Researching Villains

Disney Villain Swap

Part of my revisions for my manuscript involve doing more research on villains. Yes, apparently the villain in my novel isn’t developed enough, according to my critique partners, and they’re right.

So I’ve dug around on the internet to find info on the inner minds and psyche’s of our nation’s more recent sicko’s, including reading their personal blogs and websites. (I will leave the specific names of my research subjects out so I don’t get myself into too much trouble on here, but they’ve been plastered all over the national news).

Let me tell ya, if you ever need to do some research to find out how these villains’ minds work, just read their blogs or bio pages. Extremely warped!

Most of them try to excuse their ‘not that bad’ behavior on child hood nightmares, such as bad parents, abusive siblings, traumatic toddler stories, and even violent spouses, and on, and on, and on. There’s always an excuse, never accepting responsibility for their actions and blaming the entire scenario on someone else. And on every single page, they always show how great they are and how much people love them (and so should you, why don’t you love them? You must be crazy, because everyone else does). And the entire situation isn’t as bad as you think.

Really enlightening and scary at the same time!

These aren’t your serial killers, rapists, or sociopaths that you see depicted on old Law & Order episodes. These were supposedly normal, everyday people who ‘snapped.’ Some of them were parents, some of them were spouses, most of them were well-educated. Yet they were able to perform the most heinous acts, and still (to this very day) think there was nothing wrong with how they reacted. If their scenarios were played out again, they wouldn’t have changed their actions. The entire thing is freakin’ scary!

Be careful with your research, because you may not want to leave the house afterwards!


Literary Creativity Spreads- Part 2


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Update from last week’s post on my website.  It’s published!!!

Please visit the site I’ve created for my most wonderful and deserving writers group.

As always, it’s a work in progress, but so far it looks better than I anticipated.  GoDaddy‘s Website Builder isn’t as easy to navigate, but after 3 days of fiddling with it I got the hang of it.  There are still some features I wish I could incorporate that GoDaddy doesn’t provide, but I’ll see what I can find out from researching the web.

So, please visit the site, let me know what you think.  If you’re in the area and would like to join a fabulous writers group that provides fantastic critiques and support, join us! (Then you can see the coveted Members Only page!)

But either way, please let me know what you think of the site.

My Literary Creativity Spreads


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I’ve not accomplished much writing over the last week or so.  It irritates me that I have so much running through my mind to add to my stories, but I’m occupied with another creative area of my brain.  I’m creating a website.

Yep, as scary as that might be or strange as it sounds, I’m creating a multi-page website for the Writer’s Group I belong to.  We need to expand, and therefore need to have a more professional site with more capabilities than we’re currently utilizing.  And it was sad to realize I was the most technologically savvy member in our little writers group.

Here comes the frustrating part.  Despite the costs of purchasing a domain and the additional ‘widgets’ we need for our site, navigating the Website Builder that comes with the package we purchased is a step above Sanskrit.  I’ve spent over a week trying to figure out the ins and outs of this ‘Easy To Build’ program from GoDaddy.  I’m left with several conundrums on how to implement certain ‘widgets’ I’ve purchased into the site so its usable.  And every time I turn around, the site gives me an error message and I have to start all over again (including logging in).

But I’m slowly making progress.  Of the 5 pages on the website, 3 are finished.  The background and layout are beautiful and much more professional than I hoped for.  But then again, we all know the value in a website is the information it provides and the ease of use for its members.  Which is where I’m struggling (not the information part, but the ease of use).  I want it to be more interactive than it’s allowing.  And I’m unwilling to pay for more additional features that were supposed to come with it.

But I’m still impressed with how far I’ve gotten on so little experience.  With 2 pages left to finish I’m hoping it will take less than the week I’ve already spent.  Perhaps then my humble and small, yet most deserving writing group will have a website they can be proud of and make us more marketable.  And visible.

When it’s finally ready, this will be the first place I post the link to the newly released website that I’m sure I will be so proud of, just like my baby, and just like my manuscripts that are also waiting, begging, to be finished.