August 2017 – Greythorn's Nook
 

Month: August 2017

On the dreaded “friendly dog”

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This is a subject that grumbles and grouses its way into my conversations quite often as I walk my dog. Poor Derek is often the vessel who absorbs my rants and by consequence is now ranting for himself about the foibles of the dreaded “friendly dog.”

You know, the one that’s always off leash cause they’re just “so great and well behaved.” Or the one on the longest lead exploring the road across the street while their owners walk around in a blissfully ignorant daze.  (more…)

Conflict makes the world go round.

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Conflict is what makes your story stand out, what keeps people reading. Without it, interest is lost and you may as well be reading a step by step manual on how to go about your routine as casually as possible. That is, unless you’re writing on how to handle stress, then knock yourself out. But for the rest of us we don’t usually pick up a book so we can find out that so and so’s life is just as everyday as ours.

So what exactly do I mean by conflict? Conflict is anything that gives your character a hard times, internally or externally. Now, I don’t mean monkeys (more…)

Character Development: General Thoughts

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What makes your character into a hero? Thanks to all the superhero movies which have popped up in recent years, you might envision tights, a cape, an unshakeable character, unquestionable morals, and a strong sense of justice. They are above reproach, above the law, and basically take center stage in most of our childhood games. Who hasn’t played at being Superman, Thor, Spiderman, or someone similar? They’re people we emulate and strive to become despite the almost impossibility of the task.

Why is it impossible? (more…)

On teaching consent/respect

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For those of you not in the know, I’m having a boy. Now, this scares me more and less than having a girl. On one hand, I won’t have to deal with the fashion, the sexualisation of youth, the attitude, the frills, the sequins, the sparkles, the never ending amount of toys that portray girls as nothing more than future moms of children and dogs (more…)

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