Weekly Update

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service – Part 2 of my Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children analysis released on the Extra Life Community website this week. Find it here! The response between Facebook and Minds has been really cool so far. I’m thinking about posting a compilation so I always have an easy-to-access reminder that Advent Children fans exist. You guys are awesome. πