Guess I needed a nap

Alright so I recently posted about how very tired I am and I spent a good portion of this past week resting. Mostly because I honestly can’t keep up the killer pace anymore. I want to talk about why rest is so important and how a lot of people especially women are prone to overworking ourselves.


How to become an exhausted writer

I used to be the queen of resting and napping. As someone who was always late to school because I overslept it’s shocking I can’t seem to just relax anymore. Instead I always have to do something. Doesn’t matter what, but I have to be active. I can’t just relax, take a nap or even just go to bed early unless I have “earned” it by finishing up the work I had planned to do that day. Which is insane because if you’re tired you should rest. Otherwise we end up like this:

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I think us women are especially prone to always feeling like we aren’t doing enough. That we should do more and work harder because if we don’t it won’t get done. Cue panicked noises of doom.

And this is a very, very, very bad mindset because it leads to burnout. More people than ever are already experiencing burnout thanks to the pandemic. If you think you might be experiencing burnout or approaching it you can find more resources here. So the last thing any of us should do is put more pressure on ourselves as writers. Writing is supposed to be fun and if it isn’t take a step back and evaluate what could help make it fun again.

How I knew I needed to rest

I was finally forced to realize I needed to rest when I came home from work and passed out in the middle of the afternoon. I’m an insomniac so if I randomly fall asleep it’s a sure-fire sign I need sleep desperately. Let’s be honest spending the week watching Netflix and napping after work was a magical experience almost as good as a vacation. 10/10 would recommend.

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Why rest is actually a good thing

Aside from health there is another reason rest is vital to us writers. Taking a break and stepping away from your WIP can actually help you solve plot or character issues. It allows you to come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes the most astounding revelations about our own work come from rest.

This week I finally discovered what my WIP is about. It came to me in a flash while I was in the shower. It made me feel stupid because it took my conscious mind six months to catch up to my subconscious. At long last I know my WIP is at its core a story about doing the right thing even when doing what’s right isn’t easy.


What I’m trying to say is take care of yourself, relax and rest when your body tells you to. Your WIP will wait for you.

Kingdom of the Wicked – Wrath

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost–even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked–princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

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Listen guys, I don’t care what Nonna says about the Wicked. Wrath has tattoos and that’s all I need to know. I’m in. No, but seriously, I did just inhale Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Aside from leaving me with an obsession with Wrath, that cliffhanger left me on the edge of my seat. So for this month’s edition of Villain Talk, I’m going to focus on Wrath.

Wrath is a really compelling combination of villain and love interest. Why is that? Well for one there’s the tattoos and the fine clothes. Oh, and the impeccable manners. Some characters are just born to be the villain and the love interest. *cough* the darkling *cough*. Wrath is a great example of this.

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In my personal opinion, for a character to walk this fine line they need a few key ingredients. Devilish charm, a hidden agenda and just enough honesty sprinkled in to make the main character and the reader want to believe they’re telling the whole truth.

In Kingdom of the Wicked Wrath can’t lie to Emilia, but he can withhold information, which amounts to the same thing ethically. In a literary sense it means we, the reader, are trying to discern what he is leaving out. What’s Wrath’s true motivation for helping Pride find a witch bride and why is he really helping Emilia?

But that alone isn’t enough. What really makes Wrath intriguing is he always comes to Emilia’s rescue even when he says he won’t. Now the author drops plenty of hints it isn’t out of the goodness of his heart, but every now and again there’s a glimpse of something more underneath the surface.

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For instance, when he saves Emilia from the Viperade. He says he won’t, but of course he does. After that there is a noticeable shift in their relationship. Wrath and Emilia inch their way toward trust. And finally, Wrath has manners and devilish charm. Without those he would be just another bad guy running around Wicked Kingdom like his brothers Lust, Greed and Envy. By the end we still don’t know Wrath’s true motivation and I am reading the sequel as fast as I can hoping for answers.

