1. elumish’s 1000 follower giveaway →


    As I have now reached (and passed) 1000 followers, I thought I would run giveaway for you guys. That being said, I am a college student, so I am not going to give away stuff, but instead my time and expertise.

    Rules for entry:

    • You don’t need to be following me. That being said, of the two…

    24 hours left (well really more like 30, but you get the idea).

  2. 45 Things I Want to See More of in Stories (Post-Apocalyptic Edition)

    1. Leftover inconveniences (braces, casts, etc.)
    2. Renewable energy
    3. Creative attempts at fuel
    4. Cooperation
    5. Warlords
    6. Increased infant mortality
    7. Change in hierarchy (laborers more important than white-collar workers, etc.)
    8. New governmental structures
    9. Mercenary groups
    10. Formation of new states
    11. Formation of non-state groups
    12. Regrowth of land
    13. Lack of food security
    14. Reduction in gun usage (as ammunition runs out)
    15. Decrease in age of pregnancy and/or marriage (as life expectancy decreases)
    16. Direct effects of the apocalyptic event
    17. Increased multi-generational homes (as building houses becomes difficult again)
    18. Increased multi-family homes
    19. Attempts at sophisticated surgery with rudimentary tools
    20. Reduction in birth control
    21. General reduction in technology that requires sophisticated manufacturing
    22. Simple food
    23. Handmade clothing
    24. Clothing from animal products
    25. Houses built for natural lighting
    26. Attempted—and failed—swift adjustments to lack of technology
    27. Changes in views of morality
    28. Different types of law enforcement
    29. Changes in religion
    30. Attempted attachment to old societies
    31. Deliberate breakaways from old societies
    32. Attempts to cling on to old ideas of beauty despite changes in available beauty products
    33. Reduction in hygiene
    34. Increase in water-borne illnesses and parasites
    35. Lack of clean water
    36. Reduction in luxury goods
    37. Increase in homelessness
    38. Lack of communication capabilities
    39. Return to radio
    40. Lack of light pollution
    41. Attempted school systems
    42. Return to apprenticeship-style teaching
    43. Return to agricultural-style living
    44. Dealing with environmental fallout from apocalyptic event
    45. Dealing with environmental fallout from previous generations

  3. Guide to Literary Terms →


    Forms of Literature:

    Narrative: Involves writings of events, either fictional or nonfictional.

    Novel: A long fictional story.

    Novelette: Shorter than a novella. Sometimes considered the same as a novella.

    Novella: Longer than a short story, but shorter than a…

  4. I am falling behind on doing stuff (making posts, answering questions, etc.). I will hopefully be caught up by the end of Monday, but please be patient if I am not. This is my first week back at college and I had over 100 pages of reading due today.

    You are still more than welcome to ask questions, suggest posts, etc. It just will take me a little bit of time to catch up.

  5. harilikes said: Hi! I noticed you did a 'government part one' about a month ago - did you write a part two? I might just have missed it! thanks c: xx

    You didn’t miss it. I’ll get one up soon.

  6. Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.


    - George R.R. Martin  (via indisposablehero)

    This is one of the most beautiful quotes I think I have ever read. I love it, and I will treasure it for my entire life.

    (via draodoir-mna)

    (Source: fourcolorfanboy)

  7. liegh42 said: Hey, I'm writing a book that deals with a lot of murders. The MC in particular is the one who is doing the murdering. I want to make the action as realistic as possible. I want a situation in which a 15 year old can kill someone and have it be totally achievable without having any special abilities or access. Can you think of any scenarios in which the main character can accomplish this? She usually has at least a six hour time limit, and she's pretty fit. Thanks, sorry for the weird subject. :)

    It really depends on who they’re trying to kill. If they’re trying to kill someone with a lot of security/protection, they’re probably going to have a really hard time without any special abilities or access to things.

    The best bet would be to get to them in a public or semi-public area, somewhere that there are too many people around for whatever security there is to police everybody. It would have to be somewhere without (much) security to enter the area, so think mall, hotel lobby, coffee shop, store, etc.

    The next question is about whether it’s supposed to look like an accident, and what’ll happen if they get caught. If they aren’t worried about whether they’re going to get caught, they can just go with a gun and shoot the person. The thing is that that has a really good chance of getting them arrested and/or killed, so it’s not always the best choose in any place where they would have really easy access to the person. That would work for killing the person walking down the street or in an alley, especially in a dangerous neighborhood, but that neighborhood might not be one that the person to be killed would go to, so that would make it difficult.

    If it needs to look like an accident (or if they don’t want to be caught), poison is probably the best bet. The character is a bit too young to go to a bar, so coffee shop or hotel lobby (if the person to be killed is drinking there) is probably the best bet, because they can bump into the drink and slip something into it.

    A 15-year-old girl is not going to come across as threatening unless they actively try to, especially if they are white or east-Asian. One who is black or Hispanic is more likely to be suspected for stealing, though nobody would suspect them of murder, either. This is all assuming that the character is in the United States, because these are unfortunate but real stereotypes that exist in the United States.

    If the person to be killed is the type of person to buy a prostitute, the character could pose as one and then kill him (assuming it’s a him) then, either with poison or some other way, because they would probably end up in a (semi-)secluded place where he would have his guard down.

    Tl;dr: public or semi-public place, unless she could get him to let his guard down (or get him away from whatever security he might have) in a secluded place, and poison is likely a good bet unless she can get a gun into wherever she’s killing him and then get out without being caught and/or killed.

    (Also, that’s not that weird a topic. I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit reading about things like demonic procreation and how to make a disease that calcifies tendons and skin.)

  8. Ways I’ve started my stories:

    The MC walking into the school that she ran away from ten years ago.

    The MC and her sister preparing to go to the town square for the arrival of the King.

    The MC arguing with her mother about whether her upcoming debut.

    The owner of a tavern noticing the MC (and gang) walk in.

    The MC waking up with amnesia on a burning airship.

    The MC waking up in a building full of dead people.

    An FBI agent visiting the MC in jail to ask her for help.

    The MC looking through the scope of her sniper rifle and then killing a murderous demon.

    How have you started your stories?

  9. I think I’ve responded to everyone’s question. Anyone that I missed?

  10. Anonymous said: so i have a character who will need to go traveling in order to meet the rest of the planned cast, and i've got a plot down, but i don't have a reason for him to go to the foreign country?? it's a cyber-ish kind of world, but i still just have zero ideas. do you have any suggestions??

    Without knowing more about your characters and plot, there’s not a whole ton I can give you.

    First suggestion, if your character is some sort of hacker, there may be a place overseas that they need to hardwire into because the computer security is too good to allow for remote hacking.

    Second suggestion, maybe there’s a friend/relative/etc. who is in that foreign country who needs their help.

    If you want more suggestions, I can give you more, but I’ll need more specifics about your story. You can send me a message off anon if you want me to respond privately, or else you can give me more details on anon and I’ll respond publicly.

    Sorry I can’t be more help.