• Characters,  Movies,  TV,  Writing Journey

    Letting the Bad Guy Win

    Guys! Have you ever been watching a movie and wanted the villain to just…get away with everything? I don’t want this all the time. There’s something so satisfying about watching a hero rise up and slay the beast, metaphorically or not metaphorically speaking. But sometimes, I want the bad guy to win. Sometimes I identify too much with them. Sometimes I don’t like the hero! One of my favorite movies of all time, that will remain nameless for this example to avoid spoilers because that twist is too good, has a main character who’s being stalked by a someone who’s getting increasingly more threatening to our hero every time he…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  TV,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writing Stuff: Doubt Dragon Files

    GUYS!!! Poetry cover is in progress!! I’ll have mockups as early as next week!! 😀 Okay, I’ll calm down. 😛 Anywho, before you read the title and think I’m over here whining again, spoiler alert: I’m not. Us writers are always learning and growing and flailing around, and I’m here to tell you why doubt isn’t a bad thing. Before you think me extra crazy, read on. If you were on Twitter Sunday night or Monday morning, you likely saw a lot of angry Game of Thrones tweets and for good reason. The show is beautifully shot, well-acted for the most part, and exciting. HOWEVER, none of those things can…

  • Facts of Life,  TV

    Dance Moms: The Trainwreck

    Anyone who knows me knows that when I’m neck deep in a story, the first thing I cut out is television. So I don’t watch much TV. Less to pile up on me when I’m in a writing hole. But I especially don’t watch a lot of reality TV. I gave up on the value of that the first time I watch The Real World on MTV. I don’t know what season it was, but I never watched it again. I watched one season of The Bachelor because I heard the bachelor that year was from Nashville. (GO TN!) I also never watched that again. My sister got me into Project Runway, but…

  • TV

    Television Ate My Homework

    One of the first things I cut back on when I’m in the writing zone is TV. This is what a DVR is for, yes? However, I find that in-between bouts of writer-madness, my DVR is on the verge on imploding or exploding or both, and it takes me weeks to catch up. So I decided to cut some things. First Up: Penny Dreadful. I LOVE Josh Harnett and Eva Green. But I could not get into this show. The first reason being: hodgepod. I don’t hate hodgepod shows — shows that take a bunch of different myths and stories and squish them together. It just depends on the execution. In…

  • Mini Rants,  TV

    A Tear for the Strong One

    Every so often I run across a book review that beats to the drum of, “She’s running around thinking about boys and crying. I thought she was strong. She’s so fracking weak!!” Let’s get this one thing straight. Falling in love doesn’t make your character weak. It takes strength to fall in love. Second, strength doesn’t mean your character never cries. Strength means that when life beats them down, their ass gets back up again. Crying doesn’t make you weak. Weakness is being afraid. Weakness is falling apart and staying that way. Strong people admit when they feel pain. Strong people cry. Weak people don’t cry because they don’t have…