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About SecretRock

  • Birthday 09/01/2000

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    Any, really
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    As long as I can remember
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  1. SecretRock

    Daydreaming, Stories, and You

    I daydream all the time! Mine are usually about my current obsession (which right now is The Shapeshifting Detective. I suggest checking it out if you like FMV or mystery games) or whatever story I'm writing. They don't really form a cohesive story though. They're little snippets of characterisation, or little stories I know I won't tell anyone else but I really like. They always end up in a loop. I'll get to a bit where I don't quite like how it plays out so I circle back to the beginning or to a previous point and it just keeps going and going. That's fine by me, though, since the ones that do have a plot that that ends up happening with are usually ones I think about when I'm trying to sleep. I normally forget those plots by the time I wake up anyway. So to answer the first question, not really. I don't tell big stories. I can't do it without "editing" them. I guess I kind of answered the second question too. Sometimes I write down my daydreams because they make it into the larger story that inspired them. But that only really happens when I don't have a solid idea of the plot already. But yeah, like all of you, I can't imagine how people can't daydream in life. I get people having the willpower to not do it while something important is going on (which I don't have sometimes, rip me) but never? Sounds kind of boring.
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    Advent Day 11: Joy Tradition

    In Solis, the various villages around Atlia all celebrate harvest in different but equally important ways. Some of them get the entire village into the field to help with the last part, some have days where they pray to and sacrifice some crops to deities they believe in. Some of them light up Sleeping Rock with lanterns that burn for days until all the food is gone. It's not always a fun time, with the bandits and such, but most years people manage to have at least a peaceful day. In Deepmore, the 'capital' of Atlia, the celebrations are even better. Brightly coloured banners are strung up from buildings, tables are laid out in the streets, and everyone cooks something to share with everyone they can. The dinner begins when the lamps light. Some people play music as well, but everyone joins in to share with their neighbours and eat some good food. It lasts a long time, well past midnight. At the end, everyone helps to clean up and life continues as normal the next day. The time for the harvest celebrations can change. Some celebrate when the harvest is complete, but for bigger towns and cities like Deepmore with lots of farms that they work or trade with, the celebrations normally take place on the full moon of the harvest month.
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    Tarot inspiration challenges/exercises

    I'm interested in this, but can I avoid the imagery and focus on the meaning instead? The images on the typical deck are just very jarring and uncomfortable for me.
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    What words are overused?

    I know I overuse probably and maybe a lot in my writing. It gets annoying because it make my viewpoint characters sound really unsure even when they aren't.
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    Important: Forum/Discord Feedback Needed

    I think I agree with some of the points above. The forums and discord have different purposes and you use them for different things. Discord feels like it's more of a chat than a discussion to me, for quick answers to quick questions, but if you want serious feedback or a serious discussion about something, the forums are better for it since you have easier access to the answers and people can take their time replying. I know I don't actually post much on here, I'm just kind of similar to Rainaygh in that I overthink my answers and just end up not posting at all. I don't think that's something that can be fixed by changing the layout or use, though. It's just something that comes with the forum format.
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    NaNoWriMo 2018 Buddies!

    https://nanowrimo.org/participants/panio is mine
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    Writing Accents

    Accents throw me off a lot of the time, so I'd suggest just mentioning that they have accents and using dialect as a reminder instead of writing out how they talk. Using Scottish phrases might be just as effective in reminding your readers about the accents.
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    Mix n' Match Story time - Part 1

    Setting: A town on a black beach. It has a thriving community, very insular due to the lack of people moving in or tourists to the town, but it’s not outright unfriendly. It’s warm in summer, though swimming in the sea is discouraged since the beach dyes your skin and clothes, and they get a chill wind coming through the town in the winter. The town is slowly shrinking as people move away for better job opportunities. Protagonist: Manon Nahas, a French-Egyptian archaeologist. She’s in her mid twenties and on the short side with golden brown skin. She usually keeps her coiled, blonde hair in a bun or ponytail, especially while doing field work. Passionate is the main word used to describe her. She’s got opinions on everything and isn’t afraid to share them. She's also impatient, at least when it comes to planning. Thinking things through is not her strong suit. Her goal is to make some important discovery, not necessarily one that would make her famous, but one that would be of some significance to history. Antagonist: Brigitte Poincare is a con-artist. She’s gone by a number of aliases over the years, each of them leading back to a dozen confusing dead ends that leave police unsure of who she really is. The name Brigitte Poincare may actually be just another alias. She changes her appearance a lot, but the staples include her undercut hairstyle, pale skin tone and golden jewellery. Her natural eye colour is green. Obviously, one of her goals is to get rich through her robberies and schemes, but the other is to prove herself by tricking and by-passing all the best security systems. Conflict: A mysterious broadcast has been received. It cut off just after your characters learn it's a call for help and the vague location of the broadcaster. Wildcard: The protagonist or antagonist needs to kill a family member to achieve their goals. Can they do it?
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    Fun writing mix n' match game/challenge Sign ups!

