Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

This article starts off with this review: Geek Dad Reviews The Land I enjoyed the land a lot more than he did, but his review hits most of the same complaints that I had with it. Needless prompts and redundant information. Some of the later books give you the same information back to back to back.… Continue reading Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories

The Gartner Hype cycle is one of those simple graphs that shows a lot of important information. The downside to the Gartner Hype Cycle is that while it has great ad hoc and post hoc explanatory power, it doesn't have great predictive power.  In other words, it's not scientific in any sense.  It's still a useful ad… Continue reading How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories

Starting on my Royal Road fiction

Tl;dr:  Go read my fiction. So I've been running this blog close to a year now and haven't written any fiction of my own.  It's time to find if I'm less full of it than I think I am.  I've started writing a military sci-fi GameLit book.  The universe is based on the Proxima Universe… Continue reading Starting on my Royal Road fiction

Damn the Reviewers, or why video game critics and movie critics are often at odds with the audience

There's a joke amongst journalists.  "Journalism:  The pay is crap.  On the other hand, everyone hates you." There's a clear disconnect between what game journalists say about games, and what gamers say about games.  There's the same divide between movie critics and regular movie goers and books that people are reading on Amazon vs. what… Continue reading Damn the Reviewers, or why video game critics and movie critics are often at odds with the audience

Why Hollywood Can’t Write Women: Wonder Woman, Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi

I've often criticized books for overpowered protagonists, failure to follow Sanderson's laws of magic, (which I will revise to Sanderson's laws of special powers), use of plot coupons, subversion without a cause, and conflicts between text and subtext. In order to further flesh that out, I will analyze three movies that illustrate this problem, as… Continue reading Why Hollywood Can’t Write Women: Wonder Woman, Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi