stargirl, The Dramatist
My name is Stargirl, and I like to read, write, and lurk in the forums. Any other hobbies? Yes, I do Kung Fu and enjoy spending time in the woods. I just finished writing my second storygame for Endmaster's prompt contest. Any and all feedback will be appreciated!
Currently reading irl: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
"Don't be afraid," said your mother. Blood formed beads on her face and her tears formed pools of agony. The image of war, the sudden urge to kill, has never been so potent. This is a story that informs you that not all stories have a happy ending. Based in Afghanistan, story created for Endmaster's culture clash contest, and we intend to expand the story after that is over.
We apologize for the bad grammar, we ran out time to proofread. Feel free to tear it apart and we hope you have fun reading it! (For fun you can try to guess which parts stargirl wrote and which parts Abgeofriends wrote)
You play as the new Empress Vira in the kingdom of Magnicollis with her horse Cupcake. Your mother has just died and you have to take the crown. Stay loyal to your horse and try not to kill everyone in your kingdom... or do.
This is an entrey for Endmaster's prompt contest. I got the prompt "A story of a lunatic empress... with a fondness for horses." I didn't spend very much time writing it and I didn't have time to proofread, but hopefully it's still decent enough to be enjoyable.
Just writing things when I'm bored. Putting it here because it's the only good writing site, and I might change this into an actual story later. :)
Recent PostsProof of life on 8/9/2022 5:26:51 PM
My plan was to make Vira and Cupcake actually decent, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. It turns out that being at kung fu from 8:30am to 9:00pm teaching little kids is really exhausting. Therefore I have spent my weekends sitting around and doing absolutely nothing.
I rated and read the shortest stories I could find for a few days straight because I wanted the 50% of all stories rated trophy, but that’s literally all I've done on this site since the contest. Definitely not dead. :)
The 2nd Annual MHD Appreciation Week! on 7/14/2022 7:11:04 AM
There was an attempt made:
Happy Hatterday/week MHD! This was the least I could do for all your hard work on the site and amazing personality.
Prompt Contest Results on 7/14/2022 6:36:50 AM
Thank you so much for hosting this Endmaster! I really enjoyed it even though I didn’t write what I wanted to write. I’m honestly shocked that I got 20th. I thought I would be more like 25th or 26th because of how rushed my story was.
Congratulations Mystic! You definitely deserve it. I haven't read your contest entry yet, but judging by your other storygames it’s going to be amazing. I’m looking forward to finding some time and reading it.
EndMaster's Prompt Contest completed entries on 7/12/2022 7:51:28 AM
I wasn’t going to even join the contest at all until Ab convinced me to. Generally I don’t like to actually show my writing to other people because I know that it isn’t very good, but for some reason I let Ab talk me into it. This would be the second contest that I joined because of her.
I actually only agreed to join it because I was bored and thought that I wouldn’t have anything to do over the summer, but I was wrong. This summer is actually turning out to be pretty much the most event filled summer that I think I’ve ever had, but that isn’t saying much considering that I typically just stay home and hang out with Ab.
Once I had agreed with her to sign up, I searched for a good prompt. The one about the lunatic empress who is fond of horses caught my eye. It seemed like a cool idea to write about a lunatic empress at the time, and I had never tried writing a story like that before. Normally all my characters are kids(as I don’t really know what it’s like to be an adult) and I’d never written about a character who wasn’t completely sane, so I figured I would try something new. I grabbed the prompt and then thought about what I wanted to write about.
The problem was, I had just gone off of what I thought might be fun to write about at the time and actually had no clue how I should go about it, or even a general idea for the plot. The other problem was that I knew absolutely nothing about horses. I may have touched one once when I was six at some fair where they had animals or something, but that’s about all I’ve ever had to do with horses.
Eventually I came up with a pretty loose general idea of an empress who’s fairly young(early 20s or something like that) who has just stepped up to the throne and has the rationale of a little kid. For the horse part, I would just make them love their pet horse or something. Without a story outline I just started writing a page and went where it took me. I wrote three or four pages, finished a path within the first week, and then summer break started and I forgot about the contest.
About two weeks before the deadline I realized that I needed to write stuff and figure out what the different paths were going to be. I had attempted to do this earlier, but I hadn’t come up with any ideas. At this point I had completely forgotten what I had written, but I didn’t want to get rid of it now because I didn’t have much time.
