What if. . .

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

How did you lot put up with me?

So, I was going through old posts on here, and I'm just wondering how people managed to put up with the younger me.
So I'd like to apologize to you for the git that the younger me was and thank you, for putting up with me. I hope my character has improved somewhat since I grew older.


If there isn't a new post on this blog within the next three weeks, I give you all permission to write horrible, CAPS LOCK filled comments and things.

Is there something about writing or writing related things that you'd like to see on this blog? Suggest it in the comment box below.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Put the balloons back, darlings, I make no promises

There was, once upon a time, long long ago, a point to this blog.
I figure it's about time I went a found a point for it.
What does this mean for you?
Well, quite simply, it means that the hiatus should be over.
And now back to our [ir]regular program.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


[I started this blog September, 2009.]
And after almost a year of blogging, Shadowspinner is going on hiatus.
I'm taking a break, and school has provided the perfect opportunity. I don't know when I'll be back, posting regularly again.
Please note that Thief of Words will still be updating.
Thanks for sticking around,
- roguewriter

Friday, August 06, 2010

Arranged Marriages part 1

Yes, all you writers group people - my brain is still on the topic of marriage.
There are typically 2 - count them - two ways arranged marriages work in stories.
1. The person getting married finds his/her true love in the person s/he been arranged to marry.
2. S/he ends up running away from the arranged marriage with his/her true love.
(We touched on a much less popular option a couple meetings ago - two people living together. One working very hard during the day and then spending his nights a late night bar that he owns and the other working very hard as well, and living with her nose in a book/writing.)
The 2nd "official" option seems to be more popular, probably because it adds "conflict" (and usually angst, but that's a different post.).

I read a book for school recently that included arranged marriages. Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan. Granted, the main character's didn't go terribly well, but her stepsister got married and seemed to do quite well in her life. We needs more of that, arranged marriages that work, but aren't necessarily "Troo wuv".
Think about culture, and the character his/herself. Is she really going to throw tantrums because she doesn't want to marry a man she's heard is kind and gentle?

And I can't help but wonder about the divorce rate in fictional works, particularly fantasy/SF. I guess that would depend on the culture you've created.

See these rants for more information. Arranged Marriages . . . Oh, and Duty-Bound Protagonists
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I need to stop watching Doctor Who so close to bedtime. . . it sends my mind into overdrive.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Have a rant or two

This is one of my favourite things on the internet.
Limyaael's Rants. http://www.forresterlabs.com/limyaael/
I advise you click on the 'live journal' links for each rant. (The little pencil icon next to each rant of the list. The comments are interesting)
The rants cover everything from Abused Characters to Writing without and Outline.

May I suggest the rant on arranged marriages to you, rock4ever95 (And just about everyone else)? I find it quite interesting.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Quote of the day

"Writers aren't exactly people.... they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald