The Nitty-Gritty of Alen’s War

Here it is: the Big Blog Post about my upcoming novel, Alen's War. And this one will be fun. Let's begin with the updated blurb. Which is probably the strangest word in the English language. This is likely the version that will end up on the back of the book, but suggestions are welcome before I finish the final cover design: … Continue reading The Nitty-Gritty of Alen’s War

The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” C.S. Lewis Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). I recently watched The Good Dinosaur with the rest of my family, and though I went in with low expectations, yet I still came out disappointed. Disney … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

Swords, Soapboxes, and Why Rey Never Gave a Fig

I've been thinking lately. And all the people said "Oh no." This time, I have been thinking mostly about Rey from The Force Awakens. She is by no means a typical character (ie archetype) for the big screen these days, but that does not necessarily mean she is a good character. Originality does not guarantee excellence; … Continue reading Swords, Soapboxes, and Why Rey Never Gave a Fig

What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part Two

Attention readers! If you have not read Part One of this series, do so by clicking here. This post will make very little sense until you do. If you have read aforementioned post... good work. I'll shut up and let you read this one now.  If the intended audience would want it bleeped out, don't write it. … Continue reading What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part Two

Top 10 Villains

Last week, gretald tagged me for the Top 10 Villains post. With cheering and trumpets moderate excitement, I now accept. And, Greta, in the words of Bilbo Baggins, thag you very buch. So here are the rules. (Because what is fun without rules?) Post the button. Thank the blogger who tagged you. List your top ten favorite villains … Continue reading Top 10 Villains

She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes

Confession time. We writers, especially young writers like myself, pride ourselves on breaking stereotypes and making the world of literature a better place. We purge our stories of anything that even hints of cliche and strive to write earth-shattering plot twists. We find the cleverest ways to work in a "soapbox theme" without coming across as preachy. Occasionally, we … Continue reading She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes