Tag Archives: Characters

Tarot Tuesday: Strength

The Rider-Waite-Smith deck calls this card Strength. Older decks sometimes name it Fortitude, linking it more firmly to the four cardinal virtues: Fortitude (or Courage), Justice, Temperance and Prudence. Three of these virtues (counting Strength) show up in the Major … Continue reading

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Meta Monday: Help Me Tackle These Edits! (Please.)

As I’ve mentioned before, my web-serial Crevlock Tower needs some major edits before I publish it as a novel. In fact, I’m feeling daunted. For one thing, I wrote the story in the first person, which would have been fine … Continue reading

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Meta Monday: Hand-Wavy Plot Reasons?

I once read a White Collar fanfic that started something like, “For hand-wavy plot reasons, Neal Caffery has been turned into a cat.” And that’s all the explanation we got—apparently the author couldn’t be bothered to create a cursed object, … Continue reading

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Tarot Tuesday: The Hermit

In Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, he offers this alternate wording of the opening line: “The force that can be forced is not the eternal Force.” Which leads me to do something I usually avoid: identifying a … Continue reading

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Meta Monday: Goody-Goody Characters Can Work

Goody-goody characters: don’t use them, I’ve been told. For a character to work, they need flaws. But two of my favorite fictional characters have hardly any. And the flaws they do have seem (to me, at least) fairly insignificant in … Continue reading

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Meta Monday: “Core Identities”

“I would like . . . to have the character stick with some of its—some of his core identities. Like the fact that Castiel is primarily and consistently motivated by doing the right thing, even if that means self-sacrifice or … Continue reading

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Tarot Tuesday: Wheel of Fortune

Somewhere around 593 BCE, a Jewish priest named Ezekiel—a Jerusalemite who’d been forced into exile when the Babylonians conquered Judah—was struck by a vision that has captivated western mystics ever since. It was, he said, a vision of God. Ezekiel … Continue reading

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