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. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

A Book Review of Cress by Marissa Meyer



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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

So Your Character is From Lebanon ... Featuring Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional & Nicole @ A Dance Between the Pages




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 Greece ... 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 2, 2017

Good Parents 101





Good parent characters are surprisingly hard to find especially in YA and MG. They're either crappy parents or just not in the picture, but parents can make some awesome characters. I, for one, am tired of seeing idiot parents or strangely absent parents. Even as a kid, I was annoyed when I watched a show or movie and the parents were so disrespectfully portrayed. They're not complete idiots who are oblivious to their kid's escapades. It seems that many parents somehow don't know that their kid is doing all of this risky stuff and don't even suspect a thing. Trust me, real ones that actually do their job do so. These people raised the child, remember?

Now I'm not saying these parents have to be perfect. No one is perfect, but I think the best parents are those who admit their lack of perfection. It makes them more relatable to their children. Parents have a tough and sacrificial job. I may not be a parent, but I believe they should be portrayed respectfully. I'm not saying villainous parents are out of the question because those are a thing, but I want to focus on writing good parents who are great characters.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Monthly Summary: August 2017




August was an interesting month. Nothing extremely eventful went on (besides the solar eclipse, more on that in a sec) but it felt super busy throughout. I got a lot of stuff accomplished, though most of it felt like catch-up from July haha. XD I'm also beginning to feel fall. I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

So Your Character is from Greece ... Featuring Lisa @ My Bookshelf Dialogues, Artemis @ The Radical Creative, and Zizeloni @ Zizeloni van Kat



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 Uruguay ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Greece has influenced Western culture greatly. There's Greek architecture and Greek and Latin mottoes and symbols for my country. It's hard not to know about Greece. I'm a huge Greek mythology buff. XD I also very much enjoy Greek cuisine like baba ghanoush and baklava. But there's so much about Greece I didn't know which is why I'm so happy to have these ladies on the blog today!

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, August 26, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: The Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl




It's crazy to think that the writers of the Pirates of the Caribbean based its main idea from an iconic ride at Disney World. I'd went to this ride way before this movie was made and I was surprised when Disney announced was turning it into a film. Going back just last year, they've upgraded this ride with Jack Sparrow. Now it's become one of Disney's most famous live action franchises. 

When I first saw this movie at thirteen, the skeleton pirates scared me to death and I actually had to leave the theater. (Yes, I was a sensitive child.) But now I love this film not just for its jokes and creativity, but for its many good writing points. Out of all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films I stand that this one was the best written.

Warning: Spoilers.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Tori's Tips for Convention Preparation




The biggest conventions are upon us in just a few short weeks and I will be attending DragonCon and Anime Weekend Atlanta, two of the biggest conventions of the southeast United States. I've been attending conventions for five years now in both Georgia and Florida from the tiny JapanCon in Kennesaw to the massive DragonCon in downtown Atlanta. 

Eventbrite (they have some great tools to help you plan events like conventions) inspired a post about how I prepare for conventions. I know a lot of you have been curious about conventions as well and this is a Friday, my whatever post day, so I thought this would be a good time to share.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

So Your Character is From Uruguay ... Featuring Ruty @ Reading Dreaming



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 Portugal ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I honestly didn't know much about Uruguay before this post either. I could find it on a map ... and that's just about it. XD I'm so glad to have Ruty on the blog!

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, August 19, 2017

Villain Necrologies and Debacles: Studio Ghibli Edition




Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for other 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 DreamWorks Animation Edition!

Studio Ghibli is one of Japan's most famous animation studios. Its films have won Oscars along with numerous other awards. Weirdly, this studio's movies often don't have a formal antagonist. Often their films consist of a character dealing with their own internal struggles or outer struggles that aren't a certain being. The few antagonists the animation studio does have are very memorable. I'm mostly going with their fantasy/sci-fi/steampunk movies because those are the ones I've watched. 

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Voices of YA Tag and the Cookie Book Tag!




