kayqy: "It was a good thing decapitation isn't fatal." (decapitation)
Today's challenge is supposedly about plot hooks: taking the what-ifs from yesterday and using them to find ways to integrate the "speculative element" with your story. I have just a few problems with this:

1. I am a little confused between yesterday and today: to me, what-ifs are the plot hooks.

2. My speculative element is pretty integrated. I mean, I have a priest fighting demons with mystical crystals and a magically-whistling sidekick, what more do you want? Sure, it's a blurry line between magic and religion in this story so far, but still, it's already crucial.

3. I had a really great time at the Arts and Jazz Fest this afternoon, and thus have very little brain and energy for coherent thought.

So yeah, phoning it in today. At some point I will go back and delineate ways that Paori and Vester et al might try different magics to solve problems and/or make things easier, with various exciting results, but for now, I'm just going to jot down a few interesting ideas that came to me in the past 24 hours (yes, even though I can't brain with intent, my brain still keeps going):

~Me (last night to friends): How evil would it be to put key information in an ancient tome when the only MC who can read is mute?
Friends: Deliciously evil. :D

~Me (listening to random DragonForce song this afternoon): This is a cool song, too bad it's too upbeat for my mutelight playlist. Oh well, guess I'll save it for the sequel— WAIT WHAT SEQUEL?!

~Me (watching A Bug's Life tonight and remembering the stories she came up with in high school that started as Bug's Life fanfics until she discovered the concept of OCs): You know, it'd be really awesome if Flynn's ruined city happened to be one of those from the AC in Paori's world— WAIT, SERIOUSLY, BRAIN?

I swear, my brain just mashes bunnies together like a chef throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks.

....and that metaphor made a lot more sense in my head. Which probably tells you something.

*will be back to taking this seriously tomorrow* As serious as I get, anyway. :P
kayqy: The plot jackalope! (Default)
Today's challenge is all about the "speculative element", as the challenge generically puts it. ~Magic~ :D

I already know that I'm writing fantasy, and I have a few magical elements that are definitely in the story: the crystals, and whistling. Yes, whistling. Basically, magic — or holy powers or whatever— break down into light and sound. The crystals are the most obvious way for humans to harness the mystical powers of light, but not the only way. And while only certain people can pull off the whistling magic, there's a lot of superstition and religious dislike of it— temples generally go for singing and chants and orisons.

What if time!

~What if people tried to use something else to refract light mystically? Other items can be used: glass, ice, even water, fire instead of sunlight, but the results are often.... unpredictable. Natural selection has taken care of many who liked to experiment, and currently most people tend to stick with what works; which is why most of the crystals are used solely for light and heat.

~What if people tried to combine sound and light magic? ....Yeah, that's so going into the book. ^.^ It is less random than, say, water/light magic, but also incredibly complex. If you don't know exactly what you're doing... well, you better hope a god is watching over you.

~What if the Ancient Culture had a much firmer grip on these magics? OMG YES ANCIENT TOMES FTW. *cough* Yes, yes, they did. Very high level of mystical technology OMG CRYSTALPUNK. XD *coughahem* Anyway. But it follows then that the Division/Cataclysm that destroyed the culture was more than a mere earthquake: it would have had to disrupt the magic itself, or kill most of the mages/mystics.... or else it was caused by the mystics, which has led to a deep distrust of it, that's only beginning to ease up? *ooooooooooooohs*

~What can the magic actually do? ..........What are you doing here without an if? Bah, you don't count! Shoo! >.>;;;; ...........Okay, okay. Um. Well, the crystals are basically concerned with absorbing and emitting stuff... whistling can "call" things, even things that aren't normally called... I suppose it could banish stuff, too. It may have started as a way to banish (and/or control?) demons, actually. Light can also protect from demons; its effects are often very insubstantial, which many people think means symbolic or fake. Not the same thing at all.

