My posts have been slacking this past week.😪 I unfortunately broke me right arm and of course I’m a righty. Typing has become a task to say the least. And to complicate things, even more, my editing feedback starts rolling in in a week and a half. So please forgive me for my absence until this downtime and healing is complete. Have great Friday everyone.
“Have you ever thought about killing yourself?”
Tommy was thinking quick as he tried to analyze the situation. He wanted to fit in with these people, so every answer carried a certain amount of weight. Continue reading →
As readers, we want our villains to be scary, horrific, and unstoppable. At least I do. So how as a writer do you go about creating that iconic villain that has your readers turning on the lights and checking behind the doors?
The article and video below will give you a basic layout to crafting your scary villain and help you add depth to them that will keep your readers shivering under the blankets.
Unless you are a counselor or have personal experience with addiction, writing a character with an addiction requires some research. Which questions should you ask yourself and what aspects of addiction do you need to focus on? The article below lays out a template of poignant questions you should address before you begin to write. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
A bad start to your story can be devastating for your book. What are the top no-nos to avoid when trying to entice your readers to delve into your book? The list below will keep you on the right track and allow you to pull people into your novel.
Misleading your readers is one of the most powerful tools a writer has. Though there are many ways to do this, one of the most effective is the red herring. What is a red herring, you ask? The article and video below will have you misdirecting your readers like a pro in no time. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
I came across this creature the other day and decided it was truly a strange example of possible cryptids out there in the unknown. What’s your take on the supposed video shot around the waters of Antarctica? Do you have any legends or myths of creatures lurking in your part of the world?
The realm of the ocean is so unexplored that it almost makes sense that some rumored, but yet unseen, creatures may call this strange blue world home. One of these rumored creatures to exist in the great depths of the ocean is the Ningen. The being is huge, stark white, and vaguely humanoid (in fact, the Japanese characters that represent Ningen means humanoid: 人間).
It was first allegedly spotted by a group of Japanese fishermen who were in the Arctic around 2007. Since then, it has only been sporadically seen and reported although it is becoming more and more well known. They seem to largely populate the icy and distant waters of Antarctica.
As mentioned above they are quite large, some reports saying up to 30 meters although some reports have been smaller. They are also a bright and obvious white, which attracts the human eye. In addition to their size and color, they are also quite humanoid. They have what appears to be a human-head-shaped head, as well as a short and thick neck. The Ningen also seems to have shoulders and two large, long and perhaps unjointed arms.
The arms typically end in long fins that are reminiscent of hands, and some reports go as far as to say they have five fingers on the hand (which would seem to be a not very good advantage for swimming and swift movement). These are the main humanoid features, as it appears its torso and rest of its body ends in a tapering body ending in a fin.
In regards to the fact, although it appears human-like, it is flat and smooth and doesn’t seem to have any discernible features besides two very large eyes (which are typically linked to creatures who inhabit the deep ocean) and a long, thin slit for a mouth.
Although it is shocking that something this big could go unnoticed or unremarked, one should consider the giant squid. The first images ever of giant live squid were discovered by researchers in Japan in 2004, and the first live squid found was not brought to the surface until 2006.
Is it possible this strange Ningen isn’t a new creature, but a different kind of giant squid or a deformed giant squid? Like the Ningen, Giant Squids are quite elusive, have massive eyes, barely ever break the surface, have massive bodies, and carcasses of giant squids have been found in all of the world’s oceans, even the Antarctic. In fact, there a specific squid that is called the ‘Colossal’ Squid (M. hamiltoni) that has been found in the Antarctic and the largest specimen ever caught, also the largest cephalopod ever caught alive was also in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic.
Other theories believe that the Ningen may be simple pareidolia, which is the perception of recognizable shapes in a random pattern. Perhaps the Ningen sightings are a result of human-shaped icebergs?
Or, is there a brand new creature that looks strangely human-like trolling the deep?