Wardscrawl: Supporting Characters

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved supporting casts more than main characters. Let’s talk a little bit about the why, the who and the how.

Wardscrawl: Raising the Stakes

Everyone loves a good battle to conclude a great story, right? This is where so many stories reach a blazing climax, and so many fall apart. Honestly, it’s my favourite bit of any movie, and no movie does it better than Return of the Jedi.

Writing Heroes:
Timothy Zahn

Like most people, I first encountered the writing of Timothy Zahn through Heir to the Empire. You know, the Star Wars novel that kickstarted the expanded universe? I’d read adaptations before, but this – I think – was the first time I’d read an original licensed work. Suffice to say, it blew me away. The […]

The Force Awakens (Spoiler Free Review)

This review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is 100% spoiler free. With that comes the possibility that chunks of it’ll seem quite mystical if you haven’t seen the film, as I’m not even going to reference character names or reveals in the trailer – but spoiler free is spoiler free, right? Let’s get one […]

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

So, there’s a teaser trailer out for the new Star Wars film. Have you seen it? No? Then go and watch it immediately – it’s far more entertaining than anything you’ll find here. I’ll wait. Done? Good. I’ve not really paid much attention to the oncoming horror/brilliance that is Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Sure, […]

Poking at the Past

Last time, I expounded on the topic of continuity – the weight of in-universe history (also referred to as background, lore, canon, or fluff in various circles) –getting in the way of telling new stories. Lots of words with a simple message: continuity is often only as much of an obstacle as you want it […]

Heroes for All!

Fantasy and sci-fi need both more strong, successful, proactive, problem-solving, fear-conquering, butt-kicking women. I’ve known this for a while (sadly, nowhere near long enough), but it’s one of those things that simply can’t be said too much. Why? Well, partly because girls deserve to have the same kind of awe-inspiring role models as us boys. […]