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Month: April 2011

Flawed Fiction

As a reader, perhaps one of the biggest non-grammatical complaints of contemporary commercial fiction is the incorporation of bigotry and degradation by way of stereotypes that are apparently accepted by the author. This entry will be lengthy, so please bear…

Plain Jane is No Name for Reign?

The name of “Jane” is firmly established in history. There are many colorful characters and beloved figures who’ve carried that name, but it is not the best choice for those of aristocracy. Take the following, for example: Lady Jane Grey-…

Arcane Miscellany

Here are some tidbits of text from the oldest books available on the macabre and bizarre. Aldabert- A pseydo-mystic of 8th Century France. Colloquy of the Ancients- A collectino of Ossianic legends. Hazel Tree- This tree was dedicated to Thor…

“Head Jumping” in Fiction

I developed much of what I know on writing from the rather traditional school of fiction. Recently, I began noticing that some of those tried-and-true methods aren’t necessarily being practiced today. Primarily, it was always stressed that you should limit…

Horror from the East… Part 2

This is the second installment on the article series that explores the trend of Asian horror and how it affected the horror industry overall. What can Western writers and authors learn from the new wave of interest? What are other…

All I Need to Know About Writing… I Learn from the X-Files? Part 2

As promised, here’s the next installment on tips, tricks and tidbits writers can glean from the hit television series, “The X-Files.” No Theory is, “Out There.” It’s true. With the proper research and approach, you can make your story both…

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Learning Horror from the East

The horror genre in America seems to have plummeted in popularity in the previous decades. Sadly, the genre’s popularity has seen much hardship. America used to be the leader in the world when it came to horror cinema and fiction,…

All I Need to Know About Writing… I Learn from the X-Files?

The X-Files was an incredibly popular television series and fans are still attending movies when they reach the box office. Despite the program’s errors, what can writers learn from the techniques used? I’m creating a series that explores various items…

Beast of Bathory: Great Historical Hoax?

Elizabeth Bathory is perhaps one of the most notorious women of history. We’ve all heard how she sacrificed 600 virgins to keep herself young, and a host of other claims. But, what is the truth behind this figure? Wikipedia tells…

Thoughts on Independent Authors

We are watching a new era emerge in writing and, despite the controversy, it’s refreshing to see it happen. “Self-published” used to be a term of failure. It implied laziness, incompetence and even impatience. The ultimate goal was to see…