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One of my friends commented earlier that reaching out when one needs help is complicated by feeling that others have too many problems of their own.

So, I've decided to leverage my situation.

I'm doing well. Do any of you need to talk?

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Pondering gaps in .

If you wanted an entertaining read about a future that differed from this world in one aspect, what are you having difficulty finding?

A different attitude to race? A new default on gender/sex? A specific political structure?

Not saying I'll know how to write it well, but I'd like to push my boundaries in a way that produces greater social good if I can.

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"[I'm] trying to pull off a track that’ll result in everyone getting exactly the kind of world they want.

"Everyone including the enemy."

The dragon clung to the high branch, whimpering loudly.

The knights were perplexed; this is not what they had expected when called out to deal with a Dragon Problem. But it explained why they were instructed to bring a sturdy ladder.

Sir Gwen volunteered, removing her armor and climbing up to coax it down.

The rest stretched out a net in case they fell.

She inspired just enough bravery that it climbed down by itself.

The ladder helped.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

I fell in love with sarees as a kid, watching mum drape one every day. As soon as I was old enough to, I was mimicking her with dupattas. I wore a saree for home functions through my teens. And finally as an adult, I'm doing my own take on this traditional Indian garment with funky prints and unconventional pairings (shirts, boots, belts etc.). Here's one with an autorickshaw print.

#IWear #SareeStyle

Make no mistake. I'm proud to have written WITHOUT BLOODSHED and equally proud to have published it back in 2013, but it's rough and there's a lot I would have done differently if I were writing it today.

If you want to see what I mean, please read and bookmark this post. It's a WIP, but there's already a fair amount of stuff there.

If you're thinking of writing your first novel, please learn from my mistakes.

#writing #scifi #fantasy #ScienceFantasy #mastoart

Spot was a good guard dog.

Spot was loyal and fierce.

Spot cared only for his master.


The lady sat still, patient, if a little sad, smelling of fields and barley.

Spot had never been to an open field before.

He rested one of his three giant heads on her lap and she scratched a massive floppy ear, speaking softly to him, angry, but not at him, which was a relief.

Spot hoped she would take him for a run in the fields one day!

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

They look more like a psychedelic rock band. You can almost tell what instrument they play 😃

Anent the Most Lively Fuzziness

In whych I set forthe a True Secret of thee Universe upon Thee Catte & Its Natural Majesty:

The prince was charmed by the tailor's daughter.

And she was charmed by the prince, as most were.

"We cannot be together," she told him boldly.

He wasn't used to being denied by his subjects, and he told her as much.

"That is why," she explained, finding him a little less dashing.

He went to his twin sister and poured his heart out.

"I'll talk to her," his sister offered.

He was rather put-out when she returned with a bride.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy #LGBTQIA

Why stop here? Let’s free our nation completely from unelected foreigners by returning to our roots.

Well, my roots anyway; you might be one of those post-Angle immigrants who sought to impose your culture on us.

Amanda Palmer, Sarah-Louise Young, and Maxim Melton, “The French Brexit Song”:

Image: Sign at the front of a bookstore that says "The post-apocalyptic fiction section has been moved to Current Affairs."

Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

"Elizabeth blends cowboy action with a touch of steampunk technology and magic to create a tale that might appeal to both fantasy and western fans."

More thoughts:

If someone was placing bets on which forthcoming films I'd watch at the cinema, The Colour Out of Space would be a safe choice.

And the trailer suggests I might not leave disappointed at how Stanley adapted 's vision.

However, the trailer also makes me wonder how much of the film I'll spend thinking about Cage tumbling down a hill pursued by bees.

Mister Eriksson was the newest teacher at my school, and also the oddest. He taught old Greek and Latin as if he regularly conversed in these languages. He knew every plant and bird by name, and even stranger, he also knew about pronouns and genders and Instagram despite being well over forty. One of the youngest pupils insisted to have him seen shapeshift once, into a large black crow. I don't believe that. But I think he might be gay.

#microfic #tootfic #microfiction #fantasy

Stay differently joyous, my dark acquaintances.

The Beautiful Deadly Children, "Every Night Is Halloween":

"I suffered so you should too", or: the Boomer Trolley Problem

Reaching out
Expanding our certainty
The crescendo of truth

The vampires sighed voluptuously as they strutted towards their prey.

"Females," the hunter hissed, "The most dangerous vampires; not content with fruit juice like the males. Stay alert."

"That one looks like my co-worker Ken who went missing 3 weeks ago."

The hunter eyed the advancing vamps again.

"I don't think her parents got it right."

"Oh! Well congrats!"

She flashed her fangs in a truly happy smile and ate him last.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy #LGBTQIA

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