The Ear-Body Problem: The Failures of Cory Doctorow’s “In Real Life” Exemplify Common Storytelling Delusions and Fallacies.

  Reading the comic “In Real Life” by Cory Doctorow and “Anda’s Game,” the story on which the comic is based, I’m reminded constantly of the Fallacy of Composition – the misconception that something true for one part is true for the whole – on multiple levels, from the plot which seems to apply theContinue reading “The Ear-Body Problem: The Failures of Cory Doctorow’s “In Real Life” Exemplify Common Storytelling Delusions and Fallacies.”

Boodlepax vs the Robot Conveniences (comic book rough draft)

Here is a rough draft of a comic book I wrote for #30DaysofSummerStories. Since this is the official part 20 of the 30/day 20 of 30, I’m obliged by rules (entirely imposed by myself) to share it. So please enjoy. Boodlepax vs the Robot Conveniences ONE Panel 1 (full page): Boodlepax (a tiny, monstrous creatureContinue reading “Boodlepax vs the Robot Conveniences (comic book rough draft)”

Summary of current #TwitterFiction, Pinterest, and Facebook stories (the Too Many Bodies edition)

Here is a brief summary of the stories I’m presently firstdrafting on Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest. They are all great, & you should love them. Twitter #ThisOneSummer (#TinyHotel): Angel Kamminer-Moorhead wakes up one morning to see the air is filled with thousands of tiny floating bodies seemingly frozen in time (it reminds Angel of the ecstaticContinue reading “Summary of current #TwitterFiction, Pinterest, and Facebook stories (the Too Many Bodies edition)”

Liking as an Overvalued Commodity

Often when confronted with the pervasiveness of “liking” in the present culture, from the very small (Facebook posts that must receive a “like” as the highest measure of affirmation) to the way-too-big (valuing a presidential candidate’s “likeablity” over any other more significant virtue) I think of Willy Loman’s obsession with his sons being “well liked”–notContinue reading “Liking as an Overvalued Commodity”

The Principles of Particulate Stimulation (a Theory of How to Make and Understand Art)

I developed the system/concept I call “particulate stimulation” as, I hope, a practical tool for fiction writers – a way to understand the internal mechanisms of fiction’s interaction with the reader – but I believe these concepts are applicable to all the arts and to serious criticism as well (since I have yet to encounterContinue reading “The Principles of Particulate Stimulation (a Theory of How to Make and Understand Art)”

Nintendo :oR: Multiply the Screaming by Millions

  (for 2100)  Benny gave birth to Nintendo because she hated everything, but Charlie hated everything too, so they could hate everything together.  Charlie made or modified all those Easter dresses  because she never wanted anyone to wear them (all the unworthy and jealous legions) (and Benny was the only one who knew this aboutContinue reading “Nintendo :oR: Multiply the Screaming by Millions”

The Importance of William Carlos Williams to Fiction Writers: Letting Go the Need to Mean Something

As a fiction writer, I consider William Carlos Williams the most important twentieth century American writer. This is a statement likely to meet with much disagreement, and perhaps isolating the statement to the second half of the twentieth century might turn the competition into a no contest, but there is no reason to isolate aContinue reading “The Importance of William Carlos Williams to Fiction Writers: Letting Go the Need to Mean Something”

Summary of #TwitterFiction stories: #ForeignPlanets, #PopulatedWound, & #FertileCrescent

Presently, I have three #TwitterFiction pieces cycling as an #EchoChamber (in which pieces are posted daily at a certain time which echo one another verbally, visually, and/or thematically): #ForeignPlanets (daily at 5:30 a.m.), #PopulatedWound (daily at 4:30 p.m.), and #FertileCrescent (daily 11:00 p.m.). They have been ongoing for several months, so here is a briefContinue reading “Summary of #TwitterFiction stories: #ForeignPlanets, #PopulatedWound, & #FertileCrescent”

Summary of my #TwitterFiction stories so far

Here is summary of my #TwitterFiction stories so far: 5:30 a.m. #ForeignPlanets 3:00 p.m. #UnknownWorlds 4:30: p.m. #PopulatedWound #TinyHotel 11:00 p.m. #BoM (Birth of Murdergod) 11:30 p.m. #PinkBellies 11:45 p.m. #FertileCrescent Various (on Facebook): #TinyHotel Here’s a summary of each of the stories already in progress: #ForeignPlanets (5:30 a.m.) is the story of Far Clooney,Continue reading “Summary of my #TwitterFiction stories so far”

Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories

Presently I’m live tweeting a series of stories called the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” in a structure I invented called an “echo chamber” — in other words, a series of stories posted in increments over time that echo vertically but horizontally tell a linear story (see for example “Seven Minutes to Midnight” or #7m212 from last fall). As thisContinue reading “Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories”