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Write-O-Ween Prompts: Unusual and Rare Words Edition

As practice for the famous NANOWRIMO, a prompts list of unusual and rare words! I’ll try writing them: will you?

  1. Uncanny: strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way
  2. Chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful
  3. Susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound
  4. Aubade: a song greeting the dawn
  5. Ephemeral: lasting a very short time
  6. Sempiternal: everlasting; eternal
  7. Euphonious: pleasing; sweet in sound
  8. Billet-doux: a love letter
  9. Pluviophile: any organism that thrives in conditions of heavy rainfall; one who loves rain, a rain-lover
  10. Redamancy: act of loving in return
  11. Lachesism: the desire to be struck by disaster; to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire
  12. Rubatosis: the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat
  13. Nodus Tollens: the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore
  14. Opia: the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable
  15. Monachopsis: the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place
  16. Énouement: the bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self
  17. Skulduggery: devious behavior
  18. Tatterdemalion: raggedly dressed person; looking disreputable or decayed
  19. Athazagoraphobia: the feeling of being forgotten, ignored, or replaced
  20. Oblivion: the state of being completely forgotten or unknown; connotes feelings of isolation and aloofness, which lead to the annihilation or extinction of the self metaphorically
  21. Abditory:  a hiding, safe place to disappear 
  22. Hiraeth: the homesickness for a home you can never return to; a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past
  23. Fernweh: the ache for distant places; the craving for travel
  24. Sonder: the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own
  25. Kenopsia: the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet
  26. Kuebiko: a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence
  27. Quiddity: the essence or inherent nature of a person or thing / an eccentricity; an odd feature / a trifle; a nicety or quibble
  28. Wayfarer: a traveler, especially on foot
  29. Nepenthe: a medicine for sorrow; a place, person or thing, which can aid in forgetting your pain and suffering
  30. Gloaming: defined as twilight and dusk; the day’s end, the glittery, transient echo when time and nature meet
  31. Eunoia: literally meaning “beautiful thinking” / FREE SPACE

me: oh new SW movies and live action TV show? that’s great i am really looking forward to seeing all that!

me internally:



farminmomma  asked:

I'm a newby to Nanowrimo and it's been a long time since I've written anything outside of a Facebook post. I'm starting to fizzle out, and I was wondering if you had any tips for motivation/inspiration?

Hi! Congratulations on making it this far! 

I totally understand about losing motivation. I’ve gone entire months without writing just because I don’t feel motivated or inspired. But NaNoWriMo is a special case, so here’s what I recommend.

Walk away for a second. I know this is recommended a lot, but that’s because it works. Stop staring at a screen, walk a few blocks around outside, get some water, cuddle a pet. Take a moment to breathe and when you come back, try to come back with fresh eyes.

Ask yourself: what are all the things that could go wrong in this situation? Then pick one, and write it out. Some advice says that your plot should be caused directly by your character–them doing things instead of things happening to them, but all conventional advice goes out the window for NaNoWriMo.

On a semi-related note, don’t be afraid to take your time in your writing. Once you pick a plot point to write, you can take it slow! Write out the details, write out your character’s initial reactions, write out the consequences, and stretch all of this out like taffy. 

Know that even if you don’t hit the 50K, you are still a great writer. NaNoWriMo is a big commitment, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out. My first NaNo, I only did about 22K. But that was more than I wrote in a year, and so I still counted it as a success. Plus, it was fun! 

Find a good soundtrack to pump you up when you write. I personally use this site as background noise, but there are also a ton of ambient noise lists out there.

Try and remember why you love the story you’re telling and the characters you’re writing. You’re doing NaNo because there’s a story inside you, and it might be hard to get it out, but it will happen, and that’s a great thing!

Long story short: don’t forget to take care of yourself, breaks are healthy, and writing is fun! You should be proud of every word you write and every day you keep going. I believe in you!

