Last week I was adamant that character death is not something to splash around or negate with resurrection. It should be respected. If you don’t lay down rules and keep them, your audience won’t trust you and you can’t maintain dramatic suspense. But… Aren’t there exceptions? Most exceptions to this rule deal with something called … Continue reading Why Bad Writing is Killing Death – Part 2
Death is really popular in movies these days. Or at least, pretending someone’s dead is. Then they get resurrected somehow—twenty seconds later (Maleficent II), later in the same movie (almost any Marvel movie), in the next movie (Pirates of the Caribbean II), in the last installment of the franchise (Ep. IX of Star Wars), etc. … Continue reading Why Bad Writing is Killing Death – Part 1
Many people have asked me, “What is your target audience? What is the age range?” I’ve responded, “Adult. I deal with complex concepts, and most of my stories are centered around people.” Ian's Amazon Author Page And yet many of my plot implements and themes seem oddly childish. Not because I make them that way—and … Continue reading Am I a YA Author?
So what could possibly compel me to write a world full of mushrooms? Well, I love mushrooms. That’s a start. Then there’s the concept of purpose. Purpose is a big deal in life—it brings meaning and identity to us. It has to be supplied by external factors (like a deity), or it’s just a meaningless … Continue reading Why I Wrote Ayphae
(By Nicole Vroon) When Ian and I first started walking down this road of self-publishing and marketing we had no idea what we were doing or the steps to take. We were naive and just thought hey, this is a good book if we slap it up on Amazon the people will come right? Oh … Continue reading 5 Reasons NOW is the Best Time to be an Author
Today I grace you with more words that displease me. Beware, all who use these words—you might elicit a disapproving glare! As usual, it’s my pious pleasure and pedantic privilege to share those words with you now. Enjoy volume 2, plebes. Pulchritudinous • This word just means “physically beautiful.” But can you really see someone … Continue reading Words I Abhor – Vol 2
We all have words we detest. Some of our lexicon is simply abominable. I have my own share of vocabulary I abhor—unfairly or not—and it’s my pious pleasure and pedantic privilege to share those words with you now. Enjoy, plebes. Rectify • This word may seem perfectly fine by itself. Unfortunately, it bears a remarkable … Continue reading Words I Abhor – Vol 1