Martin Stellinga Posts

January 8, 2016 / Smells

Straw man

The straw man argument is where somebody tries to prove their point by attacking a twisted or exaggerated version of their opponents proposition.

Stories are often an exploration of a certain idea and the pros and cons of that idea – the story’s theme. It’s quite possible for a story to put up straw men as part of that theme. I call that straw man theming. I feel that’s bad form and a type of writing smell.

January 1, 2016 / Reviews
December 25, 2015 / Reviews

Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Twenty-fifteen is nearly past, so everybody and their cousin are creating list of the best things of the past year. I too am jumping on that band wagon. Below, 2015 in reviews.

December 18, 2015 / Reviews
December 11, 2015 / Games

Warhammer army

I’m a big fan of miniature wargaming, both the assembling and painting the figures, but also the tactical complexity of the game itself. I thought it was high time to bore you as well, or at the very least give you an understanding of what miniature wargaming is.