His fingers hover silently over the map, the small pinpricks of past conquests still dented in the leather. He pauses, there - over the Frostback Mountains, he knows she’s knee deep in snow and facing the cold winds of the mountain.
He wonders what the sound of her boots make against the snow, wonders if she wore that cloak he pressed into her hands before he kissed her good bye at the gates. He thinks of her horse and counts the rations in the steed’s bags he personally packed when she was too busy meeting with another.
His gaze is locked on an imaginary trail he’s forged in his mind to track her progress, he counts the days - keeps her warm in his thoughts when he hears the winds howl outside his window at night.
He couldn’t see the crimson stains against the snow, when an arrow slammed into her chest. Didn’t hear the sounds of her cries against the wind or Dorian’s worried whispers when she took a turn to the worst that night in the tents.
His fingers hover over her destination, waiting, wondering - praying she makes it home.
I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!
Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to set a ten minute timer for each prompt.
Wridea: I really like this site because you can write down simple ideas that you can organize later and put into a bigger project. You can share these ideas or the site will help you randomly match ideas. It’s great for brainstorming and building a fully formed outline.
List of Unusual Words — Here’s a site you can browse through that gives you a list of unusual words for every letting in the alphabet. If you’re looking to switch up your vocab, or looking to develop a way a character speaks, this is a good reference.
Picometer — Here’s a writing progress meter that can be embedded on your site or blog. There’s also the Writertopia meter that shows word count/current mood.
Cut Up Machine: This website takes whatever words you typed or pasted into the box and rearranges your sentences. It’s not practical for writing a novel, but it might help with poetry OR coming up with ideas. Experiment with it and see what you can come up with.
Orion’s Arm: This is a great website to use if you want to research worldbuilding or if you have science questions. There are tons of resources you can use.
Word Frequency Counter: If you’re finding that you’re using the same words over and over again, this website should help. You’ll be able to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. This should help you switch up the words you’re using and understand where the problem might be.
My Writing Nook: This allows you to write or jot down ideas wherever you are. You don’t need to have your laptop in order to access it, so it might help you during this time. You can write as long as you have your phone.
Writer: The Internet Typewriter - This site lets you write, save, share, and/or convert your writing online. I tried it out and it’s pretty cool. It saves for you and is a great way to brainstorm or plan out some ideas.
The Forge - The Forge is a fantasy, creature, spell, and location name generator. It’s awesome.
One Word: This site gives you one word to write about for 60 seconds. This should help you get started with your own writing and will work as a writing prompt to get you warmed up. It’s a great way to get yourself motivated.
Confusing Words: On this site you can search through confusing words that often stump many writers. It’s not a huge reference, but it should help you with some writing/grammar issues.
Cliché Finder: This site allows you to enter parts of your writing and it will search for clichés. If you find that you’re using the same phrases over and over again, this will help a lot. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but it looks useful.
Hand Written Fonts: If you’re looking for great hand written fonts, this is a great reference. All of them are pretty awesome.
Tip of My Tongue — you know when you’re trying to think of a specific word, but you just can’t remember what it is? This site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down.
I just wanna hear all the romanced companions battle cries when the inquisitor falls in battle (◡‿◡✿)
Sera, practically shrieking, begging the inquisitor to get up, to keep fighting because she promised she would always be there
Cassandra, voice shaking as she shouts at the inquisitor to get his ass up already, that giving up now is pointless, that she needs him by her side in this fight no matter what
Solas, losing his composure and in a broken voice saying ”no no no you must keep your eyes open, stay awake, please you mustn’t fall asleep!”
Blackwall, not saying anything, looking at his fallen lover for but a moment while the bile rises in this throat and tears form in his eyes, before turning his blade back toward the enemy and fighting on, as a grey warden should do
Iron Bull, an almost animalistic roar ripping from his throat as he charges the enemies surrounding the inquisitor, his inquisitor, trying so hard to ignore the emptiness in his chest and shaking of his hands
Dorian, voice cracking as utter denial sets in, screaming and begging the inquisitor not to go, not to leave him behind because he’s lost everything and he cant lose him
I be doing another one! I know that, in all technicality, you can’t full-on romance Cullen in DAO or 2 (*eyeballs Inquisition). BUT, that don’t mean you can’t fall head-over-heels for the guy, which is exactly what I did eventually. So this will be a wee bit different from Alistair’s, but only b/c of that one technicality.
- “That templar, Cullen, said it was quickest, cleanest Harrowing he’d ever seen! He says she’s very talented and very brave.” “Well he would, wouldn’t he?”
Wait, what you mean by that?
- “I’ve heard that Cullen is in love with you!”
Who the hell is this guy and where is he?! How do you know these things?!
- *finally finding him and actually talking to him*
OH! Now I recognize him!
… Aww, he’s adorable and awkward! Can I squeeze him? <3
- *Coming back to the Circle after the Fade level and finding him locked up in the glowy prison thing*
Oh… oh crap, what happened? Why’s he so mean? I didn’t do anything!
Who did this to you?!
*sigh* Fine, be a jerk. Whatever. I miss the old you. T_T
- *Enemies Among Us quest*
Sorry, did you just say Knight-Captain Cullen? What… Really?
OH MAH GOD it really IS him! And he’s ROUGH!
Ooo damn, is it just me, or did he get cute?
Oh great, he’s still on his anti-mage kick… *sigh*
- *talking to him throughout the different parts of the game*
Sweetie, I still love you to bits, and I know you went through Hell on earth, but… please stop talking. Get help.
Hold the phone, I can just ask him how life is? Oh… well shoot, I’ll give it a go.
Huh. Still seems approachable in his own right. Maybe he’s not totally far-gone.
Is it just me, or… is he starting to hesitate a little bit here? Yea, you know that gut-feeling, sweetie? Go with it!
Good GRIEF he really DID get hotter in this game! How in the heck did that happen?!
Oh no, poor baby, he’s starting to get confused! Again, sweetie, gut feelings are there for a reason!
- *End-game, siding with the Templars*
I’m going in there to make sure Meredith don’t kill EVERYBODY. Plus, Orsino is kind of stupid and sort of helped that damn serial killer who went after my MOM!
Uh oh, these three really just want out… Aw geez… Shut up, Meredith, I want Cullen’s opinion! Come on, you can do it, honey!
YAY! He’s using his brain again!
"ENOUGH! This is NOT what the Order stands for! Knight Commander, step down! I relieve you of your command!" … HE’S BACK, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Our boy is back! *happy flail* I’m so proud of you, sweetie!
And now that I’ve seen the Inquisition info for thus far… Phew! He’s really undergone a shift and a half!
It’s 12:27 AM on September 12th in BioWare Edmonton and I’m listening to Das Malefitz by Faunts. I know it’s late, but I’m sure I’m not the only one in the office. We’re shipping a video game. Non-conventional hours are understandable. I’m trying to find a picture of myself on a motorcycle as a toddler to prove a point to the Dragon Age art director, after an evening at the pub and answering emails to finalize details about Montreal Comiccon, Edmonton Expo, and Geek Girl Con.