Awesome, Great, Amazing…Blah

Aurora here. Awesome, amazing, great, excellent… What do they really mean in the context of a story? We know either the point-of-view character or the author either loves said thing or thinks said thing is better than mediocre. “The ice cream was great.” “The dress was nice.” While these words are fine in dialogue, asContinue reading “Awesome, Great, Amazing…Blah”

What Makes a Likeable Character?

Aurora here. Is it a character who always does what’s right, is always kind, rarely makes any kind of wrong decision? Or if the character does make a bad choice, does it later turn out it was the right choice all along? The kind of character who often shows up as the protagonist of fantasyContinue reading “What Makes a Likeable Character?”

Why I Hate Calibri (And You Should, Too)

Aurora here. Calibri, a relatively innocuous sans serif, has trickled into mainstream use, caused in part by Microsoft Word making 11-point Calibri its default font. Many ignore the formatting guidelines and trust Word to make the selection for them, even though, more often than not, 12-point font is requested. When someone ignores the formatting guidelines,Continue reading “Why I Hate Calibri (And You Should, Too)”