Writing Tips: Multiple Storylines

Yup, you read the title right: Multiple storylines. But who, you ask, likes storylines enough to write more than one? 

I, for one, have always hated writing storylines. If I was going to write, I was going to write my story, not a storyline; I could figure it out myself. Unfortunately, I stuck with that belief for a loooong time, which is exactly why none of my stories ever got finished. I am the type of person who has very distracted and unorganized thoughts and hundreds of little plots … and who knew I’d be writing more than one storyline one day (and not going crazy)?pencil_paperRead More »


Michael’s Movie Mentions: James Horner – 1953-2015

On June 22, 2015, renowned film composer James Horner died from a plane crash at age 61. James Horner was one of the most prolific film composers of the modern era, regarded by The Guardian as “one of the most successful and admired composers of film soundtracks in Hollywood.” Among his many scores are those of Avatar, Braveheart, Apollo 13, and Titanic. He was known for combinations of choral and electronic components, and his dramatic, sweeping orchestral compositions; particularly, those of Braveheart, Titanic, and Avatar.

He collaborated with director James Cameron for the films Titanic and Avatar, both of which are currently the two top highest-grossing movies of all time, while his music album for Titanic is one of the best selling albums of all time.Read More »

Film Scores: John Williams Composing for Star Wars Episode VII

That’s right, folks! Set to be released on December 18, 2015 (come on, December!), Star Wars Episode VII will not only have Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford acting, but also John Williams composing, with, of course, the London Symphony Orchestra (the best I know of). After all, Star Wars sure wouldn’t be Star Wars without Williams putting the emotion into the film, and I’m positive that there are quite a few people who would agree with me heartily on that. For me, I like Star Wars partly because of the composer and music.Read More »

Fundraisers: Help the Heath Family Beat Lyme Disease!

The Heaths are our close friends and four out of five of them are diagnosed with Lyme disease. The people with the worst symptoms are my very good friend Hannah and her dad, Mr. Heath, and are both in a lot of pain every day. They are an amazing family and it seems that they don’t deserve to have this happen to them, but everything that happens in this life, God is working out for good, though we do not understand. We are all constantly praying for them. This summer Mr. and Mrs. Heath and Hannah are going to a treatment center for Lyme Disease in Kansas, where they will undergo treatment for two weeks. This fundraiser is to help them raise money to go (it takes a ridiculous amount of money …). Please check out this link – http://www.youcaring.com/joe-melissa-and-hannah-heath-373981 and consider putting in some money towards their trip, even just a little bit. Small amounts do count and it all adds up. Thank you! 

The Book and Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon with A Discussion on Dragons

I’m sure most of you have seen the How to Train Your Dragon movies. But how many of you have read the book How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, translated from the old Norse by Cressida Cowell? Yeah, I didn’t know it was a book either until a while ago, when I saw it on display at Barnes and Noble. It is the first in a series of at least ten books. I decided to give it a try and write up a post comparing and contrasting the book and movie. Off to the library.

The Book and Movie Review How to Train Your Dragon {With a Discussion on Dragons} - Tea with TumnusRead More »

Characters and Actors: R. I. P. Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

Five days ago on June 7, 2015 at 8:30 A.M., renowned movie actor Christopher Lee passed away at the ripe old age of 93 years from heart failure. Many of us know him as the villain from the epics Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Star Wars, and Dracula, and played in 206 films in his acting career including a couple Sherlock Holmes films, The Three Musketeers, Spielburg’s 1941, 1979’s Captain America II, 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Hugo as well as six of Tim Burton’s films. He set the record for the most films with a swordfight by an actor. He is also the oldest video game voice actor and was a heavy metal vocalist (who would have thought?).Read More »

Recipes: Hannah Heath’s Cottleston Pie

Hannah Heath is the author of a yet-to-be-published YA fantasy series, a blogger, a good friend of mine, and an awesome person overall. (Her name is a link to her blog.) On her blog, she posts stuff on writing tips, her writing, and her life as a Lymie (she has Lyme disease). She also posts her own recipes from books, imitations of the different kinds of food that the characters from that book ate. One of my favorite recipes of hers that I tried is Cottleston Pie from Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.Read More »