Showing posts from March, 2016

Creating A Map Of Your World: Part 1

I’ve seen a lot of posts about how to make maps of your fantasy worlds.
I thought today would be a good time to start sharing mine.

This is a four part series, so hold on tight while I spend the next 4 Mondays going through this.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Scour the Globe
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” may ring hollow in a lot of cases. Here it is the most helpful way I’ve ever found to deal with coast lines.
Spend some time on Google maps. I suggest the map version, not the satellite one, just because it’s going to be a better, more solid line. Follow coast lines, look at the features you want and need.
Have a set of islands you need to put together, look at the islands that already exist.
Need a bay or port, look for those specifically.
Working with a polar region? Consider how that part of our world is shaped due to environmental concerns.

Create the Puzzle Pieces
When I find the portions of our world I want to mess with, I do several print screens.
At this point, use…

Creating a Tolerance of Rape Culture and Discrimination: The Easy Way

There is a pervasive thing that has wormed its way into fiction and uses its own normalcy in an attempt to conform reader’s minds to a tolerance of rape culture, discrimination and ableism.
And it’s as seemingly normal as your average CISHET White Male protagonist.
This is the problem because he has become the default. Life doesn’t come with that default. It shouldn’t.

One of the things you’ll see floating about the internet is a list of reasons why reading it good for you. One of those reasons is that it fosters empathy. If you read a story about someone who is “other” you begin to understand their struggle and hopefully will begin to empathize with them. If the only books available are about the above mentioned protagonists, a cishet white male reader is not going to see anything in the world but himself.
The publishing world is slowly fixing this problem, and I know a lot of people who go out of their way to only read and write books that defy that default protagonist. Do you?

Anxiety, Epilepsy, And My Writing

I make lists for everything (because otherwise, I’ll forget). My memory is shot, unless the thing isn’t actually important, and lists keep my anxiety from stabbing my brain a thousand times asking “did you forget anything?” It only stabs me ten times, tops. (I almost started this post as a list, but realized I needed more space than a bullet point provides.)
I try really hard to keep myself organized because stress is a possible trigger for my seizures (I only know for sure that they’re not light or oxygen deprivation-triggered. Bring on the strobes and the yoga breathing.) and nothing stresses me out quite like not knowing where something is when I need it.
There are really tough days. My brain felt scrambled before, but now I feel like it’s filled with little black holes waiting to gobble up random information, memories I should have a handle on, and all the motivation. When it takes me an hour to get my brain back on track, to figure out what I was writing yesterday, it’s really har…