The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Convention

Where can you find multiple iterations of Spider-Man, every anime character you can think of, and a man dressed as “Dorito Pope” all in the same place? A convention. Specifically a fandom convention. With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, con season has arrived, and with it comes extended weekends of geeky panels, fantastic cosplay, and more merch than your bank account can afford. … Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Convention

Stop Using the Word "It"

Stop Using the Word “It”

It’s absurd to tell you to stop using a pronoun, especially one that’s so ingrained into our language, most writers don’t even realize when they use it. It is a useful word, standing in for long referents, keeping you from awkwardly repeating yourself, introducing Mario. But it is also a crutch. Nothing will weaken your writing quite as quickly as relying on it.  Whether this … Continue reading Stop Using the Word “It”

The Art of Writing Metaphors

Trends in language are just as real (and often just as cringeworthy) as trends in culture. They fade in and out, they’re remixed and replaced. They’re intensely popular and often very bad ideas. Instead of parachute pants we have superfluous dialogue tags, instead of slap bracelets we have metaphors followed by explanations. It’s a toss up whether explained metaphors started as a misplaced trendy idea … Continue reading The Art of Writing Metaphors

Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

*Spoilers included for Toy Story 4* Like most people, I thought the Toy Story franchise would end with the tear-jerker of Toy Story 3. What could be better than ending their tale with them saying goodbye to Andy as he drives off toward college and adulthood? So it came as a surprise when Pixar announced that a fourth movie would be made. This time, however, … Continue reading Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

How to Pick Your ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Class Based on Your Hogwarts House

If you’ve never played Final Fantasy XIV before, you should start now! With the expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers on the horizon (out on July 2, 2019), it’s the perfect time to join this merry adventure. But where to begin? First let’s talk about the Final Fantasy series and compare it to Final Fantasy XIV. XIV is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game—phew, have … Continue reading How to Pick Your ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Class Based on Your Hogwarts House

The Most Dangerous Advice Young Writers Believe

You’ve seen them on Tumblr, on Pinterest, in writing groups. You’ve seen them reblogged with the captions “yes!!!!” and “THANK YOU” and “this is really good advice!” You may have even posted one somewhere yourself. Words to use instead of… Said. Very. Great. Feel. Nice. You name it, there’s probably a badly made infographic for it. The people who make these charts and tout their … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Advice Young Writers Believe

Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’

Near my apartment there is a cemetery sandwiched between the river and a main road. If you walk long enough hugging the path near the river you will see a gravestone partially obscured by flowers. If you push aside the leaves, you find a black and white picture of a young couple smiling warmly at the camera. Below, it states that the man was killed … Continue reading Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’