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  1. Anesor

    Introducing characters

    I think it depends heavily on the audience you want to write this for: like mainstream, men’s adventure, YA, or capital ‘L’ literature. I know the romance genres I read wouldn’t put the emphasis on her appearance instead of her experiences and agency. Dwelling on her appearance/not his is a concern of adolescent lack of confidence. I know my brother (a human) didn’t settle into his appearance until nearly twenty. Men’s adventure would glowingly dwell on her bust size regardless of her skill. Literature might bait and switch by having her be trans or aggressively asexual. YA would make it a lesson that there is no lack in the hero or curse in the different sizes for the three women. Unless there’s a particular reason why being a busty elf adds to the story, that being an important aspect of her personality would be off-putting. Mine has changed as I rolled through lifestages, but I doubt and hope whatever size it was, was not even in the top ten things that people think is important about me. (I allow exceptions for medical like back damage or professionals like actors) There might even be an element of fairness, if the women are to be described for eyecandy viewpoints, describe the men as well. Like the Mandolorean actor looks real good under that beskar. Not sure if I explained it right, but comparing bust sizes would probably get me to ditch the story if nothing else softened the bad taste. Good luck!
  2. Our dauschund is so proud of his wolfie provider prowess: he caught and killed a mouse!

    1. BronxWench


      He’s braver than my corgi, who wants to make friends with the local skunks… :blink:


    2. WillowDarkling


      From what I’ve heard about Daschunds, they have an attitude to match the length of their legs, so that mouse probably insulted him in some way :D 

      And I’m certain that Freyja is a minion of Mollie, so I am sure that befriending local skunks is just a part of some grand scheme towards world dominion :D 

    3. Anesor


      Are you sure your skunks are not particularly seductive, a la Pepe Le Pew?:think:

      He also is pack leader over the great dane. She won’t go outside, day or night, without him to protect her...

  3. Is knowing your shelf life that good a thing?:unsure:

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Dunno, think I’m already past my “best before” date...

    2. BronxWench


      I’ve decided I don’t have a “best before” date. Or if I did, the print faded and I’m ignoring it.

  4. I must be sick, I haven’t written for a week and even stopped reading...

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Hang in there!  I’m sure smut will flow from that quill in no time.  :)

  5. Roofers finally making noise overhead.  It took NINE months minus a week for the insurance to stop dragging their feet and low-balling ripped roof deck and hail damage.  The first month it poured in, later it ‘only’ dripped.

    Maybe we’ll all stop having problems sleeping.

  6. Hallo all! I’m climbing out of the post holiday, post-medical funk and starting to write again. Hope the holidays of covid are now firmly in our rear view mirrors and things are looking up.

  7. Trying to edit my NaNo collection, but a fruitless and draining hospitalization sucked away my holiday card projects and last-minute gifting.  Gee, I wish we still had power where the bread machine lives...

    Hope everyone’s holidays are better than the rest of this dreary year!

  8. skin of teeth: 50,337 words.  not bad as I lost several days to toothache and attempted dentist run. (and missing health aides for family at least half the month)

    I will say i don’t like that the competitive widgets on the Nano pages are gone as that helps motivation.  Forums really don’t help with wordcount any more than physical write-ins.  They pull me out of the stories I wanted to tell.

    Last year’s story collection became a new one which may result in nearly 20 stories.  I’d hoped to do more originals, but originals require more energy and focus than I had spoons for.  I’ll be revising after my hospital stay starting tomorrow… (uggh cubed)

  9. 48k for Nano.  medical issues really nuked me this year.  (tooth aches for weeks and usual aide issues.  get to ‘celebrate’ end of Nano with biopsy and other stressors, whee!


    hope everyone else is fine.

  10. That tired feeling after a big day writing (2600 words) and your brain is too fried to want anything but sleep.  Welcome to NaNo doldrums…  :unsure:

  11. 20634 nes story running well assuming about 6k for this fic— but i almost always underestimate… it could become war and piece

    1. Anesor


      24575, almost a full day ahead, yay:ph34r:

  12. 17104, not as good a day, butu I usually have a three or four day cycle during Nano.

