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Season 3

Avoiding Fantasy Stereotypes—And Sometimes Not
Episode 14
July 8, 2017

Season 3 draws to a close with this first installment of a two-part grand essay about how I avoid, and sometimes do not avoid, stereotypes in The Curious Tale. A scintillating read! Well, if you like scholastic analysis. =]

Obscure Words: A New Social Media Feature
Episode 13
July 1, 2017

Over the years I've compiled my own dictionary of interesting words. This week I'm premiering a new social media feature that takes a look at these words and why I find them interesting.

Episode 12
June 24, 2017

Do you like alliteration?! Chicanery?! Unbearable cleverness?! Well, then do I have the Curious Tale Saturdays article for you! This week’s article is all about wordplay in The Curious Tale.

Sex Quota
Episode 11
June 17, 2017

This week, in the conclusion to the miniseries, I discuss a system that I use in my writing to counterbalance my own male gaze, again as a way of guiding reader perceptions. Work-safe unless your colleagues are prudes!

Sex Hazards
Episode 10
June 10, 2017

This week, in the first installment of a two-part miniseries, I write about some of the problems that I have to anticipate when it comes to guiding readers’ perceptions of and attitudes around sex and sexuality. Work-safe!

New Curious Score Music
Episode 9
June 3, 2017

This week, listen to one of the musical themes for Grieve Black!

The Music Pages Are Updated
Episode 8
May 27, 2017

It's a short article this week. The site's music pages are updated! Going forward, you'll be readily able to access all the Curious Tale music I publish.

The Seven Meals: Sodish Food Ways (Part 2)
Episode 7
May 20, 2017

This week we're finishing our look at the seven meals in Sodish culture, and the customs surrounding them.

The Seven Meals: Sodish Food Ways (Part 1)
Episode 6
May 13, 2017

In the the great desert metropolis of Soda Fountain, there are typically seven meals in the day. Here's a look at those meals, and the customs surrounding them.

Episode 5
March 4, 2017

This week's article is about putting different things together.

Marketing Update
Episode 4
February 25, 2017

An exciting update on my marketing efforts, including the (pseudo-)completion a major website update!

Undemocratic Gala
Episode 3
February 18, 2017

This week I explore the fact that I am a meritocrat rather than a democrat, and I discuss the autocratic meritocracy in Gala and compare it to fascism.

Afiach on the Mountain: What It Means to Mellow Out
Episode 2
February 11, 2017

In this special episode, I write about a fundamental evolution in my worldview, and how the character of Afiach Bard encapsulates this change. Join me as we delve into my philosophy, history, and very nature.

Welcome to Year 3! The Year of the Audience
Episode 1
February 4, 2017

Here I talk about my grand project for 2017: building the Curious Tale fan community and breaking even financially.

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Season 2

What the Characters Think of Themselves
Episode 23
February 27, 2016

A series of short interviews with a number of characters on the subject of their self-images, preambled by a little anthropology.

A Non-Pep-Talk & The Curious Score No. 4
Episode 22
February 20, 2016

I muse freely for a bit on my current artistic woes, then give the second half of the article to Entry No. 4 in The Curious Score. That's right: a new piece of music!

An Exploration of Sexual Self-Expression on the Occasion of Deploying Nonbinary Gendered Pronouns
Episode 21
February 13, 2016

This week, on the occasion of integrating nonbinary gendered pronouns into The Curious Tale, I explore my practice of occasionally indicating a character's sex for purely sexually self-expressive purposes.

Musings Upon My Stylistic Limitations
Episode 20
February 6, 2016

This week in my plot development miniseries I muse upon a couple of my deliberate but unfortunate stylistic limitations in The Curious Tale: comedy and energy.

My Plot Development Process (Part 6)
Episode 19
January 30, 2016

This week in my plot development miniseries I look at the various story "drivers," such as "plot-driven" stories, "character-driven" stories, and so forth.

