Hey so, it is Christmas now. Yeah, I know, it really snuck up on all of us this time. You may be thinking, “Um, it’s July. It is not Christmas right now.” And you’d be right. But you’re also wrong. It is Christmas now, I don’t know what to tell you. Thankfully, since it came […]Read more "It is Christmas"
In the wonderful wizarding world of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, there are a myriad of dangerous charms, hexes, potions, and sports-related paraphernalia. The main characters are nearly killed within their own classrooms whenever a magical creature gets loose or someone’s cauldron blows up. Obviously, I’m not the first one to point out how dangerous Hogwarts […]Read more "21 spells that shouldn’t be taught at Hogwarts"
A domestic terrorist accidentally calls a record store. A 19-year-old looking for his father is captured by the Yakuza. A cloned service worker leads a rebellion against a Korean superstate. A chronic stammerer gets poetry advice from the daughter of a famous composer. A Dutch clerk falls in love with a scarred Japanese midwife. A middle-aged woman […]Read more "Mapping the Cloud Atlas: Connections in the Novels of David Mitchell"
In another post, I talked about how female heroes in science fiction and fantasy stories need to possess their own agency within the worlds they inhabit. This means women in Star Wars need to be able to handle weapons and starships, female warriors in Lord of the Rings need to have the opportunity to stand and […]Read more "The Dependency and Power of the Disney Princesses"
So, you’ve decided to make your very own fantasy novel/movie/video game/RPG/MMORPGTGIF. You’ve already planned out what kinds of unique and interesting creatures will live in your magical world: elves, dwarves, wizards, totally-not-orcs-even-though-they-definitely-look-and-act-exactly-like-orcs, and dragons. Now, to continue your streak of originality, you want to make a map of your fantasy land, so everyone will know how well […]Read more "How to make your own fantasy map in 4 easy steps"