Great Chemistry (Part 3)

Summary: After years of auditions and small acting jobs, you finally get picked to play the female lead in a major spy movie: Rogue Agency. Suddenly you find out that the actor playing the male lead and love interest is none other than Sebastian Stan himself. Throughout the story you go through the motions of filming a movie and come to find out that you and Seb have great chemistry. Do you take the leap and let yourself fall in love with your costar?

Pairing: Sebastian Stan x Reader

Word Count: 3,274

Warnings: Fluff, Angst (a little at the end), cussing, fake violence

A/N: Hello again friends! I’m posting this before I have no signal at school tomorrow (a tragedy) and become unable to post it. I’m glad so many of you have been liking this series. I get so excited thinking about what to write next. There are parts of the story that I am so excited to write, but I guess we’ll both have to be patient until we get there. In this part there’s a little backstory to the reader at the end. I hope you like it *anxiously bites nails*. Let me know what you think! (But be nice lol)


“I can’t say I’m surprised.” You say casually.

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The Aitnaîan Son

I wrote this at work in an unexpected flash of inspiration - especially considering I haven’t done anything with Warsmith Damakairon in a while. Beware, it’s a long one…

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“Sometimes when I talk to people who are impressed by my writing, they say things like ‘I could never do that’.”
“It’s really depressing, you know?”
“As someone who loves more than anything else to share the joy of exploring your passions…”
“…it pains me when people think that being good just comes naturally.”
“That’s how it is with everything, not just writing.”
“When you try something for the first time, you’re probably going to suck at it.”
“Sometimes, when you finish, you feel really proud of it and even want to share it with everyone.”
“But maybe after a few weeks you come back to it, and you realize it was never really any good.”
“That happens to me all the time.”
“It can be pretty disheartening to put so much time and effort into something, and then you realize it sucks.”
“But that tends to happen when you’re always comparing yourself to the top professionals.”
“When you reach right for the stars, they’re always gonna be out of your reach, you know?”
“The truth is, you have to climb up there, step by step.”
“And whenever you reach a milestone, first you look back and see how far you’ve gotten…”
“And then you look ahead and realize how much more there is to go.”
“So, sometimes it can help to set the bar a little lower…”
“Try to find something you think is pretty good, but not world-class.”
“And you can make that your own personal goal.”
“It’s also really important to understand the scope of what you’re trying to do.”
“If you jump right into a huge project and you’re still amateur, you’ll never get it done.”
“So if we’re talking about writing, a novel might be too much at first.”
“Why not try some short stories?”
“The great thing about short stories is that you can focus on just one thing that you want to do right.”
“That goes for small projects in general - you can really focus on the one or two things.”
“It’s such a good learning experience and stepping stone.”
“Oh, one more thing…”
“Writing isn’t something where you just reach into your heart and something beautiful comes out.”
“Just like drawing and painting, it’s a skill in itself to learn how to express what you have inside.”
“That means there are methods and guides and basics to it!”
“Reading up on that stuff can be super eye-opening.”
“That sort of planning and organization will really help prevent you from getting overwhelmed and giving up.”
“And before you know it…”
“You start sucking less and less.”
“Nothing comes naturally.”
“Our society, our art, everything - it’s built on thousands of years of human innovation.”
“So as long as you start on that foundation, and take it step by step…”
“You, too, can do amazing things.”

-the most amazing words from Doki Doki Literature Clubs best girl Monika.

Great Chemistry (Part 6)

Summary: After years of auditions and small acting jobs, you finally get picked to play the female lead in a major spy movie: Rogue Agency. Suddenly you find out that the actor playing the male lead and love interest is none other than Sebastian Stan himself. Throughout the story you go through the motions of filming a movie and come to find out that you and Seb have great chemistry. Do you take the leap and let yourself fall in love with your costar?

