season 1A: 9 episodes (5 Not Counting Greg or Connie) season 1B: 13.5 episodes (5.5 NCGoC)* season 2: 11.5 episodes (5.5 NCGoC)** season 3: 8 episodes (4 NCGoC) season 4: 9 episodes (so far) (4 NCGoC)
*On The Run gets a technicality, as Amethyst is implied to talk with the Cool Kids in musical montage **Does Say Uncle count? Does Uncle Grandpa count as human?
Early on in the show, I was under the impression that Steven’s role as a hybrid would be to, you know, help Gems better work with humans and bring two largely separate cultures together. Yet, the disconnect between humans and gems seems just as stagnant as ever. Even with new gems living on Earth with no set status quo to stop them from interacting with humans, they live far away by themselves instead of exploring new interactions. Humans have their own episodes, completely separate from the plot, with no apparent agency in the alien threat to their own home.
Season 4 shows promise for this to change, but time will tell if they get to fight alongside the gems, or continue being the damsels in the background. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
So, to begin with the party consisting of a Samurai, Gunslinger, Cleric and Druid are sent off to raid this kobald nest and find some sort of item their employer wants. Upon arriving they naturally trigger every single trap (three of which managed to hit the cleric in the back of the party) but eventually make their way to the main area of kobalds. There they find their way blocked by a line of kobalds holding tower shields (which is hilarious to do against a lvl 1-2 party). What follows is the events occurring in the one area.
GM (me): “So, a Kobald gets up, you assume in a small box, and yells over the tower shields at you in Draconic. Does anyone speak that?”
Samurai: “Uhh…oh, yeah I do!”
Gm: “Okay, well he says to fuck off, this is their home.”
The party: *Various ideas about how to non-violently get around the phalanx of towershields, non of which are promising/working.*
Kobald Leader: “Leave, leave now or we gonna kicka your ass!”
Samurai: Suddenly having an idea. “But, we can’t leave, we’re, uhh….here for Carl’s birthday!” A surprised wtf silence follows from the party.
GM: “Roll me a bluff check?”
Samurai: Hits a nat 20, breaking a 25. Wild whooping and laughing from the party as they look expectantly.
GM: Facepalms. “You see the lead kobald freeze and turn his head to look down at the others. You hear ’….Is it really Carl’s birthday?….and he sent out invitations?…wait, he’s been doing that for how many years?….and no one came?….huh….’ The kobald then turns back to the party and says, ‘Yeah, alright come on in!’”
The party then realized this nest of kobalds had been guarding a red dragon egg and tried to steal it, using the druid’s bear companion as a dancing distraction while the druid clapped a beat and Samurai spoke to them. Funnily enough the only kobald to succeed in seeing the slight of hand check was the drunken Carl.
(I haven’t stopped laughing self-indulgently since I thought of the term page fright)
You know the feel, when you’ve got your idea and got your cast, maybe even worked out an outline, and you pull up the document and spend a good 20 minutes picking out a nice font and formatting everything just to your liking, you type out Chapter One or maybe even a snappy little chapter title and then you look at the empty page and you think ha ha. what.
Maybe you’re scared you’ll fuck up that first line, and after that it’s all down hill. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by the fact that you can literally choose any words now so how can you possibly know which ones are the best ones? Maybe you don’t know your beginning. The pressure is too much. It’s not really interesting anymore. Everything you put down feels clunky and weird. An object at rest stays at rest.
Here are some exercises that serve as the force which acts upon that object (you):
start just before the beginning
One of the writing world’s favorite phrases to shove down your throat is “Start at the beginning.” And while that’s true for when you are trying to level up your story to Publishable, this is draft one and it’s super easy to chop out a scene or two later.
Maybe you just need a little kick to get you going. Write a prologue from the perspective of the villain. Write a chapter one that takes place the day before the inciting incident. Write a flashback about an important moment in your protag’s childhood. Tell yourself you will cut this out later so there is zero pressure and then write.
start way before the beginning
If you need more time to build up your momentum, go back further. Tell your character’s origin story. Make a short story out of their early years. If there is part of your character’s backstory that affects who they are now/affects the plot of your story, explore that even if it doesn’t fit into the flow of your actual story. This serves both as momentum builder and character developer.
start after the beginning
Those first few pages are heavy. The writing world tells us our first chapter HAS TO immediately make the reader care about the characters don’t intro too many characters don’t have backstory get conflict in there as soon as possible must be able to hook a reader in the first 250 words if your first line is lame an editor won’t even bother to read more
Sometimes it’s just too much.
