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 […]

The Reasons why Ghostbusters is Popular

Bill Murray! Post done. Wait, wait. If it’s Bill Murray, why are we worshipping Ghostbusters and not Space Jam? I have a two simple theories about maintaining longevity with popular entertainment. This theory encompasses a number of shows, movies and books. That list includes a lot of my favorite entertainment, like Ender’s Game, Fight Club, and […]

What Pacific Rim Could Have Borrowed From Evangelion But Didn’t

Pacific Rim is a ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion… …said people who don’t know Kaijuu and Evangelion. On the internet. Recently. Pacific Rim is a big-budget Kaijuu movie about human-made robots that fight giant monsters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an apocalyptic giant robot anime franchise, about deeply flawed teenagers drafted to pilot horrifying robots against bizarre […]

The Writing Tools I Use (to Write)

I do a great deal of writing. I’m hard at work revising my novel, and I also write short stories, blog posts screenplays, comics, live comedy and corporate videos. Of these mediums, the one I respect and fear the most is the novel. Long-form prose carries a number of extra challenges not present in shorter […]

A Guide to Enjoying Comic Con

Unlike my post about travel, the advice here about Comic Con is all valid, but I don’t necessarily endorse it. Today marks the first official day of San Diego Comic Con, and I am not going (because I moved somewhere not-LA). If you go to Comic Con, you probably like Star Trek, or maybe Gundam. […]