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)
In my ___ Days of Worldbuilding post Aldersprig asks:

|Pre-Western Civil War:
|How does slavery work?
|What's the style of government, if anything?
|What's the tech level?

This setting shows up in four pieces from back in 2011 (content warnings: slavery, some violence, and serious-need-of-rewritingness):
* Family Politics, in which a young man wakes to find himself a prisoner.
* Izzy, a follow up to the previous piece from the viewpoint of the slave of the previous viewpoint character.
* The Talk, wherein Jayce decides Izzy needs The Talk.
* The Next Morning, which sees Jayce and Izzy having to deal with another change.


Content note: Involves question about both government and slavery within a setting and answers to said questions.

Political note: Yes, the founders of the colony claimed to be pushing for a conservative libertarian structure. Please note the word claimed in that sentence.


Nearly 2000 words, click here to see the rest... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Stealing an idea from [personal profile] aldersprig as I've been in a bit of a dry spell of writing. So, to get the fingers moving I'm opening up question time. Ask a question (or two, or three) about anything I've written and I'll try to answer at least one a day. Open to questions until I update this post to say it's closed.

Links that may be helpful:
* My Landing Page and (out of date) writing index
* Tags for two prompt calls: Goals and Achievements & Rebirth, Renewal, and Rediscovery
* Three Word Wednesday and Thimbleful Thursday tags
* And the ever popular writing tag
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)
Supers School, Second exploratory writing
Fandom/'verse: A school for people with super powers
Summary: Exploring a potential setting by writing a bit to it. Enter Rae, and return of Margarete.
Prompter: See above
Triggers/Warnings: Some fighting, grumpiness about family
Note: Editing, what's that? Exploring a setting and characters. Fizzles out at the end
Words: 1650 words


The beginning of the prior school year

Rae's old school hadn't had anything like the common room of Ocotillo Hall. It was like a laid back version of the library study rooms. Or maybe if you brought the cafeteria's outdoor seating indoors. A few tables were pushed over to the walls allowing for a wobbly loop of chairs to circle much of the space. Finally a girl with the tips of her hair dyed red stepped out into the circle. Rae recognized her from moving in the evening before, Margaret had been running back and forth half the time with a younger girl towed behind her with a stunned expression.

"Gather around newbies! It's time to start Ocotillo Hall's annual hazing ritual!"

"Margarete!" A short black haired boy stared at her from across the room. "Ixnay."

"Just a little hazing? Fine. Since Derek is being a spoilsport we can just go straight to introductions before we raid the food tables. Who wants to start?"Continues under cut, click here to continue... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Supers School
Fandom/'verse: A school for people with super powers
Summary: Exploring a potential setting by writing a bit to it
Prompter: See above
Triggers/Warnings: Mention of deaths but no real details
Note: Only lightly edited. Exploring a setting and characters
Words: 2342 words


Staff Meeting: One Month Prior to Classes

"The next item for discussion," Franklin set aside the previous folder and grimaced as he opened the next. "Eagle from the Bay City Guardians is calling in a marker. He's seeking an enrollment for Vickie Valente and before you ask, yes, that is as in the late an unlamented Doc Despair Vincent Valente."
Continues under the cut, click here to read )
lilfluff: Pithani the student-librarian mouse from Mars Academy as a mad scientist. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Mad Science Pithani)
So years ago with the Truth & Justice rules I created few characters for what I called the Fifth String Heroes. Characters who were not going to be meeting bank robbers fist to fist or alien invaders eye-beam to ray-gun, but were still super powered and found a niche for their powers... My two clearest ideas were The Auditor and The Sitter (my, what creative names :p). The first was a man who had a super powered intuitive grasp of economics. He can walk into a business, spend a short time reviewing the books, and tell you both how well the business is truly doing but also who needs to be investigated for embezzling and with a little more effort figure out what the embezzler was doing with the money. The sitter is a second generation cape born to two heroes. When she inherited some of their powers the assumption was that she would go into heroing as well -- where her passions took her instead was child care and now she is one of a small and select group, those who provide child care for super powered children.

This was in fact the early origin for Mourning Dead Gods (and the follow on Face the Music) as Kitree and Charles's son is one of the children she regularly watches.

So why am I bringing this up? Reading some recent posts by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has me itching to pull out Truth & Justice once more and dust off these characters. The posts in question: Hero or Villain, Build a Better Villain, part one, part two, and part three. The three part Build A Better Villain follows from an initial idea to working out how this character ends up crossing the line to become a villain. And adding later: Responsibility, even for villains?
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: Reasons
Fandom/'verse: Random science fiction setting, follows Coup Warning
Summary: Lind meets one of her fellow coup plotters
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 8 January 2015; Mad As A Hatter
Triggers/Warnings: Set amidst a coup, on screen death
Note: Trying something new, going to see if I can link all five of January's prompts
Words: 440 words (of a target 360-440 words)


"Junior Vice Manager of Security Lind, or should I call you Chairman of the Faeland Colony Corporation Lind now?"

