(including flashbacks)

Yes, I do teach creative writing: your opening scene

The opening scene is the most important piece of your novel. This scene determines whether your reader is pulled in or puts the book down. Here are some important do’s and don’ts.

DO write it as a scene, not a data dump. You may have a fantastic premise, a marvelous alternate history or post-apocalyptic world or magical realism to die for, but if you don’t engage your reader in an actual scene, you will bore them.

DO write a scene that immediately introduces a character that the reader can root for. Yes, I know Stephen King has had great success introducing victims that are then shortly afterward killed off. That’s a horror trope and we expect it. But if you are caught up in world-building and haven’t dreamed your way into a character who is worth following through 100,000 words of writing, your story is pointless. I have read many pieces of fiction by would-be writers who can’t grasp this essential concept, and without exception, they fail to engage the reader.

DO introduce the stakes right away. In case that’s a challenge that needs some exposition to develop, create some immediate stakes (a life threat works) that keep the tension high and the reader engaged until you can lay out the larger stakes.

DO begin in medias res, which means “in the middle of things.” Most beginning fiction writers make the mistake of starting too early in the plot. Meet the monster on page 1. 

DON’T include a flashback in the first chapter. Work on a scene, which means time is NOT compressed. It should include dialog, action, description, setting, and interior monolog. Keep everything happening within that scene for at least the first chapter. You can bring in a flashback in Chapter Three.

DON’T shift points of view within a single chapter. Let the reader establish a strong bond of interest (even if it’s with a POV villain) over the course of a whole chapter.

DON’T open the story with your character waking up unless it’s because she’s got a gun in her face (or a knife to her throat – you get what I mean). We don’t need to follow a character through their mundane daily routine. 

DON’T be coy. Beginning writers often have this idea that they need to hold back on revealing all their secrets – what’s in the box, who’s behind the curtain, where they’re going next, etc. Their well-meant plan is to slowly reveal all this over several chapters. Trust me on this one: tell your readers instead of keeping it a mystery. You WILL come up with more secrets to reveal. Your imagination is that good. Spill it now, and allow that revelation to add to the excitement.


I like you. I said I like you.
Yah, do you know what sort of things I did because of you?
In order to go to school with you, I waited in front of the gate for an hour. Until you came back from the study room, I couldn’t even sleep a blink because I was so worried. “Why is she late? Has she fallen asleep again?”
Hey, all of my concern was always you. You!
When we coincedently met at the bus, when we went to the concert together, and when I received that shirt from you on my birthday. I really thought I would go crazy because I was so happpy.
I wanted to see you a dozen times more a day, and I was just so happy whenever I saw you. I have always wanted to tell you since a long time ago. 
I like you so much. I love you.


The Killing Joke original 1988 coloring vs. 2008 recoloring

Cover and panel artist Brian Bolland was reportedly displeased with colorist John Higgins’ work on the 1988 graphic novel:

Bolland envisaged the flashback sequences in black and white, and instructed Watchmen-colorist John Higgins to use “muted November colors”. He was upset when he saw the finished comic had “garish … hideous glowing purples and pinks … and my precious Eraserhead-esque flashback sequences swamped in orange.”

In 2008 DC Comics released a 20th anniversary edition of The Killing Joke featuring a complete recoloring by Bolland. Bolland made various alterations to restore his artistic intent, including replacing Higgins’ bright flashback panels with muted tones (save for items colored for emphasis, such as the Red Hood and Joker’s green hair) and removing the yellow oval from the Batsuit.



They deserved a lot of screenshots. 

Celend The Shy 
Solaria The Monster Carver
Eclipsa The Queen of Darkness
Moon The Undaunted 

And at the end we get to see 2 Mewni Queens with unknow name. Special cameo for the one in pink tutu that also has a very similar wand like star’s, and also has hearts in her dress but her symbol appears to be bunnies.

when Star grabbed Toffee’s finger we get to see some flashback which include some scenes showing Toffee laughing and Eclipsa’s “evil” glare. 