I'm finally getting to another set of tags! Yays! All of these are book themed. I try to theme all of my tags when I do more than one. XD 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So Your Character is From Portugal ... Featuring Marta @ The Book Mermaid, Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much, & Joana @ Bookneeders





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 Italy ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I honestly didn't know much about Portugal before this post. I could find it on a map, I knew Christopher Columbus came from there, and I like making Portuguese stew but that's just about it. I'm so glad to have these ladies on the blog!

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, August 12, 2017

Sass versus Subtly: A Discussion about the Popularity of Snark





Sassy and snark. I've never really cared for these descriptors, but these are popular buzzwords these days. Characters across media, especially on Pinterest and Tumblr, are praised for their sass and snark.

Am I the only one that has a problem with that?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful People #27: Cohen (Silhouette)





It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further Inwhere you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People for the last three years every month. Pretty crazy. XD This link-up has been just so helpful with character development. 

Cohen is a new character I'm developing for my NaNo novel Silhouette. This BP fits perfect for him. His story is adult science-fiction (Writing an adult fiction. Scary. XD) and he comes from a 1900s tech trio of planets connected by space elevators and he's currently in a mining colony as is his sentence. The planet is unsuitable for humans so him and his other inmates have had their souls transferred into special ceramic bodies to survive the conditions. If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

So Your Character is from Italy ... Featuring Emily @ Little Black Sheep




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 Bolivia ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

My dad's side of the family has direct Italian origins, so I grew up with a lot of stories about his Sicilian grandparents and eating a lot of authentic Italian food. I'm so glad I found Emily so I can learn even more about this amazing country!

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, August 5, 2017

Monthly Summary: July 2017




This month was so crazy! Good crazy though. I did so many new things I hadn't before and made so many memories for years to come. Yes it had it stressful moments, but the majority was absolute bliss. Any time I'm surrounded by people who love and care about me it's a slice of heaven for me.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Realm Makers 2017 Report




This was my third time attending Realm Makers and the ninth conference I've ever attended! This year I went to a part of the United States I've never been to and had so many other unique experiences. This trip will definitely be a great memory for years to come. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

So Your Character is From Bolivia ... Featuring Rebekah DeVall





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 Has a Broken Bone ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I actually have a cousin who married a guy who grew up in Bolivia as a missionary kid. This is the closest connection I have to Bolivia besides some Bolivian currency for my collection. I'm so glad to have found Rebekah so I could learn more about this South American country!

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, July 29, 2017

How to Prevent Writers Block and How I Cope with Lack of Motivation






Writers block doesn't bother me anymore. I've mentioned that on this blog several times. I've figured out some preventative measures that have really helped me get past it. The two things that do get me are:

  • I'm Tired 
  • Mental Health

I struggle with depression and anxiety and I'm human so I get tired. These I feel like are due more to lack of motivation than "writers block," but I have come up with some systems to help with them too, so I'll break this post into two parts. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Book Review of Scarlet Moon by S.D. Grimm




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Destiny can pick someone else.

Evil is slipping through the cracks of its prison, and all Soleden trembles in its wake. Yet some would harness that evil to their own ends, and first among them is Idla, the sorceress queen bent on distorting the world.

Only one can stand in her way: Jayden. Upon realizing her mark as the prophesied Deliverer, Jayden conceals herself from her enemies and her Feravolk countrymen. But after the harm the Feravolk caused to her family, she s loath to rescue the not-so-innocent.

Hiding her mark was never easy, but now that Jayden knows both Queen Idla and the Feravolk are after her, hiding her gift of the Blood Moon will be impossible.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

So Your Character Has a Broken Bone ... Featuring Hannah England, Morgan Richert, and Christian Johnson





In this special edition of So Your Character Is ... I've asked various people tell their stories about when they broke a bone. I've never broken a bone myself and many a time we want our character to break a bone, but we have some questions that firsthand experience answers best. There aren't any graphic images, but I have included x-rays for reference.

