Hello friends!

Hope all is going well with you. A short update:

I scored an interview with Penguin Random House. So, so excited I can’t hardly contain my joy. I flew out to New York City two days ago and had my interview yesterday. And oh my goodness, the place. Definitely some hiccups along the way, but once I got there….

They gave me books.

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Oh, and I have a small ‘marketing assignment’ that I’ll turn in today…and then I wait to hear if they like me. So some good vibes would be much appreciated.

And sorry for the lack of original posts lately. But new things are in the works, so get pumped!

PS What are you reading right now? I just started American War by Omar El Akkad, near-future dystopian civil war set in the South. Phew. Very interesting so far.

Tonight I finished off the two Ika Class Mechanical Squids for my Empire of the Blazing Sun fleet.
I really like these models, the sculpts are great!
They also go really well with the rest of my fleet, and I’m definitely going to be painting up more of the models I have waiting to join the Empire on the high seas!

Happy Hobbying!


Listopia - 10 Most Popular Posts on this Tumblr

At this moment, these are the most liked/reposted posts on this Tumblr. All Dramione! You naughty people do love fics rated M (and quite a bit of smutty ones too)!

1) Thirty Times Lucky by Galfoy
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 2 chapters
√ Rated M
√ Dystopian World
√ Smut

2) It Began With A Muggle Contraption by Emerald-Kisses
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 1 chapter
√ Rated M
√ 7th Year of Hogwarts, Post War
√ Smut

3) The Advocate’s Handwriting by Bex-Chan
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 1 chapter
√ Rated M
√ Dystopian World
√ Romance, War Story

4) Educating Draco by sammy921
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 2 chapters
√ Rated M
√ 7th Year of Hogwarts, Post War
√ Smut

5) The Boy in the Hammock by Galfoy
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 18 chapters
√ Rated M
√ Dystopian World
√ Romance, War Story

6) The Best Cure by Musyc
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 1 chapter
√ Rated M
√ Post War
√ Smut

7) Bond by MrBenzedrine
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 5 chapters
√ Rated M
√ Post War
√ Smut, Romance

8) Head Games by MissFantastic
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 22 chapters
√ Rated M
√ 7th Year of Hogwarts, Post War
√ Smut

9) Love Me Twice by Bex-Chan
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 1 chapter
√ Rated M
√ Dystopian World
√ Romance

10) Hunted by Bex-Chan
√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ 36 chapters
√ Rated M
√ Post War
√ Romance, Whodunnit


With New Years Eve approaching, I thought I’d take the time to summarize 2012. More specific, I thought I’d gather everything I painted during 2012, considering I challenged a few of my friends (and everyone else that wanted to) to a bit of a Motivational Challenge. The Challenge was to paint one unit in a game of your choice every month for 2012 (started in march). So here’s pictures of all my pledges and finished units. As you can see there are alot of different models/armies/units from a number of different games.

Now, for 2013 I hope to continue painting, and perhaps finish my 2nd Legion List, add new units and warjacks to my Khador, paint the Swarmlord and a Flying Hive Tyrant for my Tyranids, and much much more.

So, to end I thought I’d wish you all a Happy New Year and hope to see more painted miniatures next year. And finally, what did you paint during 2012?

fawert  asked:

Since Sam and Dean don't exist in au, Michael and Lucifer definitely skipped the true vessel bs then went to war with angels and demons in their true forms (angel blades sticking out of the ground proves it). That means au Cas is in his true form and Jimmy Novak is probably dead in a ditch somewhere. I hate the idea of Jack resurrecting Cas cause that'd be too easy and basically turns him into god. So when Misha comes back, how can they bring Cas back with him?

Nonny 1: i saw the ask in which the Anon is wondering if they would make Misha play AU Cas, but i don’t believe they would do that, in fact it really wouldn’t make a lick of sense, because Cas in that AU aint Cas, what made Cas the angel we know and love is that he was the one who pulled Dean out of hell, Dean who changed him and taught him free will, and in that AU dean was never born to begin with, so AU Cas would be just an angel.

Nonny 2: Hello! I was wondering about the possibilities and any possible theories on the bizzaro-Narnia AU-where-Dean-and-Sam were never born world. Do you think that it could be explored, or that we might see AU! Cas? Not as in an outright replacement, but maybe 1 or 2 episodes with him as a commander of a garrison of angels? You’re by far one of the most optimistic meta writers I’ve met and I really need some happy speculation to get me through hellatus. Sorry if you’ve covered this before. Thanks!

