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    Soraya LeBlanc

    Here’s a character I made up for some Reddit thing that’s going nowhere. Name: Soraya LeBlancOccupation: a wizard, specializing in divination and transfigurationAge: forty, been in magic training since eighteenWhere: born in the south of France, in a rural area. She’s a big city girl like Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”Motivation: obtaining wealth and luxury, but not through marriage if she can avoid it (unless that gets her to a goal — she’s interested in what’s hers, not what someone else owns)Tool of choice: Magic–using divination to predict the future to profit from the outcome or transfiguration to make things into more valuable things. Also uses her “milf-ness”…

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    My Philosophy on Writing Women, Part 2 – The Debate

    Don’t bite my head off yet. This is a list of tips that I collected over time regarding common mistakes writer make when writing from a woman’s point of view. Most of them come from David Farland/David Wolverton — a published, well-known author, most known for the Runelords series. And he is directly quoting from other women. So if you want to directly complain about the content, complain to him. Here is some excerpts from that e-mail (it’s not on his site, archives don’t go back that far) and another link to a similar post to mine. Here is his site. When I originally posted this, I was accused of…

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    Code Monkeys and Nerd Humor

    I recently watched Code Monkeys on Netflix. It was a short-lived animated sitcom about a video game company. The animation is done in 8-bit style pixelation and abound with video game references (for example, they have to jump over a pit of spikes to get to the meeting room, and the top status randomly flashes lines relevant to the plot, like an aggression meter or points scored). This is the kind of show I would be all over. Except… None of the characters are likable. The main character’s co-workers is one of those “Stiffler” guys who constantly makes sexual and homosexual remarks, humps everything, and without fail, tells the hero…

  • Pre-Writing as Unlockables

    This weekend I created two new characters for the next novel, and I thought, “You know, it’s similar to unlocking characters in a video game”. I’ve talked before about how thinking up ideas is like uncovering a dinosaur fossil (metaphor provided by Stephen King). In other ways, it’s like when you’re playing a video game and you unlock something new. It could be a setting, it could be a cutscene, or it could be something useless that provides a little background, like concept art (worst unlockable ever, I don’t care how the sausage is made, I want more sausage). And sometimes it’s a character. In video games, this is not…

  • ISTJ

    ISTJ Introverted: 100% Sensing: 25% Thinking: 38% Judging: 72% This is me. This is the results of my Myers-Briggs personality test. I am very introverted and very judging. I am not intuitive or perceptive (as my wife will attest to). And it’s probably not going to change. This is who I am, and who I’ll continue to be. 100% introverted is pretty bad. I think it basically means that if everyone else fell off the world, I would be happy. Which is a little disturbing if you can view it objectively like I can (since I’m capital-J Judging). Of course, I don’t want everyone to fall off the world. Who…

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    Likable Characters

    Let’s talk about likable characters for a second, shall we? It’s not like I have anything better to do. I watched Iron Man a few days ago and that got me thinking about this topic. One of my favorite things about the movie was Robert Downey Jr., and I know I’m not alone. The man was perfect for this part because Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. Both have addictions, both have incredible charisma (a prominent feature in addicts) that makes them charming, makes them people you want to hang out with and do things for (this enables their habit – they have ways of manipulating you and convincing you…

  • The Storytelling in Half-Life 2: To You I Say thhbppt

    Let’s talk about Half-Life 2 for a minute, and hopefully its still current enough we don’t have to jump into the Wayback Machine. I bought The Orange Box as my reward for getting a new job. I really just wanted to play Portal, because the Internet community can’t shut up about it, and I know they’re offering the individual games up soon, but I didn’t want to wait (I couldn’t since I have a two month old and no time), plus it was a hell of a bargain – Half-Life 2 + Episode 1 + Episode 2 + Team Fortress + Portal. I just got finished playing all the Half-Life…

  • Writing Advice #13

    Pay attention to how real people around you act. I think this one speaks for itself, and we all know why. We cannot write impossible characters. This is what I call the Superman effect. Superman is basically the perfect man. Strength, speed, and heroism up the yin-yang. He’s always noble, he always does what’s right. His only conflicts come from the fact that he’s only one man and he has to save the sinking tanker at the same that a comet is hurtling to earth while he’s trapped in a locked room with Lois Lane and can’t reveal his secret identity. But we know he’ll get out someway, usually by…