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Musing: The Reason to Read Similar Concepts and Adaptations.

Musing: The Reason to Read Similar Concepts and Adaptations.

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We live in a cynical world.   How many times have you heard (or uttered) the words: “That story is just like …” It baffles me when people are worried about stories being similar.  Every story doesn’t need to be a unique snowflake for them to be good.   When it comes to things like plot, we’re really just moving around existing puzzle pieces and making something interesting by its execution.

All_You_Need_Is_Kill

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Musing: Monday Update

You probably noticed there was no Friday post this week.   While It’s not labeled as a “B.O.S.S.” last week’s Wednesday post had a short story.  (One regarding family none-the-less)   I was off visiting family and meeting my baby twin one year old nieces for the first time.

The past year has been a real trial for one of the duo as she was born premature and spent most of the year catching up to…

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Musing: Nostalgia goggles
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Often Rose colored, sometimes the help you see things more clearly.

It’s funny how everyone we look back on their childhood and treats it with such reverence.   Everything held so much meaning and the things we take for granted now seem like such a distant concern.  Just wanted to share a simple memory of twenty six years past.   If I recall correctly, it was the last summer living in the house I…

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B.O.S.S. Another Memory: Good Boy

B.O.S.S. Another Memory: Good Boy

It’s been a while since I’ve written a short story directly related to the Novel.  So I figure why not today?   Here is a short story regarding two brothers in Pange, a past event long before Two Destroyers. – Enjoy

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Ma will fix it when she wakes.

Rone stared down at the still body of his mother, laying in a pool of her own blood.   He knew what blood was.   He knew how important it was.   Mother…

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Insights: Lew Luster and his ‘Men’.

Insights: Lew Luster and his ‘Men’.

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“You ever negotiate for your life before? Today is a great day to start.” — Lew Luster

It’s been a while since I’ve done an insight post, but I had Lew on the brain working on KINGLESS COUNTRY.

Every story needs antagonists, and Two Destroyers has three primary ones.   I wanted to talk today about Lew Luster, one of the ‘bad guys’ of the story.

I’ve mentioned before that Pange, the world of my…

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B.O.S.S. — Patriot

B.O.S.S. — Patriot

Happy Independence Day everyone.   Here’a holiday appropriate story for America’s Birthday.

Patriot

America

Remember what the day means.

Orion scrambled over the hillside overlook of Settlement Alpha.   The Martian landscape glistened under the blazing sun, suppressed by the massive solar screens above him.   He traversed the Martian plateaus whenever he needed to escape the conflict of the elders.   A…

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Musing: Rolling the Dice on Minor Female Characters

Musing: Rolling the Dice on Minor Female Characters

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D20

Roll for Diversity.

There is an ever going buzz about improving the quality of female characters in popular media.   With the success of the Hunger Games movies people are appreciating a strong leading lady more than ever.   But what about the less important characters of a story?   One of the recurring issues I’ve noticed in Fantasy (but it is not unique to it) is the lack of diversity in minor…

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B.O.S.S. — Ambrosia, Part 18

B.O.S.S. — Ambrosia, Part 18

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The Ambrosia herself.

So since Sonnie is sort of a ‘frienemy’ now and the Lich Lord is a distant threat I decided on a new foe for Nell to butt heads with.  If you want to catch up on Ambrosia there’s a neat little place you can read (and even review) it,  Authonomy.com .  I’ve become a regular of sorts there, so feel free to take a look at Ambrosia and my Nanowrimo project from last year: Macro…

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Musing: Chapter by Chapter

Musing: Chapter by Chapter

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Torture your characters, not yourself.

I nearly forgot the excitement of writing new chapters.   A lot can be accomplished by writing ‘blind’.   It can lend a natural flow of the chapter and keep the dialogue organic, but it also can lead to a rambling mess.   With a simple outline and clear goals, you can have freedom with some organization.

I learned the trick writing the Macro Corp.   It…

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B.O.S.S. — Rescue of the Damsel

B.O.S.S. — Rescue of the Damsel

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Knights being Knights.

Here’s a true short story, (not a part of a serial), as a response to a challenge.   For sake of preserving the story, I’ll say no more.   –Enjoy

Rescue of the Damsel

Jamie rode into the courtyard, surveying the damages.  Heavy boulders littered the gardens and the western towers lay collapsed and broken.  Hercule, Jamie’s trusted steed, snorted his disapproval.   “Don’t…

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