• House, M. D.

    Why Irene Adler Is THE Most Annoying Character in Every Update of Sherlock Holmes, Ever

    by  • June 10, 2013 • House, M. D., Sherlock Holmes, TV, You are probably sorry you asked • 10 Comments

    (Even you, Elementary. Though I admit your circumstances are slightly different. BUT I WILL *NOT* SPOIL THEM, SO READ ON WITHOUT FEAR!) I love updates of Sherlock Holmes, but I have not yet encountered a single version of Irene Adler who does not make me want to punch the character in the face. For those...

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    10 Lessons I Learned About Writing Novels From Stories That Aren’t Books

    by  • January 20, 2013 • Dexter, Games, House, M. D., The Good Wife, Writing, You are probably sorry you asked • 2 Comments

    (But first… happy birthday, Grace! Yaaaaaay!) Almost every how-to writing book you can find advises would-be writers to read extensively. This is sound advice. Reading a lot of what you want to write helps you to understand it viscerally the same way doing lots of math problems is a different experience from having the...

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    Not *All* My Favourite Fictional Characters Are Jerkwads

    by  • August 19, 2012 • Films, House, M. D., Sherlock Holmes, The Good Wife • 0 Comments

    … but mostly, yeah, they still are. Also, I need to define “jerkwad,” because by the rules of storytelling, pretty much every fictional character in whom I have an interest is a jerkwad to someone. There’s an antagonist, and no matter how good our hero or heroine, sometimes sh*t gets real, you know? Doing...

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    Fanfiction, Part III: When Is Canon Not Like Canon?

    by  • May 23, 2010 • Harry Potter, House, M. D., Writing, You are probably sorry you asked • 2 Comments

    (Happy Victoria Day long weekend! And happy birthday, cousin M!) What does it mean to say a story is “like fanfiction”? The phrase is almost always used with derogatory intent. No one says a TV show, movie, or book is like fanfiction to highlight its attractive qualities, even though there are many excellent fanfiction...

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