trikeonabike
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So, uh, I took a break for a month or two and have absolutely no clue what's going on


trikeonabike
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I made a book cover instead of writing


trikeonabike
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Writing update

The last few months have really been something. The last few days have been a different breed of something. I am trying out nano so there's that. I'm altering a nano attempt from 2016 and so far it's not too bad.

I have missed several days due to my mental state. Hopefully things turn around.


trikeonabike
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Gonna start tagging random snippets of writing as "scribbles"


trikeonabike
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"I think I'll take my chances with Fen. 'The devil you know' and all that."

"Can't say I know that one." Kol said never taking their eyes off the coin moving between their fingers.

"Are you serious?" Janiah asked examining Kol's body as they lay on their back on the stone wall, arm outstretched toward the sky. She looked for any sign they might be joking. If there was a sign, Kol was good at hiding it. Janiah let out an exasperated sigh before continuing, "Y'know. The devil you know is better than the one you don't?"

"Sounds like propaganda." Kol let the coin slide between their fingers and grasped it with their palms, slowly raising their torso so they sat upright facing Janiah, "What better way for a wolf to keep their sheep in line than by convincing them there's a bigger wolf waiting just outside the pen."


trikeonabike
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maybe I should start at the end of stories. I always get stuck trying to figure out how things will end that I just end up overthinking and ultimately abandoning a story.


trikeonabike
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"You said you would help me!"

"I'm helping you by keeping you alive," Jsaki's sharp words are barely above a whisper. His eyes dart back and forth at the armed group that surrounds us. "Now I suggest you leave quickly before that changes."


trikeonabike
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Update: I actually wrote like...a sentence yesterday. That's not much, but it's something.

Everything has been a bit hard so even doing small creative things that bring me joy are good. Trying stay stable and not get swallowed up by bad thoughts. Good vibes to all as we try and take it one day at a time.


trikeonabike
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Made a new cover

Actually took a lunch today, so I spruced up the cover I was working on so many months ago.

My goal is to write a nice blurb before updating anything on wattpad (and then hopefully finish writing the damn story).


trikeonabike
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Been super hard to focus on anything that isn't work or immediate self care so sorry for the radio silence for idk how long


trikeonabike
fallow
Time ago

How to Break a Curse

trikeonabike

I'm trying to thing of some ways to break a curse for this story I'm trying to finish.

I don't see any sort of prophecy being used so no wording loopholes. I dont wanna go the "kill the progenitor" route either.

I'm a little lost now. Send help in the form of ideas please

fallow

Hmm...If you're still looking for ideas, I have a very stormy brain! >:3

Alright so no prophecy and no killing the caster...let's see I'll just throw some stuff out there

  • the afflicted must travel to a specific river that essentially acts as a sponge for magic; if they go into the river the curse will be dispelled, but whatever magic powers they might have are gone as well.
  • the afflicted must get an item that will cure them of the curse. however, this item is highly sought-after for its supposed ability to cure erectile dysfunction [or whatever else you like depending on the tone but im imagining this particular situation as a comedy-type deal] and not only does the afflicted have to somehow get enough money to buy it, they also have to endure everyone else continually thinking theyre going after it for its weinerly properties.
  • the means to break the curse is abruptly torn from the afflicted's reach, and they must learn to live with the curse and accomodate themself as best they can.
  • the curse-breaking requirement is a task that the afflicted can only complete if they first come to terms with the fact that they have been cursed and learn how to strategize around the curse's effects so they can complete the task.
  • the afflicted must wait. perhaps it wears off over time or perhaps there is a day every year in early winter when it suns and rains at the same time and standing out in this rain is the only way the afflicted knows to break the curse. this one is less actiony but would be good for exploring emotions, anxiety, relationships etc.
  • the afflicted must sever ties with those close to them and undertake a journey alone. Did they make it? Was it worth it? How do their friends treat them afterwards?
  • there's always a true love's kiss if you wanna go classic. level this one up by playing with the definition of love or even just confusing and disturbing the surrounding characters by having the true love be a random turtle.
  • The afflicted must calm down. Perhaps a curse-breaking ritual requires that they stay calm throughout the process, or perhaps strong emotion makes the curse flare up--or something different! but either way they must learn to change their emotions for some reason, through some means.

