Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey encompasses tales where a hero leaves home, encounters overwhelming opposition to completing some quest, wins a decisive victory, and then returns home a changed person. Think Odysseus. Or Frodo. Or Shea Ohmsford. I love this image above (which I found on wikipedia, no copyright, search Hero's Journey) that really nicely outlines the … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey

Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Aragorn. Richard Rahl. Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Bella Swan? (okay, okay, don't get so mad) What do all these people have in common? Yes, the title gives it away. They have all been chosen, in some manner or another, to avert or subvert the LOOMING DISASTER UPON ALL THINGS, but there's no real clear reason … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Book Review: Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King

What the book is about:  Maisey Addington returns from Kansas City to her hometown of Colville after receiving a call about her mother having taken a fall and her father facing charges of abuse and neglect. The story opens with a scene from Maisey's childhood and then jumps to the present day, where she is … Continue reading Book Review: Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King

Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil

Tropes are everywhere, as I discussed in my last post. They can be very useful tools to build a world that readers can settle into easily, but they can also be crutches that leave your story totally crippled.  So, how does one use a trope effectively so that the story is enhanced?  I want to … Continue reading Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil

Book Review: The Purple Kitty by Vickie J. Litten

What the book is about:  Eddie and her sister, Dory, fly to China to visit their mother, an archaeologist. On the flight to the island where their mother is, the plane flies into a terrible storm and the girls are forced to jump. When Eddie awakes several days later, she learns that Dory has been … Continue reading Book Review: The Purple Kitty by Vickie J. Litten

Writing Fantasy: Using Tropes

Ah, trope me this: use them or avoid them (like the plague)? Is that terrible to start a blog post with a terrible trope (also known as a cliche)? Yes, probably. But it stays.  In my writing and researching about writing journey, I've seen lots of discussion on this particular topic and, after reading dozens of … Continue reading Writing Fantasy: Using Tropes