The Flash: An Exploration of the Hero’s Journey

Recently, I’ve been working on learning the Hero’s Journey a little better. Structuring full-length stories has always been a bit troublesome for me, as I’m used to the roleplaying method of creating an overall goal and a hook to get there, and then letting the players take over and drive the story. Since I’m writing longer fiction these days, I’ve had to make some adjustments and learn some new skills. The story structure I like the most, because it’s the

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Tones and Themes in Modern Media

I think we are becoming desensitized to deaths in our media. Creators have to go the extra mile to make a death meaningful nowadays. Just a few decades ago, if someone died in a story, the audience/reader would be shocked. “I can’t believe they died. What’s going to happen next?” And that happened even for bit characters (read: not mooks, but not stars either). In our modern media, it’s come to the point where Superman has to destroy an entire

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Fandom Fallacies

I’m a fan of many things in pop-culture: video game franchises, TV series, and movie trilogies, but most of all, I’m a fan of comic books…kinda. Every part of my fandom in different media stems from my childhood involvement with comic books. Why do I like small-unit military movies? Because they’re similar to Team 7, Wetworks, and the Weapon X days of Wolverine. Why do I like space science fiction? Because the X-Men went into space several times in the

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Why Reactive Superhero Stories Make Good Movies

Why is it that many superhero movies and comics that focus on the awesome character fail to make it past issue 9 (or a very ill-made, and ill-funded, sequel)? The reason is because superheroes are reactive characters. They aren’t meant to be the action takers. Since their first appearance in the dark ages of the early 1900’s, superhero stories have followed a formula: a threat puts people in danger, the hero learns about the threat and then shows up and

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On Journaling

I began journaling today. Nothing fancy (actually, I bought a $20 journal with a $12 calligraphy pen to do it right – they’re the ones in the photo above). But am I doing it right? To be honest, I only began the journaling process because I saw this picture on Facebook. I don’t put much stock in any Facebook post that suggests how one might be more successful, but since the lowest points in my life matched up with the

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Difficulties of Writing a Series

Last year, I wrote Bushido with the intention of making it the first installment of a series of short stories. Unfortunately, unrealistic expectations of the market (thinking I would get a bunch of sales in the first month from my Facebook blasts alone) combined with a lack of planning to stop the series at issue one. I justified not moving forward with additional issues by telling myself that I would continue the series if there was sufficient interest. As it

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Game Design Seems to Takes Longer Than Writing Fiction

I’ve been working on getting into the fiction publishing field for many years, and I’ve had a few short stories published and written some longer works that I’m just waiting to edit and put out there. But for the last year and a half, I’ve decided I wanted to pursue writing towards another passion of mine, roleplaying game design. When I started writing fiction, I was astounded by how long it took. I wanted my first draft to be my

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