Yes, it’s Upworthy. Chill. I liked this because this is exactly why I am writing stuff like The Jeweled Dagger and The Silver Peacock series. I want to read about people like me and I know there are a lot of us out there who want the same. We deserve amazing adventures featuring characters who… Continue reading Just Your Average Everyday Romance
I recently stumbled across a post on Tumblr claiming that it is possible to write up a complex plot in a single day. So can you? Short answer. No. A truly complex and layered plot is not something you can whip up in a day of brainstorming. What you can come up with is a… Continue reading Complex Plotting: It’s Complicated
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… Continue reading Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
My last post explored seasons 1-5 of Supernatural and which characters represented the protagonist in each season. As discussed last time the protagonist is the person with the most to lose in the story line. The one we, the audience, are expected to most identify with on an emotional level. I'd like to also… Continue reading Protagonist, Antagonist and Just Plain Gonist: Part 2
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 is how I remember first meeting Boba Fett. He was mysterious, dangerous and didn't back down from one of the meanest villains in any genre. It was love at first sight. Then came the prequels. The utter horror and dismay on my part as one of my all time favorite characters was reduced to… Continue reading Kill Me Softly
This past weekend I attended an anime convention in Tulsa called Tokyo in Tulsa. Official stats are not out yet, be I'm guessing there were at least 4000+ attendees over the three day weekend. For those of you not familiar with Japanese anime, I highly recommend you check it out. There is literally something for… Continue reading I’m Cosplaying a Responsible Adult
The victim is preyed upon, unawares until the deed doth fall. The martyr marches on, head high, sword gleaming, until death wiellds it's heavy hand.
Driving to work the other day, I had the radio on. This is very normal as is my allowing scenes to flow through my head while listening to music. However what happened the other day took me by surprise. I know my novel is a bit dark with deep themes involving why we allow people to manipulate us into harming ourselves and motivations for such behavior, but watching my main character sacrifice himself brought me to tears. He is not an overtly sympathetic character but after living with him for so long, I love him like a child. He is a child. And to know that he will reach the point in his life where living is no longer an option troubles me greatly. I do not want him to die. Not by choice, not by violence, not by any means. I want his ending to be happy. Its not meant to be. I know that. I've always known that from the first instant he wandered into my psyche and took up residence. My only consolation is that his death is not without reason but I'm reluctant to continue writing because, as silly as it sounds, I don't want to lose him. Oh silly writer is silly, ne?