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What is NaNoWriMo?

– Posted in: General Writing Guidelines
What is National Novel Writing Month?

In the last few weeks, you might have noticed that I haven't written many blog posts. I have a good reason: I've been busy outlining a novel, writing character sketches for my characters, and choosing names for the characters. Naming characters sounds easy and fun, but actually, it's challenging and frustrating. Sometimes I put my [...]

14 Classic Halloween Movies for the Faint-hearted

– Posted in: Topics
14 Classic Halloween Movies for the Fainthearted

If you want to be scared out of your mind until your heart palpitates in horror, this list is not for you. If on the other hand, you want to watch something from the lighter side of the Halloween spirit, then this list is for you. I freely admit that I'm among the faint-hearted, and [...]

Steampunk and Airships: Three Short Films

– Posted in: Film Reviews
Do you love airships? Steampunk? Short film you can watch in a couple minutes? Here are three good ones. This airship is by  James Margerum, visit his site here: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Airship-27864519

I have a vice that's amazingly entertaining, and it's a time-sucker, but I love it. YouTUBE. I take a break from my writing, browse the video's; I always find something intriguing. One of my most recent finds: Ariships, Steampunk, and short films for your viewing fun. I thought I'd share three of them with you. [...]

The Hero’s Journey (What Is Fantasy Part 4)

– Posted in: Topics
Want to learn more about the hero's journey and traditional fantasy?

Joseph Campbell was an American scholar who studied and wrote about mythology. While still a young boy, Campbell became interested in storytelling and world myths. He followed this interest all of his life, and his writings and ideas have influenced and shaped our understanding of traditional fantasy. He is well known for defining the structure [...]

Confused About the Different Kinds Editing?

– Posted in: General Writing Guidelines
Confused about the types of editing? Learn more . . .

A few weeks ago, I received an email from another writer, asking if I would explain the different kinds of editing/revision. Since editing and revision are essential to the writing process and some writers struggle with the breakdown, I decided to write a blog post addressing the kinds of edits. So, here’s the deal. If [...]

Harry Dresden: White Knight Complex, Magic Wielding, Fighter of Evil

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Want a fun past paced urban fantasy read? Check out the book review. This could be the read you're looking for.

I just finished Grave Peril Book #3 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It's the best one so far. I wasn't sure if I was going to continue the series, but this one convinced me to keep going. There was a little too much religious talk, but since Dresden is a doubter, I can [...]

Traditional Fantasy (What is Fantasy Part 3)

– Posted in: Fantasy
It all begins with "Once upon a time." Discover the roots of modern fantasy.

Traditional fantasy began as oral literature and has no known author. This literature includes folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, as well as creation and religious stories from around the world. Often we think traditional fantasy is for children; however, a genre of stories aimed specifically toward children is a more modern idea. Traditional fantasy [...]

Dragon Slippers By Jessica Day George

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews
Are you looking for a fun read for 9 to 12-year-olds?  Dragon Slippers is a fun, adventure story with a gutsy female protagonist.

I completely enjoyed Dragon Slipper by Jessica Day George. It's definitely a princess type story for girls who want spunky heroines and princesses. Creel, the protagonist, is charming, has a mind of her own, takes chances, and is fun. Girls between 9 and 14 will enjoy the book. Dragon Slippers is the first book in [...]