I actually found time to write, today! 1500 words starting out our School of Magic feature for the website, an Elf Hero supplement that I mentioned before. However, I’m going to review it a bit and make a few drawings, so I will most likely post it no sooner than tomorrow (Friday) morning.
In contrast to the Magic Sword bit that I posted last week, which was mostly dialogue, this is almost entirely narration. And so I will probably invent some new bits to pad it out, er, I mean, to make it even better!
It isn’t just guns, but any topic where the reader is an expert and the author is clueless. The problem is that when you write something that the reader knows is terribly wrong, it kicks them right out of the story and ruins the experience for them.
Bonus: how to be a successful writer, in two easy steps!
A. Get good enough that people will give you money for your stuff.
B. Find the people who will give you money for your stuff.
Or as it should be properly linked to get clicks, 2 Weird Tricks to Make $$$ Writing.
UPDATE: Check out these awesome animations demonstrating the inner workings of a handgun in operation. You don’t have to be a gun enthusiast to appreciate the mechanics.
A little note about what’s coming up. The recent post about magic swords represents a plan finally coming together: exploiting relatively static situations for humorous dialogues and small stories, i.e., sitcoms, for the purpose of diverting and entertaining readers while I work on the “real” book. And hopefully entertain people enough to want to throw money at us.
There are quite a number of Big Events in the old Elf Life universe and the upcoming Elf Hero books to sustain the novels. But there are also periods of rest and routine. For example, the elf hero dictating his memoirs to his biographer is a fairly simple and static setup. Every so often, we’ll return to them and listen to Baughb beguile Mudyard Stipling with more nonsensical adventures from his past. But it can’t be that every time. So I’ve been trying to think what other situations I might have that may have equal potential, and have no danger of veering off into a timeline.
I’ve figured out one more now, for sure. Hold on to your hats, because here comes GLYNHIAL’S SCHOOL OF MAGIC! You’ve heard of Hogwarts? This is going to be like homeschooling by comparison. Like Baughb’s memoirs, this takes place a bit after the old webcomic left off. There are three faeries left in the world, and the powerful Glynhial must impart her knowledge to whoever she can find who might possess magic. So we’ll eavesdrop.
This particular “sitcom” won’t make magic tedious, because sometimes Glynhial will find herself student to the capitalistic dress shop owner, Gazinda. The magic school is simply our loose framework.
What else can we do? Perhaps Officer Troll in an occasional Gunsmoke-like confabulation. The Halfogres at home, wherein a former evil mermaid queen struggles with home life. Oh, yeah–I always wanted to do the mermaid pirates, too! Maybe some of this will be preperatory work for other projects to come.
Wish me luck! We still have a lot of awful stuff to get through, here, first.
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