Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Seven Summary

May 22, 2016 1 comment

It’s taken me a while to get to it, but here at last is the summary of the seventh and final season of Star Trek:  The Next Generation.   It’s a season that manages to leave a good taste in the mouth mostly because the finale, All Good Things, is so outstandingly enjoyable that it almost manages to wipe away the memory of all the sub-par episodes of the year.  But then you’re like, “Oh yeah, Masks, and Sub Rosa, and that one with the train on the holodeck….  And so it goes. Read more…

Presenting: A Movie About Itself

May 22, 2016 1 comment

A Movie About Itself

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Leonardo da Vinci famously said, apparently, that “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Read more…

Darwyn Cooke & the New Frontier

May 15, 2016 Leave a comment

The comic book-related internet is awash with reports of the sad passing of creator Darwyn Cooke, who just died of some form of aggressive cancer in the last day or so at the far too young age of 53 (only 8 years older than me!)  I’m far from the best person to write any sort of eulogy for the man, who I didn’t know at all aside from a brief fan-meeting in the artist’s alley at the New York Comic-Con in 2010.  There, Mr. Cooke was gracious enough to indulge my request for an autograph in my little book and even favored me with a 15 second free sketch of Green Lantern, after I mentioned how much of a fan I was of his DC:  The New Frontier.

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Orange (Spoilers)

May 11, 2016 Leave a comment

You can be forgiven for not having any idea what this post is about from the title.  Orange is the name of a movie that I had never heard of which I discovered while recently riding on a plane, returning home from a trip to India.  It’s a Japanese film that just came out last year, and which a bit of cursory research reveals is based on a manga comic series.  My attention was caught by the logline, which said, “A teenaged girl receives a letter from her older self warning her of regrets to avoid…” or something like that.  I’m a bit of a sucker for time-travel related drama and I once found one of my all time favorite movies this way (Summer Time Machine Blues) so I decided to give it a go.  Read more…

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Jargon (Short Fiction)

May 10, 2016 Leave a comment

A short story I wrote for a contest a while ago (I lost), inspired by an experience I had a while ago doing research into a topic that employed some complex technical language.

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JARGON

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Jason caught his reflection in the glass door at the front of National Executive Tech, a monument in stone and glass to retro urban industrial architecture. He wondered if he was ready. It was an unmissable opportunity, considering the prestige of the up-and-coming technology corporation: a six month, unpaid internship, but with a possible job at the other end. He took a breath and was about to enter when a skinny figure with a cheap tie slipped in ahead of him, commenting, “You snooze, you lose, JJ!” It was Ronnie, the other intern starting today—his competitor for the job. Read more…

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Captain America: Civil War (or really, “Marvel Super-Heroes, Part 13”)

May 9, 2016 Leave a comment

So, if it wasn’t clear already, the Marvel Studios is now officially really confident in their “shared universe” approach to their superhero movies. I mean, we’ve known that’s what they are doing from nearly the beginning, and we’ve been excited about it ever since Robert Downey jr. showed up in the post-credit scene of The Incredible HulkAvengers was built in many ways on the goodwill and anticipation that was built up by the various hero’s prior appearances in their solo films.  And we fans have come to expect the gratuitous cameo appearances, like Chris Evans showing up Thor:  The Dark World or Anthony Mackie’s Falcon getting a big scene in Ant-Man.

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Dalek Empire: The Human Factor, Death to the Daleks!, Project Infinity (and farewell Gareth Thomas) [Big Finish]

April 17, 2016 Leave a comment

A while ago, I mentioned having listened to the first volume of Big Finish’s Dalek Empire series, in spite of not being a fan of the Daleks (normally) and having limited funds with which to purchase Big Finish’s audio wares.  However, a cool deal that I came across a while ago allowed me to get ahold of both of the first two Volumes of Dalek Empire (four episodes each) and I recently, finally was able to finish off Volume I with three episodes entitled The Human Factor, Death to the Daleks!, and Project InfinityRead more…

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