Category Archives: writing

RPG Sourcebook Writing 101

My friend Lee remarked that they’d love to see someone post a RPG Supplements Writing 101 course. Here was my response: Rule #1: Find a premise that gets you going, “I would spend money on THAT!“ Rule #2: Outline the … Continue reading

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Personification of Complexity: Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018

“For a brief time, I was here. And for a brief time, I mattered.” – Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018Among the most polarizing figures in American literature, Harlan Ellison epitomized not giving a shit while deeply giving a shit. He could be … Continue reading

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Crucibles, Not Comfort

Magic is imagination’s song. Crafted by skillful hands, inspired by able minds, it leaps the gulf between what CAN’T BE and what IS. Cynics dismiss it. Fate undoes it. But with passion, hard work, and will, the future manifests from … Continue reading

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Under an Enchanted Round Table

What a beautiful evening it was. That brilliant sky-cathedral arced overhead like a gateway to eternity, sun sparkling across the waves, igniting them with Nature’s impossible passion for itself. Cascades of colors too rich for words to capture painted that … Continue reading

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“Where Can I Find your Fiction?”

They strain: wolf and woman, struggling. Red cords burn across their skins, biting deep enough to bleed. Rich scents coil as they breathe, reaching in and drawing out again. The wolf thrashes in her grip. She dodges its teeth and … Continue reading

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Green-Room Writing: The Scenes They Never See

Not everything in a story happens on the page. When an author writes material that occurs “offstage,” that so-called “green-room writing” may inform the events that the audience sees. Giving foundations for the characters, their motivations, personalities and activities, green … Continue reading

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Mage 20 Q&A, Part II: Who’s Satyr, and What Does He Have to do With Mage?

PART II: A SEATTLE SATYR IN THE WORLD OF DARKNESS COURT (For Part I, click here.) (“Verbena,” from Mage: The Ascension 1st Edition; art by Michael William Kaluta.) Q: What’s your involvement with White Wolf, Onyx Path, and the World … Continue reading

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Mage 20 Q&A, Part I: What IS Mage, Anyway?

PART I: WHAT’S MAGE, AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?   Q: For people who may not know about it already, could you please describe what Mage: The Ascension is all about, and tell us what Mage means to you? Put … Continue reading

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A Testament of The Fragile Path

…And I have seen it pass sterile into textbooks, just more facts to be learned to please a stern tutor, then forgotten when the lesson is over. But the lessons of the Awakened must never end. By the divine Avatar … Continue reading

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Some Writerly Advice/ The Four Questions Approach

When a fan asked me this morning if I had any advice, I dashed this off. Thought it might be of interest to other folks as well. Enjoy!  ___________________________________________ Write. Read. Polish your work, and always look to improve it. … Continue reading

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