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December 13th, 2006
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BaMoTTuStoTTwo wrap-up
November's now behind us, and it's all over but the voting.

I refer, of course, to BaMoTTuStoTTwo (my second Month of TTU Stories). It was a nice challenge. This year's 18,500 words didn't quite meet the prolificity standard set by the first attempt's 40,532, but I'm proud with what came out.

Part of that pride is that I tried something I hadn't done with TTU yet: Write stories in its present day. Virtually all of my offerings have been set within a year or two after the Changes. Leapfrogging forward to the era of New Atlantis' raising, and taking a look at a time when therianthropy is fading into uneasy acceptance, was a good way to stretch the world's boundaries.

Another part of my pride is that I also made good on my choice to go all-culturalia this year. (For you readers who haven't been here a while, "culturalia" is the term I've coined to describe my occasional artifacts-from-a-parallel-universe. Fictional non-fiction.) Not only did I produce eight slices of TTU life rather than "stories", I wove them together in a single strand. I mention this because it's worth marveling at how these things can flow out when you find your creative groove.

Anyway, I'm going to take a cue from last time, and give y'all a chance to weigh in on the BaMoTTuStories ...:

Poll #887897 Pick a winner or three

Pick up to three of November's offerings that you think were this year's best.

Scary Stories - The decade-old article that gets Fang's nostalgia running.
DWIM - Introducing magitech Web search technology.
Dangerous Waters - On board the New Atlantis Project's flagship.
Fire Flies - Magic in the movies.
Exploding the Conspiracy - Dark hints of intrigue behind an international standoff.
A dwivination Discovery - Explaining some novel applications of magisearch.
Still Crazy After All These Years* - Two old friends' e-mail conversation builds to an uneasy climax.
Elements - Rules for a real-time card-game mages' duel.

* (You can read the e-mail conversation mentioned above, and all of the other stories along the way, by following these links in order: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]. Non-convo posts: [8] [dwivinations]; [9] [Elements].)

Additionally, I'd love to hear any random feedback below. (And/or egoboo -- it's no big sin to have Praise Whore Moments once in a while.) It'll help keep my enthusiasm buzz at a nice high while I lay the groundwork for the TTU wiki.

... Oops, was that my outside voice? :)

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Date:December 13th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
Many thoughts:

* Picking two was easy (Dangerous Waters and Dwivination Discovery); picking the third was much harder (I finally settled on Exploding the Conspiracy).
* I want to know about the "Gold murders" now. :P
* I really really want to do some writing in this world, but I'm afraid of stepping on toes, and I don't know enough about the major characters and events to feel confident avoiding toe-crunching. Any chance of some kind of character index and/or timeline and/or story compilation index? Or do these already exist somewhere? ;)
* I also really really want to do some kind of, I dunno, email or maybe LJ RP-writing in Tomorrowlands, which would be SIMPLY FRACKING AWESOME, but I can't quite figure out how to make it work. Well, I take that back: I have one really solid idea right off the top, but it requires a "storyteller" "game master" "person who is running the plot," and having come up with the idea I suspect that the automatic nomination would be me, and I cry, and say I can kick this off after Xmas, and would you be interested? ;)
* Kinda speaking of which, is there a Tomorrowlands LJ community yet?
* Needless to say, you've gotten my brain chugging on this. :P
* As much as I think it would be beyond awesome to put all this in a book form, the linky bits from this cascade would be somewhat difficult to handle on paper.
* I wrote like half (two-thirds?) of a Tlands story way back, and I don't know where I put it. Do you have it? And I have the threads from another, which I don't think I ever got around to doing more than noodling with, but I'd really like to develop more.
* And um yeah THANKS A BUNDLE BAX you got my muse INTERESTED and now she is KICKING MY BRAIN with her GIANT STOMPY INSPIRATION BOOTS. At a time when I barely have energy/attention to feed myself reliably. Arrrgh!
* No, really, thank you for the inspiration, and damn, you're a good writer! ;)
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