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An interesting thing has come to my attention. People have started following writers like they would follow a favorite actor, director, or musician. It makes sense, of course. Writers are the people who create the story, and when you find someone who can be trusted to do that, it makes a person want to watch everything that the writer has written.

It’s about time that people start following the writers. They usually get buried in the back of people’s consciousness. But now, writers have a reputation among the fans. Are writers going to be the new faces of our favorite stories? Will they come out from behind the scenes for their adoring fans?

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The challenge is bigger on the inside. But many have become companions and gone on to become Doctor’s themselves.

Steven Moffat started as an occasional writer, bringing us breathtaking episodes like “The Empty Child” (meet Captain Jack and the creepy gas mask kids), “The Girl in the Fireplace” (which has had Who fans begging for more Sophia Myles), and “Blink” (the hallmark Weeping Angels introduction). When Matt Smith joined us as the 11th Doctor, Steven Moffat was coming on board behind the scenes as showrunner.

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Oscar season is upon us! For most people, that means next to nothing. And for geeky filmmakers like us Timid Monster folks, it means less. Why? Because some of our favorite movies are never honored!

Okay, I take that back. They’re honored. Usually in categories like Costume Design, Make-Up and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Visual Effects. Unless period dramas take over for the year. (Like this year.)

I think the Golden Globes has a good thing going… a Drama category and a Comedy/Musical category. So why not a Sci-Fi/Fantasy category? Heck, why don’t we just take over a few of the leading categories for a second? It wasn’t the most “golden” of years, but let’s have some fun! Scribble your picks in the comments. Here are mine…

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Have you ever worked and worked and worked on a project, only to hit a dead-end? I have. More than once. There’s nothing more frustrating than  investing huge amounts of time and effort into an idea, only to discover you don’t know what the characters and plot want.

There’s a million tips and tricks out there, but what I’ve discovered recently addresses the problem at its root: often the quality of your writing is negatively affected by your attitude. That’s not a major revelation, sure, but I think you’ll be surprised at how I learned this.

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There are so many vampires in our culture right now that I can’t even keep track. However, pre-Twilight frenzy, there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of the better vampire stories out there. The genius creator Joss Whedon is a master mind at creating characters that we all fall in love with, and it always keep us coming back for more.

His vampires are no less complex than the humans in this series, and all the Buffy fans have participated in the debate for the past several years about which vampire was superior: Spike or Angel? Let’s take a look at them both up close and settle this debate once and for all.

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Remember how much fun Raiders of the Lost Ark was, and then how in the sequel people’s hearts were ripped from their chests before being lowered into a pit of fire? Yeah, those were good times. And then remember how campy A New Hope was, only to be followed by Han Solo being tortured and frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back?

What’s with sequels going all dark and violent? Can we expect a similar treatment of Avengers 2? Continue Reading…

I have been a fan of Joss Whedon for a while, and it has come to my attention that a lot of people haven’t known much about his work until his recent success with The Avengers. While I absolutely loved his work in the movie, it kind of makes me sad that some people only know him for that when he has done so much more amazing projects worth mentioning.

Some people may notice that The Avengers was above and beyond the usual super hero movie, but unless you’re a geek like me, you might not go home and think about that for days and try to pick apart every nuance of it. So here are a few reasons I came up with why this director surpasses many others. Continue Reading…

Just to make it clear, this is not a review. If you want a review of The Avengers, I suggest you visit my friends John Boggs or Jessica Powers. Both have written much better reviews than I could have. Plus, I think reviews are boring.

No. I want to waste part of your day with an observation I had about all these stupid super-hero movies the studios are cranking out. Rachel already wrote about such nonsense here, but my blog posts are cooler so I’m gonna write my own. Continue Reading…