Last time, we had two responses to Challenge #33: Protection (I didn't quite manage to finish mine in time, she said sheepishly): Effective Immediately by jalenstrix and Ahab by maq_moon. Well done!
This time, I thought we should celebrate our new platform with the prompt "Dreams". Interpret this any way you like; we all know there's a lot to work with, given it's a theme in the movie :)
We had been doing ok last year with a two-month deadline, so let's try that again, making the deadline for this challenge November 22.
Anyone can participate and here are rachael1918's pointers on formatting etc if you haven't taken part in a challenge before.
Anyone is also feel free to set the next challenge, or otherwise please feel free to suggest topics (it's easiest if you do that in the comments to this post here).
Happy writing, Labyficcers!
Who thought this was a good idea?
(Never in my life have I so fervently hoped that a cake was chocolate.)
Or, Aunt Flo help us, this?
"So, when's the party?"
"At the end of the month."
Amy M., Jenna B., & Kim W., URQTs. At least, I like to think that you are. Not in a creepy way, of course, or like I know firsthand because I secretly stalk you or anything...that would just be weird. I mean, look, I'm just trying to give you a friendly compliment, in a completely platonic, non-stalker-esque kind of way, Ok? Ok. As you were.
Computers for Everybody
Willis and Miller
Computers aren’t just for geeks, they are for everybody. The cover art cracks me up as the giant computer (or maybe tiny people) sits outside as a big jungle gym. This cover art looks way older than 1981 as well. (I am also annoyed by the poor processing. Just how many labels did this library need?)
I was in grad school in the late 80s and a personal computer was just starting to be commonplace in offices. Typewriters and keypunch were still the mainstream Anyone still remember how to use a keypunch?
Back in the day, I was a whiz with DOS and I had some mad skills with Lotus123. Ah, the good old days, when I was just so cutting edge…
We’ve added a few more signings for Salt Lake Comic Con, at the Writing Excuses Booth #1611. Come say hi!
Thursday, September 21
Writing Excuses Booth #1611
Puppetry 101: Bringing Inanimate Objects to Life
Friday, September 22
Writing Excuses: SLCC Edition
Shadow Mountain Booth #1807
Creating Characters with Character: A Guide for Creators
Okay, but How?! Turning Ideas Into Novels
Saturday, September 23
Writing Excuses Booth #1611
The Brandon and Dan and Brandon and Mary and Howard Show
Shadow Mountain Booth #1807
Plot and Character and Scene and Setting: A Guide to Story
- Hearts don't break around Spike (Spike, T) by EdxOthers
- If You Want to Cross the Bridge, My Sweet, You've Got to Pay the Toll (Illyria, T) by punchkicker15
- Artwork: Paired Up Prompt Card - Prompt Spike/Willow (NSFW) by blondebitz
- Artwork: Paired Up Prompt Card - Prompt Spike/Lindsey (NSFW) by blondebitz
- Artwork: Paired Up Prompt Card - Prompt Spike/Buffy (NSFW) by blondebitz
- Artwork: Bachelor Auction Manips (NSFW) by blondebitz
- Artwork/Poetry: Spuffy Art by katleept
- PUBLICATION: S03E09 - Emotionally Intense Hallway - The Wish by PopCultureRoleCall
• "Strike" to return in 2018.
Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Review: Harry Potter Film Concert Series.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Noma Dumezweni talk "Cursed Child".
• hp_darkarts posted HP Horror Fest coming in 2018.
• sceasleycest posted Sceasleycast December fest 2017.
• adventchallenge posted Advent Challenge 2017.
• potterfests posted Coming Up in Potterfests.
•hd_erised posted Check-in Today.
• hp_goldenage Salt and Pepper Fest.
• sirius_black Sirius Black Fest Submission Header.
General Fandom News:
• Rare First Edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" for Auction.
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• Second Harry Potter Festival in Staunton, VA.
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.
I ran my third Copenhagen Half Marathon this past Sunday. - What a race! What started with blue skies and sun turned into thunderclouds, rain, lightning and hail by the time I made it to the finish line.
The final dash to the finish line was a slog in icy ankle deep water mixed with hail since the roads were flooded. This video captures what it was like: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJDM63FPMt/
And this is the finish line: https://twitter.com/hfallesen/status/
The water was deepest in the streets, so runners were crammed onto the sidewalks which were slightly less flooded. At some point, after I finished, two runners were injured due to lightening strike and a fallen electrical cable, so the race was immediately shut down for safety.
However, despite all the chaos at the end, I still managed to run a PR. My official time is listed as 1:46:24 (corrected from an earlier time I was given). I'm so happy. And so hungry.
Yesterday, I took it out on the town with me and I managed to go to the gym*, write 1200 words on my not-a-book, colorize a portrait, answer emails, go shopping*, and cook a roast.*
(*These items may or may not have been facilitated by the new
I flamed out badly on digital painting once before, but this is a whole new level of comfort and portability (my biggest prior complaint was that the separate tablet took a lot of setup and a big work surface, plus I was tethered to my computer...).
I am on a mission! I want to make my Apple Pencil viable, and I need some practice with it. I also want to whittle down my Portrait Adoption gallery a bit. SO! I am offering the DEAL OF A LIFETIME. I will color anything in my gallery - at NO EXTRA COST. That means, you could get a portrait colored to be your character for as little as $5. I'll even make minor tweaks at that time. (Very minor!) Use the site to 'request customization.'
$0 / $99.00 0% done!
In other news, we had a windy night, and now it looks like impending winter. Eep.
I will leave you with a list.
~Add a Torn World character
~Post something at Torn World
~500 words - 400.
~Finish Patreon physical rewards (oh man, they are awesome! And there's still barely time to get them!)
~Coloring book bulk order
Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)
Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:
Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.
Imani wanted this cake for her wedding, only with bright lime green flowers instead of pink:
She got this:
And Meredith asked for this design with little pumpkins instead of apples:
... but she got this:
And finally, as a baker herself, Zoey decided to keep her wedding cake design SUPER simple to avoid potential wreckage:
No piping required! Just plain frosted tiers and colored sugar crystals!
Say it with me, now:
What could possibly go wrong?
Oooh, Sherlock, you so bad.
Thanks to Imani R., Meredith R., & Zoey K., who want to know if I seriously just turned this post into a SuperWhoLock love fest. And the answer is yes, YES I DID.
SPIKE: I didn't mean to ... (long pause) Anyway, I know you're feeling all betrayed -- by him, not me.
SPIKE: I was trying to help, you know. Not like I made him be there, after all. Actually trying to help you. Best intentions.
SPIKE: I mean, you know, pretty state you'd be in, thinking things are all right while he's toddling halfway round the bend.
SPIKE: Oh, I'll insult him if I want to! I'm the one who's on your side! Me! Doing you a favor! (And you, being dead petty about it -- me, getting nothing but your hatred and your venom and - you ungrateful bitch!
SPIKE: Buffy ... there's something I wanted to tell you.
~~Triangle (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, Episode 11)~~
[Drabbles & Short Fiction]
- Faithless (Crossover, Teen) by Cancelling_The_Apocalypse
- Her Mother's Daughter (Crossover, Teen) by Grundy
- Buffy - Return of the Vampire Slayer (Tara/Willow, Not Rated) by WillowFromBuffy
- God Is Real and She's American (Crossover, Mature) by mabus101
- Taking Chances (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by sandy_s
- Finding Where We Belong (Crossover, Teen) by dragonydreams
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Cordelia/Faith, Teen) by steeleye
- Forward Without Seeing (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by queen_insane
Catherine Schaff-Stump is joining us today with her novel The Vessel of Ra. Here’s the publisher’s description:
While traveling in Venice in 1837, Lucy Klaereon, in order to save her family’s honor and her immortal soul, decides to commit suicide by drowning herself in the Grand Canal. Unfortunately for Lucy, she is rescued. Her rescuers believe they can separate her from the demon Ra, whom she is destined to fight because of an ancient family pact.
What Lucy does not know is that her rescuers have their own agenda. Paolo Borgia, head of a deposed magical family, wants to use Ra for his own purposes. Lucy is given an alternative, to separate herself from her demon and family, which she gladly welcomes. When she finds out the truth about Ra, Lucy’s purpose changes from not only freedom, but to righting an ancient wrong.
