Monthly Archives: January 2015

Characters People Loathe, Part One: The Mary Sue

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Everyone reads a book now and then that makes you want to punch one of its characters in the throat. Sometimes that’s because one of them is a total jerk, and you’re supposed to hate him. Sometimes it’s an unintentional side effect of a peculiar quirk that just rubs you the wrong way.

The worst of them is the Mary Sue. Continue reading

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Advanced Technique: Integrated Quotes

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In my recent video, I mention that your quotes within a body paragraph should be “integrated.” I give an example in the video, but, as I suspected, I feel the need to get more in-depth with it.

First, you should know what an integrated quote is designed to avoid: an interruption to the narrative of a paper. There is nothing worse when grading a paper than finding an ugly six-line block quote smack dab in the middle of a body paragraph. It’s a distraction that completely removes the reader from the point you were trying to make. Suddenly, the momentum you had built for your argument in the previous paragraph is stalled in your attempt to prove its relevance.  Continue reading

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Slenderverse: EverymanHYBRID

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The Slenderverse has become oversaturated with various series over the past few years. What had started as something new and exciting in 2009 was overrun with subpar Marble Hornets clones over the following few years. Now, six years after Marble Hornets ended, you can’t throw a rock on YouTube without hitting a new series with three entries that will likely end up dead in a few weeks after the creator quits in a huff because people are critical of it. This week, I think we should talk about a series that hasn’t quit, despite running for five years.

Let’s talk about EverymanHYBRID. Continue reading

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Things That Are Happening Here

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Well, it’s been about a month since I began, and we’re already undergoing some ch-ch-ch-changes.

First, I’ve put some ads on the site, as you might have noticed. I’ve tried to make it so they aren’t intrusive when you’re actually reading the posts– the only ones that show up in the actual text are the previews on the home page. Everything else is on the sidebar. These are Google ads; they are safe to click. You will not get viruses from these. In fact, it would really help me out if you did click on them. Seriously. I don’t have a job right now. This and my book sales are the only thing that can help pay my bills. So… help.

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Grammar: Your Friend, The Comma

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When I first started this website, I didn’t think I’d be writing many– if any– posts about grammar. Then… well, I thought about papers my students and classmates had me review. One thing became abundantly clear: people have no idea how to use commas.

Fear not. I use commas all the time, and I’ll clear up any confusion surrounding the matter. Continue reading

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Creative Cowardice: The Scourge of Good Stories

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If there’s one thing that annoys me more than anything else in terms of fiction, it’s when an otherwise good story is ruined by the creator’s cowardice. It drags down a story that has kept my attention, one that had me hungry for more content, and sometimes? It makes me disregard other material that the creator already has out there. What’s worse? It seems to get more prevalent with each passing year.

Today, I’m going to step up onto a soapbox and explain to you why you need to stick out your jaw, and own your work. Continue reading

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Slenderverse: TribeTwelve

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After the previous review I posted of Marble Hornets, I thought I should cover one that was initially inspired by it: TribeTwelve. Take note that the series has not ended, and that there is ample time for new viewers to catch up, possibly even before the next entry. You can likely binge watch the series up to now over a couple of evenings, and I recommend doing so.

The series follows Noah Maxwell, who used the channel originally for an abandoned school project. Rather than let the channel’s cool name go to waste, he decided to make it a tribute to his old friend and cousin, Milo Asher. Milo had committed suicide recently, and Noah, in his grief, began going over old footage the pair had shot of them during Milo’s last visit two years previous. Noah had noticed that Milo was acting odd, but when he went over the videos, he found some things he hadn’t picked up on at the time, things that hinted that Milo’s strange behavior, and possibly his suicide, were not necessarily the result of mental illness. Soon enough, after spotting Slenderman (referred to in-universe as The Administrator) in the videos, Noah becomes an apparent target, and is stalked by Slenderman as well. The series documents his search for answers and a solution to his problem while he slowly spirals downward into depression and, possibly, madness. Continue reading

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Common Paper Writing Mistakes, Part Zero: Basic Errors

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I’ve mentioned some of these in passing in previous posts and in videos on my YouTube Channel, and I’ve actually gotten some messages asking about some of the basic errors people make on papers. Rather than respond to them individually, I figured I’d just make a master post compiling the most common ones that are easy to avoid.  Continue reading

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Books: The Dresden Files

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For all of my love of the written word, I haven’t actually written a review for any books yet. This week, I’m going to remedy that situation by taking a look at one of my favorites: The Dresden Files series.

A clear master of the Urban Fantasy genre, Jim Butcher has created a world that I would love to live in. Currently composed of fifteen books (of a planned twenty-three or so) and a multitude of short stories, The Dresden Files takes the genre to a level I’ve never seen before or since.

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Course Adjustment and YouTube Launch

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Hello, Internet. Just quick update to explain what’s happening here. Continue reading

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Category: News