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28 – Creative Appropriation, Part 1

Daystar and Alexander discuss creative appropriation, aka “stealing,” and the philosophy and benefits behind it.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Copyright: Forever Less One Day by CGP Grey

Time Stamps

01:03 How to not be original

11:10 Adding something new

16:01 Stealing details

22:10 The argument against copywrite

28:38 Artistic distinction for using

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27 – Description

Daystar and Alexander explore the differences between good description and bad description, and analyze examples of descriptions from novels.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

Meredith Gentry series, by Laurell K. Hamilton

Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin

Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

There Will Be Dragons, by John Ringo

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon

Time Stamps

01:16 Why is description important?

8:53 What is good description?

14:40 When to put the description?

22:12 Alexander’s notable examples

30:00 Daystar’s notable examples

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26 – Tabletop RPGs vs Writing

Daystar and Alexander explore the differences between GMing a tabletop RPG and writing a story.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

A bunch of articles by Daystar, mostly on GMing and writing.

Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

John Ringo’s Pulpy Action Series (NSFW)

Alexander’s campaign wiki, Magus Europa

Marked for Death Naruto Quest

Changeling: The Lost

D&D 5e Player’s Handbook

Time Stamps

01:04 Gaming creds

05:10 Starting a story vs an RPG.

15:50 Railroading

28:36 Players as Characters

35:23 Exposition

37:51 Source Books

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25 – Endings

Daystar and Alexander explore what makes endings satisfying, effective, or just annoying.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links (to things we’re going to be spoiling the endings of)

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

6 Feet Under

Game of Thrones (books) by George R R Martin

Terminator: Salvation

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (movie)

Inception

The Mist (book) by Stephen King

The Mist (movie)

Seven

1984 by George Orwell

The Giver by Lois Lowry

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia (and my rant on it)

The Dark Tower by Stephen King (recommended to start at book 2, The Drawing of the Three)

Time Crimes

Arq

Die Hard

The Stand by Stephen King

Dawn of the Dead remake

Elysium

I Am Legend (movie)

Children of Men (movie)

Timestamps

2:41 What makes endings satisfying?

15:23 Alternate Endings

18:38 Bad Endings

25:56 Ambiguity in Endings

32:07 Downer Endings

37:58 Endings we’ve enjoyed

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24 – Beginnings

Daystar and Alexander discuss the beginnings of stories, and what goes into an effective or boring start.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

Name of the Wind

Discworld

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Seveneves

The Stand

Mother of Learning

Timestamps

0:35 What’s in a Beginning?

5:00 Two Types of Prologues

9:15 The Third Type of Prologue

17:16 So what, if it works?

20:01 How to make the beginning engaging

30:08 Beginnings We’ve Enjoyed

35:10 Setting Tone

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23 – The Force Awakens vs Rogue One

This week, Daystar and Alexander do their first review by comparing the various rationalities and irrationalities of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, along with general things they liked and disliked about the movies.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

Instruments of Destruction, by Alexander Wales

The Death Star Architect Speaks Out

22 – Bottom Up Storytelling

Alexander and Daystar discuss Bottom Up Storytelling, bring up common pitfalls to avoid, and explore some homespun examples.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

QNTM

Shadows of the Limelight

Timestamps

00:35 Top Down vs Bottom Up

08:24 Natural Stories in Premises

11:06 Pitfalls in Bottom Up

24:20 Homespun Examples

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21 – Top Down Storytelling

Daystar and Alexander discuss how authors explore social and political systems through top-down storytelling.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Avatar, aka Ferngully, Part 2

In Time

District 9

Elysium

X-Men 2

Anita Blake, by Laurall K. Hamilton

Minority Report, by Phillip K. Dick

Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

Two Year Emperor by Eaglejarl

Timestamps

0:25 Top Down World Building

2:29 Science Fiction for Social Commentary

18:41 Top-Down Writing in Our Work

25:30 Fitting Story to Genre

33:28 Tips for Top-Down

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20 – Religion in Fiction

Daystar and Alexander discuss the common pitfalls and problems surrounding religious beliefs in fiction, and how to avoid mistakes that can turn off readers, whether religious or not.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

The Stand and IT by Stephen King

Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton

Left Behind review blog

Unsong by Scott Alexander

Perelandra by C. S. Lewis

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Timestamps

00:31 Personal Backgrounds

05:52 Religion in Fiction

10:05 Real Religions vs Fictional Religions

13:28 Religious or Atheist Strawmen

23:19 The Role of Faith

27:24 The Problem with an Afterlife

31:13 Do’s and Dont’s

40:49 Examples

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19 – Exposition

Daystar and Alexander discuss exposition: the good, the bad, and the common pitfalls.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Ocean’s Eleven

Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Ra by Sam Hughes

The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross

Lullaby by Chuck Palahnuik

Quote about narrative flow through sentence structure.

Timestamps

0:45 Exposition vs Narrative

4:38 Bad Exposition

17:00 Exposition as Story Character

18:22 Exposition Timing

24:30 Good Exposition

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