Category Archive: 'Writing'

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. […]

Drew and Andy.com is up, and with it: Comedy Podcasts

I’ve spent some time recently building and launching a new podcast – Drew and Andy. It blends talk-show format episodes with scripted, radio-style fare. Comedy podcasts! Very nerdy comedy podcasts with discussions about Star Trek and Earthbound. I missed doing Gentle Computer, the comedy podcast I did way back in 2012, and so, here we are. […]

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 […]

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 […]