Critical Views

Politics in Art

Politics in Art

One of the top events up for discussion this week is the speech a certain actress gave at a certain awards ceremony in which she shared her opinions of a certain political figure. Some applaud her words, some disagree with them. Some say that was neither the time nor the place for such a rant, […]

A Time to Mourn

As we’re officially in 2017, I truly hope there are fewer deaths than what we experienced in 2016. Especially for those who are into geeky fandoms and/or those who came of age in the 70s and 80s. Early in the year, Alan Rickman who will always be Professor Snape lost his battle with cancer. The […]

Politics and Stuff

Politics and Stuff

Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I have some pretty passionate opinions about the current state of our nation’s politics. I have posted several rants. And I have written several more that I have refrained from posting. I have genuinely good-willed people trying to sway me one way or the other for good reasons, […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Continuing my series on creating memorable characters. So far we’ve covered relatability, uniqueness, and physical traits. Now, on to Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms This is often very similar to physical traits, and there is plenty of room for overlap, but there are also distinctions. One way that a mannerism might overlap with a physical […]

Don’t Stay Home

Don’t Stay Home

Life’s too short to watch Presidential debates. That’s always been my philosophy. In the past it’s worked. I knew who I was going to vote for at the end of the primary. My thoughts on the opposing party’s candidates have always made it easy to cheer on and campaign for my candidate. This year, I’m […]

Manipulating Emotions

Manipulating Emotions

That’s what we’re doing, you know. We use nicer phrasing, when we’re talking about it in writing circles, like “building empathy for our characters” and “upping the tension” and “creating a satisfying emotional experience” for our readers. But when it comes down to it, we’re manipulating their emotions. And we have to. People wouldn’t read […]

Air Awakens Book Review

Air Awakens Book Review

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