Darragha Foster, author of Teaching Old Gods New Tricks

I recently got to interview Darragha Foster, author of Teaching Old Gods New Tricks.

Image found on Darragha’s website

Tell me a bit about yourself.

Darragha Foster enjoys the twisted and unusual. She finds inspiration all around her. Even in the cold case at the grocer…where she is no longer welcome. But that’s another story…

Why did you start writing? How long have you been writing?

The only thing I ever wanted to be was “a writer.” I wrote my first book in the fourth grade.

What type of genre do you write?

Right now I am published in paranormal romances.  I am writing an alternative inspirational (non-Christian) and a young adult book presently.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

I am grateful.  Period.  To everyone—even those that force me to “learn lessons.”

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

Authors are published and are making money. Writers write, but don’t necessary go through the birthing process of putting out a book.  I am an author.

Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre? What’s your favorite story/book? 

I always say that I am my favorite author.  I like all genres.  I mostly read non-fiction for pleasure.  My favorite books are A Wizard of Earthsea and The Phantom Tollbooth.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books? (i.e. promotion methods)

Nothing works but word of mouth.  I have done it all re:  promotions.

How do you judge if you are successful?

I’ve always known that I am a success.  There really is no way for me to fail.

Do you write on any writing sites, like Wattpad.com? If so, which and what do you think of them?

Gods, no.

Have you been published, such as self-published or through a publishing house? If so where can people find you books?

Let’s see…my publishers are or have been:

Atlantic Bridge (open but not active)

Liquid Silver Publishing (current—many books with them)

Summerhouse Press (closed)

Forevermore Books (closed)

Loose-ID (closing)

I do have a handful of “indy” books out.  My publisher published books are available everywhere.  My indy books are on Amazon, only.  I’ve decided to query agents again so that I can get a foot in the door with a “big house.”

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Never had it.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

This morning.  Getting out of bed.

My first royalty check was great.  When one of my characters was named in the top 25 “most unusual heroes” was cool. Being recognized is cool.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Where don’t I?  Everything and anything can be a source of inspiration.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

Mooncusser Cove was fun to write.  The research amused me.  The least fun is any book that my editors pick apart.

What character (yours or any other) would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

Oh, now that’s an interesting question.  I did live as one of my characters.  I walked where she walked, experienced similar circumstances with descendants of the people she interacted with and became ill with the same illness.  Took me twenty years to figure all this out.  Blew my mind.  Wrote a book about it.  Thorgunna. Love’s Second Sight.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

I’d quit my day job and stay home and write full time.  But money isn’t everything.  I have desires and deluded impulses that don’t involve money.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Write every day.

Good editors make good books.  Even if you are an indy writer, use a professional editor.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“The urge to write has its own mind, body and force of will.  Holding it back would be like stopping a flood with a spoon.”

Thank you Darragha for your time. Good luck in your future endeavors.

You can learn more about Darragha at her website, her blog, or on Facebook.

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Ghoulish Treats

Looking for something ghoulish for Halloween? Here are some treats…and some tricks.

Stampy’s Lovely World: Halloween Special

Place Race Season 3 Playlist: All Hallow’s Season

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and HitRecord have some spooky Twitter pics

Google has a sweet treat of a Google Doodle

Some video games, like Marvel Heroes Omega have Halloween tricks: new skins, decorations added to Avengers Tower, and buff potions

Console versions of Minecraft “Mini-Games” (Tumble for instance) has a Halloween map and new levitation potions.

A Jack The Ripper anthology on Wattpad

31 Days of Fright–A Halloween Anthology on Wattpad

Flashes in the Dark by JEHallows on Wattpad

And, of course, my own Halloween Special 8 Bit Terror

Thanks goes out to The Daily Post for the writing prompt. They’ve been a lot of help with coming up with ideas for blog posts. Keep up the good work.

PS: Everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween

Boo 👻

Homecooked Fluff

Though not completely inspired by the writing prompt “Fluff” from The Daily Post, it did help to “make better” the beginnings of my new work on Wattpad titled “Homecooked.” I’d planned on starting the story on November 1 but couldn’t resist the word “fluff.”

