Honoring the Fallen – Leah St. James

Today is Memorial Day, and I can’t bring myself to write about my column topic (health and fitness)—not in the face of the countless people across the country who are mourning loved ones lost to war. I’m fortunate. I’ve never lost anyone close to me in combat, or serving the armed forces or other “first…

Tarot Myths – No Foolin’ Old Man Death

by Denise Golinowski Welcome to Myth Perceptions! Thanks for dropping in again. So, continuing to explore the Tarot this month, I wanted to touch on a few of the common misconceptions I’ve encountered about selected Major Arcana cards. Starting at the beginning, let’s talk about the Fool. This is the first card of the Major Arcana and…

Three Creative Ways to Tell a Story

  Whether it’s a unique promotional tool that will grab interest, or you a fresh way to deliver a tale, what authors and artists are doing with technology continues to inspire me. Make a graphic novel from gifs?   You could make a graphic novelette, composed of gifs like the one featured here on Wired.…

Geekery: Gretel Goes Geek

Fairy tales don’t really have fandoms (do they?), but the shows and stories they spawn do. Recently Grimm is the most obvious example, followed by Once Upon a Time and Beauty and the Beast, but how many times have TV shows such as Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer dipped into fairy tales for episode…

Geekology: Liking the new Doc

I already approved of Peter Capaldi from The Hour and Torchwood: Miracle Day, not to mention the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who back in 2008, so I knew I’d like him as the Twelfth Doctor. Plus I was ready for a return to an older Doctor after Matt Smith’s run. Still, I wasn’t that happy with…

Stalking: A Deadly Obsession

Before contemplating creating this post, I sent out requests for stalking victims to share their personal tales with me.The stories provided me with a simple glimpse into the normal everyday things that can serve as springboards of when adoration leads to obsession. I was surprised at how easy  things began between the stalker and victim and…

New Markets for Interactive Fiction

  For some readers, leaning back and reading a book isn’t enough. We need to lean forward, stir things up, take action. The popularity of fan fiction speaks to a reader’s love for directing where characters will go. Until recently, stories a romance reader could control were rarer than orange trees in Alaska. Used to…