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Not Actually a Post

It was either post or get sleep. Things are a little crazy, between school projects and recovering from the shutdown. I need my sleep.


…okay, this isn’t working.
I’ve been at this blog five years (technically, my blog-day was while I was out of state). I can’t say I’ve been perfect about my deadlines; I’ve definitely schedule-slipped. But I’ve been pretty close.
Problem is, at the moment it’s next to impossible to find new ideas. Feels like I’ve done everything already, [...]

Freewrite: You Can’t Leave Them Trapped

(Blogger’s note: Let’s just say this one got a little weird.)
They don’t codify this as a writer—a bit as a GM, perhaps—but it’s something we all learn eventually. You can’t leave them trapped.
…and really, this applies to everyone your words might touch.
You can’t leave your main characters trapped in a situation that will never, ever [...]

The Generic Villain vs. the Evil Overlord List, Items 41-45

The Generic Villain continues a point-by-point facedown and update of that reference material of all baddies with imperial ambitions, The Evil Overlord List.
41. Destroy all time-travel devices once power is secure. Heck, why wait? See how many time-travel devices you can work into the collateral damage while you’re still taking over—don’t [...]

Impractical Applications: Weather-work

I talked a lot this week about weather. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always let weather come into play, but I’ve seen it have some effect as much as I’ve seen it fail.
Most of the weather I’ve worked with has been atmospheric weather—there more for scene-setting than anything. Battles on rooftops [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Dexter’s Fear Profile

For this week’s writing exercise, I revisited the fear profile. I made the (possible) mistake of asking for prompts, which left me with a character who in all my years of gaming has never been onstage with something that legitimately scared the whey out of him—nor anything that he had much reason to fear at [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercises: Conclusions

For tonight’s exercise, I’d planned on doing a round of conclusions. At least, until I got stuck thinking a bit too hard about what sorts of statements to offer my boyfriend/current exercise partner. What got us un-stuck—and what probably works better for this exercise, since technically coming up with the prompt is the part that [...]

The Generic Villain on Load-Bearing Bases

Last week,I talked about load-bearing bosses. This week, I’m going to take a step up and talk about the load-bearing base. These may not be as common as load-bearing bosses, but as far as I’m concerned, not rare enough. One central headquarters, mobile fortress, or whatever it is gets taken out, and boom, there go [...]

The Generic Villain Works Around Being Age-Appropriate

Last week, I talked about all the things not to do if you know that those watching you across the Wall are generally (or at least generally supposed to be) young. I know a lot of you are thinking, “Why would I want to operate under all of those limitations? Won’t that mess me up?”
You [...]

Reprise: The Generic Villain on the Effects of the Calendar

In some places, the calendar is more than that thing we mark to ensure that we aren’t sacking three different villages a hundred miles apart at on the same day. It itself gives us a situation in which the world itself either aids or opposes us, depending on what we want to [...]