Lind gave him a smile and shook her head, "No, Manager of Headquarters Security and Safety Dimarzo, Vice Chair of Security is sufficient to do my duty. But what about you, does Vice Manager of Security Dimarzo sound good? You were after all one of the first to warn of the corruption." She watched closely and whatever his words she could see the greedy hunger in his eyes.click here to continue reading )
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: Coup Warning
Fandom/'verse: Random (probably) science fiction setting
Summary: A board meeting is interrupted by announcement of a coup
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 2 January 2015; Out With The Old, In With The New
Triggers/Warnings: Set amidst a coup
Note: Barely revised, posting shortly after completing. Trying something new, going to see if I can link all five of January's prompts
Words: 547 words (of a target 450-550 words)


"Thank you Eldridge, the chair now calls on Senior Manager Onida for the food production and..." Chairman Ellington and the board looked up as the boardroom doors opened and Junior Vice Manager of Security Lind entered along with what seemed to be half the office security staff.

"Mister Chairman, members of the board, I must ask for you cooperation in evacuating to the emergency shelter."Click here to continue reading... )
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)
It's that time again... Writig Prompt Bingo Card Time! I've recieved my card for [community profile] trope_bingo Round Four:

mistletoe kiss slavefic au: historical accidental baby acquisition au: apocalypse
amnesia au: cop/detective au: were/vamp/supernatural snowed in road trip
au: all-human day at the beach WILD CARD au: college/highschool wingfic
de-aged food porn huddle for warmth secret twin/doppelganger fake relationship
au: space mind control animal transformation handcuffed/bound together au: steampunk


Hmm... A number of AUs in there.
lilfluff: Pithani the student-librarian mouse from Mars Academy as a mad scientist. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Mad Science Pithani)
This post inspired but not an exact copy from latest deviantArt journal post... Also, as noted at the end I'm going to be open to advice from readers with guitar knowledge.

As we all know we're rapidly approaching 2015 which means of course New Years Goals. The past few years I've set a goal of writing 100K words of fiction and this year I actually made it (crossing 100K late last night/early this morning). About a month ago when it became clear that I was going to reach 100K words I started debating with myself whether to do another 100,000 word goal next year or perhaps as much as double it to 200K words.Continues under the cut with discussion of how buying a guitar will affect this... )
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: Jaeger Test
Fandom/'verse: Adventure Science-Fantasy setting
Summary: Flech competes in a thinly disguised version of the Hunter exam from HunterXHunter
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 2 October 2014, Cut the Mustard
Triggers/Warnings: None noticed
Note: Barely revised, posting shortly after completing
Words: 548 words (of a target 450-550 words)


On the second day of swimming the island came into view. Flech laughed and pushed himself harder. Including the time in the balloon it had been nearly a week since he'd set foot on land. But the relief didn't make him drop his guard which meant he caught site of the bamboo stakes hiding under the water before swimming into them. Spotting those made him look closer and spot the Sandback Spines on the beach.Click here to continue reading )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: Ending the Feud
Fandom/'verse: Science fiction
Summary: Jonas McMillan heads home to end a feud, one way or another.
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 6 November 2014, Red Tape
Triggers/Warnings: None noticed
Note: Barely revised, posting shortly after completing
Words: 550 words (of a target 450-550 words)


"Well as I live and breath, Jonas McMillan has returned to grace us with his presence." Every hint of humor disappeared from Kincaid's voice. "I thought I made it clear you weren't welcome here cousin."

Metron was a minor colony but had enough traffic to provide them with an audience. Around them traders, travelers, and the rest turned to watch Kincaid and his crew face down two men. Jonas glanced around and smiled.click here to continue reading )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Title: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Supers setting, follows Mourning Dead Gods
Summary: Being married to a super villain means always wondering when the police will be at the door...
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 13 November 2014, Face the Music
Triggers/Warnings: None noticed
Note: Lightly edited
Words: 440 (Abrupt end, but that's the word limit)


Looking through her front door's peephole Leona saw two officers and a woman in an obvious super uniform she didn't recognize. Her breath froze for a moment and she was tempted to run. The thought came to mind then was dismissed just as quickly. She knew running would do no good.

"Leona Siskin?"

"Yes."

"You are the wife of Raymund Siskin also known as Refraktor?"Continues under the cut, click here to read... )
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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Supers school, possibly same as Discrimination
Summary: Enrolling for classes
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 30 October 2014, Underwater Basket Weaving
Triggers/Warnings: None noticed
Note: Lightly edited
Words: 108


"Why can't I drop it? I need Introductory Kinesiology!"

"Every student must take a minimum of one class from the non-scholastic list every semester. School is stressful enough. Add powers on top of that... Trust me you'll need a stress free class."

