Cobratongue University: Summer Daze and Crimson Nights {Canon Short Story}

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Introduction Hey bats! Recently, a short story I wrote got accepted into an anthology. I wrote this one as well, and since it didn't get placed anywhere, wanted to share it! It's a perfect time to post, since it's the middle of summer in my area (and would be in…

Romance – Are my “Ships” too obvious? Hm… nah.

Credit to this artist for this lovely piece of Jasper x Luna! Well, maybe they are. But that's okay. It's intentional. You see, I have a 'hot' take that's quite hot, if you know what I mean. It's okay for ships to be obvious. Sure, the payout might not be as strong as the 'resolved…

Des M. Astor’s 100th BLOG POST! What were the most popular posts? What posts should have gotten more love?

The character art shown here of my avatar is by Gynesisx! Hey folks! I'm pleased to say that this blog has hit 100 posts. I started to post more last summer, trying to schedule something to go out once per week on Saturdays, at least. I've kept to that schedule well, and today I've hit…

BOOKS WITH A BITE: “A Cure for Humanity” by A.L. Haringrey (Book Blog Post!)

For more information on this blog, click here! Today's Feature: A Cure for Humanity by A.L. Haringrey A.L. Haringrey is an urban fantasy vampire author that I have the pleasure of reading and blogging about for the month of April! Her vampire lore has similarities to mine, which I found fascinating and really exciting. I…

5 Ideas for Redeeming a Villain and turning them into an ANTIHERO!

Art credit of Robert Smoke here! I absolutely love antiheroes, and it's a trope I consistently use in every novel I write. There's just something about bad guys double crossing other bad guys and joining the heroes that I adore. This can also go hand-in-hand with the enemies-to-lovers ship, another one that I adore. In…

Horror Discussion: Should you Show the Monster?

Image credit here! A heavy discussion point in the horror genre is whether or not to show the monster. I know many people say it's better not to see it, but I personally disagree. Granted, a badly-made monster is better left unseen, but that would be something I'd count as a major flaw in your…

5 Ideas for Creating Magical Diseases/Curses

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect a lot of people, which can be expressed in creative elements like writing. A good plot point could be utilizing diseases like this to tell a story and send a message, be it how your characters would respond to such a disease, or how society does so as a…

HORROR NARRATION: I’m growing my channel! Support is super LOVED! SCP & Backrooms Content GALORE!

That's right! I'm back to narrating horror stories, but this time I'm hopping into popular stuff like Backrooms lore content and SCP narrations. I plan on tossing my own little flare into my videos, and my character (art by the amazing gynesis) will have her own unique backstory. I'll give some fun fact here in…

BUILD A CREATURE: 5 Things to Keep in Mind while Building Monsters in Writing

Art credit here One of my all time favorite things about world building is creating monsters! I typically grab a mythical creature and modify it into something that's mine, like what I did with my living vampires, but today I wanted to talk about creating an entirely new monster with no basis in mythology. That's…

Genre Blending: How I blend Fantasy & Sci-fi in my works

Image credit here! I am someone who adores fantasy and never really thought of myself as a sci-fi author, but the truth is, I'm both. As seen in Deep Dive on Sci-fi, people commonly think of aliens, space, and innovation when it comes to the genre. My series doesn't have any space theme, really, but…