If there’s one thing I would like to see more of in YA it’s complex characters with hidden agendas.

Confession Time – I’m Very Tired

I have been making some wild progress on my WIP these past few weeks. I’m starting to lose a little steam with a return to the office and I want to do an accountability post to keep myself on track. Here’s the catch though, I’m very tired. Like most writers I run on willpower and caffeine most days. Actual footage of me writing.

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In the past few weeks I have finished most of the research I need for the time being. Ask me anything about the 90’s and Greek myths – please I am dying to talk about it.

I have built the world and a curriculum for my academy. And I am most proud of having finally finally finally named the beings my characters are. They’re called Champions and I couldn’t be more excited. And I will be dropping some more hints about them and the plot on Twitter – yay! If you’re a writer and you’re not on Twitter you really should be. The writing community is amazing.

Because I have sacrificed the vast majority of my free time to work on this novel I could really use a nap or a week in a coma, but I’ll settle for an early night tonight. I could slow down, maybe take a nap, but I can’t remember the last time I was as motivated and excited about a project as I am about this one so I’m going to slow down on the weekdays and get as much done as I can on the weekends.

To keep myself on track I want to share my writing goals for the upcoming months. Beware, what you’re about to witness is the project plan from hell. Come august I will either have given up or be one exhausted writer with a finished manuscript.

What are your writing goals for 2022? Leave a comment and let me know!

Editing is hard

Editing is hard – there I have said it and now I feel better. I know some writers enjoy editing (oh to be one of the fortunate few) but it’s a different skill set than writing. And like any skill it takes practice. The more you do it the easier it becomes. I know, I know my fellow editing haters – ugh. I would rather be dragged kicking and screaming into Hades than have to edit. Except without editing I’m stuck with a very rough first draft.

I spent years editing my first novel only to realize the novel isn’t ready to be shared. Now I am editing another WIP and I am here to help you through editing hell by sharing some hard-won experience. We all work differently, but this is what I have found works for me and I hope there’s something useful here for you too.

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Read critically

Read as much as you can and when you read pay attention to things like grammar, flow, pacing and style. It’s a simple exercise that can help you see your own writing with fresh eyes. But whatever you do – I am begging you – please don’t compare your work to another writer. What you’re reading has been through several rounds of editing at the hands of several people. Don’t put yourself through that torture. Just don’t. Instead, study them the way you would study artists if you were learning to paint or the same way you might study a math problem. It’s useful and a fun way to procrastinate editing.


Read your own work

Just read through your manuscript once in as close to a whole sitting as you can get. If you’re writing a short story or a poem this part should be easy enough. If you’re working on a full-length novel it might take a little longer, but keep it as close together as you can over a weekend or a holiday.

When you read through it for the first time don’t edit, don’t correct and just try to see where you enjoy your story the most and where it makes you cringe. This is just so you can get acquainted and excited about your story again. Ideally, you shouldn’t even start to think about editing until you’ve put aside your work for a period of time. Zadie Smith recommends three months. I have found personally sometimes I need longer. However long it takes you to become objective and curious about the manuscript is the amount of time that needs to pass before you do this read through.


Read it again

That’s right. Once you’ve read your manuscript once for the hell of it you’re going to read it again. Let some time pass so that you can get the creative juices flowing about how to best fix your glorious first draft. Then you read it again. This time with a more critical eye.

Print out your manuscript or read it aloud (even better if you have something like Word reading it to you) and make notes of how to best fix each and every scene. Plan to cut, plan to move scenes, chapters and add new ones.

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Outlining

Now that you have the general direction you want to go in, you have to make sure your novel is actually working. Do the fixes you have planned work? Does your timeline make sense? Have you plugged all of the plotholes? My friends is it really a first draft if it doesn’t have plotholes big enough to drive a city bus through?

So here’s what you do if you’re a chaotic pantser like me. You draw up that damn outline you should have finished before writing. Map it all out scene by scene then look it over a day or two later. Note anything where you need to do more research and set aside some time to do that.

