Murdering Mary SueMurdering Mary SueMurdering Mary Sue5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Every aspiring writer has met her at least once, whether in his own works or in those of others. The alluring temptation of a perfect character taunts the author from one side while his muse urges him to keep writing from the other. Who wouldn't love her? She's the most beautiful, talented, fantastic woman in the universe, with not a flaw in sight. Every woman wants to be her; every man wants to marry her, so why would anyone want to kill her? Who would want to murder Mary Sue?
I would. I and many greater authors have been working hard to keep this succubus in her proper place: the trash can. Mary Sue is one of the wors
An Essay on Naming CharactersWhat's In a Name?An Essay on Naming Characters7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
An Essay on Naming Characters
By Kate Logan
When it comes to character creation, be it for a story or an illustration, choosing the proper name for a character is vital. All too often do I see characters with poorly thought-out names: the chivalrous knight Darren Starhawk; the sweet, innocent Lady Elvira; or the rough-and-tumble brawler Poindexter. On their own, these names are fine (even Starhawk, if you're going for a sci-fi flare), but they simply don't work with the characters they are describing. No one is going to take poor old Poindexter seriously, no matter how big his muscles are. To remedy this catastrophe, here
Edge of Thorns - Pt 7Part 7Edge of Thorns - Pt 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There's no way I'm going to make another idiot mistake like running off without paying my bill. Alton is creepy enough as is. I don't need to give him a reason to be angry with me. What he doesn't know won't hurt me...
Nathan shook his head, not releasing Avery's hand until the teen lowered his head in defeat, making it clear that -- as much as he may have wanted to -- he wasn't going to open the door. With a sigh, he pressed his ear back against the door. Nathan rubbed the back of his head, moving next to Avery to join him. He could at least make that compromise.
"So what are you calling yourself these days, Lu?" The question cam
Edge of Thorns - Pt 3Part 3Edge of Thorns - Pt 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You know, I haven't had Chinese in ages, and as tempting as that pretzel sounds, I'm really craving me some sesame chicken...
"I think I'm going to need something more filling than a coffee and pretzels," Nathan said, smiling at Alton. "Which way to Chinese?"
The other man laughed and lazily pointed out the window. "You'll want to turn right out of my shop, go straight through the next intersection, and turn right again at the corner of Midas Street and Banner Avenue. You should be able to spot the Golden Frog with no problem."
Nathan nodded, committing the directions to memory as he started towards the door. "Thanks, for letti
Edge of Thorns - Pt 2Part 2Edge of Thorns - Pt 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As much as I hate to admit it, the more time I waste getting to the police station, the less of a chance I have to get my car back. I should have just called from the newspaper's office, but it's too late for that now. I guess I'll just have to suck it up and go with him.
Gives me more time to figure out why he makes me uneasy, at least.
"Well... I guess that makes sense," Nathan said, rubbing the back of his head. "Just around the corner, you say?"
Alton nodded, smiling eagerly. He shifted the books he was carrying to his other arm and motioned for Nathan to follow him, starting down the sidewalk. "Actually, it's one store down fr
Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part IChapter Two: Friends and Enemies (Part I)Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part I6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Clarice nodded as she took the box from Feles. Standing, she smiled and thanked her for the tea and said her goodbyes before she was soon out the door again. She remembered passing the bakery on the way there... it was four down, wasn't it?
Making sure that the box was safe in her arms, she walked down to the bakery, her mismatched eyes looking around her, trying to remember as much as she could about the streets. It wasn't long before she had arrived at the bakery, and once at the door, she called inside.
There was an abrupt scuffling inside before someone answered the door. It cracked a
Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part IIChapter Two: Friends and Enemies (Part II)Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part II6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Hesitantly, Ellen took the charm bracelet from Feles, putting it around her wrist and looking at it curiously as she thanked her and went out to join the others again, who seemed ready to leave.
"Hey Ellen!" Chay said excitedly. "Guess what Alyx said!"
"You repeat that out loud, and I'll change my mind," Alyx warned. "Remember, we're not out of the city yet."
The sprite stuck his tongue out and pouted. Ellen smiled a little at Chay. Whatever Alyx had said, it must have been a good thing for him to be so excited. She figured that she'd find out soon, anyway. So they made their way tow