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Space for Rent: Guns for Everybody!


WARNING: Political Rant Ahead. You have been warned. —— You know, I think I got this gun business all wrong. I think problem is we are not arming the right people. For example: Since violent crime is disproportionally high among the poor and minorities, we should flood poor urban areas with guns. Hell, let’s bring  back the […]

Genre as Argument: Science Fiction


Tweet of the Day:  Bidding Farewell to the Comfort Zone ——- If science fiction makes an argument, it is one centered around technology: either it will improve our lives or it will devastate us. Each sub-genres within it stakes a place along the scale of idealism versus cynicism. Born out of the combination of the […]

Lessons from the Aether: Law & Order and Why Following a Formula Is Not a Bad Thing


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 8.2: Hero’s Journey  ——- To call something “formulaic” is to hang a sign that says things like: unimaginative, repetitive, and dull among other things. Yet Hollywood thrives on formulas, as does many literary genres. Take the show Law & Order as an example. It spawn at least five spin offs (all of them off the […]

Wizards’ World War (s.3): Dispatch 8 – The War of Rock & Ice


Tweet of the Day: Romance Fail #1: Lust as a Plot Device ——- ——- Asiago, Asiago Province of Vicenza, Repubblica italiana, 16 February, 9:18 hrs GMT +1 Capitano Salvatore Andretti, 65th Company, 7th Alpini Regiment, held an orders group in the storage room of an abandoned restaurant. Track marks on the floor marked the place of […]

TV Tropes Monday: Manic Pixie Dream Girl


Tweet of the Day: Erotica=Sex Positive  ——- This trope is what actresses like Amy Addams, and Zooey Deschanel have built their careers on.  The happy go-lucky, slightly spaced out girl that shatters the solemn sensitive heroes life and teaches him to live and love. It is stereotypical, but this trope does have multiple layers: Manic: […]

Weekend Roundup: January 6 – 12


Tweet of the Day: Guess Who’s Back, Back Again ——- We are close to hitting the middle of the month of January and it seems that sex is on my mind. But not in the way you think. With news from India about a horrific gang rape and the resulting protests plus other incidents around […]

Space for Rent: Look but Don’t Touch


Tweet of the Day: Alisa Valdes: Anti-feminist romance not so romantic ——- Sounds simple enough, every responsible parent makes sure their children learn the difference between admiring an object and manipulating without permission. I am tempted to make a straight line analogy between this and the idea that no woman “asks” to be rape. That is, […]

Genre as Argument


Tweet of the Day: I remember Space Quest. Do You?  ——– Short post today. In upcoming weeks I’ll be exploring the idea of genre (and sub-genres) as argument. The idea is that each book presents an argument, for or against a given world view, even if the author is not making direct appeals to his […]

Lessons from the Aether: Dragon Age II and how NOT to create a sequel.


Tweet of the Day: 10 Ways for an ADD Writer to be OOH! SHINY!…Productive ——– Sequels are hard. They have to expand, explore and excite while keeping the same “feel” of the original work.  The one thing they are not supposed to do is to be money grabbing place holders until the shock of the […]

Wizards’ World War (s.3): Dispatch 7- Mexican Standoff (January 2013 Blog Chain)


Right, I nearly missed this one. That’s a bad habit I need to break. So…. January 2013 Blog Chain Starting Date: Monday, January 7, 2013 Open to all forum members, even after it starts!This month’s prompt:  The Number 13With 2013 upon us, now is the time to thirteen it up. Anything from “Happy New Year 2013” […]