Ben-Hur – On a Motorcycle?!

Have you ever wondered how one might operate a modern vehicle like an ancient chariot? This author has contemplated the concept from time to time throughout her life. George Lucas did too, apparently. His famous (infamous?) podracers in The Phantom Menace* are based on chariots like those seen in Ben-Hur*. Mr. Lucas and I are … Continue reading Ben-Hur – On a Motorcycle?!

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?

Another Star Wars Idea Becomes Reality

If you remember the probe droids from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back* and the miniature versions seen in new franchise material such as Star Wars Rebels*, then you might find this piece particularly interesting. The pocket-sized drones described in the article below act a great deal like the probes seen in Star Wars. While … Continue reading Another Star Wars Idea Becomes Reality