This technically works even if you already have an outline. You can update it and use it to fix your first draft. Maybe you went off script while writing or now that you have the actual novel in your hands you can see you need changes. If not skip right on down to the next step.


The rewrite

My process is pretty simple when I am rewriting. I have marked what I am cutting and keeping in advance, which I use as a baseline as I rewrite any scene not deemed just right and write any new scenes needed.

Sounds easy, right? Not so much but editing and rewriting is always easier with a plan. Be prepared though characters can be sneaky SOBs who go off script whenever they feel like it. If that happens let it play out and see where takes it you. As frustrating as it can be no time spent writing is ever wasted.


Rinse and repeat

Complete the above steps as many times as you need to. Once you get a working manuscript that tells the story you want it to you’ll know.

If I see any spelling errors etc. during the first round of editing I fix it, but it isn’t a priority. No point in fussing over each and every single line when you might end up cutting them, right?


Feedback

Get feedback from someone you can trust to be honest and who understands the kind of story you want to tell. If you’re working on a romance don’t get someone who hates romance to read your novel. They’ll just end up steering you in the wrong direction.

And keep in mind Neill Gaiman’s advice. If someone tells you something isn’t working they’re probably right. If someone tells you how to fix it, they’re usually wrong. Trust yourself it’s your story and no one else knows it like you do.


Line edits and grammar

Once you have the rewritten version you can start in on line editing. Brew a pot of coffee and prepare yourself because the best way to catch grammar errors, weird phrasing and typos is to have a program read your manuscript to you. There’s nothing worse than hearing your WIP aloud I know, but it works.


All I have left to say is good luck! You got this and I can’t wait to read your finished novel one day.

Confessions of a writer

For this post, I want to talk about my writing, which I don’t talk about much outside of my Twitter account (follow me for the ramblings as I make the slow descent into madness). But onto the specifics, I want to talk about the struggles of writing a debut novel. Every writer out there has faced it and I’m going to be honest, your first novel – the very first one you finish – it’s not for publication. It’s for you so you can learn and grow as a writer.

Recently, I came face to face with that fact. I have been working on my novel Night for about four years now and I planned to self-publish it in 2022. On the side, I’ve been participating in pretty much every Nanowrimo event to challenge myself. This week, I finally re-read the manuscript I wrote in July and well I’ll be damned if the rough draft isn’t better than my polished and beloved Night.

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The Nanowrimo manuscript is set in the same universe, but follows different characters and they aren’t Keepers. Instead, it follows characters, who are tentatively named Guardians and serve the Gods in a different way. It focuses heavily on Greek mythology rather than Norse and it’s a story I’ve been trying to write for almost ten years and I finally wrote it. Not only is it better than Night – it solves a lot of issues that come up in the sequel.

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So what’s a girl to do when faced with reality? Well first, you rock in the corner mumbling to yourself because like a lot of writers – reality isn’t exactly my thing. Once that happens, you dust yourself off and change course. I just started a pretty intense round of editing and I’m still hoping to self-publish in 2022 even if it isn’t the novel I had originally planned.

Sweep the leg

The original Karate Kid movies gave fans all over the world a lot to be grateful for. Things like John Kreese as the evil karate sensei. 40 years later he reprises his role in Cobra Kai and he’s ready to sweep the leg again. On an unrelated note how has Martin Kove not aged since the 80’s?

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For those of you, who haven’t seen it. Cobra Kai follows Johnny Lawrence trying to get his revenge by reopening Cobra Kai and in the process he actually learns something and it looks like Kreese might have learned a thing or two as well. So let’s dive in and find out.

No Mercy

Kreese is an interesting villain for a lot of reasons. He is shown to be as evil as ever from the first moment he enters the scene in Cobra Kai. He tells Johnny he is there to help him beat Daniel LaRusso and get his son Robby back. It doesn’t sound like a super villain entrance but knowing the methods Kreese is likely to employ it’s bad news and it gives the season 1 finale a much needed cliffhanger.

