• INSPIRATION

    Anansi

    So, we’ve established that American Gods is godpunk at its finest. Odin, or rather, Mr. Wednesday stokes the fires of war between the gods of the modern age and the gods of old. He hires the reluctant ex-convict, Shadow Moon as his bodyguard. Shadow is immediately thrust into the tumultuous world of the gods. One of the gods featured is Mr. Nancy (Anansi). He is the Trickster and the god of storytelling. In West African mythology, Anansi was son of the sky god Nyame and earth goddess, Asase Ya. Anansi brought fire, rain and stories to the world. Anansi is most often depicted as a Trickster. He is often depicted…

  • GUESTS

    The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

    by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing. Why do we use dialogue tags? The simple answer is that we use them to indicate who’s speaking. In visual media, such as movies or television, the viewer can easily tell who’s talking by lip movement and camera angles.…