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From [personal profile] kate and parts yonder:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.


Nearly a year had passed
since Timmy got snuffed by
the Thief of Tomorrowmorrow.
-- "Nightmares at Noon"

"Look at this," Fiddlesticks said,
using his lightpen to circle
a window between two BASH agents.
That window showed a matching one
in the neighboring house, inside which
a toddler could clearly be seen.
-- "Critical Analysis"

At the side office they were supposed to enter, however, everything was a shambles. Mewing and rustling paper and muffled curses echoed through the door. Bai peeked in carefully, Alikara hugging his elbow. Inside the small office devoted to pets and other hobbies, a litter of skykittens scrambled and glided and pounced over every surface. They knocked over ink and got their little paws in the licenses. A harried License Assistant pursued them, his fine shirt coming unbuttoned in the fray. A carton tipped over and spilled pages to flutter through the air.
-- "Little Paws in the Licenses"
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This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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The Torn World Muse Fusion is running January 23-25.  Drop by and give us prompts, or claim prompts to write about!  You don't have to be familiar with the world to write, draw, or create other stuff for it -- although of course that helps, and there are oodles of articles, stories, etc. to get you started.  Fiction, art, poetry, crafts, demifiction, it's all good.


What I Have Written

"Broken Hopes" is a story about unexpected loss, the freebie for this session.  Northern relationship stuff.

"Brewing Beauty" is a story about Mirulani courting a beautiful young scientist.  F/F fluff romance with flirting and kissing.



A skykitten prompt inspired the story "Little Paws in the Licenses" and is a sequel to "Raining Kittens." Bai and Alikara go to the Licensing Office and find chaos.
1504 words, Buy It Now = $45.12


From My Prompts

From [personal profile] ellenmillion: "I used The Lost Bead in conjunction with the Thimbleful Thursday writing prompt to get a flashfiction of 200 words: Icing on the cake. It will be publicly available once I give it a polish!"
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a thoughtful discussion about warnings on fiction which has spawned lengthy and interesting conversations.  If this topic interests you, definitely take a look.  It's especially useful if you write/make stuff and have thought about whether to use warnings or what kind.
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The January 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer plans to write a fill for each prompter.  Come give us prompts, or watch to see cool things appearing!


What I Have Written

"Coffee Solves All These Problems" is about making a place for homeless veterans.

From this I got the free-verse poem "Windsight." A young Heliodrax named Merle makes lir First Flight.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

From this I got the free-verse poem "Dying by Fire." Nakahara remembers killing someone with her fire magic.
18 lines, Buy It Now = $10

Your prompt about stealing dreams inspired the free-verse poem "The Thief of Tomorrowmorrow." Timmy faces a stern principal and a beautiful, mysterious box.
198 lines, Buy It Now = $99

Timmy tiptoed into the principal's office.
Mr. Brown was on the phone, and
Timmy was trying to be quiet,
so as not to get into any more trouble
than he was already in.

When Mr. Brown pointed,
Timmy sat in a chair.
He was only in first grade,
so his feet did not reach the floor.
He kicked his heels against
the chair leg -- tap, tap, tap
.

This inspired the free-verse poem "Strange Aeons." When languages dream, some of those dreams are nightmares.
51 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Your waking prompts inspired the poem "Silken Dreams," written in unrhymed quatrains. A farming couple decide to take in a soldier, whenever one wakes from his enchanted sleep in the dragon's care. (This poem belongs to the series Dragonsilk.) 100 lines, 25 verses, Buy It Now = $50

The year after the soldiers
save their farm from raiders,
Mirala and her husband Yonal
go to see the dragon.

Mirala wrings her hands
as she explains why
they want to host a soldier,
whenever one hatches out.



From My Prompts

"The Oneiromancer's Manual" by [personal profile] alexseanchai is October Daye fanfic about a girl with dream powers trying to learn how they work.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer posted the first snippet of what will become a story about Aidan and the social worker Heidi.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer also said, "Your prompt for Schrodinger's Heroes led to the story "Alarm Bells." To be posted after "Salvaging" is complete."

"How to Carry Something Between Dreaming and Waking" by [personal profile] chordatesrock is a sonnet variant about manifesting your dreams.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has added, "I combined your visual prompt with another from LJ to create the story "Morning Routine." Will be posted SOON!"


More Awesomeness

[personal profile] brides_koneko wrote "Mixed Messages" about dreaming big.

[personal profile] chordatesrock did another sonnet variation about languages waking from sleep.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written "Do Languages Dream?" about natural and invented languages moving through the dreams of humans.







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 Part 5 brings us into new territory, if you already read the rough drafts on the Creative Jam.
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In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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 [personal profile] kissofjudas has posted about a new prompt call on the theme of "two beds and a coffee machine."  Leave a prompts and boost the signal to get a story beginning.  Donate to finish a story.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has fleshed out a Creative Jam prompt fill into a complete novella, "Salvaging."  Begin with Part 1.  This is a crossover between Polychrome Heroics and Schrodinger's Heroes, meant as an anchor story that can introduce people to those series.  When a superpowered assassin encounters a baby with superpowers, and a pesky white cat, he's in over his head but determined to keep up.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 10:

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer asked in a recent post, "What does a character do when something goes wrong in their day?"

That depends a lot on the character, their personality, and their level of experience with things going wrong. I couldn't resist listing some of mine ...

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"Chance Meeting" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now complete with Part 7.  See how Mallory and Heron meet.  They have a lot to teach each other, I think.
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In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My favorite plot structure is Hurt/Comfort, dating all the way back to when my mother read me The Hobbit when I was four. Tolkien is the grandmaster of H/C. It looks like Plot Shape #2. The key to this dynamic is that the comfort part of the cycle allows you to crank the hurt part much higher, without burning out either the character or the audience. (This is one reason why the recent movies break down, Jackson has no grasp of that infrastructure and without it, kerblooey.) So if you look at my writing, a majority of it is H/C. Some is fluff and there are a few much darker items, but usually I want that rocker effect.

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