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  1. 2 points
    I think I fixed the permissions thing, so you should be able to see everything that you're supposed to now. And yeah, the only thing in the library right now is that short story ('cause I haven't posted anything into it yet other than for screenshot purposes), so that's fine. I just don't know how to fix the code thing 'cause I had the same issue.
  2. 2 points
    This is one reason that it's good to have reaction emoji things. People can see that their posts are read and appreciated by others, even those who are shy or feel that everything has been said. 🙂 Online I'm not really shy at all, but I can be easily intimidated in person. I just hope that you'll feel comfortable enough to post when you really want to. And if it's a short post, I don't think anyone here will be upset.
  3. 1 point
    "She's seafaring," the captain promised before he brought the siblings on board. This in response to the skeptical expression Samael wore as his stare swept the ship from bow to stern. But beggars couldn't be choosers, and they could afford none of the other ships at anchor. Samael's uncertainty was soft and tremulous, but his fear for Tabitha was bright and sharp and his determination was as unyielding as granite. Now she feels his frustration and terror, amplified through the squeeze of his hand around hers, and nausea as the ship swells and rolls beneath them. But Samael's presence is swallowed by the feel of the ship buckling in the grip of the storm that rages. She is the ship, every straining board, the rigging whipping against the deck and the mast, even the crew — most of them hunkered down against the wind, but a few still fighting for control against the indifferent destructive force of the storm. Trying to hold it all together is a hundred times harder than trying to remain curled tightly around herself against the prying, pulling hands of the wardens who strapped her down for her treatments before Samael freed her. She could never do it. They were too strong. And the storm is beyond the strength of mere men. But she must, she must — alone, the ship would have been torn apart already, all thirty-three souls on board lost to the sea. Together they are stronger. Maybe they can accomplish together what Tabitha was too weak to do alone. She holds on. The wind howls and the water chops and crashes, stealing away the voices of the crew — drowning out Samael's broken murmuring of "Bitty, Bitty… Tabitha… It's okay" as his fingers tense in her hair — but Tabitha hears it all as if it is spoken in her own voice. Eventually the storm eases, and Tabitha leaks back into her body to find herself diminished. She fights for breath against a chest that is suddenly heavy. Her muscles are liquid, her skin at once cold and hot, and chills set her to shaking that aches in her bones. She slits her eyes toward Samael and tries his name, but her throat squeezes it into a moan. "Bitty," Samael murmurs, his dark eyes flicking over her face. "Where did you go?" She doesn't need to answer. She senses his understanding — a soft feeling under the pang of despair. I was the ship, she wants to say. We were strong. But that strength has gone. His fingers thread through her hair. "I wanted to keep you safe. I thought I could — I thought this was the way." Her eyes slip closed, but she fights for a smile. She manages a bare whisper. "S'okay." She may yet survive this; she's not sure. But if not, better to die free, having felt the strength to withstand a storm, than in captivity.
  4. 1 point
    I like the first two options (December writing challenge and advent calendar).
  5. 1 point
    To submit to the Library, follow these steps: Go to the +Create drop down menu on the right hand side of the forum and select story in library. Alternatively, you may go to the Library itself or the category in the library you want to submit to, and near the top you should find a link that allows you to add a story. A pop up will appear telling you to choose a category. Choose from one of the following: Public (This is the only category guests can read. You may post any sort of fantasy you're comfortable sharing with the public, regardless of length.) Flash Plus (A home for flash fiction and other short bits of fantasy writing; anything up to 3,000 words. Often a good place for challenge entries. The difference between this and short stories? If it feels more like a glimpse of something bigger than a complete story, it probably belongs here.) Short Stories (This category houses short fantasy stories that stand alone, usually between 1,000 and 10,000 words. The difference between this and longer flash fiction? If it feels like a complete, stand-alone story, it goes here.) Chaptered Work (Whether it's a novella or novel, complete or incomplete, excerpt, etc, if it's part of a longer fantasy work, you can share it here. Note that you can post excerpts in short stories or flash fiction, but if it's meant to be more a hook to interest someone in your longer work, it probably belongs here.) Click continue. It will bring you to the form where you can fill in the information about your story as well as copy and paste a chapter (for example). If you paste from Word, the editor should keep your formatting. You may need to select all and choose the paint brush icon (font color) and then hit Automatic to make sure the text will be visible. Sometimes formatting is maintained pasting from Google Docs, and sometimes it isn't. Sorry! Selecting a genre or genres is required; you may select multiple by pressing Control as you click. Please contact us if you think a genre should be added to the list. Most of the fields are optional (Author's Note, Feedback Request, Content Warnings) and can be left blank if you don't need them. Please make sure to use the tags when you submit your story(ies)/chapter(s)! When you scroll down to the bottom of the form, you will see the text area for copying and pasting and formatting your submission. You will also see that you can choose to be notified of replies (i.e. reviews), and you can upload a cover photo to use for your submission. A cover photo is highly recommended. Please try to use a free stock photo or another photo you have permission from the artist to use. If you want to divide your work into pages (useful for division into chapters or parts), go to the part of the text where you would like to insert the first division and click the page icon on the right side of the second row of editor icons. Be sure to insert pages in order from top to bottom or you could confuse the editor. Alternatively, if you would like your own dedicated category to post a work chapter by chapter, please request it from the staff. (This is useful for getting individual reviews by chapter.) Click save when you are done.