Ace has seen many strange things in his time as a hero but this morning’s was the strangest. He woke up back home. He’s supposed to be at his cabin near Neo-Geo Mountain. But it just gets stranger as he is greeted by his father; the same one that disappeared years before. How’d he get back home? Why is his father back? You’ll just have to read the ongoing Thanksgiving special.

I’m hoping that the story will be complete before the end of November, hopefully in time for Thanksgiving, but the holidays being what they are…

So here’s a preview of “Homecooked.” And be sure to thank your local fluff provider (like clouds or kittens) for this sneak peek.


“Ace,” said a distant voice. “Ace.”

My head was full of fluff and cotton. I felt drugged and dragged.

“Ace,” the voice repeated.

“Leave me alone, John.” I slapped at the voice like I was trying to turn off an alarm clock.

“Who’s John?”

Sighing with surrender, I forced open my eyes. “You…are not him.”

The man before me looked like a slightly older version of me. He had the same black hair as me, but some gray around the temples. His face sported a couple scars but the medium length beard covered most of that up. His smile seemed to light up the room. “That seems obvious, Son.”

“Son?” I said in a daze. “Dad?”

“That’s my name.” He put a hand on his hip and used his other to stroke his beard. “Technically it’s Samuel, but let’s not get hooked up on technicalities.”

“Dad!” I sat up faster than a bolt of lightning and embraced him a great, big hug. All my fears and worries melted away in that hug. I felt like a little kid again.

He laughed, a jolly almost Santa Claus-like, laugh. “Nice to see you too.” I hugged him tighter. “Teenagers are so weird,” he groaned in response to the “death-hug.” After a couple more seconds, he said, “I’m running out of air.”

I finally let go, but it wasn’t easy. I feared that he would vanish like a dream if I let go. “But-but what are you doig here?” A quick glance around the room told me I was no longer in the cabin Glen and I shared. I was in my room. I was home.

Could Watermark have finally kept his word and found my father?

“You overslept and today is an important day.” He stood taller and his eyes shined with pride. “Today’s the day you and the other heroes of tomorrow graduate from Trans-High and join the International League of Super-Transbeings.” His smile got bigger. “I’m so glad you decided to follow in my footsteps and use your powers to protect the innocent.”

“What about E Ops?”

His face bunched up in confusion. “That old agency?” His expression, for a moment, changed to concern. “How’d you find out about them?” He then shifted back to his jolly self. “Thanks to the work Emil and I did, E Ops was repurposed as PAWS. A lot of house cleaning was done back in those days.” He sighed for a moment. “Some of the agents were corrupt. They tortured or imprisoned transbeings. The worst was John Watermark.”

Dad’s head shook slowly. (Kind of odd that he didn’t connect me calling him “John” and then him talking about John Watermark.) Dad seemed frozen for a moment like he was searching through files of acceptable responses. He then became excited again. “In the 18 years since Emil and I uncovered the mystery of Neo-Geo, humanity has changed greatly. Now we don’t have to fear the Prophecy of 2012. Or even the Xacians.”

“The Prophecy? The Xacians?” Those aliens responsible for creating the transbeing race?

“We destroyed their empire. Dingo and his followers have been vanquished.” I half expected trumpets to play as Dad put his hands on his hips and striked a pose. After another awkward pause, he placed his hand on my face. “All you need to worry about is becoming the best hero you can.” He raised a fist into the air. Now I was sure I heard some kind of cheesy, heroic music playing. “One day, you will join me. And together we will protect the galaxy as father and son.” He turned back to me. “But first, you better get downstairs for breakfast.” Dad then dashed out of the room with a “love ya, son.”

Aside from the creepy Star Wars reference, things seemed pretty great. I went to the window and swooshed open the curtains. A bright and sunny day beamed into my room. My clothes were clean and wrinkle free, unlike the normal dirt-caked clothes from Neo-Geo. And even though the day was sunny, it didn’t have the oppressive heat that Neo-Geo provides.

Our street was busy with the movings and socializing of the neighborhood. People waved, cars passed, kids headed for the bus and tried to exchanged carrots or candy, and Mr. Watson mowed his lawn. I opened the window and let the sounds of birds drift in. I took a deep breath and exhaled sweet bliss. It seemed like ages since I’d last listened to the birds or watched the lazy, puffy clouds drift by.

