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Stereotypes

You’ll hear people dis them, while others may accept them for what they’re worth. What is a stereotype worth?

You mean a typical and expected behavior based on X, Y, or Z can have value? Well, of course they can.

We are creatures of habit and have evolved to find patterns when sometimes they don’t really exist. And while stereotypes are far from always being true, there does exist an element, some even say a kernel as if to make seem insignificant but ask yourself how often do you fit a stereotype and why?

It could be something simple like being a miserable grouch on a Monday, buying a case of beer on a Friday for that much needed staycation, maybe it’s going to Wal-Mart in your sweatpants, or going to Whataburger after the bar closes, or hey being a person of color that just so happens to be eating on some Popeye’s Chicken. But hey, who doesn’t? I mean, maybe some health nut vegan, no hate, no dissing, just sayin’ that even a vegan that is willing to impose her diet is also a stereotype.

Some people may not feel comfortable using stereotypes because various reasons, but sometimes there doesn’t seem to be an alternative. Especially for believable characters and dialogue. While not ever southerner has an exaggerated southern draw, we tend to have a variation of it. This becomes even more evident when around others from other regions. Capturing the way people talk, their dialect, is essential to good dialogue, right? Would you believe for a minute that people in the Bronx would speak perfect English, or even British English. If a reader were to read that they may infer that the character has either a high education or had recently moved there.

Some people might feel uncomfortable having a female character depend on a male character, but maybe they’re in a relationship and they find themselves in a life or death situation, what do they do? Does the man freeze up when someone assaults his girl friend? Does he react and try to chase off or fight off the assailant? What about if the roles reversed? In a real life life or death situation, it is very common for people to lean on someone they know, someone they trust, someone that appears strong for protection. So common that it’s a predictable pattern of behavior, a stereotype.

Last thing I wanna say on Stereotypes is that while you might feel inclined to not use certain ones because they’re “offensive” it really depends on what sort of story you want to tell. It is quite possible that someone might perceive a character interaction or component of a story as an “offensive” stereotype, but was that the intent, and if so what was the reason?


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Where do you write?

Where do you write? Where do you sit down to focus on your craft? An office space in your house? The attic? The backyard shed?

For me, it’s usually in the house at the computer desk. But every now and then I can be that “stereotype” and write at a coffee house. Hey, maybe a local brew for that extra sense of special. But in those situations, I make sure to have ear buds to drown out the noise around. Otherwise, I just couldn’t focus. Not at all.

What about outdoors? I’ve seen photos of writers writing outside on a patio, on the balcony, maybe actually on the beach. Patio and balcony I can understand, but the beach? Really? For me beach time is party time.

But, let me know in the comments section. Where you like to write? Where do you get the most done? What about the strangest place you’ve ever wrote at?

Leave a comment and it might be mentioned on the podcast!


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Chasing Stats

Do you find yourself getting obsessed with rankings?

Do you use programs like KDSpy to compare yourself with others?

Maybe even take it further and really compare release by release, book by book, falling into a rabbit hole for what is essentially just a dick measuring contest?

While I enjoy competition and checking stats, I realize checking can become an unhealthy obsession of chasing. Comparing, analyzing, and even plotting. Why does this book do better than that one? Why is this book with this author doing poorly? What’s going one with this one release, why is it struggling despite great reviews?

As someone who grew up playing very competitive video games like Halo and Quake, I often find myself exploring these questions to then become obsessed. When I catch the obsession, I have to pull away and remind myself why I even do what is I do.

What about for you? Do you become obsessed with stats and Amazon rankings, chasing the stats in research for the perfect book to land that best-selling title?

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The Ancient Ones II

The Ancient Ones was Deadman’s Tome attempt at a Lovecraftian themed anthology, and the result was a well-received and highly rated Lovecraft tribute. We wanted to take another crack at it with Ancient Ones II by featuring a different assortment of tales that explore the unfathomable nightmares, the ancient ones, the alien gods from afar.

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The Ancient Ones delivers a short but powerful collection of gripping Lovecraftian short stories.

The Ancient Ones II consists of seven Lovecraftian horror stories. The Keswick Oddity tells of detectives daring to face an unfathomable fear as they investigate a very unusual case. North by Due North puts military might against Ancient muscle in an epic battle. Something Eating At You tackles mystery and dread of the unknown. Pokethulhu modernizes Cthulhu mythos into collectible pocket monsters. The Prince dwells in the dread of the unknown as a man dares to learn about things he should probably leave alone. Delicious Meat introduces and explores a modern Ancient Ones cult, and A Gift from the Stars is practically a love letter from H. P. Lovecraft.

Also available in paperback