Oh, the life of a writer…You write and write and write, and then if you get something published the editor(s) want you to write ad copy, too… Well, here you go. I’m guessing this will be my last story drop of the year. Now available at amazon! Can you read the back cover copy? […]Read more "Another Story Drops"
I don’t think it’s an original observation that the fundamental driving force in Neon Genesis Evangelion is love. The basic plot is driven by Gendo’s love for his lost wife Yui and his desire to find/recreate/rescue her. The resolution, at least as expressed in the manga version and The End of Evangelion OVA, is driven […]Read more "Love is the Drug: Neon Genesis Evangelion"
I like Teen Titans Go. It’s fast, sloppy, dynamic, full of good gags and great acting. I think I can say that because I’m not especially wedded to the characters. There are people out there who are fanatical fans of the Marvel Cartoon Universe, and these people find Teen Titans Go to be an absolute […]Read more "Not Really Relevant Post: Teen Titans Go"
The Outsider is a character who comes from another world in some way; a different country, a different social class, a different planet, a different species, even a different gender. (Your Name, anyone? Although Inside Mari is a better example.) The Outsider is a useful narrative tool because people have to explain things to them. […]Read more "The Outsider: Elias Ainsworth"
‘Tis the season to get your loved ones new presents, or yourself for that matter. And books are the best kind of present: relatively inexpensive, mind-expanding, and even (*gasp*) entertaining. So, the Martinus Publishing anthology Forbidden: Tales of Repression, Restriction, and Rebellion is out NOW, like, today! And it includes my story “Border Skirmish.” […]Read more "Another Story Drop!"
As a writer I keep telling you about stories I have written when they drop. (There’s another one coming up soon!) But every once in a while I have to plug a buddy, too, because after all, we’re all in this together. My buddy Lexy Wolfe (If you know what the word “Ticanee” means you’ll […]Read more "Buddy’s Book on Sale"
God, I love (name of video streaming service that can pay if it wants to be advertised here)! When I signed up, I got to watch all of Kill la Kill again before Neon Genesis Evangelion dropped. I may have mentioned that I really like Kill la Kill, right? I know that people are of […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Kill la Kill"
The movie Promare came around a while ago and I missed it. I read the previews and said, “Meh. Mechas,” which is about what I say about any sort of mecha, with the exception of the original mecha story, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. The BOOK, not the movie. But it was so popular in […]Read more "The Power of Three Minus One: Promare"
I know that people who come to this site to read about anime and characters and plots and manga and stuff like that probably roll their eyes and say “Pffftttt” when I post one of these story drops. But the fact is that I write about anime and manga from the perspective as a writer […]Read more "Another Story Drops!"
I keep looking at characters, because characters are a critical part of storytelling. It’s not an accident that the start of a narrative is supposed to (among other things) introduce the setting and characters: in principle, the characters introduced will create the conflict that drives the plot. A lot of the time I’ve been looking […]Read more "What Are All These Characters Doing Here? Mongolian Chop Squad"