magic all things can happen but suspension of disbelief is smoother if there is a kind of boundary or limits to it). Apple trees are pretty scrawny trunks compared to other trees like ashes and oaks, let alone behemoths like the sequoia. Maple trees could be a year round source of a sweet nog. What kind of walls will shelter people from the rain or sleet? Solid wood would require tiny homes/rooms due to the narrower trunks and greater breaking in storms of fruiting trees. Solid magic walls could shift with weather and needs but could have all the issues with wooden midieval row homes with fire, crowding/space limits, and high upkeep. I lean toward a hybrid where the branches weave together to a degree with magic to make enclosed spaces and the walls are fibrous like fiberglass. The tree would bend and move more loosely air passing through more. A willow would be ideal for a nesting branch home. I’d rather use magic for fire protection (gives the tree some benefit for letting people modify it) than everything for the homes...
  2. As of March 21st, when everyone is home and bored, my stories have not been pulled down! (the about page is no longer clickable either)
  3. it still shows for me for Android note 15 million downloaded from this site?
  4. 25k a day early, yay! 

    1. GeorgeGlass


      That’s terrific. I’m doing a mini-WriMo of just 500 words a day, and I have trouble keeping up with THAT.

    2. Anesor


      good!  I’m losing ground now. pretty typical midmonth NaNo.  RL kicking me.

    3. BronxWench


      Congratulations, and kick back harder! :hug:

  5. I’m actually a few hundred words above my NaNo quota and waiting to see if my work’s going in an Advent promo package again this year. The theme was dragons!!

    Hoping to find a kriffing fly strip and see if I can start a batch of Xmas cards with some help today. Weird bio stuff too. 

  6. almost caught up for NaNo…

    I reall hate Nano dumped my buddies list.  These are people I contact through their boards only and have no other way. the Nano site has lost almost all value if we cannot trust them not to dumps our friends links...

    1. BronxWench


      They did warn us in August that certain things wouldn’t be carried over to the redesigned site, like our buddy lists. It’s unfortunate that the information couldn’t be preserved, but there we are. Technology isn’t as reliable as we’d like.

      Sadly, I’m not going to have the time to do NaNo this year, as much as I’d like. I have more than enough WIPs, my day job, and family things to keep me hopping like mad, and unless I give up sleeping altogether, NaNo will just become a source of stress rather than an exciting way to challenge myself. But I will root for everyone doing NaNo, and if you want to buddy up, I’m still MorwenNavarre on NaNo. :D

    2. Anesor


      Sadly, their value added doesn’t apply in August for me.  I just don’t have contact info for most I was nano buddies with. Friend lists are the big thing for social sites and it’s not worth the effort to redo it if they don’t care.Can yu imagine the real social sites dropping friends lists and thinking they could keep their audience?

      I got a story featured in a halloween podcast. my 1st contract… :o

      Sorry you aren’t having time to write. The new systen does facilitate other projects, combining the camps better. You can also set different goals too/  I really need to set a month aside to work on revising my originals.  I found my short/flash stories lean strongly to horror and longer happier. Maybe you should try flash as that gives faster results and easier to fit in busy schedule.  I usually fit one in in twodays.

      I’m yet another Dean of WIPs.  My fanfic is all Star Wars, I’m doing the final chapter of a 4 chapter, and have a handful in medium length plus my usual big story blocking nearing the end.  I’m in a short writing class, but the required prompts aren’t reall grabbing me. I really wish this teacher would STOP starting classes during NaNo.

      this is my free time after midnight so i read and game. I hope to collect all my ideas if i can’t sleep. too. sleep well!

  7. NaNo starts in about 2 hours! Eek!

    Got a pro credit this week. yay!

  8. Anesor

    AFF Halloween Party 2019!

    Hmm, my timing is off again, having some RL agency issues presently. I’m a firm maybe, likely after the 1st.
  9. Anesor

    Looking for new terms.

