Literature and Media

Writing Articles and Tutorials:

For a good video series on how to write science fiction and fantasy, see Brandon Sanderson’s lectures 2012, 2013, and 2016.

 

Beginning Feb. 28, 2018, Literature and Media Anybody Can Write a Novel,  by Joseph Blake Parker

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Anybody Can Write a Novel, is a guide to teach one style of writing a novel, as well as a tool for beginning and intermediate writers alike to learn to dissect and analyze the elements of a good story. It is the collection of writing techniques that I have learned through the years, my experiences with them, and an account of my success/failure with each. It is designed to give guidance to those who are lost in the process and need some direction, as well as to give other authors various ideas that they might not have considered before.

This guide book will be published in regular weekly sections.

 

 

 

Videos:

 

     

Video
Feb 21, 2018: Science, “Nebulae Short Films, Series One:  Interstellar Clouds“,
directed and designed by Teun van der Zalm
Music by Xavi Mendoza

An experiment to visualize what lies beyond the edge of the Observable Universe…

“A cloud that veils one of nature’s secret places. This is a stellar nursery, a place where stars are born. They condense by gravity from gas and dust until their temperatures become so high that they begin to shine. Such clouds mark the births of stars…”
Carl Sagan,    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Episode 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

We suggest viewing this video in high quality and full screen for the best in inter-nebulae trips.

Please see the related Interview with Teun van der Zalm

 

 

April 25, 2016: Science Fiction, Sonical — Locker X

This fractal animation video was created by Brian May.  He wrote the music first.  While writing it, images of science fiction scenes came to him, and inspired him to make the video!

Sonical — Locker X has found it’s way into six festivals so far, in Germany, Australia, UK, Martinique, and Hong Kong! Sonical Locker X images and sound  © Brian May

 

 

Literature Articles and Reviews:

March 25, 2017, Literature and Media “The Essential Fairy Tale” by Sam Muller

An article on the dark side of fairy tales…

The original villainess of Snow White’s story was her mother.  Grimm Brother’s first edition was faithful to the tale they heard and recorded, the tale of a mother who orders the murder of her adolescent daughter out of jealous vanity and devours what she believes to be the dead child’s lungs and liver…