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Jocelyn Sordoni
4 minutes ago

@steaphan #WritingWonders no! why have a wedding if you don't need one?

K. N. Brindle (they/them)
17 minutes ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: Weddings

There are many different species in the Common Accord universe. I've only enumerated 4 so far: human, triss, vos, and eemoya.

The only species so far to receive any cultural depiction are the humans and triss.

Humans exhibit a wide variety of traditions, with most being primarily secular.

Triss are a 3-sexed species, and their social bonding is described in the following excerpt from my lore bible.

Social bonding typically forms in a semi-feudal matriarchal familial hierarchy with a single head of household and her immediate katriss kin, each forming exclusive polyandrous bonds with some number of hatatriss mates. Such family structures maintain a “harem” of atriss nominally attached to the matriarch, but in practice shared among the family.
Sean Patrick
38 minutes ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: How are weddings celebrated?

Much the same way they have been on Earth for thousands of years: a gathering of friends and family, a celebration, a promise.

B0: "I find these rituals interesting, from an anthropological perspective, but see no need to emulate them myself. My vows to my partner, made in secret and without a human witness, are just as binding as they would be if made before a crowd."

"And you can't eat the cake," she added.

"Right. And that," they agreed.

Owen G. Richards
56 minutes ago

#WritingWonders 8
How are weddings celebrated in your world?

When Brick and Bart got married, they honoured the customs of both cultures to ensure the couple were comfortable with the ceremony.

Behind it all... they were ansolutely nuts about each other and simply wished to be sure their partner felt 100% included in the process.

Having played cupid, Tommy got to be the best man and had to frig the ceremony together at short notice!

Chuck
59 minutes ago

#WritingWonders 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

Where Elle is now, if you're regular folk, you throw a party and find an Auditor to record the event. But if you are a Shareholder of Preferred Stock you're expected to throw a Gala and there's going to be So. Many. Lawyers.

#writingCommunity #writingWonders

Edwin Downward
1 hour ago

#WritingWonders 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

With so many possible societies to work through I will answer this for members of the League of Freemen.

This will depend on circumstances. A wedding can be a large affair but doesn't have to be. Ship board romances, or even port of call meet ups can be made official through a simple declaration before an Elder.

Norm Boyington
1 hour ago

#WritingWonders
How are weddings celebrated in your world?

In the Lith series, only the rich have conventional weddings. Most people join together as a couple and after a time they are considered married. There is no ceremony or exchanging of rings. It's time together that shows commitment.

Marc Riese
2 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

Human weddings are similar to our world, but let's talk about dragon weddings, which are a bit different...
When two dragons meet who are interested in each other, every other living creature should take flight, because a fight is about to begin. Not to hurt or kill, but to exhaust the other. If the fight lasts for a few days, and at the end both collapse from exhaustion, then it was a good wedding and they stay together.

Nilly Robot
2 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8. How are weddings celebrated in your world?

The story takes place in contemporary America, so how we celebrate them here and now– a broad range of traditions depending on people's backgrounds, that often involves spending entirely too much money.

Weddings don't really come up in the story, outside of the MC wishing he could have lived the kind of life where he'd had one.

Sarah J Hoodlet
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8June- How are weddings celebrated?

Upper classes have a big ceremony, performed by a priest of their chosen [metal] god, followed by all the pomp and circumstance.

Lower classes have something simpler, like a hand fasting ceremony performed by a village Elder. That’s often the end of it. If there’s a celebration after, it’s a small potluck with family.

Many choose not to get married at all, because there’s no benefit to doing so (other than sentiment).

C. R. Collins
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders J8
Weddings?

Only humans have them.

From River's Roar:

“The ceremony is usually held in a church or other formal venue. You vow to be each other’s only lovers, in front of everyone you know, and give each other rings as a symbol of this devotion.”

Stev cocked her head. “They proclaim their sexual attachment to everyone they know?”

“You wear a special insignia to announce your pairing?” Jadenalia blinked. “Seems a shameless display. Mages practice better discretion.”

Nioiclín Hidalgo
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8 as Gaeilge 😊

S1: Cén chaoi a cheiliúradh sibh bainiseacha i ndomhan na sióg?

