Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Well! That was quite the ride, readers. I received this book as a free eARC in order to review it, and it was enormous fun. It felt like going to see a film you think you will recognize, only to find that there is a new movie on and you like it! From the blurb: … Continue reading Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

The History Behind Star Wars’ Special Effects

Check out this article, which describes in loving detail how George Lucas created his bombshell blockbuster in 1977: The Real Aerial Battles That Inspired Star Wars Born one year before the end of World War II, George Lucas turned a boyhood fascination into a space epic. By Cory Graff AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2020 In … Continue reading The History Behind Star Wars’ Special Effects

Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?

Writers today are often told that they absolutely have to subvert audience expectations in order to tell a compelling story. Notably, those who insist that authors do this never give a truly compelling case for why this has to be done with every single tale they tell. Most disturbingly, these advisers never say just where … Continue reading Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?

Star Wars in the Land of the Rising Sun

This author has discovered many benefits in listening to various, untranslated media from other countries. While I only know only two languages, I find there is a great deal to learn about the craft of fiction while viewing and/or listening to stories or songs from other countries. Siervas’* albums are one example. Despite being written … Continue reading Star Wars in the Land of the Rising Sun

On the Subject of Prequels: The Bad, the Good, and the Better

Over at Amatopia, Alexander Hellene published this post on a dreaded – and occasionally dreadful – aspect of modern fiction. This is the “prequel,” the story that takes place before the original tale audiences have already come to love. In his article Alex asked whether or not a prequel can do more than take the … Continue reading On the Subject of Prequels: The Bad, the Good, and the Better

“In My Experience there’s No Such Thing as Luck.”

Seventy-five years after World War II, we take a great many of its results for granted. One of these is the number of entertainers and actors who not only dropped everything and volunteered to enter the war, but who survived it and came back to continue making films. Rarely were they drafted into the conflict; … Continue reading “In My Experience there’s No Such Thing as Luck.”