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Brooke Shaffer

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Under the Razor Wire

You ever have one of those days when you wake up and suddenly realize you have four deadlines all converging at the same time?

Yeah, I had one of those mornings recently.

You know what happens when you decide to run a $200 laptop as a $2,000 super gaming rig?

Nothing good.

So my little l…

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World Building: Economy and Trade

In this installment, we’re going to talk about the economy of your world.  Now, no matter the system you’ve got set up for your people, every economy boils down to basic principles of supply and demand.  Someone has something that someone else wants and Person A isn’t likely to freely part with it. …

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World Building: Politics and Government

Let’s just start off with one of the most controversial topics known to man, shall we?  Politics!  Yay!

Now then, there is a good chance you already know how you want the governing of your fictional land to be done, assuming you’re not writing about actual governments of actual places.  In th…

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World Building: Politics and Government

Let’s just start off with one of the most controversial topics known to man, shall we?  Politics!  Yay!

Now then, there is a good chance you already know how you want the governing of your fictional land to be done, assuming you’re not writing about actual governments of actual places.  In th…

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A Serious Post

I didn't want to write this.

I still don't want to write this.

I said to myself, "Self, don't write this."

Unfortunately, I feel like I should at least mention this sooner rather than later, so that you all aren't taken by surprise.

From day one, launching my website and starting all the…

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World Building: Methods of World Building

Hello and welcome to the series on World Building.  This is going to be a mondo-gigantic series, so let’s just start right in.

First, what is world building?  World building is the term that writers or other creators use to describe the process of creating a believable world or environment in …

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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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