She's a banshee screaming, sugar-starved monster, and her zookeeper has left you all alone with her.
That's what's running through twenty-nine-year-old Henry Dalton's mind, when his five-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca, enters the room and utters these fatal words. "Where's Mommy?" Review:
This is a touching story about two people in need of love and forming an unlikely family. Henry Dalton, the protagonist, is your very typical bachelor that has absolutely no interest in having a family. He's just "a guy" that wants to date Rebecca's mom.
The circumstances of Dalton taking on Rebecca as his charge border on unrealistic by how fast everything occurs. I felt like more time could have been spent exploring Rebecca's mother. It wouldn't necessarily change the result of the story but perhaps add more emotional depth to the events that follow.
Still, the story has a good pace to it. I enjoyed seeing Dalton's progressio…
There is a "Netflix Original" tv series called Marco Polo. I'm a sucker for historical shows, especially if they feature martial arts. Since this show had both I couldn't resist!
As a short story writer, I really love this day and age we live in with TV series. I love how so many of them now tell sprawling tales with complex character development serial style. This style of storytelling is something that short story readers have known about since forever but only now does it seem to really be hitting the mainstream media.
Marco Polo took that serial style one step further by creating a spin off short film (about 30 minutes long) that told the backstory of one of the reoccurring side characters, One Hundred Eyes. In the series, One Hundred Eyes is the kick butt martial arts master. What makes him even more hard core is that he's blind. Nothing is cooler than a blind kung fu master who can hear the enemy coming from a mile awhile. The short spin off film ex…
My "real life" work has changed slightly. I took on a new position (in addition to doing the jobs of my old one). Overall, this has been a good thing. It was a career move and I welcome the opportunities this new position will open up for me.
But as with all life changes it has forced me to rebalance other areas of my life, which includes writing. I have become less and less focused on the business of writing and more viewing it as I used to view it before I got into publishing: as a hobby. While I do suffer from the occasional pang of regret from not being able to publish as often as I used to, I have found that my enjoyment of writing and just my general free time has increased.
This has made me reassess what it was/is that actually makes writing fun for me. I've come up with a list:
I enjoy getting lost in the world I've created.I enjoy drawing story inspiration from daily experiences.I enjoy thinking about the story I'm writing and contemplating plot cha…