Pairing: Sebastian Stan x Reader

Word Count: 2,920

Warnings: Fluff, mention of blood and injury, angst

A/N: Oh wow I’m early in posting. I actually had half of this part written out for a while because I knew how I wanted the second half of it to go. It was only a matter of leading up to it, so yeah that’s why it’s done a bit quicker. This part is a bit emotional and I hope you like it!


“Wait, so he said that he only saw you as a friend?” Ingrid asks you once again over the phone.

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So, I was in the library looking for a Diane Mott Davidson book a couple of weeks ago to take camping with me, when I found this book – it sort of visually jumped out and grabbed me, even though it’s in a really dull beige cover and I had no idea who Avram Davidson was. 

I’m not sure if I’m just the last human on earth to find out who Avram Davidson is or if he’s a forgotten legend, but looking at the cover it became clear he was an influential writer – the book is a collection of short stories, each with an introduction by someone who knew or read Davidson, including Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Ursula LeGuin, Peter Beagle, Frederik Pohl, Spider Robinson, Poul and Karen Anderson, and Alan Dean Foster. 

What the hell, I thought, they might be terrible or they might be great, but at least they’ll be fun. 

It turns out Avram Davidson is GREAT. His short stories are funny, pointed, sarcastic, progressive (to an extent – his world is a very masculine one, there aren’t many ladies) and really entertaining. My favorites are two of the early stories, “The Golem” and “Help! I Am Dr. Morris Goldpepper”. The Golem is about an old Jewish couple who are sitting on the porch chatting with each other when a Golem shows up, and instead of being terrified or even excited they are mostly annoyed he keeps interrupting their chat with his Super Dramatic Speech. On the other hand, Help! I Am Dr. Morris Goldpepper is about an ingenious dentist who, summoning to his aid the American Dental Association (representing over 45,000 registered dentists!) foils an invasion by aliens bent on abusing California’s elder care system. 

Some of them are super surreal, like Take Wooden Indians, which involves a sinister cult who want to prevent human progress in order to preserve the art of the wooden Cigar Store Indian by stealing the secret of time travel from a man who likes to go back in time and carve them. Another story, Or All The Seas With Oysters, is basically a sinister take on Pokemon, decades before it was invented. 

I didn’t care much for the story “Revolver” as a whole, but it does have a wonderful page-long passage about a slumlord who prefers tenants on public welfare because they get regular checks, “never complain” about vermin, and have had their souls “cleansed” by the humiliation of being considered a drain on society. It’s a heavily barbed indictment both of how we treat our poor and how landlords dodge fair/safe housing laws. 

Every time Davidson launches into a story about something reprehensible – slavery, orientalism, our view of poverty in America – I cringe, expecting….well, what we’ve come to see a lot of in golden age scifi. But then he turns it on his head and bites viciously into it. It’s wonderful to read. Like the story Dagon, which seems on the surface to be about a white soldier In The Exotic East, turns out to be a wonderful story of his punishment for his misdeeds. I would guess a lot of his sensitivity towards these things stems from him being a Jewish writer in the mid-20th century, in a genre heavily laden with racism and anti-Other sentiment, but I think also it comes from him being fuckin’ brilliant. 

Anyway, it is a super thick book and I had to read it in fits and starts because short stories are exhausting, but I highly recommend Avram Davidson’s work if you happen across it. APPARENTLY it influenced like three generations of famous SFF writers, too, so there’s that. 