"But I need Intro Kinesiology to understand my powers. What am I going to do with basket weaving?"

"I'll offer a deal, pick a course off the list and I'll put you on the reserve list for the evening session."

Sighing Leon read the list, a hint of a grin appearing partway. "I'll pick two for a guaranteed spot." Circling Recreational Dance and morning Tai Chi.
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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Random fantasy
Summary: Nicolai of Quick and Dirty continues to irk his professor...
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 23 October 2014, Piece of Cake
Triggers/Warnings: None noticed
Note: Mostly unedited. Not a direct continuation, but will likely make more sense if Quick and Dirty is read first.
Words: 220



"Mr Nicolai, what do you have on your desk?"

"Cake, Professor Charwick."

"Cake?" The professor spoke doubtfully while starring at the gray lump on Nicolai's desk. "Have you used leftovers from lunch to make this as well?"

A scattering of laughter met this until Charwick turned his stare on the rest of the class. Nicolai shook his head and didn't wait for the laughter to stop before answering.Click here to continue reading... )
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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Random fantasy
Summary: Two students attempt to escape detention...
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 16 October 2014, Quick and Dirty
Triggers/Warnings: A few expletives
Note: Mostly unedited.
Words: 309


"I can't believe we've still alive."

"You know a, 'thank you, I'm sorry for doubting,' would be nice about now."

"Doubting? Doubting! You're nuts!"

"It was perfectly valid magic, sound in every principle."

"You made a circle from pasta!"

Click here to continue reading... )
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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Random science fiction
Summary: The spaceship Odyssey returns from exploring Saturn to find the world burning...
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 25 September 2014, Water Under the Bridge
Triggers/Warnings: A few expletives
Note: Mostly unedited.
Words: 213

Might come back to this one later. Seems like one that would benefit from setting aside a few weeks and reviewing with fresh eyes. Right now I'm just poking at it without any real change.



"Damn, Ortell Island is just gone. Not the spaceport, the whole island. The Southern Union and Western Confed both hit it with megaton warheads. That's it, nowhere left to land. Bastards hit everyone, cant even hold our noses and land in San Teo"Continues under the 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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Original fantasy
Summary: The revolution may have ended while Gregory was still a young child, that doesn't mean it's stopped causing trouble.
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 11 September 2014, Add Insult to Injury
Triggers/Warnings: Don't see any
Note: Mostly unedited.
Words: 330 (Just squeaked in at the top of the 270-330 word goal)


Resting in the shade of an evergreen tree Gregory looked on the residence hall that would be his home for the next few years. While catching his breath a breeze washed over him and ruffled his short summer fur taking the edge off the summer's heat. Not that he was complaining. His parents always said Laufeld's don't complain, they get to work. Thoughts of getting a bed all to himself once more helped as well.Continues under the 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: (untitled)
Fandom/'verse: Magic-punk fantasy
Summary: Nyalla the catgirl engineer confronts one of the ship's armor pilots
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 11 September 2014, Throw Down the Gauntlet
Triggers/Warnings: Off-page child struck
Note: Mostly unedited.
Words: 435 (within the 360-440 word goal)


The hatch of the ship's mess hall slammed open so hard it bounced back at the woman who had opened it. Gray furred ears and bronze eyes scanned the room before she stalked into the room.

"Nyalla? This is your shift is it not? Is there a problem?"

"Apologies Berun, this shouldn't take long."

Turning from her fellow kellian she strode forward once more, pressing into the personal space of one particular human mage-armor pilot.

"Tell me, are you merely a coward or fool and a coward both?"
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: Spider Weed
Fandom/'verse: Original fantasy
Summary: Tira goes to find out why Daven missed classes at Magic School
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 4 September 2014, Beating Around the Bush
Triggers/Warnings: None spotted
Note: Mostly unedited.
Words: 549 (just barely within the 450-550 word goal)


Tira glanced past Daven at the wooden spider. At least she thought it was wood aside from the metal joints. It wasn't really a spider, almost more like the downy ball of Puffball weeds, but those didn't walk across rooms and up bookshelves.

"Daven, have you been okay, you seemed distracted yesterday and you missed all your classes today."continues under the cut, click here to read... )
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: ----- (None currently other than placeholder Noir Style followup)
Fandom/'verse: Original science fiction
Summary: Demifiction - Internal email from colonial fleet intelligence regarding an intelligence asset
Prompter: Three Word Wednesday
Triggers/Warnings: None spotted
Note: Only lightly revised/edited
Words: 567



To: [redacted]
From: [redacted]
Subject: Intelligence resource [redacted]

Agents [redacted] and [redacted] have confirmed that resource [redacted]'s home has been burned. Despite official reports that the fire was accidental, likely started by faulty wiring, agent's investigation showed use...continues under the cut )

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