The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Why WESTWORLD blows our mind—and what may happen next

DR. FORD walks through a glass door to a dark room. A machine is half-finished with a new host while BERNARD sits motionless in a chair. There’s a dark shape … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Deep story goodness for writers via The Mother of All Cheat Sheets

If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo and are on track to finish the Great American Novel, congratulations. Carry on. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo and there’s no way you’ll give birth to a … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 5 Comments

Part 2 of Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–Why first drafts are always flawed and how to fix them

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are driving themselves nuts (a) trying to write beautiful sentence after beautiful sentence that (b) build upon each other to (c) craft … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 5 Comments

Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–and 8 steps to make it easier

Every year in November, writers around the world attempt something noble and worthwhile: to not just write a novel–the Toughest Writerly Thing A Writer Can Do–but finish the thing in … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 65 Comments

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 2: Every Korean Action Movie Known to Man

While I was healing up from a thing, I watched every possible free movie on Netflix. The happiest surprise, out of nowhere? South Korean action movies. I grew up on … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

STAR TREK and STAR WARS are now opposite sides of the same repetitive story

I say this out of love, and not just because both series are (a) sci-fi space operas (b) starring ensemble casts of heroes with (c) both series taken over and vastly … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Alan Rickman: a tribute

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey–it’s been a rough week. Rickman was always an actor’s actor, somebody who didn’t care about the fame or the movie, about being a star. … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 5 Comments