Far From Home – The MCU Still has a Villain Problem

So over the weekend, I got to go see Spider Man: Far From Home.  Like Endgame, it’s another Marvel movie that’s really hard to review without spoiling anything, so here’s my thoughts before we get into this post, which is going to be about the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you want a more detailed …

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Things to Ask Your Beta Readers Part 1 – Characterization

Today is the one-year anniversary of Weird Theology, my first ever published novel! It’s been an incredible journey, watching how my first book has grown and hearing back from people that enjoyed it. The sequel, Strange Cosmology, will be published at the end of the summer so I’ve been spending a ton of time with …

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Heroic, Realistic, and Grimdark – the Shades of Fantasy

Fantasy, as a genre, has a ton of subgenres. There’s no way a single post could cover them all, unless I wanted to write a thesis. I’m not getting into hard or soft magic again, or urban fantasy compared to epic fantasy compared to steampunk, or the thousand other flavors that fantasy comes in. Instead, …

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Hard Vs Soft Magic – Strengths, Weaknesses, and Which to Use

With the end of Game of Thrones, fantasy has been on my mind a lot lately. Fantasy, as a genre, is an interesting beast. It revolves around the fantastic and the impossible, without the constraints of pretending at science like even the least grounded sci-fi, which means in theory that it should have limitless possibility …

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Restrictions Breed Creativity: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Well, this season of Game of Thrones has been controversial to say the last. Some people still love the show. Others are starting to be...less than happy with the direction things have taken. I’m in the latter camp. Wait, wait, don’t go for that back button. This is not the 2,000,000,000th article analyzing this season …

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