I hope this helps!

(Anyone who's inspired can use any of these by the way!! I'm not gonna sit on a hoard of writing prompts lol)


trikeonabike

Ah! Thank you so much! Sorry I didn't see this until today! These are great! Might combine a few.

Thought I would have more time all things considered, but will see what i can pump out when i have time.



trikeonabike
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Accidentally made an ominous doodle at work

I made a countdown until Spring doodle on our check in board and have been updating it each day.

Well today marks one day until Spring and we just found out we'll be remoting in from now on. So now there will be a doodle that says "Days Until Spring" with the number one just on the board for the next two weeks like some collectable lore in a zombie game.


trikeonabike
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Welp, if we have to quarantine, maybe I'll actually get some writing done.


trikeonabike
posted this
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How to Break a Curse

I'm trying to thing of some ways to break a curse for this story I'm trying to finish.

I don't see any sort of prophecy being used so no wording loopholes. I dont wanna go the "kill the progenitor" route either.

I'm a little lost now. Send help in the form of ideas please


So I saw many people doing this meme so I'm joining bandwagon! (+ original template)

naiad


goat-ish


trikeonabike



trikeonabike
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How do people have the time/energy to write? I feel like I have a million things to do all the time.


A Comprehensive Guide to Moving

thegilthaventimes

Though it is a universal experience, moving out of the temple you were raised in can be a daunting experience. However, the staff here at the Gilt Haven Times have compiled a list of objectives to keep in mind that will assist you in this endeavor.

1. Don’t forget that this is a fresh start for you:

We suggest you set all of your belongings ablaze in the center of the room you are vacating. Do not keep or leave any remnants of your previous identity; a clean slate is a must! As attached as you may be to the skeletons in your closet, you can always attain new skeletons of a higher quality. The world is full of potential skeletons. Gaze intensely into the flames as your possesions ignite, and know that any regret that fills your heart is a temporary and useless thing.

2. A suitable living place is one that is mostly unoccupied:

As we all know, the most competitive housing market is for caves. Despite the difficulties this raises, it is imperative you find a cave as vacant of life as possible.

If you are among those with a more refined taste, the Gilt Haven Burial Grounds offers an unparalleled selection of mausoleum complexes.

Both caves and man-made tombs have lovely acoustics and the echoes provide you the ability to rap battle yourself.

3. Comfortable sleeping quarters are essential for quality rest; self care 2020:

We recommend that you acquire either a sensory deprivation chamber, or a coffin. You may wonder why this is necessary, probably because you have spent your formative years sleeping on the floor. Always remember (although the memory of your exile is painful to visit) you have been cast out from the temple and are free from the old restrictions of temple-life.

4. Be prepared for the painful realities of living on your own

Existing on Earth comes at a cost. All of us will hurt, all of us will feel emotional and physical pain as we proceed through life.

The essentials of every first aid kit are as follows:

Arsenic: if you suffer from the most common ailment, a broken heart, this is the most effective cure. Kill your former lover by spiking their drink with, like, a lot of arsenic. This is the only way to ensure your own continued peaceful existence. Get them before they get you.

Alcohol: Also an effective cure for heartbreak if you follow the recommended prescription: A lot, very often, to excess, black out for a year of your life, rob a vinyard, get caught, sober up in jail, contemplate our broken justice system, break out, break back in to grab a sovenier, break out again, pick up where you left off.

Cacti: Ease the loneliness of existence by keeping a few spiky companions. Sing 80’s pop songs to these, your only friends. I think we're alone now...

5. Personalisation will make you feel right at home

An accessory that took Gilt Haven by storm as one of 1788’s most chic accoutrements, shrunken heads have been trending ever since the 80s. They are both a conventional conversation piece and prominent member of every traditional Gilt Haven household.

