Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander
 

Don’t Show, Don’t Tell

Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander

 
Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review
 

Big Fish & Begonia

Movie Review

 
Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Keeper of the Clockwork Queen”

 

Browsing all articles tagged with comedy.

Monthly Short Story Winner: Through the Beast’s Eye

Monthly Short Story Winner: Through the Beast’s Eye 

Writing often means putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes and writing from their perspective. The barmaid, the warrior, the shady detective, the witch, or the orphan boy. You do this all the time, becoming somebody else for the time you write that person. If you’re good at it, all the characters will read, sound, and […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Management Style of the Supreme Beings by Tom Holt

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Management Style of the Supreme Beings by Tom Holt 

Dear Members of Urskuul’s Reading Circle, This isn’t something I enjoy doing, but I have to remind you all that we do have rules that members are expected to follow. While you may think the rules appear arbitrary or unnecessary, there are good reasons behind all of them. Xerxes Law, our suspiciously, conveniently named resident […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall

Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall 

Most of you are familiar with the term “breaking the fourth wall”. It’s mostly done in children’s books (like Grover in Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of this Book), comics (see above) or movies (comedy movies mainly) and means usually a character becoming aware of their fictional nature, directly addressing the reader and/or […]

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
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‘On the second day of Hogswatch I . . . sent my true love back, A nasty little letter, hah, yes indeed, and a partridge in a pear tree—’ Of the quarter or so of the Discworld I’ve explored, Hogfather is my favourite. Vadim Jean’s TV adaptation is superb: I watch it religiously every Christmas, […]

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Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths by Ryan Britt

Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths by Ryan Britt
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I think it is fair to say that nerds tend to be obsessive completists who love to study things at a very granular level. And one of our favorite things to do with that knowledge is to show it off: we pontificate, we spout off, we rant, we theorize. And sometimes this ends badly. It […]

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Balancing Wit & Grit In Fantasy Fiction

Balancing Wit & Grit In Fantasy Fiction 

The Mender of Soles Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a tragic play fraught with intrigue, betrayal, and murder that makes us question the very foundations of human nature. It starts with a joke. To be more precise, the first scene is a series of puns in which a nobleman is made ridiculous to the audience by […]

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Low Fantasy Subgenres

Low Fantasy Subgenres 

In my last article, I compared and contrasted two very popular low fantasy subgenres, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. In this article, I’ll continue with an overview of other major subgenres of low fantasy. As a review, my working definition of low fantasy—the label given to two basic types of works is as follows: The […]

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The Truth by Terry Pratchett

The Truth by Terry Pratchett
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After being convincingly won over by Pratchett’s latest, Snuff, I just had to get my hands on another. Rather than go back to the very beginning and the books I’d read many years ago (and was, in all honesty, disappointed by), I settled for a jump back of a dozen years to his 25th Discworld […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Evil Bad-Guys

Monthly Short Story Winner: Evil Bad-Guys 

Welcome back writers and readers! I hope all of you had a lovely October and a wonderful Halloween! Some of you may not know this, but November is a very special month for writing. You see November is National Novel Writing Month. And while the stories in our contest are far too short to qualify […]

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