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Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:19 pm
by Alicorn
I have noticed a narrative thing that glowfic does where the narration dialogues with itself. Two vaguely and contextually defined clouds-of-agency, or one played off a defined single character, have summarized interactions with each other that are expressed in sentences that definitely don't represent the actual dialogue ("but avoiding massacres is haaaaaaard"). Dropping into this narration style is not signaled, nor are the abstractions of the conversing viewpoints ("and then the nations of Amenta were all like, 'but avoiding massacres is haaaaaaaard'.") It works mostly because the change in author is indicated in the medium itself. I think the only place I've seen similar is on Tumblr where someone is running with a story idea but doesn't want to commit to "actually writing" it and wind up publishing what you could call pseudocode of a story.

Is this a thing elsewhere that I missed?

Does glowfic have other special idioms?

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 12:23 am
by quark
The thing with spacing to indicate pauses? I'm pretty sure that it's also done in traditional literature but not to the same extent. Also the thing where posts are left entirely blank and the icon is used to convey a reaction to something.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:45 am
by Kappa
Spacing-for-pause and blanktags and to some extent the "but avoiding massacres is haaaard" thing are all present in glowfic's parent genre of RP.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 7:28 am
by Unbitwise
The thing where someone asks an unreasonable number of questions in a row before getting the answers.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:03 am
by pedromvilar
That I think is a general convention of text RP, it exists on Second Life RP too and I'd be surprised if the parent genre didn't also have it.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:17 am
by AndaisQ
"The [x] will tolerate this indignity" is one actual idiom that I have found to be approximately unique to glowfic, though I may be wrong. It is definitely a strong marker.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:50 am
by BlueSkySprite
When a character takes an action and it's written as just "[Action]." rather than in a sentence like "[Character] [actions]." Like "Frown." "Stab." "Bounce bounce." etc. It's - almost like in chat when people say things they're doing ("nod", "flail"...), but usually different sorts of actions, especially facial expressions and emotive gestures? I don't think I've really seen that anywhere else, although it might be a thing in other RP fic.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:51 am
by pedromvilar
The indignity thing I think might be exclusive to glowfic, I think it's inspired by a specific post in effulgence.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 10:52 am
by Rotifer
I occasionally notice the form "[noun]: is [verb]ed" or "[noun]: is [adjective]" in glowfic; idk enough about its parent genre to know if it gets that from there or not though.

Re: Glowfic Idiom

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 1:09 pm
by ChaosMagic
I think the "[noun]: is [verb]" is a tumblr meme? So could have come over from the tumblr RP community (idk if it started on tumblr, but you see stuff like "dog: is pet" a decent bit)