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  • I missed my cake day but realising I've been here for SEVEN YEARS,,,


    Dossereana OMG I'm so sorry I missed saying happy cake day to you!!!!!!!!
    Sep 21, 2023

    mellifera aha you are forgiven (especially considering I didn't even remember), and thank you!!!
    Sep 22, 2023

  • hello fellow sep 12 cake day <3

    mellifera I can't believe I missed my cake day D: but happy very belated twinsie cake day!! <3
    Sep 21, 2023

  • omg it's your cake day and I am the first to say it <333 happy cake day!

    mellifera GUESS WHO FORGOT THEIR CAKE DAY anyway thank you <333
    Sep 21, 2023

    BluesClues helloooooooooooo I miss you <3333333
    Sep 21, 2023

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  • I disappeared from the face of the Earth YWS again, and now it's a whole new year. Also, I'm older now (I mean, I always am, but in the very literal, the digits of my age changed). Also I had a lot of notifications.

    But I didn't want to just go radio silent without acknowledging #22in22 and letting it fly by me. We won best club last year again! I can't express how excited I am that y'all are still going strong and you have had such a good time with it. My personal life has really taken me away from YWS, but I'm so grateful to have been a part of running that with @BluesClues (and of course, @Omni joining us last year as well <3), and I'm gonna miss running it, and running events for it.

    Also, thank you so much to @KateHardy, @spatula, and @Spearmint for joining @Omni this year in running with it!! I'm excited to see what you do with it, and we've left it in very good hands <3

    On a more personal note... 2022 was a big year of growth for me. It's easy to forget how much happened that year, but it was a lot. There was a lot of bad, but there was also a lot of good. I have a lot of growth left in me, and I'm excited to see where it goes now. I'm not going to get into a long, emotional rant about everything that happened. But I do miss YWS, and I do miss the friends I've made here. There's a lot of new people (hi!) that probably don't know who I am, but this site meant a lot to me for a while. I also met one of my favourite people in the world who has been a massive part of my life on here (obligatory @Feltrix mention). I wouldn't be where I am without them, so...thanks YWS. Real solid work there <3

    anyway this has gotten uncontrollably long. I'm still kicking around. I miss all y'all who I used to talk to. I may not come on much, but I'll always get around to messages if you send them.


    BluesClues hello ily <33333333333
    Jan 23, 2023

    keystrings hi c:
    Jan 25, 2023

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  • BluesClues wrote:Party time!
    #22in22 Support Group wrote:It's party time! Join us for an evening of writing, chatting, and hanging out to celebrate (almost) one year of #22in22!

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  • okay I started this fresh outta finals, and then got very very very distracted, so now I'm actually here (and hopefully I don't refresh the page and lose all of it this time lol)

    (Tagged by @BluesClues <3)
    (also, like Blue's, not a YWS project)

    Genre: adult mystery/fantasy (with my favourite subgenre of horror >:] )
    Content Rating: R or mature or 18+, this is a darker novel and everyone is swearing
    Brief Description: don't mind me using the synopsis I used for camp nano I wrote like, half a year ago In just over a week, Icarus becomes a traitor, takes a young girl, Marion, under his wing who is wanted like he is, and ends up living with a bitter, enigmatic, and shunned ex-detective, Tarot, in order to hide. After learning of his mentor's connection to a brutal killer, the Aetherborn Butcher, Icarus must convince the unwilling Tarot to help clear both his and Marion's names.

    But the truth of his mentor's work, and of Aether's war-torn past, is far more gruesome than any of them were expecting.

    What should a reader know if they are jumping right into the middle of reading the latest chapter: oh boy! the last chapter I finished is very plot significant. there's a lot going on. what you need to know? much, but for now: Tarot and Icarus have basically adopted a small child, Tarot is hiding them both from the Law (who he also hates), and must go speak to Icarus' former mentor, a very powerful and influential mage, who wants him to find and return Icarus to her. without letting on that he's, you know. hiding Icarus.

    How I got inspired to write project: I was at movie night with friends and we watched The Great Mouse Detective, and true to my nature, I went "what if this but gay?" (and not mice, obviously). This was followed by us watching Howl's Moving Castle, a movie I had already seen and adore, but the rewatch made me go "!" and I got more inspiration for this novel.

    so, watched The Great Mouse Detective, and then went "I want to write a mystery where two gay detectives have to take care of a young child" and that's what I did.

