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Characters

To understand the purpose of this post and the notations in this diagram, please read the Introduction. While good Characters are all unique in some way, Characters can largely be divided into three groups: protagonists (Characters the reader is expected … Continue reading

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An example of overloading a term

Lunch was $5 a plate, so I filled my plate with a plate of spaghetti. After lunch, I strapped on my plate armor and went to the shipyard, where they were repairing the plates on the hull. In the warehouse, … Continue reading

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A UML Model of Story Structure: An Introduction

This will be the first in an ongoing series of posts in which I use UML to model and explore the structure of a story. This series started with a simple question: What constitutes a science fiction story? There are … Continue reading

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Saturday Surprise II: Kim Harrison

So after our Indian dinner, Cory asked if we could stop at Schuler Books so he could spend a gift certificate. Being an overly indulgent uncle with time to kill, I said, “Sure!” So while Cory shopped for Manga, I … Continue reading

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Motivational Thought for the Day, 13 Feb 2012

The beauty of the Indie world is there are only two people who can tell you “No”: you and the reader.

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It’s a wonder anyone EVER learns English…

The girl with the gibbon gives the gigolo a giant gift: a gilded giraffe. He takes it gingerly, looking for a gimmick. Does it have gills? Does it have giblets or a gizzard? Is it a gimp? Will it hang … Continue reading

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Believe in Yourself

Today Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes on Believe in Yourself. It’s some good motivation for writers to write what you think you should write, not what someone else tells you you should write. This is particularly good advice for someone writing … Continue reading

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