Category Archives: General Writing

A Cat’s Quest

NO. DEVELOP YOUR CURSING VILLAINS PROPERLY. Actually this is pretty unfair to Drakoth (that villain cat there). I liked the main story of A Cat’s Quest, and Drakoth was developed decently and not horrendously generic, even if he put up … Continue reading

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Dynamic Villains

I was working on a post about writing dynamic villains, but I’m pretty unhappy with it right now – then a friend tagged me on facebook with the following meme: I think this is a fantastic prompt. I mean, it … Continue reading

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Implementing Mental Disorder

After about three years of peace, my depression has come back in full-blown Crazy!Yuri mode. While I am fairly easily able to say, NO YURI, FRIGGUN STOP SUGGESTING THAT, it’s a never-ending thought now that my depression is back. And … Continue reading

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To Empathize with Nazis

A friend sent me an article about mindflayers in D&D and an analysis on what the lead designer Mike Mearls said about the tremendously evil creatures ability to garner empathy, or at least sympathy. The short of it was that … Continue reading

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Foiled (achoo!) Again!

“I didn’t write a blog post today,” I sigh to my husband yesterday, not complaining about anything so much as that the day was continuing in its not-so-great course. Not only did it start when the baby woke me with … Continue reading

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Personality vs Competence

So your villain is scheming and he comes up with some sort of awesome plan, but the plan has a pretty big hole in it, and you run it by your sounding board people and they point out the hole … Continue reading

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re: Fear, and the Meaning of Courage

Just a little thought on fear, a follow-up after talking about failing your courage check (to use D&D terms): Courage is, in my opinion, not about the absence of fear; courage is being afraid and doing it anyway. And I … Continue reading

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Jumanji’s Van Pelt

This is a guest post from Tyler, Rii’s husband, who has strong feelings about Van Pelt: Rii and I recently watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It was a lot better than I ever expected a sequel made 23 years … Continue reading

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The Pants are a Lie

If you’ve ever participated in NaNo, you’ve probably heard of the term “pantsing” in a different context than pulling someone’s pants down. “Pantsing” is a short hand for “writing by the seat of your pants” in opposition to outlining and … Continue reading

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Do Babies Dream of Milkless Sheep?

Sometimes when a baby is sleeping, they pull this fantastically upset face like they’re going to start bawling, and might make a noise. Then their face fades to neutral cute sleeping baby and they might take a shudder breath before … Continue reading

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