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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] aldersprig, who came up with an idea to celebrate Women's History Month.

March is Women's History Month, I'm told.

And I liked Febcreate, so I'll do MarWomen.

Ask me something about one of my female characters, anything, or ask me to write one of my female characters in a specific situations

First sixteen questions/prompts will get answered/written to. :-)

(I will note: March's project is the Rin & Girey novella and finishing Addergoole: Book one, if you want to give a timely prompt/question)

And I challenge all y'all who write to do the same. Write something about your women characters. Write something about women in history. Tell us about your female characters.


Note: As a preference I'd like to just do short answers to questions. My record for producing fiction on demand is... variable.
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] seawasp

1. Go to page 77 (or 7) of your current ms.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.
4. (I don't tag, but if you feel so inclined, post!)

Two WiP below the cut text )
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] aldersprig, who took it from a couple of other people.

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you questions).

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.
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For the record, I blame [livejournal.com profile] aldersprig (who does these things better than I do, anyway).

[Poll #1771274]
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Da Rulz: Write down the names of ten of your original characters, then click on the cut tag and answer the questions.

Borrowed from Wazaga

Characters

1. Tez the Eldest Elf
2. Maria the Beastkin
3. Teal the Bard
4. Philosopher the Dragon
5. Rolas the Vulpine Lord
6. Hazel the Vulpine Pilot
7. Nan the Vulpine Student
8. Nez the Wazagan
9. Alt-Rufus the Vulpine
10. Alt-Melika the Vulpine.

Questions and answers behind the cut. )
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Meme cheerily ripped off from [livejournal.com profile] aldersprig who took it from a couple of other people.

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. -- Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980

If I wrote fic/drew art/vidded/folded origami/etc today, the readers/viewers would immediately be looking for... what?
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For [livejournal.com profile] lilfluff 's prompt for "How about Tez during one of his crazy but not killer-krazy periods."


Tez looked down upon the figure the autodrones dragged before his throne. It was a dark skinned mage's construct, with curling horns emerging from her curly red-black hair.

"Tez!" it shouted. "It's you, how did you get… Oh, dear."

He swirled his wine in its goblet and took a leisurely sip. "And who might you be, Construct, to speak in such a familiar tone to the Emperor of All?"

"Maria Freeman, and I know you because you… or a later you… is my lover."

"Later me? So you're a time traveler." His laughter echoed around the room.

"I'm in trouble…"
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For [livejournal.com profile] dan_ad_nauseam's prompt of "The Doctor in Glassforge."

Romana took in a long breath. "Well, this is certainly... fragrant."

"Draft animals generally do provide atmosphere," the Doctor said, as they strolled along the busy, brick paved street. "Though as such places go it's remarkably clean."

"Clean? This?"

"Comparatively speaking, yes. Someone cleans up after them you see. Someone cares. It fits, and yet it doesn't."

"What do you mean?"

"Well you saw the TARDIS's sensor readings. This planet is littered with creatures that feed exclusively on electron and proton particles, disassembling atoms to increase itself. By all rights this world should be a barren wasteland, devoid of life." He waved his arm, taking in the tall brick buildings. "Yet they're surviving, thriving, even though there's no defense against such creatures."

"So how are they?"

The Doctor grinned. "Let's find out, shall we?"
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For [livejournal.com profile] chewipaka 's prompt of "Terinu and Miles Vorkosigan"

Miles blinked. "Even by House Ryoval standards, you're incredible."

"I ain't a genetic construct, shorty," the young man said. His skin was as grey as Miles' old Denadrii uniform, with a seven foot long tail capped by an enormous spade emerging from the bottom of his spine and a pair of thin, moble spurs emerging from a scalp of long, dark blue hair. No taller than Miles himself, the boy stood warily in front of him, balanced on the balls of his bare feet, looking ready to run.

"All right, what then?" Miles asked, backing up a step, trying not to crowd the kid. Genetically modified or surgically altered, the kid had a screaming tension running through his body that Miles was achingly familiar with.

"I'm an alien, an uplifted race made by that tall fella with the horns ya met earlier."

"And he's an alien too?"

"Sure he is. What's so hard to believe about that?"

Miles sighed. "Son, I think you've been reading too much science-fiction."

* * *

Oldest joke in the book, I know...
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For [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90 's prompt of "A post-Cryoburn drabble from a character other than the five who got drabbles in the book."

Spoiler cut for the two people who haven't read it. )
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For [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta 's prompt of "Nan runs into conflict on a trip to a human dominated world when she tries to do something nice for Terinu without his knowledge. "

"What do you think, Nez?" Nan asked, looking at the jewelry store uncertainly.

"Too pricy for me. I have to send half my pay to my clan to pay off my student loan. What about you?" her wazagan friend replied. For an answer Nan punched her account up on her hand comp and held it out to see. Nez's eyes bugged out. "How much is he paying you?"

