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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 9 – La Grande Illusion

    There are a number of universal truths in this world. Unbreakable and unbendable facts that shape our humanity in a physical, mental, and emotional sense. Water is wet. The sun rises and sets. Snow is cold. Cats have no souls. Pop Tarts are the best breakfast snack food ever created. And so on. However, there’s […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 9 – La Grande Illusion app...

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  • Interview with Fairfax Library Foundation’s Director of Development Abigail Fine.

    This weekend, a number of CQ authors will be attending the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair. This event wouldn’t be possible without Fairfax Library Foundation’s Director of Development Abigail Fine, who met CQ managing partner Alisa Gus, when she entered a Twitter pitch event. Alisa faved the pitch, requested the full (at which […] The post Interview with Fairfax Library Found...

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  • Trying New Things: 5 of the Funniest K-dramas

    K-drama is short for Korean drama, a scripted television show made in South Korea that fans from all around the world now stream over the internet. You’ve probably already heard about Japanese anime or manga or know a friend that is just rabid about it. And you don’t get it. How can something in another […] The post Trying New Things: 5 of the Funniest K-dramas appeared first on Curiosity Quills P...

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 10 – The Lost Weekend

    I’ve often complimented the CW shows on their ability to tie up dangling plot points and sub story arcs in a timely manner. Many shows prefer to drag things out for multiple episodes and sometimes entire seasons (*cough* The Blacklist *cough*). This can get arduous and can result in story fatigue. Don’t laugh, it’s a […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 10 – The Lost Weeken...

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  • The Humanity (and Inhumanity) of Laughter

    There’s a memorable passage in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land in which the main character “discovers” that humans don’t laugh at things because they’re funny, but rather because they’re tragic. Every incident of humor he describes occurs at someone’s expense, a recognition of physical or emotional suffering. We laugh, he says, at the […] The post The Humanity (and Inhumanity) of Laug...

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  • Interview with Professional Knitting Designers Norah Gaughan, Rosemary Hill, and Karen Clements

    As well as being an urban-fantasy author, CQ’s Vicki Stiefel is an avid knitter. In fact, when she was preparing for the launch of her novel, CHEST OF BONE, beta reader and fellow knitter Rosemary Hill suggested the novel needed a book of knitting patterns to accompany it. Vicki got together with renowned professional knitting […] The post Interview with Professional Knitting Designers Norah Gaugh...

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 8 – The Outsiders

    There quite literally is not one happy marriage happening in Riverdale. Maybe it’s the water, maybe it’s the maple syrup, maybe it’s the disturbing amount of redheads . . . but relationships are not meant to survive in that town. Tensions ran high in this episode with double crosses and back alley deals happening all […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Chapter 8 – The Outsiders ap...

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  • Interview with A.W. Hill

    Curiosity Quills author, and Grammy Award winning composer, A.W. Hill recently wrote a very thought provoking political article on Medium. It resonated so much so that CQ CEO Alisa, who is also active in the political field, just had to sit down with A.W. Hill to ask him some questions on the current political climate, […] The post Interview with A.W. Hill appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • Opposition: Why We Need Villains

    A trope is simply a common or overused theme or device in a story. Some people like the word cliché to describe them and some like the word stereotype instead. It’s all the same thing and simply means that a story element has become popular and now everyone knows about it. A trope is not […] The post Opposition: Why We Need Villains appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • The Villains You Find In Online Writing Groups

    I’ve taught numerous creative writing and “how to get published” classes at local libraries.  I always stress the importance of getting feedback on your work.  The paragraph might sparkle on your computer screen.  You’ve never been more proud of anything you’ve ever written.  You read it ten times, it is just amazing…and then someone else […] The post The Villains You Find In Online Writing Groups...

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  • Mass Effect Andromeda – Why Big Budgets Aren’t Always Better

    Mass Effect Andromeda is here. Unless you’ve been sent to another galaxy in a massive ark, you know that by now. The internet has been abuzz with chatter about Bioware’s latest entry into their much loved and occasionally maligned franchise. What are they talking about? The plot? The adventure of exploring a new galaxy? The […] The post Mass Effect Andromeda – Why Big Budgets Aren’t Always Better ...

Curiosity Quills Press

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  • The ‘Who Killed Jason Blossom?’ Suspect List – March 2017

    This again? Yes, this again! There’s still a killer on the loose and with new evidence comes new suspects. And as we’re sadly without a new episode of Riverdale for a couple more weeks, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at the current list of likely (and unlikely) suspects. **Spoilers Ahead! […] The post The ‘Who Killed Jason Blossom?’ Suspect List – March 2017 appeared first on Curio...