  • Jungkook: I’m just so tired.
  • Jimin: Tired of what?
  • Jungkook: I don’t know. That’s the point. I don’t know what this is or what to call it. I’m just tired. Tired of the way I’m living.
  • Jimin: You’re not making much sense.
  • Jungkook: I’m just tired.
  • Jimin: You said that already. Dammit, are you going to say something that makes sense or just repeat yourself over and over?
  • Jungkook: No, I’m trying-
  • Jimin: Well you’re just wasting my time currently. Are you going to say something or what?
  • Jungkook: I'M TIRED OF BEING YOUR SECRET. There I said it. I;m tired of being something you keep behind closed doors. I’m tired of being your whore. I’m tired of only spending time with you when no one is around to see us. I’m tired of that. I’m so tired of worrying all the time that someone will find out.
  • Jimin: ... I thought we went over this. I’m not ready for others to know-
  • Jungkook: I know. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said anything. I know how you feel about these things. Forget I said anything, please.
  • Jimin: Don’t do this now.
  • Jungkook: Do what? Look I’m sorry I brought it-
  • Jimin: Stop. Just stop. You’re acting like this is nothing. Like you didn’t say all of that. Why are you so quick to dismiss it?
  • Jungkook: I don’t understand. I thought you were angry at me for bringing it up, I thought that’s what you wanted me to do. I’m sorry okay?
  • Jimin: So you’re willing to forget everything you said about you being tired of the way you’re living? I don’t understand. If you’re so unhappy with things why don’t you just end it?
  • Jungkook: BECAUSE I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU OKAY! There. You get all my secrets tonight. I can’t end it because I’d rather be with you and have it hurt like it does than be without you.I’m fucked up, I know, like a freaking drug addict but it’s true. I can’t be without you. Even if we’re secret and locked away.
  • Jimin: *silence*
  • Jungkook: Look, I really shouldn’t have said anything. I’m sorry. I’ll leave if you want, I’ve already ruined everything. You, um, won’t ever have to hear from me again. I’ll… I’ll g-ge-t over you.
  • Jimin: No, wait-
  • *crash*
  • Jimin: What was that? Are you still there?
  • Jimin: Can you hear me?
  • Jimin: Please say something!
  • Jimin: Are you okay? Please answer me. What’s happening?
  • Jimin: Please, I’m so freaking sorry. I never meant to hurt you. I-I thought you were okay with it too.
  • Jimin: Just say something!
  • Jimin: Tell me you’re okay!
  • Jimin: NO!
  • Alternate endings:
  • - Jungkook is injured and Jimin meets him in the hospital after he was found by the ambulance. Jimin was also searching the streets himself, trying to find Jungkook.
  • - It turns out he was hit by a car, and although his injuries were critical his condition became stable. Jimin was able to apologize for everything that he’s done.
  • - Jimin wants to start a new so he takes Jungkook on so many dates, showering him with love, telling everyone who he knows that he loves Jungkook so much. They live a beautiful and wonderful life together.
  • - OR
  • - Jungkook dies in the ambulance and Jimin didn’t even get to say good bye. He is overwhelmed with guilt and remorse, and none of his friends or family know why.
  • - He attends Jungkook’s funeral and is hit even harder with the consequences of his actions when someone asks him how he knew Jungkook because no one knows what they had together.
  • - When everyone else has left it goes to a scene with him kneeling before Jungkook’s headstone apologizing for everything he has ever done to the boy. It ends with Jimin saying, “If I could I would go back and redo everything. I’m sorry that I kept you my dirty little secret.”
  • - OR
  • - After the call fails, Jimin runs out of his house, searching the streets for Jungkook, finally he hears a big commotion and turns the corner to see the scene of a car crash.
  • - His heart jumps painfully in his throat and his hands shake as he approaches the scene. Someone is calling to police and others are huddled around the car. His stomach drops when he sees a huddle of people around something on his ground.
  • - He doesn’t want to believe that this is real, but it really sinks in when he stops Jungkook’s phone lying to the side, the screen cracked just down the middle. He drops to his knees next to the huddle of people, who part when they notice him. The first thing he sees is blood. Then his eyes move to a face.
  • - “Jungkook,” he chokes out, reaching up a hand to touch Jungkook’s bloodied face. Glossy eyes look back up at him, holding too much pain and heartbreak.
  • - “Hyung?” The voice is cracked and shaky.
  • - “I’m so sorry Kook,” he whispers back, not knowing what to say. “This is so messed up. This wasn’t how it was supposed to be.” Jungkook’s smile is all too sad and broken, and it makes, even more, tears run down Jimin’s face.
  • - “Don’t cry, Hyung. Don’t worry. It will be okay.” Jimin wants so desperately to believe it, but Jungkook’s eyes are closing, and the grip he had on Jimin’s hand has gone weak and everything’s happening all too fast because Jimin didn’t get to tell him how much he wanted to go back and do it all over again.
  • - He didn’t get to tell him how much Jungkook’s mattered to him, how much he needed him, how much he cared for him. He didn’t get to tell him that he was falling in love with him, even if it scared him so much, he couldn’t go without Jungkook’s smile or laugh.
  • - He didn’t even get to tell him that he didn’t care what the others thought anymore. He didn’t care as long as he has Jungkook. As he pressed his lips to Jungkook’s forehead he thought of Jungkook’s words. It will be okay. Nothing would be okay, he thought.
  • - Nothing would ever be okay again.
  • - OR
  • - Jimin finds Jungkook alone in the street, the car that run into him seems to have been a hit and run. Jimin fumbles for his phone, before calling the ambulance. They assure him that they are on their way, and tell him to wait.
  • - His shaky hands place the phone aside, moving them to cup Jungkook’s cheeks. He tries to ignore the blood gushing from Jungkook’s wounds, tears dripping from his eyes.
  • - Jungkook’s eyes open slowly, blinking up at him. It makes Jimin’s breath catch in his throat, when he sees Jungkook’s eyes, so full of pain, reminding him of all his mistakes.
  • - “Hey Kookie,” he says softly, his voice breaking.
  • Jungkook tries to say something but he breaks off into terrible coughs. Jimin hears the sirens, wailing loudly in the darkness of the night.
  • - “It’ll be okay. They’ll fix you, Kook.” Jimin holds Jungkook’s face ever so gently. “I’m so sorry for everything.”
  • - The ambulance pulls to a stop and the paramedics pull him away from Jungkook. He is allowed to ride in the ambulance.
  • Jimin is allowed to see Jungkook the next day, and Jungkook is awake enough for Jimin to be able to apologize for everything and tell Jungkook about how he felt. Jimin begins to have hope again.
  • - On the third day of him staying at the hospital, the doctors come to him with sullen faces. Jungkook is in a critical condition and his internal injuries were much worse than they originally thought.
  • - He is currently being prepped for surgery, but there is not much that they can do for him at this stage.
  • Jungkook dies on the operating table.
  • - Jimin loses his hope.

