Maleficent and the Irrelevant Phallus
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Taken back to the broader perspective, what the hell is Prince Philip doing in the movie? Or in any movie? What purpose do men serve in a world where they can’t occupy themselves with saving females? This Philip question has finally really let me see the reality of what the “traditional” treatment of females in our art does to men. I finally grasp what a weirdly bleak and frankly horrifying landscape it is for male characters who are just as bound by the “Princess” stereotype as their female counterparts.

In Defense of Princesses
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In which DM tells us why he isn’t ashamed to say the hero of his novel, Sebastian Smith, thinks like a girl.

Bill Nye vs Ken Ham Post Debate Wrap Up: The Holy Ghost of Carl Sagan Moves Among Them
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Last night was the controversial debate between international science superstar Bill Nye the Science Guy and international man of ridicule Ken Ham.  You might have noticed I live blogged the debate as it was happening.  That was quite an interesting experience, and I wasn’t sure at the time what I … Read More

The Rhetoric Guy Live Blogs Bill Nye vs Ken Ham
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Hey Readers! [SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE BLOG] [Stay tuned for a wrap up!] A good friend of mine suggested that I put a little of my rhetoric muscle to use live blogging the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham in just a few hours. Before I get started, you … Read More

Is Merida From Pixar’s Brave The Worst Role Model For Girls Ever?
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  Dear Reader, The answer to the question in the title of my blog post is: No, but she is pretty bad.  Lemme set up the question first though. I was thinking about the Disney Princess catalog recently due to an article someone posted on my wall about how Drag … Read More

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Ensure Your Writer (Or Artist) Friend Succeeds
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Dear Readers, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus recently.  Between finishing the first draft of Book One in The Marvelous Adventures of Sebastian Smith, and moving between states, I’ve been a little preoccupied.  However, I’ve also been doing a lot of learning about self-publishing, platform building, and the … Read More

Upon An Anniversary: Five…wait…SIX Lessons On Living Life Freely
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Dear Readers, I know that it has been a few months since I last updated the blog, and I’m sorry for the absence.  In the past month I have literally held the hand of a dying man at the end of his life, and cradled a newborn only twelve hours … Read More

Views and Reviews #1: Oz the Sort-of-Great and Very Impatient
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Dear Readers, Last night I went to a midnight showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.  So, standard spoiler alert here.  I’ll be honest: going in I had little hope that the film would be stellar.  I wanted it to be!  On the surface it should be an anthem film … Read More

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar’s Story Artist. This is some of the most excellent, concise writing advice I have ever read, and I’m posting it here for you but mostly me, so that when I come back to this blog, I know something of use about writing will … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Become a Rubber Band; Man.
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Dear Reader, We are now two lessons into the Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets curriculum, and like any good student, you may have neglected to show up to the first two classes. Having caught up, you now know that there is a big difference in critique based around content (i.e., I … Read More

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