marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
When I send five characters into the library to pick out a book, not being driven by plot in their selection -- they just want something to read -- obviously every one of them ought to come away with a book that is at least revealing of character, if not profoundly so.
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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
So the characters have landed themselves at a lighthouse. And one of them, being fond of history, started to talk about its past.

Or rather one incident about its past. It involved pirates.
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When opting for stirring up a story with Chandler's rule, I always have to decide what, exactly, is the man coming through the door with a gun in his hand.

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Plotting out a story. The superheroine is going to hear something wise about superpowers.

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An interesting element of trying to randomly generate personalities and powers so there is no correlation. . .

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Randomly generating character traits and powers is one thing.
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There's a superhero world where I've worked on stories, where the powers acquired, for good reason, tend to reflect the personality of the person. Cheerful, sunny people get light powers; dark, moody people get shadow powers; sneaky people get invisibility or passing through walls; etc.

Now there's another, in which people get powers at random.

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Recently read something that recommended flash fiction for practice writing.  It's so short that you can do it easily. . . .

Well, maybe.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Two sisters, both named in the outline, and one written into the story. . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
There were two princesses.  First cousins.  Nearly the same age.  The one that was the king's daughter was under a curse, which will be romantic as she grows up but now is just an excuse to spoil her rotten.
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marycatelli: (Galahad)
So there's this new superhero -- made according to his world, and so a product of mad science, not to say a victim of mad scientists --

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Here is the character, newly arrived on the scene.  Here are some characters who are friendly and curious and perfeclty willing to lecture her at length about all the things she's wondering about.  True, they want to hear about her start too. . . .
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marycatelli: (Galahad)
In one respect, Amber is much more epic than Lord of the Rings.   It involves scads upon scads of worlds, and their fate.

It doesn't feel like it.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So, there are actually a few ways to become a shapeshifter.

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