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| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

When writing a long form piece like a novel or a feature screenplay, it is helpful to employ a mechanical approach to building out your story. A detailed plan is like a skeleton. Once all the bones are in place, you can release your creative side and flesh out the skeleton with unbridled character, description, and voice without having to think about where your story will wander next. Act II in your 3-act breakdown is perhaps the most mechanical part of the story building process.


| Posted in Strategery
Social media and me

Social media is everywhere. And so are the experts. Twitter is so full of social media experts that I hear they are going to have to start rationing out user names that have the word “guru” in them. According to a recent very important and very prestigious study that I shall not name, the number of social media experts in the US alone is equal to the population of the United Kingdom. Plus they all have very lovely aristocratic twitter accents that are just plain adorable (see @stephenfry for an example).


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos

Let’s be clear up front, I haven’t seen all of the nominated pictures for the top awards, but I don’t think that should preclude me from sharing my thoughts. So the following will be a list of the Best Picture nominees with a brief summary of my thoughts on each, followed by an overall impression of each of the remaining premiere categories. I will also pick which one I think should win, not which one I think will win – those are two completely different things.


| Posted in Chaos

There is a lot of concern these days about cloning. Ethical and ecclesiastical issues aside, I’m TOTALLY on board with clones.  For one thing, if I have a clone, I can have him do all the boring stuff in my life; like dishes and making my side of the bed. I’m currently in a University […]

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| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

Now that you have established a great foundation of conflict for your story, it’s time to put the finishing touches on act 1 of your 3-act breakdown. I love this phase of the process because I get to see the story bloom like a flower.

During this exercise, you will be forced to explore the feasibility of your story. You will have to face plot problems head on and work them out. You will discover nuances to your story that you haven’t yet considered. You will open new characters and log them into your character document. You will give yourself research assignments.


| Posted in Chaos

“Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.” That’s what J.P. Morgan, early 19th century billionaire, said about the stars. The Mayan’s might have agreed. But more important to becoming a billionaire, the Mayans concerned themselves with creating an extremely accurate calendar that could not only tell time by studying the movements of heavenly bodies, it could tell the future.

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| Posted in Flip Book, Pixels
New Year

(click to enlarge) rifRaf: An ongoing series of web cartoons created by illustrator/animator Mike Terrell of mediaRif. New posts every week until R’lyeh rises from the depths and all humanity is cleansed from the planet, or Mike runs out of ideas.


| Posted in 30fps, Pixels
Merry Christmas

(click image to enlarge) rifRaf: An ongoing series of web cartoons created by illustrator/animator Mike Terrell of mediaRif. New posts every Monday until R’lyeh rises from the depths and all humanity is cleansed from the planet, or Mike runs out of ideas.


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

novel writing tips

Get ready to roll up your sleeves; its time to put some real elbow grease into your story structure. By now you have a good idea of what your story is going to be. You have probably been working on it in your head even when you are away from your word processor. The more you think about your story, the quicker you will find ways to add twists and turns to the plot and nuances to the characters. But it is essential to put your ideas down on paper.


| Posted in Chaos

You can rock climb right now; I’m serious. Though rock climbing is considered a high-risk sport, the truth is, as far as extreme sports are considered, rock climbing is a pussycat. Hitting the cliffs is not just for the adrenaline enthused hard-core thrill seeker. Anyone can get into the sport on a modest budget and with minimal experience.

You can rock climb right now; I’m serious. Though rock climbing is considered a high-risk sport, the truth is, as far as extreme sports are considered, rock climbing is a pussycat. Hitting the cliffs is not just for the adrenaline enthused hard-core thrill seeker. Anyone can get into the sport on a modest budget and with minimal experience.


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