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  • If a flamingo gets in your yard

    [B]If a flamingo gets in your yard[/B] If a flamingo gets in your yard, don’t shoo it away. There’s no need to fear. Cautiously approach, and take some time to really notice it. Pink is a comforting colour, after all. There’s an elegance in their long necks and long legs. Appreciate how it is formed. If there are two flamingos, even better. When the two of them get together, beak to beak, and breast and breast, they make a heart, and we all know what that means. If a flamingo gets in your yard, take a moment to consider what those yellow eyes have seen. We all have our past, and this...
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  • Writing From Life Experience

    Often when people hear you should write from your own life experience, they think of it on a very surface level—like if you played a lot of football you should write about football. In one sense this is what it means, or rather it's one aspect of it, but there's a much deeper, broader, and more universal aspect that this understanding misses. [I]This[/I] is the aspect I want to write about—not the external things you've done (play some sport, live in a particular region or neighborhood, work on a ranch, or wrangle poisonous snakes for instance), but your [I]inner[/I] experiences.Those are...
  • Getting all Emotional

    Almost a year ago I made this post: [LIST] [*][U][URL='https://www.writingforums.org/blogs/a-few-really-good-articles-on-deep-close-pov.66490/'][B]A few really good articles on Deep/Close POV[/B][/URL][/U] [/LIST] A recent post on the [I]First Three Sentences[/I] thread made me look back into it, and I read through some of the articles again. My opinion of deep POV changed several times as I learned about it, but eventually I realized it's one of those things that can be good or bad depending on how it's handled (isn't that everything related to writing?). From the second link I discovered...
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  • Military Youth Camp Days

    When I was a teenager I attended a week long military youth camp. There I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I sucked at guiding an airplane bomb run. (I bombed the wrong city. In theory, not practice.) I got to shoot a .22 long. A cartridge got stuck in the loading mechanism, I thought something was wrong so I raised my hand and the instructor came. He just used force to guide the cartridge into where it was supposed to be. I thought the damn thing would explode in my face if I used force. I hit all targets pretty well that day. (Now my eyesight is poor and the result would have...
  • Been a while

    It's been a while, since I posted here. My boss has been a slave driver of late, which is an odd statement since I am my own boss. My trilogy is on the back burner for now. Book 1 has a word count that is acceptable, Book2 is still a bit shy of acceptable, and Book 3 needs a lot of work to be done. But I ran out of gas with the project, and my work schedule, so let it sit for a bit and let myself recharge for that project. I have started a new project that is coming along nicely. I tossed SciFi, fantasy, and military fiction into a blend and the new project is the result so far. What...
  1. LocalScriptMan videos

    I already posted several of his videos on the topic of Character Web, but he frequently puts out great videos I want to collect where I can quickly find them. So here's a place to do that, no particular topic.


    What if Character Sheets weren't awful?
    He says he used to talk about theme (he sure did, it...
  2. A way to explain the Dunning Kruger effect

    Put simply, the Dunning Kruger effect says:

    Beginners are unable to see that their work isn't as good as the work of more skilled artists.
    First to dispell a very common misunderstanding—it doesn't mean they're stupid. It just means they haven't learned certain things yet.

    I first ran up against this in drawing, and I think using some visual aids can help get the principle across clearly. One of the ways I've heard it...
  3. Writing From Life Experience

    Often when people hear you should write from your own life experience, they think of it on a very surface level—like if you played a lot of football you should write about football. In one sense this is what it means, or rather it's one aspect of it, but there's a much deeper, broader, and more universal aspect that this understanding misses. This is the aspect I want to write about—not the external things you've done (play some sport, live in a particular region or neighborhood, work...
  4. Beginnings...

