I am bad at editing. I don’t plan my stories and find that I don’t like rereading my own work. The story is only ever fresh to me in that brief moment between conception and preservation, between the initial idea and its translation to the page. Because of this I find the process of going through the work after the fact so much more difficult. Growing a story without clear structure is all fair and good but it is easy to create plot-holes while an excited flurry of wring leaves you prone to typos.
As such, while editing is often dry, demoralising and not remotely creative, it is a vital thing that all writers need to be able to do well. Being bad at it, I have spent a lot of time learning how to get better, some of it by proactively going and reading advice from other writers and editors, others by doing the wrong things and learning from my mistakes. I am still far, far from perfect but since I am in the editing phase myself at the moment, I felt that it might be worth presenting what I have learned for others in my position. Continue reading
Democracy began with the Greeks when the public would gather to cast votes on decisions that effected their community. This became impractical as the public continued to grow and the number of decisions that needed to be made constantly increased. Representatives of the people were then chosen to discuss and make these decisions in the name of those that they represented. This became the model of our modern day Western democracy and has been in place for centuries. These representatives gathered together under loose ideologies until we found ourselves voting for parties that matched our own rough political alignment more than a specific individual that would best represent our needs.
Within this same period society has changed drastically. From the jobs that we work, the roles that we conform to and the time and distance we can communicate, every facet of who we are and how we act as a community is new and different. The internet has allowed cultures and idea to mix at a far faster rate than when people were restricted to their local villages and towns. We can travel the world to experience other societies in a matter of hours and have a constant barrage of video on our TVs and phones. We are more aware of what is going on, more conscious of what our politicians are doing and as such can apply more scrutiny to their actions. Continue reading
Since the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII some people have been decrying the movie as a piece of social justice propaganda. The two lead characters are a woman and a black man, Heaven forbid.
The movie came out to receive a generally positive reception but one argument that I continue to see is that the character of Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is a Mary-Sue. Mary-Sue is a character trope that shows an idealized fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities, a woman who is good at everything and everyone important likes.
I am going to briefly write about my feelings on gun control in America. As a disclosure I will state here that I am an Englishman so my views will be both bias toward greater control and, quite frankly, be completely irrelevant. As such, I am not going to go on a tirade and try to convince people to change their world views on guns. Instead I would just like to highlight something that I hear a lot from pro-gun activists. Continue reading
Some of you may have already seen the crowd-funding campaign set up buy a group of ambitious architects to construct a habitable replica of Peter Jackson’s representation of the city of Minas Tirith from J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t heard anything about it yet then check out their page here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/realise-minas-tirith. Continue reading
I am looking into alternative business models in the hopes of making my writing a sustainable source of income. I hope to be able to create an independent infrastructure from which to market and sell my work in a way that is free from middlemen who take large chunks of any money. As such, the support of all of you would mean a lot to me.
One direction that I am looking at the moment is to implement a system whereby people pay £5 and receive a year’s worth of serialised shortstories. This will be one episode each month that range between 10k-15k words. 120,000 words minimum for £5 is incredible value for money. Continue reading
This whole thing might come across as a bit corny but oh well. I feel that it needs to be said.
Thank you, Rooster Teeth. Thank you so, so very much.
I have been watching your content since back in 2004 and it has really helped me through some dark times. I suffer with long-term depression, am introverted, socially awkward and barely speak even to my own family but Rooster Teeth has always made me feel like a member of a community, of a family.