~What are these demons, anyway? Hey, didn't you hear what I said to the other question? Come back when you've found yourself an if! >.>;;
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Today I'm supposed to pick one area (history, economics/politics, language) and spend a little time expanding it. Okay. I'm gonna do it right today. I might even do two areas if I get really ambitious. But I'll start with language. Fifteen minutes, go!

Read more... )

Whew, that was even more than I expected. Awesome. :) I think I will still do economics/politics, though, if only because it's the first time that churches have been mentioned in the exercises, and I know that religion has to play a bigger part than one little hermitage-turned-temple.

Read more... )

Whoo, two for two! Booyah!
kayqy: In the depths of the earth... the fires of creation (volcano)
Remember that annoying teacher in middle school that made you turn in your outline and research notecards and such as separate grades from your final draft so you couldn't put the whole paper off until the night before, like any sensible student? =.= Yyyyyyeah. Meet today's assignment:

Get out your timeline, your economic/political groups, and your list of syllables.

Because I totally made nice long, comprehensive lists of these, and not just some vague ideas to use in future planning. *nods*

As I look at what I do have, though, I don't see much that really doesn't fit the mood. Mood's been one of the strongest parts of this story almost from the beginning, and been key in most of my choices regarding characters and names and such. (In fact, I'd be more worried that this strong mood sense has kept me from trying more interesting elements that don't seem to fit at first.) And a lot of the mood has to do with execution, too: a cave full of magic crystals sounds epic and mysterious and awe-inspiring.... until you think of Rainbow Brite.

Anyway, in case I haven't spelled it out, or it's changed since I started this, let me reiterate my mood:

-blue and grey and muted purple and forest green
-a wooden flute lilting an elegy from a cliff by the sea
-the occasional epic symphonic choir
-a small yet warm fire holding back a blizzard (...maybe?)
-moonlight on snow
-tiny, everyday things coming together for a purpose greater than one can imagine (is this mood or theme?)

Basically, I want something awesome and stunning, in the original senses of the words, something clear and pure that takes your breath away, not only in the manner of a mountain's distant majesty, but also in the nearness of a hummingbird on your finger.

(....and now I have to come down off that mountaintop and go back to naming merchants. *rolls eyes and reminds self that the tiny things being meaningful is kind of her point*) Anyhoo, things to keep in mind:

-definitely will not really call the other continents Urbania and Suburbia. Really. >.>
-should possibly figure out what Paori's people call their continent.
-see if anyone else thinks it seems jarring/contradictory to have people names be random-sounding syllables, while place names are "translated" to English. (opinions, anyone?)
-One of the keys to making all the mundane things like mercantilism relevant to the mood and epicness will be the demons. Which means I need to figure out what they're doing and why, dangit.
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Languages! My favorite! *will try to restrain herself for the sake of the post, at least* >.>

I make no promises. )

Not sure how far to take this post— I could go on all week, most likely. But I think I have a few more ideas of where to take it, at least.
kayqy: "It was a good thing decapitation isn't fatal." (decapitation)
*does not flee from mention of politics!* :o Not sure how much I'll actually get to them, though. I think I used most of what little brain I have tonight on writing an actual scene *gasp*. But I'll try.

For five minutes, make a few notes on the map to mark places that have more of a type of resource, and jot down anywhere that has a definite deficit of something needed.

Well, as I mentioned yesterday, I already figured out one main resource, and the expanding merchant network that's growing in the continent. But man does not live on crystals alone not even if they're really, really girly so there are various quarries and mines and such. And while no one section of the continent is truly lacking in basic necessities (other than water in the desert, duh), people are starting to get used to little 'luxuries': dried fruits or meats from the other side of the mountains, exotic woods, pretty gems... and also at least one very precious, mysterious herb/seed/thing that I apparently already wrote into previous scenes. *not-quite-randomly dots the map with mines and quarries and a few other things and declares self done with that part*

When you're done with the resources, take another ten minutes and identify which major groups in your civilizations care about which resources.

