Conspiracy Theories: Sheroes (Part I b)

I love gender-bending.  Absolutely love it.  Whether it’s for personal aesthetics and expression or to pass as a dude to gain certain privileges, it’s freaking awesome.  I mentioned in Sheroes (Part I a) that I have never quite fit the mold for femininity, so (having been raised to think of gender in binary terms) I […]

Conspiracy Theories: Sheroes (Part I a)

Okay, so I’m sure there are readers out there who will say, “But Mulan isn’t a real princess!!!!”  Shut up.  Just shut up for two seconds, okay?  First of all, it’s not my fault Disney has admitted her into the canon; yes, Disney also invited Merida to the party, but that’s where I put my […]

Will the “Real Alice” Please Stand Up?

So, this blog is called Jabberwocky Anonymous, but we haven’t really seen a lot of Lewis Caroll around here.  This must be remedied!  I’ve actually been reading Frank Beddor’s series called The Looking Glass Wars.  Well, re-reading.  I’d read the first two books, but when I purchased the third, I realized I needed some recap…and […]

Revision: Show, Don’t Tell

“Oops!” If you don’t say this about your writing at some point in your process, you’re doing it wrong.  There is always something you can fix, and you know what?  That’s okay!!!!  It doesn’t have to be 110% perfect all the way through production!  I’m still struggling with this concept because I compulsively correct myself […]

Urban Fantasy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What is “Urban Fantasy?”  Well, the genre is just like it sounds, really: take a city like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles and insert fantasy creatures like vampires, faeries, werewolves, leprechauns, and stuff.  The “urban” bit isn’t all that strict; Nowherevilles count, too, as long as it’s a fairly populated area with its own […]

Conspiracy Theories: Independent Peacemakers (Part II b)

Before we get into talking about why Pocahontas is a Disney-fied Romeo and Juliet, I would like to talk about my experience with the original play.  I never liked it.  I thought it was an overrated, overdone play about stupid teenagers who think they’re in love and kill themselves because they can’t be together, like […]