Oculus Guy

Huge Kickstarters II: Facebook and Oculus.

  People are flipping out about the Facebook acquisition of Oculus. Patrick Klepek at Giant Bomb does a great job of breaking down why, I think. It all sounds like the cries of anguished widows because the backlash is super, super emotional.¬†Facebook could ruin Oculus, sure. But I’m with Patrick: a lot of the complaining […]

Fan theories and embarrassment at Star Trek screenings

Brief news time. I am hard work on a brand new podcast that will supplement the blog, tumblr and my newsletter. It will be a mix of a talk-show format (with guests down the line) and scripted storytelling. I promise absurd satire and super dumb, dark comedy. Keep an eye out for the launch in […]

Frozen: the Best Line in the Movie

So, I finally saw Frozen, and I loved it. Disney has had a good run of late. There is a favorite line of mine in Frozen for its ability to explain away magic rules that do not matter in the context of a story. It’s a marvelous line that ripples and flares with life the […]

Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Catching Fire and Place

I think Catching Fire is really, really good. A marked improvement on the so-so technical execution of movie one. I think it’s better than the book on which it is based, even. No, Katniss does not really do anything in this story either, but it’s still an entertaining yarn. And this time around she actually […]

Return to Elysium and its Big Plot Hole

I’ve been getting a lot of comments (for me anyway!) In the Elysium post, I pointed out that in Elysium, rich, smart business people have access to a magical healing technology, and no one is using it on Earth to make money. Or more importantly, that no one sealed this plot hole with a simple […]

Batman: Under the Red Hood and getting it wrong

First off, I did a quick post on Tumblr about how much I love the Soma teasers. If you like sci-fi, and you like horror…you should go check those videos out. Also, I’ve revamped the ol’ mailing list – if you want exclusive short stories and other goodies from me, stuff not unlike that Soma […]

Starting an Author Blog – my first 6 months

I’ve had this author blog up for about six months now. Let’s go behind the curtain and look at some numbers! I wish I had seen stuff like this when I was just beginning so I knew what to expect. If you are just starting out in the sweet, salty world of personal branding, be […]

Thematic Integrity – A Brief Thesis

UPDATE: Since this post continues to receive traffic years later, and since I still consider it a valuable way to think about theme as a writer, I made a video version on my YouTube channel. It’s even still about Dead Space! In one article already I’ve mentioned what I call Thematic Integrity. You might have […]

Saint’s Row 4: The most sincere dumb game ever made

Saint’s Row finally (FINALLY) unlocked on Friday for those of us in Europe. I beat it by Sunday. It’s awesome. If you enjoyed the wanton crazy of Saint’s Row the Third, this is more and bigger. Since I’ve spent a lot of time talking about writing in games, and also comedy writing (in multiple mediums), […]

Elysium and That One Plot Hole

Man, I love Neill Blomkamp. I am so, so happy he is making movies. Amongst my reasons: when I was working on Companion eight years ago, I imagined a reveal when the characters burst out into the daylight, where the camera flies back to reveal that they are on one roof of a massive grown-together […]