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  2. Manu

    Advent Day 3: Love Character

    “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard Dark secrets and unconditional love... I'm putting my associations of dark secrets under a spoiler tag - don't read on if you're not prepared for stuff that could be unsettling. I do plan to use these for stories some time in the future, but I don't know yet in which way. The quote has given me an idea in which direction I could go, so thanks a lot for posting it!
  3. Manu

    Advent Day 7: Joy (Writer's Choice)

    The Joseph Campbell quote immediately made me think of the hero's journey, since he is the one who discovered it and the author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces. How about this: a story that follows the classic hero's journey structure, but it's not a physical journey, but a journey inside the protagonist's own mind/subconscious. Pain seems to be the antagonist here, and joy could be the hero's mentor, teaching them how to be happy despite their pain over past losses.
  4. Tyrannohotep

    King's stairway [image prompt]

    This is a short I scribbled out in response to this prompt:
  5. Xanxa

    Story Titles

    Chimera Obscura is one of my favourites too. Like the Window Man, it's a code-name for a spy and assassin. The Virian Fellowship is the one where the family secrets are discovered. The Sunshine Acolyte follows on from VF, with a new generation of characters who are the children of the MC from both the previous novels. Carrying a Torch is the prequel to Neurotic Mothers' Battleship, VF and SA. It's what I call my anti-romance.
  6. Xanxa

    Reputation

    Thanks again for the suggestion, JKM. I'll raise the matter with my fellow admins and see what they think. One of them has far more knowledge than me about running forums so I'll let her check it out and see what she thinks.
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  8. Mynoris

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    You're very wise then.
  9. Tyrannohotep

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    It's a common stereotype that goes hand in hand with Eurocentric beauty standards. I've heard it endorsed by racist assholes way too many times in my life. But that may be a discussion for another thread.
  10. Mynoris

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    I must be out of touch. I didn't realize African women were often depicted as romantically/sexually unattractive.
  11. kherezae

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    I've noticed that in your writing! I like the way your male and female characters are multi-faceted and the women are often very strong, but not in that went-too-far sort of way that has become common where you're trying so hard to make a Strong Female Character (tm) that she's not allowed to be feminine, or alternatively she's still hyper-sexualized and her strength is surface level only.
  12. Tyrannohotep

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    One trope I've subvert many times in the past is the damsel-in-distress one. Or rather, I invert it by having the girl rescue the guy rather than the other way around. My female characters are commonly warriors, and it seems pointless to have a warrior heroine if she doesn't get to save the day. Other than that, my favorite tropes to subvert are the ones I see as problematic to begin with, such as offensive stereotypes. For example, I'm really not a fan of the big hyper-masculine African stud, the wimpy little Asian nerd, or any portrayal of African women as romantically or sexually unattractive.
  13. Mynoris

    Overused tropes that you're totally using anyway

    @Jedi Knight MuseOooo, thanks for bringing up the Princess being forced into an arranged marriage; I know for sure I've done that one! 🙂 I don't have a royal ball, or a masquerade, but there is a dance that is semi-pivotal in my Winter Lord story.
  14. Mynoris

    Story Titles

    A Time Before is my 2018 NaNo, and it's not a prequel, but it is a frame story about a universe that's already dead and gone. Winter Lord is about a vampiric 'tyrant', and he gets his power from the land, and Winter is when he has to perform a ritual to make sure his land stays safe. Secrets in Ashes is actually a really old ghost story of mine, about this girl who finds this old, burnt out farm house, and the two farm hands who died in the fire are still haunting it as ghosts.
  15. Mynoris

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    Well, the one that springs immediately to mind is the subversion of the Death God/Goddess trope of being a dark, pale, spooky, grim/glum person. Instead she's a brash, emotional person with red hair, green eyes, and a full figure. I didn't do this because I thought the trope was bad. I liked the dark/grim/mysterious deities of Death. But I just wanted to see what a world would be like without one.
  16. Jedi Knight Muse

