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    Life

    A Monster In The Drain

    I. I came home from a Disney World vacation to a clogged drain. It was in the kitchen. I ran the disposal a few times and noticed the water came rising back like a water zombie (Do water zombies exist? I need to look into this). I kept trying to see if the disposal would eventually force whatever clogged the drain but the water returned all the same. Putting my Sherlock hat on, I noticed little tiny white pieces of rice rose out of the drain. So I figured somehow, someone shoved a little too much rice down the drain. It seemed ridiculous. How much rice does it take to…

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    Writing

    Fooled by Mr. Keating: Embracing Plot Structure

    Previously, I wrote about how I defied rules and structure in my writing in Fooled by Mr. Keating. Some might call this style “post-modern” writing and I certainly had my head entrenched in that school of thought. It was not to my benefit. I think it makes sense to dig a little deeper. Let’s talk about plot structure in fiction writing. Before we get into it, I want to make clear no potential genre novelist wants to be a post-modern writer. Why not?

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    Writing

    Fooled by Mr. Keating (How I Learned to Love Structured Writing)

    The Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies of all time. Even as a young kid I remember enjoying it. Robin Williams performance as Mr. Keating electrifies the drama, bringing passion and heart to a story which could have fallen flat. In the movie, Mr. Keating has several iconic scenes which argue against stale, passionless writing, but rather encourages all artists to not be bound by rules or structure. In essence, Keating’s message to his students and to the audience is: Be free.

  • Film,  How To

    Do the Twist

    Everybody loves a twist ending. They make for fun, interesting, and satisfying stories, and usually make you think about a story well after you’ve finished it. Of course, stories with twist endings can wear out their welcome (see: M. Night Shyamalan), but for the most part people love a good twist. YouTuber Wolfcrow breaks down how to create a twist ending in six steps in his video, using a Yin/Yang paradigm. It’s a basic formula that he doesn’t dive too deeply into but gives you the bare essentials to get started. If you’re looking to write a story with a twist, then this video will help get you started.

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    Journal

    Sleepless

    I woke up around 4:00 AM this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. This is rare. The below zero temperatures and the short days must be messing with my head. It seems like this is becoming a common thread each year. Hopefully, I don’t get that nasty virus like I did last year. No one wants to endure that. Since I couldn’t sleep, I read the rest of Song of Susannah by Stephen King. Now I’m left with that enduring question bringing too much opportunity into the mix: What should I read next? I’ll come up with something. Probably something short. And scary.