Influencing Readers

Marie here. We often write blog posts here about things we do or don’t want to see in the media. We discuss topics that may or may not be controversial that we read, hear about, or see through various means like television, movies, radio, and books. There is a very good reason for this. AsContinue reading “Influencing Readers”

Body Language

Marie here. Recently I have been reading web comics obsessively. As in, being distracted from my own writing and reading of novels, obsessively. As a lover of art, I spend hours finding new stories on certain sites that catch my eye with their unique style. The art might draw me in, but the story isContinue reading “Body Language”

Nostalgia and Lazy Writing

Marie here. Fair warning that this is a half rant post and half please-don’t-write-like-this post. I’m going to be talking about the Netflix show Cobra Kai so if you haven’t seen all the seasons: SPOILERS! I started watching the show with my husband because it looked interesting. Let’s take these characters from a hit 80s/90sContinue reading “Nostalgia and Lazy Writing”

To Suffer or Not to Suffer? That is the Question

Marie here. Reading back over my second part of The Brave Blacksmith tale, I realize how much I like the story. As authors, we tend to be our own worst critics, going over and over our work and never being quite satisfied with it. I know I have certainly read over plenty of my storiesContinue reading “To Suffer or Not to Suffer? That is the Question”

Critical Reading and Watching

Aurora here. I often have authors, or people in general, ask me “Where do you get your inspiration?” Aside from the obvious fairy tales and folklore, I like to consume a lot of fiction. Sometimes, after reading all day for work, I do not want to read more. I want to stare mindlessly at Netflix.Continue reading “Critical Reading and Watching”

Representation

Aurora here. We’ve discussed relatable characters in previous blogs, but today I’d like to take a look into another aspect of characters being relatable: representation. A character’s anxiety, impatience, penchant for bad jokes, or strained relationship with family members can make us see parts of ourselves in the character. But what about characters who lookContinue reading “Representation”