bilbo, The Reader
I'm here and I write sometimes.
It was dark, not a candle lit on the path through the graveyard. Your shitty friends dared you to come here.
You pass the graves two... three rows up. You can see the mausolem at the top of the hill and shudder. The grave you seek is beside a weeping willow. You try not to think what could lurk behind the shielding branches.
You look around one last time, then sink down and position yourself in the cold earth. Grass doesn't grow here, or maybe it is just well tended. When you feel your head positioned at the base of the pink marble headstone you close your eyes.
"Can you tell me a story?" you ask, hating the way your voice sounds in the too open night air.
You listen intently. Nothing is going to happen. All you need to do is wait ten seconds then you can walk down the hill and-
"I went to the graveyard"
I know what it is and that's what matters
This is a throwaway game to help me get back in the swing of it
Recent PostsWhat are we reading now? on 1/15/2020 9:27:45 PM
I mean, you read my fantasy storygame. And that fantasy short story I wrote for you whenever you were asking for short stories forever ago. Did you do anything with that, btw? Cause I liked that one.
What are we reading now? on 1/15/2020 6:17:58 PM
Surprisingly I haven't read any Stephen King even though I love horror. I just keep putting it off.
Shannon Hale is decidedly YA. That being said, Goose Girl is an adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale by the same name and I stole some of the ideas of name magic from the book to make a DND class so I still like it.
Lakota Woman is interesting if you like social justice and hearing about how bad the US fucked Native Americans over. The author is married to a medicine man and has some cool insights into Sioux modern culture if that's something you're interested in.
Memoirs of a Geisha is essentially a first person exploration of what a geisha's life would have been like around the second world war. This includes big stuff like having her virginity sold off before she knows what sex is and small stuff like how cosmetics were made and applied. It's interesting if you like realistic fiction.
What are we reading now? on 1/14/2020 11:23:55 PM
Dang, haven't read that since high school! I remember loving it though... Maybe I'll give it a reread at some point. I remember being utterly enthralled with the idea that the red liquid was a symbol for some thing or another.
Spoilers: Also I'm pretty sure I was frustrated by a romance being thrown in at the end when I thought the protagonist should remain single because I was on a "romance doesn't equal redemption and is lazy resolution" kick at that point in time.
I agree though, I loved the various characters and was in awe the author kept it all orderly.
What are we reading now? on 1/14/2020 11:17:48 PM
Fantasy can be so hit or miss sometimes, it's honestly disappointing. I take you aren't gonna follow up on the Dragon Blood sequels then:p I googled it and saw it was a trilogy. It sounds like it was trying to be edgy and subversive but just kind of turned it into a fantasy high school drama, haha.
Sometimes you just need some decent level books to appreciate the really good ones I guess.
2019: Objective Weighing of Value thread on 1/14/2020 10:09:02 PM
I'll take it. I less kicked ass in 2019 and more just glared a bit and thought about kicking ass.
What are we reading now? on 1/14/2020 9:49:02 PM
Just noticed the last thread in here was over a month ago.
What are people reading these days? Tell me what you're up to reading-wise.
I had a nostalgia kick so I'm rereading some books by Shannon Hale currently (Goose Girl and Princess Academy. I have no shame).
Recently finished Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog which is an autobiography about wounded knee in the 70s. Add on Memoirs of a Geisha which I finished a month ago and am still interested in (It's a fictional memoir. Of a geisha. It's worth the read!).
A friend is trying to get me to read The Dresden Files because he thinks it is the pinnacle of all writing and I probably will start some of the books next time I go to the library.
Full Moon's Night Upkeep/Inspiration on 1/14/2020 7:44:20 PM
Oof. That'll take a minute. I don't have any of the original documents from when I was writing so I'll have to copy it over in website...
Fuck it, maybe an entire rewrite is in-order
Year's End Contest Results on 1/14/2020 7:34:44 PM
I noticed the graveyard tryst in your story and was like 'wait a second'. I remember wondering if you took a bit from each prompt, but I never went back to check so I appreciate the confirmation!
Year's End Contest Results on 1/14/2020 7:14:52 PM
Thanks! Obviously yours was amazing!
Year's End Contest Results on 1/14/2020 7:13:48 PM
Yeah... Next contest I'll just post a day early so I don't even have to worry about timezones.