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  1. I like this one too, but the more positive spin of 'they just GET each other', no need to explain their actions. I also like the 'odd pair' friendships, people who on the surface seem really mismatched, but who actually compliment each other and get on great. Also, platonic lifemates. A bond as strong as 'True Love' but completely platonic and comfortable.
  2. Your total here is missing the 385 words from June 3rd, its at 9511.
  3. Hey @DaVinci, on June 17th your running total is 2 words higher than what the sheet is showing me. All the daily 'words to add' are the same, but from that day forward, your running totals are two words higher, 20,391 vs 20,393 words. It diverges again on to have your total be 8 words higher than the spreadsheet, 23,752 vs 23,760 words. Can you double check on your end?
  4. This is one of the funny quirks of the genre. I don't think people do it on purpose exactly, they just write something and feel like it doesn't feel 'fantasy' enough. I don't see the problem that often in the books I read now at least. One of those things that sticks out once you starting noticing it.
  5. I wrote words!Today's date: June 20thWords to add: 702 words
  6. I agree, its a limited area or a rare power, I can understand it being feasible. Its the ones where the scope is the entire world, and there AREN'T perfect reasons for them to be related other than 'Rule of Cool' that bug me. I know what you mean about this one. It gets real corny when the bad guys have a whole army just standing there, watching two guys duel. And then when the good guy leaves, some deus ex machina makes sure the rest of the army is defeated too. That reminds me of another trope I dislike, when characters are good and moral to the point of stupidity. So against killing that they just lock up the super dangerous bad guy rather than sully their hands. Often it is the hero who refuses to land the finishing blow, to show how goooood they are and I'm like....really? Sometimes you HAVE to take the quote unquote 'evil' action for the greater good! Its not falling to darkness, its being pragmatic. That guy still has loyal followers, and if he gets out (spoilers, he is totally getting out), then you just condemned a whole lot of people to death. Their blood is on your hands because you were too worried about your own purity. /rant This one is becoming less prevalent I think, with the rise of social consciousness and the employing of sensitivity readers. Its one of those tropes that I think gets made fun of enough that writers are avoiding it more, their are aware of how cliche it is. I'm happy to see it go, its just lazy writing. The writer can be assed with developing more nuance in their work. I think this one gets a pass from a lot of readers, a majority of us I think have no familiarity with horses, so we don't notice the mistakes. I'm self conscious of it myself, I hate getting things wrong, so I've just avoided using them so far. Brandon Sanderson talks about this too, he just rarely uses horses in his books so he doesn't have to risk getting them wrong lol .
  7. I know Bram Stoker's Dracula (the Gary Oldman one) gets a lot of hate, but I still have a big soft spot for it. Yes, the accents are terrible, and Keanu Reeves is laughable, but I love the idea of Mina being Dracula's reincarnated love. Plus the costumes are generally gorgeous.
  8. In my world (haven't decided if its an invented world or alt earth), vampires are the result of stealing from the Fountain of Youth. The man who stole the water got eternal life alright, but at a cost.
  9. Generally I like the more magical origins rather than the scientific ones. I'm fine with the religious take, it explains a lot of the weaknesses. I also like more fantasy takes, curses, botched deals, that kind of thing. I prefer the ones that require a blood transfusion, not just a single bite. Or the rule of three bites, and then you turn, I like that one too.
  10. I'm neutral on orphans. On one hand it can be convenient, they have no ties to a particular place. On the other hand, it can place an over-importance on blood relationships, and ignore the importance of found families and the relationships we forge on our own. So I don't dislike it on principle, it depends on the execution. That does remind me of another trope I dislike - The one where everyone is related to everyone else. You can't be a hero of your own merit, the evil overlord has to secretly be your father, or that princess is your sister, and you have a secret birthrite you have to reclaim. I understand the appeal, its a wish fulfillment trope, but its been done SO often that it feels almost like a parody of story telling, it has trouble standing on its own. It also makes the universe feel so small, like really, there are only a handful of important people in the world? And they are all related by blood?
  11. I read it! I think the first time was when I was 14ish? Maybe 16ish. Mid teens lets say. It was the first epistolary novel I had ever read and I found the format really interesting. I liked the characters and didn't find the language too hard to get into. As far as old books go its quite accessible. I wrote a book report on it. As for movies and tv shows... I couldn't put out a number. Are we talking direct adaptions, or references? Everyone from Scooby Doo to Buffy to random kids cartoons has had Dracula turn up. As far as direct adaptions, I've seen a handful. Old Hammer movies, the one with Gary Oldman, and several others. I always enjoy the story in all its forms.