S2: Roimh an bhainis, cónaíonn na leannáin le chéile ar feadh bliana agus lá amháin. Má bhuail a gcroíthe do dá chéile fós faoi dheireadh an ama sin, ceanglóidh an draoi a lámha le chéile agus mionnóidh siad a dílseacht, ómós agus cairdeas. Mar sin, tá cóisir ann a mhaireann seachtain nó níos mó! Tá scéal sách fada sollúnta. An-tuirsiúil freisin. Cén fáth?

S1: Uh, dada! Níl ionamsa ach fiosrach... 😳

Nioiclín Hidalgo
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8

Saoirse: How do you celebrate weddings in the faerie world?

Samhradh: Before marrying, lovers live together for one year and one day. If by the end of that time their hearts still beat for one another, a druid will tie their hands together, and they will swear their loyalty, respect, and companionship. Then, there is the party that lasts a week or more! It is quite a long and solemn affair. Exhausting too. Why do you ask?

Saoirse: Uh, nothing! Just curious... 😳

Jocelyn Sordoni
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?
#HowToBreatheUnderwater
#TheHoneyedScentOfIron

Orson doesn't have marriage, so there is no celebration.
People are free to form and release relationships of any kind, as they please, as often as they please. Women may have children if they choose, and it is also their choice how involved they wish the father to be. But it is a matrilinear society: after all, you know who your mother is, but you can't be certain of your father.

Jocelyn Sordoni
3 hours ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

#BarkyTheSpaceWolf
The space-wolves mate for life, which is a problem if you get pulled into a relationship with an outsider, like Barky did. Her mate isn't from her own pack, and she has been ostracised. Pack Leader still speaks to her, but she's not allowed to join in pack activities any longer, and this breaks her heart.
Mating isn't exactly celebrated, other than you sit next to each other during evening camp fire bondings.

Joyce Lionarons
4 hours ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

Weddings are celebrated "at the church door" as Chaucer tells us, after which the couple and everyone else goes inside the church for the wedding Mass. Normally a feast follows the Mass. The newlyweds are then bedded -- brought ceremoniously (or sometimes drunkenly) into their bedchamber and put to bed.

C. M. Rosens
4 hours ago

Struggling to get into tag games and so on atm, but thank you to the lovely #WritingWonders community for the support and encouragement with my dark fantasy novella! I want to get back into playing this month but also boosting #queerhorror and #queerindie for pride.

Pls tag me if that's you and you want a boost!

EH Lupton
4 hours ago

#WritingWonders 6/8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

There's the normal way that you are familiar with, two people go to the courthouse or a religious institution and sign a paper. Bloodline magic users sometimes get married in private, non-state sponsored ceremonies (it's 1969/70, so this is the option for same-sex couples). They are ritually meaningful to the participants and don't have a mandated script. They're also not legally binding or recognized except w/in the community.

Mike_IE
4 hours ago

#WritingWonders How are weddings celebrated?

The #wip just doesn't go there, which, as a wedding photographer, I'm quite relieved about 😜

vows + legal acknowledgement = wedding

Everything else is optional.

in #wipworld I can imagine there would be similar divisions between people about what should and shouldn't be allowed, maybe more so because there would be other differences between people - shapeshifters, etc.

Also, colonisation + civil war, so it's tense all round.

#WritingCommunity

Jo Graham
4 hours ago

#writingwonders How are weddings celebrated in your world? Fortune's Favor

Caralys: Marriage is a legal contract just like anything else, so there's not really a celebration. People celebrate milestones in relationships if they want to, but weddings are archaic, dating from a time when they marked a legal alliance of Houses and economic factions. Except for the Wedding of the Golden Lady. That's a solemn annual religious rite that involves the whole city in processions and Viewings.

J A Mortimore
5 hours ago

#WritingWonders June 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world? Clinically. To avoid inbreeding, a match amongst the Elite is carefully checked.

#WritingWonders June Day 8

Well, since that world is practically the same as the one we all live in, its behavior of getting married is the same in it.

The characters in the project don't marry, but if, it would be a small occasion. Only a few people, a sunny day, and yet something very special. Because, as Jacky's family lives in Massachusetts, she would ask her mother's boyfriend to apply for a 1-day-designation so that he could do the official things. He would like that very much, I think.