I read it over and didn’t really like it, but I didn’t have any other ideas so I just stuck with it. I scraped together a loose outline for a few other possible paths and then did absolutely nothing for another week. At this point I had a week left and I was nowhere near done.
I convinced myself to write some over five days, and with a steady but very slow trickle of about 500-1000 words every morning before my brother woke up, I had finished another path. Then I had two days left and only two endings with two paths. The writing itself wasn’t great even with my standards, but at least I had that. I knew it wouldn’t be good enough though, and it was too linear to submit anyway.
I was complaining about this to Ab while texting her, and I think her exact words were “Lol, ur still doing that? I quit a long time ago”. At this point I was desperate to have some kind of motivation, and I remembered how when we were working on Graveyard of Empires for the culture clash contest we would facetime and both write. If one of us wanted to get up and do something else, the other person would convince them to stay and write. If you were stuck on something then the other person would give you an idea and you would keep writing.
I managed to convince her to start her contest entry, and we wrote for about 2 hours that day. I still wasn’t anywhere near done, but I had written another death and was almost done with another path. I chilled for the rest of the day and played with my brother, knowing that I would have to spend most of the day tomorrow wrapping up my story and attempting to give it a quick glance over.
The next day came and I woke up Ab at 7 by calling her, and we wrote. I was doing well with only a few pages left to go, when my dad said that I had to spend some time with my brother. This was understandable as I had been locked in my room all day trying to come up with how to end my story, but it was infuriating nonetheless.
I was able to finish my two pages later that day, but I had to spend more quality time with my brother after that so I couldn’t proofread. Knowing I wouldn’t have time anyway, and being yelled at to come out to the living room, I quickly published it without having even read my last two paths and submitted it.
I was going to say how I’m not going to enter another contest here because I don’t write very well anyway and I regretted doing it, but now that I think about it, I had fun. It was a very stressful kind of fun, but it was fun and I learned stuff. Mainly that my brother actually gets up at 6 am and chills with my mom before going back to sleep, and that yes, I can wake up at 5 in the morning with enough motivation, but knowledge is good right? Plus, I have a bad feeling that Ab is going to drag me into another contest no matter what I do.
EndMaster's Prompt Contest completed entries on 7/10/2022 6:47:51 AM
She had me and one other friend rate it, both of us members, but we didn't automatically rate it an 8 or a 7. I think I gave it a 4. I honestly can't remember, but I didn't just automatically rate it high and neither did Olivesalid10 as far as I know.
EndMaster's Prompt Contest on 7/4/2022 6:37:37 PM
Next time what? Co-authoring? I don't know if we would be allowed to do that again. If we are though then sure.
EndMaster's Prompt Contest on 7/4/2022 4:22:10 PM
This definitly wasn't my best quality writing, but here it is.
It's hot dog and hamburger day in the USA wooooooo on 7/4/2022 2:38:36 PM
It's hot dog and hamburger day in the USA wooooooo on 7/4/2022 9:53:58 AM
Yeah, the main reason I haven't gotten much sleep is because it’s so hot in our house. It’s kinda hard to relax when it feels like it’s a million degrees.
It's hot dog and hamburger day in the USA wooooooo on 7/4/2022 9:28:42 AM
I hope you guys have a better 4th of July than me. :) My mom’s whole side of the family was supposed to have a family reunion this week. We were going to go tubing and watch fireworks. Our relatives have this house in the middle of the woods, so the kids were going to camp in the woods while the adults got to sleep inside the house. We were going to see our cousins that we haven't seen in two years or however long it’s been since covid started. It was going to be amazing and I was really looking forward to it.
And then my mom got Covid three or four days ago, so we have to stay home and be quarantined from everyone else. We can’t go anywhere, and we’re stuck with my dad who doesn’t know how to cook so I’ve pretty much been eating instant ramen for dinner every night. He also is always gone all day so I’m left to keep my brother busy. The A.C in our house is broken so it’s 80 in here right now even though it’s only 9:00 in the morning. It typically gets to about 87-90 in the afternoons in our house, so it’s normally cooler outside than it is in here. To top it all off, I have a contest entry that is due tonight that I am nowhere near finished with and that I really don’t want to work on.
Sorry for complaining about all this to you, I'm running on very little sleep.