Tuesday, November 21, 2017

So Your Character Is From Vietnam ... Featuring Liliana @ Liliana N Bookish Blog





It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Singapore ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Writing Lessons from Video Games: King's Quest VI Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow: Creating Settings with Character





King's Quest VI is my favorite game of the King's Quest series. It has top notch voice actors, an intense plot, and my favorite setting of the games: The Land of the Green Isles. This setting is explored again in King's Quest IX: The Silver Lining as well! It's a realm that features five islands with five distinct personalities: The Isle of the Crown (where the Royal Family and most of the populace live), The Isle of the Beast (an island where a terrifying beast and his castle live), The Isle of the Sacred Mountain (an island where the mysterious Winged Ones live guarding the Oracle), the Isle of Wonder (a quirky island ruled by chess pieces), and the Isle of Mists (an island occupied by druids). I believe this setting has a lot to teach us about making an unique and engaging place for our characters to have their adventures!


Friday, November 17, 2017

A Book Review of The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson




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All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that's what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern's childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

So Your Character is From Singapore ... Featuring Camillia @ Twenty Three Pages and Jia @ Film & Nuance




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Bangladesh ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Necrologies & Debacles: King's Quest Edition





Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for others this means an unfortunate incapacitating situation. Writers put a lot of thought into how their antagonist finally fails, but which way is best for your villain? That all depends on so many different circumstances, including audience and genre. This is what inspired my series "Villain Necrologies & Debacles." Over time, I'll be analyzing different animation studios, franchises, and more. These posts are meant to show you what sort of defeats have been done whether common or uncommon, perhaps inspire some villain defeats of your own, or you can just enjoy the morbid humor. Check out last month's Necrologies and Debacles: Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra Edition!

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time then you know that I'm a King's Quest fan. King's Quest is a game series that released its first episode King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown in 1983. Since then the developer Sierra On-Line has released seven subsequent games following the adventures of King Graham and his family and a tanner named Connor. The first three games have been remade by fans with better graphics and full voice acting since during the original release computers didn't have the capability to add human voices to video games. The game has such a big cult following that a group of fans has made a conclusion game to wrap up the story and the last episode is finally releasing this year! So. Hyped.

I played these games when I was a kid and I have so many fond memories figuring out the puzzles and enjoying interacting with my favorite fairy tale and mythological characters. I've also written a post about what these games can teach you about deep point of view, but today I'm focusing on the games' many dastardly villains!

Warning: Spoilers

Friday, November 10, 2017

Beautiful Books 2017 ~ How's the Writing Going? - Silhouette






Time for an update on my NaNoWriMo process and Beautiful Books is the perfect thing to do that with! If you missed the first part of this three-part meme, you can check it out here and if you'd like to join the meme, you can do so on PaperFury or Further Up and Further In!