I got to see the movie Battleship (2012) on TV the other week. I’d eschewed it on first release because it looked dumb on so many levels. And I wasn’t disappointed. The dumbness was monolithic. I suppose any story that’s been squeezed out of a game is going to have problems. Add the inevitable studio requirements… More Stories of aliens versus us are really commenting on our own dark side
One of the many pitfalls novice novellists fall into is the up-front info dump. That’s where the character arc gets interrupted by a blast of back-story, world-description, character biographies and so forth. It brings the story to a screeching halt, and it was death to pace even in the old days of print. These days,… More Avoiding the writers’ up-front info dump
My new phone’s censoring my favourite Anglo Saxon. And I think that’s ducking stupid. I mean, it’s literally ducking stupid – not the thing you thought I was euphemising. Let me explain. I have quite a vocabulary of Anglo Saxon, which I use a lot in the real world. I like some of those words so much I… More My ducking phone censors me, damon it
There was speculation the other week to the effect that smart people live longer – the genes for ‘smart’ and the genes for ‘long life’ apparently being the same. Once upon a time this would have merely meant that geeks got to spend longer being picked on by bullies. But, of course, one of the big… More So it seems smart people live longer. What does that mean?
This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a shunting locomotive near Napier harbour. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link… More This week’s mega short-story challenge
When it comes to writing fiction, the ‘point of view’ an author chooses counts for a great deal. Differing points of view have differing strengths for differing purposes. Today I’m looking at the locked third person. This is almost the same as first person singular, in that the entire story is told from the narrative… More Points of view for writers – third person locked
This post begins on a personal note. My Mum passed away, suddenly, last week. Mum got me writing, encouraged me to write – and was an avid reader of what I wrote. Including this blog, where her favourites were my science posts. Mum taught me to wonder about everything – about the way our curiosity fuels our… More Of the sense of wonder that casts light into the darkness