Emerald Specter 25: Round Up

I embark on the 25th Emerald Specter column without a specific topic, but I’ll be doing a lot of writing… so strap yourself in, this ride is going to be all over the place. I’ve been giving a lot of thought, lately, to covering topics on a regular basis on the site. I have seriously […]

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Emerald Specter 17: RPGs, The Greatest Show, and More!

How do you like the new Emerald Specter? I love it. It’s time to do a little bit of a round up of everything that needs to be discussed here at the Emerald Specter.com. This will include, but not be limited to role playing games, writing, the Greatest Show, and more. Strap in and hang […]

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Emerald Specter 15: Catching Up

Time to check in with all my loyal readers, listeners, followers, and whatnot. Sure, there could be more, there could be activity, and there could be a lot in the way of posting going on here, but who am I to complain. If you haven’t noticed, I changed the look of the site up. The […]

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Storytelling Specter 9 – Building From Scratch

I have several superheroes rolling around in my head that were going to be the basis for a big launch of an epic universe which everyone would love and adore. After my last column on this subject, though, I come to understand more deeply that the epic-ness of, let’s say the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” is […]

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Storytelling Specter 8 – Your Universe Isn’t Marvel

Just like the title says, you aren’t Marvel. You aren’t DC, either. Image doesn’t have a shared universe and the best analogy I have is you’re like Dark Horse… you have the basis of a shared universe, but you still don’t have a publisher. In the simplest terms, stop thinking you have something as interesting […]

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Storytelling Specter 7 – Creating Comics

I have wanted to create comics since I started collecting them back in 1987. Yes, I didn’t start COLLECTING until then, I read plenty before that. When I started creating my own heroes, I was jotting down ideas on note cards and creating thinly veiled rip offs of the heroes I liked reading about. I’ve […]

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Storytelling Specter 6 – Writing for Production

Welcome back to the Storytelling Specter, which I was going to cut from the rotation of columns but have decided to include into a “random thought” appearance of the column like the Life Imitates Wrestling column that keeps hanging around. Let’s get this thing rolling, shall we? As the title indicates, I’m going to be […]

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Storytelling Specter 5 – Plotters and Pantsers

There are two types of people, I’m told, that typically do “big” writing (i.e. novels, series of novels, etc).  I’ve decided to do a little personal analysis as I talk about plotters and pantsers. First and foremost, let me tell you what the hell a pantser is: that is the type of person who doesn’t […]

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Storytelling Specter 4 – “Pilot Season” Update

For anyone who isn’t up to speed, what I’m calling a “pilot season” is actually my short story writing all of a list of ideas into thirteen 3,000 word stories.  Now that you’re up to speed, let’s get an update out of the way with an idea about what I plan on doing from here. […]

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Storytelling Specter 3

Every story can be boiled down to a simplistic means.  Some claim that this is a really small amount of words.  Let’s discuss what I think in the Storytelling Specter. I’ve been told that a story is essentially “someone does a thing.”  I can agree with that.  The source of that information also says that […]

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