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2013-11-01 04:59 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Leaves this here for different, unrelated reasons

Which will probably not become relevant, but one of my muses perked ears at the top two rows. So saved here it shall be. Only sticky because I'm lazy and got tired of looking for it.

Much larger prompt table under the cut )


And some fluff prompts, snitched from an LJ comm )
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
2017-10-13 03:36 pm

Writerly things

The good: I have a solid idea for the short story I want to write for the Fell Beasts and Fair anthology.

The bad: Said idea came with enough backstory for a novel (or three)...IF I had the skill to plot and write the backstory properly, which I do not. And even if I did, the novel would suffer from a raging case of genre confusion, with elements of classic sword and sorcery, political intrigue, and icky romance cooties.

But the short story idea should work, if I can get it done by the November 1 deadline.

In other news, I have become mostly nocturnal, with my prime sleeping time between 7am and 1:30pm, and my prime writing time between 3am and 5am. IDEK.
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
2017-10-09 01:34 am

Mounting Made Easy

Is there a leatherworker in all of Azeroth who enjoyed this bullshit quest for a mount you can't even sell or use on alts?

And this is my reaction while cheesing parts of it with a flying mount. I wouldn't even have tried without one, because I already have the spirit moose from archaeology; WHY would I want a plain white moose who can't fly (though you certainly wouldn't guess that from how the fucker jumps like Superman during the quest).
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
2017-10-04 06:14 pm
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In theory, I love the idea of Noblebright Fantasy

I much prefer worlds where the heroes are heroic, rather than being people I would like to light on fire (GRRM, I'm looking at you and your ilk).

But, at the same time, I found the first book in Luminous: A Noblebright Fantasy Box Set to be a little...well, irritating. On the up side, the box set is so long that I literally read the entire first book (CJ Brightley's "The Lord of Dreams") in the sample I downloaded. On the down side, if it weren't for the fact that the box set is the same price as Sunbolt, which is one of the books included and which I already planned to buy, I probably wouldn't buy it based off the sample.

Part of this is the book's "the protagonist doesn't know what's going on, therefore the reader is equally confused" anti-worldbuilding. Part of it is that I don't like the protagonist all that much, nor do I like the sledgehammer approach toward treating perfectly normal human reactions as flaws to Feel Guilty about. This ties in to a dislike of the apparent belief that being Heroic involves sucking it up and taking it without ill thought when people are utter dicks to you.

Being a bitter and cranky dragon, it's possible I am not the intended audience of the opening book; it's not a bad book, at all. I simply have fundamental differences with it's premise. Considering the author is also the person who put the set together, this might bode ill for my enjoyment of the remaining books*. But hey, Sunbolt is in this set, as are eight other books, and I would frankly rather spend my money supporting authors who are trying to write Heroes (even when those Heroes cross the line into Lawful Preachy), than whatever the latest grimdark antihero clone is. So Luminous is still on my buy list.


*Also for my chances of selling to any of her noblebright anthologies.
dragovianknight: (WoW - lion)
2017-10-02 10:04 pm

I don't know if the problem is me or the internet

But Pinterest informed me that I had already pinned all but one of the images of Varian Wrynn I was browsing today.

"It's not that I can quit anytime, it's just that I'm being cockblocked" is too long for a tag, alas.
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
2017-09-28 06:55 pm

I want to write

I have proto-ideas that I would like to write. I have...sorta-kinda words, at least when in impractical-for-writing places like the shower.

I also have a mental block where opening a writing program = too much pressure re: quality.

Which is stupid, because a) it's porn and b) I desperately need to goose my income for October, because September has been shit. New words...any new words...will help achieve this. WE LIKE MONEY, BRAIN, Y U GOTTA BE THIS WAY?

(I have also utterly failed at writing fanfic for the past month, so this isn't just a "zomg professional writing is too much pressure" thing. Brain is just really fucking contrary atm.)
dragovianknight: (WoW - Hardwire - LOL)
2017-09-22 09:55 am

You know you play too much WoW when

You see someone with the screen name "Origami Heart" and what you READ is "Orgrim's Heart".
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2017-09-20 03:14 pm

Bah, Amazon. Bah, I say.

I love my Kindle Fire. It's really old, like second or third generation, and even though it can sort of surf the web and play videos and such, at heart it's still an e-reader with a color screen, and that's the way I like it.

