I'm trying to get a writing circle going at my local library. I just saw a mock-up of a poster for it. Anybody ever done this? Suggestions?

Without the Big Honkin' Ideas, I'm just like... what are we doing here? What's... what's even going on? It's a bit like eating garlic in every meal. I can barely taste anything else, now, but I ~LOVE~ the taste of the garlic!

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That's where my writing goes: concepts. Building a narrative around an idea. Like, what if the Force was more like a curse? What if the owner class in a city tried to make their own god? What if a "university town" were a magical university that used the town, essentially consumed it, and didn't care about the health of the civic space? Big. Honkin'. Ideas.

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I'm trying to figure out what I think as I write this meandering thread, but it might be the lack of a "big idea" at the centre of them. I read an (otherwise really bad) book on 70s science fiction a few years ago, and it's the first time I read about the idea of "science fiction of Big Ideas." I realized, that's what I'm into! Less introspection and more big, honkin' CONCEPTS. I mean, I was raised on/by Star Trek!

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In both cases, I sorta feel like much shorter poems would have been more effective at communicating an intense emotional state without breaking the implied promise of a story that really gets *into* something. Obviously, it's not for me to say what an author "should" have done. They wrote what they wrote! But these two stories have just not done anything for me.

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I've read a couple of short stories, assigned in a fiction writing class I'm taking, and both of them have won prizes, and both of them seem like kinda not much is happening in them. I can see how they get points for style–it's not like they're doing nothing—but I feel like I've read them before, or like they're skimming the surface of a mental state without digging in. I can't tell if it's just me, though.

Sometimes I click the little star just to watch it spin. I love that animation.

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I’m pleased for the developer. Disappointed its the NYT who made them wealthy.

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The US Trans Survey 2022 just crossed my Tumblr dash, so I'm cross-posting for wider awareness. The survey doesn't open until 6 Feb, but you can sign up to take it already. It documents the lives of trans people in the US. You can take if you're trans and over 16 and live in the US or US territories. It's used to inform policy, education, media and the general public. It asks about health, employment, income, the criminal justice system and other aspects of life.

(There's more. It follows one day in Don and Will's life. There's a signal watch!)

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Don falls asleep on the couch, hugging his phone like a blankie.

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Don slowly sits down slowly on the couch in the living room, lights off, but street lights streaming in through the windows. He's got his phone unlocked, and he's staring at it. It takes two minutes before his Google alert feeds him a stream of social media posts about the Terrific Toddler pulling people out of an apartment fire just a few blocks away. Good, he thinks. That's good. He's immune to fire.

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Someone, somewhere is in trouble. Will has to go! So Don has to get a new diaper on him fast, dig out a clean costume and get it on him even faster.

Will flies out the window and yells, "Thankoo!" over his chubby little shoulders.

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4:30 am
Don Westly is woken up by the sound of his three-year-old, Will, shouting, "Dada! Toddler Thenth!"

He rolls out of bed, still half a sleep, and stumbles to his son's room. He knows the drill, but it's like this every time, rushed and confused. Will is already circling the room at about head height. He gets this way when his "toddler sense" goes off.

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Latest thing I'm working on, a mood piece about how terrifying it is to send your kids into a pandemic world. It's called, "The Terrific Toddler's Dad."

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There was once a witch who was so full of tears that when she burst she cried for months.

Her crows carried away the biggest droplets, tossing them into seas where they became pearls, onto fields where they became grain, and into ravines where they became gems and ores. Any that fell upon mountains became waterfalls. What splashed at her feet became healing moss.

Finally, they dried her face with soft feathers, coaxing out her sunny smile.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Question for All:

How many drafts do you find you go through for a short piece?

The short stories I've written that I'm really proud of, the ones that I think work, usually go through six to eight revisions. They're not all major, but they all change something. The ones that I just write once and don't think about are my "lesser works," and tend to be more like comedy sketches.

(I might work on this idea for the class. If not, I have something else I haven't been able to finish, so I could use the class to at least get a decent third draft out of it.)

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A man's very young child develops superpowers. It's is from the dad's point of view: he's delighted, fascinated, and very scared for his kid. The story occurs in vignettes of the dad getting the kid dressed and into his costume in time to save the city from mole people (or whatever) or giving him a bath at the end of the day, washing off the dust and rubble. It's a story about how terrifying it is to let your kids out into the world. 2/2

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I'm taking a fiction writing course at SFU, and it's starting with real basics, like "make a list of story ideas," so I'm walking a fine line between using stuff I've already thought of, which isn't really in The spirit of the assignment, and coming up with new ideas. I did come up with one I really like, though... (1/2)

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