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Citadel Tavern / Re: Apology and Update
« Last post by Murometz on March 29, 2016, 06:59:04 PM »
Get healthy! And see you soon. We'll be here.
Citadel Tavern / Re: Apology and Update
« Last post by Moonlake on March 29, 2016, 06:20:31 PM »
It's good to hear about the recovery and hope that it continues. No worries, Dossta, like you said, health takes priority over creativeness :)
Citadel Tavern / Apology and Update
« Last post by Dossta on March 29, 2016, 01:16:29 PM »
Yeah, it's me. 

I've been gone for a couple of months with pretty much no explanation, and realize that I might have derailed some people who were either waiting on me for a roleplaying response, or waiting on me for a project.  To those guys, I'm sorry.  My entire family has been incredibly ill this year, from the New Year onwards.  I've missed a ton of work to take care for sick kids and partner, and have had very little time for anything online.  There have been urgent care visits, multiple rounds of antibiotics, and even one trip to the ER.

We're doing a little bit better now, but I don't think we're out of the woods yet.  So I can't promise to be here or to do anything creative at the moment, and again I apologize to anyone who was waiting on me for something.  Hope to be back a little more regularly by Summer (crosses fingers).

Stay healthy, everyone
-- Dossta
Citadel Tavern / Re: Chess game with Murometz
« Last post by Murometz on March 29, 2016, 11:50:10 AM »
yessir, will go tonight. My "game visual" is at home. :)
Citadel Tavern / Re: Chess game with Murometz
« Last post by axlerowes on March 29, 2016, 09:06:42 AM »
Sagely Advice / Re: short story about Wizards
« Last post by Moonlake on March 28, 2016, 07:32:03 AM »
My mind has churned out more stuff on this story in these aspects:
  • The female protagonist I'm thinking is seeking the wizard out because of some urgency to her birthplace/village, a curse or a plague. Cliched territory but at least it's a powerful motivation for the protagonist.
  • Now I've come up sth about the wizard being an old race and magic is dying out and the female protagonist being a young race (basically humans). My mind now says that what the protagonist gives to the wizard is to show him that the will power of mortals are a new form of 'magic'. Wrapped up in the plot is also some stuff about the protagonist can 'unsee' all these sealed up threats to mortals that the wizard is worried about with the weaning of magic. Doesn't seem too original from the epic fantasy genre but I am an avid fan of epic fantasy so oh well, I think I at least see some structure emerging on this story.

In terms of characterisation, I sometimes do a 10 by 10 character grid (this is where I brainstorm 10 points about 10 categories including important memories, little mannerisms etc.) plus character synopses (which delves into personal motivations) to zoom in on characters. But to be honest, often they don't help me- I've had two stories stalled already where the protagonist went through both the character grid and character synopsis treatment but I've still written myself into a dead corner for both in terms of the plot (one of them is that Old Beginning story that you read partially). I know there's a 'school of thought' that says you should know your characters with such details that you can fill out a questionnaire on their behalf but doing a character questionnaire always turns me off so doesn't help me at all. That's why I opted for the character grid approach. Anyway, I haven't done anything for the characters here because for me, I need to get the main plot arc sorted out first before I can get to the characters.

Thanks for the reply, PA. I think I'm now ready to jump into the character grid plus synopsis stage with the general shape of the storyline worked out.
Sagely Advice / Re: short story about Wizards
« Last post by PoisonAlchemist on March 26, 2016, 10:32:22 PM »
Before you worry abut how you write them, think about who they are. If the characters are going express who they are through every action and every word you have to have such a fundamental understanding of each of them. This is everything from their fundamental motivations (and "just to meet him" is not a very interesting motivation) to their childhood to their compulsive habits like chewing their nails.

As for what she can give him, don't limit it to the tangibles, think of the intangibles too: a kiss, an idea, a friend, confidence. It is very easy to enter cliche territory here, but objects can also represent something intangible, like a memory of his dead father or something that will become a memento of his career in wizardry. What is important to this wizard or his life?
News and Announcements / Re: A Little Quiet in the Citadel
« Last post by Aramax on March 26, 2016, 01:37:14 PM »
News and Announcements / A Little Quiet in the Citadel
« Last post by Strolen on March 26, 2016, 01:17:57 PM »
I know I have been rather scarce lately.

Patience is all I can ask of you. I have very limited time outside my normal ~60 hr work week so it is a struggle to decide where to spend it. Right now, I am focused on another project that is going to take some time. I will be back soon enough and will try to toss some submission comments in as I can!

The site has been around for 15+ years with occasional times I had to take off for a bit. This is just another temporary lull, I promise.
Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Aramax on March 26, 2016, 10:37:04 AM »
https://strolen.com/viewing/8399 a little freetext free form
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