The Unsettling Message of Green Eggs and Ham

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 19, 2019



Years ago while living abroad, I heard an expat mom explain to her kids that it was good to try new foods just like in Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss!

For anyone unfamiliar with the red covered book filled with rhymes, Green Eggs and Ham is a story ...



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Comic Book Heroes Are Taking Over the Online Casino World

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 18, 2019




Comic Book Heroes Are Taking Over the Online Casino World

The comic book fan base is increasing in numbers every single day. Nowadays, it is a bit hard to find someone who has not enjoyed reading a nicely illustrated story about popular characters either on a quest to discover a ...




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On Spoilers

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 17, 2019



So, full disclosure: I am spoiler immune.

I don't really care if I know how a story ends, or where the twist is. I might even enjoy it more as I anticipate it. I will watch the movie without issue and still enjoy it just as much.

Granted, when ...





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On Time Travel Yarns

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 3, 2019



Time travel is a narrative trap. It's quicksand.

It's very alluring to use, being able to put a person from one historical era into another and watch as shenanigans ensue, but very quickly, a writer (and often the audience too) discovers that it quickly unravels, and the story ...



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Duchamp and Dadaism: A Passion that Never Fades

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, July 29, 2019



I have come across many awe-inspiring sights Along my Summer travels across the Eastern Coast of the United States. I have walked inside grand mansions decorated with Victorian-era Second Empire, French Rococo Revival, and Aesthetic movements on Newport, Rhode Island; I touched a replica of the Caves of Lascaux in ...

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The Old Warrior

Banes at 12:00AM, July 25, 2019


Make it So Again

There are certain story templates that we see played out over and over throughout the years, decades and centuries.

One of my favorites is the one where the Old Warrior or the Old Master is called out of retirement to rejoin the fight for one last ...




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When Life Imitates Mythology

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 24, 2019


The Sleeping Satyr, the Barberini Faun

Last night, a distressed friend contacted me after a rather dreadful experience. She had just been on the most awkward dinner date with a man she thought was a gentleman based on his good looks and charm, but he turned out to be the ...


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Timeclocks

Banes at 12:00AM, June 13, 2019



Writing Timeclocks


Timeclocks are one of those elements of fiction that usually shows up in the middle or just before the final act, to give things a little boost in the adrenaline department, and make the drama more urgent. Not only are your characters facing big problems, but suddenly their ...




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Bailing

Banes at 12:00AM, June 6, 2019



When do you bail on a series, movie or story?

We had a pretty fine conversation on the Quackcast last week that wandered into the category of “endings” and when they're set up well vs badly and such. I had a similar convo today with someone about various series ...



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Character voice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 31, 2019




If you want to design a memorable character it doesn’t just stop at their looks. How they speak, write and use body language is integral to who they are as a person as well as how other character’s may react to them. When you read a comic or ...


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