Hello, lovelies!

So, three wonderful asks that all have to do with this AU World that’s been so suddenly thrown into the mix. I’m glad I get to tackle this topic! Thanks fawert and Nonnies! (and forgive my reply taking sooo long!)

The basis for the following speculation is that I believe the narrative is closing as the writers are moving it towards endgame. Everything in S11-S12 is telling me this because S11 began the movement by forcing Dean Winchester to admit to himself that he is properly, truly, madly and deeply in love with Cas. Read more on my thoughts about this here.

In short:

  • Dean Winchester is our Protagonist
  • His character growth is what informs the narrative
  • He wouldn’t have been set on this particular path of character growth if he hadn’t met Cas
  • Dean’s growth is what is allowing him to let go of Sam, ending the brodependency, and granting him the insight to find his true self-worth, through self-acceptance
  • His self-acceptance has a whole lot to do with letting go of his toxic masculinity spiel
  • His letting go of this will be most clearly demonstrated by him fully embracing the fact that he’s in love with a man
  • Happiness with the man he loves is Dean’s reward for completing his character growth, reaching the internal goal of his character arc: which is self-acceptance

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(yeah) (he knows)

Now, I don’t know that this is where they’re taking the narrative, okay? Let me be perfectly clear about that. No one knows exactly what they’re planning (except the fuckers themselves) and they might go absolutely crazy in order to drag the narrative out for six more seasons.

However - and this is a big however, you guys - the writers have consistently, and with extreme due diligence, built a slow-burning love story between Dean and Cas that is beginning to peak - that’s what S12 gave us - meaning that going absolutely crazy to drag this love story out will jar with everything that’s come before.

Let’s not forget that our story is about love, and sacrifice, and love.

Love is mentioned twice by Metatron because our story has always been foremost about love.

Keep reading

Honestly though one of the reasons I love Transformers is because if you think through the implications of the usual plot, it is actually one of the most horrifyingly dystopian tales imaginable.

Civil war ravages a planet until everyone regardless of side is starving due to widespread famine. Both sides are forced to leave their home for unknown verdant lands populated by quite-possibly-hostiles you have to hide from. The deep unhealed divisions of the civil war persist as one side wants to befriend these strange creatures and ask them for the food you need, and the other side worries that this will make you beggars at the whim of strangers–so they want to raid, steal, and destroy instead.

Quite honestly I think one reason antis baffle me so much is these are the stories I saw as an 80s kid. Yes, it was presented in a lighthearted and silly way and some themes were toned down considerably for kids–as I think they probably should have been.

But there weren’t assumptions like “we can’t show kids war and famine.”

There wasn’t this idea that kids–and fragile adults!–will take anything they see and decide that it is good, the way that there is now.

anonymous asked:

Hello! So I just finished a piece, and in it, not very much happens. It follows more of the charecters journey within them self than any particular plot. (Think 'Catcher in the Rye'). I was wondering if you had any tips on how to keep the readers attention without much storyline?

Thanks for your question, anon!  This is a good question :)

The kind of story you’re referring to is a character-driven plot, a popular style of fiction recognized in stories like Anne of Green Gables, The Help, and Anna Karenina.  These plots follow characters through their lives, with no single, definitive plot – rather, multiple small ones that serve the overall theme of developing the main character/s.  So in this sense, there is storyline – just a more subtle kind.

Naturally, these plots have different rules than plot-driven plots, which can make them a new, challenging experience for a writer who isn’t accustomed to it.  This is actually something I’ve been working on for the past year, transitioning from a plot-heavy story to one which simply follows two characters up to their wedding!  So I’ll just share with you what I’ve learned over the past year…

Character-Driven Writing

There are a few absolutely necessary ingredients to a successful character-driven story – to keep readers interested without a singular, gripping plotline.  You won’t be surprised by the first one…

1. Strong, Three-Dimensional Characters

It’s obvious that solid character-driven stories are built on solid characters, as is any story, really.  But with character plots, this is all your readers have keeping them there – the personalities, backstories, emotions, flaws, and goals of your characters.  A story based on a character’s life won’t be read if that character isn’t relatable and interesting.  So when planning your characters, make sure they are relatable, three-dimensional, flawed, motivated, and unique.

