Video games are a unique medium. They combine the storytelling of a novel and the look of a movie with the ability to interact with the character and story line. This makes for a unique challenge for the creators. Not only must the characters be compelling and the story line exciting but it has to challenge the player with ever more difficult levels and … Read More Thief Scene Breakdown Prologue: The Drop
I’m a person of simple tastes. Specific yes, but simple. Engage my mind. Make me feel. And don’t skimp on the aesthetics. Thief delivers on all three. Much like Garrett delivers the (stolen) goods. He doesn’t disappoint and neither does this game. Mostly. Now, this is not a game play review. There are tons of those. This one is really good and fair and I … Read More When All Else Fails-Improvise
So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow’s Fall. This week I’d like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted. After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be an impediment to him and his goals. That’s a … Read More Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
“The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on. ” – unknown “We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion.” – William Shakespeare The Owl Heroes rarely surprise us. They … Read More The Owl and the Raven
It’s often considered that science and religion cannot be in the same room without a fight breaking out. Yet, many aspects of science fiction involve belief in a greater power or veneration of something. In fantasy it’s often a given that there will be a religious aspect, some stories even involving gods/goddesses themselves. Science fiction hasn’t shied away from this either often exploring themes … Read More The Devout Decepticon: Religion in Science Fiction
Something has been nagging me lately. A disquiet that I wasn’t sure how to quell. So, this morning I decided to write the final scene of Sorrow’s Fall from Sarin’s viewpoint. This might have been a bad idea because it was intense. Warning: Major Spoilers for Sorrow’s Fall including the end and several major revelations. Do not read if you have not read the book. … Read More Killing Sorrow
This past week I took my girl friend to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She’s been reading the books. I have not. Other than a vague idea that it involved demons and demon hunters I knew nothing about the storyline. Apparently, this was a good thing since a lot of fans of the books are outraged at the changes made. Wait, … Read More Its a Supernatural World After All
Before I get started, I want to warn those who might not have watched Supernatural, this post is basically one big long spoiler. As a writer I find Castiel‘s character fascinating and exceedingly complicated. I know some people disagree, I have only to scroll through the 100s of tweets I got earlier this month for confirmation of this. They feel he has no … Read More Protagonist, Antagonist and just plain gonist.
As you know, I am a huge geek. I love my fandoms. I especially love fan fiction. There is something raw and visceral about a lot of fan fiction and I don’t just mean the horrid grammar, atrocious spelling and lack of knowledge of basic english. No, it’s the willingness to push characters and situations to their very limits. Yes technically it is copyright … Read More It’s My Fandom, Get Your Money Grubbing Hands Off.
It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to post. Work and raising a family and all that mundanity that ruins life had to be attended to. So this week I’d like to go further into the Supernatural Universe. Today I read a rather poorly researched and heavy handed article about the character Castiel. However, she did have a few valid points to make which I will discuss. When … Read More I’ll See Your Agenda and Raise You an Angel
Why Supernatural Should Take it a Step Further I’ve recently joined a new fandom (yes another one, what can I say). I was reluctant at first. It didn’t seem like it was going to be my thing. I’m more of a robots and time travel type girl and this is more vampire and holy water stuff. For the record I hate vampires. All vampires … Read More It’s Not Always About Love, but Sometimes It Should Be