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Complications of a Non-Human Race
First! Some thoughts on world-building and hole-punching
Editing:  Week 0
Editing:  Week 1
Editing:  Week 1.5
February Post
Goals Pt 2 - The Revenge
Head Games:  The Next Project
I Don't Know What To Put Here - May Post 
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
A Minor Announcement
NaNo 2015
NaNo 2016!
NaNoWrap Up and The Scent of Things To Come
Okay Dave!
Om Nom Nombies Edits and Thoughts
Once-a-month blogging
Psych and Psyche
... something about the best laid plans ...
Spitfire:  The Next Project
Status Report
Utilizing Feedback

Aisuru Interview - Part 1
Aisuru Interview - Part 2
Birthday Party

Alpha Readers
Don't Let the Well Run Dry
Filtering through critiques
NaNo Hangover Remedies 
Name Game
Open Mic
Pacific Trim: In Which We Doctor A Story
Reading to Give Feedback

A Christmas Gift
Camp NaNo Week One
Camp NaNo Week Two
Camp NaNo Week Four
A Spitfire for Christmas

12 Ways Wonder Woman Was Actually An Anime
I'm Back!
The Power of the Pen
Reaction, Twice Removed
What's it Worth?

Class Divisions Are Nothing New
Got The Herp
Psychology for Writers
Research: Combining Sciences to Create Fantasy
Research: Flora and Fauna

Blurbs and such
A Class At Gotham
In The Middle
Jane Austen and Magic
Podcast Bonanza
Power is Power
Shadows Beneath - Why You Really Are A Good Author
Southern Reach Review
A Tale of Two Heroines
Tips on Writing Speculative Fiction From OSC

Background Noise
Before We Begin
Coming Down the Pipe
Confession Time
Guest Post: A Short Intro to Visual Novels
It takes a village
Knowledge By Association
Mary Sue
A Meaningful Death
Non-Traditional Plot Structure
On Foot
Plantsing FTW
Stairway to Heaven
Summer Camp
'Twas the Night Before NaNo
Tools of the Trade
Writing is Like ... Cooking
Writing is Like ... EMS
Writing is Like ... Weight Lifting


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Non-Traditional Plot Structure

Happy Friday friends!  This post is about plot:  what we traditionally think of as plot, and what other options exist in the world.

For starters, let's define the difference between plot and narrative structure.  Plot is (loosely) the events that happen in the story.  Narrative structure is the order readers experience the story events.  Ingrid Sundberg does a good job of differentiating the two here.  (May as well open that up in a new tab and leave it open, I'm going to be referencing her blog a lot today.  She's pretty much already done what I wanted to do with this post.)

If your public education was like mine, you were probably introduced to a figure similar to this somewhere in your English classes:
This is the standard plot that we can fit most stories into.  This describes a plot centered around conflict that follows a traditional three-act structure.  It's very popular.  In the Middle reviews a book that discusses using this structure as a form for your story, an…

February Post

Give me a break, I hate coming up with titles.

And the FCC spoke and said, 'Verily, I say unto thee, Verizon and their ilk shall not throttle the bandwidth of those they despise, nor shall they profit from the favoring of entities with greater bandwidth therein.' And there was great rejoicing.  And by great rejoicing, I mean that the internet blew up arguing about what color a dress was.  You go, America, exercise that freedom.

Girls and boys, it's the last Friday in February and I haven't posted anything this month, so here goes.

I'm so glad I didn't try to keep posting weekly, because school owns my life nowadays.  I approve of the once-a-month plan so far.  We'll see if I can do more posts during my summer break (i.e. the month of May).

As you might have guessed, I have not done any editing on Om Nom Nombies.  I haven't written anything more on the first drafts of The Neif or Spitfire.  I haven't even made any progress beta-ing a manuscript for m…

12 Ways Wonder Woman Was Actually An Anime

Clickbait title?  Riding the coattails of a hugely successful franchise?


So, Wonder Woman has been insanely successful.  It had some cool stuff going on but was not my favorite movie.  I had several problems with it, mostly happening after Diana leaves Themyscira.  But I'm going to put most of them aside to talk about why Wonder Woman was actually an anime, despite being live action, full of white people, and made by 'Merica.

I'm working on the assumption that you've seen anime before in a quantity sufficient to familiarize yourself with its tropes, so I'm not going to go into detail about why these are tropes and how long they've been around.  Also going to assume you've seen Wonder Woman and not going to worry about whether I'm spoiling anything for you.

Blessed From Birth
From birth Diana is special.  She's the only child on her island and basically does whatever she wants.
Like lots of chosen ones.

Accidental Boob Grab
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