Why Velvet Was The Night Works

Velvet Was The Night is the latest novel by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. We’ve talked about several of her books in the past, including Mexican Gothic and God of Jade and Shadows. She has no trouble genre-hopping, going from horror to fantasy to political noir without missing a beat. Through each genre hop, some things remain constant.Continue reading “Why Velvet Was The Night Works”

Why Loki didn’t work

We talked about Wandavision, and how it collectively broke us. We talked about Falcon and Winter Soldier, and how it revealed dark truths and personal growth. Now, let’s talk about Loki. I’d describe Loki as the Booberry of the Halloween cereal trinity. It’s fine, but if there’s Count Chocula or Frankenberry I’m grabbing those first. Continue reading “Why Loki didn’t work”

Why Resident Alien Works

Premiering in January of this year, Resident Alien is based on a Dark Horse comic. Proving once again that some fantastic writers are working in comics. It’s funny, it’s emotional, and it’s on our table today. We’re going to break it apart and discuss why it works.  The story is simple enough. An alien intendingContinue reading “Why Resident Alien Works”

Writing nonfiction, Planning

Writing a nonfiction book is a world away from writing a fiction book. As I travel this brand new terrain, I’m taking you along for the ride. Don’t forget to read part one of this series, Research, if you missed it.  Today we’re talking about one of my favorite parts of writing a nonfiction book,Continue reading “Writing nonfiction, Planning”

Writing Nonfiction-Research

Most of you know me as a speculative fiction author and blogger. But I’m much more than that. I am a Gemini after all, duality is in my very being. So I am a speculative fiction author and a blogger. But I’m also a critic and podcaster. And as if that weren’t enough, I’ve decidedContinue reading “Writing Nonfiction-Research”

Why The Good Place Works

I know, I’m behind. But I finally just watched all of The Good Place in the span of like, a week. I went into it knowing almost nothing about the show. I knew it was about ‘the good place’. That was it. If you’ve never seen the show before, click away now. Because you don’tContinue reading “Why The Good Place Works”

Why Lower Decks works

Premiering in August of 2020, Lower Decks is different than the other Star Trek shows we’ve talked about in this series so far. But also not as different when you get into the details. It’s not set on Enterprise, but many of them haven’t been. Lower Decks is set on the U.S.S. Cerritos. Of course,Continue reading “Why Lower Decks works”

Why Star Trek Voyager works

It’s time for another episode in our Why Star Trek Works series. This week we’re looking at Voyager.  Technically Deep Space 9 came out before Voyager. But we’ll be talking about that next week. Both shows aired at roughly the same time, so it didn’t matter which one you watched first. Voyager was, of course,Continue reading “Why Star Trek Voyager works”