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  1. My mistake. You're absolutely right. Don't know how I managed to mix that up.
  2. I like this prompt. My only problem is, how am I going to keep it under 5k words?
  3. Well, I think if you're wanting to avoid closely resembling or eliciting (or potentially caricaturing) a real world culture, a good way is to play alphabet soup. By that, I mean, make a sound "ah," "oh," etc. Follow it with another sound. Continue playing with the sounds (and how you might spell them) until you get something you like. Caveat to this, be careful you don't accidentally "invent" a real name. I did that. Jallil Oura, Jalil being Muslim and meaning exalted or magnificent, and Oura being Japanese and meaning a whole host of different things depending on the kanji used to spell it. On the other hand, almost no one outside of those two cultures is likely to identify either name without a google search, and no one ever gave me trouble over the name being stolen or racist or anything like that. Another trick I use is to echo naming conventions but change the element to a different set of letters. For example, a German naming convention is Von, meaning son of insert-family-name-or father's-name. This can potentially make the name echo the culture of the convention you're working off of, but not necessarily.
  4. @Penguinball This is the story if you want to give it a look. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2916285/1/A-Drink
  5. That is by far my favorite adaptation. Reeves played a Harker who was supposed to be a wimpy normal guy, and he played it perfectly, I think. Gary Oldman, I had to look up, because I never pay much attention to actors' names, but he is by far my favorite Dracula performance. I too loved the idea of his wife being reincarnated (actually his third wife if memory serves). I like the idea so much, I kind of used it in a fanfiction, except instead of being reincarnated, her blood was used to craft an independent golem with false memories (she thinks she's human until the final chapter) to trap Dracula/Alucard. She's sort of a magical version of an android with an amazing AI. The book, I tried to read an unabridged version. Years and years ago. I was so super excited to read it, but oh my god it was so dry and slow. I have yet to finish it, though I do pick it up from time to time and tell myself I should finish it.
  6. I am a big fan of the classic deal with the devil origin. Alucard of Hellsing manga/anime comes to mind first. Magic is definitely preferred here, but I'm not entirely against genetic engineering, viruses, or other pseudo science type origins. In my main novel, I have a race of blood drinkers who take it as a serious insult to be called vampire, because actual vampires are more like the zombie of today which is what they were like in old myths and folklore before Stoker's Dracula started a Thing. The first of their kind discovered an arcane well, a natural font of magic. Drinking directly from it gave them incredible power. Too much power, so they started turning others with a bite and exchange system. This helped to ease the agony inducing level of power the well provided, but also turned the first drinker into a kind of conduit. Through them the other Sanguinari could tap the power of the well, but they could also half turn others which gave the half turned near immortality and a nice taste of power. Only the monarch could fully turn someone, and but the half turned were creating something of a drain on the font. It was powerful, too much for one person, but it wasn't infinite. So, being a power hungry lot of blood suckers, they manage their population by any means necessary, and a lot of backstabbing.
  7. I'm easy to remember cause it's Tangwystle in both places.
  8. I agree with both Penguin and bdcharles. Variety of structure is very important because it helps keep the reader fully engaged whereas repetitious structure or word use (as, like, said, etc) will inevitably create a sense of tedium for most readers no matter how thrilling the story or well developed the setting, plot, or characters. So, I definitely don't agree with "don't use as" for a good rule.
  9. From the question, I took dust jacket blurb (or internet equivalent) to be a given. I really hate doing summaries, but for blurbs, I think you want to establish the MC or MC's most interesting facet and initial goal/obstacle, and avoid spoiling the ending or any big twists. I'm too lazy right now to dig out any blurbs I've written, so I won't be putting up an example.
  10. So, Scrivener stuff. 1. Multiple Manuscripts: this is just easy since each manuscript is a "project" file in Scrivener. 2. Exporting: You can export the manuscript, but I'm not sure about other options for exporting. I think it has some though, I just haven't gotten far enough in my scrivener novel to look into it much. 3. "Breaking out what characters appear in what scenes, where they're located..." etc: So this is my favorite thing about Scrivener. You can really organize notes, character descriptions, and locales super easily. You can also click on manuscript (or whatever you name the section title for your novel) and it will give you a note card overview of every chapter (or scene depending on how your breaking up your writing). You can color code the pins in the notecards as well as put notes down on them such as who is appearing in that chapter, important items, places, events, etc.
  11. I have not, and it sounds annoying to me. I think Scrivener can do all those things they're asking for by you making notes as you go along. Although, it did remind me of an online tool for writing choose your own adventure style stories called Inklehorn. Er. . InkleWriter? I could swear it was called Inklehorn the first time I found it, and apparently they're shutting down the web based portion, but you can download the Ink (programming language) editor Inky (super simple to use for writers who don't study programming and coding) for free, so that's nice. https://www.inklestudios.com/ink/ There's a link in that page if you want to download the program and try it out.
  12. Everything I was gonna say has pretty much already been said, so I'll just add this; I love using as, and I figure as long as I use it fluidly and dynamically it's not going to bring my writing down any. Why do I love using as? Mostly I use it to create variety in the starting word of my sentences and to avoid repetitive noun usage especially when writing in first person where "I" can really dominate the writing. For example. I couldn't believe my eyes. The dragon we had been looking for was nearly the size of a blue whale. I swallowed nervously as my gaze traced the enormous form losing some of it in the shadowy depths of the cavern. vs I couldn't believe my eyes. The dragon we had been looking for was nearly the size of a blue whale. As my gaze traced the enormous form losing some of it in the shadowy depths of the cavern, I swallowed nervously. It's not a HUGE difference, but that's mainly how I use as, I think.