Disney Animator Glen Keane Releases “Duet,” Reminds Everyone How Gorgeous Animation Can Change Lives

Glen Keane, the legendary Disney animator responsible for designing Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin in Aladdin, Pocahontas in Pocahontas, Tarzan in Tarzan, and Rapunzel in Tangled, released “Duet,” a 3-minute long short which beautifully depicts growing up and discovering love. It’s a testament to what can be accomplished…

Girl Meets World: Nostalgic or Nonstarter?

After 14 years, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), the couple who taught every current twentysomething about the nature of true love and the definition of “soulmate,” returned to the small screen to prove that their love is quite possibly what every single Disney movie EVER has been talking about for the last 70 years.…

Beware the Frozen Heart: Is Disney’s ‘Frozen’ An Allegory for Coming Out?

Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out? **WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead** Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force behind animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others — ahem, Snow White and the…

Natalia Kills Is ‘Trouble.’ Sweet, Sweet Trouble

Originally Published: October 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In September of 2013, the #powerhouse #popstar that NOBODY FUCKING KNOWS ABOUT, Natalia Kills, released her second album: Trouble. And this is a goddamn problem because this album is pure pop perfection (#alliteration) and everyone I express this sentiment to says: “Who is Natalia Kills?” And…

I May Be Slightly Obsessed with Mariah Carey

Originally Published: May 15th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 I have an obsessive personality. I think it has to do with growing up with G-Money, my crazy-ass grandmother. She had a passion for collecting dollar store trinkets, an unbridled love for greasy fried food (Burger King was always her personal fave and when she’d take…

QWEARY

YOU GUYS! I’ve coined a new word: QWEARY! que·ry (noun) a question; an inquiry. mental reservation; doubt. (Otherwise known as: EVERYTHING a writer has AT ALL TIMES) an inquiry from a writer to an editor of a magazine, newspaper, etc., regarding the acceptability of or interest in an idea for an article, news story, or the like: usually presented in the form of a letter that outlines or describes the projected piece a literary agent begging for seeking representation for their completed novel. (verb) to ask or inquire about: (See: representation for a totally awesome YA novel!) to question as doubtful or obscure: to query a statement. (See: me totally questioning my ability to write…

An Urgency for Hope

Querying agents is like walking a tight rope. You steady yourself and get ready for an experience that is sure to end well because all dreams come true, right? It might sound weird, but just knowing that my query letter is floating out there, somewhere in the ether of the Great Interwebs – but hopefully…

Keep Moving Forward

So you work really, really hard on your manuscript. Like, harder than you’ve ever worked before. You’ve juggled a billion different storylines and characters and arcs… …and it’s finally perfect. It’s where you want it to be and the bigger picture is in sight! It became a labor of love. And now you finally feel…

Walking the Line

If you know any writers, chances are they either fit into two categories: The pretentious, jealous, loner-types, and the totally supportive, collaborative types. Or maybe every writer is some amalgamation of the two. If I had to make a sweeping generalization, I would agree with the latter statement. I’m constantly walking the line between being jealous…

Dreaming of an Empty Inbox + Other OCD Things

There is nothing worse than a cluttered inbox. Ok, maybe getting shot at. Or the love of your life breaking your heart. Or a paper cut. Paper cuts are literally the worst. Especially if you get a paper cut and then you prepare some food with, say, a lemon. Lemon + paper cut = pretty…