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Fun for Friday: Building a Story Idea

| August 18, 2017

Building off of the writing exercise I mentioned in my post on generating story ideas on Monday, here’s a fun story idea for you to take and run with. Here’s an interesting looking face, to the left–a young African boy, who looks somewhere between angry and sad to me. (You may think he’s got a different […]

Fun for Friday: Amazing Ideas!

| August 11, 2017

From “If My Brain Were an Imaginary Friend” at The Oatmeal. Off at Spocon, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, with more on story ideas!

Fun for Friday: Interesting Plot Building Exercises

| August 4, 2017

As a bit of fun for this Friday, I found an interesting post that talks about adding layers to your plot. I am particularly intrigued by the Donald Maass workshop exercise, because I LOVE random things. So the idea of randomly drawing lines between characters, narrative elements, and places to see what might shake loose is […]

Fun for Friday: Kansas City Facts and a Story Idea

| July 28, 2017

I’ve been in Kansas City this week for work, so I decided to share this list of 30 fun facts about Kansas City! My favorite item on this list, which is something I never knew before, is that Kansas City ignored Prohibition. Digging a little deeper, it seems that the State of Missouri as a […]

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 […]