Please welcome Hannah, Morgan, and Christian!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Significance of Names in Stories






"We don't give them names. It's too empowering." 
~Dr. Shunzo Mamiya (Terror on Resonance)

There are many posts out there on the internet about how to name your characters, but this isn't going to be one of those. As Mamiya said in that quote, names are empowering. Names make us stand out among the crowd. Names are part of our identity. They're how we identify ourselves and how other people identify us. Names are personal, and often parents take the time to look up name meanings before giving them to their children. My name, pretty obviously, means "Victorious." That's a pretty strong meaning. Suzanne Collins gave Katniss her name because the katniss flower is also known as arrowroot. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Book Review of Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray



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She's a soldier -- Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.

He's a machine -- Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel's advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

So Your Character is From Taiwan ... Featuring Astrid Kaniele





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 Japan ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I actually had a friend who taught English in Taiwan for over a year, so that immediately made me curious about the country. She brought me back a Lucky Cat key chain and I know the country was once part of China. I'm so happy I found Astrid so she could tell me more about this place!

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, July 15, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: Once Upon a Forest




To compete against Disney, 20th Century Fox had an animation studio in the 90's that released films such as Fern Gully, The Pagemaster, Anastasia, and Once Upon a Forest. These films didn't gross too well in the boxoffice, so unfortunately the animation studio shut down, but that doesn't mean these films aren't remembered. These were a big part of my personal childhood, especially Once Upon a Forest. Recently, I rewatched Once Upon a Forest, just cause, and I realized it's actually a pretty well-written middle-grade audience movie. 

Once Upon a Forest is about three "furlings," a mouse named Abigail, a mole named Edgar, and a hedgehog named Russell. Because of a toxic gas spill, their forest is polluted, killing many of the woodland creatures and endangering the life of their badger friend, Michelle, who was also exposed to the chemicals. Since most of the forest is dead, the furlings have to travel to another forest far away to find the herbs they need to save their friends life.

Pretty intense for a kid's movie huh? Without further ado, let's get to the highlights. I believe this film has a lot of great things to point out, especially for writing middle-grade stories.

Warning: Spoilers.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful People #26 ~ Author Writing Process Edition






It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further In where you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People for the last three years every month. Pretty crazy. XD This link-up has been just so helpful with character development. 

This month's edition isn't about characters, but about me. O_O So you guys get a little insight into my writing process! If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

1.) How do you decide which project to work on?
Sometimes I work on a project because it looks like the market is tilting that way and some editors or agents are interested. Other times I do it because I really want to work on that project and finish it.

2.) How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
From beginning to end? Usually about a year. 

3.) Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Music usually puts me in a writing mood, but I don't usually have the luxury to get into a "writing mood" because if I only wrote in a writing mood I'd never get anything done. 

4.) What time of day do you write best?
Night owl here. I write best from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

5.) Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
I share similarities to Ryan Graudin, Marissa Meyer, Jill Williamson, and Bryan Davis.

6.) Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
I've just always enjoyed creating stories ever since I was a little kid and I just feel like it's what I'm meant to do. I don't see myself doing anything else.

7.) What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
I haven't finished it yet but the sequel to my steampunk fantasy Red Hood called Silver Hood. In the middle of writing it last year, I went through a really tough phase of my life between my grandfather passing away and getting into a car accident. I barely finished the first draft. I powered through but I really wanted to quit several times. 

8.) Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
Yes. There's this one book I have in mind called Silhouette which is a first person adult fiction space opera steampunk romance. I've never been in love, so I just don't feel ready to write a book centered around a love story.

