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Daily Count Challenge to . . . Bizarra!

I scored 8,500 words yesterday!!! I was hoping to get in a couple thousand more this morning, but so far it hasn't happened. STILL 8,500 should be enough for any one for a couple days, right?

Right?

;)

Any way . . . Next up we have our wonderful, talented bizarra! Go knock those words/arts out of the park, our very own Disney Queen! :)

Word of the Day 10/17/18 Applesauce

Applesauce (noun)
applesauce [ap-uh l-saws]


noun
1. apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
2. Slang. nonsense; bunk.

Related Words for applesauce
hogwash, bunk, hooey, nonsense, rubbish, malarkey, fudge, pulp, poppycock, hokum

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: First recorded in 1730–40; apple + sauce

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Wonderful World of Wednesday

“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”

~ Libba Bray, The Diviners ~




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Original Fic Challenge: Write A Story About Two Different Worlds

Original Fic Tip: Add Non-Human Body Language to Your Setting

Today's tip is, again, from a much longer article about how to make your setting truly immersive. While the article is about fantasy settings, it's still good advice for pretty much any genre!
Non-Human Body Language:

Human communication is very complex, and a lot of it is nonverbal. Clever writers can say a lot about a character by describing their body language. But this method has limits, both because humans have a limited degree of motion and because human body language is so sensitive to context. Crossed arms could mean anger, defensiveness, or that it’s cold outside. On the other hand, non-human body language can be as specific as you need it to be.

Consider Katherine Addison’s novel The Goblin Emperor, where most of the characters are elves. At first glance, they are nearly indistinguishable from humans, but there’s one notable difference: their long, pointed ears. This physical feature is common among fantasy settings, but Addison takes it a step further. Her elves feature mobile ears, and their position indicates what an elf is feeling.

These mobile elf ears bring two major advantages to the story. First, they give Addison another avenue for communicating a character’s emotional state while staying within the story’s close viewpoint. The protagonist can tell another elf is angry because he sees their ears flatten against their head. Second, the ears prevent these elves from feeling like dressed-up humans. They add an extra dimension to elven social interaction and make the world feel much more real.

When employing this tactic in your story, it’s best to stick with body language that’s easy for your audience to remember. You’ll still need to explain what each signal means, but if the body language is intuitive, you won’t have to repeat yourselves. Addison’s elves have ear positions very similar to those of dogs, so the audience never needs a refresher course. If you have a fantasy creature that flashes colors to indicate emotion, red and yellow are easy to remember for anger, while blue is an easy way to represent calm.

In order for this tool to work properly, the body language must be something you can physically describe to the audience. Saying a character “moved their hands in the pattern that indicated anger” doesn’t help, it’s not much better than stating the character was angry. Instead, you’ll want something like…

Shayla jabbed their third and fourth arms in front of them with fists clenched so hard veins pulsed visibly beneath the skin. The Explorer gulped. Shayla was angry now.

Once you teach your audience to associate a specific action with a specific emotion, you can skip further explanation and simply describe the action.

Now go forth and write!

Word of the Day 10/16/18 Gnathonic

Gnathonic (adjective)
gnathonic [na-thon-ik]


adjective
1. sycophantic; fawning.

Related forms
gna·thon·i·cal·ly, adverb

Origin: 1630–40; < Latin gnathōnicus, derivative of Gnathōn- (stem of Gnathō) name of a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence; see -ic

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

A to Z Challenge

You can post this on your own journal, your AO3, here or wherever you archive your works. Just leave us a link here if you can.

Now everyone give me a

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Original Fic Challenge: Write A Story About a Musical Instrument

Original Fic Tip: Make Sure Everything has a Reason

Today's tip is definitely talking about one of my big weaknesses - adding cool stuff because, well, it's cool. Even if it does nothing to help the story or the plot. This tip is part of a longer article on storytelling, and I encourage y'all to check it out.