    Sounds fun! I'll join.
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    Can diversity be "forced" in fantasy literature?

    People complain about non-white characters in supposedly white-majority settings as if travelling wasn't the very first things humans did. I mean, boats as a concept are old as anything, having to justify an Asian character being in a Scandinavian setting or a Black person in ancient Greece (despite the fact that Greek countries were known to trade with African ones) barely even needs justifying. It also seems that the people who complain about things like this are always the first people to defend a white person being cast as a samurai or as a main character in a Chinese story. They'd probably also be the type of people to complain if a show about Alexander the Great made him bisexual because "history wasn't gay". Diversity can't be forced because history is diverse.
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    Fridging vs Plot Point

    Is that necessarily a problem though? Plenty of men and women would crave comeuppance if someone murdered their loved ones. Seeking revenge for a loved one's death may be Older than Dirt as far as motivational tropes go, but that's because it's such a primal emotion that most readers would fine understandable. As mathgnome said, revenge as a motivation is understandable. I think one of the problems with fridging is when the female character exists only in relation to a male character and is killed only for his motivation. For example, in this show, the character had her own arc over the last season, her own goals and motivations and contributed to the plot in meaningful ways, so while her death did provide motivation for all the characters (male and female) and further some other character arcs, it wasn't solely for the benefit of a male character, so it wasn't fridging. On the other hand, take American Assassin. The main character's motivation is to avenge his fianceé's death. All we ever know about her is that she was engaged to him and was probably kind. She's killed in the first ten minutes. Both of these use a death of a female character to motivate other characters to action, but one allows the woman to be a character in her own right while the other describes her only in terms of what she is to a male character.
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    Fridging vs Plot Point

    I watched a show with a friend recently, and one of the female characters was killed off. My friend accused the show of fridging her. For those who don't know, fridging is when a female character is killed off with minimal effect tot eh plot of characters except to give a male character some angst for a little while (named after when Hal Jordan came back from an offworld mission to find his girlfriend's body stuffed in the fridge). I however, think the character's death was justified. It was a satisfying end to her character arc, had a multi-episode impact, and moved the plot forward. To me, this raised the question: what's the difference between fridging and a female character's death? Is it always fridging if it effects a male character? I personally think you can and, if it's the right type of story, should kill female characters along with male ones, but I want to hear your opinions.
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    Summarize Your July Camp 2018 Project

    Mine is practising a script, since I found some dope podcast competitions I want to enter. The scripts will be based off the idea of that Silver Creek story i submitted a while back, now nicknamed Paranormal P.I. since that's what Rosette became. For now, it's gonna be a kind of murder mystery show.
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    Mythology in Writing

    Must be a very low bar, considering what he did to Persephone. A low bar indeed. Most other gods killed mortals over petty things (example: Apollo skinning a satyr alive because he was good at the flute, Athena humiliating Arachne) or were serial sexual assaulters/adulterers despite being married to an arguably loving spouse (example: Poseidon, Aphrodite, Zeus (who actually assaulted Hera to get her to marry him)). Compare this to Hades, who was a fair judge in the underworld and a nice enough guy to give Orpheus a chance to save his dead wife. He cheated on Persephone like twice, one was only him saying the nymph was pretty and taking her above ground. Not to mention, in some versions of the story, he didn't even kidnap Persephone. Either Zeus did or she just wandered into the underworld and ate some pomegranate seeds. White washing and straight washing. Modern people ignore that there was a lot of immigration between Greece and other ancient ancient kingdoms, or just medieval civilisations in general. They act as if it's ridiculous to have an Asian character in viking Scandinavia. They also ignore that being bisexual was the norm in ancient Greece. Both Alexander the Great and Achilles had boyfriends, Hephaestion and Patroclus respectively, and that the gods had affairs with people of both genders. I might give Ilium and Half a King a read when I have time. I like the story of the Illiad, if not the actual thing because of how long it drags on. I don't mind too much about actually accuracy, I just mentioned it because I was mad at how often Hades is the villain (probably because of his association with death) when Apollo literally skinned someone alive for daring to be a popular flute player. Or tricked his sister into killing her best friend for daring to be her best friend. Or when Zeus ate his first wife when she was pregnant.
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    Mythology in Writing

    I was just looking for a new book and I found one about Greek mythology, It seemed cool until they mentioned that Hades was the villain. That kind of annoys me when that happens, since Hades is actually one of the most decent gods in the Greek pantheon. But that got me onto the thought train on just mythology in stories in general, so I wanna know: what books based around different mythologies do you guys know of? Do you know if they're good interpretations of the mythology? Is it so good you don't care?