#introductions time :)
I'm Aria, I'm going to use this account for some of the writing I've been doing lately. I'm working on what I keep saying is a teen transgender urban fantasy.
I read a ton of science fiction, and have a complicated relationship with fantasy. I'm hoping I can build a world I like. Other people too, we'll see.
So who likes magic systems, video game references, ensemble casts, and thinks teenagers are actual people?
Writing third person omniscient is so hard, but I can't figure out another way to make a fantasy story with an ensemble of characters who are rarely apart work right. I see why so many authors use third limited, but have a bland character to make the PoV, so you can get the world and other excellent characters in focus rather than the PoV character sometimes. Not gonna lie, I'm struggling hard here. If anyone has tips I'm all ears.
Everyone tries to manage extracurriculars, 'cause you "have to" to make it. And then you have the kids who feel like failures because they can't keep up. And then you have the few kids who seem to make it easily, have all the support they need, and don't care enough about how hard it is for everyone else. Self-centered in the way their blind privilege of a sort works.
You don't have the jocks and nerds exactly, not that that has been anything but a trope, but now you have kids driven to excel at all costs, anxious and stressed. "I want to do well on this test" or "I care about learning" is not the nerd outsider anymore. It's the mainstream.
Teachers aren't _boring_, they're _frustrating or controlling or overwhelmed_.
It's funny how hard it is for me to write school kid characters. I grew up unschooled, _and_ my primary exposure to school culture was in the 80s— or media derived from then.
Turns out "school is boring, let's cut class" is not a thing now, not recognizably, and it can't drive all the tropes of 1980s high school situations anymore. So much hangs on that schema.
Anyone got any ace romance stories they can recommend? The ones I've read seem... much more sensible (familiar? comprehensible? not sure the right adjective) than the more conventional romances I read.
Already enjoyed (and recommended!) are Books and Bone by Victoria Corva, Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn, and a couple of the Toronto Connections stories by Cass Lennox.
"Sir," the dragon said, "why do you seek to kill me?"
"You're a dragon! You hoard wealth, and eat women!"
"Old dragons do that. Us young dragons don't. Kill the old ones."
"They're too strong to kill!"
"They'd be dead by now, had you let younger dragons live to challenge them."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
"Look, I get you like to hunt. I saw you with the birds the other day - a bit embarrassing to be honest - and those mice, but --"
The cat crouched, wiggling just a tiny bit.
"No wait! Seriously. Look. Pointy bits. You will get stabbed. Not worth it."
The hedgehog raised a paw, vaguely indicating it's entire self. The cat relaxed, dejected.
"What should I do, then?"
"…Nice day we're having?"
"It's like that sometimes. Got a huge slug last night!"
So you've got a show with a cosmology of species growing toward their own transcendance, a show with no cosmology at all but the trappings of Christianity turned plural, and a show whose cosmology is a speculative and ultimately Humanist take only the real that we know here and now. They're such different takes.
I'd compare it to Star Trek, but Star Trek's religion is its humanism, and its cosmology is science. It's remarkably backward-looking for a show set in the future, but it doesn't ever set a vision for its own future, just ours, the viewer's. I love it, but its touches on religion, on meaning and long term ideas were always light if they existed at all. (Roddenberry famously did not want religion at all — it wasn't until DS9 that religion was portrayed, and that against his wishes)
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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