Augh. >.< *scrabbles for brain* Uh... I should probably keep something in mind for the increased trade affecting the eastern nomads— they'd have to have at least on immobile village to make meeting merchants easier, and not sure what they'd do about westerners mining on their land... and the company with the crystal not-quite-monopoly is probably going to come into conflict with my heroes... or the demons. *really needs to figure out the demons* Is there a day in this challenge that covers demons?
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Today's challenge is about recent history in my 'verse. Like the last hundred years or so. Once again, did not quite follow directions (and may have accidentally done tomorrow's assignment, too), but I came up with most of this while digesting my aunt's tasty Chocolate Dessert in her porch swing. And I'm happy with where it's leading me, which is what counts.

My first hang-up came when she said to list dates like death of a king, major wars and so on. I have a strong sense of this continent not having kings or kingdoms, possibly not since the ancient cataclysm that shall henceforth be known as the Division. (If it wasn't already; I'm not going to go back and check my old posts right now. Onward!) If you've ever read Bujold's The Sharing Knife series, I think it's kind of like that setting: a destroyed empire in the barely-remembered past, but now just farms and villages and independent towns, growing into a new civilization. And I couldn't really come up with any wars or other major conflicts; none really connected with my characters' stories, and it didn't really seem right to just randomly tack a war onto a year— OH HEY THAT'S WHY THIS ASSIGNMENT GAVE ME SO MUCH TROUBLE. *lightbulb*

Well, that's something to consider later on, I guess. At any rate, even without consciously realizing the source of my hangup, I managed to figure out a few things by connecting them to something I already knew I had: magic crystals.

No, really. )

*reserves the right to repeat some of this tomorrow, if applicable*
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
Tried thinking about this at work again today, but this crazy "work every day" concept is taking its toll on me. I just could not brain enough to focus on it very long. Or anything, really. But I managed a couple of vague ideas, so I'll see if I can add to them before I lose consciousness...

Day 6:

I'm still not sure if they mean all sentient races, like elves and such, or just human races; and I can't seem to limit myself to where peoples evolved natively or whatever, but at this point, screw it, I'm just gonna roll and see where I end up. :P

So far I've gotten two main things:

1. Humans are the only humanoid sentient race on this planet. There are gods (or at least one god), and demons, and other sorts of creatures that happen to be sentient: I'm thinking something catlike, something birdlike, and perhaps something dolphin-like. There is interaction among these races, but not interbreeding, thankyouverymuch.

2. Paori's continent is either the lost cradle of civilization, where humans began, spread throughout the world, and then waned and was lost to disasters; or it started as an ancient colony, like a cross between the Pilgrims and 18th-century Japan, secluded from the rest of the world and largely forgotten. I suppose it could be both, but this seems unlikely.

3. (Okay, I said two, but this is basically derived from 1 and 2, so.) The non-human races did start on the other continents, but at one point some traveled and lived on Paori's continent, too. However, most of them died out soon after the seclusion of the continent— probably due to lack of breeding possibilities, or something more sinister— or did they? >.> So while they would still exist on the main continents, they're merely legends and superstitions to Paori's people— always be polite to a cat, don't tell secrets around birds....

4. (Attempting to actually answer the question...) What they look like? Well, Paori's pale, but that's mainly b/c he's underground so much. I want to say that those that settled in the east/central parts of the continent are darker-skinned.... OOH MAYBE I CAN HAVE A TRIBE WITH HEAT-SENSITIVE MELANIN-PRODUCING ENZYMES LIKE SIAMESE CATS. XD *bounces* Also, I think blondes might be even rarer than redheads around here. Not sure.

Okay, think that's about all I can manage for tonight. Still more than I thought I'd get when I started! \o/

*falls over ded*
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
I knew the map was coming up today, so instead of waiting until bedtime, I looked at the instructions before work this morning and worked on it during my conference period. Yay for free time used productively!

