Tag Archive: 'worldbuilding'

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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), […]

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