Handicapped Heroes: How to Weaken or Hinder Powered Protagonists

This article is the second in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Part One may be read here. Last week, we discussed whether or not superpowers can make a character in speculative fiction a hero. Having satisfactorily answered that question, we turn to a different topic. This … Continue reading Handicapped Heroes: How to Weaken or Hinder Powered Protagonists

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Reposted: Dysfunctional Families in Murder Mysteries

​Here is a thought-provoking post from author Christopher Lansdown's website: Dysfunctional Families in Murder Mysteries I was recently watching the Murder, She Wroteepisode It’s a Dog’s Life with my eldest son and it occurred to just how much dysfunctional wealthy families are a staple of murder mysteries. It’s not the wealthy part that’s at all surprising—it’s well known … Continue reading Reposted: Dysfunctional Families in Murder Mysteries

Reposted – Survey Results: The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers

Unfortunately, circumstances have put my next Vocational Vivication on hold for the time being. In lieu of my own work, I invite you to read this interesting article about Beta Readers:  Survey Results: The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers I conducted a survey via my mailing list asking about people’s experiences with beta readers. … Continue reading Reposted – Survey Results: The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers

Interesting Facts about Butterflies

Learn more about this author’s favorite insect in the article below, readers: 30 Interesting Facts About Butterflies February 1, 2018 A San Francisco man saved a threatened butterfly species by replanting rare flora in his backyard, transporting caterpillars to his local botanical garden, where they began to make a comeback. –Source There is a species of butterfly that feeds … Continue reading Interesting Facts about Butterflies

Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?

This article is the first in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Alexander Hellene over at Amatopia published a thought-provoking article last year. It revolved around creating characters that have superpowers, and it caught my attention because this is an aspect of storytelling which has fascinated me for years. … Continue reading Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?