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What You Will Be Watching July 30


Guardians of the Galaxy won’t be out until August 1, but on the 30th of July, you’ll need a lot of popcorn for this . . . read more >>

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Stealth Calvin


Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis writes on his blog about how a fan tribute turned into an amazing collaboration:


The blog post is almost as good as the comic strips.

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If You’re Afraid, You’ll Have to Overlook It . . .



Lani e-mailed me yesterday and said that Alastair was suffering because he was living with three females. I said, “He knew the job was dangerous when he took it.” Which made me think of Super Chicken, which took me to You Tube where I found all seventeen episodes. (I think. I didn’t actually count them.) They’re each about six and a half minutes counting the excellent theme song: read more >>

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It’s Monday: Be More Dog


My friend Sue D. showed me this:

Happy Monday! (I draw the line at frisbees, though.)

Collaging Character


We’re talking about collage this week in the McD class, and one of the hardest things to get across is that collage is not illustration. While it’s perfectly fine to google for specific things in your story, what you’re really looking for is the look and feel of the narrative, and nowhere is that more important than in the characters.

It’s tempting to just pick one face to represent your character and leave it at that, but I’ve found that it’s too limiting, especially if you’re using an actor in a particular role. At that point, you’re really just using somebody else’s character, so I’ve found it’s easier to visualize my people if I choose multiple faces to represent them. For example, here’s Tennyson from “Cold Hearts:” read more >>