Donald Trump’s quest for “law and order” will likely lead instead to chaos and racism — Quartz

US president-elect Donald Trump is a fan of stop and frisk. He’s also talked about his “zero tolerance” approach to immigration. “Stop and frisk” and “zero tolerance” are both familiar buzzwords for tough-on-crime policies; Trump used them throughout his campaign to highlight his strongman, law-and-order persona. Now civil rights advocates worry that the incoming president’s…

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Here’s How You Can Avoid Dating A Fuckboy, Based On Your Zodiac Sign — Thought Catalog

unsplash.comAries (March 21st to April 19th) You’re attracted to people who have a thirst for adventure, but this can often lead to you ending up with flighty, restless guys who ghost you the minute things get comfortable or routine-like. Stop letting yourself instantly fall for the mysterious, pioneering types and take your time getting to…

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Why Aren’t There More Blond Heroines in Fantasy?

Coffee and Dragons

Yesterday I started reading “God’s War,” Kameron Hurley’s celebrated breakout novel, and it is glorious. Hurley’s characters are believable and charismatic; her world, visceral and raw and richly imagined.

Nyx, a disillusioned government assassin fighting to stay alive on a resource-strapped planet, is one of the best female protagonists I’ve read in a long time. She hides her insecurities about her lost faith in God behind a veneer of callous cynicism, and she cuts off the heads of deserting soldiers like nobody’s business.


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“On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there’s one thing everybody agrees on—

There’s not a chance in hell of ending it.

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between…

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Manuscript Mapping/Scene Interrogation

From Hook to Book

Lots of authors use index cards to map their plot, create scenes and work out structure or scene placement.

Last week I used a similar exercise to track my novel’s progress using index cards, preparatory to restructuring the manuscript.

First: I wrote up every scene/story break in my novel. I was gobsmacked to find there were one hundred and twenty four scenes. Is that way too many? They seemed appropriate during the writing. But since it sounded so many, I went to my bookcase and checked out lots of books. Some have few story breaks, but to my relief, others had lots and lots too.

The aim of the exercise was threefold.

1. To check for crucial and strong scenes (hoping there’d be lots)
2. To interrogate whether each scene grew the plot and propelled the story forward
3. To enable me to juggle the scenes when I (shortly) experiment with the structure.

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