((Mmmm some quick fanart))
Reading about it is one thing. Being there is entirely different. Linett records what she finds in lands far from Bree, but you really ought to see it for yourself.
((Mmmm some quick fanart))
Went to the county fair today with my sister and her kids. Out of nostalgia for childhood fairs and parades, I bought a lemon shake-up with dinner. Out of responsibility to my deadbeat pancreas, I asked the shake-up shaking guys how much sugar they put in. The first one said “A cup?” The second one (let’s hope he was more correct) said “No, half a cup.” I thanked them and walked on till I could sit down, look up “sugar, white” on my Kindle, and do the insulin math.
Half a cup of sugar…100 carbs. YE GODS. That’s like twice the amount of carbohydrates recommended per meal with diabetes (although I’m usually well above that 45-60 carbs per meal range anyway, let’s face it) and is officially the most sugary drink I’ve had in years. (I’m a water and tea girl and hae happily avoided anything with added sugar, or even natural fruit juices, because I just don’t care for them, but lemon shake-ups are my childhood so I went with it and took the insulin and let’s really, really hope the shake-up guys did not overestimate.)
This has been sitting in my sketchbook since december, but I finally finished it
TeacherAU!Fenris, because why not?
Tagged by @therealmnemo for a writerly meme:
List the first lines of your last 20 stories. See if there
are any patterns. Then tag 10 of your favorite authors!
And apparently those 19 are all the Dragon Age stories I
have yet written! Actually I’m kind of surprised it came that close to 20…I am
easily distracted from things I intend to write. 😦 So for slot 20, I could
give you the first line of one of my much older LOTRO stories…or I could give
you the first line of the current WIP. Let’s go with the WIP, a story titled “Stray”,
since that is a Dragon Age story. And I’m just gonna include the whole first
paragraph since you can’t yet click a link to read the whole rest of this one!
20. Imagine: You are eight years old. Smaller than the other
boys your age, perhaps, but stronger and quicker too; you’ve been training with
a bow since your first birthday, claims Uncle Varric, and Aunt Isabela promises
a knife for your tenth birthday, no matter how Da scowls and Mum argues with
her when she says so. You’ve scuffled with children bigger than yourself and
come out unscathed (at least until Mum found out), so you’re sure you can
handle the knife. Aunt Merrill’s been teaching you to find your way in the
wilderness, too, and you could make the trip to Sundermount all on your own if
Da would allow it.
So now I’m supposed to see if there are any patterns? Hm…well,
only 7 of the 20 open with dialogue. Exactly half of them are in present tense
and half in past tense, which is interesting because I never really wrote
stories in present tense before starting on Dragon Age fic, I don’t think. I
guess I have taken to that technique more than I realized. (It also doesn’t
quite count for #20 because the story does not continue in present tense after
the first few paragraphs which are sort of setting the scene…) One of the
stories opens in first person (Oak and Linden) and one in second person (the
WIP, but that also doesn’t quite count because it goes back to third person
after that first few paragraphs…you’ll see soon, I hope!), but overwhelmingly
third person is my preferred voice. I don’t usually like reading stories in
first or second person either, so I do use them sparingly, only when the story
really seems to demand it. In both those cases, actually, I had started writing
the first draft in third person as usual and it just wasn’t working out. I
switched to first person for Oak and Linden, and I added that second person
intro for Stray, and it clicked. That was how those particular stories needed
to be told.
And now to tag some people! @theherocomplex @lyriumrebel @kaerwrites @jawsandbones @quinnlocke @lypreila @slothquisitor
@spirrum @glyphron-dragon-age @servantofclio – if you wish to, have at it! Don’t feel
obligated to list 20 stories or to sit it out if you don’t have that many,
either…I mean I had to round it out with either a WIP or a really old fic, so
do what works for you! Open tag to anyone else who wants to do this as well,
feel free to claim a tag from me.