Mutelight has been mostly a story focused on three boys, and while they will travel a lot, they won't be crossing every inch of the world, so first I focused on the main part of their continent:
The purple starburst in the northern mountains is Paori's temple/cavern/mining town where the story starts, with a few more towns along the rivers, some semi-nomadic settlements along that big northern lake (Vester and Sylver's home), a hopefully-not-random holy place on that island there... (and no, the cliffs are not really the Cliffs of Insanity. That's just a filler name. Really. >.> ) I had fun figuring out how the winds would blow from the NW to get rain to the northern central parts, but not the south, and so on, though I still haven't quite figured out what's on the east coast. "Here be dragons," maybe. It's not a very big continent, though. And I decided it's very seismically stable, aside from whatever created the canyon that diverted the southern river. That way all my crystal caverns are protected! XD

And though I don't plan on taking them off the continent (unless they have a sequel to the original plot that I don't even know yet), the rest of the planet might affect them somehow, so I sketched out some rough ideas:
Paori's continent is the squashed music note in the top left corner, all by itself. The other three continents (no, I'm not really going to call them Urbania, Suburbia, and Trash Heap, it's filler, I swear. And I don't know why Suburbia looks like a doggy head. >.> ) are more or less one big empire; they either haven't discovered Paori's continent yet, or they're too busy quelling insurrections to deal with a puny insular continent so far from them. Or maybe they're afraid of crossing the Starfall Islands: apparently there's a local belief that the volcanic eruptions are stars growing out of the earth and shooting into the sky... hmmmm....

Well, guess that's enough map-babble for one day. *cookies to those who read through it all* I did come up with one last thing on the way home, though it's nothing to do with maps: I was thinking about how I felt this was kind of an apocalyptic tale, yet still close to home, and I wondered, "Are they going to be fighting for a new beginning, like Narnia, or to protect the status quo, like Good Omens? Are they saving bodies or souls?" And then, as if the God from my story spoke to me herself, I heard, "I am not a God of division." ^___^

*graaaaaah, don't know why the images themselves won't show, even though I'm supposedly using the right code, but oh well, the links work and I need sleep. *will stab technology tomorrow*
kayqy: In the depths of the earth... the fires of creation (volcano)
Apparently today's challenge is about cataclysms! Whee! (You'll have to excuse me, I'm still on a bit of an epic high from reading Riordan's The Lost Hero today. This may affect my desire for big things to go boom.)

For 15 minutes, jot down some of the Really Big Land Features you want in your story and just think "what if that were made by...."

~Well, there's the mountain range, of course. And the caverns riddling their insides, which are even more important. I kind of picture something like the Cave of Crystals in Mexico, though I wonder about the heat required to make something like that. Probably not as unlikely as I'd think, even in a northern clime, if it's heated geothermally. The mountains would have to be ancient, though, and seismically stable for ages to keep from destroying the caves and their crystals... though there could be some supernatural interference, I suppose....

~A canyon at the edge of a desert; something that may not come in to play in the story proper, but that Vester and Sylver have seen in their travels. And the locals have an old legend about the canyon, how the desert was once green and lush, but then demons or something split the earth open, and the chasm swallowed the river that was their lifestream. And now the land west of the divide is dry, save for the rare storm strong enough to pass beyond the lush coastland and over the canyon... (There are ruins in the desert that locals claim predate the canyon, but I'm not sure if that's true.)

I'm kind of running out of brain and time for the night, but I think I'll tuck away ideas like fires, floods, and meteorites to chew on later. I'd like to make sure they're not too cliche, but my demons do need to come from somewhere... And as a BBC article about the Cave of Crystals said, "We know more about the outer edges of the Solar System than we do about the first kilometre of the Earth's crust." I think under the earth will wind up being incredibly important in this world.
kayqy: The plot jackalope! (Default)
(*note: nothing to do with the band Third Day. Though I'm probably the only one who thinks of them when those words are capitalized.)

And the link works today! \o/

So, pull out your list of climates from Saturday and look them over. You should have a bunch of climates, maybe even places, and a word or two describing how you feel when you're there.

Well, it's time to make your first real decision about your novel. What kind of mood do you want it to have? See, we're going to set your novel in the kind of climate that contributes to its overall mood and theme.

