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  1. I am having a lot of fun! I just finished my final project for one of my classes, and now all of my work for this school week is done. I have a few hours before I turn towards bed, so I will be using part of that time to work on my fanfic. At some point I really need to work on my original stuff, but I'm kind of dedicated to doing this fic now. And I since Dem wants part two, I have to work on that. Gotta keep my ladies happy!
  2. So, with all of the encouragement and fussing from friends I've made at school, I finally started sharing my writing beyond mere poetry. I submitted a piece to our school's fiction contest and last night I submitted a short story to an online publication with the hope of them liking it and buying it. In the meantime, however, I've posted a fan story on my blog. "Media tie-in" is probably the better descriptor, but the general idea is that the characters are of my own creation and the plot of the story is mine, so it's my story, it just happens to be set in someone else's universe. I wrote a Witcher story for one of my classes that was pretty popular among my peers, so I decided I'd try my hand at sharing it with the world at large. For anyone interested in reading it, it can be found at the following link: https://thedeainthemachina.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-sorceresss-choice-witcher-fan-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0ATu4TBuJ1VeljI0okqHaX9XUC91FHzuF1NwcMtR-9o8H8mUCN8rsze1Q Please let me know what you all think! I have some other ideas I'm working on, although two of them are novels, and I will keep you all posted on the other two that I've submitted. ~Rhannan
  3. lol uhoh, I'm in trouble! Dem wants more and I don't have anything yet! I did start writing a second part, but I haven't had a lot of time to work on it with school. Also, I've been laser focused on my Dragon Age stories for the last month because December 4th is Unofficial Dragon 4ge Day and a bunch of fans have organized an event. There's a charity auction, donation pools, raffles, and a couple of the voice actors from DA Inquisition are donating their time and will also give out some signed merchandise and donations. There are writing and drawing prompts for people to use for inspiration, and you can submit your work to the people running the event and they will share it so everyone can see it. One of the big prompts is what the games mean to you, and I wrote a blog post on it. I had to edit a lot of things out because it was a little too personal and involved one of my exes, but it was really nice to express it. I debated on doing a video submission for it as well but that would require looking nice lol. I've submitted four short scenes for the event and was planning on drawing out a dragon, but I won't be done in time with the dragon (everything has to be submitted by 11/27 and this thing is pretty big). Working on the prompts has really given me a lot of ideas for stuff and actually inspired a new story I've been working on via the prompts, but since it's a whole story rather than random scenes like with my other DA story, I'm not posting more than the teaser scene I put up until I have written the beginning of the story. I'm going to try and line up the end of the story with DA Day next year, so I have some time to work on it. I do need to work on the other story-line, The Hunt, but I just haven't had the chance. I've been on a bit of a writing spree except for the part where I have to write something non-speculative for one of my final short stories in a class I'm taking this term. The last time I tried to write "normal" fiction, it still turned into a fantasy story, so I learned years ago to stick with what I love. However, this program requires you to dabble in all of the major genres you can choose from for your thesis, so I still have to try. I really don't think my professor is going to fail me because I suck at contemporary fiction, she's not that sort of teacher and will generally give someone a passing grade on an assignment if she can see that they really did try. I just...I set the bar really high for myself with the last three assignments because I was able to incorporate fantasy elements in all of them and I kept with the same main character so I could flesh out one of my backup thesis ideas. Like, that bar is so high I'm going to need my wings back to get over it. But! Since you want to know what happens next with Lannan and Merrick, I'll tell you....once I've written it I have a general idea, I just have to fit it into a timeline and decide on a couple of details first. Because it isn't my world, I have to try and remain aware of the rules and where the canon characters are and when they're there. This first installment takes place completely independent of all other characters within that universe, but the next chapter will probably bring them into contact with civilization. Oh....I have a map, I think. I guess it's a good thing I got Witcher 2, because it comes with a map! But, to be honest, several people have expressed an interest in this story being turned into a full-fledged book, and I really am inclined to do it, provided I go about it the right way. The main obstacle is that I can't publish it for profit unless I get permission, so I may just post the chapters online. I haven't decided if I will repost onto Archive of Our Own, mostly because it's a media tie-in right now and not a pure fanfiction, but all of my DA stuff is on AO3 and it's a site for that kind of stuff. I'm really glad you like it though! It makes me feel encouraged to keep writing! Ohhhhh I don't think I told you guys yet! I finished the first draft of the novel I've been working on for the last couple of years! I want to use it for my thesis, which doesn't start for almost a year yet, but I was so excited when I finished it and I still can't quite believe that I finally finished writing a novel! The first draft, true, and it's far from finished and polished, but I've never finished any of my drafts before. I have a list of revisions I want to make and I'm saving it all for the thesis process. Unless, well, unless I just can't resist finishing it before then and choose another story to work on for it. I have two other potential ideas for my thesis, so if I can't keep from working on it, I will just refocus on one of the other two. Too bad we can't use fanfiction for our classes, because that's all I seem motivated to write at the moment. I literally have a DA novel planned out in my head up to a certain point, after that there is zero canon for what comes next involving one of the characters, and thus I can do pretty much whatever I want. *evil cackle*
  4. Ohhhh I should have added this to my Christmas list. I think I still could, but I already gave my mom a really workable list so I will just leave it be.