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Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes the world can be cruel, and that’s why you have to learn to be cruel yourselves.

John Kreese, Cobra Kai

The philosophy behind Cobra Kai karate is strike first, strike hard, no mercy. And it’s more than just a catchphrase to yell in a dojo. Kreese fully believes these words.

To him it’s how he survived the Vietnam war and it’s the only way he knows how to live. This is plain as day during the flashbacks to Kreese’s time in the army. He’s forced to fight to the death over snakes and sure, Kreese doesn’t have to kill his mentor, but he chooses to. Kreese’s hesitation landed them in the prison camp, or so Kreese believes. A sane person might argue the fact that Kreese was unable to blow up a friend is a good thing, but I digress.

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The point is, Kreese adopts his mentor’s philosophy of strike first, strike hard and no mercy. He’s traumatized from the events of the war and he does the only thing he can think of to keep going, embrace the Cobra Kai mindset.

Kreese starts making moves in season 2 when he works to get into the minds’ of Johnny’s Cobra Kai students with the goal of stealing the dojo from Johnny. He’s so scary I can’t believe he was ever allowed to teach children and I have to say I was relieved when Johnny caught on to that, but Kreese manages to deflect and continues mentoring the Cobra Kai students for the rest of the season.

It’s in this scene we really get a glimpse into just how manipulative and scary Kreese is. He manipulates Johnny into believing he is like any other vet, who is down on his luck. Heck, I almost believed him. This one interaction tells us a lot about Kreese. He’s charming, manipulative and has a hold on Johnny.

The Good – what little there is

Most villains have at least one redeeming trait and thanks to the writers of Cobra Kai I didn’t have to look too hard. Early in season 2 we see Kreese stand up to a bully, who is trying to hurt the girl Kreese has a crush on. He steps in and stops him, telling the bully that someone needs to teach him to keep his hands to himself.

Someone needs to teach you to keep your hands to yourself

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This phrase is recurring with Kreese. He says it again when he’s protecting Tori from a skeezy landlord. I’ll say this for him, he doesn’t tolerate men, who hurt women. Unfortunately, that’s where the good ends.

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Kreese spends most of season 4 using children to wage a karate war and brainwashing them into thinking everyone is the enemy. As ridiculous as that premise is it’s quite bleak to watch Kreese force his own trauma and PTSD onto children, who are in his care.

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It’s a situation that quickly escalates when Kreese convinces Terry Silver to return, who also looks as young as ever. If anyone knows what moisturiser these guys use please leave a comment. Anyway, Terry quickly becomes as psycho as his original version minus the cocaine. He idolizes Kreese and at the same time, he’s trying to one-up him. Kreese is threatened by Silver and it plays a key part in how he behaves throughout the season as the two senseis duke it out for control of Cobra Kai.

After a season of watching Kreese get darker and darker while taking his students down with him we get a glimmer of hope. Kreese is put in the same position as the first Karate Kid movie with Tori. Tori has the chance to win the All Valley Karate Tournament if she takes advantage of Sam’s injury and “sweeps the leg” so to speak. Except this time Kreese finally understands what Johnny was trying to tell him all those years ago and instead leaves it up to Tori to decide for herself.

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As far as growth goes it’s minimal in comparison to all the damage he has caused, but in terms of theater? It’s dramatic, awesome and leaves us at the edge of our seats, only for the moment to be topped like two minutes later. The tension that’s been brewing between Kreese and Silver all season comes to a head and however it shakes out in season 5 – Silver is going to be a big part in Kreese’s character arc.

Leave your Cobra Kai season 5 predicitions in a comment below.

Don’t Look Up

Don’t Look Up is the best movie to hit Netflix this December. It’s an uncomfortable look at how we are handling climate change, but with an asteroid headed toward Earth instead of slow death by killing off the planet with pollution.