Mood, huh? Well, when it comes to Mutelight, I've already got a mood more or less figured out. So far it's an epic, mystical tale, much more serious than most of my other bunnies. A few down-home cozy elements, keeping its focus on the few main characters rather than a cast of thousands, but also its fair share of existentialism and possibly-apocalyptic drama. And I almost feel like I'm cheating today, since I already know so much of it is set in the mountains and caverns, and some northern forests, but even so, here goes. *pulls out list* *puts back list, pulls out other list* Day 1, not day 2, right. >.<

*nods and hmms* I described mountains as 'exhilarating', so they definitely work. (Though now I realize I should possibly visualize a little greenery on these mountains, and not just stark rock. I mean, the starkness can be there, but I don't think there'd be that large of a human settlement above the treeline, you know? They have to get their food somewhere...) Mountains are epic; probably why so many epic fantasies include some. Though most fantasies simply see them as an obstacle to overcome, rather than home ground... I could play with that a bit. *suddenly has character development! Characters gain 25 XP! Characters reach level 2!*

Forests also work (though not rainforests), they really give me a sense of peace and calm, yet with something potentially lurking behind a tree, either for good or ill. You could hide anything in a forest....

And while I hadn't considered swamps before, the fact that I labeled them 'mysterious' seems promising. I guess I mainly think of Florida/the south when I think of swamps, but they can be in cooler climates too, right? And I also love the limitless mystery of the ocean; I don't think it'll be a major setting itself, but a good coastline, or very very large lake, so it can be along the edges, hinting at things unknown...

So yeah. Technically I've mainly restated stuff I already knew about this world, but some of the whys and hows are already clearer. Woo! \o/

*may need to give herself a pre-10PM deadline on these things, seriously*
kayqy: In the depths of the earth... the fires of creation (volcano)
And of course the challenge site goes down once I finally get around to today's challenge. >.< Fortunately, KD's a few days ahead of me!

"What role do you anticipate weather playing in your story? Do you have a lot of travel that you want to complicate with bad storms? Are you going to snow in your mighty heroes? Will there be a mighty battle, determined by sudden flooding? You actually don’t need to know right now. Your exerise for today is to jot down ten plot devices that relate to weather, and what you think they do to the story."

Huh. Guess that means I should pick a story to worldbuild? >.> I suppose today could still be generic, but tentatively, at least, I'm going to go with my Mutelight verse, since it's one of the few bunnies poking at me lately that isn't set in our own world or some equivalent.

1. They start in the mountains, so an avalanche or rockslide might be important. If they're trapped, their only option may be to go through the caverns a certain (more dangerous) way...
2. Blizzard/heavy snow. I get the feeling these boys will not be too prepared for inclement weather, so they're going to have a time of it finding shelter and staying warm...
3. Aurora borealis. I already know this is significant for Mystical Plot Reasons (TM) and history, but I think it may also be something for the boys to follow as they travel. It could lead them to a cozy yet mysterious cottage in the wilderness! ^.^
4. Drought. Could be tough travelling with little water, and locals might be suspicious and ill-tempered if they're worried about their crops. And also they lead to...
5. Wildfires. They're on my mind, anyway, what with the news, but that could be another danger to throw at them. Or use to destroy something they think they desperately need... >:D
6. Thunderstorms. (No, self, "Because they're awesome," is not actually a plot device.) Uh... maybe Paori tries to call rain to end the drought/fire, and goes a little overboard? (Note: not sure Paori can actually do this. It would be cool, though. I think he may.)
7. Wind gusts. Deus ex Poppins! *is shot* Uh... could blow away something important, I guess. Like the scarf covering Paori's scars. Though it also makes me want to include some sort of flying scene. *ponders*
8. Rainbow (full-on double). They could stare in awe and wonder, "What does it mean?" :P Seriously, though, it could be some sort of sign, or a moment for them to stop and remember that there are beautiful things worth protecting. *insert fuzzy moment here*
9. Tornado. I... really don't want to include a tornado. Not sure if I feel it's overdone, or too close to home (even though I've never actually seen/experienced one myself). I guess it could... be another sign of death, destruction, and the apocalypse? *shrugs* Or kill someone plot-conveniently.
10. Earthquake. Destroy the whole mountain cavern temple.... or perhaps open the way to an undiscovered cavern. o.o

Made it! *falls over*
kayqy: Aaaaaaaaaah! (aaah)
What do you mean, I haven't been on here in months, I don't know what you're talking— *cough* >.>

So, KD's doing this 30 Day Worldbuilding Challenge ( http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/days/days/01.html ), and I decided to join in. So I'm about to have the busiest week so far this year. It's only fifteen minutes, right? And I could use the creativity exercise.

