Happy to announce my (very) academic article “Paragon or Renegade: Teaching Aristotelian Virtue through the Rhetoric of Gaming in the Mass Effect Series” has been published in the first issue of Part of the Discourse. I’m a pop culture academic and love taking a deep dive into fandoms I love.
It is available for purchase on Amazon for $6.
If you haven’t heard already, which would be surprising if you are on any form of social media, the deal between Sony and Disney to include Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has ended. Unless any remaining negotiations bear fruit, Spidey will no longer appear in any Marvel produced movie or added in as part of plans of the overall MCU. Read More
I’m going to pull back from world building a little bit to talk about the editing process. How writers edit their own work differs from person to person, but there are general, broad -level steps most take. Write a draft, get feedback, edit, get feedback again, edit second draft, and so on. But do you edit yourself before you ever write? Read More
As part of my job at Anderson Archival, I write content for the company. I’m happy to say one of my articles is featured as a guest blog on the Society of American Archivists’ blog of the Electronic Records Section (bloggERS!).
Digitizing the Stars: Harvard University’s Glass Plate Collection is about the early astronomical photographic techniques, the female computers who studied them, and what the Harvard Observatory is doing to bring all that data into the digital age.
With the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 (KH3), a game I’ve wanted pretty much since KH2 came out in 2005, I’ve really been thinking about the role of an expanded universe of titles on various franchises. Expanded universes exist in all forms of media, including comic books, books, TV shows, movies, audio dramas, and video games. And we generally love them for it. Fantasy and science fiction fans seem especially drawn to expanded universes. As someone who often says “I want to write all the stories” of the worlds I create, the bigger question is why not explore these amazing universes to their fullest? Read More
Darkling’s Beasts & Brews published by Lycan Valley Press is now available for pre-order.
It includes my poem “And They Ride.” I don’t consider myself a poet, but every once in a while I manage one and this one was accepted. Plus the book has a whole slew of drink recipes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. So it’s both fun and useful!
I’m going to go ahead and revisit Doctor Who now that we’ve got the series over with. (There will be mild spoilers this time.) On a personal like or dislike level, I still fully love the new tone and direction of the show. So I was a bit surprised when I came across a number of critiques on the season’s showrunner, Chris Chibnall. Of the most common complaints I saw, one was that there weren’t enough callbacks to the previous seasons or Doctor Who lore, and the other was that the show felt small. The later I thought was hilarious because that is one of the biggest reasons I love the new season. So let’s go ahead and look at these two issues and see what they mean for Doctor Who.
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