Monday, 29 March 2021

a supervillain walks into a house | Quirk #7

So it's Monday and therefore not Saturday anywhere

But I do have a good reason for being busy on Saturday! Excuses fun story below the Quirk!*

Annnnyway here's my beta-reader tale for this Quirk:

Me: Mum can you read this, and just so you know, because last time you didn't realise they were superheroes, this is a world where superheroes are common.

Mum: can't you write something normal 



Security is less than it should be. The sentries around the back of the house are talking; the one across the street is texting. They don’t notice the glimmer of his cape as he walks, invisible and silent-footed, between them. The front door is locked, but he deals with that.

The scent of the flowers piled on the doormat wafts in with him as he steps inside, a jumble of clashing perfumes that hang heavy around his head.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Quirk #7 | plus an About Me tag where I avoid all answers

It's the first Saturday of March, which means a Quirk prompt! 

Because some of you have been feeding me ridiculously good short stories and this has encouraged me, like the stray cat I am, to keep coming back. 

I'm feeling like this week's prompt could contain a lot of emotion, if that's the direction you wish to take?? (It mentions blood. I know there are several of you who will be happy to hear this.)

 

One Quirk Later: Prompt #7

You know the drill. Pinterest. All of the Pinterest. Enable my procrastination and your own by following the link and me

Sunday, 28 February 2021

In a World Without Dragons (Cows Are Happier and Less Roasty) | Quirk #6

shhh it's still Saturday somewhere

in the middle of the Pacific maybe?

Please ignore the title. I have given up on Serious Titling and will, from now on, throw whatever comes into my head at my Quirks.


 In a World Without Dragons (Cows Are Happier And Less Roasty)

“Okay, so, I lied.”

I paused, phone half-way to my ear. “…Is this an important thing for me to know, like ‘yes, Lachlan, it was I who ate your sandwich after all,’ or can it wait until after the plan where you get rid of the literal fire-breathing dragons?”

Mathilda spun Soul-Cleaver, the tip making a dimple in the gravel of the road. “An important thing. Probably. I think.”

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Choose your own fairy tale adventure! | February Fantasy Month

 


Apparently February is Fantasy Month! which is Exciting! my Quirk will almost definitely fit the theme, seeing as there are dragons, but my Quirks are often fantasy-adjacent anyway. I believe Feburary Fantasy Month is an invention by Jenelle Schmidt? so all the confetti for her! 

Today, I shall be doing a link-up from Fairy Tale Central, called The "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" Fairy Tale Tag. It looks both fun and comprehensive?? There has definitely been some thought put into these questions. 

Hopefully I've put some thought into the answers...


THE QUESTIONS


– Your father the king has declared a contest for your hand in marriage. But he’s allowing you to decide what kind of competition it will be. What do you choose? Is there a penalty for losing, or do the losers just go home while the winner remains to marry you?

I... really have no idea what kind of competition it would be. I guess something involving common sense, because that seems an important feature for a fairy tale world. 

...but, y'know, common sense applied to fairy tale logic. Not regular common sense.

There's no penalty for losing. But the competition is set up in such a way that anyone who makes a bad decision (by which I mean a decision which proves they're a Bad Person) gets Consequences. Booby traps or stray curses providing a face full of pus-filled blisters or something.


– You’ve just been told that you’re the Chosen One – the heir to your kingdom’s throne. Of course you demanded proof, but you didn’t expect quite so much of it to be brought forward. You grudgingly ask the state of the land. Your kingdom is at war with two neighboring kingdoms, a third kingdom is expecting your kingdom to ally with theirs and help them fight in agreement with an old treaty, there is famine in two counties in the north, and the barons of the kingdom are fighting over who will supply the palace with food for the next year. What do you do first?

  1. Find out who was ruling before I got there. Are they flat-out evil? If not, they're now my right-hand person. I also need some other experienced people for advisors.
  2. Reach out to Third Kingdom. Explain that we are not in a position at the moment to be able to help fight, but we do wish to renew our friendship and will help in the future.
  3. See if negotiation can be made with Two Neighbouring Kingdoms. I'm actually really interested in the psychology of human interaction and negotiation and mediation and all that kind of thing. It's possible – considering how characters in fairy tales act – that the whole thing could have been blown out of proportion, and an apology for a perceived insult or something would go a long way? (Just. Seeing if we really need to be at war. If we really do, I'm all out of ideas, oops.)
  4. Meet with the barons. They'll all be supplying food, relative to how much they've produced, but the palace shall be diverting a lot of it to the Two Hungry Counties. If the barons complain, well, if their county gets in trouble in the future, they'll also receive support. Also it's an opportunity for the barons to look good, why are they complaining. I'm just going to... assume... the kingdom has enough money to pay these barons for all this food.
  5. What caused the famine in the north? Drought? maybe look into infrastructure, dams or wells or something. Attacks by raiders? secure the border. Poor management? check for corruption, replace with more experienced leaders. 

The first step being politics and not, say, food production, is probably further evidence of my Slytherin-ness. Also I didn't realise I had such an involved plan for running a kingdom, if anyone's looking for a queen I am currently open to offers–