Unpopular Opinion: Some Pop Culture References in Contemporary Fantasy are Okay

Image credit here This one might be a controversial opinion with regard to writing, but I feel it needs to be said. A definition of 'contemporary' is: "belonging to or occurring in the present." While you can sprinkle your world with vague references, directly talking about a piece of pop culture is perfectly fine. I…

From a Norse Mythology Fan – No, White Supremacists & Neo Nazis, you can’t have our culture, but you CAN fuck the hell right off.

Photo credit here Greetings everyone, today I'm going to write one of my most abrasive articles since starting this blog, because honestly, it needs to be said. As someone who would like to take pride in my Nordic background and share it with everyone interested, there's an elephant in the room we need to address.…

Stripping “Sexy” – The problem with removing scantily clad women versus adding men/modesty.

Image by lisa runnels from Pixabay It's no secret that I support women for wearing what they wish, including skimpy clothing, while I don't tend to do so myself. We need to support each other, after all, and sadly there's been a puritan ideology rising up again. The decision by Tumblr, for example, a while…

The Problem with “Virgins” & “Purity” in myth/stories

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I present to you, upon entering this article, the bleached version of a pigeon. Or, as some know them, doves. Not the soap company, not the chocolate company, but the bird that supposedly represents 'purity', which is, plainly put, a ridiculous notion. This article will ruffle some feathers for…

Self-Publishing is just as Valuable as Traditional Work

This should be a given, and I really should not have to say it. Naturally, people will accuse me of bias here, being a self-published author, but I should have a voice in this as well. Self-publishing is an avenue for people to not write 'to the meta', and for diverse authors to get their…