Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to Write a Book in 15 Days: Actual Word Count (What to Do if you Miss a Day)

Salutations, my curious congregation. Today we will be continuing down the road we've already been on re: fastdrafting a novel. I'll be honest, I had no idea what to actually talk about today because it's mostly about taking what you already wrote down and expounding on it, but let's run with that and see what happens.

Content Warnings: My usual dose of irreverence, probably some swearing. Contents may be mildly carcinogenic. Also, don't pick the left door. Only nightmares lay beyond it.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How to Write a Book in 15 Days: Filling in the Plot Holes (Day 2)

Salutations, my curious congregation. Last Thursday I started a kind of experimental project trying to write a book in 15 days. I'm going to be talking about my personal experience with this process, but mostly it's going to be about what to do on Day 2.

In this case, refining your outline.

Content Warnings: A healthy dose of irreverence, probably some swearing, and mild risk of dramatic music playing in the background while you make operatic eye contact with one of your enemies in a melodramatic situation.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How to Write a Book in 15 Days: Speed Outlining (Day 1)

Salutations, my curious congregation. I'm going to sit down and talk about something crazy that is totally possible and I only recommend if you really need to get some words down and get something finished. You're going to have to edit the hell out of it but hey! Editing the hell out of it is kind of an inevitability.

On another note I want to thank you guys for chilling and dealing with my weird rambles while I was having medical issues. You're the best <3

That said. Yes, you read that title right. 15 days, oh the insanity. This is not going to be for everyone, but if you can smash a whole lot of words onto a page in a short amount of time (I am  talking 5k a day or more) this might work for you.

Content Warnings: Probably just the irreverence and swearing this time, I'm not dipping into anything dark or too weird. Oh, but I'm not responsible if you disintegrate. That probably won't happen.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How to Write an Herbal Abortion

Salutations, my curious congregation. As some of you might already be aware, I live in the butt crack of Ohio. And Ohio is kind of being a turd right now. Now, the river's like spitting distance from my house. I could feasibly walk to Kentucky if I had to, so going out of state for an abortion isn't off the table from me and in fact the doctor that I go to when I need one is already in Kentucky and was before this kerfuffle started. But I still live here.

And it's had this topic on my brain for a bit. Because even in best selling fantasy novels they tend to portray it as "You drink the tea with the herbs in it once and it's done" and that's not how it works. So I'm gonna break it down from a writing perspective.

Content Warnings: More than my usual dose of irreverence, a bit of swearing because you can pry those words from my cold dead hands, and yeah, this blog entry is about characters using herbs to control their reproductive system so if you don't like, don't read. Also, there are things that can go wrong. If that kind of thing squicks you, you may want to avoid this one.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

10 Reasons Why Canderous Ordo is a Better Boyfriend than Carth Onasi

Salutations, my curious congregation. I'm late to this party. As in, I never played Knights of the Old Republic back when it was new, but swung around to give it a go recently and I have some feelings about the NPCs and romantic interest(s). Or lack thereof.

Anyway I know it's Thursday and this is supposed to be my writing blog. I know this is technically about gaming. But I mean it's about the writing in a game so we're halfway there, right?

Content Warnings: Regular dose of irreverence, some swearing, and KotOR/KotOR2 spoilers. If you haven't played them, why would you even click this?

But also this game is so old if you're going to have found out about plot stuff for it you probably already have so let's get to it.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Encounter Design: Multiple Objectives

Salutations, my curious congregation. Today, we're going to talk about a cool bit of encounter design a dear friend of mine put us through last night and why it worked so well. So Faith and Mimi, brace yourselves, I'm gonna be singing your praises for the next while, and everybody else break out your notebooks.

Note that this was a play-by-post game and there were 9 PCs involved, so it was not an easy encounter to DM by any stretch. Which only increases how impressive this was.

Content Warnings: Irreverence and swearing as usual, and a 9 PC encounter with no discernible initiative. The horror.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Art of the Expy: Moving Characters Between Settings

Salutations my curious congregation, and let me open with an apology for my recent absence this week. I needed to take some space for my mental health, and things are getting steady again, and I would like to thank you for your patience.

So anyway, today I want to talk about expies. There's a link there to the TVTropes article, but if you don't want to be on a wiki walk for the next four hours I'll give you the tl;dr here: It's short for exported character. Basically, if you see a character in more than one setting, they're expied. And I do it a lot.

Content Warnings: The usual healthy dose of irreverence, and probably swearing. Also, the recycling of characters. The horror.