Stuff Can’t Happen Just to Have Stuff Happen

Storytellers notoriously get sidetracked by shiny baubles.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to read the transcripts from the story planning sessions in which Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan met to discuss Raiders of the Lost Ark. I get an endless kick over how Lucas and Kasdan are calmly working their way through ideas and plots to arrive at the story basically as we know it—and all the while, Spielberg just keeps on throwing in all these wild and crazy ideas, like a little kid having the best time playing make-believe: “Oh, and then you know what would be really cool? We should have a giant boulder come out and squish this guy!”

It’s hilarious mostly because it’s so relatable. We’re all Spielberg. Not only do we want our stories to be as cool as possible for our readers, we’re also just really excited about the cool possibilities for ourselves.

But beware of cool. Cool is seductive and can lead far too easily to stories that are chock full of stuff—but stuff that doesn’t matter. And without meaning, cool really isn’t that cool.

This temptation is especially dangerous for speculative writers. The endless possibilities of science fiction and fantasy provide us the opportunity to throw in all kinds of cool stuff just because it’s cool. But as another Spielberg character says in Jurassic Park: They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Check Yourself:

Why are you adding that gnarly new character? Why did you characters travel to that exotic new setting? Why have you included that funny little subplot? If your primary answer is Because… it’s cool?, stop and take a second look.

There’s no reason you can’t include all that cool stuff, but first you’ve got to make it matter to the story. It’s got to be so integral to the plot that if you yanked it, meaning would be lost. Even better, it needs to resonate on a thematic level. It needs to offer more than coolness; it needs to either ask questions or provide answers.

There’s nothing I love more than long, complex books or movies… when they work. When all that complexity comes together to create the warp and weft of a magical whole, it’s too delicious for words. But there’s also nothing I hate more than long, messy books or movies that drag me through the authors’ self-indulgent refusal to recognize and discard meaningless elements. This is even true of stories in which the pieces are great but ultimately detract from what might otherwise have been an even better whole.

Now go forth and write!

Word of the Day 10/15/18 Blellum

Blellum (noun)
blellum [blel-uh m]


noun Scot. Obsolete.
1. an idle, indiscreet talker.



Origin: First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Daily Count reminder

How is the writing thing going for you? Any bumps or hiccups in remembering the days you're accountable for?

If not, great! If so, that's still great! We're going to help you with that!

Here are the next 7 people for the month! Let's cheer them on to get those words!!

MO 15 – weakmoments
TU 16 – katleept
WE 17 – bizarra
TH 18 – Dreamy
FR 19 – simplyn2deep
SA 20 – sharpiesgal

SU 21 – candream

Happy continued writing!

Guess What Today Is?

Happy Monday!  I know you were expecting Kaige, but she’s recuperating from her vacation.  Which means you’re stuck with me.  Again.    It’s starting to cool off here in the desert, which is nice in the sense that it doesn’t get bitterly cold here.   I’m a wimp, however, and get cold once we dip below 70º.

Reminders:

1. Flash Challenge!  Your flash challenge prompt is: video games.  Give me 100 words or a graphic and I’ll reward you with my undying love and admiration. 

2. Last week’s challenges:

SibilateWeekend Challenge: Four SeasonsPolychromaticSay What Friday
Coupe de Foudre272PreambleDandleOPsittacine

3. Big Buddy 48%!  How are you doing?  I’m sitting at almost 2k more than I need at the moment.  SCORE!

asphaltcowgrrl –  7,200
agdhani – 14,880
simplyn2deep - 1,440
sharpiesgal –  2,880
thatwasjustadream.dreamwidth.org – 9,600
cmk418 – 1,440
katleept –  22,320
weakmoments – 24,000
candream – 240

If you still want to, you can sign up for October here!  Come join us, it’s fun!  The Daily Count challenge is here if you want to check on when you’re up next.

4. October’s challenge is looking to be interesting – Original fiction!  Come on out and give it a try, even if you don’t normally write original work.  It can be fun, trust me.  You can find all the prompts to date at the tag here.

