Category: 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 […]

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 […]

Fairy Tale Legacy: Beauty and the Beast

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. How anyone could consider Beauty a passive heroine is beyond me. She’s actually very typical of the second era of Disney films from the 90s […]

the key to predictability

the key to predictability

I’m reading this book and it’s predictable. Which isn’t awful. The characters are amusing enough and it’s not great, but it’s not bad. But it got me thinking… I’ve also been reading this book a little bit every night before bed. I think I started, I mean really I started a few weeks ago, put […]

Fairy Tale Legacy: Cinderella

Fairy Tale Legacy: Cinderella

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. Cinderella may be one of the most retold of the fairy tales in our society. And so rather by default, most often falls victim to […]

Fairy Tale Legacy: Sleeping Beauty

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. Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorites. Which is difficult because she is the most passive of the fairy tale heroines. The course […]

the fairy tale legacy

While drafting one of my posts for Sci-Fi November I hit upon the fairy tale legacy. It’s something I’ve recognized for a while, you probably have too even before I gave it a term. The fairy tale legacy is what everyone seems to be constantly fighting against – the idea of a princess that needs […]

putting plot through the paces

putting plot through the paces

previously on the blog… I posted about how I write in layers. And that plot and I are only beginning to get along. This expounds on both of those ideas and so may be thoroughly boring for you (understandably) but is a great way for me to keep all my ideas and the things I’m […]

the weight of Kings

the weight of Kings

I watched Kings again a few weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on huluPlus and only 13 episodes and very, very good. In fact, I’m fascinated by it and I’ve seen the whole series through twice. It’s a little like Battlestar Galactica. Not that it’s as dynamic as Battlestar. Not quite as […]

pantser or plotter

pantser or plotter

The most popular question for authors these days seems to be “Are you a pantser or a plotter?” If you know me at all you can probably guess I think these are dumb words and would answer neither out of spite. But the actual truth is I write in layers. There’s an old saying, “Write […]