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FFC #71 - Subplots, and what's next

Posted May 1st, 2021 at 01:23 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #71

So after the somewhat dismal last FFC, I have some good news. After extensive discussion with TAF (thanks again for your input), I think I've nailed down the issue behind the absent middles in my stories, and how to fix them. All that remains now is to put my theories to the test.

Basically the solution comes down to adding subplots, so you can expect the next story to have several mini-stories going on throughout it in addition to the main plot. I have done this before with HiS, but I'll be approaching subplots from a different angle this time, so we'll see what happens.

That leaves one remaining question: what is the next story?

For a while now, I've had basically two stories sloshing around in my head. Interest wavers between them at random intervals, but neither can really seem to get off the ground. They are:
  • A sequel to Valkyrie, continuing the history of Valhalla. I've been
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FFC #70 - Why math is not like writing

Posted April 26th, 2021 at 09:40 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #70

I'm beginning to see why some people like math. In math the rules are absolute. The goals are plain. The obstacles are clear. There is a right way to solve every problem.

I admit to not being a mathematician. Therefore my interpretation of the field may not be entirely accurate.

Writing is like the opposite of math. Some things have rules, some do not. What rules there are must be followed, bent, or broken depending on the situation. There are usually several goals, and defining them is not easy. You also never know if you have the right goal or if you're working towards something else. The obstacles are hard to find for the same reason. If the goal is wrong, the obstacle is too. Often there are multiple obstacles. There are a multitude of right ways to solve every problem, each of which offer varying levels of success. Sometimes solutions create more problems.

It's easy to wish for...
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ScapeCon 2021!!!

Posted April 20th, 2021 at 09:10 AM by truth
Announcing ScapeCon 2021: July 29th-August 1st!



Join us for 4 days of HeroScape (and other games)!

HeroScape Events Schedule

Where:
Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport hotel
8555 Stansted Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Badge Price: $385
This assumes 30 people. We will refund part of the cost if we get more.
BADGE DEPOSIT INFO
Your badge includes the following:
1. All meals beginning Thurs. morning with breakfast and ending with Sunday morning breakfast. That's ten meals. Also mid-afternoon snacks.
2. Gaming from Thurs. morning 9am through Sun. afternoon 2pm. Ballroom closes from midnight to 8am.
3. All prizes. Prizes for top 2 in each tournament. Prizes for attending (some of the alt art cards which look fantastic.) Prize wall based on tickets you receive for games played and games won. (Listen to the podcast.)
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Hot Iron

Posted April 6th, 2021 at 01:09 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I am very projected oriented. I like setting a goal, accomplishing it and then setting a new goal and repeating. Itís a system Iíve tinkered with for most of my life and have used it to be productive. And at this moment, I hate it.

I donít like it because it never lets me rest. One thing is finished, time to start more. There are always more ideas, further things to work on. Rest seems like laziness. But I am feeling worn out just now.

I just finished a productive period. I completed nine projects that I was working on. I like working on more than one at a time, that way I donít get bored. Nine didnít seem like too many at the time. But now Iím burned out.

I usually joke with myself that I can last two days before starting something new- a project, a company, anything- and those two days will be filled with endless exciting ideas.

Some of the projects are longer term, covering a couple years. Some are wholly dependent on how...
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FFC #69 - The stories which won't leave

Posted March 13th, 2021 at 12:58 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #69

In the years I've been writing fan fiction, there have been a lot of ideas I've come up with for stories which - for one reason or another - don't make it. Those story ideas usually fade away as others take their place. But of all the stories I've come up with and failed to write, there are two (well really one) which refuse to go away. They keep nagging me, suggesting that there's more to them than I originally thought, and that they need to be written.

I wanted to share those two (one) story ideas with you, because for now, there's a good chance they will combine to give you the next fan fiction. And no, they won't spoil anything.

The first story was created back in 2017. I had finished aCoS earlier that year, and was casting about for any story which would stick. It would be nearly two years until HiS came around.

One such story I considered was originally the result of this post....
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