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Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 22- Gilded Cage


Tweet of the Day: Why the Human Element Is All-Important to a Story’s Beginning ——– Intro – 21 –23 ——– The Wilson Home,  Stafford, VA, September 3, 7:16 p.m. “Hi Dad,” said Robert. “Robert? What are you doing here?” asked Mr. Wilson nonplussed. His answer came by way of a cocked hammer of a .45, […]

Understanding Technology


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 6.13: World Building Communications Technology ——- I tried to tackle this subject from time to time and always erased the post out of frustration. The closest I’ve  ever came to posting something on the subject was this. But after listening to the latest Writing Excuses podcast, I decided to […]

TV Tropes Monday: Heroes Want Red Heads


Tweet of the Day: On Foreshadowing ——– Heroes Want Redheads, that much is true. Mary Jane to Peter Parker. Jean Grey to Scott Summers (with a bit of Logan thrown in for good measure) Ginny to Harry. Ron to Hermione. Leliana to the Warden <Insert Wife # > to Gibbs <Insert Relevant NPC> to FemShep. […]

Weekend Roundup: August 21-27


  Tweet of the Day: If The Sloth Fits ——– A week long on frustration and short on post. As you know, Irene swept through the Caribbean earlier this week and now it is barreling down on the American East Coast. For us in my neck of the woods it meant some wind, but over […]

Short Story Friday: Severus the Rogue- Escape


Tweet of the Day: Guest Post: Cuchulainn and Feriad, Irish Heroes —— 11– 13 —— She pressed her lips to mine. A warmth rose to my cheeks. Her eyes glazed over. She stood up, motionless. Time to put Oby’s balm to work, “Your Highness, would you be so kind as to retrieve my sword. I […]

Ambition as Heroic Motivation


Tweet of the Day: In Time (a 500-word story) ——– Modern stories, especially in the speculative fiction of the local book store avoid ambition like the plaque OK, let me rephrase that. In modern stories ambition is seen as a flaw rather than a boon. For example, many a changeling story (you know the ones […]

Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 21- Q&A


Tweet of the Day: Why Writers Should Let Readers Fill in the Blanks ——- Intro  – 20 – 22 ——- Detention Center, Ontario, Canada, August 30, 8:14 a.m. Shaw ran a hand through his cropped hair, “Is this going to work?” I checked the minute details of the circle, “First thing I learned was to […]