Join me for SIRENS: Battle of the Bards on Kickstarter — FUNDED!

SIRENS: Battle of the Bards

Friends, I am so pleased to announce I’m writing for SIRENS: Battle of the Bards, a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign setting, featuring a stellar team of authors. I’ve been having so much fun I handed in my drafts a month ahead of schedule!

Do you love art? Satine Phoenix? Music? INTRIGUE? REBELLION? Then, the city of Salvata has something for you! I warmly invite you to check out SIRENS: Battle of the Bards on Kickstarter (which has already funded) and join Apotheosis Studios to celebrate this gorgeous game setting with fantastic art, music, prose — and so much more. Huzzah!

Save the Date! Story Generator Workshop

Story Generator Workshop

Ready to write but out of ideas? Want to learn sure-fire techniques for generating story ideas when you need to? In the Story Generator Workshop, author and narrative designer Monica Valentinelli will walk you through multiple techniques for generating new ideas for stories, varying from quick shortcuts to mini games, and giving you a chance to try them.

You’ll come away with a wealth of ideas for your fiction, plus the tools for making more. This online class will include slides. Saturday, May 9th from 1 pm to 3 pm PST.

Click Here to Register for the Story Generator Workshop!



GAMA Expo Online: My Talk about New Players

Acquiring New Players | GAMA Online Expo

Hiya! I wanted to let you know I am presenting at the 2021 Online GAMA Expo. This particular topic is one I’m passionate about, and I wanted to talk a little bit about why that is today.

The term “new player” is one that should be defined whenever we’re designing, presenting, or selling games. Before we can acquire new players, we need to define that audience. So, who is a new player?

Well, that’s complicated because there are a lot of nuances to consider. The term “new player” is not exclusive to the phrase: “I don’t know how to play games.” Often, new player translates to: “I don’t know how to play your game.”

If you’re curious for a longer preview, you can read more about defining new players in my newsletter.



Save the Date for a New Workshop! Tarot for Writers

Tarot for Writers | Workshop | Valentinelli

On Saturday, March 13th, from 1:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time I’ll be conducting a super fun workshop. In my Tarot for Writers workshop, I’ll show you how to use tarot in your storytelling. I’ll cover mini-games, inspirational prompts, building characters, and scenarios, to help you brainstorm everything from character relationships to plot twists.

In addition to a lecture and slides/handouts, you’ll also perform short creative exercises–so get ready to be inspired! A tarot deck of your choosing is recommended but not required for this class. Don’t forget: scholarships are available, too!

Click here to register for the Tarot for Writers workshop!

Announcing a Patreon Exclusive! Into Shadow Coming Feb 2021

Into Shadow | An Exploration of Personal Fears | Poetry

In my newsletter recently, I described how my nightmares and anxiety caused by the violence in our nation’s capital affected my ability to write last week. I announced in that update I’m channeling these emotions to explore my fears in February. I’ll be writing a poem a day for a #28DaysofPoetry challenge.

This month-long project will be offered to my patreons through Patreon for $2. Yep, that’s right. $2 for 28 poems about my personal fears.

Why charge so little? Since launching my Patreon, I don’t feel I’ve done a very good job helping patrons feel vested in my work. Last year, my patrons helped fund a new web cam–something I desperately needed during the pandemic and am hugely grateful for. I’m hoping that the $2 price will help reassure patrons that their financial support is greatly valued.

In terms of “What am I going to do with this?” The answer is: “I don’t know.” This idea is new, raw, and will be a journey. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve written or studied poetry, and I’m not sure if any publishers would be interested in this type of collection. What’s more, now that I’ve been practicing mini-art pieces for #makedontbreak, my creative mind might shift to illustrating these too. I just don’t know.

I hope you’ll consider joining this project. If you are already a patron, please accept my enduring gratitude. I look forward to sharing my fears with you.

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