Ravyn Freewrites: …Then I’d Hate to Be Right

A piece of advice once told me, I think it was a couple of years back, that if I was going to do better at creative endeavors, I might have to read less.
Like I was going to believe that. Read less? How was I supposed to learn anything? Figure out more of the parts of [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Dear Spammer….

Oh, how sweet! How did you know I used to love trying to make sense of non-English writing systems? And actually using ones I’m familiar with instead of always defaulting to Russian? Made my day.
You seem very determined to sell people boots. You know, back when I was on the old network, we had long [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Aggregators and Expectations

(Writer’s note: looking over this, I could see it as coming across as either a whinge-fest or a diatribe. I know there have been other times when something that I intended as an exploration of my own mental processes that happened to begin with a thing I didn’t like was taken as a rant about [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: The Power of Five Hundred Words

The goal for my current writing project: Five hundred words a week.
The world isn’t ready yet. The characters are… getting there. Maybe. If you squint a little. And the distractions. Oh, the distractions. Work, the company, grad school (oh my grad school, here we go again).
Five hundred words.
A simple goal. A blog post length. It’s [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Life with a Code

I have something of a code as a GM.
Even if I don’t have something ready, even if I’m not in the mood, if I’m scheduled to run, I run anyway, or at least I try. Some of my best sessions (at least, judging from the reactions of my players) have been when I was winging [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Is There Room to Fail?

There’s a lot I like in a character. Justified confidence. The ability to snark anything. Who doesn’t? But my favorites are the ones who fail. The ones who completely screw things up, sometimes repeatedly, and who in the wake of their sequential screw-ups look around, shake their heads, mutter something about how they got to [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Seriously, Why Don’t I….?

Today, I actually thought about something that’s been at the back of my mind for a long time. I want a game in which I’m playing one of those really in-depth characters, the ones for whom I both can and will (and in fact feel obligated to) come up with a strong backstory for, and [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Anatomy of a (Regular) Blog Post

I have a file on my computer—several files, actually, they get too long to stay as just one—in which I keep my blog posts. Mostly, they’re the ones I’ve finished and turned lose on the world, with a nod and a “looks good” from my sort-of-editor. But a lot of them are ones I might [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Alter Ego Rumble?

This train of thoughts is the direct result of Seanan McGuire interviewing herself on her… self’s… publisher’s website. Or rather, of Seanan trying to interview her nom de plume, and Mira in return trying to rip Seanan apart with her bare words and for the most part seeming to succeed. Science-zombie-lady is vicious. (…seriously, just [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Oh, Great, Sexism Again

I started a game with a new GM recently. D&D, two players (my boyfriend and me) plus the GM. There were a few things that got my back up, but then again there always are. I’ve been pretty spoiled with my primary group, after all; they range to the socially aware, very interested in characterization [...]