Impractical Applications (Too Politically Canny)

The heroine of my current writing project developed a lot of her characterization partly as my attempt to add to the short list of adrenaline junkie social manipulator heroines in the combined body of speculative fiction. A nice goal, but given that her first appearance involves her learning the necessary political skills, I was encountering [...]

Starting with a Plot…

The toughest part of beginning with a story or game, I’ve found, is getting enough of a balance between beginning concepts to actually have a story rather than a set of fleeting ideas in nowhere-space. You have a plot, and a vague outline of what the setting might look like, and that’s it. Where to [...]