Author Archives: Kenton Kilgore

“infinity war” is hell

*mild spoilers ahead* If you’re looking for a light-hearted superhero romp, I suggest you hold out for Deadpool 2, debuting in May, or–for more family-friendly fun–Ant-Man and the Wasp, coming later this summer. Avengers: Infinity War is not “light-hearted.”  It … Continue reading

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the best thing ‘bout BTO…

…had nothing to do with the two seminars I conducted. But let me back up a smidge.  Bay to Ocean is a one-day writers conference held by the Eastern Shore Writers Association every March.  BTO has been going strong for 21 … Continue reading

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yes, i do give a @#&%

I didn’t mean for her to say it.  It’s not my style.  Nevertheless, toward the end of This Wasted Land, the young adult dark fantasy novel I’m writing, Our Feisty Teenage Heroine Alyx drops the “f-bomb” for the first time.  Then … Continue reading

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actually, “kids these days” can be awesome

People sometimes talk crap about today’s teenagers.  You ask your typical Baby Boomer (my folks’ generation) or typical Gen Xer (mine) what they think about “kids these days,” and you might get something like: “They don’t know how easy they … Continue reading

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“justice league” vs. “thor”–who wins?

This past weekend, I saw Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok back-to-back.  So how did they compare?  Let’s take a look at several elements and see which movie did them better.   ***Some spoilers ahead*** Story.  JL is the DC Extended Universe’s … Continue reading

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“have you heard how she talks? she’s a real character”

One of the challenges in creating characters for stories is developing a “voice” (or way of speaking) for each of them.  In real life, people don’t all sound the same, and neither should well-crafted characters: they ought to be distinctive, … Continue reading

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getting “wasted” to led zeppelin

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days Many–probably most–writers listen to music as they work, but for me, it’s more than background noise. Some musicians, some songs inspire me when I’m writing, and that’s especially true … Continue reading

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A new “spider-man” for a new generation

Spider-Man Homecoming is not your dad’s Spider-Man.  It’s not even your big brother’s Spider-Man.  But it is the one you’ve been waiting for.  It is the quintessential Spider-Man movie. I’m a lifelong Spidey fan: when I was a kid, I … Continue reading

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“wonder woman” and rescuing the prince

(spoilers ahead—duh!) A month (as of this writing) after its release in the U.S., the film Wonder Woman is a box-office hit and a cultural phenomenon.  To people who were not comic-book fans, WW, like Captain America: The First Avenger, … Continue reading

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harry potter, katniss, and frodo: what makes a hero?

(h/t Patrick Eibel) Check out this cool animated video from TED-ed on the “Hero’s Journey.”  Based on Professor Joseph Campbell’s research of the “monomyth,” the video describes how many heroes in literature–including Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins–go through … Continue reading

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