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The Ways of the World: A Hero’s Social Network
Published on Monday, March 29, 2010 by Last time on WOTW, I discussed the first five points of David Eddings's list of fantasy novel elements. His list starts with the bigger picture and works its way into the finer details, and so the first choice you need to make for your fantasy novel, or most genre fiction, is theology. In fantasy, this is attached to religion, but even in mainstream fiction there is a...
The Ways of the World: Elements of Fantasy
Published on Friday, March 19, 2010 by There are many ways to approach adding plot elements to a story, but the list that inspired me was the one in David Eddings's The Rivan Codex. Eddings wrote the list to be exhaustive in an attempt to deter those not serious about writing from writing in the genre. Instead, it gave me the well defined road map to story elements that I was looking for. This review of...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age:  Print on Demand Publishing
Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 by Perhaps you have poetry, several short stories, or a novel length work that  you would like to publish.  You have the gone the route of sending your work to agents, publishers, editors and others in a  quest to get a contract and become a published author to no avail.  Your work is good, you have been told it is, you have had it critiqued, reviewed, and discu...
Grinding the Grid: Full Steam Hunt!
Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010 by My new squirrel buddy and I at Red Dragon Tavern Just got back to my office after checking out a few places on the 2nd Annual Steam Hunt, a grid-wide scavenger hunt that has shown me all the various awesomeness the steampunk culture has added to our virtual home. I have been on a few other scavenger hunts since I rezzed a few months ago, stumbling upon the fir...
Milk Wood’s March Poetry Festival
Published on Friday, March 5, 2010 by An Exhibition of work and readings from some of SL's most popular poets. Friday Flawnt Alchemi - 1pm SLT at the Bookstacks Performance Space Morgue McMillan - 1:30pm SLT - Outside Milk Wood Library Rosemary Serenity 1:45pm SLT -  at Storybook Dell Stosh Quartz - 2:00 - 2:30 pm SLT - at the Stone Circle Kezhen Yheng - 2:30-3pm  slt - at the Stone Circle Sa...
Grinding the Grid: The Meaning of Art on Second Life®
Published on Friday, March 5, 2010 by The SLCPro event this week came with a lot of announcements about Linden Lab's current projects, including the release of the Viewer 2.0 Beta to the public and the unveiling of their new Third Party Viewer Policy. After losing myself reading about all these developments in the blogs, the one that stuck out as the most interesting to me was the establishment of a Linde...
LOL. “I Know What You Meme” The Meanings of Memes for the Noobie Philosopher
Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by The birds do it, the bees do it and everyone in Second Life® is doing it, communicating. One of the great places to go in Second Life® are the many universities or SIMs that are supported by universities that dot cyberspace like stars in the night sky. You can sit as a noobie philosopher for hours and listen to discussions on the meaning of life, love and the univer...
The Ways of the World: Mythology and Theme
Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by A map will help drive and direct the plot of a developing story, but we are still left with what to fill it with. Maps can be the backbone of a plot in many genres, but the underlying theme of a work can often be glimpsed by paying attention to the mythology behind it. Writers go about the creation of mythology in many different ways. David Eddings adheres to a for...
Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age: Web 2.0 Books and Sites
Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by The web seems to be awash in resources, writing, blogging, and publishing sites for writers.  Today I am going to take you with me on my journey of looking at and reviewing these sites, as well as how to find them. The following provides an overview of four Web 2.0 sites for developing web books and Authorsguild.net for developing a website the sites include:  Story...
La Vie Bohème: At What Cost? – Grand Debuts & Other Failures
Published on Monday, March 1, 2010 by In his 8 Basics of Creative Writing, Kurt Vonnegut lists rules that include not wasting the reader's time, write as if you are writing to please just one person, reveal everything as soon as possible and to be a complete sadist to your characters.  Well, because I love you, Mr. Vonnegut, I'll try my best to show the people all my hurt and make them laugh. This bei...
Second Sound: Beau Belle Coffee Shop & Leonard Cohen Club Review
Published on Monday, March 1, 2010 by Are you looking for a place to relax? Dance? Listen to live music? Drink some coffee? Cuddle with your loved one? Then you’ve come to the right place. Beau Belle Coffee Shop has been open for about three months and has already held fabulous artists such as Eliz Watanabe, Joaquin Gustav and Inchino Melson. Their upcoming shows are Angee Seetan on February 19 from 1pm...
Grinding the Grid: Oh Linden Road, Take me Home
Published on Sunday, February 28, 2010 by About a month ago I started a search for a parcel of land after hearing about the impending inception of the Linden Homes Project. After looking over the sample sims of the homes, I decided it wasn't really for me, and looked into what I could do with my 512m2 of tier that was sitting around collecting dust. I vainly searched inworld for land I wanted to purchase, and...
Virtual Aesthetics: The Worlds Within
Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by In a world beyond the real world, where wisteria drapes round ancient walls, lies a perpetual sunset, perfectly poised, lingers forever in this moment, this infinite moment, measured out by sound of my finger tips on the keys of my computer, inexorable linked to my soul. A piano melody writes notes across my mind, glancing caresses at my heart, when the world behind m...
Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Monday, February 22, 2010 by The title of this blog serves as my source of ideas; Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age. As I pondered my first posting to the blog I turned to the web for inspiration.  The Web is awash in resources for writers. This is  minor detail but why do I refer to the Internet as the Web or the World Wide Web and ..well not just the Internet. Well that is because...
The Ways of the World: Mapping a Story
Published on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Many say that maps are purely a device of fantasy novels, and an overused one at that. I don't agree with them.  A little bit of cartography has helped me many times in my writing, from inspiration, to finding direction in my plot. Charting out the world your characters live in can give you a more literal impression of the scenes swimming around in your head, and hel...
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