2. Engaging Conflicts

Between characters or inside them, conflict must be something that involves your readers as much as a dystopian war scene or a magic-wielding hero arc. There should be multiple kinds of conflict, although the strongest should be internal conflict.  It’s the strongest tool for character development, which is a necessity for this kind of fiction.  Create moral dilemmas, interpersonal disagreements, relationship trouble – be a little sh*t to your characters and make problems out of everything.  Put them in specific situations that draw out their flaws.  Bring their self-image crashing down in one fell swoop, and then give them a swift kick in the ass until they man up and develop.  This kind of intensity will keep your readers paying attention, just to see what happens next.

3. Character Chemistry

I can’t stress this one enough: if your story revolves around your characters, they must have chemistry with each other.  There’s nothing more painful than watching a bunch of three-dimensional, beautiful characters gather together and talk at each other like sticks.  This is doubly important for romantic couples, as they are often the heart of character-driven plots and must be believable (else they become annoying).  There are different ways to research for your chemistry experiments; I typically observe popular friendships/relationships on TV, or look back on my old text conversations to see how my old friendships developed.  Find what works for you and apply it to your story!

4. Wins and Losses

This is a crucial element to writing a character-driven story, mainly because it’s easier to overlook here than in plot-driven stories.  When there are only interpersonal and individual plots, rather than long, drawn-out plots, it’s not as natural to find the highs and lows, the peaks and valleys, of your story.  It’s tempting to make everything go right (or wrong) in one long sequence, and that’s no good.  Find a rhythm; when your character loses her job, introduce her to a possible love interest.  When the love interest makes your character’s life into a daydream, introduce a new job that creates distance between them.  This sort of give and take – where everything is never completely good or completely bad – is essential and will lend your story more realism (and entertainment!).

Those are my main tips, but if you have any specific concerns about your story, send me another ask and I’ll try to help :)  Thanks, and good luck!

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

The Boy in the Hammock - by Galfoy

√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ Setting: 1 year later
√ 18 chapters
√ My score: ❤❤❤❤ (very nice)
√ Rating: M
√ Language: ***** (close to no mistakes)

Hermione tugged at the string holding the hood onto the boy’s head, gingerly pulling the fabric back to reveal his face. Lying before her, barely recognizable beyond the swelling and the blood, but still very much himself, was Draco Malfoy.

My notes: Yep, I feel the love again!😍 This author really has a thing for emotions. It’s not easy to write about them and really touch the reader, without becoming sappy. I adored the ‘internal conversations’ they had in their heads! Very badass Hermione and damn did I love Narcissa! Only ‘bad’ thing I can say is that the story went really fast, I was sad it was over when I finished reading it.

dominiqweasley  asked:

Hello. I'd like to suggest Nightmares and Nocturnes by olivieblake. And I like to suggest it on a DROP ANY SHIT YOU'RE DOING AND READ THIS level. It's a WIP but it's near the end and I really trust the author to finish her fanfics. I can honestly say I love this as much as I love Isolation and Cruel and Beautiful World. Highly recommended! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Okay. I'm done freaking out over how good this is. 😭


Nightmares and Nocturnes By: olivieblake - M, 31 chaptersA story per night to save her life. Dramione, dystopian post-war AU.

page-28  asked:

(1/2) Hello! I'm writing a dystopian story about a war over fresh water, and my main character comes from Country A with full access to fresh water and is also very sheltered from the realities of countries B and C where people are dying in masses. When country B attacks A, MC takes refuge in country C and meets up with a draft evader from country B and they and some others make it their mission to assassinate the general of country B who they believe is to blame for the war and obstructing

(2/2) any chance of peace and sharing water supply. My question is my MC’s personality seems like only her reactions to the plot and has no real established personality/characterization from before the story begins - she goes from optimistic/creative to angry/bitter from seeing how other people live and living through war herself, but overall she’s a weak character but one I want to keep around - how can I make a personality shine through in the story that’s distinct from a character arc?


One thing to keep in mind is that when a reader is reading your story, they don’t have any kind of sense for established characterization or personality for the MC. All they know of her personality is how she reacts to the world around her (or her thoughts, if your story is written in first person or includes her inner dialogue often enough). The reader’s only window into your MC’s personality is how she reacts and interacts with the setting and plot events. It’s not as much of an issue as you think. 

This person has a pretty great list of things to fill out for your character that gives zero regard to what they look like or their place in the plot. All that matters is the “heart” and “mind” of the character. It’s at the very end of this deviantart post, titled “Advanced Character Development Traits and Flaws,” with a bunch of tildes (~) separating the sections. Give it a go, fill it out for your MC (and other important people, why not), and get a nice strong feel for who they are on the inside. http://ookamikasumi.deviantart.com/art/Advanced-CHARACTER-Creation-152570377

Mirintala: *slides on in with her character sheet as well* http://mirintala.deviantart.com/art/Basic-Character-Sheet-4587100 It definitely helps to figure out who your character is,unless you’re like me and just start writing to find out.