But as I said, it's really old, and the battery life isn't what it once was, and sometimes it balks at connecting to the internet. So I went to see what might replace it.

While I wasn't paying much attention, Amazon decided the Kindle Fire ought to become the Fire Tablet. At $50, I'm sure it's probably pretty crappy as a tablet, but still fine as an e-reader, I just don't want all the extra crap. I certainly don't want Alexa. And apparently if I want a case with pretty colors, as opposed to black, I have to get their advertising-enabled version.

The e-reader only Kindles have black and white screens, making them useless for comic books. Also, I prefer color for book covers, because when they have good art I want to LOOK at them, damn it.

All of which means I will probably opt to stick with my very old Fire until it finally dies. But I'm going to be bitter about it.
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
2017-09-14 12:48 pm

Why don't more indies have covers like this?


Click the thumbnail to go to the Amazon series page and see the covers full size.

And granted, I KNOW why more indies don't have covers like that; most indies can only afford covers made from stock images, and stock images are pretty lacking when it comes to fantasy or SF. But these are covers that actually make me want to buy the books and check them out, which I can't say for the usual Photoshop Princess covers I see.

Of course, it's also entirely possible I'm Old, and the people on forums who say readers are now used to stock photo covers and wouldn't WANT illustrated covers are correct.

Edit: This is another good cover; the Book Barbarian newsletter was full of them today. Maybe there's a change in the wind, or maybe today was just a good day.
dragovianknight: (WoW - lion)
2017-09-06 12:22 am

WoW Cutscenes

I love it when they incorporate our own toons into the cut scenes. Because I'm sorry, my panda looks fucking badass. (One small quest spoiler from Argus.)

30 foot tall demon with a flaming sword? BRING IT, I have a keg on a stick.
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2017-08-15 09:48 am

Okay, I yield

I have fallen under the Indie Slush Pile, and I can't get up.

Rec me!

What I am looking for:

1) Not tradpub (Edit: This one and #4 are the only non-negotiable ones, see my reasons in comments; #2 can extend to SF or any similar genre, but I don't read many mysteries or much contemporary)
2) Fantasy - sword and sorcery or some other action sub-genre preferred over politics
3) Prefer a female main character
4) Competent writing, for the love of all the gods

I am honestly starting to think it's not possible to have a well-developed independently published story. Please show me I'm wrong.
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2017-08-14 06:33 pm

And then of course

There are the books where chapter 1 feels like the DM is setting up the campaign world for you. *sigh*

Is the current trend in YA really the "I am incompetent at everything and also clueless about my surroundings" character? Or is this just people trying to ape Harry Potter without going the necessary step of putting their MC in a world they genuinely have no way of knowing anything about?
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2017-08-14 03:59 pm
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I am a huge proponent of indie publishing

And therefore, I am always annoyed when I pick up an indie book that looks good, has an interesting premise, and then turns out to be shallow, half-developed, and powered entirely by the idiot ball.

This applies to YA just as much as books allegedly aimed at adults. Thus was I really fucking disappointed in A Quest of Heroes (Amazon link), which I am pretty sure I picked up because it was a) free and b) the title seems like a perfectly good phrase for a group of adventurers, amirite? A quest of heroes, a murder of crows, a pack of wolves...

Sadly, the book was not nearly so clever as that, and the worldbuilding was tissue thin. And I don't want to say the main character is dumb as a box of hammers, but his awareness of the world around him extends for about six inches. This might be accurate for a fourteen year old, but it makes for a damn boring MC.

Most importantly, the ways the book is bad are very much self-absorbed Mary Sue-fic bad. Not because the MC is practically perfect in every way, but because the world shapes itself around him. You can tell the villains because they Instahate Our Hero Thor (don't name your hero Thor, people, unless your hero is Thor). The designated Good People equally Instalove him. He is deeply confused why he is hated! And why he is liked! In fact, Thor spends a great deal of the book clueless, conveniently has magic powers as the plot demands (but the Mysterious Magic Man won't explain jack shit, he just shows up to make Mysterious Pronouncements), receives the gift of a magic falcon maybe-familiar from the King roughly five minutes after showing up at the capitol, finds a probably-magic white leopard on a hunt, etc etc.
In which I complain at length. )
In short, Thor doesn't earn things so much as he bumbles his way into being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people, and then managing to blow it all through sheer lack of sense. The people who oppose him oppose him for no good reason. The Evil Gay Trope offends me less than the sheer lack of sense or intelligence demonstrated by LITERALLY EVERYONE. Declaring your book YA - and I question that, given the whole "getting Thor drunk and buying him a whore" part - doesn't absolve you from basic logic and sensible character development.

