You like movies? I like movies. Some movies, anyway. Stories told through the medium of motion pictures tend to be memorable because they engage the senses of the person watching them. Sight and sound, certainly. These are the two obvious senses engaged. But, I think I can make a case for the other senses as […]Read more "Cinematic Perspective (Or, a digression about sensory engagement in movies, writing dialogue and narrative POV)"
My real name isn’t Firewater. Shocker. I know. What’s more, it’s not even close to Firewater. You’d be hard put to deduce my given name from my chosen nom de guerre. What I’m saying is my real name isn’t Fred Waterman or Sapphire Waters, or anything that could be twisted into Firewater like some funky […]Read more "What’s in a Pen Name? (secret origin of Firewater)"
During the last six months of 2021, I managed to get 10,000 words written of a novel-length story idea that’s been percolating in the back of my head for more than twenty years. Since I average 250 words per printed page (double-spaced, 12-point type), that’s forty pages. Not a bad start. These forty pages are […]Read more "A Story is Born (or: a brief digression about fiction writing, idea generation, and Gilmore Girls)"
There’s a scene in an episode of Seinfeld in which a woman cheers on hundreds of marathon runners by shouting, “You’re all winners!” A few years ago, I wrote a rather short essay that still managed to wander off-topic in spite of its brevity entitled “Everyone is a Writer.” No exclamation point, but it might […]Read more "But, I Digress . . .: a brief digression about the massive size of the internet and why you shouldn’t feel bad for calling yourself a writer."
I’m no stranger to rationalization. It’s easy to make excuses for not doing something. I was sidetracked by work, or by other things I need to take care of at home, family obligations, or the last half of Season 5 of Lucifer that dropped on Netflix and which I feel compelled to binge-watch. There’s only […]Read more "Ticking Away the Moments that Make Up a Dull Day (Or: I Want to be a Writer, But I Don’t Have the Time)"
This post is about first drafts, certainly. It’s also about the reliability of long-accepted quotes from dead people. A while back, I wrote a post titled Write Drunk, Edit Sober (good bad advice on how to tap your creativity like a keg). The “write drunk, edit sober” quote has been attributed to Ernest Hemingway for […]Read more "The First Draft of Anything is . . . (another questionable writing quote from Hemingway)"
I know, I’ve bragged about publishing 800 posts and over a million words on WordPress, mostly reviews and undisciplined rants about nerd-centric topics. Lots of Star Trek and Star Wars, as well as vanity projects that appeal mainly to an audience of one—the author himself. During that same time—since December 2015—I’ve written a lot of […]Read more "Writer’s Block Party: writing your way through the Wall"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
I hold to the belief that most entertaining fiction, whether found as television, cinema, stage plays, comic books, video games or print media, is highly predicated by two main requirements. The first of these is competent worldbuilding. A story’s settings must be realistic within the fictional milieu. The back story, the reasons why the story […]Read more "Firefly: Cast Personae (how to create character-driven science fiction)"
I recently watched all of the Joss Whedon series Firefly. Again. The first time I watched it was still years after it was born, and died, on FOX. The series had only one season, and yet it was burned into the collective unconscious of the nerdgeist. The Whedon connection helped, of course. It was my […]Read more "Firefly: a Master Class of Science-Fiction Worldbuilding"