“Ace,” came the soft voice of my mother. “Your eggs are getting cold.”

I could almost taste her fluffy scrambled eggs as I practically hopped down the stairs.


The rest will be posted here.

Yolonda Elliott, author of Her Lover’s Face

Photo taken from Yolonda’s Wattpad profile.

Recently, I had a chat with Yolonda Elliott, the author of Her Lover’s Face, a soon to be published book by Black Velvet Seductions.

Yolonda currently has no website. “My old website provider shutdown so I have to create a new one,” she said. But she can be contacted via Wattpad under PatriciaElliott8.

So, tell us a little about yourself:

Hmm, author bio. I’ve never written an author bio, but here we go:

Yolonda Elliott is a certified legal secretary and a licensed security guard. She lives with her family along the West Coast of Canada.

She started writing fanfiction as a youngster, and then progressed to writing her own stories in her mid-twenties. Her debut story, Her Lover’s Face, was recently picked up by a publisher.

At 39 years old, she continues to pursue her writing career with her family’s support.

Why did you start writing?

I was bullied as a child. Writing poetry and stories became a way to share my thoughts, escape reality, and become everything I didn’t think I was.

How long have you been writing?

I can remember sitting on the railing of my back porch writing. I must have been around ten years old.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

My brother for pushing me to write original stories, instead of just fanfiction. My parents and husband who support my desire to write. Also, my old high school sweetheart who was the inspiration for my first story.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

Hmm, a writer first and foremost. I became an author because of my desire to write.

Who’s your favorite author?

Nora Roberts

What’s your favorite genre?

Romance

What’s your favorite story/book?

The Bible

How did you get people to know about your stories?

Currently I use Wattpad, Twitter, and Facebook to promote my work.

How do you judge if you are successful?

If my work can make someone laugh or cry, then I feel successful. That means my story came alive to them and drew them in.

What is Her Lover’s Face about?

The reader will follow a widow who runs into a man who looks like her deceased husband.

Needless to say a few ghosts rise from the ground as they work to uncover the mystery behind Her Lover’s Face.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who loves a good romance novel.

Do you know the release date or the price?

Not yet, but hopefully sometime in the next three years.

What stage of the publishing process are you in?

In the editing stage.

Do you have other books published? If so, which ones and where are they sold?

Her Lover’s Face is the first to be published; but, if anyone would like to check out other stories of mine, they are welcome to visit my profile on Wattpad. They can also read a free sample of HLF.

What are your plans now that “Her Lover’s Face” is going to be published?

Continue writing, as well as, increasing my online presence.

Any plans for future books?

I am currently writing two new romance novels and have a number of ideas for future works.

Will there be a sequel?

That is still to be decided, but I’m working on ideas to turn it into a saga.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Stare at the blank screen until something comes to me?

Seriously though, the only time I had severe writer’s block was when I backed my character into a corner with no way out. I ended up having to change something in my character’s past. Sometimes all you need to do is slightly tweak your story.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

Writing “The End” on the last page my novel. The book took over two years to write.

Where did you get your inspiration from?

I was reading a Harlequin romance and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” After spending a short time thinking, I came up with a “what if” question inspired by my old high school sweetheart and his twin brother.

What if a widow ran into a man who looked like her deceased husband?

What character would yo want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

Hmm, from my stories or overall? Madison from Splash. I’d love to be a mermaid and live in the sea.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Never give up and always be willing to learn.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“If you believe it, you can achieve it.” That’s the motto I live by.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it—William Arthur Ward

Thank you Yolonda for taking the time to do this interview. Good luck with your book and your future endeavors.

A sample of Her Lover’s Face can be found here.

Jeff Norton, author of Alienated

Recently, I got to interview Jeff Norton, author of such books as Alienated, Looking Glass, and MetaWars.

Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of AWESOME. He creates compelling characters, amazing stories, and immersive worlds for all ages, in all media. He is the author of the high-tech thriller MetaWars series from Hachette, Memoirs Of A Neurotic Zombie from Faber, and the upcoming Stomp School picture book series from Little Tiger Press.  He also creates and co-writes with other talented authors, such as the best-selling Princess Ponies series with Julie Sykes (under the name Chloe Ryder) for Bloomsbury and the young adult novel Drummer Girl with Bridget Tyler.

Jeff is an Executive Producer of the pre-school television show Trucktown based on Jon Scieszka’s best-selling books.  Through his production company, AWESOME, Jeff is developing a slate of high-concept television shows for kids and adults.

More about Jeff can be found on his website and on his Wattpad profile.

Why did you start writing? How long have you been writing?

I always enjoyed creative writing in high school, but I came very late to it as a profession. I never gave myself permission to pursue it seriously, and there was no Wattpad when I was a teenager. I worked for years helping other people with their creativity across film, TV, and books and finally I decided I wanted to flex my own creative muscles. That was in 2010 and I wrote a book called MetaWars, which was published by Hachette and spurred three sequels. And I haven’t stopped since!

What type of genre do you write?

I have a special fondness for elevated genre, that is, taking a genre you think you know and putting a twist on it. Alienated for example, which you can read on Wattpad ahead of its paperback publication, is a mash-up for science fiction and high school comedy. Looking Glass, which is my first adult novel, combines a Victorian era mystery with the origin story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

Wow, how long do you have? But the person I need to thank the most is my awesome wife, Sidonie. She’s been amazingly supportive in encouraging me to pursue writing as both a passion and a profession.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

I consider myself a creator. Sometimes I write books, sometimes I write screenplays (I have two spec screenplays that are in development for TV), and sometimes I come up with an idea and look for a collaborator. For example, I created a book series called Princess Ponies, which despite the pink & sparkly covers are ass-kicking swashbuckling tales for school-aged girls (and boys!). Those books I work with a partner called Julie Sykes, and we publish under the pen-name Chloe Ryder. So long as I’m creating, and moving creative projects forward to readers and audiences, I’m happy.

Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre? What’s your favorite story/book?

My favourite author is Margaret Atwood. I’ve been a life-long fan, well before her recent bump in fame with Handmaid’s Tale. She’s Canadian, and I’ve met her a number of times, and what I love about her work is that she writes genre fiction that is so elevated and literary you get the best of all worlds. I also have a fondness for the storytelling of Stephen King. My favourite book, however, is The Great Gatsby. When I cooked up Keeping The Beat with Marie Powell, Gatsby was very much an inspiration for that story.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books? (i.e. promotion methods)

I don’t know that I do a great job of that, to be honest. I spend so much time writing & creating that I probably neglect the marketing/promotion side of things to my detriment. When my books are published by big publishers, they do have talented marketing and PR people. I try to stay active on Twitter, which is mostly for fun, and I joined Wattpad to share stories before they were published.

How do you judge if you are successful?

That’s an existential question if ever I heard one! For me, my goal is to craft someone’s favourite story. Ideally, I’d have lots and lots of people think that something I create is their favourite.

How did you find Wattpad? Why Wattpad over other sites? Are you on other writing sites?

Margaret Atwood told me to join! She’s an investor in it and I met her at an event and we were talking about how long it takes to get a book published and she told me about this incredible sounding platform where you can share stories and get feedback instantly. It sounded like fun, so I joined. I’ve had a blast sharing work on Wattpad and meeting great people, like you!

Have you been published, such as self-published or through a publishing house? If so where can people find you books?

I haven’t self-published any books, mostly because I don’t really know how. My books are published by major publishers like Bloomsbury, Hachette, and Faber, and I’m on Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: amazon.com/author/jeffnorton

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I just write through it. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I just believe in working the problem and keeping going.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

My proudest moment by far was meeting a young teenager who told me that MetaWars was his favourite book.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by so many things, and often it’s a logical leap of something that’s happening in the world. MetaWars came from an observation about people spending more time online than in the real world. Alienated is a throw-back to my own high school life. Keeping The Beat is inspired by my time in Hollywood. Looking Glass comes from a desire to understand the creative process. Star Pressed, which is also on Wattpad, was inspired by a sense of wanting to tell a story about a different type of family.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

The most fun I’ve had writing is Memoris Of A Neurotic Zombie because the book is so much about Adam Meltzer’s voice, and he is such a real character to me.

