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

Saturday, 11 April 2020

you made a difference: a tag {about blogs}

Me: look at all those tags I was supposed to do like a year ago
Brain: that's a lot
Me: if I'm back to blogging again, one of those would be perfect-
Brain: no
Me: what
Brain: *hands me a new tag* 
Me: how exactly are you helping

So this tag is a little different to most.

You know how you normally answer questions and then tag someone else?

For this one, the answers to the questions are the people you're tagging. (Well, some of them. Some might not be around anymore.)

It's sort of a shout-out to the cool people who have influenced your blogging journey.

forgive me if this is already a thing. I'll blame Brain.
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| Old friends | 

Who was the first blogger you followed?

Note: If you don't remember the exact answer, throw up all the names that were significant to you when you started!

Firstly, I'd like to thank myself for putting the above loophole in. Truly inspired.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

character interview | part 3 and final

Gooood morning! (or evening, or whatever the Order of the Time Zones has decreed shall be where you are) I pray you're all well, wherever you are, and having an actually-quite-good day. 

Unlike my characters.

((Entirely coincidental shoutout to Kenzie for the hours she spent planning a murder with me when I got stuck on day 3 of April Camp! Three Sisters thanks you... although the sisters themselves don't.))

Remember all those questions you asked over two years ago? There are just enough left after Part 2 for a rapid-fire finale to the character interview!

Jem: Welcome, everyone! Thank you all for being here - in the comfort of your own homes, of course! For the finale, I have: Billie, Elsie, Josie and Zephyr! Present but with no questions to their names are Count Laszlo/the Beast, Rowan and Kik. I'm sure they're very disappointed?

Kik: Yes.

Rowan: No.

Count Laszlo: I feel that the position of viewer may be the safest option, so...

Kik: I want my five minutes of fame.

Rowan: You got a heroic moment in the draft, at the village, remember?

Kik: ...we lost, so no, I don't remember anything about that at all, how odd. Definitely was never at that village ever in my life.

Jem: Annnd let's move on to the questions!

Saturday, 21 March 2020

this is not a writing post

A small list of beautiful things, because life's been good despite the bad:

  • rain. We had rain this month, which broke a long period of dry and filled the dams and creek, so the family hopped into some round molasses troughs and pushed ourselves around using sticks. Brother 2 got into one with Dad, and they ended up standing in a trough on the bottom of the creek bed, submerged up to their chests. Good times.
  • green grass. In the paddock, it's thick and it's past our knees, and mowing the yard doesn't feel like such a chore when we take into account that there is grass to mow. 
  • also. butterflies. There are small white ones with lacy black bits, and big black ones with lacy white bits, and also some little yellow ones. And there are so many. I have had several genuinely-felt Bilbo moments:
  • my job! and I'm so blessed to be able to add that to this list. For a year I worked part-time in a job that was not a field I was interested in, and while I felt personally invested in the business (for no particular reason?? except I worked there?), it was immensely draining. But! Last year I was in admin at a library and adored it. And this year I'm a casual library assistant, and I'm enjoying it so much. Obviously part- or full-time work would be more convenient (I have an hour commute), but this does mean that I get to work with all different people in different workplaces!

    and I smile at people and help them and make them love the library and feel happy. and that makes me feel happy too.

So there's a small post for you, because I was thinking about how good life is. <3

    I pray you are able to be doing things that make you happy, that bless others, that open your eyes to the wonders of God's creation and His marvelous love for us.

    And if you're not? if your job's dragging at your soul and you're having trouble keeping your chin up? My advice (I say, like I am in any way qualified to give advice) is to:
    1. keep your eyes open for opportunities. all sorts of opportunities, and things you wouldn't normally do. chase the things that make you feel fulfilled.
    2. choose to smile. choose joy. it's hard but choose to rejoice in the blessing of just being alive. and then live
    (she says, as though she has a habit of living. and not, like, sitting at her laptop all day.)
    ((I used to but getting a job kind of ended that.))

      What's something objectively tiny (like butterflies) that has made you feel joyful and blessed? Do you enjoy your work? (whether it's paid or for your family) Is your family still well? Let me know if you would like me to pray for you.

      And what are some things you do that make you feel like you're living and not just alive?

      Friday, 13 March 2020

      yes it's been a full year, hi (+ character interview)

      have a long post and watch me pretend nothing's out of the ordinary ahaha

      Billie: Let us go, you controlling, delusional crazy person. It's been fifteen months -

      Jem, cutting Billie off: Absolutely not! You have to admit that the comments we received on the first part of the interview do indicate a strong enjoyment of our little chat.

      Billie: I don't have to admit anything, and I've no doubt any people saying they enjoyed it are also crazy. My heart goes out to their characters.

      Rowan: I thought you claimed to not have a heart.

      Billie: Do you disagree with my sentiment?

      Rowan, to Jem: Please just let us go.

      Jem: Why?

      Rowan: This is already far beyond my tolerance level for her.

      Jem: That's why we're enjoying it. Now, if Elsie could come up on stage?

      Billie: You said Josie!

      Jem: I changed my mind.

      Elsie enters. Zephyr follows half a step beside her, eyes scanning the surroundings. Yala follows, but stops subtly at the edge of the room to watch. 

      Elsie, seeing Billie:'re dead.

      Jem: Ehh, non-canon situation, we can skip over that, okay?

      Billie: ...your concern for my sister's emotional well-being is truly overwhelming.

      Jem: *shrugs happily*

      Billie: Zephyr.

      Zephyr: Isobel. I was troubled to hear of the recent happenings. It is good to see you in health.

      Jem: 'good'? something is GOOD? okay, that's quite enough of that kind of talk. We shall have none of that. Ceci?