Published Stories

Bushcraft

Chuck Wendig issued a challenge (he does almost every week) and this week I decided to take him up on it. This month’s challenge: one-word titles. I let my “executive decision makers” (dice) choose for me. Here we go:

Bushcraft

“Congratulation,” the topiary said as Lady Ella walked by.

“The ceremony really was quite beautiful.” It continued as Lady Ella looked around to see who else might have notice the talking topiary.

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The Development of Yurio

I’m going to be talking in depth about a character from the anime Yuri On Ice. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it. It is the cure for what ails most things in this world. You can watch for free (with ads) at CrunchyRoll 

It would be easy to talk about Katsuki Yuuri’s character development, and plenty of others have. Viktor Nikiforov is also well discussed.

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The Care and Feeding of Creative People

This is one for you to share with your spouse, best friend, family, whoever it is that you (a creative type person) rely on for support.

Everyone needs support. Very few people would argue with that. That doesn’t look the same for everyone, no matter what the magazines in the cash register racks try to tell you. Just like fashion isn’t a once size fits all proposition, or there are so many different kinds of music out there.

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The Power of Story

Once upon a time, and not so very long ago, humans relied on stories to make sense of the world. Fairy tales, folk tales, epic poetry, novels, movies and histories in all their forms tell us what to make of the world. We know this, at some instinctive level, so we tell our kids stories to help them learn. We are, to a greater extent, of the impression that we grow out of that.

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Gender and the Art of stories

I have to confess, I spend a lot of time paying attention to specific kinds of writer’s blogs. In Particular those of Kristin Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, and Chuck Wendig. These, among some others that I don’t follow as regularly, have given me the inspiration and the back bone to face this profession and know that I can make it. While Kristin Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith are great at being responsible,

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Building Culture – Families

Part of world building is creating culture. Your people have to have a culture unique to their place in their world. Even if you are writing in modern America, it’s important to notice the influence of culture on the choices and assumptions that your characters make. However, since culture is a huge subject that spans several BA programs, I’m going to pick just one little piece to discuss today: Family.

Who is in my family is one of the first questions that a child asks,

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