When Can You Break the Rules? – 2022-10-14 |SOE 3


What is the status of my current projects: progress made, length of time on the backburner?


Grobug Series – 5 Books Planned

Manuscript Completed: Books 1 and 2

Drafts Completed: 0

Drafts to Start: Books 3-5

Outlines Started: Book 3, sort of. I have one outline paragraph written for the book.

Outlines to Start: Books 4 and 5.

Next Action from 10-07-22: make text descriptions and thumbnail sketched for all 32 pages. 1 week late.

Actions Taken by 10-14-22: I finished all my text descriptions. It was actually a lot of fun to do. It took about 2 sessions. I wonder how long the others will take?

Next Actions: make sketches for Grobug Book 1.


-Research Crowdfunding

-Make Crowdfunding Proposal

-Send to artist

-Negotiate Rates and Terms

Back Burner

MTM – Breastfeeding Book for big brothers and sisters. (3 Weeks)

MTM – Next actions to publish: make text descriptions and thumbnail sketched for all 32 pages (3 Weeks)

Fantasy Dragon Book – Manuscript may need revision. On hold.

Completed Works

What did I accomplish this week as a storyteller?

I worked on a title scheme for my Holy Heroes universe.


I am going to use the codenames for now, but, for my first entry in the series it would be:

Holy Heroes: Angel: Acts of Mercy

-No drawings this week-

I analyzed the following shows:

Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 32 Analysis |SSS 032 – Is Donbrothers Too Focused on Tarou?

Fuuto PI 11 Analysis |Half-Boiled 11 – Do Heroic Citizens Make Heroes Look Bad?

Kamen Rider Geats 06 Analysis – What is True Victory?

Lessons Learned

What did I learn from the world of story this week?

  • Donbros 32 – Vision and passion will burn through the medium and touch your audience. There are folks who make somewhat compelling arguments that there is a major homoerotic subplot that defines two primary characters in Donbrothers. I don’t know if Inoue is doing that intentionally or if this is a situation like how people make something out of the love between Johnathan and David in the Bible. I have nothing to say on the matter. There is a powerful dynamic between these characters and people love it. I think their interactions are beautifully filled with honor and warrior ethos and I don’t care that this has taken such a position of prominence over so much else in the show that could use the attention. It is immensely enjoyable to watch. My point is, whatever Inoue is trying to do or say, it’s making an impact. I assume he cares about it, either that or he is using T Taylor’s “universal fantasy butter” to make this pair thrilling to watch.
  • Fuuto PI 11 – I have previously spoken of the importance of vague rules. A derivative idea from that is  to leave yourself room to explore details and elements of your world. This doesn’t have to be done with a plan for doing greater things down the line. Not everything has to be planned in elaborate detail. Sometimes when asking yourself “What does this do?” it is ok to say, “I don’t know, I’ll figure it out later. If I ever need to.” You don’t have to go down every rabbit trail and you don’t even have to know where everyone is to explore it when the time is right.
  • Geats 06 – You can make a character detestable, interesting and disposable all at the same time. Morio could have been played sympathetically but Takahashi went a different way. He built him up as clever and crafty and he showed his hideous colors before dispatching him from the story.

Fabula Ex Machina

Part brainstorm, part drafting out loud.

Prompt: When Can You Break the Rules?

Listen to the episode to hear the straining of the creative process.


497 Words

10 Minutes

They say that rules are meant to be broken, but they aren’t. If everybody broke the rules, that would be bad. Imagine coming to an intersection and everybody runs the red lights: people would be smashing into each other, people would be getting into accidents, their cars would be getting ruined, people would be dying. It would be really bad! Think about if everybody at their job, didn’t follow the rules. If rules are meant to be broken, then farmers would plant at the wrong time and plants wouldn’t come out the way they are supposed to and we would all starve to death! Following the rules is a good thing and it it something that we should do because when you follow the rule, yo know exactly what results you are going to get. Sometimes though, you have to break the rules. The thing is, you have to know when you can break the rules. Right now I am in a situation where I am in big trouble and if I follow the rules I could be in bigger trouble. So I am thinking, is this the right time to do the wrong thing? And if it is the right time to do the wrong thing because it will save someone’s life, then does that mean that it is really the right thing to do after all?

I don’t really know. I am just a kid, I don’t know how to answer that kind of question, but I do know one thing: I know that if I do this right now, I can save somebody’s life and that is more important to me than following some rule, so that is what I am going to do. There is just one little problem that I haven’t thought about until now. If I go into the lab to get the tools I am going to need to get to do this, I am going to have to either sneak by everybody, lie to them, or find some way… I can’t hurt them, I am not strong enough. Maybe I can find a way to distract them all with a diversion so I can go in there and get what I need.

It should take me about 5 minutes to walk to the lab. I think I have about an hour before anyone’s life is really in danger, so if i hurry up and think hard and fast I should be able to get out there in time to do what needs to be done. But can i really figure this out on the fly? This isn’t a game! Lives are at stake here. It doesn’t matter. I know what I am capable of and I know what this technology can do. And I know that if I make the right moves at the right time… it will all be ok.

Uuhhhh. It will all be OK. As long as everything goes perfectly. How hard can that be, right?

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