Movie Review – Army of the Dead

Zombies in Las Vegas?!? An undead tiger?? A bank heist attempting to outpace a nuclear missile strike? A depth of field so shallow, it makes you reconsider your vision prescription? Who would make such a thing? Zack Snyder, that's who. Spoiler-Free Synopsis A military convoy transports a creature from Area 51 and is derailed when... Continue Reading →

Podcasts iLove – Stuff You Should Know

Have you ever wanted to know how.... anything... works? I'm serious. Black holes, LSD, sugar, even gig economies? Josh Clark and Charles "Chuck" Bryant are the hosts of Stuff You Should Know (SYSK) and gather three times a week to dole out worldly knowledge that knows no bounds. Debuting in 2008, this behemoth has over... Continue Reading →

Voice – Passive VS Active

The concept of "voice" in literature is the use of vocabulary, structure, tone, syntax, and pace by the narrator for a particular story. These aspects work in concert with one another to create a distinct voice. When readers refer to the style of writing in a book, they're referring to the voice used. Writing gothic... Continue Reading →

The Bechdel Test

Writing from viewpoints that differ from your own can be difficult. It's why Mark Twain said, "write what you know." Characters will not move organically through a story if they aren't grounded in reality, and the only reality you know is your own. That doesn't mean there's just 12 versions of yourself interacting with one... Continue Reading →

One Year in The Twitterverse

I like birds. Love them, in fact! We currently own an adorable blue budgie named... Blueberry. The imagination well ran dry when we got to him. I enjoy feeding him, allowing him to take selfies with my phone, letting him out for some 'flight time' in the living room, sitting him on my shoulder, and... Continue Reading →

Ending a Story

- American Gods by Neil Gaiman So, you've been writing your next short story or novel, plugging away on word after word. Your main character has been through the ringer, and just learned a valuable lesson that fixed their main flaw. It doesn't feel right to stop yet so you provide them a denouement, seeing... Continue Reading →

Book Review – American War

"Come now," said Yousef. "Everyone fights an American war." American War, Omar El Akkad I purchased this novel, American War, recently while waiting to fly out from Toronto to Calgary after finding myself with a couple of hours. The wait happens sometimes, being someone who's afraid to get caught up in some unexpected security line.... Continue Reading →

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