The Rule of Three: School-Live!

I don’t think anyone needs to say that character is a critical part of storytelling. I mean, ultimately drama is conflict, and conflict arises from character (at least, if the conflict is character-driven, which is about the same as saying lava arises if the volcano is lava-driven). Certain character types work to simplify the creation […]

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Irrelevant Post

In my bio, to those of you who scroll down that far, it says I write science fiction and fantasy. Well, this morning I got called out to read this:   REVIEW: “Dead Men Tell Tales” by Dave D’Alessio   Dead Men Tell Tales appeared in Broadswords and Blasters Number One, available at Nope, I […]

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Bonus Post: Recommend Something

There’s a meme floating around that says, “You’re an otaku are you? Name twenty anime excluding Naruto, Bleach and One Piece (sic)” Let me see if I can find it. Found it: Yeah, I can and I bet you can, too. I mean the author didn’t even include obvious stuff like Pokemon and Dragonball. I’ve […]

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Bonus Post

Another ground rule, in re spoilers: The nature of structural analyses of the sort I can do is that sometimes you have to give a away key plot points or tell the end of the story. Like the last post. About Rock? Or were you too busy watching Revi 😉 I know that people hate […]

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Stealth Storytelling: Black Lagoon

It’s basic that every story has a beginning, where the characters and setting are introduced, a middle characterized by conflict, and an end, where the conflict is resolved. Sometimes that’s not how the story goes. We can talk about that some other time. Right now I’m thinking about stories that fit the basic narrative structure. […]

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Ground Rules

I can’t possibly be the first person to blog about anime and manga. It’s unlikely I’m in the first million. But here we go… Three years ago I didn’t know anything about anime apart from what was on Adult Swim, and very little of that. Yeah, yeah, Pokemon, Dragonball, even (briefly) Cardcaptor; but I didn’t […]

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