A Reflection on the MCU

With thanks to Carlos Carrasco for the original link to this fantastic article: Masculinity and the Marvel movies SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 Some time back, John Haldane gave a Thomistic Institute talk here in Los Angeles on the theme of evil in the movies and in the movie industry.  During the Q and A (at about … Continue reading A Reflection on the MCU

The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Not long ago this author finished reading Marvel’s Essential Iron Man Vol.3*. Though it had been available for some time, for various reasons, this writer did not take the opportunity to peruse the volume until recently to see what lessons were to be found within its pages. There were quite a few to discover. For … Continue reading The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

The Three Main Categories of Villainess

Misha Burnett made a comment on my article “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads?” where he suggested that an essay on Villainesses was in order. Specifically, he said, “Female villains who are schemers rather than fighters are somewhat more common, perhaps because it’s easier to write an unsympathetic manipulator than a sympathetic diplomat, but … Continue reading The Three Main Categories of Villainess

Why Writing Fan Fiction Is Good Practice for Beginning Authors – When They Do It Right

First things first: unless you have sold your own stories that feature your own characters, events, and worlds, you will likely be unable to sell any fan fiction you write. It is not a good thing for a beginning author to put on his/her resume when trying to sell a manuscript, either; everyone and his … Continue reading Why Writing Fan Fiction Is Good Practice for Beginning Authors – When They Do It Right