Self Defense, and Writing About It

Self Defense, and Writing About It

Ben Cheah, author of the fantastic No Gods Only Daimons, reviews Marc MacYoung’s series on writing about fighting. I believe I’ve mentioned the site nononsenseselfdefense.com before. It’s dated, marginally organized, but utterly invaluable in its insights. Writing Violence 1: Getting Shot is all about surviving a two-way shooting range–or not. More than just a technical discussion of the effects of gunshot wounds, MacYoung shows how experienced and inexperienced characters would react, tactics characters would use in certain situations, and skewers common Hollywood myths. Writing Violence 2: Getting Stabbed covers the art of the knife–and,…

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How To Act as if You're Actually Intelligent

How To Act as if You're Actually Intelligent

…and not a caricature of what normally think a smart person is (sortof like Colbert used to play a caricature of what liberals *thought* conservative commentators believed, when parodying what they actually did would have been both more honest and funnier). Eric Raymond was encouraged to view a clip of the Big Bang Theory, [and wasn’t impressed](http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=7451): Bleagh. This is supposed to be a show about geniuses? It’s not. It’s a show about a dimwit’s idea of what bright people are like. The slowest person in my peer group could…

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Tha Backstory, tha Whole Backstory, and Nothing But tha Backstory, Pt 1.

Tha Backstory, tha Whole Backstory, and Nothing But tha Backstory, Pt 1.

Ok. We’ve had a number of posts across Castalia, Google+, etc., recently delving into the necessity of backstory, the modern plague therof, and how it’s hobbled storytelling. Generally speaking, I agree with the position Jeffro has taken, and a lot of people have weighed in with good things to say on the topic. So why dipping my oar in? Because, in my opinion, John Wick (have not yet seen Ch.2) is damn near a “perfect” movie – one of the few I put in that category along with The usual Suspects –  and arguably a perfect action movie, and…

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