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Fairy tales are amazing. I love stories about the supernatural. I love stories about darkness and heroes overcoming obstacles. I also love sarcasm, dry humor, and bloodshed. For some reason, I have only recently found out about the Witcher franchise. I have started with Witcher 3 on Steam and I am so enamored. This game has everything I love, and so much that I wasn’t expecting out of a video game experience.

I have even begun my Ciri cosplay, including figuring out how to use makeup to look like scars and bruises, even though I am mostly clueless regarding all things makeup related. I am holding off on the hunt for the books that the franchise is based on, so I can enjoy the game for what it is. I may hold off on the books until after the Netflix series is completed.

I am a firm believer in not ruining the video by reading the books second. …That doesn’t make much sense. You get what I mean though, right? I mean, I read this one book about the feywild, a boy, and a star, and it was amazing. So many things about it worked because it was written like a fairy tale. In fairy tales, things happen a certain way. For instance, prophecies are made and then fulfilled. In the movie, and most movies based on stories like this one, there is a tendency to make things go a certain way to pacify the masses, or dumb stuff down so you don’t have to be paying full attention to all of the details. While this movie had its moments, I was saddened by it overall because it had ultimately taken out all of the fairy tale elements that I had so enjoyed in the reading of the book. Everyone who has seen a movie based on a book has had a similar experience. Reading creates the world inside the mind. Having that translate to the screen doesn’t always result in the same world for everyone. But, I digress. The point was that I will not spoil the experience by doing things out of order. This is not the Game of Thrones. That will be a different post entirely. For the GOT, I have read the books and watched the show. Each is good in its own right and I love them both. If more books could transition to the screen like that, it is possible that people would read more books. Or fewer, because they would be able to watch the stories unfold before them. Or more, to see what is different between the screen and print.

To get back on why I started writing this post at 11:30 at night, I am enjoying playing Witcher 3. It is very similar game play to Skyrim in that it is an open world and the actions that you take, the decisions you make, the way you interact with the people and environment around you, all have an effect on how the story progresses. The amount of detail in everything is staggering. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There is so much game, and I have only barely scratched the surface. It is a dark world, filled with shadows and monsters. I enjoy spending my time there. People are people. Monsters are monsters. People are monsters. Monsters are people. It is fantastic.

I hope this post makes sense. I think I might need sleep. I’m headed off to bed. Until next time.

Update: Here are some links that I should have included earlier. This is the Reddit post with the casting scripts for the 8 episode Netflix series coming soon – https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/8xhn79/netflix_here_are_the_casting_scripts_for_two_yen/

Here is the link with more info about the Netflix series – https://www.pcgamer.com/netflix-witcher-series-date//

Also, I found out today that there are 36 different endings to Witcher 3. It will be interesting to play through and see what actions cause the different outcomes.

 

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Hello readers, Andrew Blair DeWar here! Sorry this is a day later than I promised, I ended up riding along with a friend to the airport to pick someone up and we didn’t get home until late and I had work at 8am. However, that said, I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer. So this week’s submission is three parts, all connected poems, the first called Oh Mr. Zero, Quit Trying To Be The Hero; the second called Oh The Hero, You’re Nothing More Than Mr. Zero; and the third called Why Mr. Zero, It Seems You’ve Become The Villain. They are quite long, so feel free to pace yourselves to get through them, and feel free to let me know what you think. And as always, please feel free to submit your own work to be feature as well! So, without further ado, here are the poems:
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Sorry for the hiatus there, had some school stuff to deal with, as I’m about to start my last year of classes. But we’re back, and with a Multi-Submission! The first is an 8 word flash fiction story, the second is a shape poem that is based off a short story called The Garden of Shattered Porcelain which can be found here, and the third is an excerpt from a story I started a long time ago that ended up abandoned called Custom Weapons Battle. It’s unedited and incredibly old, so I can’t promise the anything with it other than a glimpse at my writing as I was growing as an author.

I hope you enjoy, and as always, if you’d like to have your work on the site, send it to us with some information you want to share about it as well as yourself and we’ll publish up here for you! So, without further ado, here are today’s publications:

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Today’s publication is another flash fiction I wrote, this one had the challenge of being written like a classic quest tale. That meant that characters had to be very black and white, one dimensional, there had to be a clear and almost self-explanatory goal for the main character, and things had to pick up pretty quickly. I went with a Roman theme, as that seemed like the easiest setting to work with, and this story was the end result. So read after the break, and let me know what you think: (more…)

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Today’s publication is a flash fiction I wrote that required each sentence to start with the subsequent letter of the alphabet, while still being a coherent story with a plot that moved forward. It took several attempts to find a narrative that worked well within the confines of the challenge, but I feel i succeeded quite well. So, without further ado, here is The Alphabet of Abuse: (more…)

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