End of September

September is now coming to an end, which means that for the first of October, my books “Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever” and “The Summer of Our Discontent” will be available for free on Smashwords.

So that’s for tomorrow.

Also, my segment “Asperger’s and Fantasy” has been featured in an online newspaper called the Autism Report. I’m going to be continuing that segment due to that exposure.

Also, I have an account on Quilli.us, so it would be nice if you followed me on that site. Profile: https://www.quilli.us/user/profile/2fe95dec-7ebf-47a1-a3a4-12f203260626

Before I close out the month, I’m getting back to short story writing and will soon be doing NaNoWriMo.

You’re welcome.

My books “Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever” and “The Summer of Our Discontent” are available at Smashwords.com.

Strong Female Characters, Part II

The last time I spoke on this topic, an overwhelming amount of you paid attention to it. Which means that I’m going to be continuing with this segment.

Why is today’s culture so obsessed with Strong Female Characters? Since when did we make this trend ok to shove into the faces of people everywhere, especially girls? It’s sad to think that our girls believe to be successful, you have to be super tough-as-nails and not take crap from anyone.

The main problem with this idea is that we have way too many of those. What we really need are female characters that are NOT strong, who don’t run around in skimpy outfits, and who have character. That’s all. It is far easier for me to cheer on the damsel in distress for quietly enduing her capture than it is for the kick-ass heroine who gets to beat up all the guys, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I’m going to be analyzing the female characters I created and if they are too “strong”, I’ll be breaking them down until they become a character that people can relate to.

That’s all.

My books “Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever” and “The Summer of Our Discontent” are available at Smashwords.com.

Serial Saturdays: Finally on Episode 6

Well, it’s almost the end of the year and I’m only on Episode 6 of my serial novel “The Teen Rebels“. Where did the time go?

I better hurry up and get the rest of season 1 completed before the month of October is over.

In this episode, Josie and her friends are dealing with the dreaded “date list“, and they find out who’s been writing the list. Plus, Trixie is dealing with her own problems and what have you.

I hope to get the episode written before Tuesday so I can get to the next episode.

Now you know.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available for purchase right now.

Fan Fiction Fridays: Tool or Crutch?

In this week’s edition of FanFiction Fridays, I’m going to be talking about  whether or not fanfiction is a tool for writers or a crutch that hinders true creativity. Since no one seems to know the difference between the two, I’m going to be putting it into small words that you can understand this debate.

According to several websites, fanfiction is a good way to prepare for writing, but it’s not going to get you very far. As with all things, writing means to create a world and characters that inhabit that world, and you aren’t really doing that if you’re writing fanfiction.

Which is why we need to learn how to create our own stories.

there are some authors out there who object to fanfiction, and they believe that we should learn to create our own stories. (Because in the end, you’re just playing with someone else’s toys) But thanks to publishing, people are finding ways to squeeze past that restriction and push their stories onto the world. (Yes, I think Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series are very good, but you don’t care to hear it)

Plus, obsessing over something (such as a book, TV show, movie, or celebrity) seems to limit your own ability to create something new and interesting. It also takes up too much of your time, time that you could be spending doing something else.

Which is why fanfiction should only be for people just starting out or teenagers , who just need a creative outlet. Also, if you want to be taken seriously as a writer, ditch the fanfiction (unless you happen to get lucky enough to write for television, of course).

Also, retellings and parodies don’t fall under that category, despite what others think, as retellings just bring a sense of freshness to the story and parodies have poked fun at the story in question.

So don’t spend too much of your time on fanfiction; original writing is much better than what you could come up with in fanfiction. I’ll be back next week with a controversial topic.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available for purchase on Smashwords.com.

Back to Writing & Quilli.us

OK, so I published a short poem yesterday and updated my book/movie review blog. (I have yet to review any new movies, though.)

Anyway, I’m slowly getting back into the habit of writing short stories every day and I hope to have Harry Moffer & the Really Stupid Sequel and The Beginning of the End ready for publication soon.

