Steal the World: The Antihero

Being a semi-edited dump of my thoughts as I prepare for a presentation at ROFCON later this month. Expect more in the coming days as I continue planning my talks.  The Antihero An essential element of many adventure stories is the hero… rather, the antihero. While there are certainly adventure stories that feature genuinely heroic characters (TinTin, Robert Langdon, Wil Turner in the first Pirates … Continue reading Steal the World: The Antihero

A Peaceful Interlude

Following the utterly dull events in Britain, it came as a relief to enter the mouth of the Seine river and begin our journey through mainland Europe. We could not, of course, travel through Roman occupied territory without some subversion. Stopping at the mouth of the Seine, we utilized forged travel documents (crafted with care by Amadi 🗡 🗡 ) to pass through the Roman blockade, … Continue reading A Peaceful Interlude

We’re the Heroes

Following the debacle in Le Crotoy, we made our way rapidly across the channel to Britain. Along our way, we sighted a pod of sea cats, which we proceeded to hunt for sport. We slaughtered the lot of them and, upon arriving at port in Britain, were received with much celebration for saving the town from the sea cat menace. There is little to be … Continue reading We’re the Heroes

Adding Necessary Grime

Watching movies from the early days of cinema, one thing that is often clear: They were frequently filmed on studio sets, which were obviously sets because even a dirty back alley was often cleaner than the average teenager’s bedroom. It wasn’t until the 1970s that on location filming became more common and even studio sets began to be dressed to look like the disorganized, grimy, … Continue reading Adding Necessary Grime

Have Some Character

So you’ve decided you want to write a novel and you’ve picked your genre, remembering that it’s OK (even encouraged) to blend genres a little. Now it’s time to talk about the people who you will be writing about for the next 300-ish pages. The Third Thing: Characters Remember that story about that person who did that thing in that place? They were so something, … Continue reading Have Some Character

So You Want to Write a Book

I can hear you now, reviled dear reader: “I went to John Hodgman’s book signing in Washington DC last month and heard him gently mock a listener who insisted that he wanted to write a novel… so that he could say he had written a novel. What am I supposed to write about?” Ah. That grand question. As I recall, it was even the topic … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Book