Your daughter is crying out from the other room. It’s 2 A.M. You run to soothe her. Then, pain. Your heart is bouncing around in your chest. Your body is shaking. You feel cold. Your mind races. Heart attack? Am I going to die? Continue reading “My Anxiety Story”
This interesting piece from Adrienne Mayor draws comparisons between the mythological Amazons and the ancient kingdom of Scythia. It’s always fascinating to me how mythology, history, and archaeology intersect to build modern myths. Continue reading Did the Amazons Really Exist?
Narratives and the characters that drive them are icebergs. What I mean is this: the things that happen on the surface are driven by what is far beneath the mirky, cold waters. Most people will say that we are icebergs with a small upper surface, then everything else beneath us. But I think it behooves the writer to see that we can break that down a bit further to make our narratives richer. Continue reading “How to Write REAL Characters and Stories”
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 “The Narrative Problem with Ghost Recon Wildlands”
I am not an expert. I don’t have a bundle of best sellers under my belt. I’m not going to tell you that I have all the answers. But I like to read. I like to read books and like I watch films. I started my career as a video editor. I’ve made short films. I’ve seen how the medium has become democratized by digital equipment, and I have seen how that has made story more important than Hollywood budgets. I’ve also seen self-publishing democratize fiction writing in much the same way. So I married those two ideas together, and this is where we’re left: a few insights on how to write your book like a filmmaker. Continue reading “Writers: Write Like a Filmmaker”
“What are you doing?” the girl asked with the conviction of a disappointed parent. Alan pulled his hand back from the bubbling air, his arm causing a wave to erupt from the temporal pool in front of him. They had been walking around the fields of the in between for what felt like weeks. Alan finally realized that the pools were points in time. He couldn’t resist trying to help his friends. Continue reading “The Hunted – Chapter 2”
So we filled our cups to the brim with hatred. And we cast ignorance upon you if you didn’t agree. And with any misstep we wouldn’t bury you, but you felt six feet under. We’d take your job, your reputation, and – if an apology was granted – your soul as well. And you would be the cautionary tale that we would spin cycle in … Continue reading Our World Now
The dog was a mutt, with no clear ancestry to speak of. He was smiling in the dumb way all dogs do: mouth agape, tongue slung back and forth and bobbing. But one eye was happy and clear, while the other – still happy – was infected and compacted by swollen flesh. We packed our car, while the dog made itself a curious visitor on … Continue reading Your pain