Tag: Villains

Villains We Love to Hate

Villains We Love to Hate

You can love the protagonist, love the romantic relationships… you can even fall head over heels with the world building, but what’s a fantasy without a proper villain?  Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys the enigmatic Darking from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, or quivers under Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron, a good villain really makes the story. I’m finding lately in YA that a lot of villains are multi-dimensional… to the point that you’re unsure if they’re doing bad things for a good reason, or if they’re totally 100% evil.  I recently read Children of Blood and Bone where the villain was […]

Posted April 7, 2018 in Bookish Things // 5 Comments //
NaNoWriMo, Day One

NaNoWriMo, Day One

This is my third calendar year with NaNoWriMo, and my fifth novel (having competed in one of the summer sessions each year since the start).  Each year the challenges are a little different. Last summer, I wrote Sprite, which wrote more easily than any other novel I’ve written.  I wish I could say it was because I am growing stronger as a writer, but I think it has more to do with the fact I had a plot for June’s novel.  As I did for ‘Tweens last November.  I have a vague plot for Sparky Jones:  Life on Shuffle this year, but I don’t […]

Posted November 1, 2012 in My Stories // 2 Comments //
Prompt:  Mister Hartford

Prompt: Mister Hartford

The rolling gardens seemed to reach their thorny branches around the black carriage as the horses slowly pulled them towards the door.  Her companion rolled out first and offered assistance, glancing nervously at his pocket watch for the twenty-third time since they left her house.  She took his sweaty hand and descended.  At best, the Manor was creepy, but that may just be an illusion cast by the unkempt gardens.  While she stared in uncomfortable awe at the wide doors and towering columns, her companion tottled ahead and pulled the doors open to his master’s house. “Come along, come along,” […]

Posted March 16, 2012 in Writing // 10 Comments //
Popping Gum, Tapping Fingers, and 101 Things We Love to Hate

Popping Gum, Tapping Fingers, and 101 Things We Love to Hate

You’ve been standing in the checkout line for five minutes, and the poor cashier is visibly distressed as she tries to rush all the customers through. You’ve only got a candy bar and a head of lettuce, plus the grocery store is air conditioned, so it’s not the end of the world. The lady in front of you has an overflowing carriage, and – you can tell from the size of her chunky wallet – a lot of coupons. You know it’s going to be a while, so you’ve taken to flipping through a magazine sitting at the checkout counter. […]

Posted July 12, 2011 in Writing // 0 Comments //
“Pink” is the new “Evil”.

“Pink” is the new “Evil”.

Nathan Bransford posted a question in his blog: who is the evillest villain ever? I couldn’t decide for myself, as characteristically, I have a soft spot for villains (Draco? Smeagol? Vader? They’ve all got their reasons for being evil). So, I decided to peek through the answers and see if I agreed with any of the ones there. Vincent Kale gave this response, and I wanted to share it, because it made me smile: “Greatest Villain in Fiction goes to: Dolores Umbridge, HP:Order of the Phoenix No one character ever got under my skin more than she did. Sure Voldemort […]

Posted July 28, 2010 in Reading // 0 Comments //