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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“M” is for Mental Illness: Depictions in Literature, by Private: Vicki Keire
Our writing tends to reflect the world we live in, and nowhere is this more clear than in the way we depict people with mental illnesses. You can trace evolutions in culture by following the literature of the times. The Victorians, for example,  loved their asylums, where inmates were often treated as curiosities to be […]
L is for Love In the Time of #Hashtags, by Private: Lindsey Culli
My novel, THIS ABOVE ALL, began as the result of a wager with some writer friends. Over coffee, one of them bet me that I couldn’t actually reinterpret Romeo & Juliet in a way that would be fresh and appeal to modern YA audiences. Game on, I said. I was supposed to come up with […]
[G] Game of Thrones: I’ve Read the Books, and These Are Six Things I Want in Season Six, by Clare Dugmore
[Please note this post contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and speculation about what could happen in the TV show in relation to book events. Trigger warning: mentions of rape and death.]   Game of Thrones Season Six begins in a little over two weeks, and I’m ridiculously excited for […]
(A) Artificial & Androids: What does Human have to do with Humanity Anyway?, by Nikki Tetreault
It begins- The A-Z blog challenge starts today! For those of you who don’t know, that means each day in April (except Sundays) we will be working our way through the alphabet talking books, movies, superheros, oscars, and anything else related to entertainment. To kick things off I’m talking about Androids and artificial intelligence, and […]
B is for Branding, by Nikki Tetreault
Branding is essentially the boogie man for new authors, there is no magic fairy godmother that flies into your office while you’re writing late at night and whispers the secrets to becoming a brand (though I should look into this). Unfortunately simply having a website and/or every other social network known to man & tween […]