2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



Writing without a twist: how unique does a story have to be?




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Writing without a twist: how unique does a story have to be?

Writing without a twist: how unique does a story have to be?

>>there's no big "this is the story that does This" moment anywhere in the book. Does there need to be?

I don't think so. Of course it depends on the audience you are writing for too. Me? I like the Drama type stories, that meander along casually, and don't do the exciting roller coaster up and downs, that many books use. I prefer a quiet read I can relax to, not one that's going to get my heart rate up.

>>Or can a story just have good characters, be well-written, and fun?

Let me tell you about one of my novels. It's volume five of a series. It's Fantasy, about an Elf Wizard and his group of outcast non-Human friends.

The story starts out telling the reader, that they are heading for a mystical volcano that is about 4 months walk from where they are right now. The entire story, is the trip to the volcano. Kind of a hikers road trip travelogue type of story. They cross rivers and and camp under the stars, they tell jokes, they get hurt, they bicker, once a pair of best friend got in a fist fight and then each stomped off in opposite directions then wouldn't talk to each other, they meet travellers on the road and talk to then, they get caught in rain storms.... you get the idea.

The very last thing that happens, they get to the volcano... THE END.

Nothing happens. EVER, in the entire novel. It's just a Slice of Life, look at their trip across the country.

But...

It's Fantasy, about an Elf Wizard and his group of outcast non-Human friends.

And this is volume 5, of a series in which EVERY volume is written like this.

I get an email from a reader one day... saying: "So, I've been reading the series. I'm up to Volume 5. I just finished and nothing happened when they got to the volcano. It just ended. I read the entire book, waiting for them to get to the volcano, because I thought something was going to happen. But nothing happened! And nothing happened in the other volumes either! When does something start happening?"

Never.

The whole series is like this. Nothing ever happens. It's just the read watching these characters go through their everyday life.

Now, I know, when people read Fantasy, they expect sword fights and epic battles and government intrigue and all that jazz... but... you know what? While all those big, epic things are happening in the world, the world is still going around and the little people are just living their lives.... and that's what I write about. I don't write the epic battles, the warring kings... I write a little vagabond wizard walking across the country oblivious to the epic battle shit going on around him, because he has his own things to deal with like, where is he gonna sleep tonight, and how will he find food for tomorrow and how long must he trudge through the rain before he finds dry shelter... no big epic quests, no battles, just one little not heor guy living his life.

So, back to your question...

>>Or can a story just have good characters, be well-written, and fun?

Yes.

In my own example, you see one reader, who was upset because the books were not what they were expecting from Fantasy, but on the other hand, quite a few people like the series quite a lot, for all it's lack of ever doing anything big or exciting. The people who like the series, like it because they like the characters, they have fun reading about his rathe mundane, uneventful life.

So, yes. A book can be just about good characters, be well written, and fun to read, without having something big or epic or traditional happening at the end.

Back to your other question...

>>there's no big "this is the story that does This" moment anywhere in the book. Does there need to be?

No. There doesn't need to be. There are no rules about what a genre must or must not have. There are only reader expectations based of other books they have already read before reading yours.

Well, some people be disappointed? Sure? But you'll get that no matter what you write, so, just go ahead and write it the way you feel is best.

>>Does it depend on the genre?

You might want to look into Literary Fiction. It's not uncommon for Literary to be "Slice of Life" meaning a mundane story about a character's everyday life. He's not a hero. He doesn't save anyone. He just goes about his day while the story is happening. No dramatic endings. No twists. It's not a big popular genre, but it's out there and does have fans who read it.

My own series is considered to be Literary Fantasy and done in Slice of Life style.

>>I'm almost done wrapping up the first draft of a sci-fi novel, and although I really like that it's hit the "feel" I was going for, I'm a bit worried that it's... well, just not weird enough.

If you've hit the target feel you're going for then I'd say you've succeeded in writing a good story.




So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

In any case, as with all of my Reddit answers found on my site here, my original post on Reddit is much shorter then the article here.


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