Nature’s Fury Blogathon: The Stand (1994)

This post is part of the Nature’s Fury Blogathon, hosted by Barry at Cinematic Catharsis. Read the rest of the posts in this furious event HERE! Film and television have a long tradition of showing us how nature will one day turn against us, and most likely with help from human beings. Stephen King’s epic … Continue reading Nature’s Fury Blogathon: The Stand (1994)

A TV Adaptation of Your Favorite Book is in the Works! Time to Panic!

This past week, two TV projects based on books were announced: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars), is in development at basic cable channel Spike. Stephen King's time-travel novel, 11/22/63, is in development at the streaming service Hulu TV. May I take a moment to express how much I … Continue reading A TV Adaptation of Your Favorite Book is in the Works! Time to Panic!

Mini-Reviews of Books I’ve Enjoyed Lately

Looking over the review I posted for Veronica Roth’s Allegiant a couple of weeks ago, I realized it’s such a negative one that it may have given the impression I’m a Nelly Negative, which can’t be further from the truth. In fact, over the last couple of months I’ve read some terrific books and thought … Continue reading Mini-Reviews of Books I’ve Enjoyed Lately

10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story

1. Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end. If you’re writing a mystery, you must solve it by the end. There are a few cases where a mystery novel doesn’t solve the mystery, and … Continue reading 10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story

Tips For Creating A Great Beginning To Your Story

1. Start just before something is going to happen, in the middle of something happening, or right after something has happened.  There's a term in screenwriting called "landing in the scene on roller skates." This is a great way to start a story. Basically, create a situation for your characters and throw them right into … Continue reading Tips For Creating A Great Beginning To Your Story

Why We Love Tragic Heroes (And Hate To See Them Die)

WARNING: BIG SPOILERS FOR THE PASSAGE AND GAME OF THRONES A friend of mine and I were talking about Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic vampire novel THE PASSAGE a while back. He said he loved the first part of the book but hated the sudden shift in the story about a third of the way through, where … Continue reading Why We Love Tragic Heroes (And Hate To See Them Die)