Picture are in rights of www.millbrookestate.co.uk
Vanessa MacLaren-Wray
5 hours ago

#WritingWonders June 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

On our side of the hedge, marriage is pretty much as you know it. Jenna hasn't thought much about weddings. She's never really believed she'd do that. If she did, she'd have to be thinking Church or not m-Church.

On the other side, it's *extremely* old-fashioned and taken very seriously: you sleep together, in a consensual way, you're married. So be careful what you wish for. It complicates the relationships in this book.

John Howes
5 hours ago

#WritingWonders June 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

I haven't written any weddings into the Nifaran Chronicles yet. As a pantser, I haven't entirely worked out how they'll work.

I do expect several weddings in Part 3 and 4 (if I ever write them). Some would be royal weddings, and a couple might be same sex. Three religions dominate the world, and these will play a role in some of the ceremonies.

I'd like the cis weddings to be less "man owns wife" and more equal.

Finn
5 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8: (contd.)

I... actually don't know how folks celebrate weddings among any of the other countries/states/nations/peoples in the world of the story, since everything I've written so far is set in Sacaan - is definitely something I should sit down and work out at least a wee bit of at some point (especially since Archer's first marriage would've been by Efirasi customs, plus [spoiler] our crew are off to the Kasawit Confederacy in the sequel, and weddings might show up there)

grahamefleming
5 hours ago

#WritingWonders Day 6/8 - How are weddings celebrated in your world?

It depends on your social standing.

Weddings among the titled and wealthy are arrangements intended to formalise alliances. Both parties don't even need to be at the wedding. A proxy can be used for the ceremony if you need one.

For the rest of society, you can either go through a pagan handfasting or the new Christian wedding, which is becoming trendier by the end of the 5th century. These are both simple declarations (witnessed) often immediately followed by consummation (also witnessed).

The end of The Blood of the Bear features a wedding, where Talorc gets married in full Pictish military dress. If you know what I mean. 😀

Emma Cox
7 hours ago

#WritingWonders D8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

That depends on where you grew up, your culture and beliefs. Some cultures go for the whole shebang with all the god(s) bothering business and the cringy passing of a women like property from the father to the husband. Others come together as equals, regardless of their gender or status. Some come together quietly without any official ceremony.

I never liked lazy world building which ignores migration and multicultural societies.

Ben, Writing Movies :verified:
7 hours ago

#WritingWonders Q8: how are weddings celebrated in your world?
Lewis & Catherine are married in the UK but that doesn’t appear in the screenplay. Not yet… 🤔

Sazzle 💜🖤
7 hours ago

#WritingWonders Day 8: How are weddings celebrated?

Not had any so far. I know - shocker for a romance writer! Maybe it's because I find the idea of a wedding horrifying. 😆
There's talk of marriage, but so far I've only written about a collaring ceremony, which was simple, private and super hot.

Weddings as we know them do exist in my world, but I have a feeling that shifters will do things a little differently. I'll have to wait and see what happens.

#WIP #MMMRomance #AmWriting

That Frisian Girl-ish
7 hours ago

June #WritingWonders Day 8: "How are weddings celebrated in your world?"

It's quite different throughout my world what even constitutes a wedding, so I'll go with Trotish and Niston exclusively, where the WIP plays.

I remarked before that there is no extensive rule of law, and "marriage" is one of those areas that don't fall under it; there is also no strong religious understanding about it, since the druids won't have religious organisations take root, but also don't care what people do in that regard.

What is left is that a marriage is an understanding between the married people and their community; married is who says who is married, mutually and intentionally, and accepted as such by the community they live in. As such, people who want to marry but for example their village is against it, could run away together to somewhere they are not known, and settle down there saying they're married. If that community does not have any objections, they are now married with no decree or ceremony.
The understanding is that once a community has accepted that people are married, they don't get a say about the matter anymore. The community can't decide just like that that the couple shouldn't be married anymore - usually. Either partner of the marriage can dissolve this arrangement by proclaiming, to their spouse and members of their community in good standing, that they are not married anymore.
All this can of course lead to headaches when a local lord has to sit in judgement, because all of this is more tradition and informal understanding, and none of it is clear cut law, and there are tons of strange precedents.

As for celebrations, the way this generally goes is that a marriage is mutually agreed on by the spouses with the consent of their community by speaking some more or less vow-like words of intention in front of an important person of that community. That's from paupers in the city doing so in front of a respected elder and some friends, to a huge event with that declaration in front of other nobles and a big festival for royalty.
Specific customs vary from place to place, and from community to community. They can be quite colourful, like the fire jump that is customary among many of the traveling folk.

