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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 […]

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), […]

The Reasons why Ghostbusters is Popular

Bill Murray! Post done. Wait, wait. If it’s Bill Murray, why are we worshipping Ghostbusters and not┬áSpace 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 […]

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 […]

The Last of Us

Cage Match: The Last of Us versus Bioshock Infinite

I am PS3-less right now, so I cheated like a bitch and watched a marathon video of all the cutscenes and some gameplay from The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s new opus. I love Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, and this game is easily on par, but with a wildly darker tone. I think I […]

The Key to Marketing Your Work is to Stop Marketing It

I’m tired of being slam-marketed garbage I don’t care about.   These are the first words I typed into the blank document that would become this post. Clearly, that came from somewhere. Such frustration! I have a lot of friends and cohorts who make things. They frequently tell me about their stuff. That is totally […]