The Sims 4 Toddlers

Since The Sims is a life simulation game, a large part of the previous iterations was watching a Sim grow throughout their life… and one of the biggest disappointments fans of the Sims got when The Sims 4 first came out was the lack of the toddler life stage. Young Sims would skip from being a baby to a young child that went to school, did homework, started working on their life skills, and were fairly independent. The lack of helping young Sim family members learn life skills has been something Sims fans have being asking for a long time and, after a lot ofRead 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 →

Has TBBT Run Its Course

Earlier this year, Regina and I commented that The Big Bang Theory may have run its course. Truth be told, I hadn’t seen any of season 10, so, like a good scientist, I got caught up so I could consider all the evidence. Spoilers This article discusses all current episodes of TBBT (as of 12/29/2016). If you’re trying to decide if you should keep watching TBBT, skip to the summary. Beginnings Raj, Leonard, Howard, and Sheldon started as friends and co-workers with a multitude of shared interests. Each is highly intelligent with aspiring life goals like… being able to talk in the presence of aRead 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 →

heroes

This week on Good Words, Even and I discuss Heroes and Villains. These terms are used quite a bit when discussing literature and stories; we’ve discussed villains we hate to love and love to hate at great length in a recent hangout. Some examples from this episode include characters from Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. Current trends in storytelling call for very complex play with good versus bad. Our discussion this week delves a little deeper into how to create good heroes and villains. It is so important for well-crafted characters to have an internal consistency that the reader can understand and objectivelyRead More →

protagonists

Good Words Discusses Protagonists and Antagonists As part of our first series on character, Evan and I discuss protagonists and antagonists in this week’s episode. I’m sure you’ve heard these words before; in fact, I am pretty sure I’ve used them on the show once or twice, or maybe even more. Here we discuss definitions and how these terms are used to define characters and to move along a story. Protagonist The main character of the story, often the hero, whose actions impact the plot and action in the story. Antagonist The character generally complicating the action or plot of the story. The antagonist oftenRead More →

peaceful

Life’s crazy. I get it. But remember that time-management illustration about putting the big rocks in the container before you put in the sand? Time to plan the the big stuff now and fill in the rest instead of letting the holidays get the better of you. This year you can get it right. Here are my twelve suggestions for insuring a calmer holiday season: Think about the reason for the season. If the holidays are rooted in religious meaning for you, make those the focus. Hanukkah starts December 24 this year, so you have some time. This site has some great suggestions. If AdventRead More →

protagonists

Introducing Good Words I am so excited to announce a super not so secret project I’ve been working on. New ambassador Evan Graham and I are launching a new series of videos about writing called “Good Words.” I’ll admit. This is a long time dream of mine to create a video series discussing writing and I am so pleased to be able to make it a reality with another amazing writer like Evan. Good Words will delve into all kinds of writing topics, from story driven issues like characters and plots to academic writing like thesis statements and effective arguments. The aim is for each segmentRead More →