    Something I've learned working on it: third person present omniscient is hecking fun, dude. I'm really having a good time with writing in a new way (and now I can say this with more conviction after all the academic work I've had to do this semester)
    Something Interesting about the Main Character(s): Icarus uses plants to fuel his magic and is a really good gardener! and Tarot's entire house is essentially based on Howl's room, he has a ridiculous amount of trinkets and novelty decorations all over (though his room is certainly the worst).
    My Favourite Character: Hester I can't choose between them (although I won't lie and saw that writing the Tarot-centric chapters aren't an utter delight...)
    Favourite Dialogue Chunk: I'm picking this because I went back to one of the last chapters I wrote the other day, and it made me laugh, and also I think it's one of the better out of context exchanges:
    “Well, I think it’s time to cash in on my good dad status, and tell you that it’s time for bed.”

    Marion immediately scowls like she’s bitten into a lemon and furiously scribbles into her notepad. Bad dad!! You are a BAD DAD!!

    “Hm.” Icarus pretends to think about this, tapping a finger to his lips, before shaking his head. “No, no. No take-backsies.”

    Marion wriggles like a beached fish in protest.

    Goofy Metaphor:
    he is beset by the sensation of being a bug crawling in a very, very large yard

    you are tagged by me if you are like me and are very very late to the party but still want to do this

    also I think there was a tag for this but I'm gonna be honest, I do not remember what it was lol

    BluesClues :E Y E S:
    Dec 25, 2022

    Shady #ShoutoutYourProject
    Dec 26, 2022

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  • BluesClues wrote:PSA for all #22in22 folks! In case you missed our announcements in the #22in22 Support Group, @mellifera and I are stepping down as club admins at the end of this year. @Omni is a current club admin and will be working on #23in23 next year - but running a club is a big job, so we're looking for some folks who might be interested in stepping up to help!

    Click the link for full details about what club administration entails. Whether you're a current mod or a site member, we'd love to have you aboard! Co-running the club is a great leadership opportunity for anyone around the site, and I promise it's really very low-stress if multiple people are involved <3

    If you have questions, feel free to comment here, ask in Omni's informational thread, or PM me or Omni!
    #22in22 Support Group wrote:
    Omni wrote:
    #23in23 Returns - and it needs your help!

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  • if anyone was wondering how my writing was going this year...
    Spoiler! :

    keystrings i always love your ideas <3 also ... hi hello, how are you?
    Nov 12, 2022

    IcyFlame ooft this is a mood
    Nov 13, 2022

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  • guess who literally picked what novel they would write for NaNo on November 1st?

    also how it's going so far:
    Spoiler! :
    me: here's a character I'm going to kill off
    me, after writing them: *starts to really, really like that character*
    me: Image

  • I don't know how I keep finding out shows are canonically queer and still being utterly floored by the fact that they are, indeed, very queer

    Feltrix Did any particular shows prompt this?
    Nov 2, 2022

    mellifera it was Interview with a Vampire this time
    Nov 2, 2022

  • Spoiler! :
    I've been having a rough semester (not because it's bad, really, because it's been a pretty good semester all around for the most part, just been really busy and I am very low on spoons) this go around, but today my history professor asked me to stay after class because she wanted to compliment me on the essay I'd written several weeks back and tell me that I could get into any school, including ivy leagues, that I wanted with that kind of writing, and was generally just very, very kind about the work I've been doing and I— Image

    college is hard and makes me want to hibernate sometimes but I've had some really, really kind professors and it really makes it worth it :')

    DreamyAlice <333333
    Oct 27, 2022

    BluesClues I love this for you and also hi hello ily <3
    Oct 27, 2022

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  • I wake up in the morning. I do my morning rituals. I sit down to do schoolwork. I am immediately tired.

  • soundofmind wrote:your honor, those are my 56 comfort inactive open tabs

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  • EsmerayaRose
    Sep 13, 2022

    Happy belated cake day!!

    mellifera thank youu!!
    Sep 13, 2022

  • Happy belated cake day! 🍰

    mellifera thanks, Mage!!
    Sep 13, 2022

The wince that you wince when you see your quote in the quote generator is quite a wince, I tell ya. To know that the whole YWS community has read and judged your quote is quite an awkward feeling like oh noes. *manly blush*
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