Impressions: The Power of Ambition

This book is probably the exact kind of thing people think about when they imagine, in a derisive tone, what “self-help books” are. However, I really liked it, and as an avid consumer of ahem self-*ahem*-development, sometimes there are things that just stick in my brain better when I read them. Or, in this case, listen … Continue reading Impressions: The Power of Ambition

Impressions: The Horse and His Boy

This is a work by C.S. Lewis, whom you may know as the man behind the Chronicles of Narnia. And, indeed, The Horse and his Boy take places within the Narnia mythos, but not within the land of Narnia itself. I don’t know whether it’s common knowledge, but I’ve always felt that most people know … Continue reading Impressions: The Horse and His Boy

Impressions: Alita Battle Angel

There are spoilers in this blog post. This is a dystopian sci-fi flick that came to me by recommendation of a friend and student. Having seen the poster and heard only minimal details about it, turns out I was left wondering how this had evaded my sensors. Alita Battle Angel is, first and foremost, based … Continue reading Impressions: Alita Battle Angel

Book Impressions: Good to Great

If you could be great at something, what would it be? Think on that for a moment, and hold onto it. I picked up this Good to Great, having seen a friend of mine reading it. He’s a business owner, this guy, whom we’ll refer to as Mr. Tien, and English not being his first … Continue reading Book Impressions: Good to Great

Parasite: An Accidental Movie Review

There are spoilers for this movie to follow. But in any case, this is the story of how I went to the cinema and watched this movie by accident. Basically, I don't go to the theater often. It's usually not an enjoyable experience for me, but this was a special occasion. Birthday date kind of … Continue reading Parasite: An Accidental Movie Review

Reaction to: “On Writing: How to Kill Your Main Character”

This is a reaction post to a youtube video which you can find here. Go watch Tim's video and feed him views, he makes good stuff! This video used Game of Thrones and Vikings to illustrate the concept of killing off your main character in writing. I think this is a valuable thing and I … Continue reading Reaction to: “On Writing: How to Kill Your Main Character”

Three Writing Tenets I Try To Follow

Quick Caveat: These tenets are what/how I strive to write. I adhere to them to the best of my ability, but some things are harder to avoid than others. The first half of 2019 has seen huge strides in my novel's progress. As much, if not more, than the last couple years all put together. … Continue reading Three Writing Tenets I Try To Follow

Fantasy Novel Devlog 01 – Some Projects

Hiya, folks! Blankard here. As a fellow Sai Gon Geek (SaiGeek?) I've got my nerdy and geeky interests, a number of which overlap with Minibots over yonder, but a few that also do not. One of which, at least until something changes, is writing novels.   An ongoing topic the two of us will have … Continue reading Fantasy Novel Devlog 01 – Some Projects

Fantasy Novel Devlog 00 – The Journey

Hiya folks! I'm writing a fantasy novel. This post marks the start of an ongoing series of "development logging" for a novel that I've been chipping at for the last half of my life. However, as of January 2019, I've decided I'm going to finish it, and I've at last figured out a number of things … Continue reading Fantasy Novel Devlog 00 – The Journey

Minotaurs and Rings

Hiya, folks! I wrote a short story, entitled "The Soareseum." That's Colosseum + Lord Soares, the proprietor of the place... So some years ago, I was part of a small writing circle. We had occasional Skype calls to read out stuff we'd written, and would offer constructive criticism. Once, there came someone's idea, possibly the … Continue reading Minotaurs and Rings