Meryl Streep plays President Orlean and is basically the female Trump proving that she really can play any role.

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It takes a lot for President Orlean to take the asteroid headed to earth seriously. It is not until she is in danger of losing the midterms that she acts, only to back out when there is a profit to be made. Most of the science checks out – The Time did the research for me.

Once the cat is out of the bag and the public actually takes the asteroid seriously President Orlean and her people, including a creepy billionaire, start a campaign of disinformation so they can exploit the asteroid for profit. This campaign largely consists of #dontlookup and discrediting science. Sound familiar?

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Anyway, as humanity derails into a social media war filled with misinformation and conspiracy theories the asteroid comes ever closer. Again, sound familiar?

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Since we can’t even agree on the facts anymore the ending for Don’t Look Up seems like a pretty accurate roadmap for where we are headed with climate change. At least we know how to solve and prepare for climate change, now we just have to get it together and act. So if you want to confront the horror that is today’s world and still find a way to laugh about it, check out Don’t Look Up.

The Secret Circle

For January’s issue of YA Flashback I am reviewing the Secret Circle trilogy by L.J. Smith. Join me as I once again try to decide if my high school self had great taste or if I was as cringe as I remember. Since I have the omnibus collection I am going to review the series as a whole.

Rating scale: Awesome, meh and bleh.

Summary

When Cassie is forced to move from California all the way to the small New England town of New Salem, she’s miserable. And yet, she feels a powerful kinship to the town, and to a terrifyingly beautiful group of students who always seem to get their way. Charmed by the Secret Circle, Cassie is initiated into a coven of witches whose power has controlled New Salem for hundreds of years. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, she is faced with the most pressing danger of her life—and one wrong move could ultimately destroy her…

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Review

I loved The Secret Circle as a teenager and I was severely disappointed by the CW’s adaptation – fortunately it was cancelled after only one season. But when I went back to it as an adult it felt like meeting up with an old friend only to find you have outgrown each other.

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Still there’s plenty of things to love about the series. The first thing that comes to mind is Cassie’s connection to nature. She can feel the energy in the rocks and earth around her, which gives her strength and is the base of her magic. It’s a nice detail that also foreshadows what’s to come.

“They’d bitten her the little monsters. And now they were sitting on the floor and composedly licking the blood off their chops. A surge of violent revulsion passed through Cassie.
From the doorway Faye chuckled.
Maybe they’re not getting all their vitamins and minerals from the kitten chow she said.”

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Maybe my favorite thing is how Cassie grows as a character over the course of the trilogy. Cassie starts out shy, timid and unable to stand up for herself. By the time it’s over she is brave and has grown into a leader.

Onto to the bad. Cassie’s relationship with Adam is boring. The second I realized they were soulmates all suspense was gone and I was just not invested. The plot itself felt a little disorganized and really needed some tightening for it to work. The Black John and crystal skull plot, which should have been the main driving force behind Cassie’s motivation and growth felt like an afterthought.

In the end it was perfectly alright. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Rating: Meh

Where can you read it?

Your local library or get a copy from Amazon

Shows to Ring in the New Year

Since a lot of places are back on lockdown or in semi-lockdown I am putting together a list of shows you can watch between Christmas and New Years Eve. If your country is on lockdown – stay safe and ring in the new year from your couch. So order take-out and pop the champagne, here are the best shows from 2021.


Cobra Kai

Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

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In a time where literally everything is getting a reboot it can be tempting to ignore all of them because so many are just disappointing. Cobra Kai is the reboot no one knew they needed that we desperately need. Season 4 premieres December 31st just in time to start off 2022 right.


Witcher

Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

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The Witcher is finally back so grab your silver swords and medallions, and dive right into it. As we all know the first season wasn’t exactly stellar with those timelines that confused even fans of the books. But I’m here to say the second season is better by a lot and I appreciate that the showrunners eliminated most of the male gaze that plagued the first season.