So far, hockey season is not off to a good start.  *sigh*  But it’s all good – it’s only their second season, we cannot expect miracles (no matter how much we want them).  So, what are your plans for making this week awesome?  Chime in and let us know!

Word of the Day 10/14/18 Toyetic

Toyetic (adjective)
toyetic [taw-yet-ik]


adjective
1. (of a character or object from a movie, TV show, etc.) potentially marketable as a toy: a toyetic superhero.
2. (of movies or other forms of mass entertainment) having merchandising potential: toyetic comic books.

Origin: Unkonwn

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
Original Fic Challenge: Write A Story Around a Holiday

Original Fic Tip: Questions to help Solidify Your Character's Back Story

Today's tip is a list of great questions to help create a solid backstory for your character(s). The article has some good tips on how to share backstory as well.

Even before you start writing, you already have a vague idea of who your character is currently.

Maybe he’s a crusty, old curmudgeon. Maybe she’s a optimistic, but naive, teenager.

No matter who your character is, start with what you know already and go back from there. Ask and answer the following questions to start crafting a solid backstory:

What is this character’s biggest flaw? What’s the origin of this flaw?

Where is the character from?

Where are the character’s parents from? How did they come to have a child and under what circumstances? Was it a happy union or a chance encounter?

What is the character afraid of? Trace the answer back to the character’s childhood and explain why.

What makes the character happy? Trace the answer back to the character’s childhood and explain why.

What does your character believe about himself and how did he come to this conclusion?

What are his goals? Why does he have these goals?

Now go forth and write!

Busy Saturday

An hour this morning, then errands and putting up Halloween decorations in the yard. The only stuff left are the bits we put out on the last day cause we don't want them to get rained on ;)
Then another hour this evening.
I'll finish up this editing pass tomorrow. I could do it tonight, but I'm stiff and sore and all the dust has killed my sinuses today. Gonna call it an early night and get a fresh start in the morning.
candream Let's see what you've got!

Daily Count goes to Agdhani

Sorry I'm late passing this on. I had a rather eventual day yesterday. Only managed 22 words and that was on the round robin.
So Agdhani, take it away.

Word Wars! Better late than never...

Eee... sorry for the late start. I got run over by jet lag, and am just now fully conscious for the day. Will be starting round 1 at 11:20am - 25 minutes per round, with five minutes between each of the four rounds.

Sound good? What's everyone working on? I'm going to try to accomplish something with the Weekend Challenge prompts I drew. :)

~Update~
Success! Word totals for this morning:
Myself- 573 words
Asphalt - 780 words
cmk488 - 1,147

Woo hoo! Words. 

Word of the Day 10/13/18 Sibilate

Sibilate (verb)
sibilate [sib-uh-leyt]


verb (used without object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.
1. to hiss.

verb (used with object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.
2. to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.

Related forms
sib·i·la·tion, noun
sib·i·la·tor, noun

Related Words for sibilate
whisper, disapprove, hoot, whiz, deride, condemn, blow, decry, damn, rasp, shrill, mock, fizz, sizzle, spit, whistle, revile, wheeze, catcall, swish

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: 1650–60; < Latin sībilātus (past participle of sībilāre to hiss); see sibilant, -ate

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
Original Fic Challenge: Write a Story Where Roles Are Reversed

Original Fic Tip: Give your characters conflicting goals

Today's tip comes from this article and talks about a great way to add conflict and interest to your story.

Give Your Character Dueling Desires:

Before our characters can face difficult moral decisions, we need to give them beliefs that matter: The assassin has his own moral code not to harm women or children, the missionary would rather die than renounce his faith, the father would sacrifice everything to pay the ransom to save his daughter.

A character without an attitude, without a spine, without convictions, is one who will be hard for readers to cheer for and easy for them to forget.

So, to create an intriguing character facing meaningful and difficult choices, give her two equally strong convictions that can be placed in opposition to each other.

