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TV Tropes Monday: Ridiculously Human Robot

Tweet of the Day: Video Games ——- Real life robots are basically an mechanical arm stuck to the ground with some kind of tool gun at the end of said arm. Not so in fiction. Enter this trope. Which makes perfect sense from a writing point of view, we been doing it for ages: Anthropomorphism […]

Weekend Roundup: July 22-28

Tweet of the Day: How to write a synopsis ——- I hate to admit it, but I like the more relaxed posting schedule. While pressure to post was and is a great motivator to write, I don’t feel like I HAVE to press the publish button at the one second past midnight (local time). That […]

Space for Rent: Cultural Lens-Formalism

Tweet of the Day: Censorship, Yo. ——- Formalism or the New Criticism is a school of literary analysis that focuses exclusively on the text without little or no consideration for outside factors. It attempts to analyze a narrative by what lies between the covers in an objective way.  It dismisses such things as the author’s […]

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It!” Story Contest Entry

Tweet of the Day: Does Reality TV Portend the End of the World? ——- The most excellent Emmie Mears of the blog of the same name put together an excellent little flash story contest about the End of the World.  Go over there, check out the rules and post your own entry before times runs […]

World Building Wednesday: The Passage of Time

Tweet of the Day: Is Your Character Stagnating? ——– This was going to be just one post, but after some consideration I decided to split up in multiple posts. The question is Time. Time appears on the surface to be a simple subject. Most world building starts with a timeline, a simple list of events […]

TV Tropes Monday: The Ace

Tweet of the Day: David Thompson’s The People of the Sea ——– The Ace. He is the best, He is the greatest. Danger Mou…. Wait wrong show. The Ace is th best at what he does, bar none and everybody knows it. Which is why he is rarely the protagonist outside of videogames where the […]

Weekend Roundup: July 15-21

Tweet of the Day: And Then Everybody Died: Top Ten Ways The World Will End ——- Interesting. This week felt rather empty, as if something went missing. It feels rather lonely around here without the weekly serials, but on the plus side I have put most of my efforts into working on my WiP, which […]

Space for Rent: Cultural Lens – Biographical Criticism

  Tweet of the Day: Editing Tips For Your Draft ——– This is the “classical” school of literary criticism still taught in most classrooms today. We are taught to see the work through the lens of the author’s “life and times” i.e. a historical approach to literature. It is as standard a model of literary […]

World Building Wednesday: The Cataclysm

Tweet of the Day: Alexios & Elysia #13 ——– What puts the THE in THE EVENT. When authors want have an established event, especially in speculative fiction, they don’t want to go half-way. Go big or go home is the only way to go. Enter the Cataclysm. I first encountered this phenomenon (aptly named, you […]

TV Tropes Monday: No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture

Tweet of the Day: It’s the End of the World Flash Fiction Contest ——- “Places everybody! Everybody, remember hats! Proud Warrior Race guy, here you go, your laser battle pole axe. Logical race dude, here your bandanna and receding hairline for massive forehead thing. Planet of the noble savages, careful with that, we don’t want […]