lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
In my previous post I said on of my NaNo plans is working on an RPG setting book. In addition to that I do plan to work on some prose. Specifically I want to continue what I am refering to as the Magic School Doofuses (Quick and Dirty, Piece of Cake, Just Purr-fect, and Consequences, note the last two involve an involuntary physical transformation and students (+staff) not being nice).

As a bit of last minute #PrepTober/#NanoPrep I'm throwing the door open to any questions for the cast of the stories to help me get back in their heads.
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
This November rather than trying to put 50K into one project I've decided to do a couple of things. One of them is getting words in on an RPG setting. For the final result I'm aiming for something like the old staple bound floppy paper books from the 70/80s or similar sometimes perfect bound books from the early 2000s indie/small press RPG boom. Mostly print, two columns of text on an 8.5x11" page, in the 64-128 page range (aiming for the low end but well see). Inspired some by GURPS worldbooks in that it will be mostly description of the setting with only a small fraction of the space given over to anything system specific (for which I'm leaning towards FATE since it's a fairly descriptive system).

For the setting... I'm reaching back to two entries I made for the second 30 Days of Flashfic: Day 6 Write a Pitch For a Final Fantasy Styled RPG and the second half of Day 11 Movie Trailer Style. That setting being the Magical Girl Apocalypse, an alternate Earth which was invaded by magic wielding youngsters from a fantasy world. Aerth was in it's own version of the 50s (or maybe early 60s) when portals opened up and the invaders came through. Their parents had completed taking over the fantasy world and were starting to worry about potentially ambitious heirs who might not want to wait to sit on the thrones, so what better solution than to send them out to conquer somewhere else, preferably far enough away to not trouble their parents.

What I'm looking at currently as an outline would be:

* Introduction
* * History of Aerth
* Aerth Before the Invasion
* * The Invasion
* * After the Invasion
* The Magical Girls
* * Who Are They?
* * * Are They All Girls?
* * * What Do They Want? / Are They Evil?
* * Factions
* Post Invasion Aerth
* * Factions of The Resistance
* * Life After the Portals
* * Magic & Technology
* Major Figures & Places
* Creatures of Fantasy
* The Other World

And probably some random tables for generating stuff because random tables are fun.

Think I'm missing anything? Comments? Suggestions? "Hey where have you been?!" pokes (Mastodon mostly) all welcome.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
This year I wrote just over 119,000 tracked words. Nearly half of those were produced during April's Camp NaNoWriMo, in a largely seat of the pants written telling of Leslie McCormack's experiences after being tossed into another universe (I have revised and posted a little of that). Posted fiction this year included:


  • Knotted Handkerchief, in which a young woman inherits a family mystery.

  • Tonya (Tries to) Hide, in which fugitive and super powered Tonya tries hiding in a vacation cabin.

  • Just Purrfect, in which Nicholai and Jamsa make a return. With Jamsa seeking his roommate's help with a bit of Halloween magic.

  • If You Have Me, Why Do You Need Them?, wherein a young slave is confused about his owner's intentions.

  • Consequences, taking place on the evening of Halloween with Jamsa facing the consequences of his prior actions.

  • Untitled first entry of Wolf Boy, an injured young werewolf discovers he's not alone.

  • Cody's Dream, Cody, a character from Addergoole Year 9 has a prophetic dream.

  • Leslie McCormack and the Story Without A Title
    • Part 1A, The R.O.B.'s Revenge or Leslie McCormack's Last Night on Earth

    • Part 1B, Leslie McCormack Thinks It's All A Dream

    • Part 1C, Leslie McCormack Would Like To Wake Up Now. Please?

    • Part 2A, Leslie McCormack Is Stuck On Other-Earth



Additionally I started a series of webcomic reviews:


  • Webcomic Comments #1: Twin Dragons, which as the title suggests is about a pair of dragon twins, brother and sister Kai and Kaya. The two live in a world much like ours accept that around 16 years earlier one in a thousand births began resulting in children who were partly animal in appearance. Dog people, cat people, or in our protagonists case dragon people.

  • Webcomic Comments #2: Champions of the Melting Pot.Young Xero has a problem, it's finals time and his mother wants to know when he's going to get a job. Okay, Xero has two problems, finals, mom asking about a job, and utter boredom. Right, three problems. Thankfully the plot is prepared to help with two of those... The IGSF is prepared to help with the job problem when they decide Xero has the appearance of a protagonist.

  • Webcomic Comments #3: MAiZ. The adventures of Meli, a young woman who has set out on an archaeological quest and a boy named Jaz. Who she isn't certain about at first as he's wearing a mask to hide his strange appearance.



Unfortunately right about the time I was writing the third I became ludicrously sick. If you must get ill I recommend catching a cold that has no need for attached adjectives unless those adjectives are things like minor or brief. Especially don't catch anything that involves adjectives like ludicrous or lasting. After three not-at-all fun weeks the rhythm I'd started to build up was busted and I never did continue on to a fourth review. Webcomic Comments is something I plan to pick up again in the coming year.

I've been continuing to practice playing the guitar and I'm starting to actually feel comfortable with it. Sometime in this coming year I may actually feel comfortable playing something for others. I've gone from a Yamaha Acoustic to that and a used Fender Stratocaster with an amplifier and a few peddles. I've been pondering a ukulele or travel guitar for something I can take with me and practice when I'm not at home. Ukes can be had inexpensively and a used travel guitar doesn't need to cost much.

Plans for 2018:


  • Keep writing. I've even made a list of specific projects to keep working on or pick up again. There will undoubtedly be new things as well.

  • Keep up with my guitar practice. Get good enough that I don't cringe at the thought of playing where others can hear.

  • Let 2018 be the year I engage in some serious concalendaring. The calendar equivalent of conlanging's playing with language.

  • Do some Seven Days Of projects: Seven Days of Characters, Seven Days of Setting Creation, etc.

  • Still looking to lose some weight

  • Probably no conventions in 2018 unless maybe towards the end of the year. It's just not in my budget.

  • Pick up my camera again.

  • Pay down debts (glares in general direction of 2016's car accident)

  • Continue to give to others. Thankfully Patreon backed down on their changes so I haven't had to abandon supporting others there. But I'll be looking at other services and seeing what else is in use by people I'd be interested in helping to support the works of.

lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Librarian Pithani)

A Writing Index and Landing Page



Partway through 2011 I started semi-regularly writing short snippets of fiction, over time this has build up to where it can take a while to hunt down something I wrote previously. That calls for... An Index and Landing Page! I am putting this together initially as a single page. The remainder will likely soon go under a cut. Post-Dating to the end of 2013 to keep it at the top of the recent posts page. Indexes first, followed by a setting list.

30-Day Writing Projects:

  • Using Ravenswept's 30 Day list: LJ Link, (No DW copy currently)

  • Using Aldersprig and KC_Obrien's 30 Day list: LJ Link, DW Link



Prompt Calls:


Further links under this cut )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Title: Part 2A: Leslie McCormack Is Stuck On Other-Earth
Fandom/'verse: Original - For lack of a better name the Leslieverse
Notes: A revised version of my April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo project
Summary: Tossed into another life by an annoyed a R.O.B. (Random Omnipotent Being) Leslie McCormack can no longer pretend it's all a dream. Stuck back in high school, with parents who are annoyed she already got a detention and a sister who doesn't trust her.
Warnings: Involuntary bodily changes and transportation by said R.O.B. An unsympathetic teacher, occasional expletives, sibling strife. Other sections may involve bullying, sibling strife, threats of or actual corporal punishment, at least one case of bigotry, and embarrassment for the main character.
Words: ~5200 words

Continuing from: Part 1C: Leslie McCormack Would Like To Wake Up Now. Please?

Leslie McCormack and the Story Without a Title


Part 2A: Leslie McCormack Is Stuck On Other-Earth




Back in bed I sighed and stared up at the ceiling and the glow in the dark stars that had been stuck on it. Huh. I should check online, I bet back in the real world I could find a glow in the dark unicorn poster. Someone had to make one. At some point while I was thinking about how cool that could be I must have drifted off. I had really boring dreams about being stuck in traffic with cars honking futilely. Eventually all but the honking faded away. Ugh, finally. Reaching of to the right I waved my arm about trying to find my clock to hit the snooze bar.

I froze at the sound of giggling.

"Your clock's on the other side stupid."

No.

It wasn't possible.