Finn
8 hours ago

#WritingWonders 8: How are weddings celebrated in your world?

So, because I'm me, I have a worldbuilding post about this - https://saranadosfiction.com/2021/08/10/clothing-and-embroidery-in-sacaan-part-2-weddings/

Short version, though: Sacaan has two types of weddings - full marriages (big party, music, dancing, several days of ceremonies and rituals) and canvas pledges (much simpler, just an oath before witnesses followed by mingling blood and wine in a cup to solemnise the union). Both are legally binding, so it's a matter of choice/parental pressure.

Alex Pengaled
8 hours ago

#WritingWonders day 8.
How are weddings celebrated in your world?

I'm not sure this world is going to have weddings or marriage. There'll be different things to celebrate, but I like to explore different ways of building societies & in this one, for most people, joining a community is the commitment which provides financial & emotional support.

For people like Astin, who doesn't belong to any community due to his banishment, life is often harder as they don't have that support.

Sandra Lindsey
8 hours ago

#WritingWonders day 8.
How are weddings celebrated in your world?

Both WIPs are 18th century England / England & Wales - so the marriage ceremony itself is held in a Church of England place of worship, with a CofE priest presiding. There are at least 2 witnesses as well as bride & groom, but more normally the pews are filled with family & friends. Everyone's dressed in their Sunday Best - if wealthy they may wear a new outfit. There's a celebratory meal afterwards.

Zoe Landon
18 hours ago

Day 7 of #WritingWonders: sticking close with Kell again, where they don't want to go...

"It hasn't exactly been an option yet, but I'm not really looking forward to going home. Like, home home. I don't think I'd have problems, really, even with what I got up to and my dad being how he was. But I mean... what do they say, you can't go home again? It's like that. I'm gonna have to someday, I know, it's just going to be... weird."

Strange Seawolf
19 hours ago

Raffi *rolls her eyes*: "What have you told her NOW?"
Galahad: *stares after Siff* "What?"
R: "Oh, no, you did it again, haven't you?"
G: "What?"
R: "You said something stupid and now your heteroromantic arse is in trouble."
G: "Mind your language, Rafaela Luise Sanchez Gomez."
R: "Ha! Knew it!"
G: "Did not! I just said which place I would avoid. It was today's #WritingWonders question."
R: "Uh-oh. And you said Phtat'Grthak?"
G: "Yes!"
R: "As I said: Uh-oh. You are in trouble, Mister Galahad."

Strange Seawolf
20 hours ago

#WritingWonders Day 7
Siff: "None of your business, get lost!"
Galahad:"Phtat'Grthak."
S: "How dare you!"
G: "What?"
S: "Is that an Earthling thing? Dragging out the darkest secrets and presenting them to someone we don't know?"
G: "What? I was talking about me. I'd never go there! Civil war and no one knows who is friend and who is enemy anymore."
S: "Oh."
G: "What?"
S: "Nevermind. You!" *scowls at the reader* "Yeah, you with that face! Forget what I said or I'll break your neck."
*stomps off*

MC: Name one place in your world you try to avoid. Why?
Kevin RR :verified:
1 day ago

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Zoe Landon
2 days ago

Day 6 of #WritingWonders: I'm sure the party members have friendly nicknames with folks they know, but the story's arc doesn't really let us see them. We do get Omar throwing sorta dismissive stuff around, like calling Kell "fishbowl" on account of their helmet, but I've always viewed nicknames as a friendly kind of thing and since the four aren't really friendly with each other for much of the story it didn't feel right for them to crop up.

Strange Seawolf
2 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 6
Harold Galahad only wants to be called "Harry". He hates his given names.
Harold is a joke, ruling an army is not what he wants and he hates guns with a passion.
Galahad - when Aretha was still alive he often referred to her as "I have found my Grail already" but since she's dead it has become pure irony to him.
He grew fond of Raffi's "Mister Galahad", which is nearly a nickname.
He wouldn't mind if his crew gave him a nickname, but they are too distant for that.

