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I think @Elfy gets the gold banana, and @Ray McCarthy wins the silver pear.
Flicker is great as the common word, and all the snooty magical practitioners will call it quintessence and related terms.

Ray’s comment  about rules (but don’t tell them!) has my brain working down that path. All the work I’ve done on this story has pretty much avoided how people can use magic; focusing instead on crazy ideas for how magic modifies reality randomly. And while I can enjoy Sandersonian magic systems, I relate personally to magic that just is.

Thank you, everyone!

Oh, one more thing. One of the words in the poll is what I’ve using in the story drafts for several years. It’s fine, but it didn’t feel good enough. That word was:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Vita
Anyone who voted for that word gets a brass kumquat.   ;D

I’m going to do a quick re-write of the current story and see how the change works.

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Just found out I'm going to be "on holidays" almost the entire month of May --> I mean on Furlough ;D
I hope the weather's nice 8)

Wow. That’s hard; I hope it’s truly just May.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: Today at 10:55:53 AM »
@Nora, happy birthday! I’m remembering the first story you ever posted here, adventures in Australia, hand fetishes, sketches, the RPG, stories of moving to Scotland, lunch in London, and the brilliant advice you gave me on for “Dragon Weather”. Have the best of birthdays!

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Writers' Corner / Re: Need a solid word for my Gin & Magic stories
« on: April 09, 2020, 08:11:13 PM »
Is this one of those games where you pass the Avatar and when the music stops you have to add to the story till either the music starts or you fall silent (in which case you are "out")?

 ;D

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Writers' Corner / Re: Need a solid word for my Gin & Magic stories
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:57:51 PM »
This is great, folks. Keep 'em coming.

Along the lines of slang versions and street language, it's fun to think about someone who might be addicted to [word] in some way.

[word]head
[word]hound
[word]fiend

@Ray McCarthy, a thoughtful and really interesting response as always.
@Doctor_Chill, hard-boiled, but heavy on the snappy repartee
@Quill, Atman is interesting
@isos81, I really have to learn how to pronounce vowels like büyü. Is it like booyoo? And, I like Ether as linked to Aether, which links to Quintessence and Essence
@ScarletBea, when my mom's wife, Eva, took over being pastor at a Metropolitan Community Church some years back, the church bought the old liquor licensing board building and converted it to a worship space. So of course they called their congregation: MCC of the Spirit  ;D

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Writers' Corner / Re: Need a solid word for my Gin & Magic stories
« on: April 09, 2020, 12:45:14 PM »
At the risk of being rude, I'm going to summon the regulars & recents, since I'd love to have a bunch of opinions/votes.

@ScarletBea, @isos81, @Bender, @Eclipse, @cupiscent, @Doctor_Chill, @Nighteyes, @CameronJohnston, @Elfy, @Peat , @Magnus Hedén, @Lady Ty, @s.k. Inkslinger, @Eli_Freysson , @Quill, @Ray McCarthy , @hexa, @DrNefario , @Rostum

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Writers' Corner / Need a solid word for my Gin & Magic stories
« on: April 09, 2020, 12:10:30 PM »
Hi, friends:

In “Gin & Magic”, [word] is generated by people all the time. When a lot of people gather together (as in, cities and armies), a lot of [word] is created. This source can be used by wizards, but is also a wild natural force that does all sorts of strange things on its own, such as, oh, rearranging city blocks or re-routing train tracks. Various critters are also fueled by [word] , and there may just be other beings who interact with it.

G&M is set in an urban fantasy alternate Earth based on 1920s/1930s U.S. Think Dashiell Hammit’s “The Thin Man”, but with magic  :o

[word] should feel Western culture-based, not Eastern, unless you can build in a clever twist or pun that makes it feel more familiar and maybe tied in to 1930s slang or themes. My suggestion of “Spirit” above leads to puns on liquor being called Spirits.

Please vote for your favorite three ideas above. And if you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it. Others can +1 it, since it won’t be in the poll.

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Can I +2 for Murderbot if I don’t mention any others?

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Or blatantly insult and denigrate you for not agreeing with them.
(I’m looking at you, Mrs. JMack’s Trump-loving siblings.)

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: April 08, 2020, 07:44:52 PM »
@Ray McCarthy, there was certainly a lot of wish fulfillment media in the ‘30s around wealth, happiness, and liquor: things otherwise in short supply.

Interesting about the stolen Spanish gold maybe being the catalyst or grubstakes for the British Empire. I’ve never heard of Coral Island. What is that?

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Voted!
I loved loved loved the story I voted for.
And told that to the author already.

(Who was not me; just saying)

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Does everyone like the appropriateness of the theme? ;D

Love it. On the other forum I’ve written for once previously, theirs is: include all these:
Being trapped indoors
Having difficulty obtaining an item that's usually easily available
Travel difficulties
Widespread panic
Rumours and/or conspiracy theories

Imprisoned is much simpler.  ;D

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: April 08, 2020, 07:34:53 PM »
Welcome aboard, Ray! I hope your enjoy your stay. As Eclipse said, we're pretty laid back here. Find a topic you're interested in and run with it. We also have general boards to talk about random nonsense or life, if that's up your alley.

Random nonsense = the meaning of life?
(Well, not really, but it struck me as a good line)  ;)

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Feeling discouraged about writing. Whine whine.

I’m 4,200 words into a 5,000 word limit story for a different writing site. I’ve stopped having fun, because I’m not sure how to pull off the ending, I don’t fully know the ending, I know this needs to be so much better, and the thought of a re-write make me ill.

I’ve never said I want to be published, not in any real have-to-work-hard-for-it way. In fact, I like writing most when I don’t have to work hard. Haiku: best thing ever.  (Well, I like most things when I don’t have to work hard for them., who am I fooling?) it’s so easy to be mediocre. Let’s all do it.

But I do have my fantasy of writing a full book. I really don’t know how all you who’ve done have the pure guts and Gaul to pull it off. If I can;t handle a 5,000 word story, then what?

Oh, stop writing stories for word-limit contests, you say? Well, where’s the fun in that? Writing for my friends is really the best thing.

Oh well. Tomorrow I’ll try to motivate myself. I think I have to just keep writing without the limit, take it to end, and see what I’ve got.

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