Author Archives: GeorgeBlot

William Goldman: Ichabod, Ichabod

“Movies have to move. That’s why they’re called movies.” Hilarious. What a piss-taker. Evidence: It worked, though – and for that, for breaking even his own rules, we salute Mr William Golding. What lie did he tell?

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Friday transdimensional blog: it doesn’t have to make sense

This didn’t: David Mamet also eschews backstory, character histories, taxicab scenes and explanations of any kind that don’t work with the plot. Mamet’s take is that if the audience really need to know it, they’ll make it up, since that’s … Continue reading

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Three impossible things before Brexit

To misquote Alice in Wonderland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Crown’s too-many-to-mention other dependencies must achieve three impossible things before Brexit next Spring. The three are resolving the economic, the political, and the logical contradictions … Continue reading

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CIA chief (or is she?): how spies use disguises

Wired has an amazing video by the chief of disguises at the CIA – yes, that really is a job. There’s a lot of good spy tradecraft in the film if that’s the type of fiction you write, and the … Continue reading

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Mars blog: bits of mars have landed on earth

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/pieces-of-mars-have-landed-on-earth-97f0227f4078 … but then you already knew that…

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David Thomson: watch it again

David Thomson’s utterly brilliant How to Watch a Movie: For most of the medium’s history, movies were made to be seen once, or as many times as you could cram into a brief run… By 1955 I had been told … Continue reading

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Friday word blog: Tsundere

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsundere Tsundere (ツンデレ, pronounced [tsɯndeɾe]) is a Japanese term for a character development process that describes a person who is initially cold (and sometimes even hostile) before gradually showing a warmer, friendlier side over time. The word is derived from the … Continue reading

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How patterns work: the butterfly effect

Here’s a story template, with hero “Alice”. (I normally name characters in a template alphabetically: Alice, Bob, Charlie, etc.) Alice lives in a small community that is dependent on a single source of income (typically tourism); Alice has some special … Continue reading

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A heap of broken images

Well, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, assorted dependencies and quasi-colonies – and, if you want to confuse a foreigner, ask them which has the more land area, Britain or Great Britain? – is at this moment undergoing … Continue reading

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Where words turn back

Genuine – tho’ enhanced – composite image of the sun. Knock yourself out. For some reason, it makes me think of The Upanishads: Wherefrom words turn back, Together with the mind, not having attained… Now, amidst Brexit and Trump/ Putin … Continue reading

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