Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure. (Or: infographics I want to hug.)
Graphic by Eduardo L. Lozano
Ugh so pretty
Books & Cupcakes Thank You Book Giveaway!
Hello everyone!! ::waves:: I am thrilled to be hosting this giveaway!! I can’t believe Books & Cupcakes has reached over 10,000 followers! You are all amazing and fantastic! This giveaway is just my small way to say thank you to everyone who follows me, reads my reviews, partakes in the book photo challenge, and sends me lovely messages. I wanted to do something nice for you all as a thank you for your love and support! Thank you all so much!! xoxo Jessica
- This book giveaway will be open WORLDWIDE thanks to the book depository!
- The winner will be able to choose one of the above books.
- Since this is a thank you to my followers, you must be following this blog. I do check!
- You can enter by reblogging and liking this post. There is not a limit to how many times you can reblog this but please be courteous of those who follow you.
- The giveaway ends May 30th. I will chose the winner at 12 noon Eastern Time (United States and Canada). The winner will have 24 hours to respond before I pick a new winner.
- As a winner you need to be comfortable with giving me your address so I can ship the book to you. I pinky promise not to stalk you!
Good luck, fingers crossed that you win and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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There are several kinds of desert:
Trade Wind Deserts
- Very hot
- No cloud cover
- The Sahara
- Experience a wide range of temperatures
- Far from oceans
- Include the Tengger and Sonoran Deserts
Rain Shadow Deserts
- Occur on the leeward side of mountains
- Turpan Depression in China
- Usually on the western edge of continents
- Winter fog is common, but there is very little precipitation
- Atacama Desert, Namibian Coast
- Develop in response to temperature differences in the land and ocean
- Thar Desert and Rajasthan Desert
- Little precipitation
- Snow dunes instead of sand dunes
If you know what kind of desert you want, then you can pattern it after one already on Earth. If you want to get into more worldbuild-y stuff, then read on.
i really love hearing about ghost stories, folklore and the like, and im sure there people out there who can relate, so i decided to throw together a masterpost. this collection is the result of a half hours’ worth of googling around. i apologize if there are any broken links - if you catch one, please fix it. additionally, if you know any good links that arent listed here, feel free to add them!
browse carefully - some of these are pretty creepy. lots of violence and swearing scattered around, etc.
- List of ghosts
- List of common misconceptions
- List of backmasked messages
- Category:Folklore by region
- Category:Folklore by nationality
- Category:Fairy tales by country
- Category:Urban Legends
- Category:Reportedly haunted locations
- Category:Films based on urban legends
Snopes: (warning: some popups! snopes is sometimes an unreliable source, so i suggest taking its articles with a grain of salt, but theyre still a pretty good read.)
- 136 creepy wikipedia articles (not all urban legends, but still a really excellent masterpost!)
- American Folklore (havent delved too deep into this website but it has a lot of content - check the links across the top in the red bar)
- Creepypasta Index - Highest Rated (again, havent read all of these but theres some classics on here i recognize)
- All-Lies (has some irritating ads, but theres a lot of stuff on here. take note of the sweet ’90s flames on the bottom of the page)
- DisneyLies - (sister site to the previous link. im not sure why there are so many creepy myths surrounding disney, but these are pretty good. also has some pretty rad flames)
What kinds of physical affection do your characters like? What don’t they enjoy?
Since eyes are the primary sensory organ for light, it is no surprise that eyes have been called the windows of the soul. Our eyes reflect our outlook, our attitudes, and our openness. Conversely, they tell when we filter or screen out information. Only the very noticeable examples count. If you cannot immediately tell whether a person’s eyes are very wide apart or very close together, don’t read the feature.
- A. Widely Spaced (more than one eye’s width apart): You have a broad, open perspective and a far-sighted imagination, but you hate dealing with details. You may be less grounded than most people and may even be considered “spacey” by those with a narrower field of view. Your challenge is gaining the financial reward you deserve for your broad insights, because compensation for your efforts is a detail you may overlook.
- B. Closely Spaced (less than one eye’s width apart): You are very focused on details and excel at exacting tasks where minute details are important. You do well in positions that require extreme focus, such as accounting, technical support, proofing documents and the like. Your challenge is learning to see the big picture and relating to others on their terms.
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(character version to go along with plot version I did earlier)
- More POCs. Yes, very obvious, you say, but I don’t mean just POC protagonists or POC supporting characters, but also environments, cultures, or even worlds that are predominantly POC.
- More LGBT*QIA. With an emphasis on B, T*, I, and A. I don’t just want queer characters, I want queer communities. I want queer people of compatible orientations that don’t end up with each other just because they’re queer.
- Older heroes. Heroes that are +30 or past their prime. Heroes with families, jobs, and responsibilities. Heroes who can’t go haring off into the wilderness on a vague notion of a quest.
- Strength without being strong. Give me males who are lovers and not fighters. Give me characters who are lovers and fighters. And give me women who are fully developed to be compassionate instead of just being compassionate so they can prop their man up.
- Average characters. Main characters are usually the best at everything, be it looks or abilities. Give me average characters. Give me characters who aren’t the best at what they do, or at least not as good as they think they are.
- More female interaction. A lot of fictional women rely on their male lovers or male friends for comfort, advice, or daily socialization. I’d like to see more women interacting with women for all this comfort or whatever. Women friendships, women relationships, women family members. More women.
- More friendships. This goes along with an emphasis on queer/queer friendships, female/female friendships, and male/female totally 100% platonic friendships. Our friends are very important and we totally shaft them in fiction.
- Relationships that aren’t happily ever after. Whether you plan them that way or not. Make casual relationships where people kiss and snuggle but it’s just the physical comfort and they don’t move past it. Make relationships centered on sex. Make relationships where getting together seemed like a great idea, but the characters find they have too many differences and break up. Make relationships where the characters repeatedly break up and get back together because they’re in a love/hate/love/hate cycle.
- Different love triangles. Everyone is familiar with the Character A loves Characters B and C. Characters B and C love A. A must choose between them. There are so many other configurations of that triangle! And I have yet to see a triangle resolve in a threesome.
- Extroverted characters. If you can write a character of another gender or a 1000 year old half-dragon elf warrior maid, you can write an extroverted character. It’s not hard! And it’s totally awesome for your plot because extroverted characters will keep tabs on everyone and probably be more keen to strange behaviors that your plot hinges on.
+ hey, okay so this, my friends is a masterlist of 250 female names, in alphabetical order. some of them are overused and some and rarely used at all, but I kinda like all of them, so here you go. like or reblog if this helped, or don’t, I don’t really care.