May 2004

Gods. Recipe for a god: *1 or more locus or domain (god of the west river, god of dreams) *1 or more miracle or power *1 or more omen or portents (omens inform your followers that you’re going to do something, portents inform your followers that you want something) *1 or more sacrifices or sacred …

Read More »

Rule 2. Rule #2 of Storytelling (still in pondering status): The main character is the theme of the show. (Captain/Title character/Chosen One/Barkeeper etc.) Examples: (Keep in mind that I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore; it’s mostly limited to Joss Whedon and the Cartoon Network to be truthful) Mal Reynolds is the captain; everything …

Read More »

Hellboy We saw Hellboy last week. I liked it. There were plot flaws, but nothing so big that I was cheesed off. I was first delighted when I heard them start playing Tom Waits. I forget which song it was…something off Heart Attack and Vine? But then I laughed with glee: You’re one microscopic cog …

Read More »

Book Review. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje I haven’t seen the movie. This is a “well-written” book. The language is poetic. The characters develop as characters. There are flashbacks. The ending is sad and poetic. The emotional intensity I should have felt–lovers leave each other, some of them die, bombs blow up Hiroshima–I didn’t. …

Read More »