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Hi everyone, I'm new to Mastodon, and I write fantasy fiction (adult and YA).

I'm querying agents for my first novel (epic fantasy) while writing my second (gender-flipped Three Musketeers-meets-Treasure Island with a dark academia vibe) in my spare time.

I love my day job as an academic (PhD in medieval lit), but here I'll be be posting about fiction writing, the query/rejection (!) process, and things that I'm reading and watching.

I look forward to meeting you!

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In the UK there’s a campaign to reduce plastic in the sea, with an app showing places you can refill a water bottle listed on it. It includes participating businesses who will refill your water bottle free. Its part of this campaign; citytosea.org.uk/

App here apps.apple.com/gb/app/refill/i

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i just realized i made my intro post followers only, oops. lets try this again

hi, im mars :)) im a queer person from california who is still trying to find out what i want to create. poetry has started to really interest me because its usually short and allows me to speak plainly while also being cryptic. i want to share what ive been working on and meet other likeminded people. nice to meet everyone

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For those of you wondering who I am, I've been tooting over on the Mastodon.NZ instance posting mostly flower photos (@AlexW).

I wanted a new space here on the writing exchange to post more about writing and to share stuff from my new micro blog too.

UK pol 

Motion to make the collective noun for a group of ministers a "resignation".

Wrote 1000 words this evening after a two-week drought. @amwriting

The novel has taken a back seat this week, but I think I've untangled a structural issue in my head, while occupied with other things.

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Hi! I'm Sylvia, and I'm a writer who is getting back into the daily habit after health issues kept me from it.

I'm here to keep a writing log for accountability, and to share insights while writing and from (re-)reading my writing library.

I'd love new followers, especially those who use Mastodon for accountability like I do, and who would like a push once in a while.

There are some podcasts that always inspire me to write after listening to them. Do other SFF writers here have any favourite podcasts to recommend? I'm a long-time listener of Writing Excuses (which focuses on speculative fiction), and I've recently discovered Breaking the Glass Slipper (which critiques and celebrates spec. fic. through an intersectional feminist lens). I've only listened to a few episodes, but am enjoying it so far. @amwriting

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¡Vamos, Rafa! The GOAT. What a match!

I have been using Scrivener to outline the middle of this novel using the corkboard mode. This is one of the features I haven't used much in the past, but I'm finding it useful because I need to structure this section particularly carefully as there is some treasure map-related intrigue and lore, which has to be revealed to the reader in a very specific order. I'd already written it once and then changed the plot dramatically, so this time it needs to stick. @amwriting

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A reminder for #writing peeps - if you tag your writing related posts with @amwriting they will be boosted by the account. Follow & find other writers!

#amwriting
#amwritingscifi (<-- what I'm currently working on)

Let's get a community conversation going!

Boosts appreciated!

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I've been thinking about fanfiction a lot lately as I'm reading so much of it.

Once I get past the first flush of "I love that I can just have more stories about these characters" I tend to go deeper. I look for the really long, highly bookmarked/kudo'd stuff.

The interesting thing about the most beloved works in almost any fandom is that they very often have little to do with the original universe where the characters originated.

Instead, you get stories that are written with deep passion, breezy and fun storytelling, a little bit of wish fulfillment and escapism, and all of it done in high quality and with style.

If you took my absolute favorite fics, the ones I take the time to comment on and bookmark, the ones I want to take the time to print out and bind into a book, you could swap out the character names and publish as original fiction and no one would know the difference.

The only "tell" is that these stories do things that no "professionally" published work would do. There are wild, fun leaps of imagination, there is the heavy deployment of beloved, old tropes. There are over-the-top happy endings.

And there's nothing wrong with that and I think it would be amazing if there were more stories like that outside of fanfic. Some modern romance books do this now, and it's lovely.

These stories are authors having fun, indulging in the total freedom that comes when there are no stakes involved. Even the darkest fics are pure joy and the love of a good yarn writ large.

I started @lunastation because of my love of fanfiction, because I was searching for original work that made me feel this way. Happily, that's worked out really well.

The feelings those stories invoke is why I'm still reading fanfic 17 years after I began (and I was no teenager in 2005). I honestly don't think I'll ever stop. It's my literary comfort food. When times are rough, fanfic is always there for me and I'm grateful for the folks who keep AO3 and fanfic.net and wattpad and all running.

I've just seen the trailer for "Willow" on Disney+ and I'm going to have to subscribe because I am ridiculously excited for this series. Willow! Sorsha! Vohnkar! The music at the end! Today, it seems, I shall be basking in the Lucasfilm-tinged glow of 80s childhood nostalgia.

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I'm thrilled at the response to my post looking for other SpecFic writers!

I have a much more active timeline now. Which is a blessing & a curse. It means toots go by faster & I might not see them.

That's where having a group/circle/or the like is useful.

I've had a good experience following an a.gup.py acct for fiber arts, so I'm hoping we can get a robust group for @amwriting

If you tag an #amwriting post w/ the acct name, it will retoot it. Follow it & see them all in 1 place.

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Today I'm carrying an umbrella, wearing sunglasses, t-shirt, and jumper (no wait, it's too warm - hang on, now it's chilly again), and yet am still hopelessly unprepared for the day's meteorological events. Why, yes, I am in the UK, how did you guess?

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One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

After a glorious weekend spent with friends and family, I'm not writing but marking today - some really interesting and diverse student dissertations, so no complaints here.

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I read something about self care that made me feel a bit giddy. It was the usual eat and sleep well, might have mentioned meditation (don't quite recall), carried on with go out into nature (okay, that's interesting, I get how that could be good for you), and talk.
Oh yes? Talking as an element of self care? Reading that made me want to do a little happy dance, I'm certainly good at talking (terrible at meditating!) and enjoy it. It feels like sharing to me. Stimulating and enriching.

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness day so I'd like to highlight an anthology by Disabled writers I have enjoyed a ton! Not Going Back to Normal. notgoingbacktonormal.com/ #GAAD #Books #Book #AmReading #ReadingCommunity

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Based on reading many old novels I have concluded that 40% of the british workforce is employed as a sexton or vicar or something

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