I froze with my hand against the wall. I had to be awake now. I didn't just hear that. My alarm was buzzing and that meant morning had come and for once I should have been happy to have sleep ripped away from me.Click here to continue... )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Title: Leslie McCormack And The Story Without A Title: Part 1C: Leslie McCormack Would Like To Wake Up Now. Please?
Fandom/'verse: Original - For lack of a better name the Leslieverse
Notes: A revised version of my April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo project
Summary: Tossed into another life by an annoyed a R.O.B. (Random Omnipotent Being) Leslie McCormack is certain anything this impossible must be a dream, right?
Warnings: Involuntary bodily changes and transportation by said R.O.B. An unsympathetic teacher, occasional expletives, sibling strife. Other sections may involve bullying, sibling strife, threats of or actual corporal punishment, at least one case of bigotry, and embarrassment for the main character.
Words: ~5100 words

Continuing from: Part 1B: Leslie McCormack Thinks It's All A Dream

Part 1C: Leslie McCormack Would Like To Wake Up Now. Please?



I knew I hadn't stopped to put anything in my locker. I wasn't even sure where it was. I hadn't seen anything to eat when I was looking in my backpack for other stuff. Which since I didn't remember making a lunch at home or grabbing anything to bring. But I didn't remember seeing anything to buy lunch with either. Digging through my backpack didn't find any food and I didn't find so much as an old penny.

With a sigh that rapidly turned into a groan I turned away from the line I'd been approaching and just wandered while trying to ignore the complaints coming from my belly. Finding a quiet spot I sat on a bench and watched a line of ants carrying tiny crumbs off to their nest. I don't know just when I started crying but once it started I couldn't stop. I sat hugging my backpack in my lap and settled for trying to keep it as quiet as I could. Which I thought I was doing a good job with until I rubbed some tears away with the back of my arm and found myself looking up at an older lady in a plain gray suit.
Click here to continue reading... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Leslie McCormack And The Story Without A Title: Part 1B: Leslie McCormack Thinks It's All A Dream
Fandom/'verse: Original - For lack of a better name the Leslieverse
Notes: A revised version of my April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo project
Summary: Leslie Cormack annoyed a R.O.B. (Random Omnipotent Being) and has now arrived in another world, and that's not the only change.
Warnings: Involuntary bodily changes and transportation by said R.O.B. The arrival of a bully and minions, a case of unwanted groping, and some strict teachers. Later sections may involve bullying, sibling strife, threats of or actual corporal punishment, at least one case of bigotry, and embarrassment for the main character.
Words: ~6100 words

Continuing from Part 1A: The R.O.B.'s Revenge or Leslie McCormack's Last Night On Earth


Part 1B: Leslie McCormack Thinks It's All A Dream



"Leslie! I'm not telling you again, get up before you're late! If you miss your bus..."

What? Groaning I stretched and tried to remember my dreams while my mother yelled from across the apartment. How can I be running late if my alarm... Why wasn't I hearing my alarm?

What was my mother doing in my apartment?Click here to continue reading )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Leslie McCormack And The Story Without A Title: Part 1A: The R.O.B.'s Revenge or Leslie McCormack's Last Night On Earth
Fandom/'verse: Original - For lack of a better name the Leslieverse
Notes: A revised version of the opening of my April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo project
Summary: Leslie McCormack is just an average guy living an average life, which has a R.O.B. (Random Omnipotent Being) seriously annoyed.
Warnings: Involuntary bodily changes and transportation by said R.O.B. Later sections may involve bullying, sibling strife, threats of or actual corporal punishment, at least one case of bigotry, and embarrassment for the main character.
Words: ~1360 words

Leslie McCormack


Part 1A: The R.O.B's Revenge or Leslie McCormack's Last Night On Earth



I had no idea my thirtieth birthday would be the end of life as I knew it. It began like any other work day. I woke to the discordant buzz of my alarm clock. I showered. I put on a white button up shirt and black pants from my closet.Click here to continue )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Hey everyone, I'll be off the net for a bit today, unless the horrible wifi signal has improved in the past month), and have some time without specific tasks. So, would anyone like to suggest some writing prompts? Stuff for my existing settings, Qs for characters, random prompts, demifiction ideas, whatever...

For anyone planning to do NaNoWriMo, the site StoryBundle has a 2017 Nano Tools bundle. I'm still debating whether to pick it up but I've liked the contents of some of the past year's nano bundles. This year the book on writing injuries is looking the most enticing to me, but there are also books on Excel for writers, story structure, scrivenor, etc. Not an affiliate link, I don't get anything if you buy, but I did think some of you might be interested.

