While looking at a few pictures, I realized just seeing a few of them filled me with a simple happiness. Many of these were just pictures, designed to look interesting or make a famous person seem more appealing. Still, I found this joy staying with me for hours at a time just after seeing an image once.
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I’m a sucker for Brandon Sanderson’s work and I have been for a while. While his epic fantasies have always had interesting characters and well-thought magic systems, he hasn’t stepped into the realm of full-blown science fiction before. In Steelheart, he’s getting closer to sci-fi than ever before.
With NaNoWriMo upon us once more, it seemed fitting to say something about perseverance. It’s a quality that every writer needs sooner or later. It divides those that write with those who wish they wrote.
These are the things we want most in a story. We want to find characters who we can relate to, at least enough where we want to follow them around. We want a real emotional response from the characters when things change, good or bad. We want things to happen, events that push the characters onward in their lives and lead us to explore the story further.
A capable scene will touch on at least one of these elements. A good scene will hit at least two things. To have a great scene, action, emotion, and character all need to be present.
And now, a short musical interlude from Kids on the Slope.
About two years ago, I read Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, which may be one of the finest fantasy worlds I’ve ever visited. Note how I say that: I visited Tigana, which isn’t difficult when you’re reading about a fascinating character like the courtesan Dianora.
This time, rather than seeing a parallel of Italy in the Middle Ages, I’m reading about eighth-century China, in the form of the fantasy nation of Kitai. This is the setting of Under Heaven, a story that promises to be very different from Kay’s previous works.
Whenever a new Neil Gaiman book is released, it’s often something special. Gaiman has the ability to take us to strange places and unseen realms, often just by showing us a different way to look around the corners of the mundane world. With his latest release, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, he sends us on a journey of recollection primed to pull us into a magical land of the past.
Fame and phenomenon are big things and hard for any property to reach. When international markets come up, it’s even harder to reach these highs. Yet Shingeki No Kyojin–better known to English audiences as Attack On Titan–has managed to reach a popularity and enthusiasm level similar to Battlestar Galactica or Breaking Bad. This is a show where American audiences, myself included, have been watching new episodes the day they premiere in Japan.
An odd mix of terror, horror, and fantasy, Attack On Titan is probably one of the most engaging shows I’ve ever seen.
Last week, I had a spirited discussion with my writing group.
Yes, they ripped me a new asshole. That’s what writing group is for.
One thing they picked up on was that I tend to hold things back, I keep information to myself in early chapters so I have more to play with later on. I call it being suspenseful, they called it playing my cards too close to the chest.
Autumn is officially upon us, which means a lot of work is coming my way, whether I’m ready for it or not. Let’s take a look at what I’ve got planned so far.
An important thing for any creator to take note of, regardless of genre or format, is the symbology that accompanies a character’s appearance. This is typically something that is passive and comes from the subtext of the story.
I was discussing the upcoming Robocop remake with some friends and noted the rumor that Joel Kinnaman is going to spend most of the movie with visor up. The fact that a visor covers Kinnaman’s face in the new movie is telling of just how different it will be compared to the transitions Peter Weller had to go through in playing the character.