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The Best Stories, Part 1: Avatar the Last Airbender, Firefly, Final Fantasy VII, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, and Telltale Games's 'The Walking Dead'

Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” -Neil Gaiman
Good fiction both informs and is informed by reality.
I'm not a big reader. It is strange juxtaposing this truth with my being a writer. Do chefs hate food? Only if it's so oily the US wants to invade the plate. I'm not a lover of books, mostly because I find so many books to be poorly-written, and who has sixty hours to read something that everyone says is good but my own two eyes can't stop bleeding at? No, no. I love good books just like I love good movies, and I have no time for bad books just as I have no time for bad movies. Well, not all bad movies.

To confuse the medium for the core, that is, the story, would be a mistake. Different mediums engage different…

Hand Grenades

Current Wordcount of Autumnveil: ~194,000
Playing: Torchlight 2
Listening to: The Civil Wars


So I would like to tell you what happened.
But before anything else, I would be grateful for you to become a follower of this blog. I'm  not asking you to read it every day (or at all, even). The mere fact of you following makes a difference. After you read the rest of this post, you'll see why I'm asking for your help in this.
So anyway, here's what happened.
I was minding my own business, checking the prices on sloth-themed merchandise online, when I started thinking about the Blogosphere. Specifically, I was thinking about how I kind of hate the Blogosphere. Why?
On the few occasions I've peeked into it, it has shown itself to be overflowing with purposely-controversial rhetoric, people hiding behind their anonymity, strategically placed up-voters and down-voters, professional trolls, and other shenanigans. As a storyteller, I believe my first and most…