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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Greetings, all! Below you will find three stories. It's "highly" unlikely that these stories are in any way connected to each other, or to anything else in canon. I, as you know, am not known to post random, one-off stories just to have them connect to some other storyline at some point in the future. That never happens. So clearly, these are just three stories, apropos of nothing, that we will "probably" never touch on again.

:shifty:

Anyway, feel free to read these stories in any order, as they are not presented in a specific one.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Strictly Forbidden



Promises of Power



A Cataclysm in Repose


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:37 am 
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The title alone makes me suspicious... :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:48 pm 
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The title alone makes me suspicious... :)

I can't imagine why...

:plot:

Huh. That was supposed to be a shrug. Not sure why my hands just kind of do that...


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:56 pm 
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The title alone makes me suspicious... :)

I can't imagine why...

:plot:

Huh. That was supposed to be a shrug. Not sure why my hands just kind of do that...

WELL NOW I'M EVEN MORE SUSPICIOUS!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:40 pm 
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Update: I have read these three clearly unrelated stories, and now I don't know what to believe anymore!

:D

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:10 am 
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Update: I have read these three clearly unrelated stories, and now I don't know what to believe anymore!

:D

Well, hopefully you enjoyed them! I certainly had fun working with these totally unconnected, not at all creepy stories.

I would be remiss if I didn't give a quick shout-out to famous writer Gabriel García Márquez. The title of the third of these three short pieces, "A Cataclysm in Repose," was lifted directly from a translation of his short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," which I recommend to anybody interested in good (if strange) short fiction. The moment I read that line, I knew I wanted to write something based off of it.

I really like these little pieces, but I think the longest of them, "Strictly Forbidden," is probably my favorite. Hopefully it sparked people's interest, even if the end was a bit shocking.

:paranoid:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:53 pm 
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Well, hopefully you enjoyed them! I certainly had fun working with these totally unconnected, not at all creepy stories.

I did! Very much! And it's an interesting thought experiment, wondering how much my reading experience was shaped by being consciously on the lookout for connections, versus what I might have noticed or not noticed if I'd gone into the stories without that extra piece of context.


I really like these little pieces, but I think the longest of them, "Strictly Forbidden," is probably my favorite. Hopefully it sparked people's interest, even if the end was a bit shocking.

:rimshot:

"Strictly Forbidden" was my favorite as well, I think, albeit by a slim margin. I love the recurring theme of the title throughout the piece, and Dugwald's interactions with the little girl are wonderfully creepy. I am also a big fan of "A Cataclysm In Repose" as well, and particularly the sort of sharp pivot it takes about halfway through, when The Tender ends up being rather different from what you're expecting. That's a very Raven touch, if I may say so. :) The line about the racks having room for more is particularly chilling.

Thank you -- as ever -- for sharing!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:16 pm 
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Well, hopefully you enjoyed them! I certainly had fun working with these totally unconnected, not at all creepy stories.

I did! Very much! And it's an interesting thought experiment, wondering how much my reading experience was shaped by being consciously on the lookout for connections, versus what I might have noticed or not noticed if I'd gone into the stories without that extra piece of context.

I can't imagine why you might have been looking for connections. I mean, the title of the thread practically tells you that there is no connection, so...

:shifty:

:D


"Strictly Forbidden" was my favorite as well, I think, albeit by a slim margin. I love the recurring theme of the title throughout the piece, and Dugwald's interactions with the little girl are wonderfully creepy.

Yeah, I was really happy with the way the Nameless Girl turned out. What little we know about her and the way she speaks with Dugwald are, certainly, all kinds of creepy. I think my favorite thing is when she says, "I never understood the habit of dividing up time into small increments, only to then count them up again.” I love that sentiment.

I am also a big fan of "A Cataclysm In Repose" as well, and particularly the sort of sharp pivot it takes about halfway through, when The Tender ends up being rather different from what you're expecting. That's a very Raven touch, if I may say so. :) The line about the racks having room for more is particularly chilling.

Thanks! Yes, I do love to play my little games of narrative hide-and-seek with my readers. Of course, because these stories are completely disconnected from one another and from everything I have ever done or ever will, we clearly won't be seeing the Tender or any more of its kind again (seriously, though, four knuckles on a finger? What IS that thing?!?).

:paranoid:

Thank you -- as ever -- for sharing!

And thank you for reading! I always appreciate it a great deal!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Unsuspicious as always, Raven :roll:

Unfortunately it's a time of low energy for me, and even reading feels heavy sometimes. That's to say, I didn't read your stories yet, but I plan to do it. Hopefully I'll come back to them before the inevitable sequels make short and grisly work of some innocent character :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:11 am 
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Unsuspicious as always, Raven :roll:

Unfortunately it's a time of low energy for me, and even reading feels heavy sometimes. That's to say, I didn't read your stories yet, but I plan to do it. Hopefully I'll come back to them before the inevitable sequels make short and grisly work of some innocent character :D

Well, when you get to them, I hope you enjoy! And don't worry, I'm clearly not up to anything. Here, I'll show you my innocent face:

:shifty:





rats.

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