Outlining Tips 3 – Plotcritical vs Plotconvenient

Perry (I believe) coined the phrase “plotconvenient” and I liked it so much I gave it a sibling. “Plotcritical”. Plotconvenient Plotconvenience is epitomized by the phrase, “Well, isn’t that CONVEEEEENIENT.” Often said with a scoff, rolled eyes, and possibly a sneer. (Only experienced snarkers should attempt all of these indicators of disdain at the same…

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[Perry] Effective Breaks from Routine

Routine is an interesting thing. It has a strength and gravity that you almost never realize…until you take a sudden break from the routine and the impact of that break makes you realize just how much the routine had been influencing you. I see your eyes glazing over already so let’s showcase some more concrete…

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[Anne] 100 Words Throwdown

She had felt alone and lost for a long time. Abandoned and alone. She spent most of her days quietly thinking. Lonely and cold. The gentleman was preparing her tea, as she marveled at the picture she held in her hands. Placing the tea in front of her, she turned and woefully said, “That is…

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What is Best in Life?

Conan’s answer is well known, but I leave it out here because I guarantee there are folks in the audience who want to add it in a comment. You know you do. Don’t fight it. ^_^ What is best in life for YOU? Stop and think about it. REALLY think about it. We all know…

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Outlining Tips 2 – Secrets

Infodumps are Bad An infodump can be as obvious as a 30 page dissertation on the history of your world, to as subtle (yet still boring) as a character beginning a lecture with, “As you know, Bob –” The difficult thing about infodumps isn’t necessarily spotting them? It’s finding a way to break that mountain…

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[Perry] What Jogging Taught Me

Alternative title: The Terrifying Things About Running Nobody Told Me So I started jogging regularly recently, about a month and a half ago. This sudden burst of fitness was spurred by a catastrophic event. The Origin Story So I was sitting at my desk one night a while ago when I realized that there was…

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UX – The Dreaded Hamburger Icon

Hamburger Hotdog Whatnow? The “Hamburger” Icon, as it has semi-affectionately been nicknamed by the design community, will be well-known to some of you and completely foreign to others. The hamburger, dear readers, looks like this. “How, pray tell, does that look like a hamburger?”, you might be asking. Here. Imagine you start with a hamburger,…

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Outlining Tips 1 – Beat Sheet

Been a while since I talked about writing … mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve really done any writing. Now that I’m reworking the plot for Zonduth 1, however, I’m starting to remember just why I always felt itchy to blog about writing tips. I’m at the outlining stage (which is happening concurrently…

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[Anne] Equestrian Sports

My father grew up in Chicago, under the leadership of Mayor Daley the expectation of “Vote Early and Vote Often.” My grandparents ran a candy shop, where the family of seven lived in the back room. I would like to call it an apartment, but by all accounts, it was a room. There are endless…

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