All characters are subject to their circumstances. The responses of a character coming from a place of privilege to the harsh realities of deprivation are defining.But I think your character problem might be more about her being reactive vs proactive. Is she just pushed toward situations? Or does she choose to seek them out? You seem to have a proactive beginning. She seeks refuge in a foreign country. Let her keep making active decisions.  


Someone’s personality doesn’t need to change over the course of a story. It can, especially if it’s a coming-of-age story, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Harry Potter is just as oblivious at the end of his story as he is at the beginning, Katniss Everdeen just as prickly, John McClane just as irreverent. They undergo change, but they are rarely completely remade.

Now, if nothing about her is changing over the course of her story, that’s a different issue. One tactic is to take a look at the kind of person she wants to be and the kind of person she needs to be (note: not necessarily the same thing) by the story’s end, then figure out just how much change you’ll have to put them through to decide where that arc starts. It’s okay for a character to be passive initially as long as they’re interesting or enough interesting stuff is happening around them, but they’re going to need to take the reins at some point and start making the decisions that drive the plot. Shadow from American Gods is a good example of this: he’s pretty passive through the first half, letting it be Wednesday’s show, but at a certain point he steps up and makes it clear why this is his story.

Current WIPs....

These are my nonposted WIPs…. I think before doing circus AU I need to close out two or three…. it’s gonna be a beast… a couple of these could be super long one shots…. who knows.

Ok…. here is the list! Any ideas or thoughts about these?!?

Circus AU - late 1900’s - all the ships

Countrylife AU - Otayuri / PliRoy

PornStar AU - Otayuri mostly…..

Stalker AU - Otayuri

Time Travel AU - could be any ship - Victuuri prob

Blind AU - any ship - possibly one shot

Fighter AU - Otayuri — really long af one shot

Dystopian War - Victuuri or Otayuri…

anonymous asked:

3 5 10 17 23 26 29 30 31 33 40 45 (So many questions, sorry!)

3. Least favorite part of writing.
The editing. 

5. Books or authors that influenced your style the most.
Richard Siken, House of Leaves, American Gods, The secret history.

10. Pick a writer to co-write a book with and tell us what you’d write about.
@archistratego and I still need to work on that modern dystopian Trojan War retelling. I just have so much to do that it’s my fault we just don’t get any work done.

17. On avarage, how much writing do you get done in a day?
It depends. I usually write between 2-3 hours a day and sometimes I get only 1k words and sometimes I get 4k words done. 

23. Single or multi POV, and why?
Multi because I love to explore all of the characters.

26. Standalone or series, and why?
Both. Standalones are good for books that you know tell a story in itself. Series are good if you want to expand the universe a bit.

29. Who do you write for?
For myself and only myself.

30. Favorite line you’ve ever written.
The memory hit Judah like a knife.
Yeshua’s palm was board and warm against his throat when he pressed his fingers into the flesh. “What would you do if I’d choked you, Judah?”
A strange constellation of emotions passed through Judah’s body long before panic set in. He remembered his own voice, low like an old record that had been played too often.
“Pray,” he said.
Moan, he meant.

31. Hardest character to write.
Ethan in London Bleeding.

33. Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
No, never. Writing is work for me and I want to concentrate to have the best outcome so I never listen to music when writing.

40. Original Fiction or Fanfiction, and why?
Original. I stopped writing fanfiction because I wanted to tell my own stories and not retell old stories in new clothes.

45. Worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten.
There was someone who I trusted to read some chapters of one of my projects and they started to say things that didn’t work out and why they didn’t work out. And how I should change my writing style because some things just didn’t made any sense for them because they were more poetically meant. If someone tells you that your story doesn’t work - think about it. But as soon as they start to tell and list all the things why they think it doesn’t work and what you need to change, don’t listen. Because these people usually don’t know anything about your story at all.

And Kelsea wondered suddenly whether humanity ever actually changed. Did people grow and learn at all as the centuries passed? Or was humanity merely like the tide, enlightenment advancing and then retreating as circumstances shifted? The most defining characteristic of the species might be lapse.
—  Erika Johansen, The Invasion of The Tearling