Current Residence: The Universe. Which one is up for grabs.
Favourite genre of music: Soundtrack.
The ProductFinally, a man with a beige suit dared break the awkward silence. Capalbo’s eyes quickly fixed on him. He was in his forties, with sparse, but tidy blond hair, beady eyes, and a precisely calculated smirk on his face.
'I believe I have exactly what you need, Mr Capalbo.' He said in a calm, measured tone. A trace of exotic accent marked his speech. Capalbo guessed Eastern European.
'And you are…?'
'Oh, forgive me.' Beige suit apologised indifferently. 'Vladimir Marinov, from Bulgaria.' The other presenters coughed in attempt to cover their surprise and amusement, but Vladimir apparently ignored them completely.
'Our company hires only the best designers and psychologists. Our advertisements make the product wanted and needed by addressing the precise factors needed to make an impression. We believe in impact, Mr Capalbo, not flashiness.'
His words were followed by a gloating laughter that nobody even attempted to cover anymore. Some of the presenters snorted through tighten
Five Most Common Grammar MistakesAccording to my favorite grammar book, these are the five most common points of punctuation/grammar that people have issues with. Learning these well and applying them should account for 75-90% of all grammatical errors. I'll use the same abbreviations as the book for ease of typing, and they are listed below.Five Most Common Grammar Mistakes by Lindenare
I = complete sentence
c/c = coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, so, or, yet) These are all the coordinating conjunctions; learn them.
sub = subordinating conjunction (because, when, since, if, as, as if, before, where, how, although)
c/a = conjunctive adverb (however, besides, nonetheless, therefore)
The first rule is stated as I, c/c I.
In other words, a coordinating conjunction connecting two complete sentences must have a comma preceding it. If a c/c joins a sentence and a fragment, the comma is not used.
The second rule is I sub I.
No comma should be used if a subordinating conjunction joins two complete sentences.
The third rule is a variation on
Haunting MelodyVenar left his place at the edge of the firelight and slipped unnoticed into the woods, his thoughts consumed by the simple melody. The girl couldn’t have known. She was young, and human, and not even born when last he’d heard that song. The words were a little different now, it seemed, and so was the tune, but it was undoubtedly the same, and he could not get away from it quickly enough.Haunting Melody by Lindenare
His toe snagged on something and sent him crashing headlong into a thicket. Luckily, there were few thornbushes here. Venar pulled himself to a sitting position, barely noticing as cloth ripped on twigs. He was much too far away by now to hear the music anymore, but the melody still rang in his ears. Digging his fingers into the leafy mould and moist earth underneath helped a little, but the sound of the flute was still there, and he could no longer stop the flow of memory.
“Dance with me, Venar!” She laughed and twirled as she spoke, her hair down for once and twi
Dreams of ChangeMaryan was huddled inside with the rest of her family. The guards had hustled all of them back home early today something was going on. Work never stopped like this. Despite everyone in the village being confined to their houses, rumors filtered through the walls. Maryan had heard that a nearby town had been attacked; others swore that the empire was going to kill them all for some unknown reason. Nobody knew anything certain, though.Dreams of Change by Lindenare
They were sent out to the fields the next morning as was normal, but yesterday's fright remained. Rumors flew thicker than ever among the toiling villagers, each more outrageous than the last. Still, not one of them had any substance, and Maryan was getting sick of the rumors by afternoon.
She was grateful to get away from them when one of the guards sent her for water. It would take some time to fetch it, as the village well was low and muddy in the heat of summer. There was a spring just over the low hills some distance off; it was further away t
Change in the WindMagic was in the air quite literally. Even someone without a scrap of magical talent, like Pelemar, could feel it. The breeze stirring his hair had a sharp tingle to it; the atmosphere felt charged, as if a storm were coming or if something might explode. Perhaps both. You never knew with wizards, and today was especially magical. It was Ir-Aviriden, the Fay Feast, and Pelemar was in Kuriset, the most magical town in the known world.Change in the Wind by Lindenare
Kuriset itself wasn't magical, of course. At least, not very. Oh, structures that obviously needed magic to exist decorated many of the buildings; twisted spires, absurd arches, and precariously balanced spirals all had their places. One structure even possessed a floating tower. Pelemar had barely remembered to shut his mouth after seeing that.
The marketplace was equally wondrous. Everything seemed to be sold there, from unicorn's tears to the common cold. (He'd seen vendors hawking both of those things, too.) Cries of "Silks! Finest s
The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 3The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 3 by TheBrassGlass
Part III - Just Around the River Bend: Subplots
I feel it there, beyond those trees,
or right behind these waterfalls;
can I ignore that sound of distant drumming?
---from Disney's Pocahontas, "Just Around the Riverbend"
Subplots provide the basis for the meat of a story. They can be as small or as grand and complex as the situation may require; there can be as many or as few as you see fit to include.
There are generally two basic kinds of subplot: major and minor. The major subplot is one that may stretch over a longer section of your work and involve many important events or ideas. The minor subplot is usually smaller, and usually of less importance in the grand scheme of things. Both of these kinds of subplots fill in the space between the beginning and ending, and both are a means to move your characters or trigger events throughout your story.
A subplot can begin with almost any detail of your character, your world, or your concept. It often begins with a que