W. R. Miller

W. R. Miller

I've worked primarily in the entertainment industry as an animator, writer and storyboard artist, with two Emmy honors on The Simpsons. My articles have been published in Starlog, Comics Scene, Comics Buyer’s Guide, Animation Magazine, Animato! and the online Animation World Magazine. I have just completed the five-volume Batman: The Animated Interviews, published by BearManor Media. Works-in-progress: The Justice Dragon; The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook. Further details are presented at my webpage, https://wrmilleronline.com/about/

Smaug, Smauog or Smog?

Smaug, Smauog or Smog?

How does one pronounce the name of the most terrifying dragon in all of Middle Earth?  “Smauog” is enunciated by the characters in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films.  Is that Tolkien-approved correct or a writer-director’s whim?  The intrepid fans at The Land of Shadow went on their own quest for an answer, and what they discovered […]

What Attracts Kids to Books?

Writer/schoolteacher Dianne K. Salerni gave her middle grade class some copies of some unfamiliar books.  What made them decide whether or not to read them?  Is it the first sentence?  The cover?  The summary on the back?  Find out at The Project Mayhem.

The Emotion Thesaurus

One of the appeals of the children’s book community is that it offers support and encouragement to its members. Organizations such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and consultants such as Emma D. Dryden of Drydenbooks, provide valuable services to newbies and professionals alike. SCBWI-authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi offer […]

Five Writing Industry Trends

Emma D. Dryden is one of those generous publishing industry experts who continually provide advice to writers.  In fact, she passes along info several times a day on Facebook.  Today she calls attention to a blog post by Jane Friedman, web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review.  Friedman discusses “Five Industry Trends Requiring Every Writer’s […]

22 Rules of Storytelling a la Pixar

Pixar Animation is well-known for their devotion to the craft of storytelling, as evident in such films as Toy Story and The Incredibles.   Months ago, (now-former) Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a list of storytelling tips she learned at the studio.  These have since been posted elsewhere on the internet and no wonder:  […]