Voltron High School AU where Allura is an art teacher who leads an after-school club for troubled students and she gets assigned Keith, Lance, Hunk, and Pidge. she’s really struggling to get through to them so she recruits the help of the school’s new guidance counsellor, Mr. Shirogane, and it turns out he’s super hot and really sweet and great with the kids and the group is going great. and long story short Allura and Shiro are blatantly falling in love with each other right in front of four mouthy teenagers who livetweet the entire thing and keep asking them when they’re going to get together

Cafe conversations

Okay okay okay okay okay okay
So here’s a little something I’ve been working on… (Not that littles– 2847 words – like shit that’s a lot of words right?!)
Anyway get on with it girl…


She was stood in what appeared to be a random position of the café, stuck in the heap of squashed tables with barely enough room to squeeze past without knocking something off. Luckily for her there wasn’t all that much on the tables considering it was 3am, generally speaking not a lot of people were up and about at this time. It was the quiet before the storm, she knew that. About 2 hours previously the shop had been filled to the brim with all sorts, people who passed by and fancied a coffee, those that couldn’t sleep, those who were simply trying to sober up after a night out. She knew that in about 2 hours the café would become full once again with people on their way to work, or even those on the way home from work.

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Eryka x Elise | The Spook’s Ultimate Love….For Her Copper

A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.
I go so far as to think that you own the universe.
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells,
dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.
I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

- Eryka reciting Pablo Neruda’s poem, “What Spring Does To The Cherry Trees” to Elise (real or not is up to one’s own imagination!)