Speaking of that, there's still about a week left to pick up the SFWA Fantasy bundle. Multiple books in it look good and I'm only somewhat biased in recommending it (I've read a little of Rowyn's The Moon Etherium (you might already know Rowyn from A Rational Arrangement or from right here on Dreamwidth) and I'm looking forward to sometime soon sitting down and completing it).
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Cody's Dream
Fandom/'verse: Addergoole
Notes: Starts early in Year 9 of the Addergoole School, some bits may be confusing if you haven't read anything else in the setting. (In addition to Addergoole/Fae Apocalypse being [personal profile] aldersprig's creation, so too is Yolanda. Lemon and Hylakaros come by way of [personal profile] rix_scaedu.
Summary: The event that sets about changing Cody from passive geek girl (as seen in How to Trap A Cody, set despite the title after Cody's being magically bound as an older student's servant for the year) to the girl in the maybe-canon Family Ties who was described as 'scary girl' by an Agency trained cat person, "She was all covered in blood you know. Most of it probably wasn't even hers." Cody shows up at a few points in [personal profile] aldersprig's Addergoole: Year 9
Warnings: Set in Addergoole, a high school for unusual students with practices much of the pre-and-post apocalypse world would object to (about the only way to be expelled is to kill another student). In particular in this story: two fights and a teenage pregnancy.
Words: roughly 3500


So this is what a lucid dream is like. Cody was surprised that she didn't wake from that thought or the surprise that came along with it. Everything felt real. Full of the little details that separated dreams from reality. The peeling anti-corrosion paint on the metal struts of the bridge she stood upon. The stray dogs in the vacant lot in the distance on the other side of the river. The faint smell of smoke from the fires started by the battle in the distance.

Fire? Fighting? How am I so calm? As if that thought threw a switch she could hear a soft whispering in her own voice even if her dream self's lips didn't seem to be moving.Click here to continue )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Hey, did you know [personal profile] aldersprig has a Giraffe (Zebra) call going? Don't know what that is? It's a call for story prompts. Leave a prompt, get some fic. If tips are left or her Patreon joined (helping to pay for home renovations) then more is written.

Autumn 2017 Giraffe (Zebra) Call: Autumn, Autumn (Roundtree)*, Fall, and Falling

now posted with fewer spelling errors in the subject line :)
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Untitled
Fandom/'verse: Urban fantasy? Werewolves anyway.
Notes: There was discussion several months back about how much of werewolf fiction plays off bad knowledge of wolf pack behavior (much stemming from an article on wolf behavior that was not merely contradicted by others but pretty much disowned by its own author). This started things percolating in my head and here's the opening with about half of what I've written.
Summary: Jacob's off balance when his secret is out and he's being called a hero
Warnings: Non-graphically described injuries and a few expletives
Words: 1400-ish


The first thing Jacob noticed was the sound of the car engine. Then the blanket that was wrapped around him making him feel like a mummy. Then Travis excitedly calling out, "I think he's waking up!"

"Easy son, you're in rough shape but we'll be at the doctor's soon."Click to continue... )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Title: Consequences (followup to Just Perrfect)
Fandom/'verse: Magic School Doofuses, my current title for the stories of Jamsa and Nicolai at a school of magic.
Summary: Jamsa and Mandry head out to the Halloween Ball
Note: Follows after Quick and Dirty, Piece of Cake, and Just Purrfect.
Warnings: Use of a leash and shackles and a decided lack of mercy or sympathy from Jamsa's fellow classmates or the faculty for his being transformed into a catgirl.
Words: 2603


Mandry knew her cosplay was not perfect. The costume was simple enough. A black dress, a red ribbon tied into a large bow atop her head, and a simple straw broom. That with a little work and she was Kiki the witch from Kiki's Delivery Service.

"Haha, good joke, now let me go."

If only she had a proper Jiji to be her familiar. Click here to continue... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I have a few new things percolating their way towards being posted but that doesn't mean we can't have fun with stories that have already been posted. So go ahead and ask my characters anything*.

My fiction landing page is substantially out of date, so here are some helpful tags:


Preference is for responses on Dreamwidth. LiveJournal seems to keep losing my sign-in.


* - Ask anything, but the character might not know the answer, might have reason to prevaricate/lie, or might get censored to avoid spoilering. **
** - No guarantee asking characters questions will result in new fiction, but it will bring them back to mind and who knows were that will lead.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: If You Have Me, Why Do You Need Them?
Fandom/'verse: Modernish sci-fi, non-fanfic
Summary: A young slave worries for his own status after helping his replacements settle in.
Note: Response to [personal profile] aldersprig's prompt for the Trope Bingo's slavery square: if you have me, why do you need them?
Warnings: Slavery, unconscious objectification, (no sex, Lee's owner would be squicked at the thought due to his age, species, and not seeing him as a person)
Words: 1200+

click here to read )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
So my muse came and told me it had another great idea...

