On the Fourth Act

The most basic structure for a story is the three-act rising-action-to-climax. They teach it in high school. It works because it hits the beats that conform to emotional expectations that people have. But it’s not the only structure that can be. I mentioned earlier this week when I finally got Chapter XII finished that it … More On the Fourth Act

The Sword Inspiration Pieces: The Red Badge of Courage

I read this when in high school and it made a very small effect on me. I liked it, but it’s slog through the awareness of a Union private undergoing his first battle seemed very small-potatoes to me, a snail-eyed view of an epoch-defining conflict. The Red Badge of Courage seemed to reduce the entire Civil … More The Sword Inspiration Pieces: The Red Badge of Courage

Just a Quick Update…

Managed to get through Chapter Ten of The Sword yesterday. That’s three chapters finished this week. Progress = solid. Right now, cleaning up some things for the next issue of Unnamed Journal. Then, back to the grind. In the meantime, here’s a review of Ready Player One that pretty well confirms my expectations. The overwhelming majority of … More Just a Quick Update…