NaNoWriMo: Days 18-20

Mysterious MansionThe weekend saw me absolutely swamped by kids’ sports, my wife’s birthday, and paid writing projects. Advancing my NaNoWriMo plot in a coherent manner became a struggle with all these other obligations. I focused on pushing through and at least getting my plot so far straight in my head so I could work on pressing onward when I have more time.

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Raising Future Gentleman Isn’t As Straightforward As It Seems

Boy CrusaderEvery school day, my daughter waits at the bus stop with another girl and a little boy. The parents chat in the cold until the bus finally rolls around the corner and down the block. As the kids line up, the boy’s father tells his son to show some chivalry and let the girls go first.

Because this has become daily routine, the words “Ladies first” have stuck in my head. I definitely don’t want to fault the dad for trying to raise a gentleman. But I now wonder what the definition of a gentleman really is. Does chivalry serves its purpose in a society where people better recognize gender inequality?

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This Weekend: Local Authors Fest


I’ll be at the Swanton Public Library this Saturday for their Local Authors Fest! I’ll have copies of Greystone ValleyConquest of Greystone Valley, and more – including one of the last hardcopies of my first novel, Shadowslayers.

The event runs from 10:00 AM to noon on Saturday, November 18th. This is a great chance to check out the works of writers in northwestern Vermont and have some fun!

Find out more about the event here!



Out Now: Shaking Up Assumptions

Shaking Up AssumptionsThe Pathfinder Roleplaying Game features dozens of races and classes. Many settings assume that all these species and occupations exist. But what if the GM wants to shake up
assumptions and create world that lacks forest-loving elves, mountain-dwelling
dwarves, or knights in full plate mail? A few adjustments to the standard races and classes in your game can create interesting new settings without having to deviate away from the rules players know so well.

A new article for EN World’s TRAILseeker online magazine, “Shaking Up Assumptions” provides a way for you to create an interesting new setting in moments, just by tweaking the standard Pathfinder race and class lists. It also provides the starting point for two new campaign settings based on these techniques.

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NaNoWriMo, Days 11 and 12

AutumnThe word count requirements of NaNoWriMo can be very helpful when developing characters. The need to push through to a certain word count by the end of the day means that I add in a lot of extra details to keep things moving. While some of these words will wind up on the cutting room floor during revision, they give useful insight to the characters and their mannerisms that can be used later on.

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