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There's lots of tales about my grandparents but my favorite is how they met and how they fell in love.

Grandma would say, back in the day, nan was so hot she'd set a whole building on fire.
And nan would say, if grandma hadn't broken through a door and hauled her across the threshold she would've never fallen in love with her.

The fact grandma was a firefighting djinni rescuing a land-trapped merprincess only enhances the tale.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy #LGBT

So... a lot of the volume of this place is not about writing. I came here to find a community of people who would comment, even if briefly, on each other's work, and we seemed to have that for a bit, but it's not real thick on the ground. I can on twitter. I really wanted a dedicated space. Can we address that?

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This territory has probably been covered before, but makes a lot more sense if humans were newcomers to this world, and are using Trainers as a method of keeping the indigenous species under control.

(This is still very rough, but it's not the "bad short" I was talking about. I wrote this to distract myself from the other one.)

I’m working on a short that, honestly, isn’t very good. It’s not about anything. I only have a general sense of the protagonist’s personality. Nothing much actually happens. But I’m going to keep grinding away at it because it’ll an exercise in true revising. I have to make it *better* instead of just futzing with language choices. In the end, I’m hoping the story will be pretty okay!

Just a story! It's 4000 words of , but it's done! Now I can slowly turn the suck down...

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To my fellow writers, how do you write for a scene that you have little to no frame of reference for?

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I realized I don't have enough money to pay my rent, so if you want to help me you can either:
- buy something from my shop faerie-art.com
- support me on ko-fi ko-fi.com/anaisfae
- boost this toot
Thanks a lot and have some cute foxes 💙
#mastoArt #creativeToots

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The LGBTQIA+ bookstore near where I live got these in recently and my day has been fucking MADE!

I think my ability to write fun characters really comes down to voice. If I can hear them in my head, then I can plow ahead and *find* a story. If I can't hear them, nothing of any interest happens. Now, if I could just get my brain to stop putting English accents in their mouths...

This is a very practical application of character growth, of dynamism rather than stasis. It’s all I can do to give my characters a voice and a few main traits then stick them in a plot that’s actually compelling, but I’m adding this now.

Great and useful comment by Marc Bernardin: “I want to see the character do something at the end of the story they couldn’t have at the beginning.”

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My attempt at iambic pentameter:


The drain is dripping, the faucet broken.
One of the many things to be replaced.
Moments of silence punctuated by
Echos and sighs of missed memories,
Falling away and pooling in a dark place.
Ghoulish song and laughter ring through the pipes.
The chaos it causes prevents me from Sleep.
It consumes and fills the house with dead sounds.

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I just want to give a public shoutout to @wordsmith who is in search of fellow poets to connect with here on Mastodon.

Like many of you, they have come here looking for creative freedom after the Tumblr crumble.

If you are a poet, or know any poets who would be interested in connecting with Wordsmith, please don't hesitate to reach out to them or reply to this toot.

Thanks! 😄

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Sometimes low-tech is a cooler solution than high-tech.

This sensor device detects if your package was handled roughly during transport: no electronics, just clever engineering.

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Hey folks (signal boost appreciated): I'm working on a series of urban fantasy novels that will prominently feature solidarity economics (first one due to the publisher in September). Does anyone know of any co-ops open to giving access to their day to day operations for the sake of accurate storytelling? I really want to get the democratic practices and the mundane everyday stuff absolutely right. I think it is very important.

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Just a regular reminder that "punishable by fine" means "legal for rich people."

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Hot tip: It is often the case that a Medium article is published elsewhere than only Medium (for the marketing value). Always look for the native article link before plugging/sharing the Medium version. Don’t keep feeding the black holes.

Unfortunately, this article about the warped democracy of quitting tech giants doesn’t have one but may still be worth sharing, under the context...


Still, having an Indigenous woman chosen as captain by the crew is symbolism too sweet to ignore.

Oh, that's the other thing. I couldn't figure out how to characterize *her*. She had no personality, which is not good, but now she can reflect off Kirk and just be uber-capable, almost comically so.

My revelation is, this could work as satire. That's my point.

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