Tag Archive for Sci-fi

Character and Plot Assassination — Oblivion

When I heard a film was being made called Oblivion, then nerd in me thought it was going to be an Elder Scrolls film. I was a bit disappointed and a bit relieved. I recently watched this film and was again blown away by Tom Cruise.

As I’ve mentioned in my Jack Reacher review, I am not a big fan of the man Tom Cruise but am a huge fan of the actor. Very few films have I not liked with him as an actor. This film is no exception.

What I like about this film is several things. First is that there are many hints of there being deception in all of this right from the beginning. But it is not being drilled into you as, “It’s so obvious there is something happening you idiot”, but a subconscious thought of “something seems off, but I don’t know what”. I think this called into question of some of the panning in America that often times, as with a lot of sci-fi, it required viewers to think. Many people disliked the Matrix films for the same reasons.

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Madness Blog-Con PC 14 – Jason M. Hough

Headshot3_smallThe best advice I can offer you in getting noticed is asking a lot of questions. This is more important during a panel than at a booth, but still applies. A number of writers I met recognized me because I asked questions during panels and they were like, “Hey, I remember you”. It also helps I was wearing a browncoats shirt… and who doesn’t like browncoats.

Today we visit Jason M. Hough.

 

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My #PhoenixComicon Schedule

I am posting my schedule for Comicon this year. I’m sure on the surface, this is not exactly news worthy information. The reason I am posting it is to give my readers an insight on possible future articles. I plan to post a review of discussions I go to, people I meet, and any of interest I found. This will likely take me June/July/August to get all the information out. It will be a Writer’s Guide to Phoenix Comicon.

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Epilogue & Exposition — A-to-Z Blog Challenge, Literary Terms

EWe are reaching the end our first week of the A-to-Z Blog challenge. This brought to you by the letter E. Yeah, I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with that lame joke. Our words for today is Epilogue and Exposition. Two words that many writers should be familiar with, but like many of my posts, I will try to reveal more than you ever wanted to know.

I thank everyone for their support and would love to hear from you on how much you are enjoying this. Please leave your comments below.

 

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Tools of the Trade — Walking Away

tools of the tradeBeen awhile since I’ve done a Tools of the Trade article. This one doesn’t sound like a tool, but it is an attitude of your project. As writers, each of our stories are our children and we do what we must to protect our children. We spend a lot of time writing, and editing, and writing some more. We seek perfection to our stories.

 

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Worldbuilding — Introduction

I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.

Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?

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