Musings

 

Despite all the courses, books, seminars, and schools, the funny thing is no one can really teach you how to write. The best anyone can do is administer to what’s already there. To that effect, there is a lot of advice I’ve been given over the course of my relatively short career as a writer, much of it from people who haven’t written much themselves. However, probably the one I hear the most is, “Write what you know/Write from your life.”

This is singularly the most versatile and useless advice I have ever been given, mainly because it can mean virtually anything, but everyone is sure that their interpretation is the right one. Read Full Article

*picture courtesy of Dave Alvarez Studios

Robin Williams died this week…

I know this isn’t news, or it shouldn’t be by now. In the world we live in, the death of anyone even remotely famous rips though our social networks like the ragged edge of a knife, leaving tatters of sorrow in its wake. Robin Williams was far more than a simple celebrity though, and I think the wound of his passing is going to be felt for a long time to come. Read Full Article

 

There’s an inherent level of frustration that comes with the decision to write for a specific age group, especially when you’re aiming for younger rather than older.

Never has this frustration been more present to me than when I decided to collaborate on a children’s story with with my sister, an artist looking to expand her craft. We had worked together on one similar project (an illustrated alphabet book for my then-two-year-old nephew), and we both decided that it would be fun to collaborate on something slightly more advanced. Read Full Article

Well, NaNoWriMo is over, my Christmas shopping is almost completed, and now it’s time for a long-overdue update to my long-neglected blog.  And since it is the season to be jolly, I’ve decided to post something to fit the times.

I’ve given it some thought, and I’m going to combine two of my favorite pastimes, watching internet short films and all things Christmas.  So without further ado, here are my top 12 favorite Christmas short films.  These are the twelve most twisted, hilarious, and heart warming videos I’ve found on the internet.  Enjoy :) Read Full Article

For the longest time I had a slight prejudice against anything produced by Image Comics.  It wasn’t because of any particular creator, character or event, but mainly because most Image creations seemed the same to me, or at least they weren’t shockingly different than most of the other comic creations out there.  True, they tended to dwell on a darker breed of superhero with more muscles and less realistic proportions, but they were still your typical superhero stories.  Battles were fought, villains defeated, and the status quo maintained, nothing Marvel and DC didn’t do or didn’t do better. Read Full Article

This is why I love mythology.  Every piece has the potential to stand as its own narrative.

The Norse reference in this surprised me.  I thought I was fairly well-versed in the Norse tales, but I guess this just shows that for everything you know there are at least a dozen more you have yet to hear of.

The Mask of Reason

It’s been a while, but as we start to approach All Hallows Eve, I believe it’s time to dust off the KYG section of my blog, and today I have a special ghost, the ghost of the living or recently (as in VERY recently) departed, the Fetch.

Originating in Ireland, a Fetch is a doppelganger spirit; it takes on the appearance of someone who has just died or is just about to die.  A Fetch will usually appear to the loved ones of the individual and will appear to be perfectly normal, if somewhat distant or distracted.  Additionally, the Fetch will sometimes appear ghostly or shadowy, and may vanish down alleys or halls if followed.

A Fetch is not actually the ghost of the person it appears to be; indeed, often the person imitated is still alive.  Instead it seems to be a phantom that simply takes the same form…

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One of the earliest and most difficult lessons I had to learn as a writer was that the idea of perfection is more fun in theory than it is in writing.  Perfect situations, perfect worlds, and especially perfect people can be the death of a good story, because the things you remember about the world, what makes the people and the things around you interesting, are their flaws, because in the end those are the things that distinguish them from everyone else. Read Full Article

An old post, but still a good one. I think this is something every lover of fiction should read.

Writing English

UPDATE: Tens of thousands of readers have found this post and hundreds of you have commented. A few have said that these analogies were actually taken from other sources and were not written by high school kids at all. Now, we have a link that ends the debate. These analogies are the winning entries in a 1999 Washington Post humor contest, and there are more than 25. Please look at the comments sent August 3, 2008 by “Jiffer” to get to the complete list and the names of the authors.

ORIGINAL POST: I have to share these “funniest analogies” with you. They came in an e-mail from my sister. She got them from a cousin, who got them from a friend, who got them from… so they are circulating around. My apologies if you have already seen them.

The e-mail says they are taken from actual high school essays…

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