Final Fantasy Foiling: Sephiroth vs Cloud

One of the great challenges writers face is creating a compelling conflict between their protagonist and antagonist. Too often the hero and villain exist within in their own respective vacuums. The hero saves the day because that’s their job while the villain twirls their moustache and exists as the hero’s make-work project.

I think a truly great hero/villain dichotomy is when the antagonist is a foil to the protagonist. That’s when the comparison goes deeper than their goals; their character traits are similar but differ in some striking ways. Moreover, by creating a strong contrast between your hero and villain, you can develop the themes of your story.

To illustrate this point I want to talk about the characters Cloud and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. I chose FF7 because I want to show that this principle transcends media. And also because that game kicks ass and Sephiroth is the ultimate badass. FF7’s story is pretty bananas, but I’ll do my best to streamline and focus on the salient points.

*Spoilers ahead* Continue reading Final Fantasy Foiling: Sephiroth vs Cloud

Bestselling author Carolyn R. Parsons announced as the first Flights from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud and humbled to reveal the first of our twenty-three author Flights from the Rock lineup: bestselling author Carolyn R. Parsons.

Carolyn R. Parsons is a full-time writer  and radio personality residing in Lewisporte, NL. She has contributed to  The Central Voice, the Saltire network of papers, and Downhome Magazine. Her books include a poetry collection, two novels and a collection of short stories. Her 2017 novel, Charley through Canada, attained bestseller status on Amazon. Continue reading Bestselling author Carolyn R. Parsons announced as the first Flights from the Rock author!

Your ‘Flights from the Rock’ editors!

Engen Books is proud to formally announce the editing team between 2019’s Flights from the Rock: Erin Vance, Ellen Curtis, and Lisa Daly!

Ellen Curtis, Erin Vance
Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance, the leaders behind this amazing event and collection.

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.” Continue reading Your ‘Flights from the Rock’ editors!

“So, What’s Your Book About?” | House Blog

I went to a party a few weeks ago. It was a surprise party for someone’s birthday, but it was three weeks after their actual birthday, which meant it was really a surprise. It was also the type of party where I knew most, but not all of the people there, so throughout the night many an introduction was made.

I’m generally awkward when meeting new people (I’m terrible with faces and names), but for some reason the thing that threw me the most was being introduced as “This is Ali, she’s got a novel coming out.” Why would that throw me? Well, after someone says a thing like that, a polite response would be: “So, what’s your book about?”

…um… Continue reading “So, What’s Your Book About?” | House Blog

Heartstrings | Kit Sora’s Storytime

STORYTIME!! This particular shoot I actually managed to plan this one in advance!

We were inside of Montana’s having a lovely feed with our darling Louisa, watching the daylight fade away. The plan was to wait until the sun was close to setting, but food was too good to pass up! We all rushed home with out bellies full, and dove into photo mode!

This shot was actually taken in our tiny downtown back yard, in front of our 3+ story high tree! I’m sat on an old pair of pants because night ground can be scary, and holding a heart covered in flowers, attached to a green vine which was super glued to a scar that was spirit gummed to by chest, the process began. Continue reading Heartstrings | Kit Sora’s Storytime

Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew

It’s been a long time since I wrote an ongoing series of articles on this, or any other, website. That’s weighed on me. Since graduating I miss the exercise of penning essays. I’ve even encouraged my fellow Engen authors to write ongoing writing blogs (namely Ali House, Brad Dunne, Kit Sora, and Jon Dobbin, all of whom you should check out). But I never have myself. Writing advice is one thing, all our authors can offer that… but publishing advice? Marketing advice? Social Media advice… that comes with a different set of expectations, and a lot of hurt feelings.

Part of my anxiety around this has become the subject of today’s piece, because I want to address the evident hypocrisy in it right off the bat.

Today’s advice is: don’t post negative reviews, especially of authors at (or near) your current level of notoriety. Continue reading Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew