Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.24]

By | September 24, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. Ancient white rocks mark the edges of the roadways at staggered intervals. Intricate carvings that might be words adorn each face, but there’s no men left alive who can read them.

2. “Couldn’t I just have what you’re having?” The cat looked down at its dinner with disgust. “I know I said I wanted it when I saw the commercial, but they made it look like food.”

3. Magic seeped slowly under the bathroom door as he frantically stuffed the gaps with towels.

4. They watched the chemtrails boil and fade in the wake of the shuttle as it left to rejoin the ships in orbit. Four years alone hadn’t seemed that long looking down from orbit, but now that they were firmly on the ground, it seemed forever.

5. “I told you not to look him in the eye!”

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Re-Theming the World (of Marthacraft)

By | September 19, 2016
Blog Cascade

Blogs-That-Were

Much like spring cleaning theme changes are pretty much a way of life for me. I gone from Mystique to Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen and now to Iconic One in search of a perfect format.

So far I’m liking Iconic One quite a bit, although one of the first things I had to do was tweak the white space and the font. I always try to make the stories easy on the eyes and Ubuntu is not the friendliest font. I’m keeping it for the headers, but it’s back to Lato for the body. *tinkers*

Of course this means I really should go back and make a proper Childtheme, so I don’t have to recustomize the blog every time there is an update, but… I might just go grab Simple Custom CSS instead.

Anywho, if you see anything misformatted or missing in the new template, please let me know! 🙂

Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.17]

By | September 17, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. There’s no history here yet, so they set about making some.

2. The plow mule is a massive thing, made for raw power instead of riding comfort, but it’s fast enough to save him from the flood waters and smart enough to keep him from walking across landslides and broken bridges.

3.“You’re cute when you’re angry.”
You’re an ass when you’re drunk.”
“Ooo, good catch! Five points to Slytherin.”
“Can you please stop that and help me?”
“It’s the end of the world, I think I’ve earned it.”

4. Four miles down the last named road the GPS insisted he take a left into the woods. It took him a good five minutes to find the ghost of an old dirt road overgrown with weeds and a handful of thin saplings. Another strong summer and the track would be completely lost to the forest. For a moment he though about pretending it already was.

5. She told them her magic was in her hair, because she’d been down this road before and hair is easier to regrow than hands.

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I Need an Impossible Dream

By | September 10, 2016
Rainy Maine Days

Rainy Maine Days

It occurred to me today that I have no true life goals. I have a bunch of things that would be nice to have happen, but nothing that drives me with the fear of failure or inspires me with the fire of true callings.

I watch the people who do have that spark accomplish improbable things (it’s only impossible till someone does it) and wonder what my main quest is supposed to look like.

I have nothing worth suffering for. Nothing that gets me up at 4am, nothing that keeps me up past midnight (other than the internet). I don’t even have a goal worth being mildly inconvenienced for.

I’m not sure what to do with this.

I know things that should motivate me, like getting a book(s) published, losing weight and getting in shape, making oodles of money at work, becoming good enough to make decent profits from my artwork, but… meh?

I want something measurable, something where success would lead into the next larger goal instead of being a set end point. Something that I can look back on and say ‘that used to be Impossible.’

I don’t know what that is yet, but I guess I’m going to start looking.

Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.10]

By | September 10, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1.  The dead have no choice but to listen, trapped by the walls of the catacombs.

2. Magic curls around the base of the statue like a nest of vipers, misty coils moving restlessly along the bas relief of war.

3. “I am not required to choose anyone,” the dragon’s mental voice sang in her mind as it carefully worked its way free of the egg. “I know you’ve been brought here against your will, that’s obvious, but you would make an amazing partner, if you’d have me.”

4. He waits until the movie starts and the docent is distracted to slip in his headphones.

5. The winds tear through the forest in a hollowing booming roar punctuated with the snaps and cracks of the trees.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.03]

By | September 3, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. Intellectually she knows the birds are closer to owls than parrots, but the first time one  pounces on a rat she flinches. Happy songbird chirps interspaced with the crunch of bone chip away at the last of her sanity.

2. Humans expand through space slowly, one careful colony at a time. But that thoughtful measured approach is offset by the frantic chaos of robotic fleets that gallop along in front of them laying the Empire’s foundations.

3. “This is pointless! You can’t be perfect every time, it’s not possible.”

“If I’m not people will die. Just give me a minute and we can try again.”

“No. This is war. People are going to die no matter what you do.”

4. On the clear days you can see all the way down into the valley, but the mountain is a magnet for clouds. Most days all he can see is the bank of soft rolling grays.

5. If you try hard enough you can pretend the world away.

 

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Health to the Company (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 29, 2016

Originally Posted: Apr. 15th, 2009
Length/Rating: 229 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: FADE TO BLACK. Written for sga_flashfic‘s Drunken/Alcohol Challenge.