Nan sighed. "Let's just say my mum is jealous of me, all right? I asked the First One about it and all he said was 'At my age what the hell else am I supposed to be doing with my money?'"

"And of course you're going to just give it back to him by buying him a gift."

"It's his hundred and sixteenth birthday. I should get him something. He's been in a terrible mood since we got to this planet anyway."

"All right then." They headed into the shop together. Nan saw there was a human male clerk inside, who took a quick look at them, marked them "offworld visitors with lots of money" and said brightly, "How may I help you ladies today?"

"I'm looking for a gift for a friend," Nan said carefully.

"Male or female, ma'am?"

"Male."

"Would you say subdued or flashy?"

"Er, can be flashy when he dresses up," she said.

"Earrings?"

"Yes."

"Several per ear?"

"Oh, yes."

"Excellent. I think we might have something over here for you."

Out of the corner of her eye, Nan saw Nez lean over a display case filled with necklaces and chokers. "Er, excuse me," the wazagan said carefully. "Why do these chokers have locks on them?"

The store clerk looked slightly embarrassed. "Oh, those are for ferin. Which reminds me, what species is your friend, ma'am?"

"Um..."
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One slot left!

1. [livejournal.com profile] aberranteyes: A minor AMoS character is actually an IN celestial.
2. [livejournal.com profile] ankewehner: I'd be interested in something about the dragon states, or the dragons.
3. [livejournal.com profile] scarfman: A Doctor Who/Girl Genius crossover.
4. [livejournal.com profile] chewipaka: Finding a babysitter in a post-apocalyptic world.
5. [livejournal.com profile] akaihyo: A swordfight between two rivals in an exotic locale.
6. [livejournal.com profile] seawasp: Daleks. Because everything's better with Daleks.
[livejournal.com profile] drakemagi: Novalis surprising Dominic with a redemption candidate who is ASKING for Judgement.
8. The Doctor wakes from a pleasant dream about any former companion.
9. [livejournal.com profile] sraun: The jaegers discover GURPS.
10. Mark Vorkosigan hires Agatha Heterodyne to build a special piece of equipment.
11. [livejournal.com profile] lilfluff: One of Tez's great-great-grandchildren seeks him out.
12. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Aral Vorkosigan meets River Song. (EPIC FAIL)
13. [livejournal.com profile] drakemagi: Airwolf meets Dr. Who! Specifically, Dominic meets the Doctor.
14. [livejournal.com profile] mmegaera: Pym's point of view on Miles Vorkosigan's courtship of Ekaterin.
15. [livejournal.com profile] mjkj: Something concerning the Red Vixen
16. The Ferin manning a space-ship to seek out a planet for them
17. A continuation of the Dragon's companion
18. The Terinu crew ending up in another alt.universe
19. A continuation with Nan and Nez at the First One's sanctuary.
20. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Daleks invading Barrayar.
21. [livejournal.com profile] allah_sulu: Something in the Yamatoverse.
22. [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta: Skyler's first flying lesson.
23. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Starting a war for a very stupid reason.
24. [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta: An aurora borealis display has an unexpected effect on one of Tez's schemes."
25. Mark Vorkosaigan plans the perfect birthday surprise for Kareen and is having a hard time trying to hide it from her.

26. Nan runs into conflict on a trip to a human dominated world when she tries to do something nice for Terinu without his knowledge.
27. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: A post-Cryoburn drabble from a character other than the five who got drabbles in the book.
28. [livejournal.com profile] chewipaki: Terinu and Miles Vorkosigan.
29. [livejournal.com profile] dan_ad_nauseam: The Doctor in Glassforge
30.
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For [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta 's prompt of "Mark Vorkosaigan plans the perfect birthday surprise for Kareen and is having a hard time trying to hide it from her. "

"Mark! I can't access our account files!" Kareen shouted, her voice rising in panic as she rushed into the bedroom.

"Oh, really?" Mark replied blearily, checking the bedside chrono. Three minutes to midnight universal planetary time as opposed to the local time which was Oh Dear God in the morning.

"Yes, 'oh really'. Someone has changed my passwords. I can't see what's going on in our personal investment funds!"

"Ah, imagine that." He sat up in bed, rubbing his hand through his hair. "What are you doing checking the our accounts now? You said you were coming to bed."

"I was, I just wanted to finish looking over the Durona Group's latest report and I lost track of time. Good thing I did. Mark we have contact our IT people and lock down our accounts. Someone could be draining them right now!"

He glanced over to the clock, just as it clicked over to 0001 hours. "I don't think that's a worry," Mark said, getting out of bed and waddling over to the bedroom's comconsole. He tapped in his own password and a display of their accounts popped up.

"You locked me out of our joint account? Why?" Kareen demanded.

"Only for a little bit, until the contract went into effect. It was supposed to be a surprise for tomorrow morning, er, this morning."

