Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat

(This photo isn't too far from the truth: I had mock-ups of who is where in Exiles of Heaven) Ascent of the Fallen has a handful of fight scenes, and most of those were reasonably easy to visualize and write. When I got to Exiles of Heaven though, my skills were challenged. It's hard work to craft … Continue reading Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat

Bad Movies: A Great Way To Learn About Story

I love movies. I've loved them for a very long time. As a kid I can remember our first VHS player and watching Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Neverending Story, and many others over and over again. I remember watching movies with my dad, especially Quigley Down Under (although admittedly, I think dad watched Lonesome … Continue reading Bad Movies: A Great Way To Learn About Story

Complex

As I dive into the adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo one thing is clear: this is complex writing business. I give Victor Hugo major props for organizing his writing in the days of loose leaf and small-bound diaries. Writing with tools like Scrivener, cloud-based storage, and being able to write on multiple platforms makes … Continue reading Complex