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A Sympathetic Victim: What I Learned from "Unfriended" and "It Follows"

How do you generate sympathy for your characters? Two movies offer an object lesson.
I watched “Unfriended” and “It Follows” over the last few weekends. Both movies deal with the perils of teen relationships and sexuality using rather rote horror tropes. 495 more words

Speculative Fiction

Life in the world of cards

The Sword 5, too, was a whole story, although one with veiled meaning – a lone warrior, in the foreground, with a disdainful smirk on his face (Zy didn’t like… 795 more words

Fantasy

Free Stories from the Original Green Crystal Stories, 6

While I rewrite the stories that appeared in my 2014 book, The Green Crystal Stories, I’m offering the original stories here in chapter-by-chapter installments. In this chapter of “III” (the third short story in the book), a month has passed since Vree Erickson rescued her mother from a kidnapper rapist. 2,401 more words

Writing

A year and another bit more further still

NB This post contains LOTS of spoilers. Be warned!

I am not going to write more about the Sorting Machine and its deleterious effects on the Post Office (and other things); you’ll have to read Going Postal if you want to know about it. 319 more words

8 temptations down to 7 deadly sins

“The Art of The Covet” 

‘The eight temptations of man’

became

  ‘the seven deadly sins.’

The Eight Temptations of Man

are also known as “evil thoughts” … 51 more words

Fantasy Fiction

Free Stories from the Original Green Crystal Stories, 5

While I rewrite the stories that appeared in my 2014 book, The Green Crystal Stories, I’m offering the original stories here in chapter-by-chapter installments. In this chapter of “Trespassing” (the second short story in the book), the green crystal uses its mysterious magical powers to aid teenager Vree Erickson to save her mother from a kidnapper rapist and strengthen its control of her. 2,859 more words

Writing

A year and yet another further bit more still

NB This post contains LOTS of spoilers. Be warned!

The inventiveness of Going Postal is extraordinary, but perhaps the most impressive of Pratchett’s inventions in this book is the Clacks. 397 more words