As I read back on my blog, I realized something. I haven't made a post about tea in months. So I wracked my brain and decided to find a writing topic that also includes tea. Pacing: Why Breaks are Important Pacing in writing is important because it gives a story balance. You need to find … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems
Outlining: Benefits and Banes One of the big questions that go around writing communities as a sort of ice-breaker is are you a planner or a pantser? It's a fun little game that tells people about their peers, but to an outsider, those are empty words. So let's start by defining them. A planner is … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries
The Causes of War http://vsbattles.wikia.com/wiki/Ares_(Myth) War is complicated and possibly one of the most horrific things in the world. It pits man against man and it dehumanizes everyone. No country truly ever wins a war. It's an interesting backdrop for many stories because it puts your characters through hell and back. It can be used … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries
A redemption arc is a popular trope that helps shift views on characters or simply makes the character feel better about themselves. So what makes or breaks a redemption arc?
Myth Analysis: The Unicorn Unicorns are some of the most beloved mythical creatures in pop culture, perhaps because of how 'beautiful' the modern image of the unicorn is. It's easy to love an animal that's white, sparkly and poops rainbows. But the unicorn is also one of Europe's weirdest and oldest mythological creatures, appearing in … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems
Lovecraftian Horror Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.H. P. Lovecraft Let me say this about Lovecraft; the man was a racist, paranoid, shamble of a man. I do not like him. This is undeniable and now that I have established it, I will do my best to avoid the topic. However, I cannot deny … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Quandaries and Questions
The Devil's in the Details Why considering all factors of a culture is important World building is complicated; all the factors that make cultures what they are today took hundreds, if not thousands of years to develop. Religion, food, music, language, economic systems, hierarchies and all of that are all really really complicated. Today, I'm … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Quandaries and Questions
Space Fantasy and Sci-Fi are both core parts of the geeky world. It's fun to play around with how reality and the rest of the world work.
A quick how-to-Survive Guide It is now five days since NaNoWriMo started. I've hit ten thousand words and fam, they've slapped me back with a case of the flu. Anyways, NaNoWriMo usually comes at about the same time as the third wave of the flu, so it's a dangerous time for us crazy shut-ins known as … Continue reading NaNoWriMo
Sympathetic Villains: One trend that's becoming increasingly popular is the humanization of villains so they're not just faceless evils. Which is fair. After all, watching your heroes struggle against something that's evil purely for the sake of being evil after centuries of doing the same is boring. In most mythology, the villains didn't have to … Continue reading Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes
For someone's whose blog is supposed to talk about tea, I really don't talk about tea. So... STORY TIME! I get writer's block. A lot. I'm a pantser. I have no planning skills, I run around, laughing and screaming until something makes sense. So, this year, for NaNoWriMo, I did the unthinkable. I boiled a … Continue reading The Power of Tea and Outlining: A Personal Prose