  12. Found this thread on the 4theWords forum. I don't have anything to contribute to the list, but I thought people here might find it useful. Its a list of fiction podcasts, covering a range of genres. I'm just copy/pasting the responses. The Magnus Archives - horror podcast in the format of people reporting strange occurrence that happened to them. Gradually develops a very compelling overarching story. Sayer - sci-fi humor/horror, a (malevolent?) AI and the human-inhabited astroid it controls. Told as if you are the protagonist, listening to the AI snarking at you. Wolf 359 - Sci-fi humor podcast that develops an overarching plot. Format of the podcast is the recordings of the communications director of a station orbiting a distant star. Nightvale - probably the most classic of these. The Adventure Zone - another popular one. Three brothers playing dnd. Develops great story. Others I like: The Bright Sessions: Superhero-ish. Therapist gives counseling to clients with strange powers. Develops an overarching plot. Format is therapist's recordings. The Penumbra Podcast - Private investigator in sci-fi martian city, intermixed with other stories. Format is audio of what happened mixed with narration from PI. EOS10 - Sci fi humor, one completed arc Kakos industries - extremely irreverent and explicit podcast about a company that intentionally does evil and it's CEO. Format is CEO's recordings. I loved the beginning, but later episodes make it not a favorite. ARS Paradoxica - time travel, war (starting with WWII and heading into the Cold War) and espionage, politics, queer characters, existential dread, physics, and feminism. Honestly one of the most compelling stories I've ever listened to. Dames & Dragons - another D&D actual play podcast (like The Adventure Zone) but instead of three brothers and their dad, it's a group of ladies and enbies who have been friends for a long time (and it shows!) Not only is the campaign interesting and full of surprises, but every single character is so, so good. McGillicuddy and Murder's Pawn Shop is something that has me really hooked now. It's sort of an urban fantasy/horror set in 1920s and it has lots of cool world building. Love and Luck is my favorite queer love story with a bit of magic and characters who are too good for this world (and their relationship is GOALS). The Behemoth is a short, finished story about a teenage girl who follows an ocean monster across the country. It makes a lot more sense than this sentence, I swear. Very thoughtful and imaginative. Inhale is another short, completed audio tale about a superhero with a really interesting power who tries to leave her past behind and hides in a small town where she works as a librarian and contemplates her past. RedWing is one of my favorite superhero tales ever. It's very queer, very inclusive, and I just love the main character. The premise obviously borrows lots of inspiration from Batman, but the execution is very original and fresh. Normally Ordinary is another superhero-themed one I recently found. Really fun with a very likable main character/narrator. Friend of the Family is a monster-hunting dark comedy about a legacy monster hunter and a vampire who bicker a lot and somehow always manage to save the day. Bubble is another monster-hunting comedy with a great setting and a hipster flair. A lot shorter than the previous one, still lots of fun. The Leviathan Chronicles is sci-fi / spy thriller that is absolutely huge, buckets of wonderful and sadly still unfinished as far as I know, but I've heard there's hope. Heart Beats: A Heartwarming Fantasy is a story-focused actual play podcast with only two PCs sat in a strange little town. It's sort of slice-of-life suburban fantasy, and it never fails to lift my mood. Turncloaks is another actual play one, but it's very different, although it's still very story-focused (the storytelling can rival a lot of podcasts that are straight-up storytelling, not roleplaying). It's a highly political dark fantasy story with lots of twists. If You Give a Mouse a Dagger is yet another actual play podcast that I've just recently discovered. It's set in the Redwall setting and uses Fate Core, and I just love all the characters. They're just amazing. L.A. by Night isn't technically a podcast, it's a stream that's put on Youtube as videos, but I just can't resist mentioning it, too. It's a Vampire the Masquerade actual play, and both the storytelling and the roleplaying aspects are really top-notch, even if I sometimes thinks the crew plays too closely to clan stereotypes for my personal liking.
  13. I wrote words!Today's date: June 17thWords to add: 278 words
  14. I love what Sanderson does with the worldbuilding in the stormlight archives, it really shows what you can do when you go deeper, not broader. Think of the consequences of the setting, and explore them to their fullest consequences. Your coastal storms would be a way of life for those people, it would be ingrained into their culture. They might have certain laws that look strange from the outside, but are there to keep the people safe. In my world I'm working with has a locally contained disaster. The god of the forge used to have a city on a big island, with a ring of smaller islands around it. During one of the many wars between the gods he decided he would remove himself from the conflict. He sunk his island down and also raised the ring of islands into the sky, creating a barrier to keep the ocean away from his own city, which is now far below sea level. The vents from his forge put out vast heat, and they vent into the ocean. This creates masses of steam and wind. In order to cloak his island, the forge god imbued part of himself into another god (splintered himself off), whose purpose was to strengthen the steam and wind, creating a maelstrom above the forge city. The peoples of the ring islands take advantage of these winds with gliders and balloon ships to travel. This is maybe not exactly what you are looking for, this is a lot more magical than a hurricane. Brainstorming here, but I imagine a hurricane hitting the steam sea would be massively disruptive. Cold air and water hitting the steam would cause the winds to become chaotic, and dangerous for anyone caught out in them.
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