Five Fast Fables: Volume 1

Universal Story Ideas from the Aesopica Download your copy from DriveThruRPG! Widely believed to have been an Ethiopian slave, the stories attributed to Aesop still resonate today. The appeal of Aesop’s fables lies with the archetypal nature of his characters, and the universality of the lessons they teach us. His best-known translator, Reverend George Fyler…

7 Day Setting Design: Afterward

When I’m writing stories, I’m always thinking about how I can turn up the heat for the protagonists. The stakes have to rise slowly but steadily over the course of the story. Thing start off relatively easy, in line with their capabilities, and get harder until they reach a seemingly impossible task in the finale.…

Premise: Weird Fiction – 100 Plot Ideas

Stories at the intersection of fantasy, science fiction, and horror! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements…

Light Reading: The Dancing Lights Press Newsletter, 4 June 2017

 Light Talk: The Dancing Lights Press Podcast As if I don’t already have enough on my plate, there will soon be an official podcast. It will be weekly, and my wife Katie and I will be recapping the contents of this newsletter a few days after the new issue is released. In between I want to…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 6

It is possible to have too much of a good thing. I’m enthusiastic about this project and I’m incredibly pleased with the progress that I’m making, but I fear over-saturation. I find myself wanting to write something else, just for the change. A few days ago the hour-long writing sprints allowed me to intersperse other…