Strange Seawolf
2 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 6
The Herald Petrel is full of nicknames, starting with the ship often been referred to as "floating scrap heap" (which Bergman hates, but that's another story).
However, Siff doesn't have one (at least not one anybody would dare say to her face) and wouldn't react especially kind to being called one.
There are some names coming up later in the story, but it is more titles describing special relationships. Spoiler territory, also how they are handled.

#WritingWonders Day 6: MCs' nicknames

Margot Chu is sometimes called "Red Margot" or "Crimson Margot" by people who know her, because of her penchant for wearing brilliant red.

Ángel's younger brother Diego (the only family member they're on good terms with) calls them Marimili, a standard Spanish nickname for their given names, María Milagros.

Jessica Nakamura goes by Jessie; changing from that diminutive to the shorter, sharper, Jess near the book's is a signal of her own maturation.

Zoe Landon
3 days ago

Day 5 of #WritingWonders: Kell Rusalka is the only MC name that really means anything, the others are just 'cause they sound reasonable to me.

"Kell" was me taking the gender-neutral "Kelly" and chopping a syllable to make it distinct, forgetting that... there are just people named Kell (or Kel) IRL. Whoops.

"Rusalka", well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusalka

Is it fitting? Maaayyybe. :) They're not exactly malevolent, but they are often associated with water...

Alex Pengaled
3 days ago

#WritingWonders day 5. What is the meaning of your MC's name? Does it fit their personality?

Character names & occupations: Astin (mercenary), Draff (priest), Ilona (Sacrifice - it's a position equal & adjacent to the priest), Garrel (god, though quite a minor one).

The names don't really have any meanings, though I did go through different options until I found ones which felt right.

Realised a few days after deciding them that Garrel may subconsciously stem from "garrulous" 😆

#WritingWonders Day 5: What is the meaning of your MC's name? Does it fit their personality?

I have a bunch of symbolic names (more surnames, but occasionally given names), actually, but I want to keep them under my hat for now and see how many readers spot the various things.

Elizabeth (H.) Bonesteel
3 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 5 What is the meaning of your MC's name, and does it fit their personality?

Elena: This is one of the many forms of Helen/Yelena that's propagated across various cultures. The internet tells me the name means "torch" or "moon," and I suppose that's not entirely inappropriate. She is a source of light, for the most part, albeit one that's often lurking unobtrusively in the corner.

Greg: Apparently Gregory means "watchful," and yeah, that works, even if I didn't do it on purpose. 🙂 (I'd go back and rename him if I could, but for different reasons.)

Jessica: Apparently Shakespeare coined this one, and it doesn't have a language-derived meaning. Which makes perfect sense: Jessica is herself, no matter what the expectations of the rest of the world.

I'd do Nataliya, but that's not her real name. 🙂

Strange Seawolf
3 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 5

Trivia:
Usually, there is a side character called Peter in my stories. A homage to #PeterCapaldi, they share at least one trait with one of his roles and contribute to the plot in unusual ways. Peter Bergman i.e. has OCD like Randall Brown. In season 1 it is the obvious traits like keeping his console organized, in later seasons I plan to explore more of the hidden ones like intrusive thoughts.

It is like an inside joke with @DoctorMonkey2 @doctorwanderer and @floofpaldi

Cristina G.
3 days ago

Day 109: I post every day until I’m famous. #books #bookstodon #writingcommunity #writingwonders #writing

Nick East (Indie Writer)
3 days ago

Back then I had no idea what I wanted to be, but I have always strived to be isolated and weird. That's the dream😂

@writers @writingcommunity @bookstodon @bookstadon

#Writing #Writer
#Isolated #Weird #IHaveADream
#Author #Authors #IndieAuthor
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Strange Seawolf
3 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 5
Names are always important in my stories and appear as:

- Someone doesn't like their given name and gets angry if called by it

- some characters will always refer to someone close to their heart as "my wife", "my daughter",... instead of the name, nearly superstitious that saying the name will give the other person power

- changing from calling by rank or last name to first name always holds significance

- getting people's names wrong or not being able to remember them

John Howes
3 days ago

#WritingWonders June 5: Names 4 - Yet more on names. Sorry, I'm really interested in this subject.

Has anyone ever used an online #Fantasy name generator for names in a novel?

I admit I have a few times. I have 280 named characters (most NPCs 🙂) in the Nifaran Chronicles, and all the names were starting to blend.

