Tag Archive: 'writing'

I made two Channel 101 shows this year.

It’s been a long time coming, but somehow, I’ve started directing again in earnest. It’s a good feeling. I’ve known for about a year now that I wanted to shoot something, but I took my time to be smart and deliberate about projects. Channel 101 is great fun but ultimately a chance to practice…a distraction. […]

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 can’t stop watching this trash fire.” Weekly Update 1/30/17

2017 continues. I think if you’re a young American right now (and judging by my feed, also anywhere else), it’s extraordinarily distracting online and in the world. I remember reading that theory from wherever about how every fourth generation has to face some catastrophe. The last was the Greatest Generation. They survived the Great Depression and then […]

David Pumpkins is funny because of a fake out.

The comedy world is losing its mind (justifiably) for a SNL sketch from this past Saturday. Watch it, if you haven’t. And then, bask in the fawning web words it has called forth. Here’s the thing – the sketch works because it has fake outs. You hear that line Keenan Thompson says right at the end? “He’s […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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