Also, I have found a site called Quilli.us, which is yet another story writing website. I’ll give you the link to the story (as well as my profile so you can subscribe to me) tomorrow.

As always, my books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available for purchase at Amazon and Smashwords.

Fantasy and Asperger’s Part V

The Creation of the Two Trees figured in Tolki...
The Creation of the Two Trees figured in Tolkien’s fantasy world, Arda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we last left off, Juniper Chadwell and Caleb Ketterbridge are stranded in a completely different world than the world they imagined.

For starters, Juniper imagines herself to be a princess in another world. Yet when that vision comes true, she learns that things are not always what they seemed to be, especially when she discovers that her family has been killed wand she is forced to flee from her castle before she dies.

As for Caleb, he discovers that far from being an ordinary young boy with Asperger’s, he is really a missing fairy prince who must restore his magical world before it is destroyed forever.

The two children in question now have the power to form and shape the new world that they are in, never minding the fact that their old worlds could have used some forming and shaping as well. They must also put aside their former lives and take up new lives for themselves, no matter how much it hurts.

Next week, I’ll be getting into more detail about their lives in the fantasy world.

My books “Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever” and “The Summer of Our Discontent” are available on Smashwords.com and Amazon.

Serial Saturdays: The Perils of Being Mentally Disabled

Well, on this week’s Serial Saturdays blog post, I’m going to be talking about a very serious problem that is in the story.

The problem with being mentally disabled.

Throughout most of history, people who were mentally disabled were often shut away in mental institutions and were never seen again. In addition, many of those people who were locked away in the hospitals were abused or even killed by the doctors, nurses, and orderlies who worked in those hospitals. It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that many of these mental institution were eventually shut down.

So, what does this have to do with the story about the Teen Rebels?

As we found out, Josie had known a boy named Carter McMillan, who was mentally disabled. He was only 11 years old when he and his parents, Dennis and Sara, were killed by the bully Sheila Baines and her henchmen. That crime shakes the city of Montage Beach to the core, and it resulted in Sheila’s henchmen getting life in prison and Sheila Baines herself being sent to a mental institution for the criminally insane.

But to Josie and her friends Seth, Moira, and Trixie, that punishment is not enough. They want to see Sheila being punished for killing little Carter, and to make sure that people like Sheila are banned from society.

Another example of a character with mental disability is Josie ‘s friend, Jacey Mayford, a girl who might have had what is known today as Asperger’s. Jacey is cruelly mistreated by her mother, Joyce, and scores of people tease her for her disabilities and having imaginary friends. Seth plays a cruel trick on her and when the girls confront him about the trick, he blames Sheila. (Yet, Jacey does find out the truth about him eventually.)

The third example of mental disability in the Teen Rebels is none other than Trixie Kalbrunner herself. She was declared to be mentally retarded and unfit to be a functioning member of society. Trixie’s father, Rajasthan, locks her away in the attic of his house , and refused to admit that she existed. That was , until Josie , Seth, and Moira find her one day and forced Rajasthan to allow Trixie to go to school.

Now that I have shown you a brief history on mental disability and how it relates to this story, be on the lookout for more posts about Jacey, Trixie, and Carter to appear on this blog soon!

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontentare available at Smashwords.com.

Top 10 Reasons Why Percy Jackson is Better than Harry Potter

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, and welcome to another week of top 10 in fandom. I hoped that you enjoyed the last list, because there are some people in this world who are a lot scarier that Lord Voldemort.

Anyway, this week’s topic is the top 10 reasons why Percy Jackson is better than Harry Potter. As we all know, Harry Potter is a wizard and Percy Jackson is a demigod. Now pit these two against each other and we’re talking a fantasy showdown that won’t soon be forgotten.

Anyway, the top 10 reasons why Percy Jackson is better than Harry Potter are as follows:

10. Percy has a pen that becomes a sword (and he never loses it), but all Harry has is a wooden wand.

9. While Hogwarts may be great, who wouldn’t want to go to Camp Half-Blood?

8. Voldemort is just a messed-up wizard, but Kronos is a huge threat to the entire world.

7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians was hugely inspired by Greek mythology. Not so much with Harry Potter.