What character would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

The great thing is that I don’t have to choose! Being a writer means I inhabit these characters and live in their worlds. The world of MetaWars is dystopian and terrifying, but a heck of a lot of fun to inhabit for a few years.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

I wouldn’t do too much differently, but I suppose if I had more finance I would work to adapt my stories to the screen in a faster way. I am very lucky that several of them are with amazing producers and we’re working very hard on raising the finances necessary to make the leap from page to screen. But that’s a long process and I’d love to short cut it somehow.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Just write. And start early. I wish I’d started putting pen to paper much earlier in my life. I always tell folks to just get a page or two done a day. It adds up very quickly!

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers on Wattpad?

I feel like I’m still figuring out how to best use the platform, so I’m open to tips in fact! But, with all social media, I’d ask people to be nice and be themselves. Most people are fundamentally good and sadly there’s a few bad apples out there who use social media to troll. Writing is so personal and exposing, that we need to be kind to each other and encourage one another to share our stories.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Just to thank you so much, Joe for the thoughtful questions and for your support and comments on Wattpad. And to wish you well with your own writing!!

Thank you Jeff for taking the time for this interview. It was nice learning more about you. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Jeff Norton can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and PopJam under @thejeffnorton.

Seb Jenkins, author of Life After Death

Recently I had a chance to interview Seb Jenkins, author of Life After Death–a story about a man in his late 30s who is “plunged into an apocalyptic world of the undead” (quote taken from Life After Death description).

Let’s start with a little background.

(Photo courtesy of Seb Jenkins)

Seb Jenkins is a 20 year old student from Bedfordshire, England. His recent works are described as dark, gritty, and atmospheric which he attributes to a lifetime of immersing himself in endless horror books and gore-fuelled tv shows/films. When he isn’t writing, you can find him banging his head slowly against a brick wall, or desperately trying to think of that best-selling idea he came up with at 3am last night.

As of 2015, Seb is currently attending the University of Kent to study journalism and hopes to carve a career out of his passion for writing.

Why did you start writing?

It kind of just happened after time. I grew up reading series like The Maze Runner, Cherub, Darren Shan, and young teen books like these. I’d always wanted to have a go myself. After reading/watching a load of zombie type stuff, I just made some random notes and ideas, kept adding to them over a few months and eventually had this really detailed idea for a book.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

I consider myself a writer rather than an author as most of my work is unpublished. I think you make that step between the two once someone picks you up and/or you start making some money off your work. At the moment I just do it because I thoroughly enjoy it.

Who’s your favourite author? What’s your favourite genre? What’s your favourite story/book?

It’s impossible to choose one favourite author or book, but studying Brighton Rock by Graham Greene is something that leaps to mind. Usually picking a book apart and writing essays on it kind of kills the enjoyment side of things, but I loved that book from start to finish. My favourite genres are horror/thriller, so obviously anything by Stephen King is always a good shout. At the moment I’m reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I’m not a big fan of “picking a book apart” either. I like to keep the enjoyment alive too.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books?

I pretty much just upload my work to Wattpad and talk to other authors on there. Eventually you find people who want to read your work, or they just stumble across it.

How do you judge if you are successful?

Personally, I would consider myself successful writing-wise if I could ever make a career out of it, but different people have different goals.

How did you find Wattpad? Why Wattpad over other sites? Are you on other writing sites?

Wattpad is the only writing site I use really, after a friend recommended it to me. I love it just because there are so many similar writers, in similar positions, with similar problems, all in one place. It’s a great tool to swap tips, improve your writing and read some other great work.

Have you been published, such as self-published or through a publishing house? If so where can people find you books?

I have self-published my first book Life After Death, however it is currently going through an extra stage of editing before I re-launch it. People can find all my work by following the links on my website, or checking out my Wattpad account.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Sometimes I have to just put my laptop away and go do something else for a few hours. I find that torturing yourself over details that just aren’t coming to your mind in that moment is extremely annoying. Usually I’ll just go watch some Netflix, or hang out with some mates and often the idea I was looking for kind of pops into my head eventually. Forcing writing never works.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

I would say finishing Life After Death was probably my proudest moment. After a couple of years of writing and editing, finally finishing the final chapter was so satisfying. Then once started getting amazing feedback on Wattpad, it just amplified this even further.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

So far, Death After Death (book two of Life After Death) has been the most fun to write. I’ve kind of found my groove with the story now, and added some really cool, fun characters to the second book. I’m really happy with where it’s going so far, and there’s so much less stress after the first book in a series is done. My least favourite would probably be There’s Been Another One, purely because sticking to a maximum word limit was so incredibly difficult.

