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RotLC 004: Rest

Author’s Note: Winter storm nonsense part 2 has thrown off my schedule, lol. Oh well, just in time for the monthly flip. That’s right, starting next week, update days are Tuesday and Friday, possibly Saturday depending on what happens with my DnD group any particular Friday, since I sometimes don’t have much time from work ending until start of game.

Disclaimer: Eira, her family, and all associated characters are mine but they are playing the sandbox created by the comic Hurrocks Fardel, now available on WebToons (it’s catching up to where we were, old pages are being redone so it is a consistent look). Whether any of this ends up canon depends entirely on the artist, but I’ll try to be consistent with what information they have provided. ^_^

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Only a few days later, and the house was quiet. Eira tip toed around, gathering some of the recent apples pulled out of the cold lake and a hunk of cheese out of the cabinets in the kitchen. She couldn’t reach the cups for her usual milk, but that’s what the pitcher of water and glasses on the table were for. Those were kept where she could reach as soon as she proved she could be careful.

She kicked the air as she helped herself to her breakfast. She’d helped! Mama and Papa could rest with the new baby now.

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RotLC 003: “Pickles are gross.”

Author’s Note: This is the first from a short list of quotes I’ve got as a secondary prompt list. Some of these won’t work until Eira is older, but some are good for when she’s younger (also my generator is very…modern. I need more lists). Also, ToC is going to be built it looks like Saturday evening while I’m sitting on a virtual TTRPG session.

Disclaimer: Eira, her family, and all associated characters are mine but they are playing the sandbox created by the comic Hurrocks Fardel, now available on WebToons (it’s catching up to where we were, old pages are being redone so it is a consistent look). Whether any of this ends up canon depends entirely on the artist, but I’ll try to be consistent with what information they have provided. ^_^

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Egor eventually found his daughter’s hiding place. He’d fixed her a plate of food the cousins and neighbors had brought to keep Senta from cooking for this last push. He set it on the step next to her. “You okay, snowflake?” he asked. He worried it was a late case of jealousy for the new baby.

But her glare was soon directed at the plate of food. Specifically, one corner. “Pickles are gross,” she pronounced with the authority of all seven of her years.

Chuckling, Egor knew that his wife would deeply disagree, but after ten months? “Ditto,” he said.

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RotLC 002: Neighbors

Author’s Note: I know, I know, I forgot last Thursday. Still working on getting on a schedule, it should get better. This one is late due to winter storm shenanigans yesterday, but all is well now!

Disclaimer: Eira, her family, and all associated characters are mine but they are playing the sandbox created by the comic Hurrocks Fardel, now available on WebToons (it’s catching up to where we were, old pages are being redone so it is a consistent look). Whether any of this ends up canon depends entirely on the artist, but I’ll try to be consistent with what information they have provided. ^_^

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Eira felt like their house was somehow three times smaller than it had been yesterday. It was because of all the people—everyone within a day’s travel was here.

She hid at the top of the stairs that led up to the big loft that was all hers. It was the only safe place. Besides with Papa, but he was out in the barn. She wasn’t allowed there yet.

She wrinkled her nose as another woman came in to join the mass of swirling skirts. Though not out of any feelings for the stranger. It was what she was carrying.

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RotLC 001: Beginnings

Author’s Note: So it begins! I’ve decided to title this drabble series as Rise of the Lunar Champion. We’re starting pretty young, but there will be time skips. I just thought it seemed like a fun place to begin following Eira growing up. I’m a bit late starting due to a bug hitting me during Christmas break and then again when I went back to work, but I’m back on schedule now. I’ll put together a table of contents for all the prompts at the end of the month to link back to at the end of each post. For now, enjoy and see you Thursday with the next part!

As a reminder: each of these drabbles is a “perfect” drabble at 100 words. Which has been a creative challenge for me!

Disclaimer: Eira, her family, and all associated characters are mine but they are playing the sandbox created by the comic Hurrocks Fardel, now available on WebToons (it’s catching up to where we were, old pages are being redone so it is a consistent look). Whether any of this ends up canon depends entirely on the artist, but I’ll try to be consistent with what information they have provided. ^_^

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Her first memory was hazy, but held dearly as the decades passed so it wouldn’t fade. It was a simple moment, one of a dozen common memories. Eira wasn’t sure how she’d hurt herself—she was seven with too much energy. Her mother had picked her up and sat her on the kitchen table to clean her scrapes.

