TVTropes: The Power of the Wiki Walk

TV Tropes

Today I want to talk about a well-known resource for writers and fans of TV alike: TVTropes.org. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s impossible to deny the addictive power of this website, which makes use of the hyperlink-saturated style that has made Wikipedia infamous for drawing users knee-deep into Polynesian mythology when all they wanted to know was the name of that one actor in that one movie. The layout itself is what gives TVTropes its power to spark creative thought–if you use it correctly, that is. Continue reading

TV and Digital Scholarship: A Perfect Fit

I have a love-hate relationship (as I do with a good many things) with the conversation on the legitimacy of digital scholarship. On the one hand, I’m all for innovative forms of scholarly activity (I’m a Kindle-toting pro-tech who’d rather write a TV pilot script than the Great American Novel, so that’s kind of a given). On the other hand, though, I feel like the whole topic is at an uncomfortable place right now; the way I see it, it’s inevitable that digital scholarship is going to become more and more accepted, so there’s not much to do right now except rail self-righteously against the Luddites who oppose it…you know, wherever the Luddites have gotten to at this point if they haven’t gotten on board with the whole inevitability thing. Continue reading

My Top Five Lessons from the First Week of Camp NaNoWriMo

We’re coming to the end of the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo, and although some days have been better than others and there are always those inevitable moments when I feel like I should just give up, I feel like I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start. The project I’m working on, by the way, is a Once Upon a Time episode entitled “Ghosts of the Past” (you can check out the details on my camper profile here).

My classmates expressed an interest in me talking a little more about NaNoWriMo on the blog, and while I don’t think this is an appropriate place for me to write about every negative thought and bout of self-deprecation that comes up over the month (that’s what Tumblr is for), I did think that this would be a good time to look back on this first week and reflect on a few of my experiences and what I’ve learned from them. That being said, here are the top five lessons I’ve learned during the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming!

Spring is on the way. Here in Texas, that means the weather is ping-ponging back and forth from 70 and sunny to 40 and stormy on a semi-daily basis. Should I wear basketball shorts and a T-shirt when I go out or would it be better to make it a sweater and a heavy coat? I don’t know. It’s impossible to tell.

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But more importantly for us writers, the impending arrival of spring also heralds the impending arrival of the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo. What is Camp NaNoWriMo, you may ask? Well, before I try to explain it to you, I’d better tell you what NaNoWriMo is. Continue reading