How to Set the Scene [Writing Workshop]

Setting the Scene Pacing your story so that the action rises and falls all at the key moments is difficult. An entire weekend long masterclass could be dedicated to this singular aspect of storytelling, because there are (simply put) a metric-fuck-ton of ways to screw...

Blade Runner 2049 [Movie Review]

Blade Runner 2049 Review First, let it be said that I am a huge Philip K. Dick fan. That wily wordsmith with his mind-bending perspective on the world of tomorrow told some of the most influential science fiction tales of all-time. We need go no further than Do...

Monday Motivation #7 (Gary Vaynerchuk)

This week's Monday Motivation is a straight-up kidney punch of intensity as serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk lays it all out there nice and neat about the primary thing holding 90% of us back. This particular video hits close to home for me. I have a soft spot for...

Use body language to tell a better story. [Writing Workshop]

Use body language to tell a better story. It’s not about what you say. It’s about how you say it. This is just as true in your day-to-day interactions with friends, loved ones, enemies, and sentient sponges as it is in your fiction. To add a layer of spice, depth, and...

The Scar – China Mieville [Book Review]

China Mieville: The Man, The Myth, The Weird-Fic Legend China Mieville has been nominated for pretty much every science fiction and fantasy award under the sun. He’s been a finalist for the Hugo Awards, Philip K. Dick Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, World Fantasy...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Review I'm a little late to the part, but the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer dropped yesterday. There was a lot of wariness surrounding the Star Wars IP when Disney took over the franchise, but I've been nothing but tinkled pink...

Monday Motivation #6 (Charles Bukowski)

"If you are going to try, go all the way." The weekend has come and gone, and now it's time to dive into another week of work, right? Wrong, bucko! The weekend does not mean workend. On the contrary, if anything, it means "time to double down and work even harder"....

What I Wish I’d Known Then…

What I Wish I’d Known Then... I wish I’d known then just how hard it was going to be. Lord knows how many people were screaming from the mountaintop, “The road is paved in treachery. Beware!” Somehow their words fell on deaf ears. I wish I’d known then just how...

The Kick-Ass Writer [Book Review]

Chuck Wendig is a septic-dumpster fire I absolutely can’t get enough of. If you’ve spent any time wandering the One Lazy Robot halls, you’ll know by now that I have a bit of a writer crush on the bearded cantaloupe. I’ve followed his career for the better part of five...

Monday Motivation #5 (Jim Carrey)

"Your need for acceptance can make you invisible to the world." Welcome back for another dose of Monday Motivation! We're gonna kick-start the week with some words from a man known more for being funny than poignant, but there are a couple nuggets in here I think we...

The Fascination Test

Fascination I have a degree in Psychology, and tend to look at the personality tests floating around the internet as nothing more than a scummy film of rancid entertainment. We’ve all seen them trickling down our Facebook news-feed: Which Game of Thrones character are...

The Emperor’s Blades [Book Review]

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley splashed down into the cold, dark sea of epic fantasy back in 2014 with his debut novel, The Emporer’s Blades. My girlfriend at the time consumed it in about 13 microseconds and then proceeded to tell me, for roughly the next year...

4 Cornerstones of the Professional Mindset

I’ve lived a life defined by fleeting passions. Or phases as one of my best friends recently put it. There was the chess, and martial arts, and long distance running, and snowboarding, and writing, and Starcraft, and poker, and rock climbing, and writing, and......

Monday Motivation #4 (Invest in Yourself)

Here, bite down on this. It's time for your weekly jolt of motivation. This week we're talking about the single most important thing you can invest your time, money, and energy into: Yourself. Forget fancy new gadgets designed to make you more productive. Forget get...

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