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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Gamer, and Cat-Collector Extraordinaire

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World Building: Magic and Sorcery

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Today we’re going to cover magic and sorcery. While not appropriate to every story, I still wanted to include it for completeness. And even if you don't have wizards and spells, it may apply elsewhere. I would place Time in this realm, for example.

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World Building: Science and Technology

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Today we’re going to talk about the Science and Technology of your people.

When you hear “science and technology,” it’s tempting to think of computers, space ships, and other elements of the modern day. But science is simply studying and learning ab…

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Fun Stuff and the Big Announcement

For a while I've been promising a big announcement in relation to Wolf Pack, but I didn't want to reveal it until the book had actually come out.

And the big announcement?

Wolf Pack is getting a video game!  Yay!...?

All information can be found on BitChute.  But here is a rundown of the …

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World Building: Environment, World and Space

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Now that we’re out of the Social Life segment, we’re going to talk about the environment, world and space.

Now, it’s tempting, when writing science fiction and fantasy, to throw in five moons of all different colors, add in a few psychedelic plant…

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Comparing Stories: The Mule vs. Honest Thief

Adam and I went on a Redbox spree a few weeks ago, and during this spree we ended up watching a couple of movies that were very similar (yes, yes, most of them are pretty copy-catish, but these were remarkably similar).  These were The Mule and Honest Thief.

Spoilers ahead.  You have been war…

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State of the Production Address

Because let's face it, you'd rather listen to me (or most anyone else) than any politician right now.

Let's start with the audiobooks.

Free Time is now an audiobook, will be on sale starting March 1.  Yay!  Accordingly, all of the 10 Facts have been caught up.  Sorry, I didn't realize I had fo…

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10 Facts About Free Time

In honor of Free Time being released as an audiobook, here are ten facts about the story, and the story behind the story.

  • Laura was a character that magically appeared out of thin air.  I hadn't planned on her being there, and then suddenly she was.  I didn't backtrack because I was just as…

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10 Facts About Stopwatch

In honor of Stopwatch being released as an audiobook, here are some interesting facts about the book, audiobook, and story itself.

  • Jenna is based off of someone I went to high school with, who was more acquaintance than friend.  She was as much of a bitch in real life as in the book.
  • The …

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World Building: Social Life 3

Welcome to the last installment on Social Life in the World Building series. Previously, we have covered childhood through adulthood. Today we’re going to cover old age and retirement.

When is someone in your society considered old? Is there a physical age that must be reached, or a mental stat…

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10 Facts About Windup

With the release of Windup as an audiobook, I decided it would be cool to showcase some interesting trivia about it, be it story or production.

  1. Windup was released the same year as Tick Tock, primarily because I really wanted to kickstart the series and get it going, and so I could release O…

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10 Facts About Tick Tock

With the release of Tick Tock as an audiobook, I thought it would be fun and exciting to let you in on a few interesting tidbits, facts, and secrets about the book, from the story itself to some of the production behind it.

  1. Tommen's petition was not in the original plans.  He and Sifura were…

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World Building: Social Life 2

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Today is part two of Social Life. In part one, we covered childhood, how your people, be they human or alien, come into existence, how they learn and interact with their society, and how they become adults.

Today we’re going to talk about adulthood, t…

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Some Thoughts Floating Around

If you don't know that the world has changed in the last year, I would very much like to join you under your rock.

For the rest, these are a few thoughts that have been floating around my head lately.

The Chivalrous Welshman was originally set to be sixteen books.  Then it got shortened to fif…

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World Building: Social Life 1

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Today we’re going to talk about Social Life. This will be the first of three installments.

This first installment is going to deal with birth through adulthood, how your people—be they humanoid or alien—grow up, how they are shaped in and by their w…

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An Update and a Lack of Updates

A few things to say and do, so I'll just run through them.

First, I finally managed to dump Windows and migrate over to Linux.  Most of my programs are available in Linux, so there is no problem with any of the writing portion, and everything involving print editions is perfectly in tact.

Tha…

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Mulan: Then and Now

I think it was last summer that I posted a thing about The Lion King, how the new live-action compared to the original animation.  I mentioned that I would do the same for Mulan when it came out.  Well, we don't have Disney+ and even if we did, we weren't going to pay extra for it, especial…

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World Building: Religion and Morality

Now let's jump into the other most controversial topic, religion!

So this installment is going to cover made up religions, usually found in science fiction or fantasy. If your story involves in any significant measure any religion in use on Earth today (or even not in use, but still one that can …

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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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