Babes in Tropeland: Not ANOTHER Alcoholic Dad, Please

For decades the easiest way to get across to the audience the protagonist was a poor-unfortunate soul was to make them an orphan; someone with no northern star to guide them through this perilous hell-scape we call existence. It was a method to make the main character sympathetic from the get-go, but it was also [...]

Thoughts on “Invisible Girl” by Lisa Jewell

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the novel. Reader discretion is advised. Amazon summary: Young Saffyre Maddox spent three years under the care of renowned child psychologist Roan Fours. When Dr. Fours decides their sessions should end, Saffyre feels abandoned. She begins looking for ways to connect with him, from waiting outside his office to [...]

Why the Aladdin Remake Is Frustrating

I was coerced into seeing the 2019 Aladdin remake by a group of friends who promised it was good. Even though I tend to be against remakes on principle, I tried to keep an open mind and allow the experience to shape me in whatever way it chose. To be fair, Will Smith did a phenomenal [...]

Why I Won’t Watch”Bird Box” On Netflix

WARNING: MILD SPOILERS FOR "BIRD BOX" AHEAD.  So....it looks like Netflix has adapted Josh Malerman's Bird Box into a movie..... And as you can see, I'm not excited about it. It's not that I think all book-to-movie adaptations are bad, in fact some of them are quite good (ex: Holes, Stand By Me, Carrie, Lord of The [...]

Editing is the Worst Thing Ever

Is there anything quite as beautiful as writing the first draft of a story? Every moment is primed with intrigue, wonder, and mystery. You just paint everything on the metaphorical canvass as you see it in your mind's eye. Ideas pour forth from you like a soda fountain filled with Mentos You pat yourself on [...]

Thoughts on the “IT” 2017 Trailer

I am going to tell you something I wasn't sure I would ever admit on this blog..... A secret that I have been keeping under wraps for fear of being ostracized by the literary community. *takes a breath* I don't like Stephen King novels. I know, I'm sorry. It's not for want of trying. I've [...]

Unpopular Opinion: Censorship and “Offensive”Bookstagram Pictures

I don't consider myself a controversial person, nor do I try to stir the pot when I see a problem brewing. However, it's becoming progressively more difficult to stay quiet on certain issues, particularly issues involving censorship. Today I was exploring Bookstagram when I came across a picture from one of the content creators I [...]

Opinion: Peter Capaldi is Leaving Doctor Who and That’s a Good Thing

As crappy as it is that Peter didn't get a fair shake at being The Doctor, this decision to leave is for the show's benefit. Doctor Who has been in dire need of a direction change for years now and I think it would really benefit from a clean slate. Many people are complaining that [...]

My Muse Hates Free Time

Does anyone else get their ideas when it's most inconvenient? I think I am at my most creative during the height of the school semester where everything is due and my entire future hangs in the balance.. I'll be mentally calculating how much time I should commit to studying and she'll show up, donut in [...]

Opinion: Instagram v. Twitter

As a writer who is trying to gain recognition, I've done what dozens of writing magazines, podcasts, and Facebook pages keep telling me to do: have multiple platforms on multiple social media sites. This has been a...mostly unsuccessful endeavor on my part seeing as I find social media a distraction from what I really should [...]