Greetings, minions! This is to be a short post with a few short notes.
One, I will be trying to write and schedule posts ahead of time, but in case I’m not able to, I may miss a few upcoming weeks due to giving birth and then having a brand new baby. Next week won’t be a problem, but the weeks after…so just a heads-up.
Two, I’ve realized I’ve not been using my WordPress stats to their fullest use – namely in search terms. Hopefully I should be writing more about things what you all are interested in rather than just bits about which I think to write. If there ever are specific topics or questions you’d like to have addressed, I would be thrilled to do so, by the by. There are many ways to contact me – in addition to using WordPress capabilities, I have contact information under “About” if you’ll hover. There’s Facebook, Twitter, Gmail. (On the Contact page, I mention I would like to hear about topics that have to do with writing – but you can also drop me a friendly line, I would appreciate that just as much).
Three, I will be participating in NaNo this year. It’ll probably be my last year of doing so, but I have no idea what that will do to my blog posts. It will not be an excuse not to post, I would be foolish not to post for a whole month anyway. I just have a feeling it’ll mean more general writing advice and less villain specific advice.
Four, Villian Sue test – I mentioned above about search terms. One of the most common search terms was about a Mary-Sue test for villains – searches with various wording for such a test showed up many times. I am aware that there are a few villain Sue tests, and I’m aware they’re not very comprehensive and sometimes also of poor quality. I’ve been wanting to make a Villain Sue test for a very long time, long before I even considered making a blog, but I haven’t attempted it yet because a comprehensive test would be difficult to make – there’s many types of villains to consider, and many genres. But seeing as how apparently there are far more people than I would have guessed who would like a good Villain Sue test, I’m going to take my desire to craft one out of the “One Day” box and put it on a back burner. As a proper procrastinator, this means I’ll work on it a lot more than most people will work on a back burner object. It probably won’t be done quickly, but I hope to be able to work on it a lot once I do have a small human being that will require a lot of holding and humming/singing. I’ll have to be thinking of something interesting while I do so. I have high hopes I can at least put up a skeleton by the end of October (for you people reading this, disappointed that this is just a post about how I’m going to make a test and not an actual test. Sorry.)
I make no pretense that I will be able to craft a perfect Villain Sue test. I hope that you’ll all be willing to provide positive feedback once I get a good draft of it up. Together we can make that comprehensive test for which we’ve all (apparently) been looking.
Happy upcoming October to you all!