Fans Of Show Where Everybody's Evil Shocked When Favourite Character Turns Out To Be Evil Too.

The merits of the site were such, however, that it was resettled within a generation. But its evil reputation remained, for all that the old ways had been stamped out. Even today, thousands of years later, nobody trusts the people of that city, but nobody can remember why. 2/2

The city stood on fertile ground, by a navigable river, with supplies of both copper and tin close at hand. It soon came to dominate the region. But its rulers worshipped demons, and practiced human sacrifice and cannibalism. So its neighbours besieged it, burnt it to the ground, and scattered the survivors to the four winds. 1/2

People who live in a conworld are all different from you, by definition.

Every angel is unique, and most of them are downright weird.

All the road signs in Yorkshire have been stolen.

Police are looking for Leeds.

There's a road sign on a dual carriageway near Chichester that says

No racing in horse-drawn vehicles.

It strikes me as curiously specific.

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A geologist is the only person who's glad if you tell him, "That's your fault."

Git - the version control system that lives up to its name.

If an author concentrates too much on one aspect of a story, the rest of the story can suffer as a result. Some stories I've seen on Mastadon recently fall into this trap with character demographics. And with very short stories, there's nowhere to hide.

I've seen stories that relied on a conceit "What if X were Y instead?" and the honest answer seemed to be "Who cares?"

I'm saying that the character's demographics won't make a bad story good.

"This story's cool! It's got an <ADJECTIVE> main character!"

Would it still work if the character wasn't <ADJECTIVE>? If not, it still needs improvement as a story.

Well, obviously UFO nuts think a flying saucer would be a a good spaceship design. But does anybody else?

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