Meat: Uncut – a Revi...

Have you ever wondered what has happened to all the people who disappear without a trace?  How much do you know about the new grocery store that appeared down the block from you one day?  You see all kinds of people go in, but you have never seen one come back out.   Meat was a book that I couldn’t put down.  Meat: Uncut proved to be even better.  All of the gory details that the author cut out of...

Santa, Writing Prompts, an...

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  Would you like to find out how fiction has influenced many of our Christmas traditions?  Or maybe you would rather read about how phobias can make this season of beauty and joy one of ugliness and horror for certain people.   Are you searching for names of towns that would put your readers in mind of Christmas or winter?  Maybe you are wondering why Santa is...

A World Waiting to Happen ...

Think back to when you were in school. Do you remember the reaction when the teacher told the class to write an essay? Chances are, you heard a few moans and groans from the more vocal classmates, while the ones who remained silent held obvious expressions of anguish. But there were usually one or two in the class who, when the word essay passed through the teacher’s lips, perked up in their seats and you...

The Misunderstood Mom: A l...

This article is a continuation of a series on Grendel’s misunderstood mother in Beowulf. Part one, part two, and part three can be found by following the links. This epic poem follows Beowulf and his heroic battles; one of which is with the dreaded Grendel. If reading the text in a traditional manner, it is easy to cast Grendel’s mother as a monster. A more modern and in-depth reading, as...

Humbug Day & Other Xm...

Will your character dance around his Xmas tree on Falling Needles Family Fest Day? Could your character’s uncle make Scrooge look like a great guy to work for? Could he be the real reason for Humbug Day? Does the character you created plan on celebrating A’phabet Day as soon as he learns his alphabet? A’phabet Day – This day which takes place on December 25 is for those who don’t want to...

The Misunderstood Mom: A l...

This article is a continuation of a series on Grendel’s misunderstood mother in Beowulf. Part one and part two can be found by following the links. Beowulf is an epic poem that tells the story of a hero and his battles. A traditional reading of the text would cast Grendel’s mother as a monster. However, as shown in the previous articles in this series, there is another perspective on this...

The Misunderstood Mom: A l...

In honor of October, I’ll be continuing a look at a misunderstood monster, Grendel’s mother in Beowulf. Part one of this series explains the background of this character. In this epic poem, Beowulf first faces a monster named Grendel, and then at the end, he is mortally injured fighting a dragon. Between these too battles, Beowulf also fights Grendel’s mother. Her character can easily be...

The Misunderstood Mom: A l...

Beowulf is an epic poem, and one of the oldest classics that still remains. The story is of a mighty hero named Beowulf. In the story, Beowulf first faces a monster named Grendel, and then at the end, he is mortally injured fighting a dragon. However, there is a middle battle that is often overlooked and discounted. This fight is with Grendel’s mother. This “monster-wife” is actually a fairly...