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Compelling Characters

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Compelling Characters

I’ve seen these discussions before revolving around what makes a character compelling. For the most part, it seems obvious. The audience has a connection with the character, can see a vague reflection of themselves in it. Or maybe they see a person they like and want to be, or would like to know. Even “evil” protagonists can be compelling if done correctly. Think Dexter. Or perhaps Thomas Convenant, for you fantasy readers out there. I sat down to find something to watch last night, and landed on a British show called “The End of the F***ing World.” Initially I thought about it was about two troubled teens facing the literal “end of...

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Boo Government

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Boo Government

I spend too much time on Reddit. I freely admit this. I’ve curated my feed to focus primarily on writing, but with plenty of forays into other topics like Art Deco design features, astrophotography, history, retrofuturism, and artwork to inspire my stories, like Imaginary Technologies. I’ve also been a long-time subscriber to the Marvel forum, since I love all things Marvel comic related, especially the recent crop of movies. So when a recent post went off about how the Avengers got jobbed by the Sokovia accords since the government had done at least as much damage to the world as the Avengers had, I joined in. I decided to do a break down of each movie and...

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Space Opera – Review

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Space Opera – Review

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Great lines are always difficult and tricky little bastards to peg down. I think this is especially true of comedic works, where you are balancing setting your tone of voice with your setting and the style of humor. While Adams’ first book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is more well-know, I think the line from Restaurant is funnier, though not by much. And it’s this style of humor that Cat Valente captures so charmingly in her new novel, Space...

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As the World Turns

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

As the World Turns

The Marvel cinematic universe is a complex beast, and growing ever more complex by the movie. Take your typical world of earth, toss in some superheroes and supervillians, and then go to town on it. Add cities that don’t exist, a futuristic country in Africa hidden from the world, other dimensions where near-literal gods dwell, and alien planets gallor. It’s a thick layer cake of shared universe where each layer has been built one production at a time until over a decade later we have a complex and vibrant universe that is far more complicated than “modern Earth” could be. Now, go build your own fantasy world with that level of complexity, and do...

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Reviews and Reviews

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Reviews and Reviews

Now that the writing has been rolling along for the past few weeks, I’m going to try to get back to doing reviews as well. So, let’s call this “The Return of the Reynolds Review.” I’ve got a movie and a book in store, so stick around, kiddies. Lots of spoilers ahead, so I’mma not even gonna mark those bad boys, but the first paragraph of each will be spoiler free. Lost in Space (Netflix): I admit it, I’m old enough to have watched the original series. Well, not in its original broadcast airing, but in syndication in the 70’s. On top of that, I have to admit I watched the really, really BAD late 90’s movie (Matt...

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Advice

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Advice

Ah, the life of an author. Drinking champagne, eating caviar, traveling to exotic locations where we write under the shade of a great tree while watching the lapping waves of the cobalt blue Mediterranean as they tease the sandy shore. Or not. Well, we’ll get there some day I hope. Probably not.  🙂 There’s a ton of advice out there for you, the writer, to learn from so that you can try and achieve your idyllic goals. There are books by famous authors like Stephen King and Ursula K. Le Guin, and less famous authors like Phineas T. Foghorn and Chantreuse Willowwood. There are blogs and websites gallor, not to mention numerous twitter feeds and podcasts to...

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The End of the Beginning

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

The End of the Beginning

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and it was beginning to be time to get back into it. After a winter that failed to come, then roared into life in the last weeks of its existence (snow on the first day of Spring), I’ve fallen neck deep into a new novel and am moving forward at a fairly good clip now. I see some trouble ahead as I try to bridge the beginning to what I see as the ending, and how to merge two POV character’s stories (hint: they were once in love, so that helps), and there are bits and pieces of other ideas to play with. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, I finished an extensive re-write of SHADOW OF A DOUBT. This...

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1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

I haven’t kept up the pace I need for 50 Books Read in 2018. I have nothing to blame but myself and Skyrim. After all these years, I still get back into it from time to time. This time around, I’ve learned the joy of mods, fan made packages that alter, fix, or somewhat change the game for the better (mostly, assuming you get them to work on install). It started with my desire to find the right home for all my stuff. I found a great one called Riverwood Manor that has displays for many of the special items you can earn in the game, plus lots of different rooms (even an eight story tower). Now I’m adding mods that change some of the visuals, modify...

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My Mother’s Death

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, writing | 2 comments

My Mother’s Death

It is a strange thing to stand with your family and watch a loved one die. I suppose that has a lot to do with the way we handle death in our country, our rejection of the end of life and what that means, our attempts to try and cling to and continue our lives for as long as possible. We teach each other that we must fight death, not embrace it, respect it. Other cultures have a closer relationship with death, a better relationship with the passing of a loved one. Still, as we stood around my mother’s hospital bed and waited for her final breaths to come, it felt odd to me, and right to me. We both longed for an end to her suffering and regretted seeing her leave...

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To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

I mince no words about my love for Connie Willis’ writing. Ever since I discovered her collection of short stories, Impossible Things, I’ve been an admirer of her prose. She has a remarkable way of drawing you into a story, and can write in a variety of forms, whether suspenseful drama or comedic slapdash. Doomsday Book clearly falls into the former category, but another of her Oxford time traveling historians books, To Say Nothing of the Dog, is firmly rooted in the latter. I’ve read this book before, but as it had been a long time and I needed something quick to download for more work commute, I decided to revisit an old friend. It was every bit as...

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