Z is for Zombies, by Clare Dugmore
Walkers, Biters, The Living Dead, The Undead. No matter what you call them zombies are HUGE in popular culture. From George A. Romero’s movies to TV Show The Walking Dead, zombies as the antagonist are everywhere. But in recent years we’ve seen a rise in zombies as the protagonist, in films such as Warm Bodies […]
Y is for Youtube, by Rena Rocford
I might be dating myself, but I remember a time before Youtube. Yes, it was the dark ages of the internet, a time of Friendster and Livejoural. Then along comes Youtube. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be the most boring thing ever. I thought it would be tons and tons […]
“X” is for Xenolinguistics: Favorite Alien Languages, by Vicki Keire
In many creation stories, language actually exists prior to the creation of the world. The gods often gift speech before life, and in the Book of Genesis, God uses his own speech to create light. Language is not only central to the human experience, many would argue it actually defines it. That’s why I’m so […]
W is for Wrestling: What I’ve learned about writing from watching WWE, by Clare Dugmore
Since my teens, I’ve been a big fan of WWE Wrestling, and no not just because of the hot guys in spandex (though it helps)! While I appreciate the athletic abilities of both the men and women that step into the ring, what I really love about wrestling – and what keeps me coming back […]
Video Games: The Perfect Family Bonding Activity, by Clare Dugmore
Some families go bike riding together, others play spots. My family is a family of gamers. Hubby has always been into video games and is now a video games journalist for a living. I was an infrequent casual gamer when we first met, but over the thirteen years we’ve been together, my gaming tastes have […]
Upper Middle What Now?, by Nikki Tetreault
Any middle child will tell you how awkward it is to be in the middle. You aren’t the first or the baby, you get all of the hand-me-downs, and you seem to get lost in the mix a lot. The 12-14 year old reader group has become a sort of middle child in the children’s […]
Dark Souls III – Prepare to Die Again, Again, by Jason Purdy
It’s bizarre to think of the behemoth that the Dark Souls franchise has become. The spiritual successor to an absurdly difficult and weird PS3 title, Demon Souls, it’s quickly become the poster child franchise for gamers who think that gaming has gone soft. From its humble roots as a niche title that spread through word […]
T is for Travel: A Literary Tour of Britain, by Clare Dugmore
Whether you’re a resident Brit, or just visiting on vacation, if you’re a book lover, there’s plenty to see and do in the UK. Here are just a few places to include in your literary tour of Britain.   King’s Cross Station Every Harry Potter fan knows that King’s Cross Station is where Hogwarts students […]
S is for Shipping, by Clare Dugmore
Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters, to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship in a work of fiction. Shipping often […]
Research Creep, by Nikki Tetreault
Readers and writers talk about world-building in books all the time, and the best world-building usually has the extremely realistic aspects woven into the story. This is common knowledge, what’s not common knowledge is how to dilute drugs for proper dosage, or successfully get away with murder. Which means that authors get up to some […]