Welcome all to the support thread for December 2023.
Happy Birthday to December babies.
Thank you, everyone who continues to participate in these threads – it helps others when you do participate, sometimes more than you think.
If anyone has specific questions or concerns I may help with, please let me know.
This month, I want to share:
- An article by @Cataphrak that is very relevant to what has been talked about for the last couple of months; writing consistently and self-care while writing a long-term IF project
- An interview of an author who takes common tropes and writes a modern version of Arthurian Legend.
First, let me begin by introducing a free resource that is available from our very own: Paul Wang:
This is a free resource, funded by his Patreon, which has a lot of great info and advice in it. If you have not looked at any of the blog’s articles, I suggest doing so.
This month, I am going to highlight the following:
I feel this article is essential to grasp and not only take in, but to internalize what is said:
Persistence, commitment, and being open to feedback from both readers and more experienced writers are fundamentals that we discuss in the support threads all the time!
Take the time to read this, and while you do, take a look at all the other wonderful articles available. I guarantee you, that there is something for every IF writer.
What if I told you there was a tale where riffs on familiar archetypes in an Arthurian setting are subverted, and that the story told pokes fun at heterosexual norms and chronicles the undeniable flush of first love?
There’s a do-good princess, a pleasure-seeking lord, and the heteronormative expectation that these two, promised to one another since birth, shall wed. But each has a secret: Princess Gwen catches future lord Art kissing a boy, and Art finds steamy details about the kingdom’s only female knight in Gwen’s diary.
Lex Croucher understands the humor in subversion, and his book celebrates many facets of the queer experience in a story about teenagers discovering their identities.
The following interview talks about the evolution of his book and its depth and messiness, things that we too experience as we write.
It is wonderful to share everyone’s journey during the month; both highs and lows help each one of us realize that we are not alone in our journey.
If anyone has something special going on in December, please let us know!
My personal goal for December is to : complete my current pass I am on for Patchwerks Chapters 5, 6, and 7. My stretch goal is to also complete this pass for Chapters 8a, 8b, and 8c