“You’re going to be a big sister soon, Eira,” Senta had scolded. “You need to settle down so you can help protect your new baby brother or sister.”

Eira would hold on to that word for the rest of her life. Protect.

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Forum RP: Prompts and Not-Prompts

So, one part of most forum RPs is some sort of thread that is a weekly or monthly list of prompts. Or at least links to them. One of the more famous lists in the form of a PDF that gets linked around is a series of 365 prompts – one for each day of the year. I’ve responded to many a prompt and even suggested a few myself. If an original character is giving me trouble? I write them for a prompt to try and get a grasp on their way of viewing the world. And all of this has led to me noticing a rather…weird turn in the way prompts have gone over the last year or so, at least for me.

All prompts are designed to get a better grasp on a character, whether it’s part of their personality in the case of highly complex characters, or maybe just figuring out new elements to their back story. A good prompt has a few requirements. One is enough details to work with. If I can answer it in one sentence, then obviously that prompt doesn’t do me any good, does it? On the other side of the coin, it can’t get too specific. I’ve had several prompts I’ve had to pass up for stupid detail reasons, such as it only fitting ONE of my characters, and the one thing that character can use for that prompt? Came up on another earlier one and I’m not allowed reuse them.

I guess I’m listing more not-prompts than prompts. Mostly because… Well, maybe this is the least year or so of professional training finally sticking, or maybe it’s always how I’ve instinctively worked. But if I’m going to write something, even if it’s just 1000 words talking about Laura’s mother surprising her by turning a vacation into a permanent move… I want a POINT. I want to be working towards something, whether it’s a surprise for my character or conflict between them and another one, something.

Asking me what my character’s favorite place in the world is… has no point to me. Okay, so Laura (who I’m picking on a little to make my point) likes to sit up on the roof rather than being anywhere else. And there are specific reasons for this, since her power-set includes enhanced senses, and really, having super hearing and smell in a boarding school situation has to be her own little version of hell on earth. But… Really, that’s like, a paragraph. So unless I bring plot to the prompt, which is both warping the prompt and making me do twice the amount of work the stupid thing is supposed to require of me, there’s nothing to it.

It isn’t just my forum infected with this inability to realize what a good prompt is. Remember that list of 386 prompts I mentioned? Yeah, there’s a wad in there at some point that goes into DnD territory a little, asking both where a character falls on the lawful/chaotic spectrum and on the good/evil spectrum, though it breaks it up to spread it as far as it can. Okay, I can answer those prompts in less than a sentence! A fragment answers those. So… What’s the point? Reiterate that my character is a villain or a hero? Reiterate how much they hate or revel in authority? I should already know that, conflabbit! That’s an integral part of character creation. If you somehow managed to skip that step… You have bigger problems than character alignment.

I guess what kills me the most about these not-prompts is how easy it would be to fix most of them. If the writer adds a “why” in there, or even asks a series of follow-up questions, it makes the prompt so much easier to write, and actually makes it useful. I’ve done some amazing prompts over the years, ones that reveal all sorts of things about my characters that I never even knew before. I intend to use them again to help with getting Natile’s voice better nailed down.

So… I guess I’m just ranting and wanting better prompts, just in a blog form. :S Sorry. But this has been driving me bonkers the last few weeks, and if I can help other people write better prompts when they are in charge, so be it.

I think the only thing worse than the not-detailed prompts…is when the mod in charge doesn’t care. I mean, I guess this girl cared at one time or another, but it’s hard to tell that now. Prompts are late, prompts are left unrewarded for days, and when they are rewarded, she doesn’t fill out anything where she has the space to make a comment. She even blanket-rewards at times. TWICE now another player has crossed the forum PG-13 line, and she hasn’t called them on it, even in a warning. And so when all these not-prompts come up, I wonder if she’s not reading them very well at all, which isn’t helped by the fact she had a repeater and has stalled too many times now by taking prompt suggestions.