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C14P05 – Outside the System

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That little physical tick of Tama’s has shown up before.

Actually, Mizha’s has too.

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I’ve had a thought that I may have had before, but forgot.  I may have even talked about it before here?  I tried to search through my archive, but I didn’t find anything matching this subject so maybe it’s just something that I think that I thought about and I thought that I shared that thought here?  Or I might have dreamed all that.  I have been known to “remember” things that never happened in real life, but instead occurred in very believable dreams.  Because my brain is so helpful that way.


The past year or two I’ve been considering making an online course.  The problem has always been that putting together an online course seems like a very massive undertaking.  What subject?  How much should I cover?  How long should it last?  How much should it cost?  I’ve always liked the idea, but worried that it would require and incredible amount of work to create something that folks might not even want.  With everything else I’m trying to juggle, that level of uncertainty always killed the project before it could get past the “THIS IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA I WANT TO DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!!” stage of initial enthusiasm.

However, I recently had an idea that would let me break down this huge idea into easier, bite-size pieces!

Every month for my Creator Corner patrons, I’m already making a video or article.  So I thought: I’m doing that anyway, why not use that to actually BUILD something?  What if I had a theme for six months, or even a year?  Tackling one subject, creating lessons and worksheets, getting feedback.  Like a beta version of the course, basically.  Once I had the content, I could collect it, polish it, and release it for folks that prefer to buy their online courses in one tidy package.

I ran this idea past Cory for a sanity check, and he said it sounded good.  And I’ve run it by Patrons and nobody’s said “ROBIN YOU NUTTER STOP RIGHT THERE” so I think that’s a good sign too.

That still leaves me with one question:  What should the topic be?

I have a few ideas.  Writing Villains is a subject I’ve thought about before.  So is How to Build a World.  However, before deciding anything, I want to get YOUR suggestions.  Then I’d like to collect those different ideas into a poll and see what folks would be the most interested in.

So how about it?  What subjects would you find interesting?  What kinds of things have you thought, “Robin does ___ really well, I wish she’d talk about how to do that!”?


Children visit this site. Moderate your language accordingly.

Luckily, you two happen to be in a good place to maybe kind of sort of change things? Eventually? Except that any bureaucratic structure will succumb to bribery. There’s really no way to ensure you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed your t’s without a lot of paperwork, especially in a world without the internet. But hey, maybe you can make it less racist someday? Maybe?

Also, Robin, I totes think you should do a worldbuilding course. The structure and complexity of your worlds is just stunning. Right now I’m thinking about those crazy birth charts you did for Frost’s universe. And if you’re worried you don’t have anything useful to say on the topic, quit it right there. I think you can really talk about unique ways to think about your worlds and visualize them, like the model you built for Ley Lines. Also meaningful character design and stuff…
Basically, Robin, build a course.

Oh man oh man oh MAN I am loving this! =D

Also: seconding the worldbuilding notion. A specific question, though: how do you set the groundwork for “open worlds” like in OSTs or D&D sessions? When you’re making things from scratch rather than pulling from a published source?

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