Ch 93: Not the end for Ymir?

Chapter 93 gave us the confirmation that Ymir has in fact been eaten by Galliard, Marcel’s brother, seemingly marking the ending point of her character once and for all. Given the context of the new episode, as well as the little focus or pages dedicated to her apparent last moments, many of us are very upset with the seemingly lackluster climax of her character arc; and her decision to abandon Historia to save RB and let herself be killed seems to go very much against everything her characterization according to many fans. 

The point of this post isn’t to argue about any of that, but instead, to illuminate a possible indicator that we may have not seen the last of everyone’s favorite goddess.

Please let us think back to chapter 50; one of the most impactfull and monumental chapters in the entire series, for many reasons. It marks the only time so far in the story that Eren has successfully manipulated the founding titan within him, the godlike power at the center of the current (and probably final) plot, aimed at his very first enemy; that alone marks a milestone in the series, not to speak of the various character interactions happening along the way. Among others, this chapter also marks the moment Ymir chooses to abandon Historia, the person she seems to care for more than anyone else, despite the fact that the coordinate marks a real hope for the walled world to survive the dangers Ymir is aware of. 

Now, despite the fact that this game changing power debuts in this chapter, the narrator this time around focuses on one arguably lesser important event: the aforementioned separation. Let’s look at it.

“At the time, we didn’t know what Ymir’s actions meant. But after that, the armored titan stopped chasing after us”-narrator, chapter 50.

This narration is interesting for various reasons. First of all, it marks one of the rare occasions in which the narrator is not impersonal, but in fact identifies with present characters. Other notable occasions of this include Kenny’s flashback in 69, and Eren’s description of the photograph in chapter 85 (both chapters with heavy plot and thematic value for the story, just like ch 50, if I may add). Here, the narrator refers to himself as part of a group, but opposes themselves against the armored titan, implying narrator is not part of RB’s team, but in fact of the Survey Corps escaping back to the walls (most likely part of the EMA, maybe even Armin himself considering Marina Inoue typically voices the narrator. We should hear that animated soon enough). 

That’s not the only thing the narrator is implying though. The use of the past tense as well as “at the time” is crucial. It literally means that, although they did not understand Ymir during chapter 50; at the time of narration, some form of understanding is clearly present. If, at the time of narration, the narrator was still as clueless as back then, there would be no need for “at the time” of past tense, but this particular formulation very much implies that an understanding of Ymir’s actions is very much there in the present time. And here’s the thing: even though Ymir’s death has been confirmed, our characters among which the narrator finds himself have yet to reach a point of understanding Ymir’s actions.

First of, let’s determine “Ymir’s actions”. Ymir herself is a big mystery to our cast, but according to the narrator, Ymir’s actions are what directly precedes the armored titan not following narrator and co; in which case, “Ymir’s actions” has to refer to her abandonment of Historia and her helping out R and B. In that case, the narration above implies the following: the narrator part of the surviving SC forces will eventually come to understand the meaning behind Ymir’s betrayal. Now, as of chapter 93, let’s ask the question: Does anyone present back then understand Ymir?


Ymir herself expresses surprise at her actions, Ymir herself is unsure of her actions when writing the letter, which marks the most recent time anyone inside the walls has received information concerning Ymir. As of chapter 90, the last moment we spent with whomever the ch 50 narrator is, said narrator has yet to reach a point of understanding Ymir. OUR CAST STILL DOES NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF HER ACTIONS, AS FORETOLD BY CHAPTER 50. Isn’t that basically a confirmation that Ymir’s story isn’t done yet?

You may counterargue that its been 4 years and that Isa has changed his mind since, esp since he doesn’t want to drag the story out at anymore. But I find it so hard to believe that, in one of the most important chapters in the series, one that is still relevant to this day, the narrator focuses on this one plot point that simply ends up dropped over the course of the series. Chapter 50 is too important for that kind of redesign, wouldn’t you say? Who knows, maybe it’ll wind up different in the anime and will mark a retrofit by Isayama that fits better in line with 89 being the end of her story, but until we see it animated, I’ll chose to keep doubting that.

