Brooke Shaffer

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10 Fun (and not so fun) Facts About Native Americans in West Virginia

With the release of Free Time today, I thought it would be nice to get back into the swing of things and post a 10 Fun Facts bit.

  1. Some of the most famous tribes to occupy the land today known as West Virginia include the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee.  Other, lesser-known tribes include Ma…

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Storytelling Media

Welcome to the first post and video since finishing the Villains and Antagonists series! Aren't you glad to be out of that thicket? I know I am.

So, what exciting things are we getting into next? Well, logically, you might expect a Heroes and Protagonists series. Unfortunately, my brain is a litt…

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10 Facts About Time to Kill

So I am very happy to announce that Time to Kill will be released as an audiobook the same time that Free Time is coming out in print/ebook!  It is sorely overdue, and I apologize for the three year delay.  I am going to try and get Tick Tock and Windup caught up to be released with In th…

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Book Review: Sorrow Ledge (Spoiler Free!)

So early last year around Easter, I had the honor of alpha reading a novel called Sorrow Ledge by Kenneth Arbogast.  Recently, he let me know that said novel had been published, which is awesome.  He sent me a copy and asked for a review, which is what I am presently doing.  I included that bit jus…

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Villains and Antagonists: Ideological Villain and Unknown Villain

Hello and welcome to the final installment of the Villains and Antagonists series. Today we'll be talking about the Ideological Villain and the Unknown Villain, and I'll have some final thoughts about the series and stuff. And for anyone who is concerned, I can report that there are no Dark Souls vi…

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Villains and Antagonists: Perspective Antagonist and Hive Mind

Hello again and welcome back to the Villains and Antagonists series, our second-to-last installment. Today we'll be talking about the perspective antagonist and the hive mind.

So then, first we're going to establish what I mean by a perspective antagonist. A perspective antagonist occurs when bot…

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Villains and Antagonists: Villains and Antagonists

In this installment of the Villains and Antagonists series, we're going to look at some villains and antagonists who decide to swap roles.

First we're going to take the step up, when an antagonist becomes a villain. This could be for a variety of reasons and is not an exclusive motif by any means…

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Villains and Antagonists: The Hero

Welcome back to the Villains and Antagonists series. Today we're going to talk about Heroes as Villains. I got super pumped about writing this installment, and I think it's because I love to see heroes as villains. I don't mean antiheroes, either, but real villains, even if it's just for a moment.

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Villains and Antagonists: Sociopaths and Psychopaths, Non-Entity Antagonists

Welcome to the next installment of the Villains and Antagonists series. Today we're going to be talking about sociopaths or psychopaths, and the non-entity antagonist.

Some psychology nerd out there is probably already penning a lengthy nastygram to send to me and let me know that there is a diff…

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Villains and Antagonists: Pure Evil and Tragic Villains

Welcome back to the series on villains. We're going through the list of villain motifs. These are ones that I have observed, and I would like to take the time to explore them, define them, and give examples of the craft. This episode is on Pure Evil villains, as well as Tragic villains. I'm doing th…

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Villains and Antagonists: Defining a Villain

In this series, we're going to be discussing villains and antagonists (as the title says). I wasn't going to do this, I wasn't planning it. I was going to wait a bit and start on 10 Fun Facts as they pertained to upcoming Free Time, maybe do a few about Time to Kill since audiobook production is a…

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Shaking Things Up

A new year, a new way of doing things.  As an expansion of my advertising and marketing, I am turning my blog posts into videos.  Nothing will change here, but if you head over to BitChute, you can find silly animations and such to go with them.  I'm not doing any back-animation, just the ones going…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Mistakes (Redo)

There is little worse in the world for an author than to spend months or years laboring over a work of art, going line-by-line, removing every fleck of metaphorical dust, giving everything the white glove inspection, only for some douchebag on some no-account forum somewhere to point out a mistake i…

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Writing Historical Fiction: What (Redo)

Again I apologize for my terrible, distracted writing from before, so here is the redo for WHF: What.  Seeing how it is New Year's Eve, I decided that this would be an excellent launching point for the (new) piece.

The "what" of your historical fiction piece refers to what your character or cha…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Mistakes

Now we get to the part of the WHF series no one likes to admit: mistakes.  No matter how thorough you research, no matter how many times you go back and assure yourself that all the dates, all the names, all the details are right, sometimes you get the final product and discover a glaring error.  Yo…

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More New Things

Minor announcement that there is a new blog on the Timekeeper website.

The difference between the author blog and the TC blog is that the TC is for fun stuff.  For example, the first series going up is going to be on the Borelian language starting most likely after the new year.  Fun stuff, and n…

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Announcement of Impending Changes

I don't get on Facebook normally.  I don't get on my personal account, and I pretty much only get on my Author page when I have something to announce.  So I totally understand when people don't know what's going on with me, and I understand that I probably miss a lot of things going on with other pe…

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Christmas Contest

Looking for a simple, easy, free gift for yourself this season?  Need something to listen to while you're driving, flying, or otherwise stuck in with a group of people you don't want to be with?  Well, one simple entry is all you'll need to get started.

The Backstory

So, if you've been to

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Writing Historical Fiction: What

In this installment, we're going to discuss the what of historical fiction.

By this time, you have decided who your main character or characters are, their sphere of influence and other people they are likely to encounter.  You have decided the when and where, and you should have done some rese…

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New Addition to the Family!

The family of publishing and book formats, that is.

If you were paying attention to the Facebook page, then you may have seen the poll asking for your opinion on sound effects in audiobooks.  In a stunning landslide, 5:2, you voted for sound effects.  To be fair, seven is hardly a fair sample num…

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