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Final Notable Quotable of 2013: Study Greatness

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“Study! Do your homework! I used to always tell you, do your homework. Get footage! How the fuck are you going to know how to be great if you don’t study GREATNESS?!” ~Tracy Morgan, 2012

Well, here we are. Closing out a third year of writing and telling narrative. This year was a very, er… MIXED year. I won’t really get into that, but I think it was successful in some choice aspects. The first book of The Twisted World came out, and we’re well on our way into the next book with hopes that it will also be out this summer. (more…)

My Kind of Genre

We had a talk last night about genres, and Oliver has this really cool theory about how you can guess a person’s favorite by certain facts about their life. It was hilarious and fun (and a topic for another post). Thinking I was slick, I asked him to tell me MY favorite genre.

 

I want to go to there...

I want to go to there…


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Interpretation

The interesting thing about this image is that many people believe that it spins to the left. Others are adamant that it spins to the right. The truth of the matter is, the image in fact spins both directions. There is not enough information presented to determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that the woman depicted is spinning in one direction. If you simply relax your eyes and imagine that she is spinning in the opposite direction of what you are currently interpreting it, she WILL spin in that direction.

Reader Ted G. wrote in to Danika and I, with an interesting point of view about Rabbit in the Road that I wanted to share with you folks. Ted writes:

“We all agreed that most people read it as Bevie being the victim, only changing at the end of the book. This was the big surprise ending for all of us. It seemed that in that final confrontation, Bevie simply had had enough of her life being upturned all the time and saw a way out.

But, we all agreed that it can be read with Bevie in the roll of villianess from almost the very beginning. It could be argued that it was she using/manipulating Ray. Also her continual callous treatment of her boyfriends is evidence of a less than stellar moral fortitude. She manipulates these men to get what she needs, then abandons them all at the drop of a hat.” (more…)

My Kind of Heroine

My Kind of ( ) is a series of posts about my particular taste, the things that get me wound up in narrative. I always know them when I see them; the types of characters that seem like they’re speaking just for me, the settings that send me into daydream-land for weeks, the twists and plots that make me stay up late and miss work the next day. Up next? Heroines.

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The Independent Author Problem

Ever since that book came out, every day he been shufflin'.

Today I’d like to talk about easily the most difficult and most important part of writing your book: Promoting your work.

Rabbit in the Road will have been out for six months as of March 14th, in digital format, and has been out for 3 months in paperback format. During that time, we have had some amazing things happen that most other independents rarely are fortunate enough to get.

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The Philosophy of Time Travel Fiction

Hey-o, I’m back again with another post discussing and disseminating genre into easy to understand concepts! You guys seem to like it, so I’m going to keep doing it until either A) You guys get tired of it or B) I run out of genres.

So today, we’re going to talk about one of the trickiest to write but most rewarding of genres (if done well): Time travel.

Time travel is  unique in that unlike other genres that have pretty clear rules, it actually has very few. Because of the distinct lack of rules, it often makes it incredibly difficult for people to start writing, because they don’t know where and when they’re messing it up outside of typical character development. (more…)

Final Notable Quotable of 2011: Live A Life You’re Proud Of

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ” ~Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Well boys and girls, it looks to be about that time. Tick-tock goes the clock and this year comes to a close, just like all the others before it.  This will be the final post as well as the last Notable Quotable of 2011, and I wanted to share it with you.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of my favorite films of all time now, chokes me up every single time I watch it. This particular monologue is powerful indeed, and more or less encapsulates everything that I have told you about over the past few months. (more…)

Notable Quotable: What I Do Defines Me

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~Christian Bale, Batman Begins (2005)

I realized we hadn’t done a notable quotable in a long while, so I wanted to bring up a rather poignant one (and yes I do realize that this is the second notable quotable I’ve pulled from Batman Begins; What can I say, it was good writing).

The poetic and simultaneously blunt nature of this line is moving, because it cuts out a lot of the edges and gets straight to the point. This is a great, great thing to motivate you not just as an aspiring storyteller, but also everyday in your life.
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Unmasking the Masked Man

Hello again. It’s me, Oliver. That one guy.

I figured that it was about time that I came out of the dark and stopped hiding, so here I am. As you’ve noticed by now, if you’ve been following us since the inception of this writing blog back in September, you’ll notice that we have been surprisingly quiet about who we are. I think that it has finally reached the point where we should talk about who we are and why we’re worth listening to. And, if you’re lucky, I might even share some personal things with you!

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Notable Quotable: Everybody’s Got A Story

“Well, everybody’s got a story, okay? And all they want is for somebody to listen to it. People are basically good. lf you care about them, they’ll want to be your friend. All you got to do is look at people when you’re talking to someone. That’s it. Look them in the eye. Focus. Hear their story. Hear what they’ve got to say. You do that, buddy, and you can do no wrong.” -Dan Aykroyd, Loser (2000)

Not the greatest film ever made, but this is a CHOICE quote. It really does make a difference in how you are perceived by people. There are times when you are the BEST conversationalist, not when you are speaking, but when you are listening to someone else. You will be amazed at the things you will learn about people when you are simply quiet and let them speak.

-Oliver