Writing and parenting on the daily


my childhood russian edition of lord of the rings had the most amazing, medievally styled illustrations by sergey yuhimov. 

i haven’t appreciated them when i was a child (i obviously wanted something more aesthetically obvious), but now i think they’re just - really badass. going to upload all i could find, in three posts.

part 2

part 3

part 4

These are so fantastic.

101 Ongoing Plot Hooks for DnD and Pathfinder


1. Stolen sin

A series of robberies throughout Kazan have targeted churches, wizard’s studies and alchemical laboratories. The robbers unique modus operandi of bypassing security measures through finesse and infiltration identifies them as a freelance group made up of an elven thief, a…

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Superman, then, is the agent of modern fable — the most compelling
fable the 20th Century gave us….

At the heart of that myth and legend is Romance.
That is not the same as the weak, whiny demands of soapopera that begin with “characterisation” and crap on with demands for
ever more levels of “conflict”, “jeopardy”, “ensemble writing”, “tight
continuity” and all the rest of that bollocks. These things are unimportant.
Many of them just completely get in the way of the job at hand.
SUPERMAN requires only the sweep and invention and vision that
myth demands, and the artistry and directness and clean hands that
Romance requires.

SUPERMAN is about someone trying their best to save the world, one
day at a time; and it’s about that person’s love for that one whose intellect
and emotion and sheer bloody humanity completes him. It’s about
Superman, and it’s about Lois and Clark. And that’s all there is. That’s
the spine. That must be protected to the death, not lost in a cannonade
succession of continuing stories.

That’s what, in the continuing rush to top the last plotline, I see getting lost.

Brief, Disconnected Notes On An American Mythology (via ragnell)

(Source: therearecertainshadesoflimelight, via creepingmonsterism)

Culture Porn.: Thought Verbs by Chuck Palahniuk


A friend in my writing group passed this along to me. A bible of sorts for aspiring writers:

In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows,…