Monthly Archives : March 2017

Coach’s Corner: When Life Sucks You Back In Part 2

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Welcome to Coach’s Corner, where I offer some thoughts on the creative process and breaking through moments of self-doubt. In Part 1 of this series on when life sucks you back in, I talked about freeing ourselves when family and friends pull us away from our writing. There is a greater force that life uses to pull us away from our…

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Why Into the Badlands is So Good

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A world where guns have been banished and the Badlands are controlled by Barons and their armies known as Clippers. A diverse group of characters, including an Asian male lead and a complex female villain that I love. Kick-ass fighting scenes that include martial arts and swords. These are just a few reasons why you should watch AMC’s Into the…

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I Do Not Have Any Sense: A Review of Season One of Taboo

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Stop me if you’ve heard about this one. It’s a period piece. Historical London, not to put too fine a point on it. There’s a big cast with some big names attached, including a lead who primarily acts in movies. It’s moody and gorgeous and cinematic, and it promises mystery, macabre, and magic. What show are you thinking of? You’d…

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Too Close for Comfort: Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale

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This Month on Changing the Map Last year’s announcement that Hulu was remaking Margaret Atwood’s chilling tale of religious fundamentalism and female oppression couldn’t have been more timely. Her imagining of a takeover of the government and its impact on one powerless woman affected readers deeply when it was first published in 1986. Worryingly, elements of Atwood’s fantastical story are…

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My Favorite Things: Mad Scientists, Life Model Decoys, Horror Biographies, Episodic Board Games, and The Legend of Zelda

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re talking about dimension-hopping mad scientists, the latest installment in the Zelda video game franchise, a biography for one of the…

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Sound Off! Logan

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, we’ve welcomed the next generation of mutants to discuss Logan, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 3, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After…

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Terror As A Bonding Agent: Mira Grant’s Final Girls

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Do you have a relationship that you want to mend? Can’t be in the same room with your sister? On the verge of filing divorce papers? Not speaking to your mother? Most importantly, has traditional therapy failed you, time and again? Dr. Jennifer Webb of the Webb Virtual Therapy Institute has the cure for what ails you! Allow Dr. Webb…

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My Favorite Things: Alien Languages, Superhero TV, Vertical Urbanism, and 80s Faerie Tales

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about AMAZING episodes of superhero television shows, thought provoking alien languages, visiting the skyscrapers of future Manhattan, and…

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