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June 8th, 2007
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Alright, time for a break from the unintentional morbidity ...

[a cat macro pic expressing my belief that I'm about to out-ambition myself]

It's time for ART TTU WRITING MEME!

To quote summer_jackel:

You give me a brief idea, scenario or just a word, and [optionally] specify which character(s). I will come back with a quick sketch ficbit. The characters you can use are listed below. ... I will take the first 10 or so, or until I get tired of it.

I don't insist on meme spreadage, but if you're an artist/writer and want to, pass it on. If you include it, let me know so I can tag you back. :)

If you're new here, "TTU" is The Tomorrowlands Universe, the urban-fantasy open story setting I maintain -- where one day in late 1996, magic and creatures of myth suddenly appeared on Earth and threw history into a screaming left turn.

I'm defining "ficbit" to mean a story fragment -- a scene, a conversation, a particularly vivid description, a mood piece. Not a whole story, unless my muse completely runs away with me. Believe me, even one story per day is a nutso pace.

Don't feel limited to tossing random ideas at me. If you ask me a question about TTU, I will endeavour to answer it in an illustrative or clever way. Also feel free to pull inspiration for your ideas from the TTU wiki, which is still (very) incrementally growing.

I'm NOT restricting the meme to all-ages content -- though to preserve work-safeness and respect privacy, I'll leave such requests screened here, and either provide outside links to the results or else post them in a later friends-locked post.

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As for the character list, if you go so far as to specify someone, it can be anyone I've previously written about, or else anyone with a listing on the wiki. The folks that have bigger shares of my mindspace right now, and are likely to be used for unspecified requests, are:

* Kiasu, the samurai unicorn, and/or the mysterious dark figure who always seems to be following him around.

* Sara and Alex, a human woman and anthro-fox theri, who meet by chance at a party and quickly strike up a broad friendship.

* The members of The Redeemers, a mage paramilitary group based in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. All but one of the members is a theri, though they're a wildly mixed lot. You've previously seen their leaders in Snow Cats, and real tomorrowlands.org old-timers may remember the whole group from "The Dragon Tamers," which I will have to dig out of my computer archives and re-post at some point.

As a special final note, if you're an artist and want to sketch a scene for me to write a backstory to, that would be a heck of an interesting challenge. :)

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From:eredien
Date:June 8th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
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Hi Baxil. I was wondering--I have some random culturalia still on my hard drive "the Changes Medallion, etc." back from before TL went down. Do you want me to send it on to you?

Also, a word/request--"pure."
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From:baxil
Date:June 8th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Of course I'd love to see it! :) E-mail it to me, and let me know if you'd like it posted; if you'd like editing feedback; or if it's just for me to enjoy.

Good word, and you're the first reply - I'll get to work on it this evening.
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From:baxil
Date:July 12th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
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BTW, got the story done today! It refused to stay short -- my muse put my brain in a headlock until I'd passed 5,000 words ...

I'll post it this evening.
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From:baxil
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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From:baxil
Date:February 26th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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Hey, question: did you ever manage to dig that "Changes Medallion" culturalia up? I don't think I ever got a copy, and I'm still curious.
From:premchai21
Date:June 8th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
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Suddenly I'm tempted to wonder out loud whether that very picture might be turned into a TTU story of some sort. Which could, in fact, involve an ambitious cat (though it wouldn't have to necessarily).

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From:baxil
Date:June 8th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Wiseass. ;-) But a great idea.

You mind if I spin off of the idea of "ambitious cat," which has already stuck a cute idea in my mind? Or would you prefer the cat-in-the-picture specifically?
From:premchai21
Date:June 9th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
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Either is fine. The latter would be interesting in that I'd get to see how that cat got up there in the first place, but if you have a cute idea already it'd be interesting to see that too.

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From:elynne
Date:June 10th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
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Love Ambitious Cat macro; added to my collection. ;)

Yes, I know I owe you (and everybody else) TTU RP... I can't say when it'll happen, but I can say that it's still sitting in my head waiting for me to get it started. Meh. :/

As for ficlette: Redeemers, keyword "tension". I want to see them in action, as it were.

I might try this too... maybe. Depends on a lot of things, not least of which whether I manage to get any sleep tonight. :P
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From:iamba_si
Date:July 12th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. My geekbrain wants to know...what is life like for gamers after the Changes?

I'm thinking: a scene involving a group of LARPers, perhaps several of whom are theris or magic users.

I mean, just because dragons and wizards are "real" now doesn't mean we're going to stop playing, right?
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From:baxil
Date:July 12th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Theri gaming! Yay! When you mentioned this idea, I got so enthusiastic about it that I traveled back in time and wrote it three years ago. :D

(direct story link)

It's one of my favorite TTU stories ever, so I hope you enjoy it too! And since I didn't actually have to write anything to answer your request, let me know if you'd like another ...
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From:iamba_si
Date:July 20th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
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[Woops, didn't realize I wasn't logged on. Gonna post my reply again, this time not-so-anonymously...]

::squeals:: Yay! How'd you do that? You even managed to include Kiasu, whose description so intersted me. :) Nice!

Hmmmm...well, if you are still accepting requests, I'll try another:

place: Irish pub
plot element: a bet
And...I'm getting the vibe that lots of Guiness is involved ^_^
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
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You know, this is almost starting to get unnerving. I started working on a piece of random TTU dragon pr0n about a week before you posted your comment. (I've never done one before. So the timing here is really strange.)

I'll be posting it to my adult filter when I'm done, but I can also drop it on the web and send you a link.
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