Hiatus!

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Greetings, octopi! As you may have noticed, OSEA is on hiatus this month – due to a combination of illness, extra classwork, and the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, we couldn’t devote our usual amount of time towards creating quality evil author content for y’all. Please spend the remainder of the month working on your own projects, cackling at your readers’ reactions, and exploring the wonderful ocean of your own creativity! We’ll see you back in August. While we’re gone, feel free to leave requests for August blog topics below.

Writing as revolution

In Which endever* discusses ways and mindsets with which an Evil Author can write Social Justice.

Hello again! Last week I (endever*) wrote about the fine lines of being Evil – specifically, the importance of differentiating between being evil towards your characters versus having an evil impact on the real world. Today I’d like to work forward from that discussion of how oppressions can show up in our writing to the broader idea of making our writing a resistance practice/part of the revolution/a small way of changing the world.

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Image description: illustrated octopus hugs planet earth

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The Fine Lines of Being Evil… Part Two

In Which endever* tackles the difficult quandary of being Evil without being oppressive.

Welcome, lovely octopi! Help yourself to some cookies, please, and settle in for a conversation about what it means to be an Evil Author. GeGi ever-so-wonderfully began this topic several weeks ago, and now I (endever*) would like to add some of my own musings. Specifically, I’d like to discuss the difference between being evil to one’s characters and having a real-world impact that is evil.

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Image desctiption: evil-looking cartoon octopus says “muahahahaha!!!”

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Q&A: Writer Friends and the Importance of Having Them. Part Two.

In Which Your Hosts Continue to Answer a Few Questions about Friendship of a Writerly Variety.

Greetings, fellow octopi. Welcome Back to our First Ever Q&A!

Today we shall continue exploring The Topic of Writerly Friends, via endever*. Once again this will be a Question and Answer format — to give you, dear readers, a chance to see this important facet of our lives from two different viewpoints. Last week the set of questions were answered be GeGi; and now we get to see what endever* has to say about the subject…

Without further ado, let us acquire appropriate refreshments and begin!

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image description: photo of a clear glass mug, featuring an orange octopus tea infuser.

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Extracurricular mediums

In Which endever* shares specific ideas about developing your world and characters.

GeGi wrote beautifully last week about the importance of developing a clear vision of the world you’re building in your fiction, even if all the details don’t directly end up in your finished piece. Today I’d like to share some of my techniques for worldbuilding as well as characterbuilding – that is, all the ways I novel when I’m not actually writing. The idea is to develop a clear vision of your characters, including their backstory, and of the universe they occupy and its history. The better you know your characters and the situation you’ve placed them in, the easier it’s going to be to let them make decisions that make sense (rather than jerking them around in service of your plot).

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Writing as unschooling

In Which endever* discusses the connections between unschooling and being a writer.

Hi there, endever* here! I’d like to talk a little today about writing as a form of self-directed learning.

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Image description: pencil drawing of an octopus holding several open books

Never heard of the concept? It’s most frequently discussed in reference to “school-age” youth, generally as a subtype of homeschooling or as a value held by an alternative school. In the context of young people’s lives I consider unschooling necessary to anti-ageist revolution, something dear to my heart. Extrapolated to usage across the lifespan, it has a lot to do with a deliberate, holistic commitment to lifelong learning.

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Camp NaNo, Part the Second.

endever* tells you all why NaNo is magical and you all should try it.

It’s endever* now – hi!

I… can’t actually recall, at this point, who first got me into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Probably some unschooler or another. Not even remotely being a novelist, I was resistant for awhile. But then again – most people aren’t novelists, are they? And plenty of them participate in Nano.

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