Saturday, 30 May 2020

Flash Prompt #1 || oh no, I have done a Thing

As I said in my last post, I'd like to get into writing more flash fiction and short stories. There are so many ideas out there, just waiting for attention! So many characters swirling in the mists of our minds, with the potential to form into living, breathing, crying characters if we would only give them attention!

Also it's shorter than writing a novel, and you can leave the ending really open.

Which is why--as I hinted in my last post--I have done a Thing.

Or. More accurately. I am going to do a thing. And due to being a perfectionist procrastinator, I am sharing this thing with all of you so that I have accountability and will (no doubt a mere few hours before I need it finished) sit it down and actually DO it.

Explanations, because the last paragraph cleared absolutely nothing up:

  • I have gone through my Pinterest boards and semi-randomly selected three pictures. (Well, two pictures and one dialogue prompt.) These were combined into a prompt. See below!
  • Between now and my next post, I will write something based on this prompt! 
  • ...annnd I will post the resulting piece for the entirety of the internet to see, I'm reconsidering this plan already. :)

Flash Prompt #1:

(Pictures from c. families, f. dialogue and a. pocketwatches and white rabbits.)

The thing is, though! If this sparks any ideas in your brilliant writerly brains, please go ahead and use it! And then, if you feel like posting your writing on your blog, you can tell me in the comments and I'll put up a link! (If you don't want to post but you did write, tell me in the comments anyway and I'll give you virtual lamingtons.)

...I suppose you'd call this a writerly link-up?

So. Yep. I want to do more flash fiction, and I want to see other people's epic stuff, and I'm hoping to make this a monthly thing. Maybe. 

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What do you think? Hopefully you're intrigued. Will you join me in this adventure? What kind of prompts would you like to see? What direction does this prompt take your mind?

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My next post will be [*screams because Announcing = Commitment*] next Saturday! or Friday! or whenever the Time Zones decree! In one week, basically. But I'll keep adding links after that, so no pressure. xP

join meeeee

Saturday, 16 May 2020

the Spring Cleaning Tag || contains tiny snippets

Is it spring?


Do I, regardless of the season, feel like doing a tag that forces me to hash out my goals and WIP status, with the extra option of actual spring cleaning?


SO. The Spring Cleaning Tag it is!

I was tagged by Sarah at Dreams and Dragons - you might not remember, Sarah, as this was, uh, a full two years ago. *dies*

–{{1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

1. Heavy investigation of a plot for Three Sisters. 

I know there's one somewhere?? It seems to have forgotten to write itself down in my notes, which is rude, but I need it so I can get onto my second goal:

2. Second draft of Three Sisters. 

Because I wrote "THE END" on my first draft.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

forging the Fellowship | how could I NOT do this tag

Julia at Lit Aflame created a new tag (*cough* in 2018) and it's LotR themed. So. Even though she tagged me approximately 365 years ago, I'm still going to do it, and with thanks. :D

So for this tag, I "forge my own Fellowship" out of book characters. Which is cool! I get to pick my own party! (To try to cut down on the infinite possibilities [and also, once I drag these characters out of their storyworlds, awkward explanations] I'm going to limit myself to characters from books that are at least partly fantasy.

The Questions

1. [The Ring Bearer]: If you could choose, which of the four races would you be: Elf, Dwarf, Human, or Hobbit?

Hobbit. Their lives are sO SOFT AND DOMESTIC. Lovely rambling houses and green hills and good food. Parties and soft curly hair and bare feet and fireworks. Books and armchairs and fireplaces.

Yes, the occasional hobbit gets picked for the Death Trials (aka holding the One Ring), but that was, like, two in the the history of hobbits?? I'll be fine.

(*rereads question* ...wait, am I supposed to be the ring bearer? NOOO I wanted to be a regular hobbit!!)

Fine. If I had to be the ring bearer, I'd rather be an elf. (Even though canonically only hobbits can handle holding the One Ring.) Because elves can run fast and I can't imagine trying to cross Middle Earth on hobbit legs. Ugh.

2. [Gandalf the Grey]: A wise/powerful elder/mentor character:

Sunday, 26 April 2020

why I'm quite happy staying at home (+ a few suggestions)

As a graduated homeschooler and introvert who is living with my family, in an remote-ish area with only a handful of COVID cases, I'm quite enjoying this period of staying at home. I'm doing stuff I like, and I have exactly the right amount of social interaction.


Hang on, that's obviously not true. I'm spending time with my family, and I'm talking to people online, and I've even written a few letters.

Actual face-to-face talking time with non-family members: zero hours for, like, going on four weeks?? and I am fine with that.

(Should I be concerned about myself.)

But there's so much to do! So many ways to spend your time! Such fun to be had! So many people to not talk to! 

Julia from Lit Aflame posted a collab of 124 Things To Do When You're Exiled At Home. And Emily from The Ones That Really Matter put up a great post featuring such suggestions as Jedi training (this won't be affected by social distancing as hugs are probably against the Jedi code), exploring wardrobes, and becoming obsessively attached to a specific piece of jewellery. (I approve.) Read these! There's some great ideas!

I, on the other hand, have a list of ramblings for today's post. I'm sure any suggestions I might make have already been covered (a list of 124 things won't leave many untouched... at least, not many that are easy to think of.) but I'll see if I can add anything to what is, I'm sure, a popular topic.
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T H I N G S  T O  D O


uh. obviously. (This gets its own section.)

My quarantine book list includes the following:
The Copper Gauntlet, The Bronze Key, The Silver Mask (Magisterium #2-4), Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Leave It to Psmith, P.G. Wodehouse
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2), Laini Taylor
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4), Genevieve Cogman