    Reputation

    JCink isn't paid. There's only one thing you'd have to potentially pay for, which is basically being able to make it so that a certain section of your forum is restricted to those 18+ (if I remember right, it gives a TOS for people to agree to saying they're 18+), but that's only if you would need such a thing. I can't remember offhand if Jcink offers password protected forums but I THINK they do, so you could always just do that instead. I'd say definitely give them a poke after Christmas and see what they say. It'll be a pain in the butt to have to deal with, but like I said, with Tapatalk taking things over you're probably better off getting away from Zetaboards. And like I said, Jcink is super accommodating, more so than any other forum host provider I know of. There was a point where JCink was having some kind of issue with downtime, and I was running a Star Wars RP and got a bit hasty and decided to move us over onto Icyboards, but Icyboards was a pain in the ass (like, you had to really dig into the coding to make changes to the skin, for example). I ended up not liking Icyboards any more, so I decided to move us back onto Jcink, which I was able to do by getting the database from Icyboards and also by talking to JCink about it. Once we got back onto the old forum, JCink actually came into the forum's chat box to check on things and make sure...something I can't quite remember was all set, which I was really impressed with. I would say maybe, before you go through the massive effort of having to copy and paste things, go to the Jcink support forum and see if there's some easier way to get your database or get your posts or something so that you don't have to manually copy and paste things, and then at least you would know if Jcink is a viable option for you guys. But, I wouldn't do that until you 1. make a test forum (and set it up the same way as your current forum 2. let your staff members play around on Jcink and see what they say. If they all like it, your next step would be to go to the support forum and ask if there's an easier way to deal with getting the posts onto the new forum. He might have like...some kind of a site crawler or something that allows him to copy posts and the like, but I don't really know if that's a thing.
  17. Jedi Knight Muse

    Battlefield crown [image [prompt]

    I read it and loved it!
  18. Jedi Knight Muse

    Word Prompts (1 -5)

    I'm super late replying to this and Kher already basically answered but nope, you don't have to use them exactly. You can interpret them however you want, and include as many or as little as you want of them, though combining them into one story could potentially be fun, too. These prompts are meant to be pretty loose and just spark ideas.
  19. Jedi Knight Muse

    Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    Someone brought up the fact that discussing the subversion of fantasy tropes would be a good question of the day, but I think I'm making it a non-question of the day. 😛 So, let's talk about the subversion of fantasy tropes. Do you specifically try to make an effort to do this on a conscious level, or do you do it more on a sub-conscious level? Or do you just not really give a crap because you believe that it doesn't matter if it's a trope as long as you give it your own twist that makes it unique to you? What are some examples of tropes that you've subverted or are currently trying to subvert? I am...totally guilty of not even trying to subvert tropes. 😛 I mean, at least not really on a conscious level. I'm drawn to the things that are trope-y/cliche in my writing and in what I love to read, and even if they've been used 1,000 times in probably close to the same way I try to use them in, I enjoy writing them so I go with it. I suppose I could make more of an effort to try and subvert certain ones, though. What about you guys?
  20. Jedi Knight Muse