Kareen leaned over his shoulder to look at the currently display. She let a gasp, half surprise, half delight. "You bought me a controlling share of stock in the first House Toscane convoy going to the Cetagandan Empire? Mark, do you know how much this going to be worth?"

"And it's all yours." Mark turned his head around and kissed her cheek. "Happy Birthday, my love."
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For [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta 's prompt of "An aurora borealis display has an unexpected effect on one of Tez's schemes. "

"Tez, I'm going to kill you," Maria said frostily, through clenched teeth.

"Stay quiet and make like you're a religious figure. Do you want them to gut you?" Beside him, Maria smiled beatifically, the wide arms of her heavy white robe hanging like golden wings as the waves of light from the aurora reflected off them.

"I thought we were going to negotiate a trade agreement with them?"

"That was before that blasted aurora started up and they decided we were the cause. Now do you want to be an avatar or a sacrifice?" Tez stepped back as one of the black and white figures tried to poke at him with a bayonet.

"I'll go with avatar," she growled. "One of these days you're going to tell me why you started selling rifles to penguins though."
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Two for the price of one, mostly because I wasn't satisfied with the first one fitting with the theme, so I wrote another one!

* * *

For [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90's prompt of "Starting a war for a stupid reason"

"What's with you, Terinu?" Gwen demanded.

"What?" he shot back.

"You've been glaring at me ever since Matt came onboard the Veracious."

"I ain't been doing nothing like that. Yer the one that's been mooning about, staring at him."

"Why shouldn't I stare at him? He's pretty damned handsome once he got cleaned up and released from sickbay." Gwen paused, a slow smile coming over her face. "Oh, I get it. You're jealous.

Terinu laughed. "Jealous? Hey, news flash Gwen. Matt likes tits. He only likes tits."

"Well, then there's no reason why we can't have a little fun together, is there?" She smiled again as Terinu's face heated up in anger.

"Fine. But if you hurt him, I'll break every bone in yer body."

* * *

(at least the 2nd one fits in the "100 words exactly" requirement)

"Gwen, what did you do?" Matthew demanded, as the Vulpine security team kept their weapons leveled at the pair, while Lord Rufus held an urgent conversation with the security commander.

"I couldn't help it! I was feeling kinda down and she was so cute and fuzzy looking!" Gwen babbled.

"I wish you'd had a bit more self-control," Rufus said gravely, turning back. "It appears the ambassador wishes a duel of honor now."

"A duel, with swords?" Matt exclaimed. "What did Gwen do, hit one of her cubs?"

"No!" Gwen exclaimed. "Aw, come on, Rufus! I only rubbed her ears!"
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Tom woke up hideously early and Daddy is suffering from an unexpected bout of allergies brought on by the recent wet weather I think. I managed to get home and make a run to the bank, hardware and grocery stories and not I'm in Wet Dishrag mode.
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For [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta's prompt of "Skyler's first flying lesson"

The instructor hated training Ferin. You could never fault them for laziness, unlike some of the cublings he'd taught, but they just couldn't have the hunter's instinct that a true fighter pilot required. "All right, Cadet," he greeted laconically. "You go by a name or do I have to say 'Hey you' twenty times a session?"

"I'm Cadet Skyler, sir!" the purple haired Ferin said brightly, snapping off a salute.

"Okay, Skyler. What kind of aircraft are we looking at?"

"It's a Roanwing Aerospace TJ-16 atmospheric trainer, sir! It has two hydrogen fueled turbojets capable of 0.7 Kn thrust each with a maximum sea level speed of 430 kph and a range of 730 kilometers."

"All right, let's see you go through the take off checklist." They climbed aboard the small training craft and strapped in. The instructor listened carefully as Skyler went through the craft's startup procedure. The little grey fellow must have done his homework, for the engines started without so much of a cough of back burning hydrogen and he taxied it flawlessly to the end of the runway. "Very good, Cadet. Now what's the next step?"

Skyler turned his head back to face him briefly and grin. "We punch it!"

About thirty seconds later, once they leveled off, the cadet asked, "Are you all right, sir?"

"Just... revising... my opinion..." he gasped.
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Still have four slots to fill folks.

