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Post by PeachFreak » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:16 pm

I'm seriously stuck for a title for my current project.

Most of the story takes place within a European opera house. One night, during a production of an original opera by a local artist, prima donna, Carolina Nicolosi, is performing her final song before the finale, in which her character is stabbed to death.
However, she is attacked onstage by a masked man, wielding a real dagger. Her cries for help are ignored by the oblivious audience and by her fellow performers, who are irritated that she is deviating from the score. Eventually, Carolina manages to wrestle the knife away, and murder her attacker before collapsing.
Later, she awakens in a hospital to find the identity of her assailant to be Jacob Waterfield, an American immigrant, her own love interest, and the opera company's resident primo uomo. However, his body mysteriously disappears from the morgue, and is not recovered. Later that night, Carolina is smothered to death in her sleep.
From that point on, the other performers seem to be going insane. One by one, they don Jacob's red mask and begin to murder one another in horrendous ways....until two surviving singers, the orchestra conductor, the narcoleptic opera house manager, and his much younger wife find themselves locked in the building one evening. The keys are missing, no windows are big enough...and the red masked man shows up again to claim his next victim.
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Post by Jamie » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:58 pm

Sounds great...I guess 'The Opera House Murders' is a bit obvious.

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Post by Black » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:05 am

This my sound cheesy but what about "The Murder of the Opera" ?

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Post by PeachFreak » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:36 am

I've decided to name it: Opera Diaboli
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Post by Jane Poirot » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:04 pm

I'm not entirely sure I've got the whole mental illness thing down, so I have to ask: Is it realistic for a character to have not just one particular mental illness, but a category of several illnesses that would thus leave the disease uncategorized?
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Post by Jane Poirot » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:49 pm

So I have a bit of a problem with most of my stories (original and fanfic)...it's describing the setting. I would like to go into more detail than just "this is the living room with brown couches and wooden handles" but at the same time I don't want to go "this is the eloquent living room with butterbrown couches and burning, ember wooden handles", know what I mean? And I've used several other good metaphors/similes for previous stories, and I don't want to use the same descriptions. What's a good middle ground--descriptive, but not too purple prosey?
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Post by Adam106 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:52 am

Try comparing it to the characters in the room, e.g.

The room was lonely and dull, with an underlying sense of bitterness that wouldn't subside no matter where you looked, much like Sally, the ever cynical teenager, who sat on the grey sofa, her hands clutched together on her lap and her feet tapping the floor impatiently.

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Post by go_leafs_nation » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:44 am

I'm writing an essay for a competition a while now... I seemed to finish yesterday, but when I read it, I hated it so much that I tore it up. Silly of me? Maybe. But it was really, really a poor effort for me...

So I have only a few weeks to do it all over again.
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Post by Jane Poirot » Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:58 pm

I have a hypothetical question: Let's say Romeo and Juliet lived, and they ran off together. In order to be in love, you need to enjoy spending time with the other person, right? Would they need to have common interests and hobbies, or just a particular theme in their lives they share that ties them together that they can both relate to?
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Post by Jane Poirot » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:10 am

I've got a bit of an embarrassing problem in terms of researching for an upcoming fanfic (one for Umineko)...basically, one character gets pregnant by another character and eventually realizes why their period is late and goes to get tested.

Sounds simple, right? Except...this takes place on the island the series already takes place on to begin with...meaning there are no hospitals or pharmacies to buy the home test. And there's a typhoon that keeps everyone trapped for months. However, one of the characters on the show is a doctor, and I have researched various old-fashioned methods that would determine if a woman was pregnant or not, and I came close to settling on the "Rabbit Test" (injecting an immature rabbit or mouse with urine from the suspecting woman, then killing and dissecting it; if the animal is ovulating despite its immaturity, then it meant the woman was pregnant).

Except...a lot of these old tests (including the Rabbit Test) need days before results come back and in my story, the character needs to get the results on the same day. And as mentioned, there is a typhoon that keeps everyone trapped; I originally planned on using a modern test, except where would they get one if they have no time to go out? And I don't think the doctor would carry one on him, either; if he's a doctor, he should know that home tests are not always accurate.

Would it be better for the character to simply deduce from their symptoms alone they are expecting? Or should I somehow find a way for them to find out through the doctor? If so, is there a simple method where results would return in a few hours?

The internet is no help this time; all it does is simply explain the various tests and how they works, mostly explaining it as something done in a lab. Of course, the other reason I’m asking for help in researching this is because I’m paranoid of one of two things happening:

A) My parents will check their browser history (my laptop is on the fritz right now and until further notice I have to share a downstairs computer with my parents) and find out I’ve been visiting sites about pregnancy tests and jump to the wrong conclusion (out of paranoia, I clear my browser history every five minutes), and/or

B) My mom will come rushing downstairs to the basement to check her e-mail without waiting for me to clear everything first (as she usually does :roll: ) and I won’t have time to exit the website about pregnancy tests and she’ll take one look at it and jump to the wrong conclusion.

Of course, even if I were a guy and were caught researching pregnancy tests, they’d probably STILL jump to conclusions about me and that sweet girl across the street. :lol:
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Post by cacums » Wed May 26, 2010 3:28 pm

As some of you know, I write CLDA in advance so I can change things that point to the murder alot better that red herrings do. In the course of the past three days I have written 3.01-3.06. I'm working on 3.07 now. I hope for this to be the best Season I have written. I has the simple charm of Clue, it is based off of a board game, it has suspense and drama, and any new readers can start reading at Season 3 because I reintroduce the main characters (having been absent for Season 2, sans Green). Season 4 however is still in thought process. I plan for Season 3 and Season 4 to happen in the same day. (Season 3 being from dawn until dusk, Season 4 being from where 3 left off until the following morning)

Thank you to those who have been reading your feedback has inspired me. And to those who are planning on writing, I wish them the best of luck!

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Post by Jane Poirot » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:45 pm

Part of me really wants to write a soap opera someday. The ideas I have in mind, though, are so melodramatic, they make Desperate Housewives look like a Disney soap opera in comparison.
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Post by cacums » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:56 pm

I'd love to read it if you ever decide to! :)

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Post by Jane Poirot » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:47 am

Do any other Sim addicts on here end up getting inspired by the mini-soap operas you create in the game and realize it would make for a good story?
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