9.) What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
I wrote out my goals at the beginning of the year and I'm staying mostly on track:

January:
Edit Red Hood for Language
Read over Starbloods

February:
Edit Red Hood for Language
Read over Starbloods

March:
Start Starbloods Rewrite

April:
Rewrite Starbloods

May:
Read Over Red Hood (Couldn't do)
Rewrite Starbloods

June:
Edit Starbloods

July:
Edit Starbloods

August:
Edit Starbloods

September:
Edit Starbloods
Plan for NaNo

October:
Plan for NaNo

November:
NaNo

December:

Finish up NaNo

10.) Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

When I have bad days I look at this gif and feel better. XD This is what I think to myself while writing.

Does your writing process have any similarities to my writing process? Did you participate in the Beautiful People? Are you planning to? If so let me see your posts in the comments! Thanks for reading!



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

So Your Character is From Japan ... Featuring Mami Suzuki





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 South Korea ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I've been into Japan since I started watching anime as a teenager. Getting used to Eastern culture, took me a while, but now I love so many things Japanese, including the food, cultural traditions, J-pop, and I've even picked up some of the language from watching 200+ episodes of subbed anime. One of the countries that I really wanted to find this year was Japan, so I'm so happy to have found Mami!

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, July 8, 2017

Wanderer's Pen Fifth Bloggoversary!





I can't believe I've been blogging for five years! It's pretty crazy. Blogging has really grown me as a writer and a person and I'm so happy I start even though this blog had humble beginnings.

Villain Necrologies and Debacles: DreamWorks Animation Edition




Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for other 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 Disney Live Action Edition!

DreamWorks Animation has been really hit or miss at least in my opinion. I won't like their films for years then all of a sudden they'll release a film I really love, and as you'll see I like most of their old films, cause I'm a 90s kid. ^ ^ Therefore I'm only listing the films that I believe are worth noting because the villains are decent. There's a good few of this company's films I think should just fade into obscurity and we'll just leave them there.

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

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Dual Character Inquisition Tag





Kate @ Story and Dark Chocolate and Christine @ Musings of an Elf both tagged me for this one a while back and now I'm finally getting around to it! I literally have a little note with a stockpile of tags. XD I want to stick to Starblood characters so here are Rouyn and Elasa!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

So Your Character is From South Korea ... Featuring Lizzy @ The Bent Bookworm





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 Puerto Rico ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Happy July 4th everybody! Today I have a post about well no America. XD I've had South Korean friends growing up, I love shopping at the Korean franchise Hmart, there's a large Korean population in my area, and I love Korean food, especially Korean BBQ. So I'm so happy to have Lizzy to tell me more about the country besides just the food. ;)


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, July 1, 2017

Comic Relief Characters 101




I feel like every comic relief character is expected to be either cute, crude, funny, witty, or stupid. Oftentimes, this is all those characters are, making them very one-dimensional and even throwaway characters. However, I believe the most memorable comic relief characters are more than just good for a few cheap jokes or slapstick antics. 

Comic relief characters are a literary tool meant to relieve tension when the audience can get too wound up in the conflict and need a laugh. They're most common in suspense stories, because sometimes if a story takes itself too seriously it can come across as bland and boring. On the flipside, unless your story is a blatant satire or comedy, too many jokes can cheapen the story. Thus a good balance of comedy must be struck and often you need a good comic relief character to take on that mantel.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Monthly Summary: June 2017





June was mostly just a work month. I've worked hard on saving up for RM, worked hard on editing, and worked hard on doing a lot of things in advance for next month, so it's mostly been a preparatory month!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

So Your Character is From Puerto Rico ... Featuring Lilivette @ Reviews by Leeve





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 Mexico ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Puerto Rico is technically a territory of the United States, so I've known some people who've gone there for vacations. I know it's very tropical and they speak Spanish there, but I didn't know much beyond that, which is why I'm happy to have this post by Lilivette! Love her name!

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, June 24, 2017

What Being an Editor for a Website has Taught Me Part 2





Last year, I wrote a post about what it's like being an editor (if you want my whole long backstory on how I became an editor in the first place check that out), and now it's my fifth most popular post on the blog. Since I've written that post, my duties as an editor have evolved to a degree, so I thought a sequel was in order. Here we go!