Category Archive: 'Writing'

MORE Learning from Neon Genesis Evangelion

It’s time again for another list of hot storytelling techniques gleaned from Evangelion, which remains a slick and complex TV show. And now we can all watch it on Netflix. Use Inversions! As in, when something good happens, something bad happens. And vice versa. Traditional writing education, especially screenwriting, says your midpoint of your story […]

On being Austin exes

What do you get nostalgic about? As you get old enough to have versions of you that aren’t yours anymore, you’re supposed to keep the best ones up on a shelf. Refer to them when you hear That One Song. That’s the rule, right? For me, as I work on a new project, it’s all about […]

Learning From Neon Genesis Evangelion

This post is based on a YouTube video I did a couple weeks back. Eva is about to make its debut on Netflix, and I opted to re-watch the series for the first time in years. I’m an early NGE convert; I watched the series originally on VHS (the tapes were WHITE!) way back in […]

I’m talking writing (et al) on Youtube

A while back I was doing the blogging thing. And honestly, I was okay at it. I’ve got posts on here as much as five or six years old at this point that still regularly see traffic. As an indie author, you want those regular updates to go out into the world. You want to […]

On Writing ‘Witty’ Spies

I remember watching the trailer for that last Bourne movie, Jason Bourne. Do you? There was a line in it that super bugged me, and at the time I didn’t think about why: “Could be worse than Snowden.” Okay, so the movie is being timely. A professional spook makes a colloquial comparison to a big thing that happened in […]

Developing a book cover: Wicked City

I started writing Wicked City in early 2012. My intent for years was to hire an artist to create a striking image (or images) I could use for the marketing of the book and to do the design myself. The design is the title text, blurb, all the stuff that goes over an image on a book […]

Titanfall 2: Throw a blanket over it!

First off, here’s Catbug. I just finished Titanfall 2’s campaign. I played nearly a hundred hours of the first Titanfall, and that was largely multiplayer. It had a campaign, but it was this bizarre radio drama that played over and around actual multiplayer matches. The universe was interesting enough: Titans are giant robots used in […]

Hey Darth Vader, Justify Your Plot Twist

io9 did a prompt, and I liked my response enough to repost it. It’s taken years, but I think I’m finally forming a coherent ability to talk about Empire Strikes Back’s great thematic integrity. There’s so much zeitgeist around Star Wars that the reasons Empire is super compelling (and the reason the Dark Side is […]

John Crichton

Guardians of the Galaxy: Pop-Culture Han Solos

Guardians of the Galaxy is good, right? I thought so. Seen it twice. Rocket’s my favorite part. So sad and angry and…oddly sweet. Peter Quill reminds me of John Crichton from Farscape, and for good reason: they’re both pop-culture spewing, Han Solo types. Crichton isn’t a man-child, and Quill isn’t as put-upon, but yeah, same […]

Bioshock, and the Big Plot Twist

Interesting post-mortem article on the original Bioshock over at Eurogamer. One part stuck out at me as interesting: Hellquist had the idea of making the control a spoken phrase. Initially he used a single world, ‘Excelsior’, which later became ‘Cedo Maiori’ (“I yield to a greater person”). But these phrases too obviously signalled Atlas’s treachery. […]