Octavia, Lucy’s older sister, is in pursuit. She has been trained since birth to kill Lucy when Lucy loses her battle with Ra. At the ritual to free Ra, the two sisters clash with surprising results. Octavia is possessed by Ra and Lucy is determined to free her sister and keep Ra from reshaping the world in his image.
There is one small problem. Lucy has been murdered. However, she’s not about to let a small detail like that keep her from correcting her mistakes. Lucy will save Octavia, even if it kills her again.
What’s Cath’s favorite bit?
The Klaereon family has haunted me since 2002. Inspired by another author’s work, in search of an explanation for one character’s machinations, a voice in my head told me that he would tell me a story. Tell me a story he did. The Vessel of Ra is the beginning a 90-year ascent from Gothic darkness, spanning four generations.
The Vessel of Ra begins in 1837 Venice, a decaying city that has been buffeted back and forth between the French and the Austrians a couple of times. In this setting, Lucy Klaereon decides she will kill herself to avoid her family’s dark fate. For good and for ill, she is rescued by alchemist Carlo Borgia, and sets about changing her destiny. The odds are against her because she is in a Gothic novel.
Gothic tales are multi-faceted. The Klaereon ancestral home, Mistraldol, has been merged with the Abyss, so you never know what you will find in its rooms. Like the characters in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Octavia Klaereon and her father Caius typify the Gothic at its worst—broken people who spiral into their own insecurities and excess. Like Jane Eyre in her titular novel, Lucy Klaereon takes it upon herself to be the salvation of the morally ambiguous. All of these characters, including the settings, have light and dark in them. I loved writing this book, discovering gradations of morality as characters are presented with increasingly complicated elements of the supernatural and increasingly complicated relationships among themselves. All of these people are broken, but they’re doing the best they can.
Because The Vessel of Ra is Gothic, gloom coats this novel like a rainy November day, and yet there are elements of hope and heroism. Drusus Claudian, Octavia’s newlywed husband, shines like a Noblebright hero who got off the plot bus at the wrong novel stop. Carlo Borgia assumes responsibility for his family’s crimes and becomes a man who jury-rigs his way out of magical situation after magical situation with virtually no magic at all. Lucy will stop at nothing to save her sister. The dark curse itself came about for the best of reasons. Can these characters overcome their baser natures, or will their efforts be thwarted by manipulative Egyptian gods, whispering shadows, and the specter of life on the outside of conventional morality? Will the sinister nature of the Gothic win?
For me, the answers to these questions are not clear, even though The Vessel of Ra is finished. I hope you’ll read this book and discuss what you think these answers are with me. Morality is complicated in the landscape of the Gothic.
Catherine Schaff-Stump writes speculative fiction for children and adults, everything from humor to horror. Her young adult Gothic historical fantasy The Vessel of Ra is available from Curiosity Quills. Cath lives and works in Iowa with her husband. During the day, she teaches English to non-native speakers at a local community college. Her most recent fiction has been published by Paper Golem Press, Daydreams Dandelion Press, and in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Cath is a co-host on the writing and geek-life fan podcast Unreliable Narrators.
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Although childless households will be the norm in Australian society soon, becoming a dad and having kids is still considered the normal thing to do. Do we just need to accept everyone is different? Have a listen and decide for yourself.
Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE.
Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:
"God Bless Neal"
I hear it's His middle name.
"Welcome Baby Arnold"
The spacing is what really sells it.
"Happy Birthday Mom"
Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.
[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]
"Congrats British Lit"
I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."
"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"
"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.
(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)
"Grats to Dad"
I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.
"Old Dirty Thirty"
At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.
"When I'm 64"
That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney.
(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)
Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)
The Book of Table Tennis – How to Play the Game
Submitter: Recently weeded from a Public Library. An entire black and white book dedicated to how to play table tennis. There are pictures to demonstrate every type of grip, service, return, and defensive move. Simple warm up stretches (including the ever important finger pull and palm press) are also demonstrated by Glenn Cowan and his beautiful long and flowy hair. This book got a laugh from both our youngest librarian, who was born 18 years after publication, and the rest of the staff who remember the 70s well.
Holly: The finger pull! Ha ha ha! Seriously, though, that guy looks like he is seriously in pain (see images below).