Mad Scientist: Cackling Goofball, or Deadly Menace?

The popular image of the mad scientist is one of a frizzy haired, generally harmless older man messing around in a lab. Such mad scientists seem and are typically portrayed as relatively inoffensive. Doctor Doofensmirtz from Phineas and Ferb* is one example of this common perception of the mad scientist, with Back to the Future’s* … Continue reading Mad Scientist: Cackling Goofball, or Deadly Menace?

The Aspirational Hero: What He Is, and How to Write Him

The Aspirational Hero is similar to, but not quite like, the Iconic Hero. Although the two resemble each other, mainly in what K.M. Weiland* refers to as the Flat Character Arc, they are not the same thing. They are, rather, two distinct archetypes that have largely gone out of fashion in the West. You are … Continue reading The Aspirational Hero: What He Is, and How to Write Him

Choice Words – How Studying another Language Helps Improve English Writing

When most people today decide to learn another language, they usually choose one that is not considered dead. This author is not most people. Rather than take courses in the expected Spanish or French, this writer opted to learn Latin. Besides a few phrases of Spanish, French, German, and Japanese, after my native English the … Continue reading Choice Words – How Studying another Language Helps Improve English Writing