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Fun for Friday: Twitter Bots

| July 21, 2017

Are you on Twitter? If you are, and you like weird stuff (which I suspect you might, since you found your way here), you may enjoy following some of the many “bots” on Twitter. For writers in particular, I’ve found that there are some really wonderful and weird bots that can be used for prompts, […]

Fun for Friday: Quick Character Ideas

| July 14, 2017

I have an ELABORATE collection of Funko Pops. It started as just a handful, but I’m now to the point where I have purchased 24 of them. (23 for me. 1 for the hubbie.) The picture doesn’t show them all. I have a game that I started when my collection was much smaller. I stack […]

Fun for Friday: Names in Other Decades

| July 7, 2017

Have you ever wondered how popular your name was in the year you were born? Ever wondered what your name would have been if you were born a decade earlier or later? Or have you ever been looking for just the right name for a character in a story or game? Look no further than […]

Fun for Friday: Get Sorted!

| June 30, 2017

With the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Potter books, all sorts of sorting quizzes have been making the rounds. But I’m particularly fond of this one, wherein Time magazine teamed up with researchers from Cambridge University in order to make a more personality-based test rather than the typical tests that ask questions from within the […]

Fun for Friday: Choose Your Own Adventure

| June 23, 2017

If you grew up in the 1980s, like I did, you’re probably familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books. Atlas Obscura has a fantastic article talking about the different decision trees that were used in the different books, including the very complex tree for By Balloon to the Sahara. I tried to write […]

Fun for Friday: The Origin of the Slush Pile

| June 16, 2017

Last summer, my brother and I were sitting at my mom’s kitchen table, both trying to get some work done, and I said something about needing to read slush. He didn’t believe this was a thing, so I looked up the origins of the term “slush pile” to prove him wrong. (Because that’s what we […]

Fun for Friday: Steampunk Name Generator

| June 9, 2017

My husband occasionally teases me about how much I love random generators. This is in part because when we first met, I used a random encounter table for the Werewolf: Wild West game I was running. But it’s also very true. I LOVE random generators of all kinds. Sometimes what they give you is questionable, but […]

Other writing

| May 6, 2014

It occurred to me last night that while I’m not writing a lot of stories lately, I’ve been doing some other writing that might be of interest to some of my readers. The first is that I’ve been playing and running games on Storium. This is the first time I’ve done much with an online […]