Blog 3.0: Monsters, Past and Future

MonstersI believed in Santa as a kid, except in the sense that I never believed in Santa. It was a subject that we danced around, in my family. I think that if me or any of my siblings had asked about Santa directly, the answer would have been either vague or evasive, along the lines of “what do you think?” or “Santa is a state of mind.” My family was big on imagination, but grounded in the real. Santa lived in the gray area between, and as a kid, this was enough. I never believed in Santa, I never didn’t believe in Santa. I never stopped believing in Santa – my relationship with him just changed. read more…

Top Ten #10

Top TenYou may notice that it’s not Monday, AND you may notice (or not) that I didn’t post last week. Keeping a blog is an evolutionary process, and I’ve been reconsidering what I do, why, and how. More on the specifics of that later (when the fallout begins to drift gently down from the heavens), but part of it is reconceptualizing how I do the Top Ten lists: instead of doing them biweekly, I’ve decided to do them when I’ve accumulated ten links that I think are cool enough to share. I’ll be abandoning the predictability of Mondays, which meshes with my larger vision. You’ll see what I mean, soon enough (I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation!). At any rate, here’s Top Ten number ten!

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Top Ten #9

Top TenThis morning, when I tried to log into the back end of my site to write this post, I got some weird internal server error. Is this a GoDaddy problem? I don’t know – it’s a mystery – but whenever it happens, I worry that a) my site is somehow borked for all time, and b) the thousands of people who read each post I write, hanging on to each word, lips slightly parted as they unconsciously mouth each carefully crafted sentence, are being denied (this is, in case it doesn’t translate, a joke; my feelings are a lot closer to WTF? Why am I paying for this if it’s down?). At any rate, sometimes I think I should switch providers (especially when I keep losing connection, like today), but is one really better than the other? Past personal bias? And what a pain it would be, to switch! Wouldn’t it be better to surrender to inertia? Blargh. Anyhoo, here’s the biweekly top ten!
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Man versus Man: Four Forms

Man versus ManA lot of people, myself included, grew up on heroes and villains, good guys and bad guys. There’s a certain clarity of worldview that comes with a hero going up against a nemesis, whether it’s for the greater good, retribution, or as likely as not, both. Of the major types of narrative conflict (Man versus Nature, Man versus Self, Man versus Society, and Man versus Man), I think that Man versus Man is the one that most proliferates, and on the surface is the most obvious, though if I’ve picked anything up from writing about narrative conflict, it’s how often the lines blurs, depending on how complex the story is. read more…

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