As for how Ymir’s story can still be told to our main cast? Here’s one possible option: Galliard

 According to the (admittedly bad) fan translation, Galliard understands Ymir and her wish to bring back her titan-something neither us readers nor the narrator in question do as of right now. Granted, this could just be terrible translation, but Galliard could wind up being the gateway between Ymir and the main cast. Or its something entirely different. In a story about time travelling memories, matter that forms out of thin air, and the literal power of a god capable of reshaping the planet and controlling an entire species, death seems like a far too small barrier to stop someone from being relevant to the story, one way or another.

Since the majority of this argument is based off the lines spoken by the narrator in 50, there is a minor chance this is all ridiculous blunder if the official translation turns out to somehow differ from the Japanese original, and if anyone knows if it does, I would appreciate if you could inform me. But otherwise, I personally will start taking those words from chapter 50 as heavy evidence Ymir’s story hasn’t fully been told yet. I don’t want to create false hopes for anyone, but until proven otherwise, I don’t think it’s too unreasonable to believe in it. 

You can expect real changes. To me, that’ll be part of the fun of it, putting Clarke and Bellamy back together when Bellamy has been a leader in his own right, if that’s his story, for six years on the Ark. Likewise, Octavia and Bellamy coming back together when she’s been forced to lead in a way that may or may not be something he approves of by the time they come back together. I think it’ll be fascinating and that’s the challenge for us, creatively, to have them feel like the same people, understand how they got that way, perhaps by including some flashback storytelling into the six year time gap, and keeping it fresh moving forward.
—  Jason Rothenberg about Bellarke and the Blakes in S5 [IGN]
Over Our Heads

Title: Over Our Heads

Summary: When Sam leaves you and Dean alone in the bunker to have a movie night all by yourselves, feelings that have been under wraps for years begin to surface. Will it be the start of something new or will it turn into yet another moment you’ve had with the eldest Winchester?

Author: deanssweetheart23

Characters: Dean Winchester x reader, Sam Winchester (mentioned)

Word count: 2482

Warnings: Language, the slightest bit of angst. Pure fluff.

Author’s Notes: This is my submission for @idreamofhazel ‘s and @impala-dreamer ‘s “Sammy Says” writing challenge. First of all, congratulations to both of you amazing human beings because you deserve it. Second of all, thank you so much for letting me participate, I loved writing this.

Also, I’d like to thank my amazing twin @ravengirl94 for putting up with my whining and for helping me figure out what I wanted to do with the ending here. Thank you so, so much, Emily, you’re the absolute best.

Now about this fic: My prompt was “You mind doing a little bit of thinking with your upstairs brain, Dean?” and is included in bold in the text below. (This is written both from the reader’s and Dean’s POV and includes a flashback in italics.)

Originally posted by personal-interest-in-you

Your fingers curled into your palm whilst you sat on Dean’s bed, head rested against the headboard, body just mere inches away from his as the world in the screen before you came to life.

It was one of those rare nights that you had nowhere to be and nothing to do. Miraculously enough, the world seemed to be doing just fine without you and the Winchesters brothers were more than happy to take advantage of all of that tranquility and stagnation while it lasted. Sam, for instance, had already hit the bar for the night -he had said something about needing to spend some time with himself but you were pretty sure that his sudden outing had something to do with that beautiful librarian that had been flirting with him all week- while, much to your surprise, the older Winchester had decided to spend a lazy night in with you, filled with cooking and silly jokes, wonderfully interesting conversations and laughter.

However, as fantastic as the evening had been, it was getting late and you were getting more and more tired.

Stifling a yawn, you turned to see Dean already staring at you, green eyes bright and wide in the dim light of the bedroom.

“What?” you asked.

He smiled that half-smile of his that always caused your heart to flutter unevenly.

