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Paper Faces

8 Nov

So for last week’s Halloween prompt Masquerade I came up with this little scene using Hawkeye and Black Widow from the Avengers:

Natasha dresses up as a formal masquerade ball-gower, with a flowing red gown and a sparkly, feathered masque. Clint dresses up as something comical. Fury? Hill? Loki? Banner? Before the party or where ever it is they are (under cover?) He takes off her masque and plays with her hair and tries to get her to be someone else, to be an actual thing. Some time (later? After the party? On a cold, breeze balcony?) She explains that she loves the idea of the masquerade because the mask isn’t her own. She is always masquerading as someone else, and by dressing up but as no one in particular, she is actually allowed to be herself.

I liked it so much that I turned it into a fan fiction. And actually though the emotional weight of the summery is centered on Natasha, when I was writing it kind of flipped, at least for now, to Clint. Anyway, if you’re interested it’s called Paper Faces and you can check it out here.

(And yes, I now have the Phantom of the Opera stuck in my head. Bonus points if you know why!)

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Happy Halloween!

30 Oct

Some Halloween-y themed prompts. Each one is meant to be a quick brainstorm, but if you want to expand on one, go for it!

  • Masquerade: The kind of costumes we chose and the characters we aspire to be say a lot about us. Choose a character and describe their halloween costume (this year, or a significant year in their life.) Why did you choose it? What does it say about them?
  • Twi-Please-No: Teen Paranormal Romance. Like it or not, it’s a thing, and it has it’s own formal section heading in Barnes and Noble. Now it’s your turn! Brainstorm/write a pitch for the newest TPR craze. It can be as tacky as you like — cashing in on the craze, as it were — or, if you’re feeling brave, you can pitch a good one and attempt to rectify the genre.
  • Mask-over: Halloween costumes originated as a way to scare off and confuse malevolent spirits. Brainstorms a culture that has a slightly different take on a Halloween-like holiday. The culture can be as small as a family or as large as a planet. It can be realistic/ rooted in an actual culture, but shouldn’t be something you already know a lot about.
  • Spelling Bee: Many magic-related stories involve spell words, all the way from “Double double toil and trouble” to “Wingardium Leviosa” (And that’s levi-o-sa not levio-sa). Make up some magic words for your own witchy character. How would they function? What would be their purpose? What would they do?
    • Ex. Children of the Lamp series by P.B. Kerr.  “Focus words.”
  • Chocolate Froglings: (By now I hope you’ve all just accepted my constant Harry Potter references). One of the many things the Harry Potter series gave the world was a whole new heap of candies. From their first introduction on the Hogwarts Express, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans etc. helped to solidify the Wizarding World as its own “real” and unique culture. Its time for trick-or-treating, but M&Ms are off the menu. Fill your mental candy bucket with new and tantalizing treats.

Prompt #4 Lost and Found

9 Oct

Create or select a character and write a scene in which they loose an object important to them. Then write a second scene in which a second character (they can know the first or not, but don’t know the significance of the object) finds the object. How does the object’s meaning change?