Making Evil Good is Blunt Fudge

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 17, 2018

Earlier today Ozoneocean made a pretty interesting post at Facebook, regarding how demons are depicted in modern culture as opposed to how they were earlier, and especially what they symbolized in western culture: they are now generally depicted as sexy, good, glittering, or misunderstood. If they are doing negative things ...

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Quackcast 365 - Fashion forum fantastic

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 13, 2018


Today we interview Princess January, supported by her ever dependable VinoMas! Princess January kicked off the interview in full patriotic fashion as she melded perfectly in commander in chief, wearing looks inspired by George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, and looked very fashionable doing it. The reason for ...

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The Importance of Writing a Character with Flaws

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 12, 2018

In the latest issue of Game Informer, a magazine produced by GameStop in North America, there was an entire article about a new game being released called “Night in the Woods” featuring anthropomorphic animals that exhibit mental health characteristics such as depression and bipolar disorder. This article struck a chord ...

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Showing and Telling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 10, 2018

Anyone who ever dabbled in creative writing or any sort of narrative work, had the phrase “show, don't tell” hammered into them. The sheer anxiety of being caught ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ made us all think in terms I assume only exhibitionists do.

The truth though is, that sometimes ...

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A Trip to the Circus: A Classic Comedy Spectacular

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 5, 2018

I had tickets to watch a big tent circus last week that was reminiscent of classic Circus shows from older generations (minus the elephants). It was my first time going to the circus since I was six years old, unless Cirque du Soliel is considered a circus, which for the ...

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Points of View - part one

Banes at 12:00AM, March 1, 2018

Welcome to March!

I thought I'd try a connected theme of Thursday articles this month. I've had some half-baked ideas floating around on the subject of “Point of View”. They haven't coalesced completely but I think I can figure out four articles on this topic over the ...

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Quackcast 363 - The Art Of Comments

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 27, 2018


Jason Moon, author of Crater's Edge, messaged me about some comments he had. He was perturbed about reader reaction to his storyline and wasn't sure how to handle the comments. I told him that those sorts of comments are the very greatest compliment an author can get ...

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The Dance Scene

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 24, 2018

Just like the table scene, the dance scene can be an invaluable story telling tool: a way to showcase where your characters stand without having to force them to speak about it or have someone else infodump about it.

This stance can be on the characters that dance (i.e ...

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Writing into (and out of) the corner

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 17, 2018

So you've written this awesome scene, or placed your pawns (aka characters) just perfectly to create a perfect scenario… and then you are stuck.

There is no way you can solve the problem in a way that pans out well for the character or the plot, or what you ...

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On boredom and the slip into daydreams

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 16, 2018

In my day job, I am occasionally asked to attend events or webinars as part of professional development. Earlier this week I happened to be at one of these activities focussing on the future of artificial intelligence, which you would think would be a riveting topic for discussion. But soon ...

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