Category Archives: Writing

27 Aug 2017

Valerian sucked, but why?

  I am a science fiction nerd. I carry the sci-fi nerd card, attend the conventions, and wear the t-shirts. So my excitement over Luc Besson being back in full swing with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets made my teeth jitter. After having devoured Fifth Element in theaters, on VHS, DVD, and BluRay I was ready to see a spiritual successor. To be fair, Luc Besson has written, produced, or directed with mixed results in the past. He’s had some clunkers for certain, but his best films are concrete classics like Leon and La Femme Nikita. So the Read More

13 Aug 2017

A case for subverted characterization

  There are five predominant means to express characterization: How a character physically appears What a character says What a character does How other characters react to them What a character thinks Now, while nailing down all five of these methods can, and often will, present a character in perfect clarity I’d hardly call it engaging writing. We don’t want to know everything about a character, right? We want some discussion and perhaps even argument. Leaning on three or perhaps even two of the above characterization methods can force the audience into action, filling in the spaces the author leaves Read More

09 Nov 2015

What is a Male Feminist?

When, as a man, can I be simultaneously considered a feminist and able to call myself one? Do I decide if I’ve crossed this threshold on my own? Could I be a feminist without applying the word openly toward myself? Do I need the permission of a woman to give myself the title? Must it be a specific woman, since so many women don’t identify as feminists themselves? Questions abound. To begin with, a caveat; I’m a guy. I say “guy” because I often smell bad (“manfunk” is my wife’s term), and I get excited by childish things like video games, toys, and explosions Read More

19 Oct 2015

Hybrid Vigor in Genre Fiction (or “You Got Fantasy in My Western!”)

Guest post by Tex Thompson You know, I WAS feeling pretty good about this post. “Man, I’m going to write about genre mash-ups and what spec-fic and Westerns have in common and why they’re so awesome when you put them together and how it’s really all about Beowulf, and everybody’s going to be all like, ‘Oh my God Tex, you’re so cool and rad—please teach me to be like you,’ and I’m finally going to be Internet-famous—WHO WANTS TO TOUCH ME?” Then I realized that that had already been done. Like…twenty years ago. By Pixar. I mean, think about it. Read More

02 Aug 2015

The Future of Storytelling is…Video Games!?

Yeah, I know, right? This is an odd assertion coming from an author, but hear me out. I’m a junkie for two things: a good story and a good game. Often I would have to choose one or the other when searching for a fix, but lately, I’ve noticed that the two are no longer rivals. There recently was a specific scene in a game that gave me an epiphany in regards to the evolution of narrative. I was playing The Last of Us, an action adventure video game famous for its unusual zombie elements. The characters, Joel and Ellie, Read More