art, film, literature, writing

How to Start Worldbuilding for Writers

I plan to do a whole series on this topic. Today is just an overview. We'll get into cooler topics like culture or conlangs later. I'm not copying the Writing Excuses podcast. I drafted this first post far before I knew they were devoting this year to the topic. It's something I care deeply about,… Continue reading How to Start Worldbuilding for Writers

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literature, writing

Year of Required Reading, Part 1: To Kill a Mockingbird

A series in which I read books on required reading lists and discuss their merits. Ask anyone in the US to name a book they had to read in school, and they will probably say: To Kill a Mockingbird. Ask them to tell you what it's about, and they will probably mumble something about Scout… Continue reading Year of Required Reading, Part 1: To Kill a Mockingbird

art, film, literature

The Romanoffs is Awesome

Amazon has a lot of money. I wish this was a paid advertisement for their newest series:┬áThe Romanoffs. But it's not. This is an honest review. First off, it's really good on every level. The acting, the originality of the writing, the filming, their thematic choices, the pacing, and the choice of a constant stream… Continue reading The Romanoffs is Awesome

art, games

Best Games of 2018

I'm not the biggest gamer. I've gone through Go and chess phases. The longest was Go. I even competed in the Collegiate Go League on the University of Washington team. Most competitive games have the same problems for casual players: losing skill isn't fun. But maintaining skill isn't fun either, because it involves spending inordinate… Continue reading Best Games of 2018

art, literature, writing

Best Books of 2018

I know this title is a bit misleading, but this is the same as I've done for the past ten years. These are my favorite books I read in 2018. Most of them were not published in 2018. Best Literary Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer The novel opens with Less as a failed novelist,… Continue reading Best Books of 2018

art, literature, writing

Year of Required Reading, Part 0

As I said in a previous post, I'm going to make 2019 the "Year of Required Reading." I want to take books that I was required to read in school and read them again to get a fresh perspective and to evaluate whether I think they are good choices. I'm posting my list this early… Continue reading Year of Required Reading, Part 0

art, literature, writing

Social Media’s Negative Effect on Prose Style

I've noticed this strange trend in the prose style of novels, and I've wondered why it's happening. I finally realized that the prevalence of social media is almost certainly the culprit. I won't try to write a whole thesis on the history of this type of thing, but I think it's pretty commonly accepted that… Continue reading Social Media’s Negative Effect on Prose Style