Over8ed – a Sense8 rant

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With Sense8, the Wachowskis (the Matrix) and Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) try to explore what happens if eight random people around the world get mind-linked. I think they failed. What they made instead was eight hours of watching paint dry on cardboard cutouts of characters.

To my amazement the show has rave reviews and a high 8 on IMDB. Personally, I feel it’s highly over8ted – pardon the puns. Continue reading “Over8ed – a Sense8 rant”

Agency deficiency

AgencyA person who is in a situation where they can make a decision has agency. Characters in stories have agency when they are in a position to make choices that affect their story. Unfortunately, some characters in stories suffer from agency deficiency. Today, I’ll talk about this particular writing smell and how to fix it.

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Something old, something new…

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The title of this post refers to an old English rhyme for what brides should wear: ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’. The rhyme itself is not meaningful for writing. However, it illustrates a need for contrast, which is important for writing.

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