That said, the story was convulated in places so I really would read the books first because the show writers are apparently adverse to telling a clear story. Either that or I feel asleep and missed an episode or two. No offence to the plot I was just really tired that day.


Shadow and Bone

Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

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Shadow and Bone is by far one of my favorite shows to come out all year. It has everything action, romance, amazing costumes and an amazing story world. The best part? No male gaze and lots of diversity. And don’t even get me started on Milo the goat who basically inspired his own internet cult.

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Clickbait

When family man, Nick Brewer, is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist, those closest to him race to uncover who is behind it and why.

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Clickbait starts out like any trashy crime show and honestly I found the title kind of ironic until I was 2-3 episodes in. By that point, I was hooked. It’s a solid mystery with enough believable twists and turns to keep you watching. It even touches on some serious privacy issues relating to online dating.

Squid Game

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes.

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Squid Game carries on the legacy of Battle Royale and Hunger Games. It’s as dark as it is amazing. Not sure I’d recommend ringing in the new year to something this dark, but if you’re one of the few people left on the planet that hasn’t seen it buckle up and enjoy one of the most bingeable shows of 2021 before the year’s over. Fair warning, it’s shockingly violent.


Arcane

Set in utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart.

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Arcane might not be the cheeriest show you can watch this New Year’s, but it might be the best. The world of Runeterra is beautiful, the characters have unique arcs and all of the plot points come together. It’s really a great example of what storytelling can be when the writers aren’t rushed into telling an incomplete story or just throw something together, and plots aren’t abruptly ended for shock value. Instead, each plot and subplot is carefully followed through.


Superstore

A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.

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If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, Superstore might be up your alley. It’s one of those rare shows that gets better with each season. Season 6 deals with the pandemic and perfectly captures the vibe of the past few years in a way that somehow makes you laugh about it.


Never Have I Ever

The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling’s own childhood.

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If you’re looking for a light-hearted teen romp Never Have I Ever is a top pick. It’s funny and surprisingly genuine. I didn’t know they made teen shows that could hit me so hard in the feels, but I was wrong. Never Have I Ever is all around excellent story telling and guaranteed to make you laugh.


Hellbound

People hear predictions on when they will die. When that time comes, a death angel appears in front of them and kills them.

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Hellbound starts off super intense and although it does slow down it ramps the tension back up again quickly. The season ends on a big cliffhanger so if you’re in the mood for a supernatural mystery Hellbound might be just what you’re looking for.


You

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

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You is one of those shows I love to hate. It’s bad, but in the best possible way. If for some crazy reason you haven’t watched this dumpster fire of a show yet or just haven’t gotten around to season 3 you really should. Then hop on Twitter and make fun of it with the rest of us.


No matter how you’re celebrating the new year stay safe! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite show in 2021 was.

Villains We Love To Hate

In this installment of Villain Talk, I want to talk about the villains we love to hate. I’m talking bad guys we just can’t get enough of because they’re so frickin’ evil in the best possible way. Some villains we love because there’s a glimmer of humanity. Others because they have style. Then there are those that are just so plain evil they send a cold shiver down your spine.

Here it is in no particular order my all time favorite villains.


The Evil Queen

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The Evil Queen is probably my favorite thing about Once Upon A Time. Forget the retelling of stories we knew as children, The Evil Queen steals the show. The casting is perfect, her costumes are flawless and she is just the right amount of evil. Lana Parilla has fun playing Regina and really shines when she is at her most evil. Throw in a redemption arc done right and a wardrobe I would kill for, and there you have it, one of the most memorable villains of all time.


Jinx

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Jinx from Arcane is chaos embodied in a teenage girl and she’s just fun to watch. Her character is beautifully designed and I love Jinx’s color palette. Also shoutout to whoever at Fortiche decided to give her pants instead of the shorts she wears in the game. When committing casual acts of violence and terrorism practical wear is key.

