Strong Female Character or Trinity Syndrome?

Strong Female Character or Trinity Syndrome?

I heartily enjoyed this article. It explains very succinctly what I am striving so hard to do with Phoenix and why it’s important to me that I don’t fail her as a female main character.

Clicky and read.

Lack of Good Friends Harmful to Men

Lack of Good Friends Harmful to Men

I’ve often spoken about how harmful sexism is toward men. The symptoms are different, but the cause is the same. It hurts us as much as it hurts everyone else. Sadly, we’re very good at hiding it.

Men are just as emotional as women. Problems occur when our emotional outlets are narrowed down to only sex or violence. Intimacy and trust are necessary to a healthy human being.

Click on the title and have a read. The article is short, but informative.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether or Not it was Intentional

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether or Not it was Intentional

I loved this article. I for one hated analysing a perfectly good novel to death in English class. There are some novels that I read in school that I actually enjoyed until we picked them apart with tweezers. Can we please stop destroying childrens’ budding love of reading before it has a chance to thrive?

As an author, I look at articles like these and wonder what kernels of extraneous “meaning” would be slapped onto my books if anyone were to analyse them. Such thoughts always lead to cringing and the need to go look at pictures of kittens.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

This article is one I re-visit several times a year to remind myself of the big picture. It can be easy to get lost in bad habits, especially when one works for oneself. Writers, and artists in general, need to take ourselves seriously, and this list is something I find helps me to do just that.

In other news, I burned the midnight oil last night and got caught up on my NaNoWriMo. 73% done! Woo!

Thought Verbs

Thought Verbs

This was just too good not to repost. I’m guilty of doing this myself, probably because of my fondness for writing, and reading, very introspective characters. While I might not be so ruthless as to eliminate all thought verbs as described, this would certainly be helpful in the editing process to make the detail more rich and informative. 

Stop Failing at Halloween

Stop Failing at Halloween

It has come to my attention that many people in my neighbourhood do not know how to decorate for Halloween. It seems that the only thing most people really know how to do is Christmas.

Folks, stretchable spider web is NOT garland. You don’t wrap it around trees. You don’t string it between things in thick ropes. You don’t put it up in clumps unless you’re making a spider egg sac.

Do not use any colour but white unless you plan to have a blacklight on it. Seriously. It looks stupid. Spider silk is universally white regardless of the type of spider.

I know this is a cheap decoration to buy, but if you’re not planning on using it properly, don’t bother. Take the time to stretch it out like it’s supposed to be or leave it on the shelf and get yourself some streamers.