Ha. We shall see.

This would be faster if I weren't trying to be all fancy posting it and stuff. )

Lot longer than 15 minutes, but I was perpetually distracted.

To Autumn

Oct. 24th, 2010 01:11 pm
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
For me, autumn is the season of nostalgia:
A time of birthdays and bonfires,
Of holidays and homecomings,
Of pine cones and small town parades,
Of raking leaves and roasting marshmallows,
Of trick or treat and trips to the pumpkin patch,
Of cardboard teepees and construction paper pilgrims,
Of cool mornings and warm colors.

I love the spring, when all starts anew,
But autumn is where all my memories gravitate.
It is my time to pause,
And look back
At all the little joys of the past
That make me who I am today.
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
I've had trouble writing female characters for a long time, and often prefer writing male MCs. I've dismissed it as a tendency for my female characters to feel too much like Mary Sues, but I think now that this is either inaccurate or lazy, or both. And it seems like I'm creating fewer and fewer female characters lately. (Not that I need an equal gender ratio, but when my reason for making a character male is because female feels too "flimsy"....) So I'm going to go back to the basics, list some of my favorite female characters and heroes, figure out what I love about them, and then..... match it up against my subconscious objections to writing female characters, I guess?

This may wind up with me on the couch, headshrinking myself, but hopefully I won't have to delve too far into the sociopolitical mire. We shall see. (Oh, and there be spoilers ahead, though I'll try to be careful.)

We'll see just how feminist a blogpost about women can be. Or can't, maybe. )

I could ramble on about stereotypes, and fallacies and expectations, and books I read as a child, but I'm really tired, and I semi-promised not to get into sociopolitical carp. And I'm really tired.
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
So.... two weeks before I fell off the "post a week" wagon. Oops. But I shall not give up, nor shall I whine angstily about lack of motivation or audience!

(Audience: *breathes huge sigh of relief* Crickets: *are thwarted in their attempt to chirp*)

Instead, I shall write.... A LIST.

(Crickets: *chirp eagerly*)

Not just any list! An epic list! A list of all the stories and 'verses that I must write, that I want to write, and that I will probably never write no matter how imploringly the plotbunnies stare at me!

(Crickets: ........ )

Oh, come on! *sniffs* Well, even if it's boring to everyone else, I am going to do it for myself. That way, five years from now, I can look back on this list and go, "Oh, yeah, I remember that story, lamest idea ever, no wonder it never went any— wait. That's brilliant."


Not sure if I shall update this post as priorities change and new bunnies appear to gnaw holes in the old ones, or if I'll just periodically post the whole thing over again. (Not too often, I promise!)

(Crickets: *cheer*)

Oh, har de har, guys.
kayqy: "It was a good thing decapitation isn't fatal." (decapitation)
1. Start with Betty Crocker's recipe for coconut pecan frosting.

2. Have one person mix together evaporated milk, sugar, and butter while another person separates the eggs.

3. Person A starts chopping onions for spaghetti sauce while waiting for butter and sugar to melt.

4. Person B notices that butter is melted, and stirs until it thickens.

5. Person B realizes that frosting is not thickening because they forgot to add the eggs.

6. Add eggs to hot saucepan.

7. Desperately try to get the saucepan off heat before it's too late.

8. Switch to frosting from a can.

*sighs* At least this was technically edible (unlike the time I tried to make brown sugar glaze with Crisco *shudders*). And we won't go into the garlic bread flambé.
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
The other day I mentioned being stuck in the Mirey Middle of my current project. It's a tough place to be. You know that somewhere in the future, this story has the potential to be awesome, but all you see for miles and miles is pointless dreck. At this point, all you can do is slog on, but anything seems a better use of your time. That sewing project you've been putting off for months. Making a playlist for your next story.

