Oh, this is so late it’s embarrassing. Here it is, though! I’m going to be working on this or Out of Thyme for Wednesday probably.

I got caught up in reading Girl Genius again, so…yeah.

Hope you like this!


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Tropes form the backbone of writing conventions in all mediums. We know who the hero is, who the villains are, what the setting is, and what the genre is thanks to tropes. A lot of tropes are good, many are useful, but a lot of tropes are problematic. Things from the Femme Fatale to the animation age ghetto to Men Are Dumb, Women Are Emotional there’s lots of tropes that support negative and false stereotypes that affect how people think of and interact with media of all types.

What are your thoughts on problematic tropes? What are your “favorites”?

This is the first chapter of Out of Thyme, a novel I’ve been trying to write since November. This is not, however, the novel I started for NaNoWriMo – I still have that version but this is a rewrite. Different beginning, different style, different feel. Changing how I’m approaching the characters. I hope you like it.

In other news, there’s a possibility that I may be shopping for investors soon. Looking forward to that. I still need all of the help I can get for the mean time, though, so if you’ve got a few dollars to spare please consider Donating or Subscribing to The Writing Engine on your Kindle. It’s all greatly appreciated.

Also, this post is prepared ahead of time and I’m telling you this and ruining the illusion because I’m seeing The Hunger Games tonight and I’m very, very excited. I will probably be exuberant about it tomorrow if you catch me on G+, Facebook, or Twitter. I read the entire trilogy a few weeks ago and I loved it. The movie looks amazing. I’m kind of squeeing, at least as much as my sardonic and stoic countenance can squee.

To the story!


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March 22, 2012

Not long ago, the delightful Aly Hughes nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. This is rather touching, since I don’t participate with a lot of blogs here on WordPress (more from time than anything) and it found me when I was feeling pretty dark about a lot of things. So, here’s to Aly! And here’s to the Liebster in general!


Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging.

The rules are simply:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favourite bloggers and keep it going!

My Liebster Blog Award Nominees:

I only have one, unfortunately, but it’s a friend.

The Hypothetical Bus Stop

So today is a bit of a fantasy piece, technically, in my fantasy setting Royan. I’m not sure how I feel about it right now but, y’know, what the hell! Let’s put it up here. I wrote it yesterday and I’m pretty happy with it right now. Can’t ever tell what the crowd’s gonna think.

My readership may or may not be falling lately, though. I need your help, my reader’s help, getting the word out if you can. Please share the blog with someone today? In fact, if you ask me nicely I’ll write a short story just for you if you’ll share it with your social circles. ‘Cause amplification is the name of the game; if I’m going to start supporting myself on my swan’s song, it’s going to take a lot of people paying attention to me. With enough people paying attention, if I start getting donations, I may be able to move this to its own server, start hosting ads, and start trying to be a real self-supported writer. Commission covers, browbeat editors, y’know. Pretend I’m an author on the big stage.

In the mean time, though, I hope you enjoy our own version of community theater that we’ve got going on here.


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I don’t have anything to write on today. The words just won’t come to me.

So, I’ve got a couple of things for you here. First, a discussion; help me plan a good fantasy story. I’m talking about really, really high level planning. Hero saves the girl, hero gets a magic weapon, hero is a girl who saves a boy and a girl. I don’t know. Just ridiculously high level plot stuff. Then I’ll fill it in with later posts here on the Engine.

The other thing, below the fold, is a game I’ve been playing. Though the one I’m working on right now is a doozy. Here are the rules.

You give me A Name, A Gender, A Writing Genre, and Three Things You Like About Yourself.

In return, I give you a brief description of a character. Easy as pie. Check out what I’ve done so far after the jump.

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Today’s a weird day. I’m feeling especially vulnerable for a lot of reasons, mostly emotional ones, and I’m not sure what to do with myself. I also couldn’t shower this morning because the building the shower’s in was locked. So I feel grimy as well as insecure and kind of worthless. It’s been stars all around, let me tell ya’.

I also missed even starting my post for today by almost an hour, let alone finishing it and posting it. Once more, you get fresh and unedited work thanks to my ‘lifestyle’. Today, though, it’s a little bit of insight into my physical condition through my steampunk mouthpiece, Patience Argyle. I hope you like it. Or at least learn something interesting.


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