Skylarynn

  • @r-m-archer

    Thanks.  I’m very interested in anthropology so I try to throw in as many real-life elements as I can in the guise of ‘traditions’.  Most are based on things I happen to like or be particularly interested in.  For example, some of the popular holiday games my characters play are mancala and coillcliste (fidchell).

  • @r-m-archer

    Both of those sound really interesting.  I still have to flesh out several holidays in my hi-fi world seeing as there are at least seven major countries in the story with even more ethnic groups within.  Towards the beginning of the story there is actually a yuletide celebration of some kind that combines traditions from the various p…[Read more]

  • Skylarynn's profile was updated 5 hours, 11 minutes ago

    1. This is just a worldbuilding element (and it’s here because I’m curious about holidays in a specifically fantasy world).
    2. What is a fictional holiday in your world?  What’s the origin of the holiday?  Who celebrates it?  Is there a religion or culture involved?  What rituals/festivities are involved?  How often does it come around?  How has i…

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  • “Where are you from?”

    Rowan shrugged, casting her gaze about the room.  The chamber seemed much less foreboding with a little girl sitting on the yew throne.  “The Green Court, just like any other green fae.”

    “What are green fae?”

    The elf turned back to Faeryn, who was looking off in another direction.  “Green fae are fae – elves, hu…[Read more]

  • The series I write in does have several married couples (it has a very large cast) and they do have intimate moments (by which I mean moments of intense spiritual and romantic love, no actual love-making), but I’m never very explicit and manage to gloss over them actually doing anything.  Generally the only indication that they’ve done something…[Read more]

  • “Are you going to stay for long?”

    “I don’t know.  I may.”

    “Are you a knight?”

    Rowan stared a moment as the girl sat in the yew throne, yet nothing disastrous seemed to befall her.  The elf still did not trust the golden wood though.  “I was once, yes.  A member of Queen Titania’s personal guard.”

    Faeryn cocked her head curiously.  “Who’s Quee…[Read more]

  • Brendin stood silently as those around him conversed and went around the room.  He decided he trusted Virtus – the man seemed eager to befriend others, and had an earnest demeanor.  He did not like the Commander.  The man was obviously a liar.  It was easy for Brendin to see he was just as lost and confused as any of the others, yet he put on an…[Read more]

  • I have several adorable characters that I hope I’ve humanized effectively.  The main one is a young woman named Kindra Arden.  She’s a tiny 4’11” with rapunzel hair and a bubbly personality.  She also owns a 18-hand Shire stallion named Binky and a rambunctious cat named Mittens.  Kindra is also a (non-practicing) witch and a first responder (EM…[Read more]

  • Skylarynn replied to the topic Character Deaths…advice? in the forum Characters 1 week ago

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Glad I could help!  I meant to add in some tips, but I guess I forgot.  Here’s a few:

    • Use thoughts sparingly.  Focus on the physical sensations; this puts the reader in the body of the character and helps them feel just as overwhelmed.
    • Shock varies from person to person, but it is typically somewhat delayed in onset an…

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  • @rose-colored-fancy

    I actually recently wrote the initial shock of one of my characters finding out his father was dead.  The context is as follows:

    Luke is on a team of monster hunters.  His father Jeffrey is Luke’s dad and a retired monster hunter.  Once, when the team was hunting some Indian demons, Luke went on ahead of everyone and got ov…[Read more]

  • Skylarynn replied to the topic Character memes in the forum Characters 1 week, 4 days ago

    WARNING – This will be long

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    Auryon: Why are Phelie and Levi sitting like that?
    Elias: They had a fight.
    Auryon: Then why are they holding hands?
    Elias: Phelie gets sad when they fight.

    Phelie: Truth or dare?
    Levi: Truth
    Phelie: How many hours’ sleep have you had this week?
    Levi: Dare
    Phelie: Go to sleep

    Will: What did you guys get in…[Read more]

  • Skylarynn replied to the topic Character memes in the forum Characters 1 week, 4 days ago

    Quick sum up

    Auryon: Spunky Hunter gal (Elias’s wife, Mal and Wes’s niece) [Luke’s adoptive sis, Mal’s adoptive daughter]

    Luke: Laid back tank (Mal and Wes’s nephew) [Aury’s adoptive bro, Mal’s adoptive son]

    Mal: Leader of the Hunter team (Aury and Luke’s uncle, Wes’s brother, Sera’s husband) [Luke and Aury’s adoptive dad]

    Wes: Immature (Mal’s…[Read more]

  • I always assumed ‘high fantasy’ and ‘medieval’ were intertwined because it was a time when people were much more superstitious and didn’t have science to combat beliefs about how the world and gods worked.  That and people were often inspired by D&D.  LotR never struck me as all that medieval, nor did Lewis’s Narnia actually.  LotR read like a to…[Read more]

  • This thread may be dead but I felt like posting on it anyway.  If I get a response, yay!  If not, I don’t mind.

    I have read my fair share of books, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t read nearly enough to get an idea of what good writing is.  I myself have been writing since I learned how to read, but I think my skill only picked up ab…[Read more]

  • “My name is Virtus, son of Fidus. Sorry for landing on top of you.”

    Brendin clasped Virtus’s hand after a moment, holding Virtus’s eyes with his piercing (yet non-hostile) gaze.  “Brendin.”  He wasn’t yet sure if the name was still his.  Actually, he hadn’t been sure of much anything for a very long time.

    Brendin scoured the room once more. …[Read more]

  • Rowan stared at the little blindfolded girl for a moment, the fear of the yew throne slowly draining from her.  She was in control of this moment.  The tall elf crouched down on level with the girl and unfastened her gauntlets at the wrist, slipping them off her hands and setting it down on the floor.  She chose to ignore the girl’s question fo…[Read more]

  • Luke again but this time with Arachnea Evilian

    1. What is something in your life you wish you could go back on? Something you regret and want to change?

    Luke: Not going ahead of the team when we were fighting that Hindi cult.  That kinda led to a lot of bad stuff…

    Arachnea: Not being with Wilder when he got divebombed by that harpy…

    2.…[Read more]

  • If no one minds I’ll join in.  (This is for some of the characters from my urban fantasy, specifically Lucifer MacTiernan or “Luke” and his cousin/adopted sister Auryon Hearne)

    1. How are you like the one who created you?

    Luke: *after a thoughtful pause* I’d do anything for the people I care about

    Auryon: *shrugs* I dunno, I try to protect…[Read more]

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