Dieselpunk

With George R. R. Martin, we talked a lot about world building and genre-blending. What better send off than Twit Publishing's call for Dieselpunk submissions? "What is Dieselpunk? Dieselpunk is a re-imagining of the diesel-era (the post-World War I era to the early 1950s). It's gangsters, bootleggers, swing, Mexican revolutionaries, Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde,... Continue Reading →

A Game of Thrones Trailer to See Us On Our Way

Unfortunately, my friends, today is our last day with George R.R. Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire series. But don't worry. If you need your fix...the HBO series kicks off this Sunday at 9:00. To whet your appetite, here's one of the trailers (I picked this one because I love the song in... Continue Reading →

Last Minute Stories and Editing: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

It's Spring Break, so I almost forgot it was Tuesday. Time to be held accountable!Here is what I did last week:1. As Ali posted on Saturday, Hayden's Ferry Review has put out the call for their "In the Dark" issue. Oliver and I decided that would be a fun experiment for our writer's group and... Continue Reading →

The Hedgehog and Feast for Crows – Incomplete Series Troubles?

I am of the general belief that revisions can wait until the book is done. Finish the rough draft, take a break, come back and rework the story accordingly. My reasoning for this is pretty straightforward: you don't know what you've got until you've finished it. Though, yes, you can certainly revise as you go... Continue Reading →

In the Dark

Tomorrow is this month's writers group and Jenny and Oliver challenged us all to submit a story that fits the Hayden's Ferry Review call for submissions. The theme is "In the dark" and I'm curious to see how many people in the group took the challenge.Also, I'm passing on the challenge, because the more the... Continue Reading →

Themes of Strength and Weakness

Robert Baratheon, Eddard Stark, Jamie Lannister, Tywin Lannister... What do all of these characters have in common? Power and strength. These are the guys who have the guts, the glory, and/or the gold.Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen... Here are the underdogs. They don't have the strength, they don't have the political clout,... Continue Reading →

Revising the Plan: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Happy Tuesday, writerly folk! Tuesdays are accountability day here at Place for the Stolen...so time to see what we accomplished writing-wise this past week:1. Okay, so I know last week I said to hold me accountable for the End-of-April rough draft plan. I'm here to say that perhaps that was a smidge hasty. I've been... Continue Reading →

When the Learning Curve is Steep – Sometimes HBO Can Help

Confession time: I watched the entire first season of the Game of Thrones HBO series before I read the books. I know. I know. It was very Impure Reader of me. I should be thrown on the hellfire that awaits those who use CliffsNotes to write research papers. (Yeah, I know! There are people out there that do that!... Continue Reading →

Westeros The Super Map!!!

Oh, this is good, people. For those of you who love Game of Thrones you must go check out this kickass map of George R.R. Martin's fictional world!You may now go about your business.

First Lesson

Today's prompt is a quote from Game of Thrones. Write a story/scene that starts with the following:"First lesson. Stick them with the pointy end."

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