“C’mere.” He whispered, arm draping over your shoulder to pull you to him.

You opened your mouth to object but the look on his face, vulnerable and intense, pierced through your very soul and you leaned against him, letting his warmth seep into your skin and his scent, so utterly and uniquely Dean, to overwhelm your senses, comfortably resting your head on the crook of his neck.

“Better now?”

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To cope with VLD s2′s gross lack of Hunk/Lance development, weird pacing, and overall plot holes, here are some episode ideas I thought would be cool to see next season

Garrison Flashbacks

-An ep comprised entirely of the four remaining Paladins reminiscing about their time/favorite or significant memories at the Garrison

-PIDGE/HUNK/LANCE talking about the moment they became the iconic trio we know and love + shenanigans they got up to as students while there (taking school vehicles out for test drives, lurking in the instructor’s lounge, raiding the commissary for snacks and sneaking out past curfew to look at stars, etc)

-Keith explaining exactly why he dropped out and possibly admitting that, contrary to popular belief, he enjoyed and/or valued his time there

-Also possible reveal as to how Keith and Shiro knew each other? (*chanting* BROGANES BROGANES BROGANES)

-Entire ep is very feel good, despite Shiro’s absence, with all the characters sharing smiles and getting along

-Towards the end, Lance and Keith finally address their Garrison and current “rivalry” and where on Earth it came from (more like Keith cornering Lance and asking him if they could put past animosity behind them and finally be friends)

-“You don’t have to ask me that Mullet, we already are. We bonded, remember?” Cue wink/smooth exit and Keith spontaneously combusting

-Episode ends with flashback of the two meeting for the first time/first impressions of each other (mutual admiration plain as day, that neither of them admit but that the audience can clearly see)

Diplomatic Mission

-Okay hear me out this is not just plot device to get them all to dress in formal Altean clothes (although that aesthetic would be beautiful)

-I’m fairly certain that despite Zarkon’s expansive empire, there are still pockets of space that have been relatively untouched

-The gang while looking for Shiro, could find an unconquered planet with an alien race that could serve as a powerful ally in the fight against the empire

-However said alien race is (intentionally) oblivious to the what’s going on immediately outside their sphere of influence and feel like they don’t need to get involved (think Ba Sing Se from ATLA)

-And the gang try various methods of coercion/bargaining, but its ultimately ya boy Lance whose natural wit, charm and knack for diplomacy that lead to said planet finally joining the alliance (because I need more confident Lance letting his talents shine dammit)


-This would focus solely on these two characters: Allura training and trying to understand her newly discovered powers while we the audience follow Haggar as she grapples with losing Zarkon/getting Lotor ready and witnessing her command in the Galra infrastructure

-Perhaps without Zarkon’s protection she’s not taken as seriously by the other commanders and their rude disregard for her provoke a demonstration of power (giving the audience a true gauge of her power and possibly alluding that this is also what Allura is capable of)

-This could be a great opportunity to include flashbacks of Altea from both Allura and Haggar (offering two different perspectives of life there; one in royalty and happiness while the other not so much)

Matt’s Lost Days

-Yes this is the Voltron version of “Appa’s Lost Days” except it features Kerberos sweetheart, Matt Holt

-Basically its Matt’s POV from the moment they were imprisoned by Zarkon until the moment Pidge sees him in “Escape from Beta Traz” on the security footage feed


-But seriously, after Shiro took his spot in the gladiator ring, Matt vowed to make it up to his best friend by undermining Galra facilities however he could (he is eternally grateful for Pidge’s lessons on computer hacking)

-He also has that picture of himself and Pidge he carries around with him

-Episode ends with him breaking out, and looking up into the vast emptiness of space with a determined face and a hopeful “I’m coming, Katie”

These are a few general ones I had in mind, while the others are more Klance centric and might follow up in a separate post 

Feel free to message me about these or even more ideas, I’m going to be stewing in Vld hell until s3 anyways

jungianca6  asked:

No way. No.Fucking.Way. Are... are they showing Marco's death next week?! Fuck, I already cried today, I don't want to cry next week AGHHHHHHH

Oh boy, it really looks to me that WIT studio are going there, and episode 34 will show Chapter 77 animated!

