evil and lies and names

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:48 pm
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The number of circumstances where a character would call himself Evil are kinda limited. Pretty much to adolescent style attempts to shock, and belligerent defiance (I so don't care if you call me Evil that I will call myself it first).

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vignette challenge

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:33 pm
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This week's prompt is:
tenuous

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:
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writing challenge

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:55 pm
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Another challenge from [personal profile] lindahoyland , listed here.

My efforts:

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training superheroes

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:21 pm
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In a world where you could train up to have superpowers -- hero or villain or neither -- where would you train?

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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:19 pm
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2  by Rei Tōma

Our heroine's further adventures.

She learns of someone who couldn't go back, the dragon reacts to the village (for the first time), her friend protects her, the other gods still find the whole thing interesting, and more.

random observations

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:37 pm
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When kicking loose from writer's block -- when you have no idea what's going to happen next and can't kick it around-- sometimes random generators are useful.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:18 pm
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

Sep. 12th, 2017 09:26 pm
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .

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three to five to three

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Was playing around with the idea of three people going through a forest, mysterious, unmapped, sorcerous.  
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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

An ABC book.  The letters are the only things on the pages as the cat slips out the door and finds himself pursued through the entire alphabet.  The reader has to work out the significance.

roses are red

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:50 pm
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But violets are not blue.  The violets are gone. before full midsummer

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vignette challenge

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:09 pm
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This week's prompt is:
educated

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:
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China's Cosmopolitan Empire

Sep. 6th, 2017 11:40 pm
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China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty by Mark Edward Lewis,

From the geographical shifts of population and importance, the succession of emperors, the revisions of the legal code, the urban life, with its main roads forbidden to most by night, the beginning of the examination system (which might win you a prestigious marriage instead of a post), the importance of tribute bearers in their native costume to show how far its power reached, how Buddhism was still treated as foreign, the Buddha being denounced as mere ghost or ancestor, to honor only his own family, and accusations against foreign monks going so far to claim they were animals in disguise (one, it was declared, was revealed to be a camel), women who became Daoist or Buddhist nuns to escape marriage and more.

Arranged by theme.

faster than anticipated

Sep. 5th, 2017 11:00 pm
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So our underage hero meets up with two responsible adults who will do their best to help him and the three younger students he's (mostly) in charge of.

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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Sep. 5th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

This and Mighty Jack are really a single story in two volumes. So spoilers ahead.

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