PATTERNS: Go Fractal

I’ve recently become convinced that, whatever structuring system you use — be it Robert McKee or Syd Field or Blake Snyder/Save The Cat or Chris Vogler or Story Wheel or etc — the patterns all repeat themselves, inside themselves.. The story pattern happens over and over, WITHIN THE LARGER PATTERN; in many of our popular …

IT’S OUR PARTIES; I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO

I hate politics. I ponder quite often trying to write a non-fiction book on the topic. I personally happen to think that the United States is the best overall governance system, on paper; the way the three branches juggle each other is almost as WOW-inducing of a design as the human thumb. It’s as good …

The World Peace Diet: TLDR

Some intellectual was on CBC with Michael Enright once talking about good bad books, like for example, ANIMAL FARM and 1984, books which he reminded us are inferior reads as literature, and yet which carry with them a perspective on reality that cannot be denied and makes the reading of these works actually worthwhile. That …

The End Of Privacy, or, I For One Welcome Our New Google Overlords!

When I first moved to Toronto, David Samis (yes, the David Samis) invited me to a presentation evening called Trampoline Hall.  Actually, this was before the Internet became huge-huge, and although it was long before YouTube, it was like what you might today call a live, local “TED Talk” on a stage.  The presenter that …

Mr. ORCHARD and Mr. Snyder

Re-working Mr. ORCHARD this week (to upload to studios.amazon.com) brought Mr. Blake Snyder to mind quite a lot. If I were to read Mr. ORCHARD without any prior knowledge of it, I can’t imagine I would ever guess that I wrote it; it’s really violent and dark. If I were told in advance what happened …