I think the biggest clue is that screengrab of Bertolt from the ep. 34 preview. His expression is identical to this one seen in ch. 77; and if you look closely at the background in the episode preview, those clearly look like buildings (similar to those in Trost) rather than a forest of big trees.

I’m still not in agreement about moving this scene so far forward in the anime. I like it’s placement in the manga; it really contributes to Bertolt’s character development in the Return to Shiganshina story arc. However, this scene will make sense in the context of ep. 34.

We’ve already had flashbacks of Marco and Annie this season, so it doesn’t feel out of place to have another flashback with them included again. Additionally, I think they’re including this flashback now to make Reiner’s dissociative disorder more clear to anime-only viewers.

Whilst I’m not a fan of them changing the order of the manga, I still can’t wait for ep. 34. Next week can’t get here soon enough!

We’re good

Title: We’re good

Summary: Things seem to go south once again for the Winchester brothers. You’re left to pick up Dean’s pieces but not before giving to the person accountable a piece of your mind.

Author: deanssweetheart23

Characters: Dean Winchester x reader, Sam Winchester, Mary Winchester

Word count: 1514

Warnings: Season 12 spoilers (If you haven’t watched 12.14, “The Raid” then you should probably do so first), angst. 

Author’s Notes: I was supposed to be working on something else, but yesterday’s episodes gave me a lot of feels (as always but that’s another story). This is set right after the fight between Dean and Mary at the beginning of the episode. There is a flashback included in italics.

Hope you like it! <3 

Originally posted by justjensenanddean

You walked into the library, muttering expletives under your breath, only to find Sam Winchester waiting for you, beer in hand.

Giving him a half-distracted smile, you mumbled a greeting while he just looked at you, shaking his head.

“Do I even want to know?”

Despite yourself, you laughed.

“Probably not.”

Sam titled his head to the left and shot you a perplexed look, his eyes appraising you.

“What happened?”

“Let’s just say that your mum probably isn’t fond of me right now.”

Sam sighed and brought the green bottle to his lips, drinking.

“You’re right. I don’t want to know.” He told you when he was done and you nodded and leaned against the table.

“Is Dean still in his room?”


“Can I…”

“Yeah. Absolutely. Go.” He agreed, nodding. When you were ready to leave, he grabbed your hand in his huge one and squeezed it. “And thank you. For standing up for us…”

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The only one (Daryl x Reader)

Relationship : Daryl Dixon X Reader

Trigger warnings : Parental abuse , depression , 5 years age gap, consensual sex , death, violence, graphic scenes.

Rating : Mature + (Please do not read if you are under-aged)

 Summary :

 The narrative follows the reader and Daryl. The story starts pre-apocalypse and links the events of different stages of their lives as : kids, young adults and adults, focusing on their friendship and eventual love relationship . But when the world turns to dust, will they be able to make it? 

Read and find out.

 A/N I don’t want to make a big summary cause I don’t want to spoil the story. I’m really excited about this one , hope y’all enjoy!

P.S : The story begins in the past , and time skips until it reaches to the present day – Negan time. It also includes some flashbacks. I hope I write everything clearly enough, not to confuse you guys.

CopyRight: I do not own Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead nor any of the other characters mentioned in this story.  No copyright infringement is intended.

Part 1. Best friends, nothing more, nothing less!

 A road bump wakes you up. You’re in a car, driving. The tears dried as they found their own way down your cheeks. Your eyes are puffy . This wasn’t just a dream.

Same old story, happening again. As soon as you start to call a place home,  and make a few friends, your mother finds yet another boyfriend who convinces her to start fresh somewhere else , ‘A new beginning, the opportunities of a new life…’ Yadda yadda…..or better yet ‘I have a criminal record here, we can’t stay’. You’re only ten and you can see through their lies. Sometimes you wonder, is your mother just stupid, too desperate to have a man by her side or is she just a pathetic drunk?