Muse: Heyeeee! I just had another great idea!
Me: Is it going to lunch?
Muse: Who cares about lunch. You should do a Tarot serial!
Me: ?
Muse: Create a cast with some spreads, then use a single card or maybe three to influence scenes.
Me: I see.
Muse: That's all you have to say? This is an awesome idea!
Me: it would keep wordcount going.
Muse: I'm still going to bug you about the other idea too.
Me: of course you are...

Now partly I'm a little worried that my muse decided to enter sounding like a Ree from the Eva Fic, Nobody Dies. I'm not sure if I'm up to having a Ree in my life. But this does seem like it could be fun. Now the current serials I'm reading are fantasy or urban fantasy so I'm thinking something science fiction-y.

I don't have a paid account, so no fancy clickable polls for me, answer in comments instead. Strictly a reader advisory poll, reserve the right to go off in any direction, (blah, blah, boilerplate here) but which possibilities sound good to you? Multiple answers allowed. Further comments welcome.

  • A) Adventures of a Tramp Freighter

  • B) Official exploration ship

  • C) Independent exploration ship

  • D) How'd we get on this spaceship?

  • E) One of the above, but fantasy adventures in space

  • F) ________________ (fill in your own idea)
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Today in worldbuilding Fluff gets to ponder immigration law. Given this takes place in a country on a portal reached techofantasy world I could make up just about any answer. But, given:
*character arrived in country while high school aged because father's employer asked them to transfer there
*neither parent nor child became citizens of the other country
*its been a few years since the move and the son just started attending a local college

What happens if the father gets upset enough to disown the son and kicks him out of the house?

So I get to figure out whether the son was on the father's visa (some Googling suggests that's how it would work for people heading to the US) or required to have a separate one, what the country's view is on the disowning&kicking out, and what the implications of that are.

Whee. Worldbuilding is fun. Especially when you don't have to worry about someone pointing to a source you never saw that shows you got something wrong.
lilfluff: An irked Pithani the student-librarian mouse. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Exasperated)
Title: Just Perrfect
Fandom/'verse: Magic School Doofuses, my current title for the stories of Jamsa and Nicolai at a school of magic.
Summary: Jamsa asks a favor of his roommate Nicolai
Note: Follows after Quick and Dirty and Piece of Cake. Title spelling is intentional
Warnings: Violation of consent/trust. Jamsa's a jerk (then again Nicolai as well) (I think they might well both be Slytherins if at Hogwarts)
Words: 1146

"No."

"Why not?"

"Why should I? Every time I have helped you this semester you've criticized me. Not one word of thanks. I don't know why you are even asking me."

"No one else would do it."

Click here to continue reading... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Tonya (Tries To) Hide
Fandom/'verse: Superhero setting
Rating/Warnings: Language of the four letter sort, recovering mind control victim, rudeness
Summary/Notes: Set after Ice Cream and before Trying to Surrender (Which should be posted here soon)
Words: ~4300


If anyone ever suggests you hide under a truck traveling down a rough dirt road? Don't. Really, trust me and just don't. I mean sure, it sounds like a good idea if you're a total idiot. I'm not and it didn't. But you know that old rule? If it's stupid and it works? Well, it worked. I even got away from my latest pursuers. For values of Got Away that only care about a lack of handcuffs and pointed guns. And not getting squished by the tires. Not values of Got Away that care about pain and agony and ruining the back of your favorite and only jacket. But still I got away.
Click here to continue reading )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Knotted Handkerchief
Fandom/'verse: No particular setting, modern day-ish.
Summary/Note: I hadn't heard of knotting handkerchiefs as a memory aid before, but reading about it made this not-the-same-but-same-words idea pop into my mind.
Prompter: Rix Scaedu
Triggers/Warnings: None that I see
Words: 556


It sat on her dresser for as long as I could remember. A bundle of cloth, the corners pulled together and knotted. Whenever any of us grandkids would ask what it was the answer was always the same. "Memories." We learned as well that you didn't want to be caught touching or even looking like you were going to touch the memories. Of course we all did. We knew there was paper inside. I probably wasn't the only one who tried undoing the knot but it never would budge even slightly. When grandmother's will was read the one thing I'm sure everyone was curious about was the fate of the memories. Who would get the memories, would they be be given on their own or as with something else, or would Grandmother ask that they pass with her.
click here to continue reading... )

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