  5. Update: I have also started an account on Archive of Our Own and posted a couple of pieces there. https://archiveofourown.org/users/DeaInTheMachina
  6. Spyro has always been super adorable lol. I remember one game did have it so that the ground in front of him burned whenever he breathed fire but the effect only last for a few seconds.
  7. I've been thinking of getting it because I used to play the games on my PS1 and they were pretty fun. Glad to know the revamp is good! I don't have a lot of games on my PS4 so if I do get it, I highly doubt I'll have too many worries about space (I only have like 4 games on my PS4). How are the graphics?
  8. Yay! Thank you :)
  9. I'll just be over here, making more cookie soldiers
  10. Let it rain caffeine down upon us!!! Let us swim in the water of life and rejoice!!!
  11. Welp, secrets out now boys so open a vein for me! Actually, my blood might be mostly caffeine at this point, too, so....
  12. LMAO! XD
  13. Ooo I've heard of that stuff but never tried it. Once I've got a job again I'll have to order some to see how it works for me. It's funny that they have a base in Albany, NY because that's where I went to university for undergrad! Kind of miss the place, although mostly I miss the mountains and a good autumn.
  14. We've had a lot of upheavals and heavy changes in the last few months, some of them hard on the heart. I've been going through some more searching and changes with my kin-ness, discovering some new (or old) things and bringing them to the front. My phantom limbs have become more frequent and stronger, to the point where I have to watch myself sometimes because I feel like I'm about to close the door on a tail. Now, I've been trying to give a little more attention to the other two pups now that we've lost one because, well, there's more love to go around. One of the girls usually loves to get attention, especially from me, but about a week ago she started getting standoffish around me. The night it really occurred to me that her behavior had changed she got up for attention, went over to my mom and put her body between us like she was blocking me from mom even though I was across the room (this dog isn't the jealous type), and my mom jokingly said the dog was protecting her from me. I realized that was very likely to be the situation. She wasn't being aggressive, and still isn't, but she has still been acting a little oddly around me like she's a little nervous or uncertain. All I wanted to say to my mom was that Ella (the dog) was, in fact, probably doing just that and that she knows. I just laughed and didn't say anything but since she's continued to be a little weird around me I decided to test the waters a bit. I've noticed she is the most off when I'm really feeling my kin-self, especially when my phantom limbs are present. Our other dog, Freya, is too dopey on her seizure meds to notice or care. So I've come to the conclusion: the dog definitely knows. This is the first time I've really had the experience of an animal reacting to my spiritual presence (fairly certain my cats just don't gaf). Does anyone else have any animal reactions they'd like to share?
  15. Thanks, Dem. I had a moment of sadness last night. There's this sound I make occasionally, mostly to mess with the dogs, and it would always get Atty howling. I made it jokingly last night when I was saying goodnight to my mom and it made me think of him and how he used to whine and everything. Dante is idk. I still haven't taken him to the vet because I can't afford to yet. He is definitely very thin and I'm not sure what is going on with him. As soon as I have a job I'll be taking him to the vet. Fingers crossed I get one soon.
  16. Earlier today my mom woke me up to ask if I wanted to go with them to the vet. One of our dogs, Atticus, has been suffering from bone cancer for the last couple of months and today they decided it was time to say goodbye. Within an hour of getting up this morning, I said farewell and watched his suffering come to an end. He's somewhere on the other side, across the Rainbow Bridge, playing with the others who've blessed our lives. I'm going to miss you, Atty, but I'm glad you're not hurting anymore.