Let's Talk About Accessibility
Episode 18
January 23, 2016

This week I talk about the accessibility of my work and solicit your opinions. Do you think Book I could take a little more challenge than the Prelude had?

My Plot Development Process (Part 5)
Episode 17
January 16, 2016

The common idea of "plot" is not very useful. This week I explain my own definition.

Post-Prelude Thoughts / 2016 Features Outlook / Big Announcement / Special Plea
Episode 16
January 2, 2016

I ring in the new year with some thoughts on the commercial publication of the Prelude. Then I issue my 2016 outlook for features and projects. Then I announce a new book! Finally I conclude with a special plea for support. This week's article is a must-read!

My Plot Development Process (Part 4)
Episode 15
December 26, 2015

This week I continue the miniseries about my plot development process by discussing plot conceptualization. Here we're finally starting to get into the meat and potatoes of plot development.

Prelude Week!
Episode 14
December 19, 2015

This week the Prelude to After The Hero goes on sale in e-book format, and I discuss Prelude feedback from my readers.

My Plot Development Process (Part 3)
Episode 13
December 12, 2015

This week I continue the miniseries about my plot development process by discussing other sources of plot conception: cold design and plot-stealing.

My Plot Development Process (Part 2)
Episode 12
November 28, 2015

This week I continue the miniseries about my plot development process by discussing a weird-sounding process that I call the decompression of simultaneity, which is the effort of interpreting a point of inspiration by identifying and assembling its elements.

My Plot Development Process (Part 1)
Episode 11
November 21, 2015

This week I begin a miniseries about my plot development process. A long-awaited, much-anticipated read! This week I introduce the series and discuss points of inspiration.

The Writer and the Spade (Part 2)
Episode 10
November 14, 2015

This is Part 2 of a two-part repost of a journal entry I wrote in 2012, to serve as a case study for an upcoming series of articles on my plot development process. This week I describe my creative process for the character Celithemis, and discuss her relationship with Spade.

The Writer and the Spade (Part 1)
Episode 9
November 7, 2015

This is Part 1 of a two-part repost of a journal entry I wrote in 2012. I'm posting it here not only because it's interesting in itself, but it'll serve as a case study for an upcoming series of articles on plot development. This week I describe my creative process for the character Spade.

Swift, the Arkend (Part 2)
Episode 8
October 31, 2015

This is the second of a two-part series about Swift, Silence's legendary sword.

Swift, the Arkend (Part 1)
Episode 7
October 24, 2015

This is the first of a two-part series about Swift, Silence's legendary sword.

Usage Note on God (Plus Updates!)
Episode 6
October 17, 2015

Why do characters sometimes say "God" and other times "the God"? All is told herein! Also: An update on The Great Galavar.

The Great Galavar and Other Updates
Episode 5
October 10, 2015

This week an update on The Great Galavar, which is just about to start Season 2, and an update on things in general.

The Lullaby Vignette
Episode 4
October 3, 2015

In recent weeks I dealt with a debilitating illness, enjoyed a lovely visit by my sister, and moved from Texas to California. This week I talk about some of those experiences, with the context of their impact (or lack thereof) on The Curious Tale.

Lessons a Writer Learns Along the Way
Episode 3
September 19, 2015

I've been a writer my whole adult life, and, for that matter, much of my childhood too. Here are a few things I've learned along the way.

Season 2, Episode 2: Figures of Legend
Episode 2
September 12, 2015

When it comes to mystery and legend, we have Santa Claus. But who are some of the legendary figures on Relance?

Looking Out at the Rest of 2015
Episode 1
September 5, 2015

As Season 2 premieres, I look ahead at some of my plans for the remainder of 2015.

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Seasons 0 & 1

Farther down the line, I'll get Seasons 0 and 1 posted here as well, but it won't be anytime soon due to other parts of this site that need attention first. In the meantime, you can read older entries at my Live Journal using the tag Curious Tale Saturdays.

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!