4 Annoying Story Tropes I Want to Kill

Our favorite pastimes are full of tropes and cliches. It’s inevitable. Stories fall into predicable patterns. Not all tropes are bad, but it takes skill to make them feel original. And since I’m a romantic sap at heart, there are plenty of tropes I’ll willingly follow. But there are a few that aren’t just eye-rolling,… Read more »

The Liebster Award

(Better late than never?) I was nominated by the fabulous A.R. Rivera. Unfortunately my blog has been on autopilot while I prepared for the Crossroads of Frozen Eternity release. But no matter. I’m here now and ready to go. *cracks knuckles* Step 1: Post 11 random facts about yourself 1. My husband and I had… Read more »

Through the Wormhole

I’ve written a lot about my favourite sci-fi shows and the lessons they’ve taught me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Stargate SG1. I loved all ten seasons of the show, and I’m still a bit sour over the way the Sci-fi channel dropped it just before they decided it was a good idea… Read more »

Diamonds in the Rough

My husband and I don’t watch a lot of TV. We gave up on it when most networks turned to reality TV and cheesy cop dramas (but that’s a whole other blog post). When we do fall in love with a TV show, its box sets inevitably adorn our shelves so we can re-watch them… Read more »

An Impossible Vacation

Since we decided to come to England, my husband and I have been talking about travel. There’s a lot to see in England, after all, and it’s much cheaper to see the rest of Europe from here than it is to travel from Canada. All the talk of places and events we’d like to see… Read more »

Lasers, Phasers and Blasters, oh my!

I recently wrote about my favorite magical doodads, which are a staple of fantasy fiction. My other favorite genre is science-fiction. I don’t need magic. If it gets me far enough away, or has interesting enough mechanics, sci-fi keeps me just as entertained. And hey, science! Bonus! Much like the fantasy genre, what you tend… Read more »

Jack Will Hate Them All

Most of the favorites I’ve mentioned so far have to do with books. It’s true, I started this exercise to help me hone in on the things I really love in the craftsmanship of other’s work to help improve my own. But there’s a whole world of other story expressions out there and studying TV… Read more »

Why Second Graders Should Rule the World

My husband teaches at a small English school in a fair sized French town. Small schools have their own unique problems, but they also present some unique teaching opportunities. One school serves the entire English community here, from Kindergarten to High School Graduation. So my husband can do interesting things like assign his high school… Read more »

Men of the Hour

On the never-ending quest to create the perfect character, my favorite exercises is examining the characters I’ve grown to love over the years. By looking at the things that attach you to a character, you can pick out traits or themes which make a character interesting. After all, if you don’t care about a character,… Read more »