4 Essential Elements You Need for a Good Story

September 29, 2014 § 2 Comments

I found this via Richard Kadrey’s Damn Tumblr:

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?


To which I reply:



Writing about Reading: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

July 31, 2013 § 2 Comments

wsswarsThere are some things in this world that just go together: Bert and Ernie, peanut butter and chocolate, hot summer days and ice cold beer. But George Lucas and the Bard?

Oddly enough, yes.

Ian Doescher provides us with the hilarious proof in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, a pastiche that delivers exactly what the title promises: Star Wars recast in iambic pentameter and Elizabethan English.

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“A flesh-spatula that holds things”

July 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

handsThe Onion, that never-ending fount of satire, posted a fantastic piece yesterday titled “Frustrated Novelist No Good At Describing Hands.” It is chock full of fried gold, like the quote I used for the title of this post, or this:

Calling the way he represented the proportions of his characters’ hands “way off,” Milligan said he is especially bad at delineating human fingers, which the writer once portrayed as “flabby pink-tan logs, but a bendy kind of log.”

I do fine with describing hands (in my opinion, anyway), but I have trouble with smiles; I tend to overuse “smile” and “grin,” to the point that it seems like that’s all my characters do.

Is there a body part or expression you have difficulty with? Those goo-filled face orbs, or the bendy part in the middle of arms, perhaps?

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