Writing

How I Use Habitica.com

Habitica, previously HabitRPG, is a productivity app/site that “gamifies” your life, assigning XP to daily tasks and giving virtual rewards in the form of equipment etc. for your character. Habitica pretty much runs my life now, and I promised in my post on writing approaches that I’d explain how I use it. It took a good…… Continue reading How I Use Habitica.com

Queer · Writing

#queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

The celebrations were long, enthusiastic, and well-deserved after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality mandatory. This was the defining legal battle for queer rights in the US, and it’s done! Of course, even though it was the battle, it’s not the only battle. This doesn’t affect hate crimes legislation or employment discrimination, for instance……… Continue reading #queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

Writing

Novel Update #11 – A Year of Writing and Next Year’s Goals

I had a vague goal of finishing a first draft in 2014. I knew that wasn’t likely, especially with graduation looming at the end of the year, but aim for the stars and all that. I’d love to have written more, but I think this is decent progress given all the stuff that happened last…… Continue reading Novel Update #11 – A Year of Writing and Next Year’s Goals

Sci-Fi · Writing

Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m writing again after several months of research paper stuff, and I keep getting distracted by minor characters. However, this is really a feature, not a bug! Don’t you want your readers to be interested in all your characters? Compelling incidental characters make the story’s world seem more realistic. They indicate…… Continue reading Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

Nonfiction · Writing

How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

Part 1 explains what the heck I’m doing here, and also all the plot-related stuff in the My Story Can Beat Up Your Story system by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. This part is about character roles. Schechter breaks them down as follows: Protagonist Antagonist Protector/Mentor/Window Character – The keeper of the hero’s moral compass. Deflector/Bad example – Tries…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

Nonfiction · Writing

How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot

In my last novel update, I mentioned the book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story and how it’s been useful to me as a writing guide. Something I should’ve clarified in my novel update is that this book is really about story structure on a basic level. That’s one of the reasons it can…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

In part 1, I talked about the basic options open to a group of conquerors looking to control a population: Force, charm, and the non-conquest conquest. In part 2, I’m elaborating on some specific areas to think about within those overall strategies: Intermarriage, religion, infrastructure, and education.INTERMARRIAGEIntermarriage is Assimilation 101. You really don’t have to do anything,…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

When you conquer a country or a planet, how do you control it? You’ll want to literally control the people to prevent violent outbreaks and get them to work for you, but if you’re thinking in the longterm, you probably also want to bring them on board with your presence, your authority, and your philosophy.…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

History · Writing

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour by CompGeekDavid of DBCII and Comparative Geeks! I appreciate it very much, and I really enjoy both those blogs, check them out! The rules for the tour are simple: Link to the previous blogger Answer the four writing-process-related questions Nominate/tag three more bloggers Here are my…… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing

On Goal Calendars for Writing

I’ve made one more addition to my writing regime: A calendar/checklist for “having written a page that day.” I was going to mention it in my monthly novel update for April, but it was longish and I thought it might be useful for people if I broke everything down into details. There are any number…… Continue reading On Goal Calendars for Writing