Two Reasons I Liked Rogue One

Reminder: Don't forget about free books! I feel like this post doesn't need much of a prelude. Chances are that anyone reading has already seen the newest Star Wars story and doesn't care about reviews or spoilers, so this is basically a structured rant about a fun adventure/war film. Because I like that sort of thing. So yes, I've seen Rogue … Continue reading Two Reasons I Liked Rogue One

Very Young Writers: Break All the Rules!

I'm starting a new series of sorts. Yeah, I sound like a Bible-belt preacher. But my little sister has been asking me all sorts of questions about what she should and should not do with the story she's writing. At last, she asked me to write a blog series for writers her age who just can't handle all this … Continue reading Very Young Writers: Break All the Rules!

Dear Fellow Writers: It’s Not for Adults, Either

Dear fellow writers, Let me begin with a story. It's what I do best, after all. It is a sunny afternoon. You and I are walking down a country lane next to a brook of water. We have talked about everything from philosophy to chocolate to characterization, and now we are on the subject of the … Continue reading Dear Fellow Writers: It’s Not for Adults, Either

The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? If so, go read that first and then come back here for the finale of my first official movie rant.  Alas, my hopes for the rest of the film were instead dashed on the superbly-animated rocks, for the remainder of the film had a lot of story problems, all of … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

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

Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)

Okay. I promise we will have a real post in a few seconds, but first things first. I have gotten this question way too many times, and now I have to clear it up: Yes, Elkay and Kylo have the same surname. No, that was not intentional on my part. I don't know about J.J. Abrams. Get … Continue reading Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)