In science fiction novels (especially the hardcore ones), descriptions are key for readers to understand the rules of this new world. That is why a false-step in this aspect can potentially ruin your success and provoke ridicule, scorn, and a trip to the pillary (if you happen…
“If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’”—Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, on writing magic. (via theticklishpear)
In our story, all Mandalorian children born after 21 BBY are given clan Mandala back tattoos. A Mandala tattoo in real life is a sacred symbol that connects to truth in the Universe. While many races in Star Wars have tattoos, none of…
Notice how most of the Yuuzhan Vong warriors have “spikes” or “horns” on their back from their armor? Their armor, called “Crab Armor” or “Vonduun Skerr Kyrric” is resistant to lightsaber strikes and plasma projectiles. But the “spikes”?
The “Escalation Ceremony” is a religious ritual by the Warrior Caste that attachment of Implanters on their backs along their spine that officers receive as they rise through rank.
The implanters were small, gray and six-legged. They were equipped with botyroidal optical organize and a quartet of appendages efficient for slicing through flesh and tucking surge-coral into open wounds. The implanter carried whatever enhancements were necessary for the ritual escalation.
Most starting Warriors, eventually get two finger-length horns of coral on their backs that were two pointed tips, which are hooked slightly.
The implanters secure themselves to the back of the candidates’ neck to reach both shoulders. Sharp appendages make deep cuts on the tops of the shoulder muscles, clear down to the bones that form part of the ball-and-socket joints. When the incisions were complete and Priest Caste acolytes had collected the flowing blood in bowls, the implanters inserted the hooked horns into the cut, employing a resinous exudate they produced to weld the horns to the shoulder bones and to seal the wounds around them. At the same time, a sluglike ndgin wove a helix trail through the candidates’ feet, sopping up whatever blood the acolytes failed to capture.
Though perspiration ran freely and legs trembled, not one of the junior officers cried out in pain or so much as grimaced.
The candidates did not squeal because that would be seen as weak and unworthy of Escalation. If they squealed they would be demoted to the shamed caste, the lowest caste. All these activities took place after a prayer, then an invocation by the commanding officer.
(Star Wars - Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse pp 170-171 by James Luceno)
If these are the end times for literature, then we must be traveling in circles, for the death of storytelling looks an awful lot like its birth. The novel itself isnt all that old. Sure, we can find a handful of examples going back thousands of years, but you have…
Literary publishing’s uneasy relationship with fan fiction has been complicated by the realization that fandom is a huge potential market—one already stocked with both prolific authors and enthusiastic readers. But how to tap that market is a dilemma that few publishers seem quite prepared to engage.
The abduction happened early in the history of the Empire, shortly after its founding by Emperor Palpatine (sidious77) and his mostly Imperial followers. They sought more “human warriors” in order to found a humanocentric galaxy, the Empire negotiated peace unsuccessfully with the Mandalorians,…
Roleplaying anywhere is difficult, especially on large platform social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and G+.
Roleplaying Star Wars with any honesty and sincerity makes it harder.
If you are too loose in your standards and rules, it is no longer Star Wars fandom, but just messing around. While fun to be lazy for a few days, it is also degenerates the RP. Our group has seen it and done that.
If you are too tight in your standards and rules, no one will RP with you. We have seen that.
Throughout the years, we have seen as best practices for Star Wars is to read the literature, write on blogs, podcasts, go to cons, consider cosplaying or supporting cosplayers, and learn how to build a good team.
Team building with communication and consensus is a human resources technique for corporate design. It takes a bit to learn how to do and not surprisingly, not many roleplayers know how to do it. But once they learn, it really accelerates their learning and understanding and being an exquisite fan of Star Wars.
We know, we have the fan table at Star Wars Celebration VI that proves it.
Being a team is the ONLY way roleplaying on social media will work at the level in which we do it: Scripted.
There are days where we fool around, some times weeks. But we have plots that we can build and at anytime we’re always writing something. We have strategic campaigns and plans in place that our audience may unaware.
All reactions that we get from our audience are planned.
Another issue is we use our social media platforms to their fullest extent. If that means “qualified tagging” that’s what it means. We’re going to do it. It doesn’t matter how one feels about it, it is our freedom of speech to express our product as broadly as possible. And it is legal to do it. Imposing arbitrary rules is oppressive.
Same goes for Twitter and Facebook.
Our group operates in this manner. Your group may differ. But it is not fair to impose your standards on us, when we are not doing it to yours.
We do have a right to comment on your content, just as much as you have a right to comment on ours. But we are responsible with our criticisms because we are adults and we refuse to be spoken to disrespectfully.
This is how we roleplay.
For more RP help - Tumblr has a HOST of RP Helpers that are filled with a wealth of information on RP management.
“When our MUN RPers post #FB images to their pages, like Carnor Jax did with a quote, ATTRIBUTION to that is being courtesy and civil. It is a part of RP ETIQUETTE.”—Star Wars Performance University RP Courtesy & Etiquette
“If you #RP canon characters on large #SocialMedia platforms, you have to expect there will be more than one account regardless who made the first account. You find the #RP group that best suits you.”—Star Wars Performance University (formerly Star Wars RP University)
If I were to send a story to you, what is the likelihood of it being read and having feedback sent back? Just curious for when I finish this current endeavor. And what is the likelihood of it being read if it is a story based in the marvel universe?
I am so glad you asked. please do not send me any Unpublished stories. people have been sending me scripts or script ideas or half done stories. I cannot legally read them.
I know that sounds frustrating to you but this is the way the world works now. you have to publish your work for it to be read. the end.
At @SWAG_77, we share mostly our member fan headcanons. But, every now and then, when we will share non-member fan fictions, and post them to our 4000 fans with Star Wars authors to display what we are doing with our beloved Star Wars characters. This is one such story: “The Men She Calls Her Brothers” by @lledra-fanstuffs
Title: The Men She Calls Her Brothers Rating: G Length: 879 w Summary: Ahsoka chases after Krell. Authors Note: While watching a movie I came cross a score at it’s end that made me want to write. This is what I got from the brief session, it’s pretty short, but it’s something a little different.
Light caught the shards of glass as they flew through the air, the spinning pieces twinkling like a night sky. The cold from beyond the now shattered window filled the space that had moments ago been a comfortable temperature. Or at least it had been before the truth had finally been spoken.
But I’ve decided the most common problem for first time authors is their inclusion of an unrealistic, unworthy, or absent antagonist.
Yes, your hero will always be his or her own worst enemy, but you need an antagonist to help your protagonist realise how strong he or she can be. There is no conflict without an antagonist. There is no reason to write a book if you do not have an antagonist. It would be easier to write a diary or an essay. Imagine watching The Matrix without Mr. Smith. The antagonist provides physical and psychological setbacks. He or she introduces points of resistance and stands between the protagonist and his or her story goal.
The antagonist’s function is to try to prevent the protagonist from achieving his or her story goal. The antagonist raises the stakes for the protagonist and causes excitement, tension, and a plot.
Many ill-educated #StarWars use the word “Vong” to describe the characters: Yuuzhan Vong.
The character name was created as a combination of “Yunan Vietnamese” restaurant often visited by Lucasfilm workers and “Timothy ZAHN” author of the “Heir to the Empire” trilogy and other Star Wars novels.
We are always writing the other, we are always writing the self. We bump into this basic, impossible riddle every time we tell stories. When we create characters from backgrounds different than our own, we’re really telling the deeper story of our own perception. We muddle through these heated discussions at panels, in comments sections, on social media, in classrooms — the intersections of power and identity, privilege and resistance. How do we respectfully write from the perspectives of others? Below are 12 guidelines to get you started.
One of the best articles I’ve read on the subject. I want to hand this out at every art & diversity panel I speak on. Seriously.