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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Namaari (Raya and the Last Dragon)

    NAMAARI Origin: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Is it right to teach the children no one’s really evil, just misunderstood? I’m having a hard believing that in this day and age. Maybe that idea’s good for reality but it’s not good for stories. Let’s just proceed as if Namaari is the antagonist. Because I’m not writing an essay about a faceless purple plague that looks like Gloom from “Tears of the Kingdom”. (Fun fact: she’s the first combination Disney princess/antagonist.) Motivation: Long ago, the four five nations tribes lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation Fang Tribe attacked. During her dad’s company picnic, Raya thinks…

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    The Books I Read: March – April 2019

    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch It took a little effort to get into it, but it’s worth it. The writing style is sharp, funny. The narrative jumps around a little–both in setting and time–making it difficult to latch on. Like trying to ride a wild fire hose. And there’s a lot of world-building that has to occur. But once you get past that, this book is on par with The Name of the Wind. And that’s a damn good book. At first I was intimidated by its long length. But it’s worth it. You get really invested in the characters. (Minus points for having so few women).…

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    The Books I Read: January – February 2019

    The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo(unfinished) Too cutesy, too moralistic, and it kept running on. I felt like nothing important happened. It’s all stuff I’ve seen before in “little animal befriends a human” stories, like The Littles or The Secret World of Arietty or Stuart Little or any other of the various children’s books I’ve read to my offspring. It’s slow. I was constantly yelling at the book to get on with it. Especially cause the formula was so predictable. I could see it checking off boxes as the narrative went on. Too much set-up, not enough plot. I couldn’t figure out why the book was so popular. It…

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    The Books I Read: May – June 2018

    My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier It’s much less “rah-rah-America” than I thought it would be. I was expecting something like “Johnny Tremain”, but no, this is a realistic look at the Revolutionary War before people knew how it would end. It’s like the Civil War. Neighbors are on opposite sides. As many people sided with the British as the Patriots. Soldiers from both ends victimize civilians for cows or guns. Bandits raid the roads, taking advantage of the chaos in the name of “patriotism”. If you try to sell a pig to someone who might sell it to someone who might sell it…

  • In a Dragon’s Age is Published

    Hey peeps and perps, now you can read my awesome short story “In a Dragon’s Age” on Aurora Wolf. It’s young vs. old when Marche, a young boy seeks the help of an old dragon slayer.  It has one of my favorite opening lines of the stories I’ve wrote.  Plus dragons!  And it includes this sweet graphic. Aurora Wolf publishes stories packed with action, growing characters, and awesome endings.  Hey, this one has all three?  Sweet. Why are you still reading this?  Go, go read it!

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    The Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen

    The other day, my wife was talking about the worst movies that her parents had ever seen (the winner was something called Zardoz). But then she said their worst movie probably wouldn’t hold a candle to what I’ve seen. She tells the truth — The Evil Dead, Night of the Creeps, and Dragon Half are just some of the staples in my DVD library. And those are the ones I like. Even though it’s easy to make a bad movie, no one’s really sure how. Some involved people whose head was up their own ass, making “films” with a “message”. Some knew they were making trash and didn’t care. Some…