Our perception of gender is tainted by the media, by what we are told is feminine and beautiful and strong and masculine. Strong and feminine aren't supposed to go together just as beautiful and masculine should not. Right? Wrong. Gender bias is just that bias. As recently brought out in the article Gender Dichotomy is… Continue reading I’m Not Male, I’m Not Female, I am Me.
The Role of Science Fiction in Literature I've been reading science fiction since I was very young. I honestly don't even remember the first sci-fi book I read. I do remember the first one that made a huge impact on me. It was a short story by Ray Bradbury called All Summer in a… Continue reading Transformers, Sex and Why Science Fiction is Socially Relevant
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. -Arnold H. Glasow In this age of the digital frontier, making meaningful human connections hasn't just become a challenge, its a fading art. Those of us who are used to communicating via text message, email, by Facebook or Tumblr have many acquaintances, Those nebulous connections… Continue reading
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” ― Ernest Hemingway I recently wrote a story, a fanfiction in the one fandom I will actually write for. It had a rather dark theme and one I myself feel very passionately about. In it a certain character, one I identify very closely with due… Continue reading Your Happy vs. My Happy
I watched a movie today. One I had wanted to see back in September, but alas I do not live in Japan and it was not released outside the country. Mores the pity. Its an excellent movie with an engaging cast and a powerful story line. And it happens to be based on one of… Continue reading Live by the Sword
Waking up with a migraine doesn't help get the creativity flowing. Were my muses beating me in my sleep? I wouldn't put it passed them. This is one of those days where I know my writing is going to be abysmal, so I may as well just get it over with and move on. Or I… Continue reading
The Age of the Anti-Hero has been long. Some credit George Lucas and Han Solo for popularizing the trend that had started first in literature. Some literary anti-heroes are Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein; Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings… Continue reading Blindsided
Or why character backstory is vital to your story. "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." Maya Angelou In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I read numerous blogs about plot and structure and how to do both. What I've not seen many writers mention is the… Continue reading Beginnings Always End Something
This week I am super excited to have Pauline Jones as a guest poster. Going Pro with your Writingby Pauline Baird Jones Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler This is an exciting time to be a writer. It is hard… Continue reading Guest Post: Going Pro with Your Writing
I love to read. Almost as much as I like to write. I read everything that comes within eyesight. This is not always a good thing, but meh, can't help it. As someone who loves to read, I read a lot of fan fiction. Don't judge me. I'm impatient. Over the last couple of months… Continue reading Writing. For real.