Who died and made you Elvis?

Cordelia ,'Storyteller'

The Great Write Way, Act Three: Where's the gun?

A place for Buffistas to discuss, beta and otherwise deal and dish on their non-fan fiction projects.

Gudanov - Jun 28, 2021 2:42:57 pm PDT #6619 of 6661
Coding and Sleeping

That's awesome, dcp.

Beverly - Jun 30, 2021 5:03:53 pm PDT #6620 of 6661
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

Hey back, Cindy. Popping in again to see what I missed, and I have to recommed Bird by Bird by Annie Lammott. It is possible I have used too many double letters in rendering her name but I'm too lazy to look it up. Some of her later work has value, but the Goldberg and the Bird book were helpful.

If anyone's interested in doing Artists' Way, I have a new, shrinkwrapped boxed kit thing, and a nearly-new book, yours for the cost of postage. Profile's good.

DCP, I sat with that poem for a while. It's very visual, very visceral, and breathtaking, in a way that recalls the sensation of velocity and the exhilaration of controlling forward movement. It speaks to me. Thank you for sharing it.

dcp - Jul 04, 2021 8:53:44 pm PDT #6621 of 6661
Jus' coastin'.

Thank you all for the kind words. Six months on, and I still have mixed feelings about having posted it.


erikaj - Oct 05, 2021 1:42:43 pm PDT #6622 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

I tried The Artist's Way, but my life is, like, this huge messy blob that I don't really run on a good day, and then I have to find a way to seduce my muse...like the thought, but kinda don't think so. Anyway, I'm here cause I'm bad at plotting. What might a newbie candidate(who's also my character's annoying college close-to-frenemy that she hasn't seen in years) want a private investigator to look into?

dcp - Oct 05, 2021 3:14:36 pm PDT #6623 of 6661
Jus' coastin'.

A political candidate?

erikaj - Oct 06, 2021 4:01:45 pm PDT #6624 of 6661
This machine kills fascists


dcp - Oct 07, 2021 4:27:36 pm PDT #6625 of 6661
Jus' coastin'.

What might a newbie candidate...want a private investigator to look into?

These are categories rather than specific ideas, but here is what came to mind:


  • opposition research
  • own party research
  • vetting campaign donors
  • vetting staff
  • extortion/blackmail/threats
  • scandal claims


  • vetting family
  • vetting alleged family
  • vetting significant others
  • extortion/blackmail/threats

Which would fit your story? Which allows for the most mis-leads and twists?

erikaj - Oct 08, 2021 12:19:56 pm PDT #6626 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

a lot of choices here, especially for people who knew each other previously...thanks, Dan.

Tom Scola - Mar 07, 2022 7:45:17 am PST #6627 of 6661
nothing to commit, working tree clean

This PDF document by Javier Grillo-Marxuach on screenplays is AMAZING.

-t - Mar 07, 2022 9:26:47 am PST #6628 of 6661
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

OK, I'm only 10 pages in, but, yeah, it is!

Is it weird that I feel like I might be able to apply some of this to constructing emails?