Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!

More good news has arrived, readers! As of May 14, 2021, I have had a short story published in Storyhack Magazine*! If you crack open their latest issue – Storyhack Magazine Issue Seven – you will find my tale “Scylla’s Lair” which begins on page 89! It takes a familiar fairy tale, adds a dash … Continue reading Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!

Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Well! That was quite the ride, readers. I received this book as a free eARC in order to review it, and it was enormous fun. It felt like going to see a film you think you will recognize, only to find that there is a new movie on and you like it! From the blurb: … Continue reading Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

A Unique Conceit (or Three) from Western Television

Gargoyles Retrospective | Disney's Dark Horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=hc7yQ4nX_8k Along with others in the Superversive movement, this author tends to highlight various writing techniques which are popularly seen in Japanese anime. Since writers in the Orient frequently make use of practices forgotten here in the West, this is only sensible. If one wishes to learn a craft, … Continue reading A Unique Conceit (or Three) from Western Television

Annoying Characters – Are They Villains, or Are They Heroes?

Catching sight of the above still shot and comment about Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man* film gave this author pause. This writer grew up watching the Amazing Spider-Man* animated series. The show faithfully re-presented J. Jonah Jameson as a blowhard, a cheapskate, and a loudmouth. Even without his obsessive hatred for Spider-Man, he was an annoying character … Continue reading Annoying Characters – Are They Villains, or Are They Heroes?

Shy Big Cat

Learn more about the Snow Leopard through the link below, readers: Snow leopard COMMON NAME: Snow leopards SCIENTIFIC NAME: Panthera uncia TYPE: Mammals DIET: Carnivore SIZE: Four to five feet with a tail up to 36 inches WEIGHT: 60 to 120 pounds The Disney Conservation Fund has supported conservation efforts for this species. National Geographic Partners is a joint venture between … Continue reading Shy Big Cat

Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?

Writers today are often told that they absolutely have to subvert audience expectations in order to tell a compelling story. Notably, those who insist that authors do this never give a truly compelling case for why this has to be done with every single tale they tell. Most disturbingly, these advisers never say just where … Continue reading Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?