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  • The Transformative Power of Villainous Cartoons

    From a  young age, I’ve loved a good villain. I’ve always been the type to secretly root for the bad guys. Villains seem so larger than life, so much better than the hero or heroine. Villains are more powerful, more driven, more ambitious, and yes, let’s face it, they have more sex appeal. As I […] The post The Transformative Power of Villainous Cartoons appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • How To Write Villains

    As I begin to edit a novel I’ve left alone for a few months, I’ve been thinking about my villainous characters a lot. See, there are more than I expected and they are all there at different points in the story for different reasons. There’s no way I could merge three into one. Let’s introduce […] The post How To Write Villains appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • THE LIMITS OF VILLAINY: HOW TO ENGAGE WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE IN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

    Whatever your politics, one thing that’s clear about the present moment in the US is that a lot of people view our President as a villain. We — not all Americans, but people who share my political affinities — believe the President is bigoted, corrupt, vindictive, indifferent to suffering at best and cruel at worst. […] The post THE LIMITS OF VILLAINY: HOW TO ENGAGE WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE IN FANTASY ...

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  • Et tu, Brute?

    It is the Ides of March and here I am blogging about building unforgettable villains. What makes a villain unforgettable? The things he/she does? Or the person he/she is? I think both. Brutus was among the mob that stabbed Caesar to death. “Sic Semper Tyranus!” Is he a villain or a hero? The faceless thug […] The post Et tu, Brute? appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • Interview with MG & YA Author Aimee Lucido

    Curiosity Quills Press recently had the pleasure in interviewing children and young adult author, software engineer and pasta aficionado, Aimee Lucido. 1) I hear you’re writing a cool new MG about a code-learning girl? Can you tell me more about it? Do you feel that’s something you want kids (girls, especially) to learn in middle school? […] The post Interview with MG & YA Author Aimee Lucido appe...

Curiosity Quills Press

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Curiosity Quills Press

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  • Top Seven Villains and Why I Love to Despise Them

    I love books that have a well written villain. You know when a writer has written a villain well because you grow to despise that character. A villain can add a whole new dimension to a novel so here are my seven villains.   Voldemort from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling I love […] The post Top Seven Villains and Why I Love to Despise Them appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 6

    Parental dysfunction was alive and well in this week’s episode. Add to that a healthy dose of fear, performance anxiety, adults pushing their insecurities onto their kids, and teen pregnancy,        well . . . it’s just another week in Riverdale. Right off the bat I’m going to have to admit defeat. I was wrong about […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 6 appeared first on C...

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  • Villians We Secretly Want to Be

    Have you ever wanted to be just a little bit evil? I don’t mean like robbing a store or something real world bad, but fantastically evil. I have henchman evil. Maybe it’s just my dramatic side, but there are a few evil folks I would shank a flying monkey to spend a day in their […] The post Villians We Secretly Want to Be appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Written That Way

    Most of us are familiar with the old bit of writing advice that reminds us villains don’t typically think of themselves as villains, but rather as the heroes of their own story. While I think this advice is well intentioned, it often ends up being a bit reductionist. How many times, for instance, have you […] The post I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Written That Way appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 7

    That 50’s style comic book opening scene with Jughead wearing his crown and Archie in the sweater with the bowtie was beautifully shot, iconically accurate, and all sorts of creepy. This is something that Riverdale does well, I’ve seen it since episode one and they’ve managed to maintain it almost every single week so far: […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 7 appeared fir...

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  • SEVEN TYPES OF VILLAINS

    I was quite excited to see the blog theme for this week, as I dedicated several weeks just to looking at villains a few years ago on my blog. Over that week, I discussed several types of villains and some of the best representatives from each category. But I don’t have space for several posts […] The post SEVEN TYPES OF VILLAINS appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Gray Hats

    In the old TV melodramas I watched as a child, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. You didn’t need to look further than the color of their hats. You’ve got the Lone Ranger in his giant white hat riding on his tall, white horse. He’s a straight shooter, both […] The post Gray Hats appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Keith R. Fentonmiller Readings and Appearances

    To coincide with the release of his fantasy novel Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, on March 20th, author Keith R. Fentonmiller will be doing an number of readings, signings and appearances over the coming months. Here is the current list: Book of Life Podcast – Date to be confirmed. March 21, 2017 (7:30-9:30 pm): The Inner […] The post Keith R. Fentonmiller Readings and Appearances appeared first...

