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October 1st, 2008
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Time slips by; (and) Ask me to write!
October 1 already? Oy. Another blob down.

It's a little morbid, but the sentiment behind the link is also a good kick in the pants. My life is not infinite, and if I procrastinate on the things I want to accomplish, they may not get done at all.

So. Writing. Something I ostensibly want to do; time to kick-start it. After staring writers' block, other projects, distractions, and basic laziness in the face for seven goddamn months, I finally pushed through the last 2% of the 98%-done "CSI: Luvine" episode sitting around from February. I'll post it tonight after I leave the office.

Also: I'm going to publically commit to this year's NaNoWriMo. I actually have a story I'd like to write, about some kids in TTU sucked into a strange land where magic takes an ... oddly recognizable ... format. Another month to plan it -- and to figure out the most graceful way to put my social life on hold -- and then, hopefully, a novel!




And in the meantime, I'd like to give my muse some exercise. I'd like to ask you to ask me to write something.

Give me a sentence: an idea, a character (or several), a theme, a place*, a conversational topic, a what-if. I'll write a scene or story fragment that explores it. Unlike last time, I'll try to limit it to ~500 words so I don't stall out on ambitious ideas; speed is good, and quantity is the goal.

I'd love requests set in my shared world TTU with existing characters, but this is not necessary; shake me up with alt settings or genres if you want! TTU requests don't have to be canon; I'll field even absurdities or crossovers (though I warn you my pop-culture knowledgebase is very erratic). I'll even write about your characters .... um, if I know them, anyway, and please don't be offended by the results. ];=8)

Requests can span the ratings gamut from G to X. Responses to adult requests will be posted separately to keep this thread worksafe.

Thank you in advance. I need the challenge.

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* Please try to keep requests to things not requiring deep research or specialized knowledge. The point is to get my creative muscles flexing, not to push me into OCD fact-checking. So, for instance: "A harbor" = good. "Bath Harbor Marina, in Bath, NC" = ungood.

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From:paka
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
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Deep-sea exploration and submersibles, but may include storms on the surface. Heroic men-against-the-sea stuff.
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From:baxil
Date:December 30th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
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http://baxil.livejournal.com/252810.html . I tried to hit all the highlights. It ended up a little longer than I was expecting.
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From:natetg
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)

Silly thought?

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What happens when CVS is installed in the legislature?
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From:baxil
Date:October 13th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)

Re: Silly thought?

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http://baxil.livejournal.com/241085.html - I took it in a not quite literal direction, but I think it still answers the spirit of your request.
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From:kadyg
Date:October 2nd, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
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A chef and her dragon! Wait.... nevermind.

Person is on vacation in Turkey. Wakes up the morning after The Changes and things are not as he left them. Namely, his passport doesn't say he's a cheetah. Now what?


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From:dragonzuela
Date:October 2nd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
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Private experiences with telepathy blur the line between "therianthrope" and normal human.
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
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I bet you thought I'd never get around to writing this. But you were wrong! ;-)

Three-part story starting here. I took your idea as a starting point and built out sideways from it to end up with a story that both is and isn't about that blurring. I hope you like the result.
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From:dragonzuela
Date:June 29th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
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Ha, awesome, I actually just read it tonight because I hadn't checked ttustories in awhile and thought I would see if there were updates. Very cool story although I'm a little brain-addled so I'm still wrapping my head around the end. I had been thinking that maybe my idea didn't fit into Tomorrowlands, but yay that you got something out of it! I remember the other story that it references.
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From:circuit_four
Date:October 2nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)

I celebrate my right as an American to be wholly predictable!

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Color-coded cyborg space pegasi on a beach holiday! (Preferably rated at least PG-1. Yearlings must by accompanied by their sire or dam, via physical form, telepresence, or robot governess with valid propriety stamp!)
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From:krinndnz
Date:October 2nd, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)

not robot governess, though tempted

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"This," Cern proclaimed, "is where I get to do a bit of exposition. I realize it's a traditional sign of hubris, the monologuing, but I have to get my practice in. I'm going to be saying this on TV eventually, you see. I have to have my delivery down."
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From:baxil
Date:October 6th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
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From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:October 2nd, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
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Close dissonance stacks up.

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From:packbat
Date:October 2nd, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, I'm feeling cruel. First sentence: That evening, the sun rose.
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From:baxil
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
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From:dfaran
Date:October 3rd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
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"These were the Gods that dinosaurs worshipped."

Oh, and hello. You don't know me, but I read your LJ sometimes.
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From:baxil
Date:May 10th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)

Sadly, this isn't even a record on reply delay for me

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A year and a half later, it cohered into a narrative set in the near future of TTU. :) Check it out at http://ttustories.livejournal.com/19512.html !
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From:aearo
Date:June 7th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)

Re: Sadly, this isn't even a record on reply delay for me

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Worth the wait, I'd say. Your writing is most excellent.
(This is my other account, if that wasn't clear.)
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From:joysweeper
Date:October 3rd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
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*grinning like a maniac; therefore, using a comics icon*

After The Changes, a woman is a hybrid human-dragon creature less than a foot tall! (I can be predictable too!)

Oooh, and if I can put out another one... Male to female transformation is ridiculously common, but there's almost no female to male. Rated... uh, PG-13, because I am a wuss and won't ask for R.
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From:zuki_san
Date:October 6th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Is it too late to request? I hope not!

Hmmm....

Explorations of a college campus yield unexpected results. Possible exploration sites that come to my mind: Woods on or around campus (some lovely ones in my area, we see deer all the time!), the ever-classic steam tunnels or drainage/maintenance tunnels, rooftops, basements, and buildings scheduled for demolition.
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