#Writer #WritingCommunity #AmWriting

Strange Seawolf
3 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 5
Siff is a good example. In-universe and the commander's culture, a siff is a "cold, sharp gust from the North that comes suddenly out of nowhere and cuts like a knife"

If you know a bit about Norse mythology, you will see different meanings in our universe/culture.

Strange Seawolf
3 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 5
Often the names of my characters are just what they tell me it is. They come and say "I am Siff Braghor" and I am left with that.
But sometimes, there are two meanings, the one it has in-universe and another one that we as 21st century readers from Earth can see with our own cultural background.
They are, like some movie/series/book references and some codes in-jokes and Easter Eggs that don't contribute to the plot but are funny and/or serve as foreshadowing.

Zoe Landon
4 days ago

Day 4 of #WritingWonders: The only one of the party who's really traveled lately, and is at liberty to discuss it, would be Tobias...

"Oh, I've been out and about plenty since the semester ended! Had to. Been an age since I could get out and fish, for one. Angeston in the summer is... mmm, gorgeous. And I know Elliot's going to be around all summer on account of that symposium, so... all the more reason to not be on campus, you know."

#WritingWonders Day 4: MC POV: When was the last time you traveled? Where did you go? Why?

Ángel Castillo says: We city shamans don't like to leave the City, for obvious reasons. But I went across the bay to Oakland a week ago, to see a fellow shaman I know over there to talk about some things that are going on. We normally coordinate some routine stuff, but right now there's something unusual and big going on, and I need to get to the bottom of it.

#WritingWonders for June 4: [MC POV] When was the last time you traveled? Where did you go? Why?

Do you mean, where I personally traveled for my own reasons, or where I was transported to? It's a sticky difference in my case.

In order to retain my own agency, I'm going to say that the last place I traveled to was the planet Mayheux. Aptly named for an entomologist. I was smuggled in on an Elf freighter after escaping federal agents who think I'm a terrorist.

I went there to search for the people who both killed me and were responsible for creating me. You had to be there. I was certain that they were the ones who caused all my troubles.

Ryan Southwick
4 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 4: MC POV: When was the last time you traveled? Where did you go? Why?

ANNE: Traveled? *laughs* I can’t even remember. Hal’s Diner barely pays enough to cover rent, let alone vacation. I don’t drive, either, so I mostly stick around San Francisco, which is fine by me. I guess the last time I traveled any distance was when I moved here from Indiana eighteen years ago.

Why did I move? Oh, um… C-can we please talk about something else?

#ZTechChronicles

Author Sharon E. Cathcart ✅
4 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 4 - MC POV: When was the last time you traveled? Where did you go? Why?

Diana's in New Orleans on a travel writing assignment ... and her recurring childhood dreams come back with a vengeance.

Back cover copy:

Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of "Bayou Fire?"

"Bayou Fire" has received the InD'Tale Magazine Crowned Heart, the AuthorsDB Silver Medal for Cover Design, the Chill With a Book Readers' Award, and was long-listed for the 2022 Historical Fiction Company Book of the Year.

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Strange Seawolf
4 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 4
Siff
"Traveling? That's an Earthling thing, isn't it? I tell you something: if you weren't so obsessed with traveling and stuck to that tiny blue spot at the end of the universe where you lot belong, my home planet were still intact. So, leave me alone with traveling!
And what do you want, anyway? I am first officer on a cargo space ship. I go everywhere the company needs me to. Is that traveling enough for you? Yeah? Herald! Earthlings..."
*turns around and wanders off*

Zoe Landon
5 days ago

Day 3 of #WritingWonders: this time for sharing art, the rough map I've drawn out for Vapormage. It's the continent Linnute! Zeimia is very WIP but it doesn't actually show in the storyline so it's fine. (Neither do a bunch of other places on the map, for that matter.)

The map isn't the _full_ breadth of places the party goes, but like... it's almost all of it. Close enough.

A fantasy map of Linnute, an isolated continent that kinda looks like Texas or a really messed up Australia but like if Tasmania was to the north rather than the southeast.
Strange Seawolf
5 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 3
Oooh, a possibility to share the stunning backgrounds Alj https://www.instagram.com/aljeensane/ did and which usually get overlooked because of the character art.

