Category: Story Courses

Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

I really wanted to pull off a sci-fi fairy tale legacy. How cool would that be to look at a sci-fi story that’s really a fairy tale and explore how it fits into or defies the fairy tale legacy? But I couldn’t find one. Mostly I looked at tv shows because that’s my favorite sci-fi […]

November 2, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses, Tattered Heart

Fairy Tale Legacy: Snow White

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. Snow White is a bit of a confounding fairy tale and in 1937, Disney did it no favors. We all know the essence of the […]

September 7, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
Fairy Tale Legacy: Twelve Dancing Princesses

Fairy Tale Legacy: Twelve Dancing Princesses

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite stories as a child. I liked the dancing and the sisters and that it seemed different […]

August 3, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
Fairy Tale Legacy: Jasmine

Fairy Tale Legacy: Jasmine

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. We all know Disney has a reputation for sweet, passive princesses and throughout this series I’ve seen where that is both accurate and also unfounded. […]

July 6, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses

Fairy Tale Legacy: Rapunzel

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. Rapunzel is the girl trapped in a tower, known mostly for her long hair. It’s easy to see why we’d think of her as passive. […]

June 1, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
the Joss Crossroads

the Joss Crossroads

So, here’s a story secret for you. One I deduced from watching all the Joss Whedon stories. And with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron it seems an opportune moment to share because for the first time I was looking for a Joss Crossroads and it wasn’t there… Joss Whedon writes brilliant stories (no, […]

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses

Fairy Tale Legacy: Snow White and Rose Red

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. The Snow White few people know and another of my favorite stories as a child. I think I loved that they’re sisters and again that […]

May 4, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses

Fairy Tale Legacy: The Little Mermaid

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. The Little Mermaid may be one of my favorite Disney movies for no other reason than they took an intensely tragic fairy tale and gave […]

April 6, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
Cinderella: film review

Cinderella: film review

If I’m being completely honest, I was a bit skeptical before I saw Cinderella. The trailer didn’t impress me that much; it was a bit fluffy, a bit too earnest without the depth to sustain some of the lines and the performances. Still, I was hoping it was going to be good; hoping for something […]

March 16, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses