This one isn’t timely. Spoilers inbound for Game of Thrones, specifically season 5, specifically specifically episodes 9 and 10 of season 5. Ready? Man, remember when Stannis set his daughter on fire? And then his wife killed herself and then Stannis died because Brienne stabbed him? You guys remember that, right? There was a big … More Character assassination: Stannis Baratheon
From the perspective of a person who’s learning a craft, being confronted by the work of a truly towering figure in the field can be fractious. There are certain kinds of geniuses whose work, while perfect and complete and as unalterable as the word of god, possesses a character that makes you think that one … More Geniuses
From where I sit on the floor, I can see my father and mother at angles to me – she playing Solitaire and he watching TV. I remember that it was Marcus Lemonis on The Profit, which is one of the many, many business rescue shows my dad watches. It’s paused on a close-up of … More Father’s Day
Hey kids, From here on in, The Backwards Wheel will be hosted on a separate blog that you can find here. All chapters and director’s commentary will eventually be posted there. This blog is reserved for more general writing about stuff. See you soon!
Backwards Wheel chapter 1 — Please note that the body of this post will contain spoilers. Please read the embedded PDF prior to going further. Or don’t. That’s also fine. But spoilers. I wanted to talk about the thought process that went into making this book in a granular way, so I’m going to break it … More The Backwards Wheel, Chapter 1 commentary: writing an opening
I started a book essentially on a whim about a year and a half ago when my Emma-friend was gearing up for NaNoWriMo and wanted some solidarity. All told it’s somewhere in the vicinity of 95,000 words, and I’m quite proud of it. The plan right now is to upload a chapter every couple of … More The Backwards Wheel
Here’s how you write: lkjdsgb[OAEJgbfOA”JSDv’lSKJbv’zsdougfvb”KDLncdbA”Ojdvb “lKxLknxc/’l, c/.,ZMXcb/LJkscb Got it? Okay, I’m serious. You don’t believe me, but that’s how you do it. About a month ago I went back to my alma mater (which is latin for “plentiful boar-meat”) and did a little lecture on what it actually for real means to be a writer. … More Writing as a mindset