Aisle on the Herald Petrel. Steel, broken windows and yellow emergency lighting. There are wires dangling about.
Explosion in an shaft
Destroyed part of the ship, probably a part of the loading dock or the blocked aisle near crew quarters 7 and 8
Strange Seawolf
5 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 2
AHAHAHAHAHA - nope. Fortunately nope. I mean, it is SciFi for a reason.

Strange Seawolf
5 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 1
I'd go to the canteen of the #HeraldPetrel because while after the explosion the meals are restricted, you usually find someone there. That way, I could catch up on the latest status of the ship. And the latest gossip, too. I mean, if I HAVE to be on this nightmare of a ship, I'd rather be informed what's going on. Besides, I would meet my characters, which is exciting. And get a coffee and see if it is really THAT horrible or if Galahad is exaggerating.
Art by @fieryzard

The crowded canteen of the Herald Petrel, in the center a large round table with a map-like board and some pyramid-shaped game pieces on it. On the right hand side Kartawijaya is sitting with three cards in hand, arguing with Siff who is standing and points to the table. Both wear the blue uniforms of the bridge crew and are talking at the same time. On the left, both Galahad and Raffi are watching the argument, Raffi amused, Galahad staring dreamily/upset/sad at Siff, In the background O'Brian has grabbed Sinclair by the lapels and threatens to punch him with her raised fist. Sinclair smiles and makes a pacifying gesture. In the foreground Cox is staring confused/contemplating at his cards while Waylon takes another drink (looks like beer) in a glass tankard from a plate a waiter carries. Artwork by https://mindly.social/@fieryzard@mastodon.art
Strange Seawolf
5 days ago

Okay, I think I'll just start the new #WritingWonders for this month instead of catching up on last... and as boring as it is, i will take #HeraldPetrel because I hope it sets me into the right headspace for writing Season 2. Perhaps I play again with Siff, since I feel she will be the MC of it.🤔

Zoe Landon
6 days ago

Day 2 of #WritingWonders: some mappings of IRL/story locales...

- Dayton Point has basically the Pike Place Market from Seattle;
- Candhall has the traboules of Lyon, and some architectural history riffing on Chicago;
- the Tabrill Pass is meant to evoke the terrain of Svalbard and the Hickory Run boulder field;
- Port Mab's University is, in my head, basically just UWO in London Ontario;
- Sao Neso's hyper-compact feel is meant to evoke pedestrian-centric areas of Tokyo and the like

#WritingWonders Day 2: Were any of your fictional settings inspired by real-world locations?

Yeah, *all* of them. My entire "fictional" setting is a real-world location. I'll probably make a few fictional bars, restaurants, and corporations, but most of my book will be like some of Dashiell Hammett's stories, where you can retrace the characters' steps if you want to and know the City well.

(Alternatively: no, none them were "inspired by" real-world locations, they just straight-up *are*.)

Ryan Southwick
6 days ago

#WritingWonders Day 2: Were any of your settings inspired by real world locations?

Absolutely! One scene takes place in a fictional data center, which might sound boring, but the first time I ever set foot in a real one blew my mind. The staggering amount of white noise made me feel as if I’d just dunked my head underwater. Combined with the extreme hot and cold isles, it was an unforgettable sensory experience, which I tried to capture in the story.

#ZTechChronicles

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray
6 days ago

#WritingWonders June 1: Where would I go?

Now that I'm jumping to Book 2 in this series, I'd like to zip out to Seanán's uncle's house, partly to see the place...

Like there's a hallway, with this stained-glass art at one end...

But, mainly, that's likely the best place to see Beetle, the bug-car Tom/Breen stole on book 1. I hope I didn't make too many mistakes describing him...cutest, snarkiest character in the book.

Zoe Landon
1 week ago

Think I'll keep doing #WritingWonders into June. I'll keep posting about #Vapormage (visibility, baby) but off on the side you bet I'm also contemplating these for my early-stages projects.

Day 1: Assuming I had free movement, I guess Dayton Point. Not the best-off town but they're good people, a bit rebellious, if a little insular. Maybe akin to Portland's Little Beirut years, as I understand them.

(Ideally I'd head to Sao Neso 'cause I think it's cool but getting there is _really_ tricky.)

#WritingWonders Day 1: Intro: Transported to your world, where's the first place you're going?

