I would kindly request that no one reply to this thread. But by all means, please feel free to send me as many PMs as you would like!
Hello there, fellow writers. Welcome to my interests thread! I will admit without shame that I have been procrastinating on writing this. This is still a work in progress, but I wanted to put together a general outline of where my interests lie. I am hoping that this thread will serve as a means for conveying my writing preferences to both prospective roleplay partners, as well as individuals that I am already in the process of writing stories with. As a relatively new member of Elliquiy, it is truly a pleasure to have the chance to meet and communicate with so many wonderful people. In addition, I am hoping that this thread will also give you the chance to learn more about myself as a person.
I have divided this thread into several sections, for you to peruse at your convenience. If you have any questions, or would simply like to discuss any of these themes, please feel free to send me a PM at any time whatsoever.
I know the appearance of the thread is rather “bare-bones” at present, but as I continue editing it, I’ll be sure to spruce it up. I have been roleplaying for almost seven years, and have written independently as a writer for a few more. As far as my background in roleplaying, I have been an active participant on other roleplaying forums and websites. I started out roleplaying on the AIM and Yahoo chat rooms – but once their glory days had ended, I switched over to becoming more involved with play-by-post roleplaying. I am always looking to chat with new people – whether or not it leads into a roleplay. I love discussing interesting topics, or simply shooting the breeze, so if anything at all interests in you this thread, please don’t hesitate to send a message.
I know many writers seem to place an emphasis on describing their plots in these request and interests threads. While that is certainly one perspective on writing, I tend to feel that strong character descriptions are much more important as far as writing long-term stories. One of my favorite aspects of writing is analyzing the emotions of my character – and seeing how their perspectives are changing as a result of the circumstances in the story. Since I will always be playing the male protagonist in the stories, I usually take the time to describe their specific emotional and psychological state of mind. Given the plot line, these attributes may vary marginally. The majority of my characters are dominant, athletic males who have an initial disregard for emotional attraction – with romance coming as the result of plot changes.
General Broad-Based Themes of Interest
This is by no means a conclusive list of my interests, but I have tried to put together a relatively comprehensive summary of broad themes which I have an interest in exploring. [Still a work in progress]. I am a bit unique in that I do not enjoy posting a series of pre-defined storylines/plots, and asking a prospective partner to choose one. I feel that roleplaying should be a mutually engaging process, and that broad themes should drive the creation of a unique storyline that is appealing to both partners.1940 – 1960s Era Traditional Settings
I am very interested in exploring potential storylines taking place in this time period. This era was a time when the family unit was emphasized as being one of the most important aspects in a person’s life. In other words, one’s material possessions or ambitions always came second to the stability of the family unit. In the context of this time period, I am interested in exploring the merger between dominant male behavior, and the idea of the traditional gentleman. A “good man” during this time period was someone who was a natural leader for his family, someone who went the extra mile at work to make ends meet, and who always put the happiness of his wife and children before his own. I find this to be interesting, especially considering that today’s contemporary definition of a “gentleman” is unfortunately that of someone who is easily pushed around, or for the lack of a better term, “emasculated.” Contrary to modern notions, a woman during this time period often enjoyed and embraced this natural dominant leadership of man – allowing her to devote her energies to the time-honored and societally-respected tasks of raising well-behaved children, and fostering emotional well-being for the family unit.
I realize that most women reading this thread may view this traditional theme as being inherently sexist – which is very unfortunate. It is truly amazing that a period of only 50 years has created such a dichotomy of thought. If you are at all interested in this theme, I would only ask that you try to put yourself in the mindset of an individual during that time period – and truly try to embrace the values and outlook of a woman during that era. Individual contentment was always second-standard to the success of the family unit, as a single entity.
Potential storylines in this category could either involve characters participating in a plot directly relating to this theme, or in contrast, characters whose personalities in some way violate the more traditional roles of the time period for men and women. Mismatches Between Traditionally Feminine and Masculine Behaviors
This theme is somewhat related to the previous theme, in the sense that it uses the basic understandings of traditional male and female behavior. More specifically, these types of storylines could include situations where some sort of conflict arises as a result of one character failing to perform his/her natural roles – which at least on a subconscious level, may present itself as a flaw to the opposing character. A simple example could include an interaction between a more traditional character, with a more progressive one – and various misunderstandings and miscommunications that result from fundamental value differences. These types of storylines could take place in either a historical, or a modern context.
The interactions between a man with a more traditional personality (as described in the first theme – with regard to traditional gender roles) with a woman who is in direct opposition to traditional roles would be interesting to analyze. I have written a few roles with this premise, and there are a myriad of ways this theme can be approached. If you have any unique approaches to this theme, I would love to hear any and all ideas – and it would be my pleasure to discuss them with you.Other Settings
1) Immigrants who find themselves in a blossoming romance upon arriving to a new country.
2) Medieval-themed romance story
3) Post-apocalyptic romance story [This would be a realistic portrayal of the post-apocalyptic world, as opposed to fantasy]
4) Civil War-themed romance story
5) Modern romance story
6) American Western themed romance story
7) World War II, or Mid-20th century-themed romance story
8) Pre-Historic / Barbarian-themed romance story [This would need to be discussed for your individual preferences]
9) Custom-designed romance plot [I try to be very flexible as far as discussing personalized storylines with a writing partner]