For example: A woman wants (1) peace in her home and (2) openness between her and her husband. So, when she begins to suspect that he’s cheating on her, she’ll struggle with trying to decide whether or not to confront him about it. If she only wanted peace she could ignore the problem; if she only wanted openness she would bring it up regardless of the results. But her dueling desires won’t allow her such a simple solution.

That creates tension.

And tension drives a story forward.

So, find two things that your character is dedicated to and then make him choose between them. Look for ways to use his two desires to force him into doing something he doesn’t want to do.

For instance, a Mennonite pastor’s daughter is killed by a drunk driver. When the man is released on a technicality, does the minister forgive him (and what would that even look like?) or does he take justice into his own hands? In this case, his (1) pacifist beliefs are in conflict with his (2) desire for justice. What does he do?

Good question.

Good tension.

Good drama.

Another example: Your protagonist believes (1) that cultures should be allowed to define their own subjective moralities, but also (2) that women should be treated with the same dignity and respect as men. She can’t stand the thought of women being oppressed by the cultures of certain countries, but she also feels it’s wrong to impose her values on someone else. When she is transplanted to one of those countries, then, what does she do?

Construct situations in which your character’s equally strong convictions are in opposition to each other, and you will create occasions for thorny moral choices.


Now go forth and write!

Weekend Challenge: Four Seasons

Welcome, writers and artists, to this Weekend Challenge. :o) I'm your host for this Challenge.

For this Challenge I collected some words/things and pictures about all 4 Seasons:

- Spring: 8 words & 6 pictures
- Summer: 9 words & 4 pictures
- Autumn: 9 words & 7 pictures
- Winter: 7 words & 7 pictures

Please comment with a Season and Number (Example: Autumn: 1st word & 3rd picture) or just say "random" (Example: Autumn: random word & random picture) and I'll give you a word and/or picture. :o)

Please create at least 250 words, 5 icons or 1 bigger graphic (lovebar, tumblr graphic, header or wallpaper) and link back to this entry until Monday.

As reward I'll add words to my Crossover Story. I may also create a banner for you if I'll find enough time.

Have fun, be creative and enjoy your weekend. <3
Well, I didn't have any luck with words yesterday after all  - was a little too tired after much flying and jet lag. I'll pass the Daily Challenge to you,  sharpiesgal - good luck to you!

Also, if anyone is up for Word Wars tomorrow - Saturday - let me know! I'm thinking 11am Eastern US time for a few rounds. If that doesn't work, I could possibly do a few rounds anytime from 7pmE to 10pmE, let me know what might work for you!

Word of the Day 10/12/18 Polychromatic

Polychromatic (adjective)
polychromatic [pol-ee-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-]


adjective
1. having or exhibiting a variety of colors.

Also pol·y·chro·mic [pol-ee-kroh-mik] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ mɪk/.

Related forms
pol·y·chro·ma·tism [pol-ee-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun

Related Words for polychromatic
checkered, dappled, kaleidoscopic, motley, mottled, multicolored, piebald, polychrome, polychromic, spotted, varicolored, variegated, versicolor, particolored, pied, prismatic

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: First recorded in 1840–50; poly- + chromatic

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Say What Friday

Hello lovlies.....

Today is Friday and we have once again survived another week. Go us!

How is everybody doing word/image wise? Good or bad? There is still plenty of month left.

Remember this month's challenge is original fiction. Don't be afraid. Go ahead and give it a try.

Now the true reason for this post....

This week's quote, which hopefully will get the creative juices flowing.

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

Robin Williams

Do with it what you will.

Happy creating.
I so have not written for a long time, though now I want to get back with my writing. I thinking to take up one of my wip stories Thousand and one night, my take of Arabians night. Also hope to work on it during next month when it Nanowrimo. So here comes what I would like to have help from you of, that you can see the weeks to 1 November (or longer) as an extra challenge for you too.

