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Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Filmmaking | 12 comments

More Dangers of Homeschooling

More Dangers of Homeschooling

 

As many of you know, I was homeschooled all the way through graduation. It was a truly wonderful experience, and if I could go back I wouldn’t do it any differently.

Several years ago, I made a video that was a sort of tongue-in-cheek look at homeschooling and the supposed hazards thereof. It was called Dangers of Homeschooling. It wasn’t my best video, and I’m a little embarrassed about it now, so in 2013 I resolved to make a sequel that would be much better. It was about the time I started this blog, actually. 

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Plot | 7 comments

When To Leave Loose Ends Loose

When To Leave Loose Ends Loose

 

..and Clovis the Cow trotted out of the barnyard and in the general direction of New York City, despite Farmer Bob’s heart-rending pleas for him to come back.

The End.

Boy, what an ending. Satisfying. Fulfilling my soul.

Or not. It might just be me, but I see a lot of loose ends lying around. Will Clovis ever return to the farm? How will Farmer Bob manage without him? And how will Clovis react when he stumbles across the inevitable realization that cows are actually female? 

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Theme | 42 comments

Why I Don’t Write Happy Endings

Why I Don’t Write Happy Endings

 

I don’t think I’ve ever written a one-hundred percent happy ending in one of my stories.

Except for my first story, a soaring epic titled How Jery Rat Kild Thu Monstr, my endings usually deal out a heavy dose of sad along with the happy, and sometimes just a little more sad.

And not because I just really enjoy depressing myself and other people. For me, a ending that’s not all happy makes for a more thought-provoking and fulfilling story. 

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Creativity & Productivity | 13 comments

A Free Tool Called Pacemaker, and How I’m Using it to Encourage Myself to Write

A Free Tool Called Pacemaker, and How I’m Using it to Encourage Myself to Write

 

I love tools. Cool, new, shiny tools. Sometimes, I get so excited by the coolness of a tool that I forget what I’m supposed to be using it for. Instead of pounding in nails with that perfectly-balanced framing hammer, I’m swinging it around my head and alternating guttaral war cries with humming the soundtrack of The Last Samurai

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