    Seconding using terms from World of Darkness (werewolf the apocolypse,and vampire the masquerade) at least for ideas. Those systems also provide alternates, like their darker are Sabbat. Since you are doing normal and darker variant, that might get to be a lot of custom vocab, is the lifestage that different dark or light to require separate names?. I saw a recommendation for fantasy writers to limit your custom words to one page. The words may be second nature to you, but readers get annoyed if they have to flip back and forth (had comments in a critique group too on this, and mine were greek derived) For elder vamps of a coven, I’ve also seen Sire (also used in Buffy/Angel, which is more well-known than WoD) I’m personally not sure I could take Latinate terms for ‘wolves or vamps seriously. Not everything old and respected is roman, and taking these names from another language might make it fresh. Alpha/beta/omega is already used in so many non-shifter stories, using it is a two-edged sword. [And to switch genres, do the latin-sounding Sith lords’ names in Star Wars make you laugh like me? Sidious is intimidating, Vader is germanic father which is strange for Palpatine to give him, and Tyranus is asking for scatological mocking. Sith names just keep getting less intimidating: Lumis is especially humor inducing: look out for Lord Light!] If I wanted a diferent flavor. I’d go old english or really ancient like Egypt or Asia.
  10. Struggling with a chapter since March, RL and block, not unreated.  I finally *gasp* wrote out most of an outline, that’s how stuck I was.

    And nasty paperwork too.

    1. CloverReef


      Aw! Well hurrah for the outline being almost complete tho! What usually inspires you?

    2. BronxWench


      I know that feeling. Between work, family, and the rest of it, I’ve been struggling to write as well. We’ll prevail, though! :D


  11. Anesor

    How soon is too soon?

    Ah, you’ve stumbled on to the great mystery of fiction with any relationship, because there is no true answer. It depends on the writer’s intentions and the specific characters. You seem to have already done some thought, and THAT fits these characters, Another story may have a different answer. Try not to worry about how it will seem to others, the first person you need to please is yourself. (And a writer can do either extreme if set up right)
  12. Anesor

    Getting started

    Start in the action. That will tell you what needs to be in the start. I started one NaNo in the middle of the escape from a prison and decided it was better to do the worldbuilding in later flashbacks, Memory lane trips are kinda boring starts to me as there’s little tension or relevance to current action. You need to hook the reader and they don’t have any investment in a flashback until they have met and feel for the character… GL!
  13. Anesor

    what do you call it?

    I heard that commune as a term existed before the soviets.
  14. My mind just boggled when the tags for the first chapter of a mashup story elsewhere was seven hundred words longer than the chapter.

    LSS, I decided not to read it as there were dozens of chars and worlds I don’t know nuttin about. The big mashups I’ve tried don’t give enough background and the more famous ones are ooc enough I begin to feel they were included more like clickbait.  I already have five stories pending to read for a while, no more. :jaw:

    1. JayDee


      I’ve seen some stories like that on here, like every damn tag selected and it’s a drabble about Bobby-Jo getting some cheesecake with “LOL! MORE TO COME!” Like, what’s she gonna do? fuck the cheese cake?

    2. BronxWench


      Lemme guess… AO3? They let you tag as freely as you want, with the end result that the tags become meaningless.

    3. Anesor


      It was AO3, but stories that are long with large casts in all fairness need more than a handful. I know now I would tag my Choices1 very differently.  My current big story has nearly ten viewpoint characters, and they go through all kinds of physical and moral crap. 

      You know me, I don’t wallow on the physical pain but the moral and strategic when bad stuff happens. How does one deal with the painful crossroads or morality and battlefield tactics, and the emotional aftermaths? What happens when your lover really cannot forgive something done to save lives and shorten a battle? (in this case abandonment and lots of angst)

  15. Anesor

    Plagiarism stopper?

    I admit I do download stories I like. Not because I have the slightest interest in copying them, but to read/reread/group a series together. I have intermittent connection issues and computer issues, so reading them live can be a problem. I can group stories into bookshelf folders for heat or tropes or themes or pairings. No site lets me set up indexed story lists in a convenient useful way. That doesn’t even touch the sadness I feel when an author has pulled a story I loved for whatever reason and I can never reread it again… even if it was incomplete. The first fanfic I really liked, I lost the bookmark and the author was ill and I only have faint memories over a dozen years old. A friend showed it to me so I don’t even know which site it was on. So I DL my favorites for later, like the worn paperbacks in my room. I have plenty of my own ideas and no interest in being a plague.