They had drawn
near to their destination, the watchtower now a looming shape above them, when a
group of five men appeared, running towards them. They wore Athenian armour,
and had sheathed swords; but Brasidas was struck by something unnatural about
them – the way they carried themselves, he thought, the way they didn’t even
look around as they run, as though they were frightened but couldn’t even see
the men with Brasidas who were running directly at them…
shouted for them to stop; there was a ragged, aggressive quality to their voices
which would have stopped Skyla in her tracks; but these five men didn’t seem to
Brasidas shouted out, ‘Stop! Leave them!’ but even as he did, the men
with him cut them down. They put up no fight at all, made no sound as they died.
the same chill against the back of his neck he had felt looking at the city from the Temple of
the Dioscuri. The image rose up in his mind of sacrificial animals;
how quietly they lay to have their throats cut; how they made no sound as they died…
It was all
over in an instant: the Spartans were still running towards the watchtower,
apparently oblivious to the preternatural way the men had behaved, and Brasidas
went with them…
But as he passed around their bodies, tumbled in the street,
their faces oddly peaceful, a feeling of dread settled in his stomach.
Also, just a quick heads-up to my eternally patient readers:
I will be writing The Good Spartan more slowly during November, as I am doing NaNoWriMo again to get the third book of my Roman trilogy drafted (gods save me!)
Be reassured that the story has not died - I faithfully promise it will be finished at least before Christmas!
Tyreen’s view of waking up at Dr. Black’s. Contains medical/injury material, Tyreen being gross and some vaguely hinted at Troyreen. Note that Part 2 is shaping up to be more obvious about this. Probably nothing graphic, since I’m planning to recut all of the Dr. Black shorts into a single story. Oh, and I put her H/C post at the bottom.
One thing I noticed about my writing lately is that it all seems really focused on what is happening, with nothing about what the characters think. I kind of feel stuck because of it.
I stopped writing for several years after high school, but I looked at the fics I wrote back then. They weren’t as bad as I thought, and I liked that they all went into way more detail about what the characters thought and felt. So I think that’s one of the things I’m really lacking now.
The thing is, I’m autistic and have a lot of trouble imagining how a character would think or feel in a way that makes sense. Sometimes I still have trouble understanding a character’s personality even after I’ve been in the fandom for ages. Characterization is subjective too, so it gets more confusing when I read other people’s fics.
I think I found it easier back then, because the characters in the shows I were watching were simpler archetypes, if that makes sense.
Am I the only one who doesn’t write fanfics about real people? Especially ones where the REAL person is featured as a bully, rapist, stripper, ect. Imagine having people write smut about you? I would feel so awkward and imagine if the person read the smut about themselves that others wrote. So, is it just me who steers clear from real people when writing a fanfic?
Y’all… I think I just found the best writing advice ever for how to get yourself writing instead of just staring at the little cursor on the screen.
So what you’re gonna do is find a piece of writing you love (published fiction, fanfic, your old work, it all works) and you’re going to find that section you love. That part that makes you feel electricity in your spine. You’re gonna read 4-ish pages of it (maybe less or more—find what works for you!) until you’ve got the flow but you’re not sooo invested that you can’t stop.
And then you’re gonna turn to your work. And the words are just… there? I don’t know how to describe it. But it’s working for me so far. I’d recommend giving it a try, at the very least.
Just Another Accident Along The Freeway Of This Life. - CarolineGrayson - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys - My Chemical Romance (Album) [Archive of Our Own]https://archiveofourown.org/works/27145036
Billy is an asshole with magic, the upside down latches onto him, and he is an unwilling puppet. When he faces the mind flyer at Starcourt he knows he is going to die. Steve doesn’t let him.
Billy wakes with a gasp eyes bright, burning with magic that is not his as it rips through his flesh, his bone, his very soul, branding him as it cleanses. Steve is hunched over him, eyes shining and skin glowing as he funnels magic through Billy healing him. Steve, normal unassuming, Steve is healing him with magic, he has magic, Billy would be ravenous with lust for him if he wasn’t in shock over not being dead.
Creators: work on or post something from your WIP. This is your weekly reminder to get something down on paper (real or virtual). It’s also a chance to share your progress with your followers and give them a sneak peek of what’s to come!
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Right now, I have four long fics in the works. Idiot Savant is still my top priority, so I try to write a bit of it every day. If I get ideas or inspiration for the others, I’ll write down a scene or two, or a bit of dialogue to string together later.
I won’t talk about all my fics, just the three I’m most fixed on at the moment :D
Idiot Savant (Published, Incomplete)
So, for those that keep up to date with IS, last chapter the boys had a run-in with the wolfman and had real, actual confirmation that vampires exist. Now that they’re ‘safe,’ chapter 12 will deal with Steve’s mental state and him trying to come to grips with everything.
I actually cut this chapter in half mid-way through drafting. I’ve done this in chapter 9 also, but I was able to combine the last scenes that should’ve been in 9 with chapter 10. My chapters are 'done’ when I reach a certain point in the plot or complete a certain set of events. I originally planned for chapter 11 to go all the way up to the big confrontation between the vampaneze and vampires. But, once I saw that my word count was at 10k and climbing, I had to cut it at Mark’s arrival. I also wanted to give readers more time with Mark, Larten, and Gavner, so having them appear in more chapters than originally planned helped.
With IS, I really try to weave and flesh out as many characters as I can. Mark Ryter, for instance, appears in book 9 briefly as a vampet and is later killed by Vancha during interrogation. He didn’t play much of a role in the series, but I wanted to know more about him and his place with the vampaneze. So, I made him this know-it-all Dubliner with a knack for illegal firearms and espionage XD He also appears in some of my other works, but I really wanted to include him in IS to get a larger scope of the world.
Lilac Heartthrob (WIP)
This is my next big project. “Lilac Heartthrob” is the working title, but it may stick just cause I’m growing fond of it :)
This series takes place over books 8-12 and goes in a much different direction than the original series. It picks up midway through book 8 when Darren and Steve meet up in Edinburgh to investigate vampaneze activity. I wanted to dive more into Darren’s experience at school and his growing sense of self away from the mountain. It also deals with Darren and Debbie’s relationship, Darren’s sense of age and maturity, his growing independence from Larten, and his relationship with Steve. It’s wholly a starren series, but it will also deal with a lot of issues Darren faces as a young prince and all the trauma he’s experienced. Later parts of the series, like Part II and III, will also have a lot of political intrigues cause I just adore that shit.
Unlike Idiot Savant, this series will also go in-depth on the parts of vampire and vampaneze culture that don’t get explored in CDF. I’m doing lots of research into where vampire mountain logically would be in the real world, the travel patterns of vampaneze and vampires, the religious aspects of their culture, mating and courtship, the social hierarchy of the vampaneze, etc.
I’m super excited about this series, and as soon as Idiot Savant is completed I’ll be posting this regularly. I hope one long fic under my belt will really help me with the pacing, development, and characterization of this story : D
On King Street (WIP)
I literally got the idea for this two weeks ago and I’m already super invested. Basically, a teenage Darius gets sent back in time to an alternate universe where he meets his dad and uncle as young adults. It’s very heartwarming and short (3) chapters), and it touches on those growing pains parents experience when their kids grow out of the nest. It mergers the AUs in Idiot Savant and Lilac Hearthrob, allowing me to get self-referential between both series. This is very much a Darius fic and deals with his emotions towards his family and himself, and it deals with the different iterations of characters between the fan series and cannon.
If you guys have questions or maybe want to swap theories, my inbox is always open ; )