Recently, I was listening to the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast and came across an episode on aphantasia, which really got me thinking about how we visualize our worlds. Mainly because I connected quite a bit with what they described. Aphantasia is where a person is not able to visualize imagery in the “Mind’s Eye.” As I write fantasy and science fiction, things that literally no one has seen before, I found it very interesting that I saw many aphantasic tendencies in my own visualization process. So, let’s take a look at what that means.
Today I want to look at the world of one of my favorite recent games. And, yes, I am using the word recent rather loosely here. But seeing as I only got it late last year and have played it twice since then, I’m going to count it as recent. And since it has been out for more than a year, I’m going to spoil a few things during this review, though not too much.
As of now, I’ll be switching my pen name from S. L. Scott to Shana Scott to avoid confusion with another author. On my publications page any stories published as S. L. Scott will be noted.
Thanks for following me, and I hope to have many more stories under my new name.
I tend to write more fantasy than sci-fi, but Krem and Max have made me fall in love with their buddy comedy in space and demand more stories of them. Far be it for me to ignore them. 🙂
After a short hiatus due to some health issues, I’m finally feeling up to writing again. As promised, let’s continue looking at the dangers of how much world building to reveal. Last time we saw how too much world-building can bog down an otherwise good story through Ready Player One. Now we’re going to talk about how too little world building can leave your audience frustrated and upset. For this, we’re going to leave books and head to the world of video games for The Last Guardian.
“The Curse of Manorville House” is officially available for purchase on Amazon for 99¢ or free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
The main character is loosely based on my grandmother who died this past January, so I’m pleased to see it found a home.
I like to think of this as the senior citizen version of Supernatural. An elderly woman living in a retirement home finds herself drawn into a journey to another dimension to break a curse that brings death to any resident visited by a strange cat.
In these next two posts, we’re going to be looking at an aspect crucial to world-building that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, or it gets too much, and both of those are dangerous. I’m talking about the info dump. There is a fine line between giving too much and not giving enough, and right there in the center is the sweet spot of world exposition.
Today we’re going to be looking at the dangers of too much world-building through the novel Ready Player One. Let’s log in to the OASIS and see what’s going on.
Kylo Ren’s character gets labeled as power-hungry a lot, but that’s not what his character’s about. Power is only a means to an end.
Warning: THERE WILL BE MASSIVE SPOILERS!
Last time we looked at how well the Star Trek-like show The Orville managed its world building. Today we’re going to pop back to Star Trek’s real universe in Star Trek: Discovery and see if they were more or less successful in their world building efforts. I’d like to reiterate that this critique is not measure the success or failure of the show overall, merely how it handles its universe. I’ll try my best to keep my feelings toward the show neutral, though a bit’s going to leak through probably when we get to the Klingons. There will be a discussion on the klingons.
Fair warning: there will be some spoilers for the show. Continue reading “Star Trek: Discovery – Does It Want to be Star Trek?”
Mirrors & Thorns is now officially available for order in both print and ebook format.
My story, “Maria Morevna and the Deathless One” is included. The characters are very loosely based off of two in Russian folktales: Maria Morevna and Koshchey the Deathless One. It’s always fun to look at old stories in a new way. Continue reading “Mirrors & Thorns”