With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and beta read as a freelancer for a few years with some published stories and poems of my own. You can learn more about me at thewritersscrapbin.com.
My White Whale
My mom likes to say that she and I have the gift of BS. Give us the worst, most barren topic, and we’ll still be able to eke out a surprisingly substantial and meaningful response. It comes in handy when you’re stuck making idle chit-chat on a customer service line or forced talking with the great aunt you’ve avoided the entire family dinner. Of course, since I was an English major, this skill has been a lifesaver with essays. It even won me a place in my university’s annual anthology with an essay about a book I dislike. I even wrote it while suffering from a migraine attack (and if you don’t know just how much of a miracle that is, I envy you).
Academic/Essay Writing: A Creative Act
It's May, the time of year when at least American students at all levels have their eyes set on summer with their last weeks of school still to be conquered. For many, that means taking on the oft-dreaded final essay. The research, the organizing, writing enough to reach that minimum page or word requirement (or, if you're a windbag like I am, cutting it down when there's a maximum), school-required academic/essay writing can be overwhelming. It can also be invigorating if you enjoy the subject. You might not even want to leave your academic/essay writing behind in the classroom.
Disney's Frozen Through the Eyes of GAD
This analysis is based solely on the film Frozen (2013) with no influence from its sequel, Frozen II (2019). The Walt Disney Corporation has been at the heart of a lot controversy and criticism lately. As a diehard Disney fan, even I have been furious with the company for multiple reasons. However, that does not negate the power of its franchises or the influence that its characters have on both children and adults alike. Children dress as their favorite Disney characters for Halloween. Adults share their favorite Disney movies and TV shows with their children. In America, if not most first-world countries, the ultimate family vacation involves some form of Disney attraction such as one of the theme parks or a cruise. On a cultural and psychology level, though, the company’s greatest influence stems from the complex socio-psycho-cultural themes that can be eked out of Disney films.
Writers on Writing: Anne Rice
On December 11, 2021, the world lost a truly great author and human being: Anne Rice. For those who don’t know, Anne Rice is a popular author best known for The Vampire Chronicles and the iconic Lestat, known lovingly by fans as the “Brat Prince.” She also wrote The Witching Hour and other books about the Mayfair Witches, The Wolf Gift Chronicles, the Sleeping Beauty erotica series, and Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, on which the 2016 film The Young Messiah is based. She is also the mother of another author, Christopher Rice.