Hey, folks! Here’s my second blog tour stop of this week, where I talk about the difference between the Hero’s Journey and the Heroine’s Journey. A reminder that I’ll be posting original content less frequently on this blog while I’m on tour, so if you want to catch my thoughts, please visit my hosts and leave a comment!

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Blogtour Stops!

Hey everyone! Checking in to let you know the blog tour for Daughter of Madness starts tomorrow! Here is the link to the schedule, and also check out that banner made by Goddess Fish Promotions, which is pretty sweet in my humble opinion.

The itinerary. I’ll be crossposting links to these as they go live.

May 21: Mythical Books
May 21: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
May 28: Christine Young
May 28: Fabulous and Brunette
June 4: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
June 11: Long and Short Reviews
June 18: Kit ‘N Kabookle
June 25: Sharing Links and Wisdom
June 25: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
July 9: Writers and Authors
July 9: T’s Stuff
July 16: BooksChatter

Very excited!

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Marvel’s Infinite War, Part 2

This blogpost finishes up my analysis of Infinity War, previously started last week. Here we’ll be taking a look at the stakes and the level of uncertainty in the film. Let’s proceed.

In the last blogpost, I talked mostly about characterization that needed to be beefed up to have made Infinity War connect for me. I also outlined the following lovely list of things that made me really check out of the movie. The list included:

  1. Emotional engagement, defined as connection to the characters and investment in what happens to them.
  2. Believability or digestibility of the stakes.
  3. Uncertainty in what would happen.

SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity War, if you haven’t guessed.

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Marvel’s Infinite War Part 1

I finally got around to seeing Avengers: Infinity War. This movie is the latest Marvel installment in their current franchise reboot. They’ve done some really fun and amazing ones recently, but there have also been some major flops for me, including Dr. Strange and Guardians 2. For me, Infinity War fell closer to these two movies emotionally than it did to some of the best recent films (Black Panther and Ragnarok, I’m looking at you). I want to unpack that because anytime I don’t connect with something that otherwise is not a total trainwreck, I like to understand why as a writer so that I can watch for similar mistakes in my own creations. My conclusion about Infinity War is that multi-faceted and mostly to do with the difficulty of trying to handle all of the various characters and plot threads they were putting together. Let’s dive in.

(Spoilers for Infinity War and possibly other Marvel movies.)

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Free excerpt and general updates!

We’ve got some cool things coming down the pike, my brain is melted, and also I’ve read a bunch somehow? It’s been a wild week of writing, or two weeks now I guess since we’re in May.

Some housekeeping, first. I’ll be doing a blog tour coming up (dates and places will be announced as soon as I know) and so, as mentioned, this blog will be less active during that time. The blog tour is 8 weeks, so I’m not going away entirely, but my posts may be something like “hey, checking in, also I’ll be over here soon!” You have been warned, apologies in advance, etc.

Like I said, I’ll do another post soon with more details.

In other news, I’ve finished eARCs of Daughter of Madness. They are out in the world! I’ve also got a freebie excerpt of the first five chapters of the book! You can get it here. The ebook, when it comes out, will be an Amazon exclusive for the first few months, but there will be print books as well for those who are not Kindle readers.

While we’re gearing up, Mother of Creation is finally only $1.99. So get that if you haven’t, prices will go back up in June. The series link is here.

I still have no idea what I’m doing release day except drinking as many beers as I want.

Though I’ve been basically eating, sleeping, breathing, etc, this book, I have gotten a few minutes to read here and there! And watch some fun shows. Some recent favorite shows include The Good Place, a delightful comedy about dying, and Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits, a cute slice of life romance with a demon ogre! Hands down favorite read recently has been Space Opera by Catherynne Valente, who is a phenomenal writer. I hope I can be as good as her some day. Read this book to laugh maniacally and sob uncontrollably by turns. Seriously, your partner and other cohabitants will make a concerned face.

That’s all I’ve got this week! I have some fun posts in the brainpan churning around, but the brainpan is tapped dry this week so this will have to do.

Updates to come!

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