Martin Stellinga Posts

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.

December 4, 2015 / Writing


I’ve already discussed various ways to structure a story. Today, I’ll discuss another variation of the three-act structure: the Hollywood Formula. Interesting to know if you like writing, but also if you like to pick apart movies.

December 3, 2015 / Writing
November 27, 2015 / Science fiction


Have you ever seen an alien? Neither have I, or anybody else, as far as we know. That is actually quite strange, statistically speaking. This apparent paradox is known as the Fermi Paradox. It’s a very important paradox for science fiction, so I’m going to ramble about it a bit.

November 20, 2015 / Smells


When a writer does not add enough context to a conversation we call that ‘talking heads’. Usually, when there is a conversation in a movie or a book, there’s more going on than just the dialog. Actors are showing emotions, or lack of them, and say their lines just so. Characters in book frown, laugh, and fret as they talk. If this information is missing, you have the talking heads. This week, I’ll take a look at this writing smell.