 ‘We’re here’ Nick announces as he parks.

Your mom gets out of the car, excited. She knocks on your window three times. ‘Come on honey, let’s check out our new home’

You roll your eyes and follow her. Oh, did I mention you just arrived in the middle of nowhere, mountains of Georgia?

‘Hey kid, grab some bags will ‘ya?’ Nick scolds you, mumbling something about how you’re so useless.

You ignore him and decide to explore instead. You sneak between the tree lines and run, giggling.

This may not be that bad after all. The area is pretty beautiful, you’ve seen worse. A lot worse.

You look around and sigh. So far no neighbors , except for  the huge forest surrounding everything. Do trees count as neighbors? But at least you have nature, and a lot of open field to play.

‘Y/N , baby where did ya go?’  Your mother calls for you. Probably to make you clean while they have beers and cigarettes. You run deeper into the forest, expecting to find a hiding place.

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Should You Begin with Backstory, or Use Flashbacks?

I’ve been a fan for a long time and that’s why I turn to you for help. So… help!

I’m struggling with the story I’m working on since I’m not really sure of WHEN to begin the story. You see, my main character has been living in exile due a betrayal en her recent past and she’s about to go through a similar situation again. I think telling the story chrnologically would make it less interesting and repetitive since the betrayal part was not so long ago, but I don’t feel confident to rely on flashbacks, which I consider better fit for visual media. I’ve read some books that rely A LOT in flasbacks and the usual end result is clumsy, distracting and frustrating storytelling along the lines of: I will remember my tragic past right in the middle of this conversation!!

So, what can I do, how do I determine the starting point of my story? And how do I master the secret art of flashbacks?

Thanks in advance, Gabrielhound.

Hi Gabrielhound,

Where you should start the story, and whether that recent past should be included, depends on what your story is about. It sounds like the focus of the story is recovering from past trauma as she deals with new trouble, so it feels pretty natural that the past trauma is included in flashbacks. However, if she actually addresses the problems created directly by those past events, it might be better off as part of the story.

For instance, in the Count of Monte Cristo, the story starts with the betrayal. Then he spends about fifteen years in jail. Most of the story is after that, with him getting his revenge and restoring his place in the world. But he is closing the conflict that was opened with his betrayal, making its inclusion appropriate. If he was with new people, dealing with new problems, but those new situations reminded him of his past, flashbacks would have been more appropriate.

You’re right that flashbacks can be tricky to handle. But the results aren’t necessarily bad. Probably a lot of the clumsy flashbacks you read were by writers who didn’t understand that they should only be used when necessary. You can make them better by:

  • Drawing your readers into the story first. Don’t give them any flashbacks until they should be hooked.
  • Keeping flashbacks short, and using as few as necessary. It will help if her past events aren’t too complex. If they are, consider how you can simplify them. Choose only the most pivotal turning points from her backstory for flashbacks.
  • Never leaving your readers to wonder how the backstory is related to the current story. Ahead of the flashback, show that her past is influencing important choices she makes in the story. Then when you dive into the flashback, get right to the part that is relevant, don’t waste time warming up.
  • Choosing the right moment for the transition. As you’ve noticed, in the middle of a dialogue is one of the worst places, because pacing is important to dialogue, and it will sabotage that. Setup situations that remind your protagonist of her past while still giving her time for contemplation. Maybe she sees her old home. Maybe she’s in a waiting room, right before she encounters someone she used to know. I’ve seen a couple successful implementations of flashbacks shortly before the story’s climax. The conflict has escalated, giving readers enough motivation to get through a slower period, and the flashback has important reveals that matter to the climax.

It’s also possible you could summarize her past events without doing any flashbacks at all. Maybe your readers don’t need to know the fine details of what happened or relive the trauma with her to understand her motivation. Maybe they just need to know the gist. It depends on how central these past events are to your current conflict. Examine how much the past would enrich the present, and decide.

