Writerly Sound Bites, Number 9: Character Progression – When Does “Interesting” and “Realistic” Belie Contempt for an Established Archetype and Personality?

Hermes, messenger of the gods As I mentioned in this Superversive Livestream here, archetypes are the frameworks or skeletons on which one builds a character. They are not the entire character, as Living Anachronism ably explains here, but they give writers the broad design and understanding of the character’s place within a narrative and the … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 9: Character Progression – When Does “Interesting” and “Realistic” Belie Contempt for an Established Archetype and Personality?

Reposted: Swan Princess versus Jasmine

Take a look at this excellent piece by Mr. John C. Wright, readers! Swan Princess versus Jasmine Political Correctness is factual incorrectness, or, in other words, falseness. Falseness is fatal to fiction. Even though fiction is fictional, in order to be dramatic, it must capture the real drama of the real human condition, including the … Continue reading Reposted: Swan Princess versus Jasmine

Bulletin: A Return to the Superversive Livestream!

Yesterday I joined Anthony Marchetta on the Superversive Livestream to discuss anime, the Pulp Revolution, and the pulp tales of yore. We spoke about many other topics as well. It was a fun two hours, readers! There were some technical difficulties with the stream, and we went silent or at least too low to hear … Continue reading Bulletin: A Return to the Superversive Livestream!

Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

Check out this intriguing piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers! Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal Kiryu Kazuma is a bad guy. Kiryu Kazuma isn’t a bad guy. The main protagonist of most of the games in the long-running Yakuza franchise, Kiryu Kazuma is the heart and soul of the series. Yakuza 0 explores his origins as a … Continue reading Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

“Trail Dust Is Thicker’n Blood”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x02g4-XT_VU A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. – Len Wein Stargate SG-1 Daniel Jackson telling Colonel Jack O’Neill to leave him behind in “Within the Serpent’s Grasp”* after he has been mortally wounded is a scene that has remained in my memory for decades. Listening … Continue reading “Trail Dust Is Thicker’n Blood”