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Worldbuilding #10b – Advanced Rivers

WorldWelcome to another edition of my Worldbuilding series. I apologize for the length between articles, and it is my plan to start doing these on a regular basis.

You may believe by this point, we’ve said everything we can about rivers. Not quite yet. There is still more to discuss. Fortunately, this will be the last article about rivers, at least for now.

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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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#ISWG – Starting Again

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2It is the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it is time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

For those not familiar with this, it was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh with the idea of picking one day to share your fears and weaknesses so that you can find comfort with other writers who likely have the same fears and weaknesses.

It’s been quite some time since I have done this, and I apologize for that. I can only hope I will be doing this more often from now on.

 

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Official NaNoWriMo Winner

 

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On November 16th, 2014, I officially over 50,000 words. My story, which will be turned into five books, was Daygar Legacy #1 – Templar Five. The story is about Vampires in the 14th century spreading a disease that is killing humans at an alarming rate and five knights of the former Templar Knights attempt to make a deal with the devil to try to win the war.

This was a challenging time. Mostly because of my disability, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I aimed to finish by the 14th like I did last year. I came close, but I was shy 2 days. I think that is still very impressive. Also, given that I am a science fiction writer and I am doing Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, it was hard at times for me to write. Completely out of my comfort zone. As I wrote, I had to do additional research on the time period to get key facts correct.

I want to thank the creators of Write Monkey, as with their software, I was able to write my story despite my sensitivity to light. I dedicate my success this year to all those with disabilities, whether with Post-Concussion Syndrome, those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other disabilities that prevents someone from living they life they want. Writing was very hard for me, and the only way I did it was by forcing myself to do it, even if my brain wanted to give up. My reward is the next two weeks off.

With Thanksgiving coming up, and a few other special projects I am currently engaged in, I am taking a break from this blog. I will come back in December, hopefully to finish up my rivers on the worldbuilding tutorial. However, I will be limited in December. I plan to come back in full force in January.

Special thanks to Nicohle Christopherson for giving me emotional support during NaNo.

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Countdown to NaNo – Stranger Than Fiction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileIn preparation for NaNo, I need to get back into a writer mindset. In the past I just read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and I was set. Due to my disability, I have to do a lot more work to do it. I actually did this yesterday, but ran out of time to write it up.

Stranger Than Fiction is one of my five favorite films of all time. It is a great movie that really explores writing, not a practical sense, but a mechanical one. It demonstrates a lot of the processes that we writers deal with, and some of the moral questions as well.

 

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Countdown to NaNo — Introduction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNovember 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.

It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.

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NaNoWriMo Brings you: Fantasy Pet Peeves

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is soon upon us and the forums are buzzing with posts about ideas people have, help others, discussing the written language, or sharing of their fears.

For me, NaNo is like the Little League World Series. Countries all over the world coming together to compete, except it is more like Golf, since this is more of an individual achievement than a team achievement. For some, it is a pathway to becoming a writer, others it is a hobby that is fun and challenging.

 

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Guest Blogging on J. Rose Allister’s blog [REPOST]

As writers, we need to support each other any ways we can, and one of the best ways is to post an article on someone elses blog. This article is about your equipment that you find in your story and an approach on how to write it in properly. You certainly don’t want to have Batman’s Utility Belt where you always have the solution, but at the same time you don’t want to constrict your writing that you are bound by what you write. Check it out.

A note, that while I do a variety of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this blog is by an erotica author. The reason I chose to have a post here is that there are a lot of good articles on the craft of writing, and at the end of the day, writing is writing and the rules are crucial for all forms of writing. So check out my article and check out other articles on the site. There is a treasure of advice waiting for you to find.

http://www.jroseallister.com/2013/12/on-writing-cool-equipment-for-your.html

Worldbuilding #10a – River Sediment and Floodplains

WorldAs I mentioned, there are a lot to rivers. You can simply draw a squiggly line from point A to point B and call it a day, but if you really want to understand the how and why of a river, especially if you are seeking an accurate story, then we need to go into finer detail of rivers.

In reading this, you may ask why do we need to go into so much detail about rivers. Often times in narrative, rivers are treated as water inside a ditch. It’s more complicated that that. In knowing how rivers work, may change elements of your story.

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Worldbuilding #10 – Basic Rivers

WB IconWelcome to another edition of my Worldbuilding series. Due to massive amounts of information about rivers, it will be very difficult to sum them up in 1 – 2 articles, and so, I am dedicating the month of September to Rivers. I hope to do 3 – 4 articles this month about rivers, providing a lot of key information and teach you some techniques in how to put rivers on your map. This will be the most extensive section of map making and you will now understand why we waited so long to do rivers.

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