My journal and mirror
Possibly a mistake, definitely an experiment.
A politics free journal of personal reflections and achievements.
This is my first blog, so any feedback or advice would be appreciated.
Blog serials (will) include:
Fairy Tales Told Wrong
Welcome To My Reality
|Prompts given by "Welcome To My Reality Forum" [E] by Sunnie
prompts 5, 6, 11 & 39 ▼
I've been on hiatus from WDC for a while. I haven't written anything for myself in that time for various reasons and it has not been good for me. I'm hoping to avoid doing that again. The Contest Challenge is part of that plan.
Writing is who I am. Not the whole of me, but it's always there, ticking in between or behind whatever else I'm doing. I recently posted a blog entry listing some of my pending projects. I'll read or watch or play something and a little barb will catch my attention like a grain in an oyster. What I need to do is actually carve out time to write those stories out.
To get back into the swing of things, I'm using The Contest Challenge as a means of motivation. I want to be more active here, I want to progress my novellas and keep moving. It's going to be tough, but I'm trying to get all 5 years of the challenge done by January 2022. I've written a plan for it.
I have had some fun writing poetry this month. It's strange. I have this idea that I'm not good at it. It's tricky and sometimes arduous and I can see all the seams in my poems and how hard it is to fit a though to the form. If you read through my poems you'll notice most of them use a set a set form. That's because I lean on forms to give me a framework to hang the poem on. Here's a confession you: I write poetry with a spreadsheet, so I can colour the cells for rhymes and use the cells to count syllables.
One of the difficulties I have with The Contest Challenge is that some of the contests are too far outside my comfort zone. I can try different types of writing, but I balk at entering Christian contests. As an agnostic, I can't write about my personal religious experiences. I would be an intruder, a pretender. Despite my admiration for faith. Despite it being a virtue I give a number of my characters. But then I also balk at any kind of autobiographical writing. It's part of why blogging is hard for me.
But we shall see how the challenge goes. See if I can generate some interest in neglected contests and get World Weavers' Network off the ground. See what MBs I can earn this year. And it's important to me to earn them. I don't participate in raffles for MBs or "pick which one you want" activities. I want to look at my collection and be able to trace each one back to something I wrote or something I achieved.
prompts 50, 47, 48 ▼
I have picked up a few hobbies in the last year that I used do enjoy as a teenager. The main two are painting war game miniatures and playing tabletop roleplay games (ttrpgs) like Dungeons & Dragons. D&D was the first ttrpg I ever played. My sister and I were introduced to it by a friend's father who was our Dungeon Master (DM). When I went to university I joined the roleplay society there and was introduced to more systems. My main game of choice for a while was New World of Darkness (nWoD). nWoD is a game of supernatural horror and a descendant of "old" World of Darkness (WoD), on which the PC game "Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines" is based.
Most of my other hobbies have never really gone away: I write, I play video games, I read, I sometimes sew (or nag My Darling into 'helping' me), I am half-way through customising a pair of shoes. I don't draw any more, but I was never good at it. I write roleplays with My Darling (taking turns to write, not actual ttrpgs).
There is one other art project I'm hesitating to begin: Caroline. A hybrid cloth and resin doll inspired by the titular character of Caroline's Smile . I haven't figured out yet a method for attaching her head and limbs to a cloth body. It's a difficult thing to research. The doll community is segmented by doll type and trying to find a site with the advice I need is desperate work.
I would like to try taking up knitting or crochet. Learning it would open more creative avenues for us. It tried, a bit, for about a week once. I was struggling to cast on without doing it so tight I couldn't knit the first line. I get frustrated quickly by that disconnect between what is in my mind and what I'm able to achieve with my hands. It's why I can't get into some types of video games.
Speaking of which, that's something I know I can't do by myself but would be amazing to be a part of: an RPG game or visual novel. There are toolkits out there like renpy and rpgmaker, but it's well outside the capabilities of my equipment and if I put the time in to learn it, I would definitely never get any writing done.
prompts 33, 34, 35, 37 & 43 ▼
I'm struggling to remember anything that stands out from last year that wasn't terrible. Even the things that were nice, like picking up old hobbies, were spoiled by something or someone. There are things that I did or got done, but not lingering happy memories.
My main hope for 2021, aside from the pandemic getting under control, is to make time for myself this year. Proper time. Quality time. Time for me to be me and do what I want to do without being constrained by other people.
