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Title: Birth of the Prophet
Genre: Sci-fantasy? New Adult
Goal: Finish 1st draft effing finished
Basic Plot: When a human ship crash lands on a not-quite-hospitable planet, they make a deal with a local Goddess to give them shelter to make a city under a protective barrier, and to partner-bond with the native dragons. Generations later, our protagonist is about to discover there was more to the deal then anyone remembers.
-updated 12/20/20

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:boost_requested: my sister just recommended this Black-owned, Portland-based mail order coffee company to me, and I thought I'd pass it on. deadstockcoffee.myshopify.com/
she says: "I'm super happy with it. It seems pricey, but I think it's actually cheaper than going out to get coffee every day."

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"Childhood Memories" by Selva Aparicio.

"Hand carved rug into utility oak floor. This piece is about covering and exposing, trauma and bearing witness."

You know when you look at some art, and you feel it in your chest before you read the description, and then it makes sense?

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Writing advice:

- write when you want to
- it's normal to need breaks, even long ones
- it's harder to write when you're unwell, so look after yourself
- you are doing great
- yes, I mean you who hasn't written in months/years
- the words will still be here when you get back

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i done things!

here's the latest drawings i did. all available for claiming. pay-what-you-want as long as postage fees are covered :)

they'll also be up on my website oliviamaia.net/en all cc-licensed and totally free to download in high-res (i'm just slow, bear with me).

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Client didn't want this one (don't worry, she's taking loads of others) so here's a free #cc0 embellishment thingy if anyone wants it :)

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just saw a post on Twitter where someone blithely assumed that "more adverbs" cleanly equated to "worse writing" so i am once more filled with seething unquenchable rage at petty grammaticasters whose drab imaginations and grim rules are such a blight on our uses of vivid, joyful language

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I need to find a fedi #writing group. I've got gamedev friends now and they are awesome, and my tabletop players are great at holding me accountable, but don't know many people doing linear/traditional writing.

Title: Birth of the Prophet
Genre: Sci-fantasy? New Adult
Goal: Finish 1st draft effing finished
Basic Plot: When a human ship crash lands on a not-quite-hospitable planet, they make a deal with a local Goddess to give them shelter to make a city under a protective barrier, and to partner-bond with the native dragons. Generations later, our protagonist is about to discover there was more to the deal then anyone remembers.
-updated 12/20/20

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In that vein please send me any and all amusing/not mean pranks and shenanigans that a school age kid might get into in a scifi setting when they're too smart but also not a bully.
#writing #novel

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It's not just children who need heroes. - Tamora Pierce

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sometimes i see someone's art/avatar on my phone & my brain thinks it's one thing, but then it totally isn't bc it was tiny & i guess my eyes suck

but then i realize the thing i "saw" doesn't exist which means *I* get to make it exist

anyway here's a thing I thought I saw

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"Dragons and unicorns," he whispered shrewdly, "Are the same thing."

"As in neither exists?"

"Naaar, they both exist, 'cept they're the same species - they start out small and hoofed, then get big and scaly."

"So, unicorns are just baby dragons?"

"Yup!"

"So then, can unicorns breath fire?"

"Some, but most baby dragons depend on their horn for protection."

I smiled politely; humans always thought up the funniest theories about us.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

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If you come from a temperate climate like I do and need to draw a palm tree, you start to wonder how they sit in sand. Like, deciduous trees have surface-level roots and grass tufts and all other crazy stuff at their bases, so you feel you have to stop and study how this applies to palm trees in sand.

And so eventually you find examples and discover they're really just kinda plunked in the ground without really anything like that showing above the surface at all. Huh.

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Wild year, for me a mixed feelings time, for the first time in my life I'm getting opportunities that seemed impossible before, which had filled me with the energy to keep producing artwork, I'm still a starving artist, haven't been able to get back on my feet but the support I've had received from people who buys my artwork, that cheers for me, and from fellow artist, gives me hope in one day making my art sustainable, thanks everyone!
🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
#artvsartist #mastoart #artvsartist2020 #art

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"Do you want you join yet?" the Galactic Federation's envoy asked.
"Have you dropped your stupid demands yet?" their human counterpart said.
"Universal right to food, shelter, education, and healthcare? No."
"Then no, we don't want to join."
"Are you sure you've asked everyone?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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argh, ever get dressed in the morning and then hate what you're wearing?

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#AntiRacistReads A while since I updated this.

I read "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America" by Michael Eric Dyson.

What I really liked about it was that it had such good explanations for things I already knew were fact, and I could probably use them to explain to people who don't get it, like that time Shriver complained about the concept of Cultural Appropriation in Writing (a "I should get to write who I want") so I recommend it if you are often in these conversations

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