The Introvert Hangover

I’m a pretty introverted person, so the idea of an introvert hangover is something I’m familiar with. I usually manage to avoid it, though. There’s a story my dad tells that pretty well warned me to watch how I was feeling and get some time outside as needed. But I’ve never quite reached the level that it was entirely necessary. At least, not until recently.

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Prompt #20: What Would Indy Do?

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #20: The best heroes surprise us by taking actions we never saw coming.

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A Couple of Character Arcs

The plot for the novel I want to write next is not coming easily. It’s becoming rather aggravating, actually. I have main characters, long term plots, histories, villains, mentors, traitors, secrets, and they’re all set in a world that I can imagine to a wonderfully vivid degree. Most of my worlds end up becoming rather generic, or simply resembling what TV shows I’ve been watching lately. Or else it doesn’t really matter what it looks like exactly, because the focus is on what’s happening. This world, I can literally see it in my head, and I love it.

I even know what my long-range goals are for the series. But I still don’t have a plot for my first novel. I do, however, have character arcs for my main characters, and that is the start of something.

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Mistborn Review

I almost titled this post “Brandon Sanderson’s books are my jam.” I recently finished reading the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and honestly now I think he’s one of my favorite authors. I can’t say for sure yet, because he’s got a fairly large body of work and I’ve only read this one series (oh, and Warbreaker) but at the very least I have really enjoyed reading these books. Based on these books, Brandon Sanderson writes the kinds of books that I like to read, so I’m going to keep reading them (when I can find them at the library, at least).

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Prompt #19: That Was Lucky

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #19: Let your hero succeed through pure dumb luck. Just make sure the pendulum swings both ways.

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The Value of a Decent Book

I’ve been reading the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. It’s a pretty standard fantasy series. The Roman-style setting is a bit different, but most of it is still a fairly standard set of twists and turns. The big twist is easily seen from the end of the first book, despite the fact that it’s not overtly stated until book 4. And I’m enjoying it.

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January/February Report

At the end of 2020, I managed to burn myself out pretty good on, well, everything. It was a long year, and I kind of pushed myself a bit too hard to keep busy. Because, hey, I couldn’t go anywhere or do a lot of things or go to my job half the time, but at least I could write. So I wrote. Right up until about an hour before midnight on December 31st.

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