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Grace currently lives in Ohio where she's an arms dealer by day and weekend dog wrangler. She often complains about the lack of decent sci-fi these days while playing with her fountain pens and typewriter.

She is an avid student of stories, analyst, and writer who's more interested in experimenting with new forms of storytelling than adhering to traditional methods. She always questions classical thinking and enjoys sharing what she's discovered.

Got a burning question related to writing fiction or storytelling in general? I'll be happy to answer! Simply send a note! :note:

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What part of story development are you the most confident about? 

16 deviants said Coming up with the concept
14 deviants said Character development
6 deviants said World building
2 deviants said Conflict/antagonist
2 deviants said Plot

The Importance of Good Endings

Sat Oct 3, 2015, 9:42 AM
"If you don’t deliver an emotionally satisfying ending, you haven’t given your audience what they came for. You’ve told them what they already knew. That life is tough. That love is rare. That dreams largely go unpursued or unfulfilled. Like they need reminding. People go to the cinema to be reminded of the potential of the human experience because that gives them the heart--gives us the heart--to go on. The audience is boss. I for one am going to try to give my boss what they paid for. A decent ending."

Allen Palmer

Side notes: It's cold where I live now, and I hate it. Got a new fountain pen yesterday. Plotted a new story. Witting some awesome new articles for NaNoPlotMo. Working on a secret project. Still in lurker mode on dA.

  • Listening to: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  • Reading: Writing Screenplays that Sell
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Eating: Bagels
  • Drinking: Cider

Looking for a Guinea Pig/Apprentice

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 2:29 PM

Update Oct. 2015: CLOSED

I'll make an announcement when/if it's open again. :aww:

I've decided to activate lurker mode on my dA account for a while to pursue some personal projects (taking an online writing course, my novel, finding a new job, adjusting to having a new roommate, etc.), and I need to get rid of some distractions. If I can't quickly keep up with it from my cell phone while on breaks or while playing ChickIt! with my dogs, I'm going to have to step away for a while. Will I come back eventually? Perhaps ... we shall see how it goes. (If I made a commitment to do something, I will keep it.)

But I don't want to leave without taking one of you with me! I mean, I don't want to write in a vacuum, and teaching other people what I've learned about writing is still incredibly important to me. I just need to do things a bit differently for awhile, so I've decided to try taking on one, singular apprentice. Obviously, I'm nowhere close to knowing everything there is to know about writing and storytelling, but I was classically trained in a library. 

So, you want to be my Guinea pig? I'd love to work with:

- Someone who's interested in writing fictional prose either as a novel, series of stories, or screenwriting. (I don't do poetry.)

- Someone who already has at least a basic knowledge and understanding of writing and storytelling because I'd like to focus on advanced techniques ... you know, where all the fun and magic happen. 

- Someone who has an open mind and is willing to listen, learn, share ideas, experiment and try new things, research, read, rewrite, edit, work hard, etc. It's not gonna work if you're just looking for validation or a beta reader.

- Someone who doesn't just want help on a current, short-term project but also wants to learn storytelling and writing theory that will transfer to future writing projects.

- Someone who can work with me approx. once a week on places like Skype IM, email, google drive, etc.

- Bonus points if you love sci-fi, cyberpunk (or any punk sub-genre), magic realism, and other awesome subject matter!

Just to clarify, I won't ask you to read or critique any of my writing unless you want to. Also, I have a disrinct perspective and writing style, so obviously some bias is unavoidable.

Think you're down for the challenge? Send me a note telling me why you'd like to be my Guinea pig/apprentice (just be blatantly honest) and a BRIEF description of your current writing abilities and/or projects. Seriously, be brief. :grumpycat: 

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Until next time, write on.
illuminara AKA Grace

P. S. I will still be on tumblr!

So I was scoping out a screenwriting blog the other day, as I often do, and came across this article declaring you a rockstar writer if your story passes the Bechdel test. I wouldn't go that far (even as a joke), but it's an interesting concept.

What is the Bechdel test? According to Wikipedia

The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in films and other fiction, and to call attention to gender inequality in fiction due to sexism.

The Bechdel test is named for the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, in whose comic strip
Dykes to Watch Out For it first appeared in 1985. Bechdel credited the idea to a friend, Liz Wallace, and to the writings of Virginia Woolf. 

What Hollywood flicks have passed this test? Here's the complete list. Surprisingly few until recently, but sometimes it's painfully obvious when they're trying way too hard. For instance, I went to see The Man from U.N.C.L.E. last week (it was surpassingly good), and halfway through a scene between the female antagonist and a completely toss-out female character struck me as odd and a waste of good screen time. Later I realized it was the only scene in the movie that could've given it a passing grade. 

So what do you think? Were you familiar with the Bechdel test? Do your stories pass? Is the Bechdel test a first step toward bringing gender equality to mainstream storytelling? Or is it more like a gimmick to appease feminists? How important is equal gender representation to good storytelling? Does the gender of a character play any role in the quality of a story? 

Tell me what you think!

  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: The New Pornographers - Electric Version
  • Watching: Orphan Black
  • Eating: Chinese take-out
  • Drinking: Sparkling grape juice


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ShawneeDawn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the 3D Llama Badge 
illuminara Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! =D
TaylorNicoleReed Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the llama! Here's one in return!!
illuminara Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
wavesandbreakers88 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Writer
Thank you for the llama, amiga :)
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