In my story I use actor/actress name like, Orlando Bloom, Christian Bale, Leonardo Dicaprio, David Caruso and so on (of couse women also), so you can take the one you like ... Actually I made a post in my journal about it HERE so go there and read about it.
When I started the story, which now a few years ago (around 6-8 years) I wasn't into many of the new tv-series, films so there are a lot people I could think about then there is welcome. (As series such Hawaii 5 0, Fantastic Beast, Swat, Librarians(?) or what are popular now).

If your favourite, favourite is taken of someone else... I'm sure you would have someone else to chose, as there are so many to chose from, and I would not want two of the same.
If you want to count the words and get really into the challenge is to make up/write the story they are telling. Do you see it as complete I will put you up as a co write for that one and not change it. That is atleast what I can do.

Preferable is that you leave the comment at my entry, though here is good too. Now in the beginning I can be late to reply/comment, but I will come. And if you missed it... the reward from me will be the chapters your chose has come to. I have a few planed and will start working on. Hopefully I will get into writing again and also help to reach the groups goal for the year.
Original Fic Challenge: Write a Story With a Made Up Language

Original Fic Tip: How to Show Character In Fight Scenes

Today's tip comes from Barnes and Noble's excellent blog about Sci and Fantasy. This is just an excerpt from this excellent article on how to use fight scenes to show facets of your characters:

On a fundamental level, every kind of fight scene uses the same tools and presents similar storytelling opportunities. You write the personality of characters through the weapons they use, when and how they talk while they fight (or never speak), what style they use, how they do or don’t use their environment, and so on.

Probably, the most narratively important aspect of a fight is the conflicting agendas and approaches of the different parties. You convey these priorities through the action, show the characters struggling to keep to their agenda/approach when faced with overwhelming force or when the opponent can claim the advantage because of what they’re willing to do that others are not.

...When Ojo (one of the main characters) fights his rival Lavinia in the first episode, we saw that we could showcase them as well as their heated relationship through how they fight. Ojo’s command of a two-weapon style shows his versatility and focus, Lavinia’s aggressive style shows her arrogance and terrifying level of skill. We also wanted to show that these characters had fought one another several times, with Ojo losing most of their duels over the past few years. Because of this, he tries to change the fight by trying to use different sigils and applying his skills in grappling.

In the fourth episode, Kris (another main character) is challenging for their nation to have a seat on the Warder’s Circle, which requires getting the approval by diplomacy or duel. In practice, this means they need to beat a warder from each of four or more of the six nations. Each of these nation’s representative has a different attitude on the prospect of Kris’s bid that would color how they approached the fight as well as their own fighting style (both sword & sigil style).

Ojo supports Kris’s bid, but refuses to throw their fight – he must keep up his reputation with the other warders and doesn’t want to appear desperate – so he doesn’t push himself against Kris in the way he does fighting Lavinia. When Kris faces Warder Penelope of Vania (legendary for her two-handed longsword style) Kris displays strategic thinking and bladecrafting skill with a complicated sigil to create a second blade. This gives Kris versatility and allows Kris to change the shape of the duel as they try to use one blade to trap/bind Penelope’s while the other goes for the winning blow.

Now go forth and write!

Word of the Day 10/11/18 Coup de Foudre

Coup de Foudre (noun)
coup de foudre [kooduh foo-druh]


noun, plural coups de fou·dre [kooduh foo-druh] /kudə ˈfu drə/. French.
1. a thunderbolt.
2. love at first sight.



Origin: n. 1779, from French coup de foudre, literally "stroke of lightning," also "love at first sight" (see coup). literally: lightning flash

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Numbers Challenge

The rules are:


1. Each post is either a hundred words or more/ or you can make a graphic/art

2. However the number influences you, go with the flow! I don’t care how you use or abuse the number! (I’ll give some suggestions/ideas/other languages to help you along if you get stuck!)

3. Post anywhere – tumblr, amazon.com, your journal, AO3, the dreaded ff.net, your bedroom wall, etc.

4. There is NO time limit.





And the number shall be ...272!

Go forth and create!

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