Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dice Tales: The Character Sheet

(This is the fourth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** I’ve mentioned “character sheets” before. These are actual pieces of paper, which contain information representing a character’s abilities and weaknesses in terms … Continue reading

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Food: UK vs US — Class

by Brenda W. Clough One of the great divides between the UK and the US is class. Americans are much less class-conscious. We divide ourselves by money instead. The markers in the UK are almost infinite — speech, clothing, education, … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Nevada

Science Fiction and Fantasy is about world building more than about anything else. I mean this in the sense that once the author has made the decision to move the setting outside the realm of an accepted consensus of “normal”, … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 14: Babel

This is less of a hack and more of a warning: Don’t rely on Google Translate! It’s there, it’s handy, and most of the time you can get an idea of what your words might sound like in other languages, … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Snowshoeing

It’s the resting time of year. The seed catalogs are sprouting post-a-notes of things to be ordered very soon now, the houseplants and herbs are stretching toward the pale sun on windowsills, and the hens are taking a well-deserved break … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–The Subconscious Writer

A while ago, I had a strange dream about my husband. Unlike most dream, which evaporate at sunrise, this one stayed with me and I couldn’t say why. Meanwhile, I was under stress for a Work in Progress.  I was … Continue reading

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The Tajji Diaries: Pigs and Pups

The Story So Far: about two years ago, we adopted a retired seeing eye dog, a German Shepherd Dog named Tajji. She had significant reactivity to other dogs when on a leash, which we have been steadily working on with … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict The Jani Kilian Chronicles, Book 2 by Kristine Smith After eighteen years, Captain Jani Kilian’s life as a fugitive has ended. Captured by the Service, she now faces court martial. It will surely lead to her execution.

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F is for Fanfiction

F is for fan fiction (or fanfic, if you feel like abbreviating.)

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