This has nothing to do with writing or storytelling, but I thought I’d share it here just because I can.
On Nov 6th, my older daughter and I competed in a taekwondo tournament! I did a couple creative routines – one with a weapon (sword) and one without a weapon. I’m particularly proud of my Maniac routine, which was my Flashdance pastiche!
you probably know, I’m a huge Trekkie. Star
Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is
one of my favorite series of all time. The TNG
series finale is DEFINITELY my favorite series finale of all time—I dare you not to cry when the main cast
all sit down to play poker for the last time! I’ve been lukewarm about the Star
Trek series that came after—Voyager, Deep
Space Nine, Enterprise—but I’m still in love with the Star Trek universe
overall and its science-heavy storylines and themes of hope. So I was super
excited when they announced a new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery. I even subscribed to CBS All Access so I
could watch it!
follow, but come on—who hasn’t seen this movie by now?]
So right about a year ago, I speculated on how The Rise of Skywalker would end based on the themes established in The Last Jedi. Something like Rey becoming her own person and Kylo Ren coming to peace with his light and dark sides. That’s sort of what happened, but anyone could have guessed that based on how all Star Wars movies usually go.
I’ve been trying to write this blog post for a while now – specifically, for about a year – but every time I did, it just turned into a bitch-fest about how much I hated the movie, and then I lost interest and stopped writing. I mean this movie’s already been torn to shreds by basically everybody, AND it’s now almost a year old, so why waste my time piling on?
But after ten months of reflection, I finally feel like I do have something to add to the conversation; specifically, what happens when you mistake a motif for a theme (…spoiler: The Rise of Skywalker happens).
Greetings all! I’m back from another one of my periodic long absences with some good news: I finally finished the first draft of my latest mystery novel, Identity! Now I need to do a couple rounds of edits, slap together a query letter and synopsis, and then send it out to a few agents (per my own advice) and see if I get any bites.
the occasion of the largest pandemic in a century, you might’ve watched or
re-watched Contagion, a star-studded 2011 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh about
a deadly virus originating from China that sweeps the globe. The film is
currently having a renaissance on Netflix due to its striking similarities to
real-world events, though its more cerebral and realistic take on a world-wide
pandemic resigned it to an underwhelming box office haul upon its originally
release in theaters.
is something we could all stand to get better about. At the risk of dating this
post, when there’s a pandemic happening and some leaders seems totally
unequipped to handle a real-life crisis, you gotta take shit into your own
hands, you know what I’m sayin’?
always been one of those people you want to be with when the ship is sinking: I
will make sure we LIVE, GODDAMMIT!! I’ll find a way. Leadership can’t make a
decision? Screw that. I’m the captain
social media platforms have accounts you can maintain specifically for a
business, where you have access to a mix of features that’s similar to but not
quite the same as a personal account. For instance, a business
account on Facebook will let you create events, run
ads, and track analytics. You also don’t have “friends” on a Facebook business
account like you do on a personal account; people simply like and/or follow
newsletters are one of those things that used to be super-hot when the first
author stumbled upon one like the ape in 2001:
A Space Odyssey found the black monolith of human evolution. But now that
everyone’s got one, they’re less potent than they used to be. Who doesn’t have
a black monolith they keep in their basement but now mostly use as a clothes
you might be wondering: do I need one or what? And what the hell am I supposed
to do with it?
Throughout my blog posts, I often use examples from novels, TV shows, and movies. Some of the resources I cite for aspiring authors are actually screenwriting guides. Yet this website is supposed to be offering advice on writing books, not screenplays or teleplays. So why do I use non-book examples?