What character would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

I’d love to have a crack at the apocalyptic world in Life After Death, and I’d probably choose JJ from book two as the character I’d most like to be. I think he’s the one I modelled on myself most.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

Unlimited food would be nice. If I had enough time and money I would love to create a huge immersive world like George R R Martin has done so beautifully with Game of Thrones.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Don’t be put off by negative comments, or bad reviews. Just take what they say on board, go back and edit your work, often they will be making good and honest points. Your writing is always going to be a bit crap to start with, you just have to improve as you go to be honest.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers on Wattpad?

Join some kind of group or book club to get you started. You’ll meet new people straight away, and find readers for your work. It’s the best way to get involved in a variety of circles on there. Don’t be afraid to message someone and say hi, or ask for help, or whatever. Most of the time they will be friendly and helpful.

Thank you for your time Seb Jenkins. Good luck in your future endeavors.

You can learn more about Seb on his website or contact him here.

You can purchase the Joe Rover ebooks at Barnes & Noble or Amazon

Life is Once Again a Hurricane

All reviews are my personal opinion and do not reflect the views of any person or organization.

Here be Spoilers. Enter at your own risk.

Scrooge McDuck and the rest of the DuckTales crew are back with a new series. To celebrate Disney had a day long viewing of the first episode "Woo-oo!" on Aug. 12, 2017.

At first I was a little worried. I enjoyed the original DuckTales and was concerned that the new series would be too…modern. I've seen a lot of reboots and remakes of old series that just did not work out.

My concerns seemed to be confirmed after seeing the art style for the series. It looked too stylized and modern. The characters looked a little weird and Scrooge was wearing red instead of blue. The heads of some of the characters also seemed oversized. But then I remembered the DuckTales comics and realized the style and look was similar. I then understood what they [cast and crew] were trying to do and my fears were somewhat laid to rest.

And as always I try to reserve complete judgement until I actually see the show. Trailers and screenshots and such are promotional objects and the companies want to show the "exciting" or "new" or "best" stuff about the product. A trailer can make a product, like a video game, look awesome but once you play it, it is garbage. Or the trailer can make you cringe but the actual show is great. I found this latter to be true with the new DuckTales. I'd gone in worried about how they would "mess up" the characters and theme song (and other things) but found it pretty enjoyable.

I did find the "crazy, stalker, fangirl" Webby to be a little…uncomfortable. The new Webby was a bit intense for my taste at first. But I am glad they "aged her up" and she is no longer the "annoying tag along little sister" that they portrayed her in the original. She still seems to retain her "innocent girl" character while still making her more "mature." She believes in Scrooge and Donald. She still has her sense of wonder but isn't naive.

I''m glad they developed Huey, Dewy, and Louie's characters. In the original series, they had some differentiating characteristics but for the most part were carbon copies. Unless they were alone or the plot involved one over the others they seemed almost interchangeable at times. In the new series, each one has very defined characteristics and goals.

Mrs. Beakley's tough, almost military, personality was a bit hard to get use to, but I am glad she is no longer the "screaming and fainting at a pin drop" character she was in the original. It was nice to see that she could and was willing to stand up to Scrooge at times. This version of Beakley has obviously been in Scrooge's employ for awhile and knows the ins and outs.

The one character problem I had is that so far we haven't seen Duckworth, the butler.

The new theme song did an excellent job of combining the old version with a newer one. While I still prefer the older one, I was glad to see that the new one is still enjoyable and matches the tone of the series quite well. It had a very comic book feel to it which matched the rest of the style and tone of the series.

I did, however, miss the huge dollar sign on the Money Bin but was glad to see that Scrooge still knew how to swim through the money.

The part that really won me over were the Easter Eggs. In Scrooge's "relic room" (aka the garage) you can see objects from the original series as well as the movie. They also mentioned other Disney Afternoon cities, such as Saint Canard, Cape Suzette, and Spoonerville. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing some crossover episodes.

While the original still holds a special place in my heart; in the end, all I can say about the start to this new series is: DuckTales…Woo-oo! I give it a 4.8/5. And I hope it continues.

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