Do both every day.
I see variations on that with a degree of frequency. When I have a chance, I do my very best to edit Tesseract, write “The Mirror Of Tila,” and try really hard to be good to everyone.
The town I live in is one of the most conservative placed in the United States. I am not a conservative. Still, I have many local friends. There’s a warmth in my heart knowing that I have a diverse group of people I care about. Both genders, several religious affiliations, no less than four races. Continue reading
I consider myself an educated person. I’ve watched all of the Republican and Democratic Presidential Debates in the current election cycle. I do this because of a desire to make an informed decision, but also because one of the people in these debates will become the next President of the United States.
Yes, this will be a departure from my usual posts. Since I’ve been working on a story dealing with politics, leadership, and what people do to gain power, I think it’s worth exploring. There is another reason, which I’ll touch on at the end of this post
There’s a trend I’ve noticed in science fiction and fantasy. Any time someone wants to use their powers, they are depended upon gesturing.
Now look at this sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, specifically Vader’s attack at 3:35.
Gone is the gestures commonplace in today’s media. With hardly any gestures at all Luke is assaulted by all manner of debris. Does Vader need to point his hand or finger at Luke? No. He simply uses the power available to him.
What is more impressive? The character who has to extend their hands or the one who just does it?
Years ago, I watched Kia Asamiya’s Silent Mobius with my best friend, Dan. It’s a fun series–team of women using magic, tech, and mysticism to stop monstrous invaders. What’s not to like?
I saw Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend. Mad Men had its series finale. The number one movie a few weeks ago featured a character whose entire gimmick is getting mad. And tons of people are mad about how a certain episode of Game of Thrones ended.
Which is why I ask: Why is everyone so mad?
There’s a link on the sidebar of this blog, a simple label showing that I have a page on DeviantArt. For years, I did little with it, not giving it much to grow from. It was a place where some of my art chose to live, sometimes loved, sometimes forgotten.
In the past few years, my skills as an artist have increased on average. I’m strongest with an F pencil, though I’m willing to play with pens and Photoshop when the need arises.
You may have heard of Joe Friday, you may not. He’s famous for his attention to the facts.
I discovered an odd development with my future noir novel when I showed the first chapter to some friends: I’d given great details to the side characters and none to the leads. The more important a character was to the story, the less I’d said about how they look or move.
Talk about backwards.
Talking with two of my writer friends, I started wondering if I needed to change the name of the main character in my future noir novel, Blanc Noir. I’ve been using one name for a while, but another was suggested to me. For fun, I thought I’d share the dilemma with you.
A hero is only as good as their villain. That’s a line I use when I look at a story that leans on an action hero, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Dune has the Harkonnens, distinct greedy psychopaths all looking for to satisfy their personal desires. Star Wars has Darth Vader, with all his heavy breathing and cold menace.
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I found another villain who embraces the unrepentant nature of the true villain. Ronan the Accuser.