Tag: writing

Writing

Vampire Fiction

There’s a lot of hostility toward this particular genre, I’ve noticed in the publishing world. When I research potential publishers for short story submissions or my impending novel, a depression epic of sorts, I see it, over and over again. No vampires. No werewolves. No zombies. It’s kind of funny. I mean, I get it. …

Writing

Kid’s Books

I appreciate a good kids’ book. I mean, none of my stuff is particularly kid-friendly, not with its heavy focus on sex and drugs and rock and roll, though violence seems to be largely secondary. I am a pacifist, so that’s not surprising, I suppose, that I’d tend to suppress violence as much as possible, …

Writing

Dimensional Travel And Choices

I know a lot of people hate time travel books. I get it. It’s circular and illogical and doesn’t make sense. It’s incredibly difficult to postulate what might happen as a result of certain changes, however minor. Still, alternative histories are popular and can often result in great stories about our favourite characters. It allows …

comics

When Things Go Off The Rails

One of my favourite writers is giving up. At least, giving up the project he’s known for, and that’s a good thing. A very good thing. It’s been clear he hasn’t had a love for it for a long time, and that the traumas that took this whole thing off the rails have left him …

Writing

Nonsensical Bullshit

A lot of the things I read, in comics and literature, I read because I like the author. They’ve done something I liked, and therefore, I want to read more by them. That, and the classics. I like to have a wide variety to choose from, and reading things that have been branded literary elite …

Writing

Classics That Suck

Our culture has a tendency to glorify certain literature. From Orwell’s 1984 to Catcher In The Rye, certain books have risen above the rest to become staples of our literary canon. And some of that is earned. 1984 is a hugely important novel, and while a lot of people think it’s overrated, I very much …

comics

Things That Went Horribly Awry

Some things are beyond our control. Some things are beyond a creator’s control as well. I can sympathize with this, even if the end product ends up poor. For example, I was absolutely in love with a particular series. The start hooked me immediately and I was fully invested. And then something happened to one …

comics

Unexplained Transitions

Am I the only one who gets irritated when stories make major changes to a person’s being and don’t explain it? Like when there’s time jumps and suddenly, a strong fighter never wants to fight or someone who always expressed hope is suddenly a negative Nancy. Or say, when a key character transitions from male …

comics

Gratuitous

It’s no secret comics have a long-standing and questionable history with how women are depicted. From Wonder Woman’s weakness of bondage to the whole Comicsgate nonsense, women being presented poorly has long been a problem. The most glaring is obviously the incredibly salacious nature of how superwomen are often depicted, fighting crime and world beaters …