WRITING PROMPT: Questionable 'CHOICES'
Over the past year, I've been approached more and more about writing for 'branching narrative' games. Usually it's an established property, with the team leader keen for a different take on the material (which tends to translate as 'Characters and dialogue with more edge, please.') Hmmm...I think I can do that ;-)
BRANCHING NARRATIVE: Choose Your Adventure!
Whether crafting linear or branching narratives, the end goal remains the same — Emotional Engagement. I've been thinking about this a LOT lately. And that's only natural when app and game and media folks keep wanting to bend your ear and chat 'choose your own adventure stuff'. Something, my friends, is in the air...
The 10 Must-See Films of 2017
I'm back on the annual horse for another crack at a 'Best Films' list, which will hopefully get more eyeballs on deserving stories that slipped under the radar in 2017. FYI — I guarantee moments of smug agreement, eye-rolling opposition, and (for at least one contentious choice) even some vocal protest. Trailers aplenty, too. Get clicking!
MOVIE SEQUEL or NEW TV SEASON — Who's Better?
I was recently asked an interesting question: 'What do you see as the key differences/similarities between writing a sequel to a movie, and breaking a new season of a television show?' I answered in a giggling torrent, more with 'gut' than logic...but I still think the analysis holds up well.
MASTER CHEF SPOOF = Game Writing Prompt
Things got hot in the narrative kitchen with a recent request — write a brief (10-15 lines) scene between two contestants and a judge on a Reality TV Cooking show. Yes, Chef!!! (BONUS: my 60min interview with acclaimed Aussie chef ANTONIO BRUNO is embedded for your listening pleasure!)
HOW I'D WRITE IT: GREEN LANTERN IN JUSTICE LEAGUE
The early reactions for JUSTICE LEAGUE are in, and most agree on one upside—the characters, overall, are great! Which helps, because that's what's been missing from the DCEU. I just hope the goodwill carries over to my fav DC hero: GREEN LANTERN. And they CAN make his intro work. Here's how...
FABLES: DEFINING A GENRE
The fine folks at WATTPAD — the Canadian-made 'social storytelling' network where fledgling writers and established authors can share story excerpts and complete works with a hungry (and massive) through a slick and simple interface — recently got in touch with an intriguing request...
GAME WRITING: 'Kardashian' Game Meets the Music Industry
In this opening scene for a yet-to-be-announced mobile game (along the lines of the *shudder* blockbuster Kim Kardashian: Hollywood) we meet a wide-eyed musical wannabe. She's fresh off the bus from somewhere in small-town USA, after the fates smiled upon her with a prime busking spot in LA...
TWIN PEAKS: The Return—Finale Rant + Series THEORY
I just woke up on the other side of the world. Didn't feed the cat or even have a cup of coffee. Instead, I watched the TWIN PEAKS: The Return finale. And now that it's over? I need to get some (admittedly surreal) shit off my chest—embedded audio AND updated *theory* attached!!
TWIN PEAKS — 10 Wild Theories You NEED to Consider
I think I’ve earned a moment of indulgence — so try to humour an old yarn-spinner in some wild and wooly prognostications as we fall through space, faster and faster, towards what is sure to be the consciousness-altering conclusion of TWIN PEAKS: The Return*!