I hope that helped. Good luck!
~ Chris

Where Demons Hide

summary: Groaning into his pillow, Dan reached for his phone. Of course he had to spiral into the the black abyss of his mind when Phil was still on holiday with his family, thousands of miles away. A holiday he could’ve been a part of, but decided to miss out on in favour of spending some time alone in their new flat, recharging and finding the desperately needed inspiration for a new video. Or, Dan is struggling with anxiety and the one person he needs is thousands of miles away.

relationship: dan/phil

tags: established relationship, fluff, anxiety, anxiety attack, mental health issues, coping, comfort, existential crisis, flashbacks to 2009 

word count: 3,5k


This is my first time venturing into the realm of phanfic and I’m excited, but also a bit scared so… bear with me.

I wrote this mainly as a way of dealing with my own issues, so everything Dan’s experiencing is loosely based on my own issues/experiences. It’s also based on what he talked about in his last live show (May 2nd, 2017).

Aside from that there is also a lot of fluff thrown in there, including a flashback to 2009 because we all need to feel warm and fuzzy sometimes (especially when dealing with mental health issues), and what’s better for that than young love and domestic bliss?

This probably doesn’t need saying, but I want to say it anyway:
I do not, in any way, want to make any assumptions about Dan as a person or the mental health issues he’s struggling with. This is a character that is based on and highly influenced by what I know about Dan (and Phil) and I chose to explore this version of him(/them) as a way of dealing with my own struggles.

This is not beta’d, and English is not my first language, so anything sounding weird is on me. I’m sorry.

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Post-Col/AU Tuesday

Philes, we’re going to do something a little different today, and we’re going to break a few of our own rules to do it.  But there’s a method to our madness, and we hope you stay with us because today’s rec is something that you need to experience, rather than read.

@all-these-ghosts is one of our favorite writers currently contributing to the fandom.  So when she started writing today’s post-col alternate universe fic several weeks back, at first we were intrigued.  Then, we were confused.  She posted only snippets of her story at a time, and posted them sporadically, giving us flashes of the life Mulder, Scully and William had built for themselves Before.  But the entries were laden with portent, warnings that something was coming.  

Then we were hit with images.  Photos.  Song lyrics.  Snippets of handwritten notes, like this one:

And that would be the only thing that was posted on the story.  For hours.  Leaving us perplexed.  Anxious.  What the hell is going on?  (If anyone lived through the television phenomenon that was Lost, this is eerily similar.)  

Then it hit us:  We’re being rationed out pieces of a story like a post-col survivor rations out food and water.  We’re given glimpses of lives half-lived, and it’s forcing us, as readers, to feel as though we’re experiencing the same off-kilter, survivalist sense of being, not sure what the whole picture is, not sure what’s going on, and not sure when the next blow is going to come.

So we did what any sane people would do…we turned on our notifications for @all-these-ghosts‘s blog so that every time she posts another portion of her story, we’d be right there, devouring every word of it as she posted.  And that’s what we are suggesting you do, once you catch up.  

A Note From Us:  Tumblr is not always the most ideal platform for WIPs, and we are going against our own rules NOT to post WIPs.  But today’s rec is truly MEANT to be read as a WIP, and the experience of it is something we are coming to appreciate with every post.  

Please Note:  Today’s link takes you back to the very first part of the story.  But what we suggest you do is go to @all-these-ghosts‘ blog, scroll as far back as you can to find the very first entry of this story, then start scrolling up until you catch up.  Then turn on your notifications so you get the next part of the story as she posts it.  And trust us.  She keeps you on the edge of your seat.  We have a mini-panic attack every time we get a notification that the next part of the story has been posted.

Title:  Then the Bomb

Author:  @all-these-ghosts

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  WIP

Synopsis:   Post-col alternate universe where Mulder and Scully got to raise William.  Includes flashbacks from before colonization.

Spoilers:  None

Possible Triggers:  None