  6. 1 point
    This. And definitely not- we don't mind if you have to give short responses! This isn't like a lot of role playing sites where (and I'm totally guilty of this, as a (former) role player) a lot of people want long posts and such and there's a word count minimum and all that. We definitely don't mind if you can only give a few sentences in response to a post. 🙂
  7. 1 point
    I know one of my hang-ups about posting is being... kind of shy? Especially on big, everyone can interact places. It's something I'm trying to work on myself, but that is one reason I don't post much, if at all! The second is time/fatigue. I get tired very easily lately, and don't have a lot of energy to do things, to the point that even typing a quick response is difficult, lol. Or I get busy/distracted and leave the response half drafted, and when I return, I'm too tired to finish or no longer sure of what exactly I was trying to communicate. Long posts are also a factor, though I adore seeing people ramble. Sometimes I don't have the energy to give the post the attention it requires--or as mentioned, I'm on mobile! Anyway, I could keep going but a lot of what I have to say echoes the other thoughts in this thread!
  8. 1 point
    Ugh, this is so gorgeous. I adore every word of it, and I'm SO curious to learn more about this world. Your writing style is lovely, and the IMAGERY. I have SUCH a love for ships and the sea in writing, and you captured this so perfectly. Also, I adore the names, and the nicknames. "Bitty" is such a cute nickname for the name Tabitha! ❤️ My only complaint is that I wish it was longer, haha, but as it is, it's short and sweet and leaves me wanting more. Thank you so much for sharing!
  9. 1 point
    The site was founded in spring 2016, when I decided to make a forum specifically geared towards fantasy writers. I knew that keeping it restricted to the fantasy genre would make it harder to draw people in, but I was okay with that, since there aren't many forums specifically geared towards fantasy these days. I had made many forums for writers in the past, all of which never panned out for various reasons (usually due to members becoming inactive). When I decided that I wanted to make what ended up being Worldsmyths, I wanted it to be different. I wanted it to have more features, and I wanted it to really be successful and grow. I had realized that, due to being the admin of some Star Wars role plays for roughly five years, my novel writing had been suffering, and I was spending less time working on it and more time being a role play admin. I wanted to change that. I missed having a writing community I could truly call home! So I decided that I was basically done role playing, and I wanted to focus on this new site. @kherezae, a long time online friend of mine, offered to basically help co-admin it until she had to go on leave for the Air Force. It took about two months for the site to be ready, and in the meantime we gathered potential members and staff members, including @Sheepy-Pieand @Silver . We worked on buying hosting, creating and setting up the forum, and setting up our library site, which was originally hosted on a software called eFiction. The site was officially open to the public on June 1st, 2016. Unfortunately, the original library software from eFiction had not been kept up-to-date by its creator, and we had a lot of members struggling to use it. We needed to look for something better, and more stable, without breaking the bank. @Sheepy-Pie's real life partner does web design as a hobby, and offered to help us out by creating, from the ground up, a library site, which we've named the Librarium. We ended up getting rid of the library that was on eFiction, and have been using the forum for story submissions, until the Librarium is ready. In November 2018, we decided to upgrade our forum software from SMF to IPS! Worldsmyths has been open for two years, since June 1st, 2016! Despite the ups and downs in activity, we are extremely proud of how far it's come over the last two years, and hope that it continues to grow into a more established community, full of writers and friends! Written by Ally/ @Jedi Knight Muse
  10. 1 point
    When I was in high school, back before the Pirates of the Caribbean films made pirates a mainstream kind of cool, I went through a big pirate phase and wrote a novel about a female captain in a semi-futuristic setting who had a chaos-sewing crew of miscreants from every corner of the world. They liked wrecking stuff, had a connection to a sperm whale that was at least a magical guide and at most an ancient sea god, and they answered, as a dozen other ships did, to one pirate "king" who lived in the Canary Islands. I don't even think I have a copy of my original draft anymore, but I'd be really into rewriting it one day.
  11. 1 point
    I was literally just thinking about this last night with regards to Star Wars, particularly the end of Revenge of the Sith. I guess I'll put a spoiler tag...? So apparently that's how I'd rewrite Star Wars.
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