Cringing at Myself: In Which I Make Fun of My Older Writings

Oh boy, this should be a fun one. So over the weekend, I went to my parent’s house for dinner. While I was there, I remembered a red folder. A red folder I had long ago blocked from my memory. A red folder that I suddenly had a burning need to find. A little bit …

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When Plot Holes Don’t Matter

The sheriff’s intervention comes under the heading of what we have discussed many times before: “Why don’t they go to the police?” I’ve always replied, “They don’t go to the police because it’s dull.” -Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock by Truffaut: The Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock This quote is from a 1965 interview of Alfred Hitchcock, …

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The Umbridge Effect: Crafting a Detestable Villain

I originally had a different blog post planned for today. Planned and written, in fact. But sometimes, plans change. Sometimes, you come across an idea that grabs your brain and won’t let go. Sometimes, inspiration strikes, and one big piece of writing advice I will always, always give is that when you get bitten by …

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