    Overused tropes that you're totally using anyway

    The enemies-to-lovers trope is one I don't think I've really tried doing before, so honestly I think it's something I'd like to pursue in a future project. I finished going through the responses in the NaNo forum version of this post and writing the ones that stuck out to me down, and...well, there's definitely some specific things that I'm mostly drawn to. I love the idea of writing about a mismatched/ragtag group of heroes who have to journey together and become family. I think I kind of tried to do that with my trio of characters in my NaNo, but I don't think I fully pulled it off (largely because I feel like there's a severe lack of relationship development i it. Like...Alana and Derric are supposed to basically start having romantic feelings for each other, and Alana is supposed to question where Derric (Ivar) runs off to each night and then she confronts him and that scene was...not a very good one. Then later on, the romantic feelings are kind of starting to emerge a little bit more and Derric asks her to dance, but I feel like right now it's kind of out of the blue. It's a sweet moment, but it definitely needs more work) that well. That's mostly due to it being for NaNo and really just wanting to get the bare bones written, though. It's been a loooong time where I've tried to write a story where the central character is a princess being forced into an arranged marriage (other than in Storms of Magic, but technically that character isn't a point of view/central character at the moment), so I'm kind of tempted to try and do that again at some point, just for the fun of it. I also love stories with animal familiars. I have an ooold, terribly written story where the main character has a talking tiger that's her familiar, and it basically turns out that he's her older brother (and a prince) under a spell. That was fun to write, even if it was terribly written and the MC was probably a Mary-Sue. I'm a sucker for royal ball scenes, especially when the dark, mysterious, masked stranger approaches the (princess) and silently offers his hand to dance. There's an old RP I did where that happened, only in that case the mysterious stranger was her older cousin who was supposed to be off doing war-type-things but had come home to surprise her due to her engagement announcement. (Actually, that would be another fun thing to write again, too. Hmmm.) ...and these are only a few examples of what I ended up writing down, haha.
  21. Jedi Knight Muse

    Story Titles

    The ones that stand out to me are: A Time Before Winter Lord Secrets in Ashes A Time Before makes it sound kind of like a prequel or something to a novel about previous heroes that did -insert thing here about saving the world- or something. Like a journal that was written by one of them, maybe. Winter Lord just makes me think of a fairy or mage lord or something with lots of wintry magic. Secrets in Ashes makes me think of a long lost kingdom or magic that was lost to fire or...something like that. (I dunno, my Mageborn story was basically like that-a long lost magic kingdom was attacked and burnt down, and only a few survived the attack so they have to work to bring it back, so that's basically what it reminds me of.)
  22. Mynoris

    Story Titles

    Both 'Tears and Roses' and 'Monster Redefined' are vampire stories. 'Tears and Roses' (which I'm not sure would be the final title) is about a girl who goes to the grave of her friend regularly. She's attacked by a vampire there, and rescued by a 'mysterious' stranger, who ends up being her friend, risen as a vampire. 'Monster Redefined' is about a slave owning vampire who ends up with two female slaves that know what he is, and it's about how he deals with them. The title stems from the fact that he, as the vampire, is not the most 'monstrous' character in the story, even though he's the only one openly called a monster.
  23. Mynoris

    Story Titles

    @Xanxa Oooooo, I really like Chimera Obscura. The Veirian Followship and The Sunshine Acolyte both sound very intriguing, and there's something about Carrying a Torch that really caught my attention as well. Thank you for sharing which of my titles you liked. 🙂
  24. Penguinball

    Story Titles

    I like titles, titles are my least favourite part of the naming process. Tears and Roses jumps out at me. Thinking some kind of tragic Sleeping Beauty or Snow White retelling (jf someone wants to try that as a prompt, go for it!) Monster Redefined could be a YA novel about a girl learning to be a monster of some kind while dealing with a typical teenage life, and finding her own true self.
  25. Xanxa

    Story Titles

    Cool titles! And plenty of them! You've been a very busy butterfly indeed! Out of that list, those that spring off the page at me are: Beyond the Window Darkness of Light Monster Redefined Raised by Death Secrets in Ashes By way of exchange, these are mine: Already published: The Maker Mind Games Neurotic Mothers' Battleship The Virian Fellowship The Sunshine Acolyte Malachi's Law The Crystal and the Nethiyaan Carrying A Torch Still in progress are: The Window Man The Halloriyaan The Unborn Child Probyt's Progress Chimera Obscura And finally, those in the planning stages, not yet written: The Donovan Destiny The Forbidden Sorceress
  26. Mynoris

    Story Titles

    Oh, these are all story titles, not chapter titles. 🙂 Unless I misunderstood what you meant.
  27. bdcharles

    Story Titles

    They sound pretty good. I like the succinctness of them. "Darkness of Light" I might think was tipping the balance to a little too much, but by and large there's an evocativeness there. Maybe try and make the chapters suggest the changing of the tone in the story, particularly towards the end. Think drama, think buildup.
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