Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern

Having recently seen Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastic Spirited Away* again, I was struck by something I had not noticed before. It is a minor detail, one the story takes for granted, and so it is easy to miss. This is especially the case in a day and age where the fairy tale has largely been either … Continue reading Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern

Does the Location or the Subject Make the Photo?

On this occasion, I would argue the subjects make these pictures worthwhile. Follow the link to see these cute children pose in their fantastic fur coats, readers! Photographer Captures Toddlers in Adorable Fur Coats Who Look Like Little Russian Dolls BY Anna Mason February 6, 2022 Photographed in the snow with baskets of fruit, the … Continue reading Does the Location or the Subject Make the Photo?

Heroism and Vulnerability – A Reflection in the Garden

Independent author C. Chancy*, who also goes by Crossover Queen due to her penchant for blending two or more franchises together in her fan fiction stories, had an interesting post up on her site not too long ago. The main topic was threat perception. It explains that what the hero considers a threat differs from … Continue reading Heroism and Vulnerability – A Reflection in the Garden

Writerly Sound Bites, Number 8: Character Progression – How Characters Broken by Trauma Recover and Rebuild, Part 2

Part one of this mini-series within the Writerly Sound Bites series focused on characters who suffered abuse in childhood that affected them in a variety of ways. But that meant the topic was limited to the most vulnerable among us: children. Children are incapable of defending themselves and are thus dependent almost entirely on adults … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 8: Character Progression – How Characters Broken by Trauma Recover and Rebuild, Part 2

Review: Marymae and the Nightmare Man by A.M. Freeman (with Illustrations by Jesalyn Kate)

This is a first, readers: I have not reviewed a book strictly meant for children before. I was expecting it to be a picture book before I picked it up, but it happens to be a Grade 1-2 story. That is, it has illustrations and is simple to read for children in those grades, but … Continue reading Review: Marymae and the Nightmare Man by A.M. Freeman (with Illustrations by Jesalyn Kate)