I've been teleported (back) to #SanFrancisco? Lovely! Depending on the time of day, I think I'm either hitting Ferry Plaza and soaking up the vibe, or else going to the Lower Haight and having fun at my old haunts: Nickie's and Molotov's.

Actually, I need to stop in at Lucky 13 and see if I can get an enamel pin for my leather jacket, to replace the one I lost...

Ryan Southwick
1 week ago

#WritingWonders Day 1: Intro

In honor of Pride Month, my Writing Wonders posts will be about The Z-Tech Chronicles. I’m currently editing Angels Strike (Book 6), which is the exciting series conclusion.

“Save the waitress, save the world.”

The Z-Tech Chronicles is an epic science fiction / urban fantasy saga set in the SF Bay Area starring an LGBTQ+ MC who also suffers PTSD.

More about it here: https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com/z-tech-chronicles

#ZTechChronicles

Branwen OShea (she/her)
1 week ago

Also, new this month is a hashtag to locate the current card of questions. We will continue to pin the cards to our profiles, but apparently some apps don’t allow pinned toots to be seen. For those of you using those apps, check out #WritingWondersQs to readily find the questions. Please put answers on the regular hashtag #WritingWonders as we have been doing all along.😊

Branwen OShea (she/her)
1 week ago

Inviting all #writers to join us for the fun and friendship of #WritingWonders. You can participate with a WIP or an already published book. Alina, Amelia and I have come up with some hopefully intriguing questions for June. For added fun, several questions are for your characters to answer in their voice. 😊
As always, play the days you want, skip the ones you want. Looking forward to seeing all your answers, finding great books, and meeting new friends. Here you go!
#amwriting #author

Questions for the daily #WritingWonders game. If you need these in text form, please contact me, as they won’t all fit here.
Zoe Landon
1 week ago

Day 31 of #WritingWonders: inasmuch as Lyon trusts anybody, yeah kinda. We don't see it happen in-story, but Lyon's weapons supplier is trying to get him to slow his warmonger roll for much of the story. If it weren't for them there'd be open armed conflict by chapter 4. It's for totally self-serving profit reasons but it's something.

#WritingWonders Day 31: Does anyone that your antagonist(s) trust try to rein them in?

I don't think so, no. In fact, it's starting to look like one of the other villains kind of eggs the Big Bad on a bit, or at least provides a bad example that helps encourage him to become more villainous.

Nick East (Indie Writer)
1 week ago
Zoe Landon
1 week ago

Day 30 of #WritingWonders: I've got colors I associate with each of the four protagonists (Kell = green, Sheila = yellow, Alejandro = purple, Tobias = red) but less so the book as a whole. I kinda imagine using a lot of black and white, with character colors in sharp relief (like the Cowboy Bebop intro or a Saul Bass poster). I see a cover design in my head and it's very much that sorta vibe.

Zoe Landon
1 week ago

Day 29 of #WritingWonders: the gang visits a few different states, each with their own sort of dysfunctional government:

Cymona is supposed to be parliamentary, but PM Lyon's kinda run roughshod over that 'cause nobody will stop him

Farolé is a monarchy, with a very indifferent Eileen II on the throne

Bessetrae has a president and secretaries to advise them, but they just cut out the actually-elected middleman

Rinculo has a senate, and boy does that senate have a bureaucracy and an ego

#WritingWonders Day 29: What type of government exists in your story?

This one: https://sf.gov/

For more information about it, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_San_Francisco

Ben Werdmuller
1 week ago

#WritingWonders May 29: What type of government exists in your story?

I have three:

The first is a nationalist movement that makes deals with technology companies to obtain extraordinary voice and control, sponsored by oil and gas companies who want to maintain access to resources during the climate crisis.

The second is private city states that are run like startups, with a CEO king behind each one.

The third is collectives who barter and share.

I am really fun at parties.

Zoe Landon
2 weeks ago

Day 28 of #WritingWonders: Mia, stationed at the Citadel, has a few words...

"Those assholes... they broke into a _military base_, you get that? Barged in like they own the place. Ran right past my station, so you know I'm in trouble already at that point, but then to go into the Guardian chambers? People _died_ in there 'cause of them! Quinn acts fine, but c'mon, he's never gonna walk right again! My career was going to be fine and then they just ruined it on me, for no god damn reason!"