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Brooke Shaffer

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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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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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