A Final Note:

This list is created with the needs of Gilt Haveners in mind, but for the interlopers who are considering Gilt Haven as a permanent destination, the Times has these cheering words of advice and encouragement:

If you are evading the law, vengeful deities, or your extended family, Gilt Haven is the place for you; however, do not entertain ideas of departing from Gilt Haven once you settle here. Your presence here is a commitment, one that you need not be living in order to fufill. Straying will not bode well for you, as evidenced by numerous escape attempts made by previous newcomers.


trikeonabike
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What should I continue?

So as someone that constantly starts new projects without finishing previous ones, I'm going to focus on some WIPs. So here's what I have and let me know if there's one that sounds the best and should be completed. I'll try and find like an excerpt for each as well. WIP list below the cut

  • DEAD- nanowrimo 2018. Girl that dies, but ends up in like a realm of monsters. Forced to either become a monster or be eaten. Possibly some romance. Wasn't really sure where it was going so stopped

Perhaps the most unsettling part of this thing is its face. Its head is like the combination of a bat and a baboon. Batlike ears mixed with the menacing snout of a baboon. I can't help but notice a small trail of saliva dangling from it's lips. Let's hope that has nothing to do with me.

The monster sits on the branch with its hands clutching the bark beneath. Or is it paws? Guess it doesn't matter all that much. With it perched like this, it kinda resembles a monkey. It even has a thick tail which dangles down and swings a little too close to my head. Its head is cocked to the side and its one large eye stares at me with such intensity. Like it has a million questions running through its head. What am I? Why am I here? Can I be easily digested?

  • Tiff- a Rumplestiltskin retelling. Set in a modern time with some fun twists. Had a plot, but characters didn't make sense and pacing kept being thrown off.

    "See? Was that so hard?" the voice said. It sounded like he was right behind her. The thought sent a chill up her spine. She tried to hide it but a small titter told her she hadn't.

    "Why do you always have to be so difficult?" the voice whispered into her ear. She could feel the heat from his breath on her earlobe.

    "Leave me alone," she said spinning around. As usual, there was nothing behind her, only the darkness of the room.

  • Untitled/Siren/Under the Ice- still don't have a title I like. Mermaid story. Not sure where it's going, but girl bitten mermaid and slowly transforms. Think of mermaids that are closer to zombies. La Sirena inspired.

"Woah. Didn't mean to scare you." Frankie said placing her hand on Nikki's shoulder. Nikki hated how giddy such a small physical act made her, but welcomed it nonetheless, "What's wrong?"

"Ah. Nothing." Nikki replied, "Just-just thought I saw something."

"Was it 'La Sirena'? You think she heard you talking shit about her?"

"Ha I never said anything bad about her." Nikki said bringing the camera back to her face. She was sure it wasn't her eyes playing tricks on her.

"You said she wasn't a ghost."

"Because she's not." Nikki slowly scanned the river looking for whatever it was she had seen. She had zoomed in as far as the camera would let her. She now had a clear view of the river's surface and whatever lay just a little beneath.

  • Untitled- nanowrimo 2019. Actually posted some excerpts on this blog. The idea was a universe with multiple gods. One of them starts to destroy the others and character must stop it. I liked the idea of exploring different cultures having like one or more deities and basing their life's meaning around them. Like people that worship the diety of travel believe are constantly trying to expand their own viewpoints and are nomads. Stuff like that

trikeonabike
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So here's the end result (for now). I'm not sure if I will keep that title, but it works for now.

[ID: image of editing software for a book cover. The title is in the center and reads "Siren" in pale blue inside a series of golden circles. A red arrow points above to scribbled writing that reads "Tag line?" Another red arrow pointing below the title leads to more writing that reads "pen name...prob"]


trikeonabike
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One writing related thing I did today

Maybe if I focus on the small stuff, I can motivate myself to write again. So today, I made book covers...kinda.

If i keep posting on wattpad, I have to make somewhat appealing covers. While making covers, I realized the temporary title I have for one wip was terrible. So I made another temp title and focused the design around that.


What's Next?

trikeonabike

I have now posted all the new stuff I've written in the last 3ish months. Now to figure out the next step.

