Setbacks: In The Interests Of Conflict

“Things are going well. How are they going to slip up?”

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So here you are surfing the internet, thinking you can get on with your day of watching cat videos and streaming Fortnite. WHEN SUDDENLY, A WILD POST APPEARS TO DISTRACT YOU!

…What? No! Get back here! It’s an interruption I am powerless to enforce! Go on, make the mistake of reading it!

…Well, I suppose my plans have hit quite the setback, then.

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Politics: Voting For The Messes

But when we expect the Care Bears to literally defeat evil with positive thinking, it may be VERY unwelcome when they discuss Care-A-Lot’s latest fiscal report.

Well, gee. With a title you can plainly see, I wonder what this week’s topic could be about?

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Using YOUR tax dollars!

…That’s right! It’s POLITICS! One of the jobs it is acceptable to deride as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, right up there with lawyers and your childhood dentist!

But what do huge executive decisions have to do with WRITING? Well, let’s take a look, shall we?

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Building Stories: What Tales Are Made Of

You have the structure to give it a SHAPE, the content to give that shape a MEANING, and the descriptions to give the content LIFE.

Stories. They are made from nothing, painstakingly crafted. Some people say they survive long after the author, gaining a life of their own.

Some writers even say that a story is an organic, living thing, taking unexpected twists even as they write it. That it is, in fact, ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

And much like certain unholy, artificial abominations that should not be, I’m going to show you the components and how to craft them.

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Final Week Fables: Girlem

That’s a STONE-cold look she’s giving. BAZINGA!

On today’s episode of The Write Stuff, I’m doing the unthinkable and…WRITING A STORY! Because yes, I don’t just write about writing, I also WRITE! …Sometimes!

A short story. Based on a random image. What could it possibly be with a title like this?!

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Agendas, Assemble! Also, Black Panther and the Falcon.

Set aside the fact that a Spider-Falcon sounds TERRIFYING and let’s talk about when comics dip into REAL real life!

Agendas. Messages. Themes. From the days of the Golden Age’s Hitler-punching propaganda to the we’ll-hate-mutants-but-not-cosmic-radiation-freaks racism allegories, reality has always had a place in comics. And in today’s age of “This Is The Internet So Any Moron Can Put Their Opinion Online” we also have no shortage of people trying to explain the meanings and intentions of these stories (plus why you are objectively bad if you disagree with them).

However, I’m not here to tell you whether you should lean to the Left, the Right, or the Red. My priority has been and always will be one simple thing: Does it make for a good story?

Well, get your animal suits out of the closet (don’t ask, I know you have them, you bronies, don’t deny it) and let’s take some recent examples from the men themselves: Black Panther and the Falcon!

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