When I was a kid, somewhere between 8 and 12 I'd guess, I had considered becoming a librarian. One day, my father, who worked for the state, brought home a civil service description of the position of Head Librarian for the State Library. I looked at the salary of what was probably the highest paid … Continue reading What Would You Pull Over For?
As a self-published writer who hasn't, until recently, ramped up my social media marketing efforts, I have fairly low levels of traffic on this site. As a result, the site stats tell me more about individual visitors than if they were lost in a crowd. Today I had one visitor, from Canada, who went through … Continue reading Thank You Canada
This is the first post of my Real Characters series of interviews. The point of them is to act as a little piece of research when writing realistic characters. My inaugural interview is with the author David Klein. Klein has two published books available for sale on Amazon. Clean Break has a particularly good antagonist … Continue reading Real Characters: Author David Klein
Feel free to take a look at a new short story I just finished about Phil and Barty, two characters from my novel Bad Habits, which, if you got any Amazon gift cards for any recent holidays, is available as an e-book for just $.99.
For too long the captain has sat in his quarters ignoring the charts and guzzling the rum of immediate folly. He has failed to give any order but toward objects on the horizon whose existence may be mere whim. The crew grows weaker for lack of drilling and waters too calm to give them pause … Continue reading I Declare a Mutiny on this Ship
In case you're interested in a little light reading to ring in the new year I've put up a new page with my Masters thesis on slasher films and dissertation on using the Internet for collecting samples.
I just finished up teaching four sections of Psych 100 last week, and there are a few themes which came up over and over that are good things to remember when doing character development. You want your characters to be believable, so knowing how people work on the inside can only help. First off, one … Continue reading What I Learned from Teaching Psych 101
My Master's thesis was titled "Forms of Discrimination in Slasher Horror Films: A Content Analysis." Finished a year before the film Scream was released, it was an attempt to eliminate subjectivity in the analysis of these movies. Previous research had looked at the films as the unit of analysis, whereas I used the character. It … Continue reading More Stuff About Bad Guys
Let me start off by saying there’s nothing I don’t want to know. I want to know everything. If I had the machine from the first Matrix film, where you could download information and skills into your brain, I’d have trouble getting off the couch. I’d love to know how to play every instrument, know … Continue reading A Thing I Want to Know
Not too many people know this about me, probably because I don’t really have all that many friends to begin with, but I like to watch religious movies like ‘God is Not Dead’. The most amusing thing to me about them is that the people involved think that, by watching the films, non-believers will have … Continue reading Cost and Value