Anyway, Jinx is A+ all the way as far as I’m concerned. She’s chaotic, she’s layered, she has a character arc and I love that it’s negative growth instead of positive. We rarely get to see that in women on-screen.


The Darkling

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Ah, the Darkling the cause of much angst for viewers everywhere. To be clear I hadn’t read the books when I sat down to watch Shadow and Bone, but in the first scene it’s pretty obvious he’s going to be the bad guy. There’s just something in the way he’s introduced and still I refused to believe he was the bad guy.

Now on to the reason I love the Darkling. He’s a villain designed to scare women. He preys on our fears. He’s that boyfriend that you think is ‘oh so perfect’ until you get a closer look. And not in that stalker boyfriend Joe Goldberg from You kind of way. More like a slow reveal after you’ve fallen for him. I swear I spent the last few episodes on a wild trip of emotions. First I was like, he can’t be evil. It’s Ben freakin’ Barnes, he can’t be evil. Then I decided he could be fixed and about two seconds later I threw my morals overboard and decided I would simply help the Darkling conquer the world. RIP Alina Starkov, but I’m different.


Titan

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Wallpaper Flare

I could talk about all of the things Megamind did right for days. But hands down one of the best things they did was give us Titan as a villain. He starts out as yet another self-proclaimed “nice guy”. That’s how he thinks of himself, but we the audience quickly see that’s not the case. He has no respect for the repeated rejections he gets and instead keeps asking Roxanne out. Creepy AF.

Follow this up with him choosing to be a villain. A situation that’s made worse because Roxanne rejects him. Not cool, dude. Rejection is a part of life – grow up and move on. Anyway, Titan thinks it’s because he’s a nice guy. So like a nice guy he kidnaps Roxanne and tries to destroy the city.

The reason I love to hate Titan is because he has a motivation beyond “I’m evil and therefore, I do evil things”. His character is designed to highlight an actual problem in society today that’s still relevant years after the movie came out. Pretty darn deep for a kid’s movie.


Barbossa

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Screen Rant

Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean he’s just good fun. Like a lot of good villains he isn’t all bad and he’s shown to have honor. He’s smart and as a villain he has staying power. His constant rivalry with Jack is easily one of the best aspects of the franchise. I especially love whoever decided Barbossa should name his monkey Jack.


Charles Vane

Black Sails' Just Unleashed Charles Vane and Introduced Treasure Island
Inverse

Not going to lie I could never really get into Black Sails. Don’t come at me in the comment section. I love pirates and even though the show is pretty historically accurate I couldn’t quite get past the slow pace or the amount of male gaze. But the one thing I really loved was Charles Vane. He’s a terrifying, badass swaggering pirate captain and I’m here for it. The real Charles Vane was even more unhinged. Seriously, Google him. They humanized him a little for the show, which honestly was a relief. Again, seriously Google him.


Pennywise

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Filmweb

Pennywise from IT is terrifying. He checks all the boxes. Great aesthetic, great acting and most importantly he’s a deranged clown who eats children. Terrible sequel not withstanding he’s one of my favorite on-screen villains.


T-Rex

Why This Awesome T-Rex Scene Was Cut From Jurassic Park
Looper

The T-Rex from the original Jurassic Park is just good fun. I am still seeing the classic car scene for the first time as a kid. There’s something about the way the ground trembles and the solid build-up before chaos is unleashed that’s memorable. Speaking of memorable, let’s not forget about the guy who got eaten while cowering on the toilet. By the way, why did so many of our parents let us watch Jurassic Park as kids?


Magneto

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The Wrap

Magneto from the X-men is another one of those villains that just have style. I also like that he has his own code of another and genuinely believes he is doing what’s best for his people. Magneto’s goal of seeking justice and safety for mutants isn’t wrong. He makes a lot of sense, but just because he isn’t wrong doesn’t mean he’s right either. He’s a great example of “the ends justify the means” kind of villain done well.


There are a lot of great villains out there and a good villain can make or break any story. Leave a comment and tell me who your favorite villain is.