6. If there was an underwater fight, Percy would win for sure.

5. In fact, Percy can pretty much hold his own during a fight. I mean, he’s beaten Medusa, a Hydra, and he even squeezed past Luke and retrieved the lightning bolt. What did Harry do, besides maybe yelling “Expeliarmus” a whole bunch of times?

4. You seriously thought that Percy Jackson ripped off Harry Potter?

3. Grover and Annabeth are more loyal to Percy than Ron and Hermione are to Harry.

2. Percy’s story is a bit more exciting than Harry’s boring story.

1. At the end of the day, demigods rule and wizards drool.

Well, that’s all for this list, so I suggest that you set aside Harry Potter and start reading Percy Jackson. If you find yourself disagreeing with any of the above items for any reason, then let me know in the comments. See you next week for more Top 10 in Fandom!

Fan Fiction Fridays: How Much is Too Much?

In this week’s edition of FanFiction Fridays, I’m going to be talking about how much exposure to fan fiction that should be allowed.

When I was just starting out writing fan fiction, I realized that I had written less and read so much fan fiction that I was starting to get tired of it. I mean, it was like I kept reading the same story over and over without end.

That’s when I realized that I was suffering from too much fan fiction, or as I’d like to call it, fan fiction overload.

That’s right, everyone. It is possible to overload on fan fiction.

In fact, I have more stories in my fan fiction library than I ever cared to read, with most of them being…you guessed it…Harry Potter fanfiction.

Well, ignoring that last remark, how should you deal with fanfiction overload? I have some of the following suggestions that I have tried and you should too:

  1. Don’t go on any fanfiction websites for at least a week.
  2. Reassess your favorite fanfiction stories. If you really didn’t like the story, don’t read it anymore. In fact, delete it from your faves.
  3. If there’s a story that you’re reading and it hasn’t been updated for at least six months, delete it from your faves. The author of the story obviously gave up on it, so don’t wait around for something that might not ever come.
  4. If a story contains original characters and plotlines that aren’t a part of the story’s canon, delete the link. (I’ll cover the pull-to-publish controversy next week)
  5. If a story causes you to question your morals, or it goes against your beliefs (such as homosexuality), then delete the link to that story. Don’t compromise what your parents taught you in the name of fanfiction.
  6. Now, find the rest of the fanfiction that you’ve stopped reading six months ago and delete them from your faves. By then, you should have deleted most of the stories that are in your faves, leaving only the good fics.
  7. (And this is very important) rediscover your life BEFORE fanfiction came into your life. Did you like sports? Books? TV shows? Go back to those things. (But I would advise you to be wary of reading books or watching TV, as these two things could get you sucked back into reading and writing fanfiction)
  8. Find something new to do with your time. Read books from your local library. Clean your room. Take up a new hobby. Whatever you do, keep doing it and you’ll forget about fanfiction.
  9. In fact, write your own book.

Now you know.

in the coming weeks, I’ll be doing previews of my new NaNoWriMo novel and with it, some more posts about fan fiction.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available for purchase on Smashwords.com.

Fantasy & Asperger’s, part IV

The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Juniper Chadwell and Caleb Ketterbridge were taken away from their normal lives and landed smack in the middle of their own little fantasy worlds, they are confused as to know what to do to survive.

As they say, you either live in the real world or you must die.

Juniper finds herself as a princess, but instead of living a cushy life in a grand palace, she’s on the run. As for Caleb, he too ends up in a world where he once was a fairy prince, but even that’s not the case with him.

Sadly, our two Aspie heroes are not living the lives that they imagined, no thanks to political turmoil and magic.

I’ll be back next week for another post on what they need to so in order to survive living in the other world.

My books “Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever” and “The Summer of Our Discontent” are available on Smashwords.com