THE LAST JEDI
Tilt down to Starkiller Base. Han feels like he has been falling forever. He tumbles into the darkness of a seemingly never-ending pit. Han feels at his torso, the slight hole throbbing like an old imperial probe. His wound was cauterized by the lightsaber blade from his son, the infamous Kylo Ren.
Down and down he falls, tumbling down the rabbit hole. His mind searches for answers. How could he save his son?
Finally, he lands. On a mountain of fluffy Porgs.
Han Solo is alive, atop a bed of fluffy Porgs. He rolls over until he meets the dusty earth of the cavernous floor. He looks up. Starkiller base is imploding. The First Order is on the run. They have succeeded.
There is no time to celebrate for Han. The cavern is closing in around him. The roofs caves in, and, just before the mountainous rock strikes him, Han can be heard uttering his last words.
I like to leave this figurine on my desk at work. It’s mostly because I’m a kid at heart, but it also has a certain context for me. Underneath the ordinary, there is a superman (or woman). We have a power in ourselves that we have a tendency to ignore or deny.
So you may not have a phone booth to transform in, but, you should know, that you are superman. You have the ability to make a difference in anything you touch.
Carry on, mild mannered reporters. And when the situation calls on you, take a proactive role in what is going on around you!
It’s 8:45pm, my daughter is asleep, and I’m staring at my laptop screen wondering if I can muster the courage to type some words into a scene. My current WIP (work in progress for the uninitiated) needs “more”, and I’m sitting here wondering if I will fall asleep before I can make something of a scene that I had a hard first run-through. Continue reading
How do you make a nonlinear story have resonance and meaningful impact, especially when the audience can do whatever they want. Yes, let’s talk about video games. Specifically, Ghost Recon Wildlands. Ubisoft made a rich, entertaining world. Their story though? Not great. The sacrifice made at the altar of player agency was compelling narrative and story resolution. Continue reading
One day, your lawyer will have more in common with your toaster than your rich neighbor. Continue reading
Would you kindly read this post?
I am reminded of the game Bioshock. Most people know of it because of the big daddy, a large being in olden diving suit with a huge drill for a hand and a mean temper. It is an evocative image. But those who played the game will remember Would you kindly… Continue reading
“What’s your thing?”
I asked my boss this out of the blue recently. His face turned from its normal jovial demeanor to a look of confusion then pensive introspection as I clarified.
“I don’t mean at work. I mean in general. What is your thing?”
He thought for awhile and he said, “To breathe life into people.”
I agreed that was a good thing to be driven toward, but I wanted something more concrete. We continued talking it through, and, for the sake of privacy, I won’t divulge any of that information. But it was a fantastic, illuminating conversation for me personally, and I hope it was the same for my boss. Continue reading
I like tinkering with ideas. I like curiosities.
No. Not that Earnest.
Earnest. Continue reading