• Characters,  Fun,  Ideas,  Mechanics,  Writing World

    V is for Villain

    One of my greatest writing pleasures is meeting a new villain! They are some of my most favorite people in all of fiction – books, movies, tv shows. So much so that I used to have a problem with my antagonists overshadowing the main characters. If anyone has ever found themselves in a similar situation, we¬†fix that pairing the villains with more interesting “heroes.” People who are just as fascinating, if not more. In my current project, who the “bad guy” is a little harder to decipher than usual. Dare I say, I don’t have a “bad guy” in the story at all! It’s a matter of interpretation, of course,…

  • Movies

    Movie: Inside/Out

    I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of Pixar or Disney, but anyone who knows me can tell you that The Little Mermaid still gives me chills and brings me to tears (and makes me freak the hell out like I’m seeing it for the first time every time!!), and so far, EVERY SINGLE Pixar/Disney movie mashup that I have ever seen has brought me to hot, hot tears. Inside/Out is no exception. I cried in Toy Story. I cried like a baby in Big Hero 6, and now it’s one of my favorite movies. And while on the topic of animated movies I cry in, Illumination pictures by our…