Author Archives: Kenton Kilgore

“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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what’s been the best day of your life (so far)?

Think about that for a minute.  Could you tell me or anyone else what single day has been the best of your life–at least so far?  (One can hope that an even better day awaits you in the future) I … Continue reading

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vikings with guns attack a 7-11 in africa, or why you shouldn’t look at a writer’s browser history

Many of the authors I know like to joke that if the FBI,  CIA, NSA, or any other 3-letter federal agency looked at the search results in Internet browser history, they (the writers, that is) would swiftly be hauled away … Continue reading

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feelings aren’t always your friends

Growing up, people tell you to Get in touch with your feelings and You’ll feel it if it’s right and Don’t fight your feelings and Go with what your gut tells you. They say things like: I feel your pain … Continue reading

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why hand-sell books?

Last Saturday, I participated in the 20th annual “Heck With The Malls” artisans’ fair in Centreville, MD, peddling my books alongside jewelry-makers, painters, woodcarvers, knitters, etc.  If you’re an author, you might wonder why I would try to sell books … Continue reading

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