Mobilize! The Return of the Zoids Continues

Are you a Zoids fan? Do you like Gundam? If so, then the game below may be the gift you didn’t know you wanted! Presenting Zoids vs. Gundam, a tabletop game that pits these two Japanese mecha franchises against one another. For those who know nothing about either series, think of it as Pacific Rim, but … Continue reading Mobilize! The Return of the Zoids Continues

Show, Don’t Tell: The Proper Use of Psychology in Fiction

You can’t study men, you can only get to know them. – from C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength Among the many items professional writers suggest aspiring authors read in order to refine their craft, psychology likely ranks somewhere in the top ten. The reason for this is simple: men are a product of their environment, … Continue reading Show, Don’t Tell: The Proper Use of Psychology in Fiction

The #ReturnoftheZoids Has Begun

Zoids Wild Zero – It Has Begun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-H8_WqBM9w It looks like Japan’s artists may have beaten this author to the punch on #ReturnoftheZoids. For the twentieth anniversary of the franchise, two new Zoids series were released in 2018 and 2019. The first of these, titled Zoids Wild, did not seem to really fit the mold … Continue reading The #ReturnoftheZoids Has Begun

Killing Characters, Part 3: The Case for the Death of the Main Antagonist

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One and Two may be read here and here. Thus far these posts have focused primarily on the deaths of heroic major and minor characters, with some attention paid to minor villains. The reason this author … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 3: The Case for the Death of the Main Antagonist

Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One may be read here. Following last week’s post on the believability of a character’s demise we come to a seemingly inconsequential point. In fact, this detail has been taken so lightly of late that it has … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. One of the main literary movements of the last century, Realism, holds much of the modern literati in its thrall. Along with Naturalism and a resurgent Romanticism, this school of writing insists on killing off at least … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

Romance in Fiction: The Six Types of Amorous Subplot

There is a scene in the movie Pay It Forward where the main character’s single mother tells a friend about her relationship with her son’s social studies teacher. She admits to being nervous because their rapport seems to be taking so long to form. This prompts her friend to say, “Haven’t you ever gotten to … Continue reading Romance in Fiction: The Six Types of Amorous Subplot

Splendor in Science Fiction – Can Something Be Both Beautiful and Futuristic?

This title might seem to be a fairly foolish one. Isn’t James T. Kirk’s Enterprise magnificent? Malcom Reynolds’ Serenity is beautiful, and despite repeated complaints to the contrary, the Millennium Falcon turns many a head even now. There is obvious majesty within the genre. Isn’t there? Yes…and no. When it comes to space ships, it … Continue reading Splendor in Science Fiction – Can Something Be Both Beautiful and Futuristic?