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
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
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
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
I recently began listening to two great tunes I have previously caught only briefly. Though I have heard bits and pieces of Queen’s song “Pressure,” I didn’t hear it in its entirety until a few weeks back. Same for Toto’s “Africa,” which is a real earworm, by the way. “Hold the Line” is a song … Continue reading Rains In Africa, Holding the Line, and Pressure
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?
Take a look at this interesting article about the lunar eclipse we had July of last year, readers! Total Lunar Eclipse Gets a Cloudy Halo in Cool Time-Lapse Video By Miguel Claro, Space.com Contributor | November 2, 2018 02:57pm ET Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who … Continue reading A Note on 2018’s Lunar Eclipse