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  1. I just came across this post on Tumblr and it felt like a firecracker going off in my brain, so I wanted to share: Even though I'm writing a child character I somehow never stopped to think about this aspect of world building in any depth, so I'm going to go play with some ideas and come back later. But I would love to know what sorts of toys kids in your world play with. Also, what kinds of games do they make up, what songs or rhymes do they sing?
  2. This happens to me a lot! I also second guess myself if I get into a scene and I'm unsure about how or if I can pull it off effectively. That's why I tend to stay away from things like heist scenes or plots. I love watching and reading them, but I'm not confident in my ability to plan and write them. I tend to brainstorm by myself. I listen to music or go search if I need a new sound to work off of. I'm also really enjoying doing flash fiction bits to work out a problem or explore something outside the main narrative. It's almost like tricking my brain into playing with my project without setting anything in stone. So far doing that has helped me figure out quite a few of the problems I've had with my current project. It's also easier to flash frame an emotion or an emotional encounter in its best essence and return to basically relive it when I need to remember a character's cornerstone. If I absolutely cannot figure something out I cram my worries and snippets into an email and send it to my mom. She doesn't write fiction at all, so she can usually point out where I'm going wrong, if something feels off, or whatever kind of problem she picks up on is happening. Best of all, she can tell me if it looks like I'm avoiding something my own brain isn't even letting me realize and I can chew over that and then solve it.
  3. I'm kind of a mixture between pantser and plotter. I've run the gamut of outlining techniques, but I'm still trying to find one that works best. Once my day job is done and I'm off for the summer I'm going to work on a physical story binder to get down all my notes and world building in an organized place, and use it to tinker with the current project's outline. I had to scrap everything on it I wrote during NaNo through December or January because I wrote it all in the wrong POV. So I pretty much had to start fresh and then change a lot of things that didn't work anymore, so it's basically all brand new again. One of the major things I wanna work on is a timeline. But in short story form. The flash fiction prompts have been awesome for getting me to write when I was stuck on the main story, so I think I'm going to dedicate time to writing snippets about events and people to serve at the timeline instead of note-form notes. I think they might stick in my head better that way and I'll be able to spread them out on the table when I need to get a good look at them all. I pretty much have the beginning and the ending solidified, but the middle is a bag of angry, wet cats.
  4. I'm waffling on keeping this as the first few lines. I've got plans to expand it a bit, but I haven't had the time or energy to think my way around it. I wanted to evoke a sense of trepidation, mostly, and some juxtaposition. This middle book has more of a slower pace than book one and touches on some horror themes, but it also takes the theme of blood and turns it on its head for the reader. The story is built on the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth. So blood itself isn't a bad connotation, its message whose meaning depends upon what part of the cycle it happens in. And I wanted the lines to present a full circle the reader can look back on when they've finished and realize what the clues meant. Or something. I've raked over this stuff so much I think I get what I mean but I'm not always sure it comes out coherent or right.
  5. Project: Heart of the Darkness (Witches of Texas #2) Goal: Finish the stupid thing by the end of July. Summary: The wagon train has reached the abandoned settlement of Sparrow Down and must hurry to not only make it livable but to plant, grow, and harvest a crop to help them survive their first winter. Taz and her sister are pulled in different directions: their witching services are required all over for healings, animal tending, charm settings and mendings, and there's no time to think much less explore the new connection and power they obtained from the lightning storm. As the season grows cold strangers become neighbors and Samhain, the last harvest, looms. But there is something else lurking in Sparrow Down. A presence, a secret, and it has found a powerful ally in Eckbert Hummel, a boy with no empathy, conscience, or hesitation about unraveling a life to see what lies under the skin.
  6. For Taz it's a tie. The first would be the chupacabra attack on the wagon train as they were en route to their destination. The chupacabra were able to get through the barrier spell without tripping the alarms, and had Taz's intuition not woken her up with anxiety she would not have been able to warn the blacksmith on watch duty that something was wrong. Even still they lost a good 11-12 people. The second would have to be when she walked in on Eckbert, the boy steadily working his way up to being a serial killer, trying to hide his "trophy" collection of animal parts. He terrorized her into silence and could have killed her because she was alone.
