Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fairy detail

You're the Goddess of Fairy Tales. Each generation, new people are born into the fairy tale roles. It's your job to make sure the main events of the fairy tales play out as written in the Golden Fairy Tale Compendium. The characters are all primed to say the necessary things, do the necessary things, all they need is the right set up.

But wickedness is afoot. Each time you set something up, some changes happens and the characters make the wrong choice. You must find a way to ensure the necessary events happen while you search out who is sabotaging your work.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Ms. Cammy Tutu, who has the quickest paws within wandering distance, has been concerned about suspicious behavior in the neighborhood.

She's asked the quite attractive private detective who lives around the corner if he might look into what's going on.

Mr. Quizzical Mytsz, who it's rumored, contrary to his quiet polite ways, once ran feral, is pleased to. He takes along his sometimes overly eager assistant Tollifer.

It's quite possible that sometime during the investigation that these two, the curiously dependent Banner Baloo and his reticent companion Jullien, will be involved.

Source: Donna on Pinterest

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pixar's 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling

These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. (Click image for larger view.) (There's a text version here.)

PB&J Publishing (click for download and poster)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An impractical traitor

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Character 1 (Lead, Opposition, 2nd Lead, Side kick)
Archetype: Traitor
Personality: Impractical
This man has dark skin, dark green eyes and long, wild brown hair.
He has a small nose and a round chin.
He is 6' 1" and has a heavy build.
His clothes are usually quite stylish and he prefers them to be revealing.
He often wears an emerald earring in one ear.

Character 2 (Lead, Opposition, 2nd Lead, Side kick)
Archetype: Sports obsessed
Personality: Independent
This woman has fair skin, green eyes and curly white hair.
She has thin eyebrows and a softly shaped jaw.
She is 5' 11" and has a medium build.
Her clothes are usually quite stylish and she prefers them to be modest.
A notable feature is her distinctive accent.

Family Tree
Grandmother: In good health
Grandfather: Status unknown
Mother: Estranged
Father: Deceased
Brothers: 1
Sisters: 3
Sons: 3
Daughters: 1

Plot premise: Just a few days from retirement, the main character loses what's dearest to them when they accidentally commit a minor crime that could cost them their life.

Goal: Determined to set things right, and in a race against time, the main character comes up with a cunning plan to find out the truth.

How it ends: In the end, after the development of a surprising relationship, the main character loses what they had, but gains a new opportunity.

Plot device (driving force of the story): A mysterious young woman who doesn't speak the native language

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Ghost People

Princess Nuwara, the new leader of the small republic.

She is proud and unsure of herself. She has been thrust into leadership too soon after her mother succumbed to an illness that shouldn't have been fatal.

Eliya, her older sister.

Source: via Dragon on Pinterest
Eliya has voluntarily exiled herself to what was a protected area of the republic to be with the nearly one hundred others of her kind, often referred to as the Ghost People. She is looked to as a leader by them.

There have always been rumors of the Ghost People being sorcerers but the land has been so peaceful, the rumors had remained murmurs, creating discomfort but little else. Before Eliya and Nuwara's mother died, Ghosts would find their way to the Ghost enclave once a year. But ever since Nuwara's ascension, Ghosts have been arriving more frequently, rising to once a month bringing with them tales of persecution.

To dig into the matter Eliya arrives at her sister's palace, once her home too.

The atmosphere feels different as though it's no longer her home. Eliya's unsure if it's the place that has changed or herself. She's greeted by Menifer, the sisters' nurse, caretaker and companion since they were born, who is now her sister's advisor.

They spend some time reminiscing in an antechamber before she's escorted -- allowed? -- to see her sister. Eliya can't shake the feeling of being controlled and manipulated as she enters her sister's receiving room.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Getting in the spirit

Draganhelm Manor, the most haunted spot in the country, is up for sale. The owners have finally agreed to allow True Spirit Investigators to check into the phenomena that's been reported ever since the series of mysterious disappearances 73 years ago. Unfortunately True Spirit just lost two of their investigators in a big dust up that resulted in both of them quitting.

Currently the team consists of Amy Clarry, the founder of the team. She works as an ambulance driver during the week.

And Sammi Nordstrom, their electronics expert, who works full time as the homeschooling daughter of a couple of free spirit parents.

And Harry Nakamura, their media expert. He works as a photographer reluctantly specializing in family portraits.

Against her better instincts, but pressed for time, Amy puts out an ad, knowing that it will draw all sorts of nut cases.

I am Amy, the founder of a small but well-established paranormal team. We are seeking someone who is comfortable with electronics and ideally has a background in marketing. We are looking for serious-minded individuals ONLY.
Source: via Dragon on Pinterest
After a dozen of the expected nut cases, Zazzy Draganov shows up. After a morning of wasted time, she doesn't receive him well. (Her, Zazzy corrects her.) But his credentials are quite impressive, having worked as a paranormal investigator for five years. And it turns out that his last name isn't merely coincidentally like the name of the manor house. So she hires him and arranges for the team to spend the weekend at Draganhelm.

Courtesy of Dusk to Dawn Paranormal Investigators: