Today I posted a piece of short fiction to my Patreon for my backers! Please do consider dropping by and dropping a little change on backing me; as little as a buck a month is quite helpful!
The story is settled; the characters are mostly assembled; the plot is rough but present; and the setting is sufficiently existent to satisfy me. So what’s it to be? Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Prep: Settled”
All right, so here we go. I backed the Polaris RPG Kickstarter and have the core PDFs, among other things. I’ve been meaning to get around to reviewing it, but a combination of time, other projects, and the way the books are laid out has stymied me. That will be changing, however! Starting today, and continuing into November, I’ll be doing a review of the Polaris system and setting. This is mostly because I’ve snared myself three weeks off in November; I won’t be filling all of that time with video games and story writing. Who know? I might even get the chance to generate characters and play a little with some friends.
So today is the day I acknowledge that while I have characters with story arcs, a world with a reasonable degree of detail and depth, and all the parts needed to build a story, the Agarthan Nations setting is not getting a story told in it at this time. My brain is not in the space for it, largely thanks to the ongoing nightmare circus of politics intruding no matter where I am.
One of the problems of setting up to write is always trying to get things to gel. Some people will work endlessly on the first few chapters of a book. Others will create an incoherent mess and end up looking at it, wondering how to get from where they are now to where they want to be. My solution is “white rabbit” brainstorming.
So today I’m going to talk genres, and the bit of my specific creative process that gives me things to hang my story on as I develop it. Specifically, I’m going to talk about why I rarely have much of an idea what genre, if any, I’m writing in. Continue reading “Prep: Genres and Snippets”
So today I’m going to expand on my mini-rant about the Vralkans of the Numenera setting, and why they – and every other Evil Culture – bother me so much. This is something that I blame the drow of D&D for, as they’re the essential caricature of this whole thing.