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Creative types, we need to make national holiday to celebrate those who support us. What do we call it? And, what day should it be?
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The Alcoholism League?

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I am pleased to announce that Writing the Other Sans Fail, which I'll be teaching with +K Tempest Bradford, is now open to registration. The class description and more details are available on this link: http://www.booksofm.com/2017/01/writing-the-other-sans-fail-registration-now-available.html
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Today marks the first check-in for my #makeartnotwar2017 challenge. In this post, I tell you how I"m doing, offer some tips on sticking with it, and dive into my thoughts on making art as an act of protest. I also provide two creative prompts as well.

http://www.booksofm.com/2017/01/manw-check-in-making-art-as-an-act-of-protest-and-two-prompts.html
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Not sure what to read before heading off to holiday festivities? Check out my interview with +Mike Mearls from +Dungeons & Dragons about writing for games. https://www.sfwa.org/2016/12/mike-mearls-dungeons-dragons-documenting-imaginary-worlds/
A designer must consider far more boring details than a writer. Game writing is all about the big ideas in a game and how they fit together. That requires detail to ensure everything meshes, but a world or character can tap into a gamer’s imagination to fill in the details.
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Post my draft Make Art, Not War 2017 Art Challenge guidelines. Feedback welcome! DO IT WITH ME, YO. http://www.booksofm.com/2016/12/make-art-not-war-2017-part-2-draft-guidelines.html
Make Art Not War is a phrase that's been popularized by street artist Shepard Fairy in a series of murals, like the one pictured above, found in Los Angeles and
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I don't normally talk about politics, but alas! that is the motivation behind the creation of a new challenge for myself. This is a two-part post. This one, talks about why I am dedicating 2017 to making art in a new challenge.

http://www.booksofm.com/2016/12/make-art-not-war-with-me-in-2017.html
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I've talked to some folks that are having a hard time making art, and today's post offers some tough love. http://www.booksofm.com/2017/01/on-not-making-art.html
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I sat down with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble to talk about adventure writing in yesterday's Dragon Talk podcast. Inspired, I developed a D&D-influenced creative prompt to concoct an adventure or a story, too.

“Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito speak to Monica Valentinelli, a prolific creative writer with heavy involvement in all forms of D&D from adventure writing to running and playing games with new players. In Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett and Chris Perkins jump into the Yawning Portal.”

http://www.booksofm.com/2017/01/my-dragon-talk-appearance-and-a-dd-inspired-creative-prompt.html
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I'm teaming up with +K Tempest Bradford to teach a writing class to create diverse characters in RPGs. The class description is now live, and registration will begin on January 7th. Space is limited. http://writingtheother.com/writing-inclusive-games/
Learn to design characters and game material for players of all backgrounds in a sensitive and convincing way. This 4 week online course combines lectures, discussions, and critique in a safe, supportive atmosphere.
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Two really cool things to tell you about this morning. Yesterday, Jaym Gates talked about Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling for Mary Robinette Kowal's "My Favorite Bit" column. http://maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/favorite-bit-jaym-gates-talks-upside/ This morning, I'm over at John Scalzi's blog talking about how I conceptualized the anthology in "The Big Idea." It is an honor to be on both blogs to get the word out about this collection. Check us out! clears throat And... Reviews. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/12/15/the-big-idea-monica-valentinelli/
When Monica Valentinelli become annoyed with cliches in science fiction and fantasy, she didn't get mad — she got creative. She's here to explain how that lead to Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, the new anthology she's co-edited. MONICA VALENTINELLI:.
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