I took this screenshot of the map of storm over the midwest, and then looking at it decided it would look like a cool D&D world map. 10 minutes in photoshop later, here we are. Cities on the top map are wherever real cities are in the bottom map. I didn’t name anything or set the scale. Feel free to use this in your home game.

A Writing Help Masterpost Made From Other Masterposts

So, in celebration of reaching 100 followers (actually by the time I posted this, I had 123) I decided to make what I can only call a “Roundup of Writing”. Anyway, hope you all enjoy! 

I copy and pasted all of these links from masterposts that I have reblogged so if you click the from link it should take you to the whole masterpost :) {basically, i tried to keep as much credit as possible}

Lets get to it, shall we?


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Ace Review: Every Heart  a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Published April 5th 2016 by Tor

Every Heart a Doorway is available! Run and get yourself a copy right now!

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

This is absolutely the book that I would go back and give my childhood self. This is the book I want in school libraries and for librarians to have on hand to offer patrons. I love it.

I love the premise - the idea of each person having a door to their ideal fantasy world, carefully mapped from Nonsense to Logical, from Wicked to Virtuous is awesome. And the situation is even beyond the doorway part, to including the response to the doorways with the attempts to categorize and map them and sister schools specially set up for those who long to go back and those who hated their experience. The author didn’t just think, wouldn’t it be cool if people had doorways personalized fantasy lands. she also imagined how that would effect the world. These hints that there’s more out there than we know, but possibly hidden under real life adds a delicious layer to the world-building.

The plot is simple - someone at the school is killing people! Who is doing such a thing becomes obvious really quickly, but happily the author didn’t leave our heroes floundering around too long. In the meantime we get to meet more of the students and learn some of the theory behind the Doorways.

I love Nancy, as an ace character and as a character who resonates with me personally. My world at that age would have been quite similar to Nancy’s. When I was in high school, invisibility was my ideal super power. To be slow and still sounds even better - none of that mischief and trickery that other people liked invisibility for.

As an ace character, she’s sure of who she is, but not of her relationships or what she wants from other people, like all of us. When directly asked she states that she’s asexual, but another time, with different people, she’s euphemistic about it. Rarely do we have someone come out about being ace more than once in a story, which keeps coming out from being boring and taking up too much narrative time, but it’s completely accurate to tell different people in different ways and with different amounts of information. Unlike fiction, in real life you never stop coming out and have to decide if it’s safe and worth it in each situation. To a group of more than 2 people I don’t know that well? I would totally be euphemistic. I thought that was an interesting and realistic note to include. I also really like the balance of not making a big deal of her asexuality (it’s entirely irrelevant to the plot, which is always a relief) but still having it affect her interactions and relationships with those around her.

Personally, I also really liked Nancy’s affinity for and respect with the dead that she learned from her world. My last job (and my current job too, but less physically) involved quite a bit of death and I have totally smoothed the hair on the forehead of a corpse and tucked a sheet around them a little tighter. Death is common in YA literature, but usually as a very tragic, very emotional event. Treating death practically but respectfully is not something I read very often and as someone who works with people dying most days, I appreciate it.

My one regret is that it isn’t longer and although it’s the start of a series, I’m really unsure where a series is going to go. Is this the first of a series of stories of different characters in the same universe, or is there something larger going on? If there’s a larger story arc, it wasn’t very evident…

Highly recommended!

Map making! yay! 

First draft of a headworld of mine called Tos (name pending). Good chunk of my own stories and character take place innit.

It needs more work: some names might change, gotta add ton more names, pinpoint cities and other important areas, play with waterbodies etc etc …

it’s really fun to make maps! I might offer map-making as a commission option once i get better at this.

When I lived with my dad, I used to play Final Fantasy music to help him sleep. He had less nightmares and sudden wake ups when I would turn it on for him. His favorite was the “Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII”, you know, the world map. He used to tell me that he felt less anxiety and fear when that song was on. Ever since then, I have always told anyone who mentioned they couldn’t fall asleep to me about listening to it.  

Fantasy Map: “The World Metro Map” by ArtCodeData

I just came across this while doing my regular Twitter keyword search (how else do you think I keep track of all the cool things out there?): a Kickstarter project for a poster of 214 of the world’s rail/metro/subway/rapid transit systems combined as if they were one enormous interconnected system. That’s over 790 lines and more than 11,900 stations all told.

To be honest, I don’t personally think that this is the most original idea out there – I’ve already featured xkcd’s irreverent “Subways of North America”, and Mark Knoke’s detailed but raw “North American Metro Map” – nor does the tangled web of routes really appeal to my particular design sensibilities. It just looks like a big, unstructured mess to me, but the poster is well on its way to being funded on Kickstarter,so I guess that others out there really like it. Design is a very subjective thing, after all!

Source: Kickstarter