  • Five Great Hero and Villain Pairings

    Great stories need great characters and a great hero needs a great villain. The villain provides conflict. He provides impetus. Otherwise, a hero may just spend their life happily, with no need to travel, to learn. No need to hone their skills in order to fight the forces of evil. A good villain is the […] The post Five Great Hero and Villain Pairings appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Word Count

    Word count. Love ’em or hate ’em. I remember being in school, and being given an assignment to write a 1,000 word essay on something, and feeling like the world had just ended. Oh, if I had only known then… Lately, I’ve made a habit of writing 100,000 word books left and right. The idea […] The post Word Count appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

Curiosity Quills Press

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 5

    RIVERDALE – Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness I had a real blonde (Betty) moment today when I suddenly realized that all the titles of the Riverdale episodes are named after movies. I went to film school! How did I not catch that?! But enough about me and my shortcomings. We have another episode of Riverdale […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 5 appeared first on Curiosity Q...

  • Relationship With Your Editor

    I have had people ask me if I ever paid for a professional editor. My books are now edited by the publisher and I have critique partners, but some I did send through a “professional” editor.  Do I regret it? YES. I think I was naïve at the time.  I wanted to get published and […] The post Relationship With Your Editor appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Greatest YA Relationships

    How fitting seeing as though Valentine’s Day has just passed by! If you’re like me, you spent the evening cozied up with a nice book and wishing that you could date one of the characters in said book. Don’t be ashamed- we all do it! So here is a list of the greatest, most envious […] The post Greatest YA Relationships appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • 10 Romantic Sci-Fi Book Covers That Will Make You Believe There Is Love on Other Planets

    In a time where ebooks are available one Amazon’s click away, and with so many to chose from, cover design has never been more important in reflecting the tone and the content of a book. When we think about science fiction, romance isn’t the first thing that usually comes to mind, at least not as […] The post 10 Romantic Sci-Fi Book Covers That Will Make You Believe There Is Love on Other Planets ...

  • Watch Dogs 2 – Movie Hacking

    A sort of review and a look at video game hacking and the issue of narrative dissonance. The post Watch Dogs 2 – Movie Hacking appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Different Kinds of Love – Bookish Edition

    Agape Everyday by David Levithan depicts what Agape really means. Selfless love. “A”, the protagonist of the novel give justice how Selflessness truly means. How you can love someone but you need to let go of that person because you couldn’t given her what she needs the most. I cried so much for this book […] The post Different Kinds of Love – Bookish Edition appeared first on Curiosity Quills Pre...

Curiosity Quills Press

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  • Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 4

    Let me start by explaining the relationship I have with Archie comics. I lived in the UK until I was 17. Archie comics didn’t exist over there. But I visited Canada with my family several times between ages 8 and 13 and was spellbound by these thick comic books being sold at the end of […] The post Riverdale Recap and Review – Season 1 – Episode 4 appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Interview with Read With Me founder Christine Brenner

    Welcome to the Curiosity Quills blog, Christine, and congratulations on Read With Me! Downtown Raleigh is lucky to be getting a place like that. Can you tell us a little about Read With Me and how it will serve your community? Read With Me is a children’s book & art shop located in downtown Raleigh. […] The post Interview with Read With Me founder Christine Brenner appeared first on Curiosity Quil...

  • What My OTPs Taught Me To Look For In Relationships

    As any self respecting fan girl would, I have multiple OTPs (or One True Parings). I see it as ‘an OTP per show/book/film/etc’ rather than a hard and fast rule that only one coupling can be the ultimate romance. Regardless of the amount of OTPs I’ve collected through the seasons and trilogies, there’s some things […] The post What My OTPs Taught Me To Look For In Relationships appeared first on Cu...

  • Four Amazing Families in Fantasy and Science Fiction.

    If you read my last post, you might have picked up a subtle hint or two that the big relationships in my life, right now, are family relationships. This isn’t to scant my relationship with my wife, or my friendships, but kids from 0-5 have many needs and few means with which to meet them […] The post Four Amazing Families in Fantasy and Science Fiction. appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • My Top Ten OTPs

    So, with February come Valentine’s Day and although I am not the biggest fan of this day, it does make me think about my OTPs. I have come up with a top 10 and trust me this was not easy to compile as I have so many OTPs. I have picked ships from TV, movies […] The post My Top Ten OTPs appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

  • Matchmaking That Matters

    I’ve got to be honest: romance doesn’t come easy for me. Nothing makes me squirm more than writing an intimate scene between two characters. I found this out the hard way when I took my first stab at writing a book way back in high school (by hand, of course, in one of those little […] The post Matchmaking That Matters appeared first on Curiosity Quills Press.

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