October 2nd, 2018


RPF question

So this was a discussion question I saw at an AO3 fic writers group on Facebook, and thought it might be an interesting question to put to you guys as well.

I won't rehash the old debate about whether or not RPF is crossing any lines/disrespectful to the people it's about etc. But someone raised a question: Does it make a difference whether you're talking about, say, the One Direction guys/Supernatural cast/anyone alive today, who could potentially find out about it, or if it's about someone like Richard III who's long since died, will never know about it and can't be hurt by it?

From what I remember of the group the comments were a bit mixed and I now can't find the original discussion so I'm even wondering now if it escalated to the point of being pulled. But it had me wondering whether I should ditch a Legends of Tomorrow plot bunny involving a genuine disappearance in England (it basically involved putting the Legends in a situation where they had an aberration they couldn't resolve when the missing Princes in the Tower turn up in modern day, because returning them to London 1483 would screw up the timeline as we know it since they were never seen again after 1483 in the existing timeline, so they're damned if they do and damned if they don't). Would such a story be crossing any lines? What are people's views on whether RPF is a bad thing if about anyone who's long since died?

Word of the Day 10/02/18 Reticulation

Reticulation (noun)
reticulation [ri-tik-yuh-ley-shuh n]

1. a reticulated formation, arrangement, or appearance; network.

Related forms
in·ter·re·tic·u·la·tion, noun

Related Words for reticulation
filigree, web, chain, system, grid, organization, net, structure, screen, network, grill, frame, grating, latticework, fretwork, reticulation, openwork, tracery, skein, labyrinth

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: First recorded in 1665–75; reticulate + -ion

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


The count for September goes like this:

Image word: 2,111 x 1,000. This is up by a sizzling 72!!!

Written word: 1,889,184. This is up from the last count by a terrific 210,132!!

1_million_words Total words to date 2018: 4,000,184!!!


I know October maybe a bit of a challenge for some, with Original Fic being our monthly challenge, but why not give it a go, even if it's not your usual? Use it as time to attempt a short story, or try poetry - there are so many kinds, including short forms like Haiku and limericks! Or just carry on as per normal; just so long as you make words! Have fun creating, whatever you do!

Original Fic Challenge & Tip: Story based on A Song Lyric

Original Fic Challenge: Story based on A Song Lyric

Original Fic Tip: Steal, but don't plagiarize

Today my MP3 player reminded me of one of my favorite ways to kick-start an original fic - do a remix! The song I was listening to was "Cumberland Gap", a nineteenth century dance tune. Cumberland Gap was a big hit - but it wasn't actually a new tune. Some enterprising musician had taken the old "Bonny George Campbell" ballad, and played it in a higher key, with a much faster tempo.

Now, you may not have heard of "Cumberland Gap" (unless you are a traditional music nerd, like me) but you've probably heard of other remixes. Two popular ones that come immediately to mind are "On Top of Old Smokey" and "House of the Rising Sun", both based on older, very different songs.

Of course, the remixing doesn't stop with songs. The musical West Side Story takes its conflict straight from Romeo and Juliet. Disney's Lion King was spun from the plot of Hamlet. Pullman's Dark Materials is a retelling of Paradise Lost. Even characters aren't safe from being borrowed. Wicked borrows characters from The Wizard of Oz, while Stephanie Barron's mysteries borrow the author herself, Jane Austen!

Here's five ways to remix a story, taken from this article.

1. Ask yourself, “what if?”

This is one of the easiest ways to twist a well-known tale. What if Cinderella didn’t have her fairy godmother? What if Romeo and Juliet had gotten a happily ever after? One little kink in the original plot and you have yourself a whole new story to explore.

2. Set it in a different time and/or place.

Taking a classic story and setting it in modern times is a common trope, as seen in many versions of Shakespeare’s works. You can also put a modern tale in the past, or in space, or under the sea. Mess around with different ideas until something sparks your interest.

3. Change the genders of the characters.

One of my NaNoWriMo projects was a Sherlock Holmes retelling, except Sherlock and Watson were young women. That, along with various other twists on the characters, was enough to make familiar people fresh and intriguing.

You could do this with every character in the story, or just a few, or maybe only one person. See how the dynamics change.

4. Change the ages.

What happens if the adults in a particular situation were teenagers instead? How about the opposite? What if the teenagers became elderly people? It’s another deceptively simple tactic that can put a whole new spin on things.

5. Borrow from song lyrics.

Often times a three or four-minute song tells an incredibly complex story. If you dissect the lyrics and expand on the plot, add more characters, and bring out the heart of the song, you could have an entire short story or novel waiting to be written.

Go forth and create!