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Offline ArhiX

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2015, 05:47:31 PM »
This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.

One of my trunk ideas that I'll probably never do is to tell the story of a tree.  Not an ent walking around, but an actual tree.  Fighting its neighbors for sunlight.  Rapid growth when a neighboring tree is lost in a storm.  Chemically fighting off insect invasions.  Woodpeckers and squirrels and an insect invasion.

How about "Bacterial Retribution". A short story about life of E. Coli. It's home was destroyed by a human, and now it lives inside him, trying to avoid white blood cells. It knows that IT is the bad guy here - because he is an invader, but it's human's fault because he should have washed his hands.It meets many different beings. Vicious viruses and bacterial cousins that betrayed the rest of it's kind to live a miserable life as a mere symbiote of #1 enemy. Then, after mitosis, it has another - philosophical - problem. Which one of two new cells is a 'true one', and which one is just a mere clone?
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Offline SarahW

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2015, 02:59:32 AM »
I'm attempting to write stories that reverse in on themselves without losing forward continuity, for a larger deeper meaning behind the stories events.

At the moment toying around with settings until I find something that sticks.

Offline Yora

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2016, 05:50:44 PM »
I have recently gotten interested in the Planetary Romance genre. It's an early 20th century style that mixes science-fiction with fantasy and goes back at least to A Princess of Mars from 1912. (What a brilliant title: It tells you everything you need to know and at the same time makes you really curious what the writer did with this incredible sounding concept.) It was quite popular for a while but eventually pretty much disappeared with the notable exception of Star Wars that resurrected the style in the late 70s; it just dropped the plot device of having an Earthman crash on an alien planet and replaced him with a native from a backwater planet who never saw the rest of the galaxy. More recently Avatar did something very similar, but seems to lack the swashbuckling element and replaced it with generic Hollywood action scenes.
I've seen someone say that the genre started with people wanting to write fantasy at a time where only science-fiction sold, so they started their stories with a spaceman crashing on an alien planet and then just continuing as straight fantasy from there. And today's reader are perfectly comfortable with fantastic worlds without following a stranger to that world around and listening in while he gets everything explained. So it would be really easy to ditch the crashing spaceman and create a world of that style as a pure fantasy world without science-fiction elements. I know it has actually been done at least once with the roleplaying game setting Dark Sun, which was quite the rage in the 90s and still has many big fans. There also was the videogame Morrowind, that also has a very strikingly similar look and feel. But that's a dessert setting like Pulp Mars. I want to make it a dense forest world like Pulp Venus.
Fortunately for me, I can keep 95% of my setting I have already been working on for a while, as well as all the planned characters and plot ideas. The big difference, and one of the coolest things about Planetary Romance, is that such world don't have any Earth creatures. I had already decided not to have dogs and horses in that world to make it more exotic, and added various new creatures. So the main thing left is to slightly alter the appearance of bears and tigers and give them a different name. And there also will be no humans, instead there will be a race of neanderthal-like humanoids that take over the culture and territory I had previously set up for humans.

I am very excited about reviving this really old style of fantasy adventures, but using it for stories informed by contemporary sensibilities.
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Offline CryptofCthulhu

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2016, 06:10:00 PM »
Big epic fantasy series, yadda yadda yadda.  ::)

Right now I'm just working on weeding out any plot-holes and connecting the logical dots. So outlining stuff mainly, as well as character motivations.
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Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2016, 06:34:01 PM »
1) Henry the Jack stuff
At the moment in our Writing Group development phase. (yay Teasaurus Society!)
It's the first "official" story about Henry the Jack which I'll probably release as a free e-book here on F-F when it's done. It also helps me to develop a more clear writing style + to improve my Engrish which is awesome.  ;)

2) Monthly writing contest
Seriously, you knew that. Still hope I can win some time tho  :P Though practice makes perfect and I hope I can improve enough to deliver a proper winning entry.

3) That big old fantasy epic
Yes I know, everyone has this. So I have one too. Made a huge setting (as in 600+ pages of facts huge), I use it for FATE campaigns. Original wildlife, plantlife, magic, science, politics, medicine,... got all of that down. Now I just need to find the right stories to tell and bring them in a right way. A WIP  8)

Offline SugoiMe

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2016, 02:07:31 AM »
Epic fantasy.  I guess that's nothing new.  The story ballooned into a sweeping trilogy not yet completed when I really started to world build and develop my characters five or more years ago.  And the world is still expanding.  Currently, I'm editing/rewriting/hammering out the kinks of the first book.  I explore religious themes, gender roles, societal pressure, and foreign discrimination while the overarching theme is hunter vs. hunted (or man vs. man).  My other main theme is exploration/discovery, or that wow factor that comes with journeying to a new place.
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Offline Blackthorn

What are you currently writing?
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2016, 02:57:16 AM »
Short easy answer. Depending on mood and the day:

1. Epic Fantasy of course
2. Short stories for submissions
3. Near future SF
4. Werewolf heavy historical fiction set in 16th century europe

Offline Phoenix

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2016, 03:43:32 PM »
I'm currently writing a fantasy series set in a world(called Eythiran). It starts on future Earth then journeys to Eythiran(world of the beast men(aka humanoid animals)) then goes on to Gehenna(aka Hell) and then ends on the old world of Primordia(world of elder elementals and Ancients)
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Offline Very Tired Writer

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2016, 03:34:00 AM »
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.
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Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2016, 01:36:07 PM »
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.

That actually sounds pretty cool. Bring it!
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Offline Blackthorn

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #40 on: March 04, 2016, 07:41:44 PM »
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.

That actually sounds pretty cool. Bring it!
Agreed lol. Sounds like something id really enjoy reading.

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Offline Very Tired Writer

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #41 on: March 04, 2016, 10:30:32 PM »
I'm glad to here that you guys like it, though I think it still needs plenty of revision before it's something readable.
I don't even know what to put here yet

Offline adamcbassett

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #42 on: March 05, 2016, 05:01:03 AM »
I just published a small fiction book with some sci-fi/fantasy elements, but I used to do only fantasy. I'm going back to those roots with something I'm calling The Ember Trade.

Basically, magic is used by tearing at aetherial mists that hang all around the world. Depending on the way an ember (a small stone-like organ in a person's chest) interacts with that mist determines your skill. Things like size, shape, the ridges–it sort of looks like a peach pit–impact this. Somebody figured out in the past fifty years that you can take an ember and grind it up to make a dust that enhances one's physical and magical abilities, though temporarily. This has grown into a multicultural black market, and it targets the Gifted–magic users–for their more potent embers.

The story follows a couple powerful Gifted, a couple of ember traders, a rebel commander, and a single dead man's ember links all of them together.

I'm about 40,000 words in, which I think makes up just under half of the novel, though I'm currently editing and sort of redoing sections of the first part. It was shabby and bothered me.
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Offline NinjaRaptor

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2016, 04:23:23 AM »
I just wrote a little over 2,000 words of what might be called a portal fantasy. I have a prehistoric Native American guy and his two children (a teenage son and a little daughter) taking shelter from the rain in a cave with mysterious drawings, and a grizzly bear chases them through a spacetime warp that drops them in the middle of Africa. Our family wants to get back to their mother's tepee in America, so they head for the palace of a local sorcerer-king whom they believe can whisk them back home. Oh, and while the teenage son develops the hots for a local huntress, the little daughter has a knee-jerk phobic reaction to all these strange people in Africa.
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Offline DrMclony

Re: What are you currently writing?
« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2016, 04:54:04 AM »
I have my editorial team hard at work on book one of my first ever fantasy novel (after 6 SF ones). This is book one of a series, and I really should be getting stuck into the second. But instead, I find myself tinkering with cover ideas. That and the website. Tinker tinker tinker...
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