Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gaming in Franchises

Never believe a word I say about updating on time. It's all lies.

What isn't full of deception, however, is the content of my posts. I do care a lot about writing, and I've been gaming a lot recently. Let's talk about that second bit.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Dream Deferred

Yes, I'm a Langston Hughes fan. Shut up.

So it's a new year. A lot of people make resolutions, but I haven't really been one of them. "Stay the course," I usually say to myself. "You're going in the right direction. You're going in the only direction you can. What could you be doing wrong?"

And I'm right, you know. What could I be doing wrong? Only it's not a question of what I'm doing wrong, it's what I'm not doing right. And that leads me to resurrecting this blog.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Quilted Story

As you grow older, you start to look back at your past with a critical eye. Why am I the way I am? What was going on then that I'd notice now? Did I actually join a clandestine organization committed to tracking Godzilla, or was that a fever dream brought on by a sugar high coupled with a dangerous monster movie obsession?

The problem is you only have your past self's observational and memory skills, and as a kid, I was pretty dumb and oblivious. I'm not saying I'm Sherlock these days, but I'm markedly better at picking up on things.

One thing I do remember that will bring us around to the point (eventually) is the fact that my mom was a quilting hobbyist. She was also into needlepoint and paintball, but the quilting is interesting to me now. She'd go off to quilting weekends and retreats and come back with a full quilt. My brother and I would look over it and ask if she'd done the whole thing herself, mesmerized not with the product but with the idea that someone would be able to complete something like that all on their own.

She'd tell us no, she only did one part. The rest had been done by the other quilters.

So it is with story.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fictional: The Great Yog

Sorry for the tardiness, but I'm on the other side of the country right now. I'm trying to get myself back on track. In the meantime, enjoy this revised version of a story I submitted for an assignment in college.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Theoretical: Finding Your Voice

Sorry for missing last week. Let's get right to it.

So we've talked about structure and theory, as well as taking those two things together to get form. Even if it was a little confusing at times, it boils down to a simple question: how do you tell a story? Not just a general idea of how a story is told (structure) or the reasons you might want to tell a story (theory), but how do you, as an individual, tell a story?

Form is just the term to talk about structure and theory as one unit, like how a molecule is a way to talk about the behavior of atoms in a group. (That may be a gross oversimplification, but it works for our purposes.) Voice, on the other hand, is an integral part of that, and indeed you might consider voice to be the third component of form. It may also be considered the most valuable and important part of your form, but not without argument.

What, exactly, is voice? Read on.