  7. Thank you! 😊 Taz certainly likes to think sideways and in roundabouts so she tests out the whole picture. I probably should have submitted this piece for the challenge, but I had 'Hold the Rope' done first so I put that one in. The conversation was really good, and even without the characters having names they were distinctive and easy to follow. I love how you were able to convey so much about your characters in just that snippet. This made me laugh out loud, especially the last paragraph! I love the wry humor and the description.
  8. Music is definitely one of my biggest go-to media's to get my head in the right place. I create playlists for all of my projects to listen to while I'm writing or planning. I latch on to lyrical phrases and certain melodies so I tend to have those pieces on repeat to reach whatever the piece is inspiring. Epic music without lyrics are also awesome because I can see scenes set to them and get a clearer sense of the emotional foundations for different characters or situations. I like to take a drive out to a nearby park with a lake and just sit while the music plays and watch nature, too. Nature always has a grounding effect on me, and pairing it with the music sets my mind to puzzling out what it needs to and getting to the heart of whatever I need to find. I also tend to watch movies or TV shows that fall with the tone I want to achieve for my project. Even though my characters aren't pirates I've been watching and rewatching the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They have a great mix of character development, storytelling, and mythology. Plus, they've inspired this image in my head of wild witches in the western wilderness decked out like a cross between pirates, fur trappers, and tattooed Celtic warriors who rove around in their own little outlaw gangs or tribes. The whole POTC story is about living on the edge of a shrinking wilderness and way of life, which speaks to me and my story on a lot of levels. I don't usually pursue text to set a tone the way I do music. I use it more to unwind, to study, or for research. At the moment, though, I am searching out Supernatural fan fiction as a tone setter. The canon relationship between the Winchesters was what inspired Fred and Taz in the beginning, so going back to my roots, so to speak, has helped me with perspective and realignment with the heart of my story.
  9. Yeah, I definitely have to disagree, too. I work within a school system with teenagers, so I can vouch that, as a whole in the society these kids currently live in, they are not equipped to be considered adults, making adult decisions, or dealing with many adult situations. Granted, life is often contrary and there are students who are forced by circumstance to become more adult than the majority of their peers, but on average that's just not the case. One of the biggest problems I see with your scenario is that the public schools we have do not prepare these kids at that young age for real adulthood, especially pre-high school. They are kept cloistered in same-age environments, may or may not have the resources to interact with people of other age groups to get actual socialization skills, and their schooling is often too focused on the academic areas with not enough opportunities, time, or funding to learn the practical skills adulthood requires. They don't have enough time to even get to know who they are before people ask them to make the big decision of what they wanna do with the rest of their lives. Most of the kids I work with aren't even half mentally prepared for what happens the Monday after their last week of school. And, as others have mentioned, their brains and hormones have not had enough time to properly develop. Our species does not mature at the high rate of others in the animal kingdom. Teenagers need structure, guidance, and parental care. They also need parental protection. Putting young, impressionable minds into a college-like setting would be a disaster for them. They don't have enough world experience to navigate the college scene, not to mention situations where they would be at a distinct disadvantage with people who are older, manipulative, and predatory. It's hard enough at 18. It would be unconscionable to put anyone younger in that position. Now, I fully believe that teenagers and children should be treated with respect, consideration, and common courtesy. But they need the boundaries parents put on them. They need to have rules, limited freedoms, and small responsibilities to build up to what comes later. Otherwise they have no foundation to steady them, no frame of reference once they leave the nest and they flounder. Besides, I have seen what happens to students who decide to drop out, run away, and live like adults before they even grasp what being an adult means. I recognize all their names and faces when they come on the nightly news. They're either being arrested for illegal activities, have died or killed someone because they don't fully comprehend potential consequences before they act, or they get taken advantage of. It's really goddamn heartbreaking.
  10. I wrote words!March total: 15,728 words April total: 15,157 wordsTotal May up to now: 3,915 words
  11. TricksterShi

    Hi :)

    Hi and welcome! Your magic system sounds really cool, and I like the idea behind your current WIP. 😃
  12. You either die a hero or live long enough to hear cheesy music written about your exploits. XD 49 words.
  13. I've been playing around with the inner story myths Fred and Taz have going and came up with this piece, told in Taz's voice. I have no idea if it will even fit into the overall framework of book two, but it was a fun piece to craft and may end up in a collection of short stories if I don't find a home for it in one of the books. Word count is 545.
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