Welcome to Story Stuff. I love stories. All kinds of stories. Novels, short stories, comic books, movies, TV shows, radio dramas and podcasts, plays, storytelling, and probably some others I have forgotten. I make my living with stories - as a storyteller, a director, a writer. And I love talking about stories. That's what this … Continue reading
A hero doomed by being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
The only reason to use Wanda is for the shock value of “Wanda is the Villain!”
Die Another Day, Harry Potter!
Most of the time, the creators are really making a sequel...
I could not help feeling disloyal in giving up the Titans.
It was with some trepidation, that I picked up The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins’ prequel to The Hunger Games.
Every year, as I sat down to write, I could feel Santa’s presence come close.
(Spoiler Warning: I discuss the film Scaramouche in the this post and give away key plot points, including the ending. Read at you own risk.) Sometimes you discover interesting things when doing your homework. I recently took a stage combat class in small sword, the dueling sword of the 18th century. One week, our homework … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need a Do-Over
The penstemons are blooming in my garden. These plants are three to four feet tall, topped with spikes of lavender flowers, each shaped like a long, thin snapdragon blossom. They were in full bloom today, and perhaps because it was a still and humid day, the flowers attracted a wide array of insects. … Continue reading The Fable of the Bees and the Mantis
The risk of reading historical novels is that sometimes, instead of meeting people from the past we run into modern characters dressed in funny clothes play-acting medieval (or Renaissance, or Roman, or whenever.) That’s the problem I recently had with Crossed, the tale of the Fourth Crusade written by Nicole Galland. While I enjoyed the … Continue reading Crossing the Medieval and Modern