    I've begun to write again... Let's see what happens.
  5. The Wagon

    When I was around 12 years old we lived at the far edge of a large city, where the houses on land lately-wrested from farms being pushed aside by housing developments. Across the street from our house was a cornfield still being farmed, and beyond those some rolling hills used for grazing cattle. Those cattle were owned by a nearby convent, where the nuns had made a living by leasing the land out. I'm not Catholic and never knew much about the place, but it had been there for years and...
  6. Getting all Emotional

    Almost a year ago I made this post:
    A recent post on the First Three Sentences thread made me look back into it, and I read through some of the articles again. My opinion of deep POV changed several times as I learned about it, but eventually I realized it's one of those things that can be good or bad...
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  7. Military Youth Camp Days

    When I was a teenager I attended a week long military youth camp. There I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I sucked at guiding an airplane bomb run. (I bombed the wrong city. In theory, not practice.) I got to shoot a .22 long. A cartridge got stuck in the loading mechanism, I thought something was wrong so I raised my hand and the instructor came. He just used force to guide the cartridge into where it was supposed to be. I thought the damn thing would explode in my face if I used...
  8. Been a while

    It's been a while, since I posted here. My boss has been a slave driver of late, which is an odd statement since I am my own boss. My trilogy is on the back burner for now. Book 1 has a word count that is acceptable, Book2 is still a bit shy of acceptable, and Book 3 needs a lot of work to be done. But I ran out of gas with the project, and my work schedule, so let it sit for a bit and let myself recharge for that project.

    I have started a new project that is coming along nicely. I tossed...
  9. 101 alternative uses for a lightsaber - #4

    Deadheading geraniums, petunias and rhododendrons. .
  10. If a flamingo gets in your yard

    If a flamingo gets in your yard

    If a flamingo gets in your yard, don’t shoo it away. There’s no need to fear. Cautiously approach, and take some time to really notice it. Pink is a comforting colour, after all. There’s an elegance in their long necks and long legs. Appreciate how it is formed. If there are two flamingos, even better. When the two of them get together, beak to beak, and breast and breast, they make a heart, and we all know what that means.

    If a flamingo gets in your...
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  11. Looking into the Creation of the MCU


    Don't be put off by the name of the channel (It Was a Sh*t Show)—this guy actually does a deep dive into the making of various movies, and he's extremely fair in his reporting. I think the name is mostly clickbait, though when you look deep enough, the making of most movies really is a shit show, even the ones that come out excellent. It's basically a miracle when Hollywood is able to make a good movie. He gives plenty of praise...
  12. The Altered Self


    I hadn't heard of a sci-fi genre called The Altered Self before, or of Evolutionary Horror. And yet some of the most powerful books and movies I know of fit into one or both. I guess it's because I never really looked into sub-genres. But honestly, I don't think truly evolutionary horror would be frightening at all, since evolution takes like millions of years and affects, not you directly, but your very distant descendents....
  13. Something to say?

    Must a writer always have some underlying message in their fictional works? Or can they exist as mere entertainment and information?

    I don't know.

    Personally, I write to entertain and bring people to another reality, another universe. But even if I don't consciously implement messages, they are still there. In the shadows of my words.

    There is a suicide in one of my works and it seems portrayed like a pointless death. So, is that my eternal message about suicides?
    Not at all.

    I hold no...
  14. Alan Watt (not Alan Watts) on writing from the unconscious


    Just stumbled across this, and so far I'm loving it. He talks (among other things) about the need to allow story to emerge from the unconscious (he calls it the subconscious, but it means the same thing). That's just the first video of a playlist—if you click through on the YouTube logo down in the corner it should open the playlist. If not, here's a link:
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  15. Old, Brown, Run-down Home

    Back in 2007 when me and my siblings were still children, my parents built a beautiful home for all of us to move into and live in. The home had several small balconies (as many rural homes in Greece do) and one very large one. The large balcony faced a field. And in the middle of that field, surrounded by overgrown trees, was a colourless home. It had the ash-like colour wood takes when you leave it outside in the rain for enough years.

    Nobody lived in it. It was just an old, brown,...
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