    I kind of miss the widgets, it takes too many clicks to check on a writing buddy’s progress and compete...

    1. Anesor


      1. getting bloodwork twice plus an aide supervisor and groceries.  Finished my home alone AU, two drafted now...:blush:
  13. Happy about a SW RotS fic for Nano.  Here’s what I’m proud of today: (see if you can guess the other inspiration)

    Polli went to help Mirran. The stairs up must be blocked, let the attackers think they were hoping for air rescue. Carting furniture with service droids and the Force clogged the old wide spiral stairs, pulling out or destroying the lynchpins would not solve tons of equipment falling.

    Enthan arrived at the desert garden with a grin. “I got the emergency stairs into the Council chamber. Like a ton of compressed fire suppressant foam will expand to cut off air in the shaft. They’ll need days to cut out and remove it if they think to find anyone there running defenses.”

    Polli asked her friends, all sweaty and sore, “What else do we have that’s heavy but easy to clog lift shafts?”

    Water or sand from the gardens. I need help finishing the poppers. If we can break the electronics in their armor… it won’t help against the Sith, but he must be a coward to bring an army against the injured and younglings...” Kotton was finally showing anger too. “They have not left, lethalities are necessary now. Can we handle that?”

    Polli blinked, this was opposite why she worked so hard to become a Padawan. The Living Force made her weep with interconnected joy in deep meditations. She wasn’t really for the field, but the harsh balance of healing. Every hour they distracted the clones was that many fugitives who might get away. “To save a life, we kill the cancer.”

    Adus and Mirran nodded in synch, while Enthan spoke darkly, “We won’t have to handle it long, a few days at most.”

  14. Usual slow start for NaNo: blaming insurance stonewalling, politics, and agencies’ incompetence! 5779 (1k behind)  they don’t seem to have the widgits anymore


    1. BronxWench


      I’m finally getting started myself, now that my mom is settled in short term rehab after 13 days in hospital. I’m going to have to work my ass off to catch up, but...NaNo!

    2. Anesor


      yay!  I’m still at a deficit, but I should get parity tomorrow.  I’m at 13276 and not 13333. brain fried and fighting toothache.

      glad you found her a regab!  is it close for visiting?


    3. BronxWench


      Eh. Thanks to the pandemic, there’s no visiting in person. I can do video visits, and had one scheduled for today. It did not happen, however, so tomorrow will be devoted to finding out why, and getting a clearer update of how she’s doing. I am unamused...

  15. Anesor

    NaNo 2020?

    Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since NaNo 2019. They’ve already announced officially that no in-person writing sessions will be held this year due to the beer bug. We’ve got only a little over a month to clear the decks and do any outlining before the 1st. As an avid pantser whose prep usually consists of a sentence or two outline, I can usually work on other projects up to about October 29th. A couple of years back the NaNo people admitted the importance of fanfic for writers by adding it as a category. Last year, they expanded the type of writing for your ‘novel’ to include short story collections. (my Nano last year ended up being a dozen stories, which let me switch to a new plot when my muse went on strike) I’m probably going to do the short story collection again, but I still have not decided if it will be SW fanfic or originals.for selfpub. With the loosening of the challenge, who’s thinking about doing that novel-length body this November?
  16. Anesor

    non villain bad guy

    He sure reads like a villain to use magic to make them malleable AND do his homework. How is this magic effect on the women different than date-rape drugs? (Researching how those work on victims might help for his building it in setting a magical method and would be hard to detect by forensics. How would Quincy know a piece of random junk mail on the counter had a spell on it?
  17. 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...
  18. 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)
  19. it still shows for me for Android note 15 million downloaded from this site?
  20. 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:

  21. 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. 

  22. 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!

  23. NaNo starts in about 2 hours! Eek!

    Got a pro credit this week. yay!

  24. 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.
  25. 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.