“Secular” isn’t a Genre.

I’m a Christian.  I love Jesus, and do my best to serve Him in what I do.  In this journey as a Christian though, I have heard secular come up in sermons and casual conversations as a genre.  Christian is a genre, Religion is a genre, but that doesn’t mean that is the case with... Continue Reading →

Enough with the Love Triangles

Love triangles have permeated Young Adult fiction since the turn of the century.  I would argue it has gone beyond clichéd and it expected to be in Young Adult material whether we want it or not. There is no denying that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with a love triangle subplot.  It can be done... Continue Reading →

Disappointment in Sequels

Why are sequels so often disappointing?  If we watch a film or read a book and find that the story pulls us in, we are left wanting more.  We wonder what adventures the characters may have after the end of the initial story.  Do they continue to fight evil or do their lives become mundane... Continue Reading →

Political Fiction

I’m going to keep this pretty short, but it is a topic that is worthy of multiple books.  I ask my readers; do you believe politics should be in books? Sure, politics cannot be completely avoided, since the term politics covers a plethora of ideas and ideals.  Saying slavery is wrong for example is technically... Continue Reading →

Are Clichés Always Bad?

The first topics I started blogging about were clichés.  As a young and idealistic writer, I saw them as bad things that should be avoided at all cost.  Now with a couple years of age and experience under my belt I don’t approach the topic as black and white anymore.  I still stand by the... Continue Reading →

On Horror

This may be blasphemy to the Horror genre, but I hate what it is anymore.  The classical horror of the Victorian era let the imagination of the reader fill in the blanks allowing for more “horror” than bombarding people with gore.  Yes, I know, death is a part of the genre, but in recent decades,... Continue Reading →

Do We Moralize Our Interests?

I’ve written about morality before because it plays an integral part in crafting plots.  Who are good characters?  Who are the evil ones?  Why are they evil/good?  What constitutes as good or evil?  These are basic questions the writer must sort out.  While doing this I came to understand that we often moralize our interests... Continue Reading →

Frustrations with Werewolves

If you, like me, are a fan of werewolf lore and enjoy indulging in a film about them from time to time, you may have noticed that the pickings are rather slim.  There are very few good werewolf movies.  Some are decent or passable, but I struggle to think of any that are actually good.... Continue Reading →

Can Ideas Be Owned?

Ideas are powerful and one of the truly immortal things in existence.  Old ideas can be rediscovered and held, even after their original carriers are long dead.  In modern times possession of ideas in the form of copywrite now exists.  Not only that, ideas are claimed to be owned by various belief systems and political... Continue Reading →

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