harry potter house

Come on, admit it. You’ve taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It’s a great geeky time killer at the very least. This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them. For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki):Read More →

symbols

Fear not, writing and literary fans! Good Words returns and we tackle Symbols and Metaphors. My apologies for the delay in continuing the series. The demands on my time this semester have been more intense because of my course load and have kept me away from my computer. Thankfully, summer is on the horizon and a lighter workload for me. But! This episode is wonderful. Evan and I take on these two concepts and give some great definitions and examples. Symbols / Symbology An image or object that represents a larger, more abstract idea. Metaphor From Merriam Webster:  a figure of speech in which a wordRead More →

guilty

It’s that time again! For March, our staff are getting together to discuss guilty pleasures for our live hangout. What makes something you enjoy a guilty pleasure? Tune in to hear us discuss this very question. We will share our favorite TV shows, movies, books, games, and food. There might also be a disagreement over what makes something a guilty pleasure… Tune in live at 2pm pacific Sunday, March 26th and find out what I mean. Live on YouTube! Click on the link and we can read your comments as we chat. Until next time, get your geek on! Regina, Isabela, Mark, and Julie  Read More →

Deadpool

Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one.  My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post.  The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years.  My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film.  But then people starting challenging me.  What about RDJ?  Ryan Reynolds?  Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years.  Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?Read More →

capes baskets

Capes & Baskets: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Superheroes Were you unable to attend Geek Girl Con or Wizard World in Portland, Oregon? Have you always wanted to see The Geek Embassy’s ambassadors in action? Well, now is your chance! For our recent presentation in Portland, I was able to record our panel on my phone on a mini tripod recommended by a photographer friend of the show, Andrew. The sound isn’t great but I think you can hear each of us well enough. Isabela is the faintest since she is farthest from the mic. I truly adore this presentation. It represents theRead More →

imagery

Imagery Good Words returns with a new series: Literary Devices, the approaches our favorite authors use to bring our favorite worlds to life. Literary devices range far and wide. Often times we hear these terms used in casual conversation without a complete understanding of the definitions or purpose. With this series, we aim to help shed some light on what your favorite authors are doing while they create your favorite works and to help you understand as a writer the importance of these approaches. We first discuss Imagery or how we see, hear, and feel the literature we experience. Imagery:  so often overlooked even thoughRead More →

relationships

Relationships Those we love, those we wish for, and those we mourn. For our February hangout, we discuss relationships. We talk about canon couples: those fictional couples who set the bar for love and romantic gestures. But we’ve talked about those geeky relationship moments before so to spice this up we threw in our favorite doomed couples and our favorite “ships” or relationships we wish for, AKA “fanon.” We’ve got some crazy matches in store for you and some sad couples who either had tragic ends or tragically ended their shows because they ended up together. (Writers: don’t kill the sexual tension! It really ends things!)Read More →

stereotype

Stereotype, Stock, & Side Characters This week, Evan and I take on the ambitious task of discussing three character types the final episode of the Good Words character series: Stereotype, Stock, and Side characters. These character types face critique when they are overused and too heavily relied on by authors. We define each character and discuss the ways to use them effectively and break out of some overused character tropes. Stereotype: a generalized character based on little experience or direct knowledge. We discuss ways to address using known characteristics and changing them up to avoid this writing pitfall. Stock: a typical character often seen in literatureRead More →

round

Round and flat, static and dynamic. What are we talking about here, shapes and textures? Nope! We are discussing characters and how some grow and change (round and dynamic) and some don’t (flat and static). It can sound even from this short description like round and dynamic characters are better than flat and static characters. In many ways, that is is true; we generally relate to round characters more as it is often easier to identify with characters where we see growth and movement. You can see this in the discussion Evan and I have covering this topic. It was so much easier for theRead More →

antihero

Antiheroes and Antivillains. One of these terms I’m sure you’ve heard before. We’ve discussed antiheroes many times in the podcasts and hangouts we’ve recorded over the years. But what about the other term, antivillains? Before this discussion, I had never come across the term “antivillain” before Evan brought it up for this discussion. It’s a turn phrase that I really love.  Playing with literary terms and meanings is one of the reasons I love studying literature and storytelling. Often, it’s in the turning upside down of expectations where we learn the most about our favorite stories and characters. Antihero Antiheroes are often missing the traditionalRead More →