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August 28, 2017

Fifty Shades of Love (no seriously)

(BEAR WITH ME ON THE TITLE. I PROMISE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT IT’S PARODYING. …ACTUALLY IT’S THE EXACT OPPOSITE. PLEASE FORGIVE ME)

Hah. Remember when I said I was going to get back into this? Yeahhhhhhhh I did really well with that. But hey! I’m trying? Points for effort?

I feel like I had a topic I wanted to talk about here, but now I can’t remember what it was, so I’m going to talk about something. (This summarizes most of my life, honestly. As my grandmother would always say, “If you’ve forgotten what you were going to say, it was probably a lie.”

Can’t tell where my sense of humor comes from, can ya?

In any event. I’ve been reading (guess. Go ahead. Guess.) a M.C.A. Hogarth trilogy (bet you never would have guessed) and something has come to my attention that I’ve seen a lot in real life, but never had a good way to talk about it in terms of literature, but Micah has provided several characters that I can use to discuss this. So let’s just jump into it.

Non-romantic and/or non-sexual physical contact.

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July 11, 2016

Nostalgia, I Choose You!

(I had some other idea for a post the other day, but I can’t remember what it was anymore, so I can’t very well write about it. So let’s talk about this other thing. 🙂 )

So if you live on the Internet like I do, then you’ve probably noticed the massive influx of posts regarding the augmented reality (AR) mobile phone game, PokémonGO. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy and were suddenly silenced as they stared at the downloading progress bar. (That’s how the quote goes, yeah?) I will admit, as soon as I found out that the app had launched, I launched myself at the App Store to download it. I’ve been excited for PokéGO ever since I heard that it was being developed. I suppose I wasn’t quite expecting the huge outburst it mustered–though I seem to be one of the only ones who wasn’t surprised by the server lag. (Come on. Really?)

But still, the whole phenomenon amuses me.

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June 27, 2016

Mighty and Powerful Gods

I wasn’t going to write this right away, but I figure I may as well do it while some piece of it all is still timely and all.

So you’ve all heard me say a thousand times that I think character development is important. On top of this, I think that having a balanced character is also key. (There is a limit to this, but I’ll get into that later.) When a character becomes too overpowered, they become dull, boring. There’s nothing to them anymore. Nothing can stand in their way because they literally have every power and every ability to stop those who stand against them.

I also just saw X-Men Apocalypse. You may see where I got this idea from.

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February 29, 2016

Alternate Storytelling: Video Games

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw me retweet this excellent blog post from Chuck Wendig looking at the game Firewatch and how it tells a story, and what we can learn from its methods. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on Firewatch, and I can see the truth in both sides. This got me thinking, though. I’ve talked about non-traditional storytelling before, and also that I love the methods of storytelling I’ve seen in video games. So how could I pass up the opportunity to talk about one of the video games I’ve played lately that I think has changed the way games tell stories completely?

Let’s talk UNDERTALE. (There may be spoilers below, but I’ll point them out before I say anything, in case you haven’t played the game yet. …And you should. Go play. Right now.)

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February 8, 2016

Non-Traditional Storytelling

I love stories.

Not just books (though I love them as well) but stories told in any fashion. Movies, TV shows, books, video games even. Any way that a story can be told, I’m a big fan–and I know that there’s many different ways to tell a story. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ways, and sometimes what I find surprises me.

However, none have quite lived up to what I found at Abel Township.

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February 1, 2016

Age of the Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

I’ve made it fairly clear in the past (I believe) that I stand firmly on the fence in regards to paper books (or dead tree books, as my family is wont to call them) versus e-books. I love my Nook and my Kindle, but I also still will go out of my way to buy paper versions of books that mean a lot to me. I don’t expect that my opinions on these will change any time soon, but I’ve heard a lot of unfortunate issues arising with brick-and-mortar bookstores–and this article sounds like all of them. But in reading this, there was something that caught my attention that I didn’t much care for.

If you’d like, go ahead and read the article before continuing on.

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January 11, 2016

Curse of the Third Book

(Man, that sounds like an awesome short story or something. Anyway.)

I seem to have a curse laid upon me when it comes to obtaining books. I seem to have brought it upon myself, way back in high school, unknowingly. It began with an author I have come to love dearly, and am glad of having become aware of, but…well, let me tell you the tale.

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June 10, 2015

Why I Need Feminism…or something. (Am I Doing This Right?)

I’ll be honest. I’m tired of seeing those words in my title. I completely understand that gender inequality is rampant and that there are still major reasons that this phrase is traveling around the Internet. None of that is the issue. What I’m really tired of are the militant positions on either side, dealing in absolutes: if you have ever thought anything against gender equality, you are a bad person and you should feel bad forever, you are shunned for ever.

Hold up, Inspector Javert. Lemme tell you a story about a little girl (a little girl) that you should hear.

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June 2, 2015

Long Time No See / MFA Programs

Hey there everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted last, and I apologize for that. (Actually as I look back, it’s less time than I thought. But it’s still more time than is really permissible.) I still owe a good friend a review for her book that I read, and I intend to deliver. Things are still going a little rough for me; I haven’t found a new job yet, I’m still doing battle with depression (though the new meds are working better than any of the others), and it’s hard to find a pattern or routine when there’s–quite literally–nothing forcing you to do anything. But I’m still going to try.

However, I’m back today to bring some attention to an article I just read, and talk about what it made me think. Before jumping under the cut, go take a look at Kameron Hurley’s article “I Don’t Care About Your MFA.” Then let’s chat.

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November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 1 – Is It Secret? Is It Safe?

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For the month of November, I’m taking it as my civil duty to help out the Wrimos of the world. If you’ve been around for a while, you may have seen my guest post last November over on Denise Drespling’s blog (if you’re new in town, you can read my post here) about how I believe that NaNoWriMo changed my life. This is my 9th year in the program, and my (hopefully) 7th year of completing the challenge. It is my 3rd year as an ML, and my 3rd different region to be living in. I was ML of New York::Elsewhere for two years, and will still serve as virtual ML there this year, but am currently in “training” to be the co-ML of Virginia::Richmond next year. I love the program, and I love helping people along the way. So in addition to the pep talks that go out to all the Wrimos, I’m going to put out posts each week of November to help the Wrimos (and anyone else who’s writing this month, for any reason!) to help along the way.

Week 1 is today.

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