Friday, September 22, 2017

The Significance of Hair in Stories






I close the scissors over the hair by my chin. How can I look the same, when she's gone and everything is different? I can't. 

~ Tris Prior (Insurgent)


Hair may seem like a shallow subject, but it can say a lot about a person. How we keep or don't keep our hair can say a lot about who were are as people and even what's going on in our lives. How we style our hair can say a lot about where we live whether that be geographical location or time period. Hair can also be very signature for a character and if that hair changes it can be quite jarring and often a character lets that hair change for a reason, intentional or not. Thus I wanted to explore more about the significance of hair and how it can add depth to your story. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

So Your Character is From Pakistan ... Featuring Zainab @ A Bibliophile's Obsession




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Turkey ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Writing Lessons from Anime: Fate/Zero & Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks





This anime franchise has been out for quite a while, but I just got to watching it last month. While most anime are based on manga, this one was based on a visual novel where you have choices as to where you can go in the story. Since then it has been made into several animes based on the different paths you can take in the story. I personally like this path, which is the Archer path. 

Fate/Zero is like a prologue to the Fate Stay Night animes. It sets up the story and makes more sense after you watch that one first. Unlimited Bladeworks comes directly after it with the next generation of mages as main characters. Anyway ... the whole series is about this event called the Grail War. This is when mages from selected mage families summon servants who are heroes from the past to participate in a battle to the death for the grail, which is an infinite wish device. It can grant the winner anything his or her wants.

It's a very complex series, going into many points of views, bringing up a lot of neat philosophical questions, and featuring a lot of great characters, whether they be good or evil. It was hooked to it as soon as I started watching it. I highly recommend it if you like anime or manga or even if you aren't into anime and manga and want to try it out. Without further ado, let's get to what we can learn from this series!


Any excuse to use an Iskandar gif.

Friday, September 15, 2017

This is my Genre, Now Tell me Yours Book Tag & I Write YA and MG Tag




Beautiful People isn't going up this month I guess, but I have a backup plan! More tags! I love doing these even though it does take me a while to get to them. XD And these are ones I haven't seen circulate too much yet!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

So Your Character is From Turkey ... Featuring Leona @ Leona's Blog of Shadows




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Lebanon ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Villain Necrologies and Debacles: The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Edition




Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for others, this means an unfortunate incapacitating situation. Writers put a lot of thought into how their antagonist finally fails, but which way is best for your villain? That all depends on so many different circumstances, including audience and genre. This is what inspired my series "Villain Necrologies & Debacles." Over time, I'll be analyzing different animation studios, franchises, and more. These posts are meant to show you what sort of defeats have been done whether common or uncommon, perhaps inspire some villain defeats of your own, or you can just enjoy the morbid humor. Check out last month's Studio Ghibli Edition!

September is Tolkien month so I thought it perfect to do a Necrology and Debacles posts about Tolkien villains! Tolkien's villains have a lot of well-deserved and creative deaths combined with Peter Jackson's director's vision. There is no "Villains that Lived" section because all of these died and I don't know about you, but I was happy these meanies met their bitter ends. I'm expanding past the obvious villains to some smaller ones because The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have so many points of views that many of these charaters have their own personal villains like The Master of Laketown was to Bard the Bowman and Gorbag was to Samwise Gamgee. 

Warning: Spoilers for all of the villains in these movies.