Option 1: write new stuff and post on here

Option 2: write new stuff and post it on my rarely used wattpad and then add the links here.


Not really sure what's the best option. Not entirely sold on posting full chapters on here. I don't think the layout works the way it is currently.

On the other hand, I'm not too keen on wattpad. It was definitely built for easy reading, but I personally don't like the site.

Thoughts? Opinions? I promise I won't snap at you.

goat-ish

Sorry, this kinda got long and I don't know how long since I'm on my cellphone

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I'm not expert on the topic, but I do have 1 or 2 things of 1k or more words somewhere in my blog and I have... something in wattpad? I don't even remember, to be honest. The point is that I consider myself qualified to toss my two cents on the matter.

On one side, I do not recommend posting things that are too long here. Not because of the format, but because I don't think long things get popular in this type of webpages. Let's be honest, we see a block of words? We scroll down, unless we were expecting that wall of words. But you could always just try! I'm pretty sure your style can beat my "I have never picked a pen in my life" style.

Now. Wattpad? Nice pleace too read, mostly mobil because it makes it easier. Do I use it? I even forgot that I have an account until you metioned it and I was reading someone's story. And I do mean someone from here. So, if you choose this option, do promote your stuff frecuently so people doesn't forget (and if everyone else in this site has a memory as mine, then they will forget. I still don't know my own age most of the time).

But that's just my opinion which could not be as valid as others since I'm not that much of a writer and my own writing blog is now an aesthetic blog, soooo... anyone else wanna give an opinion on this?</div>


trikeonabike

All thoughts, opinions, and advice are welcome!

I think for now I'll post random snippets and thoughts. Like I recently decided to write out some character profiles so I might post those.

Still not sure where or if I'll post a full chapter online. We'll see.



trikeonabike
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What's Next?

I have now posted all the new stuff I've written in the last 3ish months. Now to figure out the next step.

Option 1: write new stuff and post on here

Option 2: write new stuff and post it on my rarely used wattpad and then add the links here.


Not really sure what's the best option. Not entirely sold on posting full chapters on here. I don't think the layout works the way it is currently.

On the other hand, I'm not too keen on wattpad. It was definitely built for easy reading, but I personally don't like the site.

Thoughts? Opinions? I promise I won't snap at you.


trikeonabike
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A burning sensation fills my lungs. Every cell in my body screaming for me to open my mouth. I cannot die here. I clench my jaw harder, choosing to focus on the sound of my teeth grinding against each other rather than the pain in my chest. I will not die here. My body is starting to betray me. My ribs ache and my abdomen spasms. It takes everything in me not to gasp.

Author note: So this was the last thing I wrote for nano before I just...stopped. I never finished this thought. I planned on this being toward the end, but then got caught up in what would lead up to this and just stopped.


trikeonabike
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"How do you stop the will of fate?" Each word falls from her lips with the sharpness of a soldier's blade, "Will you stand before Fir's army alone?"

"I will." My words are are mere whispers, only audible due to the deafening silence of the room.

Her face softens upon hearing this. Sadness fills in the gaps of her rage, "Do you know what you ask of me, child?"

She turns away from me. Her shoulders are slump and her head hangs low. I can see her hands grip the edge of the old oak desk as if to steady herself. I hear her breathe in slowly as if preparing herself for the worst. I want nothing more than to place my hand on her shoulder, to comfort her. But how can I comfort her when I am the source of her pain? How can I comfort her when what she needs is something I cannot give?

Her breathing stops and she straightens her back before turning to face me again.

"Your journey will be hard. You will make impossible choices. Choices you cannot undo." She swallows hard, "If you make this choice- right here, right now, there is no going back. Do you understand?"

Despite her best efforts, her voice cracks and with it, my heart. I bite down on the inside of my cheek and breathe deeply through my nose. Her eyes are covered in thin layer of water that I know she will never let fall while I'm here. I can see the desperation. She is pleading with me to say anything but the words I say next, "I understand."


dragonoftheheart

Sometimes u just gotta write that scene that's been in ur head. Don't wait for the story to reach that point, don't wait til u have better writing skills. Don't wait. Just write it.


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