I Like It Because It's Good vs It's Good Because I Like It

Just a short examination of something I tend to think about - why people seem to take an insult against something they enjoy personally. 
I think the root of the problem is the perspective of "it's good because I like it" - which isn't true at all. Just because you like something doesn't make it inherently good. There's nothing wrong with liking it anyways - if it's something that makes you happy, you should like it. Anyone that tries to tell you otherwise is either an asshole or jealous of your happiness (possibly both). I personally like a lot of stupid things - I know they aren't good, but I like them anyways. Why? Because they make me happy, and that's all the reason I really need.
Now, that isn't to say we shouldn't be critical of the things we like - quite the opposite. By acknowledging that something you like isn't necessarily good, you're already looking at it objectively. We should always be critical of the things we like…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - I Have a Lot of Feelings

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opening night - and holy shit was I blown away. I described it as “everything I wanted and nothing I expected” - which, honestly, is the best kind of movie.

There are so many things I loved about this movie that I don’t even know where to start. But, to make things simple, I’ll go with the big things first, and then delve into the small things.

Spoilers Ahead

Twitter Poll: Where Would You Like to Know More About?

I have a few detailed entries for countries in Magdra - the fantasy world of my book, Wildflowers, Part I: Allaha of the Mountain - and I'm holding a poll on twitter to find out where others might want to know more about! Check it out here!

New Pages! I Play RPGs

I decided to post the shorts I like to write for my RPG characters in lieu of a standard backstory. Check them out by clicking the "RPG Writing" tab at the top, or the link here.

Nemain is a 6'6" Strix that is a Magus variant multiclass barbarian. Her favorite spell is a furious fire breath, and her best skill is her +19 to Intimidate checks. She uses them to scream at her opponents.

Coughing. Hacking. Wet, scratching tar and ash - it pools under her, blood so polluted it looks black. Every movement sends glass stabbing through her muscles, pins and needles burning in the wake of her stillness. She pulls herself up to her elbows, just enough to hack up the bile in her lungs without drowning in it. Her hair - what’s left of it - curtains her face, ash, dirt and mud hiding the color entirely. It’s matted and uneven, bloody pieces of scalp showing where it was pulled out roughly. Cuts and bruises mark the entirety of her black skin, and one ear is shorn off entirely. Sh…

Book Signing and Reading on April 15th!

I'll be at Aries Apothecary in Virginia Beach on April 15th to do books signings and reading! Come out and join the fun!

Asexuality in Wildflowers

Sometimes I worry about how my characters are perceived - specifically due to a few factors. While I'd like to be able to say "I am completely confident that my writing has gotten my point across clearly", the problem is that sometimes points in a story that seem clear to me don't seem clear to others. Sometimes personal experience creates a bias which colors those perceptions, and I don't want to be misconstrued on a few points.

So, to begin with, I am asexual. As such, the main character of my first novel - Allaha - is also asexual. Unlike me, however, Allaha is also aromantic.

The main thing that concerns me is that Allaha is a very stoic, reserved character - and this is not due to her sexuality or romantic orientation, but I am concerned that people will think it is. Spoilers ahead as I try to make things more clear, just for fair warning.

Why I Loved the New Power Rangers Movie

So I saw the new Power Rangers movie this weekend and I thought it was awesome! I thought they did really well, considering the source material, and that they really breathed some life into the story.

Getting more into the details (I'll try not to spoil anything, but I can't guarantee it), the first thing they did was give the Rangers an actual plot.

That is to say, it isn't just "random monsters show up and the Rangers fight them", or "the monsters show up in this random small coastal town because the Rangers are there". Let's start with the opening scene:

A prehistoric landscape comes into view, with pterodactyls flying in the background. Pan down to a clearly wounded Red Ranger crawling across the ground to an equally wounded Yellow Ranger. He apologizes to her as she gives him her power coin, revealing that under her armor she is an extraterrestrial. The Red Ranger also takes off his armor, revealing he is also an extraterrestrial. He buries th…