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Janice Hardy’s Writing Challenge: That’s Hot

By | August 28, 2016

Length/Rating: 150 words, PG, Gen
Pairings/Warnings: None
Summary: I haven’t done a writing challenge in forever so when I saw the challenge from Fiction University pop up on my sidebar, I figured I’d give it a go. I think I ended up with ‘warmth’ more than ‘hot’. *pokes snippit*

The challenge is That’s Hot:  Write a scene that uses “hot” as a theme or motif, using as many words, images, or ideas for “hot” as you can—but don’t use the actual word “hot.” Extra Challenge: Also avoid using common synonyms for “hot,” such as: warm, heat, and blistering. Super Duper Challenge: Use “hot” as a motif, but set the scene in a cold, winter climate.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.27]

By | August 27, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. There’s some confusion at first if dragons cause fires or fires cause dragons.

2. It had been a once in a century sort of accident, but that didn’t stop his brain from panicking every time he stepped through automatic doors.

3. “Love does mean having to say you’re sorry… a lot actually.” He grinned up at the stars, lost in fond memories. “But as you learn each other, you end up saying it less and less, because you stop doing the things you’d have to apologize for.” He gave his nephew a measuring look. “So if you really love her, start apologizing and dammit you aren’t perfect, stop expecting her to be.”

4. As the world faded into the static of the void, she could have sworn she heard him say goodbye.

5. It doesn’t take long for time travelers to stop being human.

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Half Past Never 3/?? (Tales of the Drunken Unicorn)

By | August 23, 2016

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This is the semi-weekly posting of my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016 NaNoWriMo ‘Novel’ in which I and my Fictives attempt to polish off all of the in-progress stories in the Tales of the Drunken Unicorn ‘verse!

So there will be snark and world-building and lots of spoilers and the process of rebuilding the short stories and flash fiction from the bones of the former corpses.

Blue writing is from old drafts of stories. Green writing is new drafts of stories. Black text is just the MuseFic.

Post Wordcount: 1,457
Total Wordcount: 4,529

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Why Botany and Xenobotany are Not The Same Thing (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 22, 2016

Originally Posted: Aug. 11th, 2008
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
AU: Imaginary Gate Team 5
Summary: Written for drabbles Day 21 Prompts: Noun/Object: Horse (Mule/Donkey/Zebra).

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How to Paint Faux Turquoise

By | August 20, 2016
How to Paint Faux Turquoise Battle Mountain Blue Gem Acrylics

How to Paint Faux Turquoise Battle Mountain Blue Gem Acrylics

I promised a friend to paint her a turquoise clydesdale horse head magnet, easy-peasy right? I thought for sure the internet would have a bevy of articles on how to paint something to make it look like it was carved from turquoise.  But apparently I’m the only one that’s trying this brand of madness.

So a grabbed a spare cat magnet cast and here’s a tutorial on how to create a faux turquoise paint job using acrylic paints!

Short version: I’m using acrylics to paint a replica of a Battle Mountain, Blue Gem turquoise. As always click on the pics to embiggen and if you have any questions, just ask in the comments below. 🙂

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.20]

By | August 20, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. “–will you stop shooting me? It’s–” … “–obviously not going to work–” … “–what part of ‘won’t stay dead’ is confusing you?”

2. She’d forgotten what it was like to live in a city, steeped in that sense of frantic urgency large clusterings of humanity exuded.

3. There’s a rock at the bottom of the lake with our initials on it. It was part of the spell that was supposed to make him love me, but we all know how that turned out.

4. Wood in the colony is cheap and expensive at the same time. Firm beams are rarer than unicorns, but the carpenters work their magic on the scraps of the wagons and there is thin decorative paneling to spare.5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

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Genii to the Rescue! (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 15, 2016

Originally Posted: Aug. 7th, 2008
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: Written for sga_flashfic Role Reversal Challenge. I blame my Silly!Muse. *solemn nod*

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.13]

By | August 13, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. When she was too young to know better she made the mistake of telling people she could see the creatures in the fog.

2. The roads are hard packed clay, roasted under the summer sun and worn smooth by the herds. When the monsoons arrive they’ll turn to mud, but for now the way is clear.

3. He’s loved the feeling of falling ever since he stepped off his first diving board.

4. There’s nothing organic about the city’s layout; every street, every building was carefully planned out centuries ago. They’ve followed those blueprints religiously for generations. If you see a tree, it’s because some ancient architect decreed the need for one, to balance some undecipherable mathematical equation. No one knows what would happen if they deviate from the plan, but there’s not one of us brave enough to find out.

5. “I’d say ‘follow your heart’, but let’s be honest– your heart has a terrible track record.”

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