It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”
Given the example of the Cross, the answer is: Not hardly. Take a look at this article about a nun who “loved too much,” readers: She was executed for loving too much: Meet Sr. Aguchita Larry Peterson - published on 05/27/21 She was killed in 1987 in the Amazon regions of Peru, determined to continue helping people … Continue reading Can One Love Too Much?
It is impossible to tell with certainty if the skull described in the story belonged to Pliny the Elder. However, the evidence that he and his men were there remains strong given what archaeologists have discovered in their excavations. Read the article to learn more: Vesuvius Remains Identified As Heroic Rescue Mission By Pliny The … Continue reading Evidence of an Ancient Rescue Operation
They might come – if we can get off Earth in a decent timeframe. Until then, sci-fi writers, take a gander at this idea for a Martian city! See the Wild Plans for Nüwa, a Proposed City on Mars Built Inside a Giant Cliff By Vanessa Bates Ramirez May 19, 2021 Despite being able to land rovers on … Continue reading “If You Build It….”
Click the link to learn more, readers – particularly if you are a veteran or active member of the Marines, the Navy, the Army, or the Air Force: Veteran, family, community at the core of Indianapolis Post 522 The American Legion MAR 04, 2021 When Stacy Bohem initially tried to join an American Legion post, … Continue reading A Noble Mission
Drat. My apologies, readers, but I didn't get to finish my next Writerly Sound Bites post this past week. Too many items popped up that required my attention, and I couldn't spare the time. Darn. That said, I will not leave you in the lurch. You can check out Mr. Cheah's excellent article below, as … Continue reading Reposted: The Last Thousand Words
At this rate, I am beginning to think everything alive has at least the capacity for biofluorescence and/or bioluminescence. We have glow-in-the-dark sharks, springhares that glow, platypuses, wombats, and possums that glow…. And researchers just discovered that Tasmanian devils glow in the dark. God works wonders to behold, readers. It just may be that humans … Continue reading Biofluorescence Everywhere!
By now this author’s record of interest with telepathy as a story device is well-documented. Andre Norton’s* work with this trope is the primary inspiration, in part because she described it so well as both magic and native talent. Her heroes and heroines of the Witch World have an ability not only to communicate with … Continue reading Telepathy in Fiction – A Lesson from Pacific Rim
This fan film, UA:LA Pilot Episode, has been available for some time but that does nothing to impinge upon its excellent use of anime storytelling conventions. And as an homage to My Hero Academia*, I doubt there are many short episodes that could compare! It is truly a fine example of West learning from East, … Continue reading MHA Fan Film – An Homage to Excellence
Click the link to learn more, readers! Japan tests rotating detonation engine for the first time in space BYASHWINI SAKHARKAR AUGUST 21, 2021 EMERGING TECH The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it has successfully demonstrated the operation of a “rotating detonation engine” for the first time in space. The novelty of the … Continue reading A New Engine from the Land of the Rising Sun