Sunday, August 19, 2018

Motivation: A Small Treatise on Getting Shit Done

Folks, it's been a hell of a week. Nothing particularly happened, I've just been having one of those 'all I want to do is curl up under a blanket and sleep for eight years' weeks. One of those weeks where it honestly feels like nothing is going to work out.

You know, if you're doing this there are a couple of hard rules. You don't have a boss yelling over your shoulder so you have to be your own motivator. You have to set deadlines for yourself. You have to write, every day, no matter what shitty thing happens and no matter how much you don't feel like it.

I broke the rules. I skipped a day of writing.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Text-RP: The Top 10 Reasons You Aren't Getting Ships

Salutations, internet! This one's lazer directed at text-based RPers. Everybody wants ships. Everybody wants their characters to fall in love. It's like a form of social currency in the RP community and I hear a lot of people complaining a lot about the lack thereof. I could go on about this all day. So I think I will. I present to you, the Top 10 Reasons You Aren't Getting Ships in your text-RP.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Character: Extreme Emotions!

Today I want to take a minute to talk about characters and emotional outbursts. This is something that came up in conversation recently and like most things that I have a lot to say about and can't get out of my head, I'm gonna blog about it. So let's get right to it, shall we?


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Character: Keeping Characters Consistent

Alright, so I'm getting to that point that I want to start actually using my blog again. Did I not tell you in the beginning that there would be periods of time that I forgot this thing existed and stopped writing in it? I think I did. Anyway, I guess late summer-fall-winter is prime time for me to blog about stuff because I got the itch and here I go.

Writers and RPers, this is for both of you so heads up, pay attention. We're going to discuss some quick and dirty tricks for making sure your characters stay the same character from page 1 to page 50 and beyond. And from session 1 to session whatever, you know what I mean.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Write Fanfiction.

Write fanfiction!

I know a lot of people have a lot of feelings about this and fanfic generally gets frowned upon in literary circles and people talk about how it can "ruin" you and all this jazz. Like, no. Listen, kids. You wanna write your fanfics, write your fanfics.

When people start learning to draw they copy pictures they already like. They learn to draw by doodling images of Mickey Mouse in their school journals and trying to figure out the lines that make up Goku. They learn to cook by saying "I like Mac and Cheese now how do I make some for me". They learn to knit by following easy patterns and eventually get good enough to freestyle something new, but guess what. Following those patterns is part of the learning process.

Write fanfiction.

Follow the patterns of characters you already love. Write your side stories. Learn what makes them tick and what makes them work for you. Learn what parts of the story you love and why so when you go to create something for yourself you have a solid understanding of why that thing worked for you in the first place and how you can use it to create a similar vibe in others.

What you do for practice is not a waste of your time! Anything that is a learning experience is a great opportunity for you! So it's not marketable. What kind of capitalist drek attitude is that anyway? I mean yeah eventually you're gonna have to put it down and make something that can make you money, if this is something you want to do for your career, and that's fine.

But listen to me for a second, alright? Even if you're a 5 star chef that makes complicated seafood dishes for high powered patrons...sometimes you still want to make and eat some ramen for you. Simplicity doesn't make it bad.

Write fanfiction.

Because it's its own art form and it's valid. Because if you're ever going to write for television you're going to have to flex those muscles and get used to writing other people's characters. Because no running series has one writer make all those episodes, they bring in other people, and sometimes you are gonna have to get used to keeping characters consistent when you did not create them and that is a valuable and marketable (-pulls face-) skillset.

Write fanfiction.

Because sometimes you just have to take a step back and write something because you love the process of it and sometimes the easiest way to do that is to write a damn fanfic. You're not being childish. You're not wasting time. You're not 'cheating'. You're learning, you're practicing, you're playing and enjoying yourself.

So go write your fanfiction.

And then, when you feel comfortable, if you want to? Write something new, too.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Steven Universe Spoilers Ahead.

Going to make use of the dreaded jump break here because I'm about to go on a ramble/ maybe slightly a rant about the most recent Steven Universe revelation. If you're not caught up, don't click please.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Not-So-New Year's Entry

Oh god it's 2018. And it's dark in the room I'm in so I keep hitting 7 and 9 and trying to be in the past and future on accident.

I know last year I said I was going to be better about blogging, and believe it or not, I actually was. EVen though I didn't update this for four months in a row. I've been so busy though! I've been doing a lot of gaming, in real life, via text, and via streaming. I feel like I have learned more about roleplaying games this year than I have in the collective thirteen that I was gaming before it.

Also, it isn't like I haven't been writing, I've just been doing it over at nerdarchy.com instead of here. Better audience reach, but still not a great excuse not to be--as I realize I don't know if I updated by bookshelf page to include The Lost Psion--excuse not to be paying attention to this over here.

Anyway this is where I'm supposed to say I'll try to be better, but...that will either happen or it won't. I'm not going to pretend I'll be super on top of things. That said, I am going to do my best to at least get a queue going for today.

That said, I think it's forgivable if this entry in particular is a short one. Have a good year folks and friends <3

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller