Brooke Shaffer

Author, Gamer, and Cat-Collector Extraordinaire

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Character Development: Super Powers and Super Gizmos

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the series on Character Development. Today we’re going to talk about super powers and super gizmos.

First we should define what we’re talking about, though you can probably already guess. For the purposes of our discussion, a super power is any naturally-occur…

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Character Development: Origins, Beginnings, Arcs, and Endings

Welcome back to the series on Character Development and Evolution. Today we’re going to talk about character Origins, Beginnings, Arcs, and Endings.

First we’re going to address the difference between the Origin and the Beginning. Chances are good that we’re not going to meet a character at bi…

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Character Development: Development and Evolution

Welcome one and all to today's topic of Character Development! I went back and forth on this, whether I wanted to make it a series or a one-off. Originally I thought series, then I went one-off, and then it got really long, so I decided to make it a series again.

If you followed the Villains seri…

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100 Free Words

The Chivalrous Welshman

5|Free Time

Saul looked up. “Oh, you wanted to start now?”
“Why not?”
“Because I'm going to kick your ass long before the campers do.”
“Yeah? Try me. I'm no rookie.”
Saul stood then. Even with his bad back, he seemed to grow a foot as he approached. …

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Plot Holes

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a video on Plot Holes.

Plot holes are generally considered the bane of any storyteller’s existence, and if you read or watch any advice on plotting a story, you would think that plot holes are simply lurking about in the shadows, ready to jump out and e…

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World Building: Conlanging

Hello and welcome to the bonus World Building installment on Conlanging! Huzzah! What is a conlang, you ask? It’s simply a mashup of Constructed Language. That’s it. It’s a made up language. You can probably already think of a few right off the top of your head. Klingon, Na’vi, Dothraki, Esperanto.…

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World Building: Language and Communication

Welcome back to the series on World Building. Today we’re going to cover Language and Communication. I went back and forth a few times over whether I wanted to include the Conlanging piece. Eventually I decided to keep them separate. So if you’re really not interested in learning about conlangs, thi…

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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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