  17. Hm, looks like it's time to get my cauldron out and brew our coffee that way. Put a little extra mojo in it
  18. I can make more coffee! Stronger coffee!
  19. Lots to think about lately....

  20. OMG! Seriously my favorite quote to use in reference to coffee! <3
  21. Mmm it's always time for coffee! I'll go brew a pot ^_^
  22. My parents and grandmother especially see right through the sucking up. I've had guys suck up to my parents and even my grandma but it didn't work. There are maybe two people I've dated in the past that my parents have outright said I was stupid for breaking up with because we were a good match and he was actually going to be going places in his life and would be able to take care of me properly. (He was studying to be a doctor, specifically working on Alzheimer's and cancer patients.) I do wish he and I had at least managed to keep in touch because he was a good friend, but I was too turbulent at the time with all of the emotional drama I had going on, my deep depression, and I was going through a painful awakening. You're quite right about awakenings being a bad time to try dating, Sim. I still recommend listening to their advice and taking it with some salt, and, as I said, every parent and parent-child relationship is different. I guess I'm lucky that I have a good relationship with mine.
  23. It's been a bit since I asked if anyone would be interested in doing a dating advice thread for kin, so I'm going to get this started finally. Some of this will be more general advice, and of course it will come from personal experience. My biggest piece of advice is to be careful who you trust. If you meet someone who tries to convince you that they have the answers, that they know what you really are and will tell you when you're ready and/or that there is some special reason they can't tell you, avoid this person, cut them out of your life at all costs. No one can tell you who or what you are, it is a private and personal journey, and only you can make it. These individuals are the sorts who are controlling, manipulative, and often psychologically abusive. They are typically narcissistic, compulsive liars, and have a megalomaniac personality (and sometimes they are bipolar or will appear to be and may try to blame their behavior on that). Their actions are inexcusable, no matter what they've been through or what psychosis they may claim to be suffering from. It's very easy for someone starting out in their journey to be taken in by someone like this. He or she will often seem like a bright beacon of hope, knowledge, and safety, but their aim is to wrap you around their finger so that you will be focused on them and fuel their ego. Also avoid those who try to occupy all of your time. There is such a thing as talking with someone too much or seeing them too often. They will engage you, you'll spend time on the phone not really saying anything or talking about anything, but they'll find reasons to keep you on anyway. They'll call you often, message you all the time, always try to see you, every day if possible, and find ways to make sure that you're always thinking about them. Run away from these people. You'll find that you spend less time talking with friends and family, spend less time hanging out with them, and you might even lose interest in your own hobbies and aspirations. These types of people are also controlling. It'll usually start with them getting upset that you're talking with one of your friends, either because it's "too late at night to be talking to someone else" or because they've decided, for whatever reason, they don't like them. They will also often start to get suspicious of you and your activities, accusing you of cheating on them or thinking of cheating on them. Sometimes they'll do it sideways, saying so-and-so told them you were talking or hanging out with such-and-such a person, "but it's ok, I don't believe them, I trust you". Those are tactics meant to make you start doubting your friends and cut you off from them. These types of people and interactions are UNHEALTHY and you need to get away from them immediately. Don't feel bad for cutting them out of your life without a word, don't let them guilt you into letting them stay or letting them back into your life. It is perfectly fine for you to cut toxic people from your life and, trust me, these people are highly toxic. While I may be on an anti-love kick right now, I'll try to refrain from saying to avoid dating altogether. Mostly I am doing this thread because I want to try and save other people from making the same devastating mistakes I did. There are things that I have still not recovered from and that damage will probably stay with me for the rest of my life, so if I can keep even one person from going through what I have, then my goal has been accomplished. Please share your own dating advice. I'll probably have more tips later, and please ask questions. There may very well be someone on the forum who has gone through what you have or are, or they may know someone who has, and can give some advice on how to handle the situation.
  24. Puh-lease XD
  25. Every person is different, every parent is different, and ever parent-child relationship is different. I may not feel comfortable talking with my parents about certain things, specifically kin things, but they're usually pretty spot on with their advice. Of course, I come from a line of women who usually have at least a touch of the sight and intuition that is almost always accurate. It's unfortunate that your dad gave you bad advice, perhaps at the time he just didn't like seeing you happy when he was unhappy. It's a horrible thing, to intentionally try to sabotage someone's happiness. All advice, I think, should be taken with some salt.