Friday, January 17, 2020

Introducing ScribeTunes - Peaceful

I’m excited to announce the launch of ScribeTunes! American and Canadian powers combine in a collaborative project between me and Cassia Schaar to help writers have the best music for their writing. Have you ever spent half an hour or more trying to find the right mood music when you should be writing? Then this project is for you! Every other week we will be releasing playlists on Spotify and Apple Music that are themed for any writing scene you can think of! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Why Retconning is a Writer's Deadliest Sin

I've disliked movies and abandoned series for many reasons, but one of my biggest reasons is for retconning. For those who don't know retconning means to "revise (an aspect of a fictional work) retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events." J.K. Rowling is notorious for doing this with her books like changing Dumbledore's sexuality and how Voldemort's name is pronounced. Fortunately, the books are safe from these changes from taking much effect, but that's not the same in other cases. 

TV shows and other franchises retcon very often. In rare circumstances, it's a good thing, but the only reason why it's needed in the first place is that the writers didn't do a good job in the first place. If something is so bad that it must be retconned then that's an error with the writer. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Monthly Summary: December 2019/Yearly Wanderings

2019 has been a pretty good year. I feel like the first half of it was epic then the latter half still had good moments but the majority got kinda weird. Things happened that made me cry in absolute joy and then others that made me sob in grief and worry. So I’m very split when it comes to my overall opinion of the last year of this decade.

Friday, December 20, 2019

I'm on Hiatus 12/20-1/14!

I’m going to be on my annual hiatus until January 14th to enjoy Christmas and New Years with family and maybe slip in some writing. I will be still active on Instagram though. See you soon!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Writing Lessons from TV Shows: Gravity Falls

This past month I've finally gotten into Gravity Falls. I've known about this show for years. I've seen fanart and cosplays, but the animation was a big put off for me. I thought this was just another stupid kid's show with cheap animation, retcon character arcs or zero character arcs, and a shallow incoherent plot if there was one at all laced with fart jokes. So when my good friend Cassia suggested I watch this I was honestly thinking, "Really? This show?"

I was very surprised.

To be honest, I still dislike the animation (I'm spoiled on anime.). I'm a big fan of the redraws I've found online, but the characters and writing are very impressive. The plot grows and so do the characters. Stakes escalate and real bonds are created. The show does not use the typical kid's show tropes like stagnant characters, inconsistent animation, and retconned plot points. So I'm happy to announce I'm a fan and here's why. 

SPOILER WARNING: The biggest ones are in points three, four, and five.

If this is your first exposure to Gravity Falls, I'm sorry but this gif was too perfect.