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  1. 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.
  2. I wrote words!Today's date: June 17thWords to add: 278 words
  3. 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.
  4. Well I'm unashamedly a fan of the whole 'sexy vampire' trend, so I prefer my vampires to look quite human, with some small changes. I like bleached skin and eyes that reflect light differently than humans (like a cat's in the dark). I would like retractable fangs, but they are also almost too convenient for story purposes, it makes it too easy for them to blend in. So permanent fangs is good, that increases the danger to them because they can't hide quite as easily. I want them to catch eyes when they are in a crowd, for the humans to wonder about them but not quite be able to put their finger on it. I like the stories where the change perfects the humans in small ways when they are changed, lose some fat, gain some sculpting, better skin. Anne Rice had them flush their bodies of impurities, which is kind of gross with the detail she went into, but its an interesting concept. That's pure wish fulfillment though 😛 Things I don't like? I've seen a couple movies make the vampires monstrous by doing weird things with the biting mechanism (Blade 2 and the face splitting vampires, The Strain with the sucking rope tongue thing). I'm just not a body horror fan though, so there's that.
  5. And this is the topic I thought would get attention. Come on people, I know there's some tropes out there that bug you! What are your opinions on the most contentious ones? The Chosen One Convenient Prophecies Medieval European setting Horses are motorcycles Black and white morality (evil overlord vs pure farmboy) Cliche fantasy races (elves and dwarves ripped straight from Lord of the Rings) The Common Tongue (everyone speaks the same language everywhere, how convenient) There's only one girl in the group, and 'she's not like other girls'
  6. There's been topics about things that bug us in the fantasy genre before, but I wanted to do a slightly different take on it. Instead of just listing things we don't like, and why, I also want you to list a fantasy trend (trope, plot device, etc etc) that a lot of people dislike that you LOVE, and defend it. I want to hear why you think love triangles are awesome, or that the chosen one farm boy isn't overdone. For example, I haaaaate it when authors play with sibling relationships, love stories where there's fake outs about whether two characters are related or not, or they were raised as siblings, or adopted, and fall in love anyway. Just feels incesty even when it isn't (looking at you Mortal Instruments). Maybe that's a tough one to defend, but I'm all ears! One trope I do love that gets a lot of hate is enemies to lovers. When done poorly, or when there is a power imbalance involved it can feel like an abusive relationship, but when its two equals who start out disliking each other, but grow to understand and care...oh man, I love that trope. I love it because it increases tension, the 'will they/won't they' question. It also usually has a nice bit of chemistry, so it feels compelling. So to recap: 1. Tell us about a trope you dislike, and why 2. Tell us about a disliked trope you love, and why its not that bad 3. If someone above hates a trope you love, defend it! Explain why it deserves a second look (while remaining polite, defend without being defensive)
  7. In order to feel like a fully realized and balanced, a character needs to have flaws. This can range from having a bit of a temper to a crippling inability to say No to anything in between. What flaws do your characters have? How do they deal with them? Do they impact the plot?
  8. All up to date! Tagging @lisa.morgan, @lorneytunes, @Pinchofmagic, @Tangwystle, @Tigtogiba34 with the reminder that there is still a lot of time to get word counts in!
  9. I wrote words!Today's date: June 12thWords to add: 250 words I didn't make note of where I started and where I stopped, plus I edited what I had written previously, so this is an estimate.
  10. Bumping for visibility! There's lot of times to get an entry in!
  11. Lots of room! Actually does anyone remember how many spaces there are? Is it 10? We can always start a second cabin if needed!
  12. Really places the whole self publishing movement into perspective doesn't it?
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