Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

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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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Writing Historical Fiction: Who

In this installment of WHF, we're going to discuss people, characters and historical figures.

Your first instinct might be to include as many famous historical figures as possible.  Civil War?  Not without Honest Abe.  World War II?  Need me some Churchill and Eisenhower, right?  Not necessarily.…

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Writing Historical Fiction: When and Where

In this first developmental installment of WHF, I'm going to cover the when and where aspect of writing historical fiction.  In elementary school, you probably learned that this was the "setting" of the story.  In the real world, there is so much more to it.

When considering historical fiction,…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Decisions, Decisions

So I'm going to start a new blog series on historical fiction.  Why? you ask.  Because although The Chivalrous Welshman is contemporary, the rest of the series are not.  Owain's novel, Of Saints and Sinners is 99.999% historical.  The Hands of Time series will be majority historical.  Other futu…

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How Am I Supposed To Read These Things?!

You may have noticed it a little at some point in the past couple weeks, but now the big announcement that the next exciting installment of The Timekeeper Chronicles is set for release late next year (think November/December).  That is, The Hands of Time. The new trilogy will focus primarily on …

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Why Star Trek's No Drama Policy Wasn't As Bad As You Think

So the other day, Adam and I were watching Star Trek on TV (Deep Space Nine and Voyager) and I remembered something about the earlier Star Trek shows that few are probably consciously aware of.

From the beginning, Gene Roddenberry decreed that ST was not allowed to have conflict between cha…

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Cloth Books Retiring

Before you get all bent out of shape, know that it's not as bad as it sounds (except for purists, maybe, but I have no control over this).

So I got an email from my printer today saying that blue and gray cloth is being retired and replaced with digital prints.  What does this mean?  Well, if you…

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