1. [livejournal.com profile] aberranteyes: A minor AMoS character is actually an IN celestial.
2. [livejournal.com profile] ankewehner: I'd be interested in something about the dragon states, or the dragons.
3. [livejournal.com profile] scarfman: A Doctor Who/Girl Genius crossover.
4. [livejournal.com profile] chewipaka: Finding a babysitter in a post-apocalyptic world.
5. [livejournal.com profile] akaihyo: A swordfight between two rivals in an exotic locale.
6. [livejournal.com profile] seawasp: Daleks. Because everything's better with Daleks.
[livejournal.com profile] drakemagi: Novalis surprising Dominic with a redemption candidate who is ASKING for Judgement.
8. The Doctor wakes from a pleasant dream about any former companion.
9. [livejournal.com profile] sraun: The jaegers discover GURPS.
10. Mark Vorkosigan hires Agatha Heterodyne to build a special piece of equipment.
11. [livejournal.com profile] lilfluff: One of Tez's great-great-grandchildren seeks him out.
12. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Aral Vorkosigan meets River Song. (EPIC FAIL)
13. [livejournal.com profile] drakemagi: Airwolf meets Dr. Who! Specifically, Dominic meets the Doctor.
14. [livejournal.com profile] mmegaera: Pym's point of view on Miles Vorkosigan's courtship of Ekaterin.
15. [livejournal.com profile] mjkj: Something concerning the Red Vixen
16. The Ferin manning a space-ship to seek out a planet for them
17. A continuation of the Dragon's companion
18. The Terinu crew ending up in another alt.universe
19. A continuation with Nan and Nez at the First One's sanctuary.
20. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Daleks invading Barrayar.
21. [livejournal.com profile] allah_sulu: Something in the Yamatoverse.

22. [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta: Skyler's first flying lesson.
23. [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90: Starting a war for a very stupid reason.
24. [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta: An aurora borealis display has an unexpected effect on one of Tez's schemes."
25. Mark Vorkosaigan plans the perfect birthday surprise for Kareen and is having a hard time trying to hide it from her.
26. Nan runs into conflict on a trip to a human dominated world when she tries to do something nice for Terinu without his knowledge.
27.
28.
29.
30.
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For [livejournal.com profile] allah_sulu 's prompt of "Something in the Yamatoverse."

"Welcome to Iskandar, brave crew of the Yamato," Queen Starsha greeted.

"Thanks," Wildstar returned.

"Your journey was long and arduous, but now that you are here you can return with the..."

"...Cosmo DNA, yah. Look, Starsha, you left out a few details when you sent us that message and the star map."

"Er, like what?"

"Like the fact that our mortal enemy was right next door to your planet!"

"Well, you know how bad postage is over interstellar distances and I did have to save weight somewhere to leave room for Aura's makeup kit..."
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For [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90 's prompt of "Daleks invading Barrayar"

"Commander Vorkosigan, what is your situation?" Gregor demanded.

"The Dalek vessels have completed crossing the new wormhole, or whatever that thing that opened up is," Aral Alexander reported across the increasingly fuzzy comm link. "The Prince Serg, Prince Xav and the Admiral Vorkosigan have all been destroyed. I'm the highest ranking officer left in the fleet, save yourself, sire."

"Can we contain them?" Gregor asked.

Aral shook his head. "Our gravitic lances cut through their shields easily enough, but there are so many of them. We can't contain them here, even if we send through the Komaar fleet, and they'll be across the system and through the Komaar wormhole in less than three hours. Sire, you must take a shuttle to your evacuation ship and get through the wormhole now."

"That is not possible. I cannot risk delaying activation of the Wormhole Disruptor. Send the courier through and tell them to go forward with the plan. We have to stop them here, before they burst through and into the Nexus. That is a direct order, Commander..." Gregor's view of Aral Alexander was disrupted as the screen turned to static and then re-ordered itself, revealing the upper torso and eyestalk of one of the strange Dalek war machines.

"THIS IS THE SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE DALEK CLEANSING FLEET!" the black hulled machine announced. "YOU WILL CEASE YOUR POINTLESS RESISTANCE AND PREPARE TO BE EXTERMINATED!"

"This is Emperor Gregor Vorbarra of the Barrayaran Empire," Gregor said to it coolly. "We Barrayarans have been invaded by a better class of conqueror than you. You will have not have an easy victory handed to you." He turned, to his comm officer. "Pour everything you have into a signal to the wormhole courier. Tell them to activate the Disruptor."

"Aye, sire," the comm officer replied. He turned to his display screen. "Sire, a new signal is coming through!"

A new image appeared on the war room's main screen, wiping out the image of the Supreme Commander. It was the interior of what appeared to be a large CinC room aboard a starship. A Cetagandan, his face painted in the colors of the Cetagandan Emperor, stood beside Count Auditor Miles, who leaned forward on his cane, a familiar grin on his face. Standing a step behind them was a very odd looking civilian, tall and gangly, dressed in a tweed suit and casual running shoes.

"Ghem Admiral Benin to Emperor Gregor Vorbarra. On behalf of his most Supreme Majesty, the Emperor Fletcher Giaja, I bring the forces of Cetagandan, to help in your defense of what we now realize is a mutual threat," the Cetagandan announced.

"Accepted," Gregor said immediately, tabling the massive political/military problem of Cetagandans in Barrayaran space for the moment. "Count Auditor, I'll be requesting an explanation later, on the assumption we all survive."

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