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Worldbuilding #15 – Concrete

So far we’ve discussed metals for the worldbuilding series, today we take a sidestep and look at another element important to our society, Concrete.

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not see some form of concrete, whether in building, roads, bridges, or a vast variety of other things. Like metal, it has been one of the key elements that has shaped our modern society, starting nearly 300 years ago. However, it is not a new concept and has been around since prehistoric times.

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Literary Terms – Catastrophe

large_open_bookHere’s a word we often hear. But do you know what it means? Most people would say something really bad, and they’d be right, but like most definitions, there is more to it than that. It has another meaning rich with history and today we will explore that to help us understand what a catastrophe is when we write, and how it can be both a positive and negative thing.

 

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Literary Term – Ab ovo

large_open_bookWelcome to the relaunch of my literary terms. For the past few years I’ve been doing the A to Z Challenge and my topic of choice was New Age Literary Terms. While I will not be doing Literary terms for the A2ZChallenge in the future, I will be continuing the terms individually, starting with the posting of old terms.

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Worldbuilding #1 – Earth

worldbuilding logo2Knowing what this series of articles have to offer, I’m sure you want to dive in and get into designing you world. I don’t blame you as designing a world is a lot of fun. Just for Map Making, there are 20 articles that will take you along the journey of making your world. Before we can get started, we need to go over preliminary information.

This article goes over some basics about our planet. To understand our plant helps us design our own world for our stories.

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Ego, Id, & Super-Ego – A to Z Challenge, Literary Terms

EIt is now a new week of A to Z Challenge. Last week was quite informative, offering us new insights into the world and how to apply that to our writing. Well, that was only the beginning. This week will give you a new way to think about everything.

Today we discuss 3 terms that are very very close to each other. Ego, Id, and Super-Ego. So, strap your thinking caps on and keep your hands inside the cart at all times.

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Confabulation – New Age Literary Terms

large_open_bookToday is a good term, coming from Psychology. We are talking about Confabulation. Doesn’t even seem like a real word, does it? This deals with how characters can sometimes create whole events that never happened, yet unaware its false. Enjoy.

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Amygdala Hijack — New Age Literary Term

large_open_bookToday, we have Amygdala Hijack. This explains a physiological process in our brain in how we respond to stimuli. As always, there is a lot of information to go over, but I promise that this will be useful in character building moments for your story.

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#atozchallenge Theme Reveal

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Today, as you can see, is the reveal of my AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal.

For those who don’t know what this is, AtoZ Challenge is a blog challenge were people come together to make a post for 26 days of a month for each corresponding letter. The calendar shows which day you write a blog and what letter your blog title has to begin with.

APRIL-CALENDAR [2015]

Why do this? There is no prize to be won here. I do it because I like the challenge, and that I’ve met some great people in doing this. More than that, it is a great way to bring people to your website.

My Theme

So yes, you are wanting to know what my theme is. No real surprise if you followed my AtoZ last year this year I am doing Literary terms. You might thing that I got all the standard literary terms last year (especially for certain letters), but my Literary terms are not exactly conventional. For me, I think for all the aspects of worldbuilding and character development, we need to look into the world of psychology, mathematics, game theory, economy, biology, social science, and other things. Fiction writing is about revealing our world in written form, so we should learn how the world truly works.

Unlike last year, this year I won’t be doing two words each day. As well received as that was, it was a nightmare. I’m amazed that I’m not grey and bald. I may discuss other terms this year in conjunction with my term of the day, but it won’t necessarily match the same letter, nor will I try to find a way to write how they are common to the writing world.

What I will do though, is explain what each topic is and then how it relates to writing.

I am not doing a full theme reveal, as I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing, though I do have a good idea. I will however reveal 4 words I will be doing that I am most excited about.

A – Amygdala Hijack
L – Law of Conservation of Detail
M – MacGuffin
O – Observation Effect vs Uncertainty Principle

I hope you are excited as I am. I will be following a number of others and trying to leave a comment on your post. Yes, part of it will be to invite you to view my post, but I will try to state what I liked about your post. To that effect, if you post on mine, feel free to mention your post, but I do ask that you try to state what you like about my post.

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Squeaky Chair Interviews – Brian Martinez

GoodGuyPromo-194x300This was my last interview of 2014. This will likely be my last interview for quite some time. This was done last minute, so there is no additional information beyond the video interview.

Brian Martinez is a comic book artist and writer, on his website Good Guy Comic. A comic that is about men and the challenges they face in dating and romance. This is a good comic, that while his main character has lots of self-doubt, his portrayal of female characters is top notch, that all of them are multidimensional and add to the story.

I got the privilege to interview Brian about his life, his art, and his writing.

 

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Squeaky Chair Interviews – Josh Luukkonen

Josh Luukkonen Head ShotI had a chance to interview Josh after his success with NaNo. He is set to be a writer as he waits to become a teacher once more. NaNo is no easy feat and I certainly wish him luck in being a writer. Check out the interview of who he is, what he writes about, and lessons learned this year.

 

 

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