Personally, I suck at beginnings. I never know where my stories need to start. My beginnings never feel right. My characters are awkward because I only know how to build characters within the context of a story, and the story hasn’t been established. And I’m always always always thinking This could be better this could be more powerful this should have more–
So, listen. You can come back to it. Your beginning will be so much easier to see, you’ll be so much more comfortable with the story world and the characters if you know where exactly your beginning is heading. Outline that first chapter, or the first two chapters, and then start where the outline ends and just dive in. Once you know where you’re going and what you’re doing, you can whip those first chapters out and you can probably leave some nice little foreshadowing hints that maybe you wouldn’t have thought of before.
start at the end
I know writers who say they can’t know the end of their book until they get there otherwise it ruins it for them, and to those writers I say ?????? That sounds fake but okay. (Do y’all not ever reread books? Also I’m glad y’all have your brain together enough to be able to form a coherent narrative arc without at least sort of knowing where you’re going but I do not have that ability)
(Personally I love knowing the ending before I start because I’m able to give every scene purpose and direction toward a certain goal, I am able to twist my subplots as I go to make everything more powerful for that finale, I love dropping little easter eggs and symbols as I go, but that’s just me.)
Starting at the end, writing that climax scene or that denouement scene first can be a great way to give your beginning direction. Once you’ve solidified in your brain where your story is going, it’s easier to let it go and to guide it efficiently.
You will certainly have to change at least a few things about your ending scene when you’ve worked through the rest of your story to that point because stories never behave exactly as we want them to, but that’s perfectly fine. There’s no pressure in writing that ending either because you know the ending is going to change, so you can worry about making it the best it can be later.
The most important thing is to just get the words going. Anything that get’s you writing without having a panic attack is good and purposeful and beneficial, even if no one will ever read it ever again.
I'm very interest in the gifs you're reblogging, what's the name of the show?
Hello, friend, you are just the sort of person I want to hear from right now. The show is called Timeless, and here is the trailer:
There is also this other cool promo. You don’t have to watch it. I just think it’s really fun with all the effects and transitions:
I watched the trailer and sort of fell in love instantly……… with the villain antagonist character and his potential interactions and relationship with the heroine. (WHICH have not let me down, btw. They have, in fact, lifted me up and added five years to my life span.)
Timeless is airing now on NBC. There have been 11 episodes so far with 5 more left in the season. And the reason that inquiring people like you are a such a beautiful gem is because the show is a little on the fence right now. We’re really hoping for a second season and need as many people as possible on board to boost ratings. It’s a great show with amazing acting, sets, and writing that just gets better as it goes. Please don’t let a possible threat of cancellation deter you. It is my opinion, where Timeless in concerned, that it is truly better to have loved and lost.
The premise is super fun as they go to many different periods in time ranging (so far) from 1754 to an upcoming episode taking place in the 1980s. All of the actors and people involved go on about how much they love it because each episode is almost like its own movie with different events and environments. And it really is. You’ve got the Hindenburg, the Lincoln assassination, the Alamo, Watergate, the American Revolution. Not to mention historical figures like Bonnie and Clyde, Katherine Johnson, Houdini, Benedict Arnold, etc. Every episode it’s new and beautiful sets. It’s gorgeous, period costumes so the time traveling characters fit in. And it’s a little mystery trying to figure out what in the world they are doing there. lol. Plus, if you like three-dimensional villains, the villain antagonist from Timeless is the embodiment of the saying, “Every villain is the hero in his own mind.” He has such understandable motives and is not 100% bad. Always a plus to me.
But also the series is not afraid to address “unpleasant” issues. As shown in the trailer, one of the time traveling characters is black. Another is a woman. And quite often they do not have an easy time because of it. So it’s really great that Timeless not only has a diverse team but also takes the time to present a realistic image of what their experience would be like. And it’s also nice to look back and see how far we’ve come. A+
So! If you are interested, all episodes are on Hulu right now. And NBC’s website. (Some episodes on their site need a cable subscription to watch, BUT the first three episodes are FREE!)
Anyone willing to give Timeless a try and help ratings will have my express gratitude and love. ♥