The book ended on a cliffhanger, but frankly, I choose to believe the end of book 1 is the end of Thor's story. I'm certainly not going to pay money for the rest.
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2017-08-01 01:54 pm
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It is purely ridiculous

How much I want this $200 beanbag chair. In large part, it is ridiculous because at 74 pounds, I am unlikely to be able to MOVE said beanbag chair.

There is also a fair chance I would wind up trapped in the beanbag chair.

But I really want that beanbag chair.
dragovianknight: (WoW - lion)
2017-07-30 02:03 am

Tonight, we raided

Same bosses as last week, slightly different set of people, VASTLY more trouble on some of the bosses. Nobody was sure why, but on the one that gave us the most trouble I was getting max stacks of a debuff, dropping the debuff, and almost INSTANTLY seeing my debuff come back to max. *shrug* Nobody knew why we were having so much trouble; the guild we were running with had never wiped on that boss before. We didn't wipe last week, so I am pretty sure it was not the fault of me or [personal profile] darthneko.

It felt like something had been tweaked in the encounter, but I don't think there were any changes to normal Tomb of Sargeras in the patch notes, so it could just be "WoW is broken".

Tomorrow, I'm getting a headset so I can actually talk on discord, though. It would have been much easier to warn I was going to drop my debuff if I could have said it myself instead of making [personal profile] darthneko tell everyone.

As of tonight, I have my second piece of tier gear (yay for things that reduce cooldowns) and my ilvl is a nice even 900.
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2017-07-28 05:36 pm

I used to play without add-ons

Then last expac I installed Deadly Boss Mods because raiding is a pita without it.

Now, somehow, in an expansion where I've raided TWICE, I have wound up installing an add-on to modify the mob nameplates from Blizzard's current "late 80s unadorned healthbar" aesthetic back to the actually informative nameplates WoW used to have. I still have DBM, of course. I have an add-on that's supposed to make tab targeting work (but tab targeting is still really fucking broken). I, gods help me, have done what I thought I would never do and installed a custom UI add-on (I will never be able to go back to the default UI).

And since I started maining my tank, I have installed an add-on to make my stagger % easily visible at a glance, and WeakAuras so I can track the duration of my Ironskin Brew, which Blizzard hides up in the corner with the other buffs.

Did I mention I'm NOT EVEN FUCKING RAIDING? *facepalm*

(I mean, yes, I do hope to start tagging along in raids with [personal profile] queenoftheskies's guild, but even if I do that regularly, it won't be as a tank. I don't know what I'm doing.)

Oh, and on my hunter I have an add-on to shriek an alarm at me when my pet's health gets too low, though 9 times out of 10 the correct answer to that is "fuck Mend Pet, I'mma let it die and use Heart of the Phoenix to re-summon it at full health."
dragovianknight: (WoW - Hardwire - LOL)
2017-07-25 05:20 pm

Since I started maining a monk

I really want this shirt (Amazon link). Only not with what is obviously a warrior tank, because my main is a brewmaster and proud of it.

How hard do we think it would be for me to bribe [personal profile] darthneko into designing me an appropriately Pandaren shirt for my birthday?

(Someday, I will get up the nerve to try tanking in a group, instead of swapping to windwalker in raids and dungeons. Because I like being able to take a hit - I really love the stagger/purify mechanic brewmasters have - and also, having a healer glued to my ass makes me feel like a GOD. A GOD I SAY. Sadly, I fear messing up mechanics and causing a group wipe.)

I need an icon of my tank looking tanky.
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2017-07-24 12:48 pm
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It's Pride and Prejudice and DRAGONS

I'm not generally a big fan of the Jane Austen fanfic genre that's emerged since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies came out, but this...THIS I MUST OWN. Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. (Amazon link)
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2017-07-21 11:33 am

Inhumans

My reaction to literally every trailer I've seen is, "Why is Medusa wearing an ugly purple dress and a bad Party City wig?"
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2017-07-18 10:25 pm

I just discovered...

Sword and Sorceress anthologies are still being published.

Now I must resist the desire to submit to the next one.