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Well, it's that time of the #NaNoWriMo month when this happens:

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From Elmore Leonard’s Rules of Writing

“My most important rule is one that sums up the 10. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. It’s my attempt to remain invisible, not distract the reader from the story with obvious writing. (Joseph Conrad said something about words getting in the way of what you want to say.)”

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why did the nonbinary prospector head out west? Show more

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I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

I really want to get going further on this Holmes story I'm writing, but I've just been so exhausted this week. =_= The day job work I do isn't really that hard, but the social aspect of it has been really exhausting lately.

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The knight looked at the purring pile, and turned to the dragon.
"You hoard cats?"
"Aren't they sweet?"
"You can't sleep on a hoard of cats!"
"Of course not. They usually sleep on me."
"You are their hoard?"
"Why so concerned with labels?"
"I don't want to fight you."
"So don't."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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today i am thankful for warms and softs and my toy computer mousie and especially for all my wonderful friends here in the fediverse! i am such a lucky computer kitten because i met you! i love you all 💖 :netkitty:

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The 3 unlikely friends turn to you. The skater bro nods. "You have my board," he says. Then the preppy girl gestures to the fancy ribbon in her hair. "And my bow." Then the jock steps up, scent of body spray thick in the air. "And my Axe," he says. Maybe this new school won't be so bad...
#writingprompts #writing

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"You have a secret room?"
"Yes, in here. For the most valuable thing I have, when I need to keep it safe."
"I am honoured that you're showing me... It's empty?"
"I used to hide me here."
"Oh. Wait, are you going to lock me in?"
"No. I'm inviting you, to come here when you like."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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The trees were tall above their heads.

They sang and walked until the trees grew shorter - stunted or saplings they weren't sure - no one had ever walked this far before.

The grass grew sparser and the ground grew softer. An expanse of water stretched out before them.

Many turned back, unable to comprehend the depths they beheld.

The ones who stayed learned to swim and made new songs, venturing further than they ever imagined they could.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

"I'll be durned" fact of the day: The original She-Ra series was originally co-written by J. Michael Straczynski, who might be a familiar name to B5 fans ;)

Might explain the kind of deep built-in character conflict/development for a kids' TV show, at least some of which seems to have carried over to the new one. (Currently watching and loving.)

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New story! This one is called Flying With the Angels, and it's a bit of mythology fiction about swans. :) This has been sitting on HDs for many years, and it's time for it to fly, too.

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I have not made much progress on my new story since the other day. I've just been too tired to do much besides unplug the brain and play Skyrim VR. Hoping to get back to it today... I might also post another backlog story today, we'll see.

Cross-posting this, I have been keeping a primarily Japanese language account over here if anyone is interested in conversing!

@kohaku

I first started studying Japanese about 20 years ago, so there's not much excuse for how bad I am at it. ^^; (Well, other than that it was all sporadic self-study.) What absorbed into my brain: kana, basic grammar. What didn't: most of the vocabulary. Ah well, I'm giving it my best try.

We have a holiday at work today, so I have been doubling down on this new story I'm trying to write. :) It's shaping up! I'm hoping I can actually start writing some story text tonight.

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