Category Archives: Writing

Plug-In Humor (writing)

The comedian Paul F. Tompkins talked about “Joke Stealing” once. It’s an occasional accusation among professional comedians. “Hey, you stole my joke.” His commentary boiled down to two thoughts: First, your average person will never care about Joke Stealing, even in a professional capacity because for most people, humor is entirely joke stealing. Someone hears […]
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Too Many Curses

I love Too Many Curses, my fifth novel. It is, however, probably my most obscure and least loved. There are a few reasons for this, but most practically, it was my last novel with Tor Publishing, which meant it didn’t get a lot of love from the publisher. They did eventually release it in mass […]
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Text and Subtext (writing)

So I’ll watch a lot of bad movies (particularly successful ones) in hopes of understanding what makes them work. It’s easy to dismiss weak stories, but I believe there is something to be learned from them. The latest bad movie I watched was The Single Moms Club. Or should that be Tyler Perry’s The Single […]
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Inside Out (review)

I enjoyed Inside Out, but didn’t love it. It took me a while to figure out why (or at least part of the reason). For a story about emotion, the tale is surprisingly emotionless. The internal characters wander from scene-to-scene, yet there isn’t much purpose to their wandering other than to set the next scene, […]
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