That's where I was, all right. (Observant readers may have noticed that I used the past tense. Less observant readers, this parenthetical statement is for you.) But for all my procrastinating, I knew that the only way out was through. And so, Wednesday night, I made myself write. Just a little. A hundred words, I told myself, and I could go to bed without guilt.

A hundred words became four hundred. And somehow, in the midst of ridiculous dialogue about ranch dressing, an idea formed. Coalesced. An event that I knew needed to happen soon, but couldn't figure out how, came to life. And just the thought of getting to write this scene so filled me with shiny and squee that I fell in love with this story all over again. ^.^ And then, just to prove the moment of epiphany wasn't a fluke, I got another idea— this time, a subplot for the characters that need more to do in this story. The book, it comes together!

Now, this isn't to say that my slogging days are completely over. Epiphany #1 involves a concept/theme that I've not done more than toy with, and that will take a lot of effort to work in, and not just have it pop in and out of existence. Epiphany #2 involves relationship drama that I find awkward and painful, and I'll have to work hard not to just sitcom the problems away. So this isn't exactly the light at the end of the tunnel. But at least I've been reminded that this is a tunnel, and not an oubliette.

(In other news, my mood icons are terribly distracting. This post has taken twice as long as it should have because I can't stop staring at that adorable bouncing bunny. ^^;; )
kayqy: Aaaaaaaaaah! (aaah)
Last night, I wrote another prompt with my characters Pat and Hwan Ji. And I realized that, counting the newest prompt, I have written 46 prompts with these two over the past two years. Along with 3 different beginnings, and a smattering of notes, for a total of 21154 words.

.........Why is this not a novel yet?

Seriously, I need to do something with this thing before it reaches critical mass and collapses in on itself and becomes a plot black hole. It's already showing signs; my more recent prompts are starting to contradict some of the earlier ones. And I really love these characters, and their admittedly malleable plot/concept.


They have competition.

There's last year's NaNo, Oddity Hall, which I also love, and would dearly like to finish. Ideally before the next NaNo. Unfortunately, I'm in the Mirey Middle, and while I'm still slogging away, it's very definitely slogging. :(

There's Mutelight, my sort-of-high fantasy involving a young priest who has lost his voice in a world where magic and miracles must be sung or spoken, a couple of boys that teach him to whistle, and the demons that want them dead. Or something. This one's only a handful of prompts/scenes so far, though it's asking to steal some ideas from the allegorical epic I'll probably never write. (Advice from the latest Writing Excuses podcast encourages me in this direction.) It's shiny and pretty, and all purple and blue and grey.... that last probably makes no sense to anyone but me. (PHJ is blue and black and green, while OH is ...orange, mostly.) It's up there in the competition for Next NaNo, which is coming upon me all too soon.

And then there's the new bunny that attacked me in the shower the other night, about a genie and the girl he's forced to protect. Little more than the concept, but new enough still that the OMG SHINY hasn't worn off yet. (It's a lovely golden color, even.)

And this is just what I've poked at in the past week. We won't even get into the various zombies, wizards, fairies, aliens, superheroes, children, and so on that are waiting their chance at my brain. (Yet.)

I may have to fall back on the old "dump-them-in-the-arena-and-see-who-survives" gladiator test. Though I've never actually used that test on stories....
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Greetings, Earthlings and residents of the ether. Consider this the token first post to make sure things work and make my page look less empty and forlorn. Currently I have no idea where I'm going to take this-- I'd like to make a commitment of at least one content-riffic post per week, but I'm not sure if these will be thematic, blog-like posts that assume the entire world cares about what I have to say, or private journal entries for my closest friends.... most of whom aren't on here that I know of, but whatever. 'Tis a work in progress. Onward!


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