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Wizards’ World War (s.3) Dispatch 19b: The Big Picture

Tweet of the Day: The Convergence of Utopia and Science Fiction ——— ——— Seasons 1 & 2 – Season 3 Premiere – Dispatch 19a – Dispatch 19c ——— Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West, Ontario, Canada,  28 July, 16:17 hrs GMT -4 The camera fades from commercial back to the studio and does a […]

Wizards’ World War (s.3) Dispatch 19a: The Big Picture

Tweet of the Day: It’s the little gods ——— Season 1 & 2 – Season 3 Premiere – Dispatch 18 – Dispatch 19b ——— ——— Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West, Ontario, Canada,  28 July, 16:01 hrs GMT -4 Camera pans over a dimly lit TV  applauding studio audience an unto the stage with […]

TV Tropes Monday: Villain with Good Publicity

Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 8.30: Writing Reluctant Characters ——– Some villains are not the cackling madmen with hordes of mental hospital orderlies waiting in the wings to jam them into a straight jacket and toss them into the nearest asylum. Nor are they the type to slaughter innocents, kidnap damsels and kick puppies […]

Weekend Roundup: July 21-27

Tweet of the Day: Roman Shadows: The Silchester Connection ——– Another short week of posting. I could blame the heat, but I also have to blame my Xbox, or at least the game I’m playing right now, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  It’s cyberpunk done right and I love me some cyberpunk so..yeah. I found it […]

Wizards’ World War (s.3) Dispatch 18: Song of Ages

Tweet of the Day: Ten easy ways to confuse The Spirit Of Place ——- ——- Seasons 1 & 2 – Season 3 Premiere – Dispatch 17 – Dispatch 19a ——- Island of Aeaea, Ionian Sea, 27 July, 06:22 hrs +3 GMT Circe watched from the island’s highest hilltop over a vast fog bank that merged […]

Lessons from the Aether: Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Writing Mystery

Tweet of the Day: The Nanny State Gone Wild in the UK ——- Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to the game Deus Ex, a cyberpunk first person shooter released in the year 2000. Like its predecessor, it deals with a vast conspiracy to control humanity’s future, in this case, the central question is […]

TV Tropes Monday: The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized

Tweet of the Day: Finished ——- Few revolutions are gentle or bloodless. Overthrowing the existing order is usually a bloody process that leaves many a scar. The simple act of resistance to the powers that be either invites or requires violence which in turn tarnishes the very ideals of the revolution. Add to this conflicting […]

Weekend Roundup: July 14-20

Tweet of the Day: The Psychology of Disappointment and & Our Characters ——- This was a weird week to be sure.  On Wednesday night the sky literally exploded with thunder an it poured all day Thursday only for all the water to evaporate on by Friday morning. Insanity one day, normality the next. Which kinds of […]

Space for Rent: The Many Questions of Injustice

    I wanted to write a concise opinion piece of the Trayvn Martin case, but I could not. The more I thought about it the more questions I had about it, specially the response to the verdict: Why, Richard Cohen, is a hoodie the universal uniform of your fears? Why, commenter at any give […]

Lessons from the Aether: Elantris and How to Manage Multiple POVs

  Tweet of the Day: Should You Ever Redeem Your Bad Guys? ——- Elantris is Brandon Sanderson’s debut epic fantasy novel and an excellent example of how to handle multiple POVs. Each of the three POV characters (Crown Prince Raoden, Princess Sarene and Priest Hrathen) do the following: Move the story forward, be it the […]