Looking Forward (Update)

About a year ago, I wrote a couple of posts about the forthcoming Mass Effect Andromeda video game. I mentioned it once in some random thoughts about the assertion that the secret to happiness was having something to look forward to.  At the time I was looking forward to seeing my great-granddaughter Melody for the […]

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Me, Myself and Eyes

It has been said that the eyes are the window of the soul.   I used the passive voice in the preceding sentence because I don’t know who said it first. It’s been attributed to Shakespeare, which sounds good, although I can’t find just where he actually wrote it (maybe he just “said” it aloud […]

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Football Memories

I would not consider myself to be a sports fanatic. My father was a sports fanatic. At least he was for baseball and football. I never knew him to take much of an interest in basketball or hockey. He would maintain spiral-bound notebooks full of scores and player stats. As far as I know, it […]

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The Ludlum Silencer

I recently re-read The Holcroft Covenant, by Robert Ludlum.  The first time I read it was around the time it was published, in the late 1970s.  It was the first of his books that I read, and I liked it enough then to seek out his earlier works and read them as well.  A couple […]

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Rhymes with Norange

Norange?  I’m either going to believe everything I read on the Internet—a dangerous proposition, if ever there was one—or I’m going to doubt the veracity of everything I hear, read, and/or see. Experience is the greatest teacher, and it has instructed me that the latter path is the most prudent. I read that the humble […]

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Time’s Up

Psalms 90:12    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Job 14    Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. . . Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. It’s not my intention to preach.  […]

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Enjoy Every Sandwich

I became a Warren Zevon fan late in life. I always liked Werewolves of London of course, but that’s just his one overpowering hit single. His body of work includes a lot of other amazing songs that never received the same attention. His morbid sense of humor pervaded his songs, from the ode to heroin […]

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Dan Harmon’s Story Circle

danharmoncircleI am always interested in the working habits and processes of professional writers.  Just this morning I stumbled across the story circle developed by Dan Harmon, and found it interesting.

For those of you unfamiliar with Harmon, he is the creator of the television show Community as well as the cartoon Rick and Morty, and he hosts his own podcast Harmontown.  He’s a complicated person, which is to say he apparently drinks a lot and does drugs, and that he’s probably a genius.  From what I’ve read so far, it seems that he asserts that his story circle (pictured above) applies to all stories.  It is based on the Hero’s Journey, as laid out by Joseph Campbell, though simplified.

I’ve just begun to apply Harmon’s structure to stories I’m familiar with, and, as I said before, am finding it interesting.  But, I’m no expert on it.  Dan Harmon has written about it in more detail at Channel 101 if you’d like to find out more.



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