• Characters,  Facts of Life,  Movies,  Musicals

    Theatre Tour: Phantom of the Opera

    There are so many things I can say about The Phantom of the Opera: the awesomeness of the music, the beauty of the lyrics, the emotional turmoil! ^_^ It’s the perfect marriage between the opera (that I LOVE) and musical theatre. But today, I’m going to talk about Raoul, the childhood love of Christine Daae, and why that boy is a douche. 🙂 From the start, Raoul is painted as the wealthy patron of the theatre – a young man, who in his youth, would spend many summery vacations with his family on the same awesome summery grounds as Christine’s family. They had a cute little childish fling, and then…

  • Fun,  Writing World

    Buffy Meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    I’ve long considered myself to be a fantasy writer. Magic = Fantasy right? I remember a couple of years ago, when I was really gung ho about doing some fairy tale retellings, my mom was super excited because she thought this meant I was going to turn away from the darkness and write some light, fluffy chapter books. Ha, ha. Bless her. No. I was seeing which ones were standing out to me as something I could do something crazy with. They all fell apart. Some 17 or so fairy tale retelling ideas. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing. But around that same time, I went through this mini…

  • Movies,  Novels,  Writing World

    So This One Time, I Watched A Movie Or Whatever…

    So, about a year ago, I watched all 5 Twilight movies in two days. Anyone who knows me can tell you I almost had a nervous breakdown over this series. As a longtime writer of vampire stories, I was…offended. I was angry. I was jealous. It made me feel like I couldn’t write about vampires anymore. Not if I wanted to be published. It forced my hand, if you will, and I was VERY upset. Given this, why, OH, why, did I watch the movies? For one, I was sick that weekend. For second…well…let’s see if I can explain it. First let me start off by saying, I never wanted…

  • Editing,  Movies,  Writing World

    A Stroll Through Editing Park & Gone Girl Thoughts

    A couple of weeks ago I found a screenshot on my computer that I took of an earlier version of DISCORD and found TWO typos right off the bat! They weren’t in the draft I sent out, but really?!! Anyway, folks, there are a LOT of different ways to edit out there. When I was organizing my latest revision notes for DISCORD, I was getting stressed out thinking of all the ways I could go about it. I’ve seen people make these crazy flow charts. I’ve seen people cut out tiny strips of paper and spread them out all over their room! I’ve seen people paste index cards all over their desk.…

  • Books,  Creative Writing 101,  Movies,  Tips

    Beginnings 101

    Beginnings are hard. People sometimes redo their intros 70 times! After all, do we start with the inciting incident? What IS an inciting incident?! Do we start with a funeral opening even though half the writing world would tell us not to? Do we start with something mundane and everyday? Do we start with the character in a big action scene, sword fighting to save the chest of jewels pirates are trying to steal from the sultan? The one and only answer is: You start where the story starts. And where is that? It’s the latest possible point you can start the story without people being lost, before everything starts…