My goals for 2021 are to complete the The Contest Challenge , as I mentioned above, and to make significant progress with The Witch, the Wretch and the Warden . That story has changed a lot since I started it eight years ago (yikes). I've stalled because I don't know where it's going and I need to figure that out. I need to figure Eden out in particular. I don't know if I'll get the first draft done by the end of this year, but ideally I'd like to most of the way there and have a full outline to get me to the finish.
I also want to be more active in the WDC community this year and get World Weavers' Network launched. So, the plan is to enter a number of contests each month this year, including poetry and things I wouldn't normally do, to give me a target to write to. I'm also going to promote contests through the World Weavers' Network , which I designed to help get more contestants to more contests. The plan also involves keeping this blog up and running more rounds of the World Weavers' Championship .
Alongside this, I want to complete my CIPS Advanced Diploma by the end of 2021/22. I will also put time into other hobbies and I have a day job to keep up. So... Ambitious? I'm going to do what I started doing for work a while ago: making to-do lists and adding on anything else I get done, so even if I don't finish the original list, those other achievements aren't invisible.
|Snow White is not a love story about Princess Sneewittchen and Prince Charming.
Anyone who has watched ABC's Once Upon a Time will remember one of the main plot lines for the first season was the obstacles between Snow White and Prince Charming both in the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke.
But the original Snow White story is not a love story. In the version first recorded by the Brothers Grimm, the prince is an unnamed plot device.
The main character of 'Little Snow White' is the stepmother.
Although Snow White herself is the heroine of her story, it's because she is a victim of her stepmother, not because she sets out to achieve anything. Snow White has no drive or direction, she is not seeking anything, she is a dramatic foil to the stepmother. She is innocent and naive to show us how wicked the witch queen is.
'Little Snow White' begins and ends with the stepmother's pursuit to destroy Snow White. It is a story about a woman utterly corrupted by vanity and envy. It is the story about the fall of that woman, not the accidental triumph of the princess.
That is the part that ABC's Once Upon a Time got right. Regina's fall and redemption made that show for me. It disappointed me every time she came nearly to the Light only to stumble back again. I love the parallels between Regina and her mother Cora: the woman who did deliberately forsake all good in herself and then wiped it out in her daughter.
Did you know that in the original original version of 'Little Snow White', the evil witch was Sneewittchen's biological mother?
It's not a love a story. It's not even about Snow White.
|For anyone wondering why I never get round to actually writing anything, here is a full list of outstanding projects you didn't know I wasn't working on...
In the Fantasy category...
A novel(la) sequel to Throne of Tides
Wherein Sunpea learns the truth about the origins of geomancy and seeks to reunite with Briar.
A novel(la) prequel to Throne of Tides
Refugees land on a new continent and one man finds himself caught between traditionalists clinging to the past and pragmatists trying to define a new future.
The Dragon Speaks the story
A man living in a society with strict caste rules loses his way.
Tiggy and Kel
Life changes in the slums when a sorceror washes up on shore.
The Prince and the Pocket Watch
A prince travels the land seeking true love to avert a terrible curse, meeting other victims of witchcraft on his journey.
The 'I Watched Too Much Anime' One
Magical Boys & Girls vs throne-stealing conspiracy. No clue how to make that work in prose, but we might find out eventually.
In the Fantasy Anthology category...
A band of adventurers unravel while hunting monsters.
The inheritor of a magic legacy protects his lands from undead.
"Artapana and the White Fairy"
Starting off the back of Artapana and the White Fairy (CG#6) a full set of short stories as Artapana tries to free Parivash from her curse and save his brother.
A superhuman assassin hunts down revenge in an Asian inspired campaign.
In the Romance category...
The Duke of Fordstone
While the country recovers from a civil war, His Grace returns to the capital to rebuild his city and his life.
The Mermaid One
A woman forms a close connection with a local while on holiday.
This was inspired by a contest. I forget which one.
In the Horror Shorts category...
"The Runaway" [13+]
A swimmer's jealousy is her downfall.
Conceived for "WEIRD TALES CONTEST" [18+] by Beacon-Light Forever but not started.
The Coffee Shop One
A barista writes his number on her cup, but doesn't stop there.
Inspired by an old prompt for "Write From the Heart - Story Contest" [E] by Purple Princess
In the Science Fiction category...
"Jaguar Jones in the Talons of the Illusionist" or alternatively "Jaguar Jones Ghosts"
A claims investigator returning from extended leave is assigned a case that hits close to home.
"Jaguar Jones and the Burning Man" or "Jaguar Jones Smoke Trails"
A murder of a family friend provokes J.J. into opening a cold case.
The One in Space
A man living in exile is on a lonely journey home.