[Laura de Boer x Clémence Poésy, “The Tunnel”]

The fact that Eryka’s an avid reader, loves poetry, and has a very complicated profession. The fact that, like Eryka, Elise is also a bibliophile, and a very unique character. They share a lot in common. Their personalities compliment each other. The ultimate kicker is the fact that both are one half of their twin siblings whom they’d lost during their childhood. 

Love kick-arse characters who also happen to be bookworms, too! How often do we come across that, aye? Cheers, Mr. Ben Richards!

Now, bring back Eryka Klein in S3!!

hattiecake  asked:

Do you have any tips on writing short stories? I have to write one for school but am having a ton of trouble condensing it down to 3,000 to 5,000 words.

Hi! So I was in the same boat you’re in for years. Every story I started ended up being a prologue to a trilogy that I never finished because I got caught up in world-building and dialogue and Big Plot!

Here are some suggestions on how to bring all that in to make a nice 3k to 5k story!

1) Skip the exposition. Take out the “Once upon a time” or history lesson or scene showing the main character doing a mundane task in an Unexpected Way. It’s going to take up a good 500 words of your story (at least) and has the nasty tendency of slowing down your pace! Instead, try feeding necessary information into the story when you need it and only then!  If you don’t need details to explain the actions happening in the story, leave them out! They’re background worldbuilding details and best saved for longer works.


Once upon a time there was a Kingdom named Kingdom. It had once been a peaceful and beautiful place, filled with open markets and friendly people, but the war had changed all of that. Now the markets were barren, trade routes disrupted by spilled blood, and the people stood anxiously watching the sun as they waited for family members to come home.

Sylvia hoped to be the one to save them from their eternal vigil.

She had in her bag a message from Country, the kingdom to the north that would change everything. Or, perhaps, restore it. Country was offering to reestablish trade with Kingdom.

She adjusted the straps of her bag and continued on, looking neither left or right as she passed by a town on the main road.

Instead, try:

Sylvia adjusted the straps of her pack and looked neither left nor right as she passed through yet another war-torn village. Her clothing, torn as it was, was better than that she saw on the villagers, but the message in her pack would change that.

…then later in the story introduce the trade idea as it’s presented to the King. Hope that makes sense!

2) Don’t condense–magnify! Your plot might be a Big Book idea and that’s okay! Short stories don’t have to span years or even days. They could span just one hour! A lot of short stories are just snap shots of main characters lives! They have rich histories and big futures, but for that one moment they’re slowed down enough for the reader!

So maybe Sylvia is from Kingdom, but moved to Country just before the war began. The conflict prevented her from coming back and she was forced to go years without contact with her parents. As a displaced child, she was put in an orphanage where she met the Prince of Country and became good friends with him. Then, when he became King, he decided he wanted to end this war and entrusted her, a Kingdom citizen and his friend, to carry this trade agreement to Kingdom.

So instead of starting there with her whole history, we start the story with her just coming into view of the Kingdom Capital and the story is how she sneaks in to get an audience with Kingdom’s King!

3) Resolve a smaller issue in the story: Part of what makes a story interesting is its layers. The Big Plot doesn’t have to be the only plot! Resolving a smaller issue–a character’s insecurity, collecting a necessary asset, etc– can make a really great short story!

Sylvia could, in a short story:

  • Go to meet her parents, see that they have another kid, and resolve to come back once the war is ended.
  • Find a Kingdom knight and convince him to take her to the King. Because how else is she going to get an audience with the King??
  • Find out that the Country’s King (her childhood BFF) is tailing her, yell at him, and march him back to the border before continuing on her way.

Hope this helps a bit! These are only a few ideas, there’s no right or wrong answer here :)  If anyone else has any advice, feel free to comment!

All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours.
—  from Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin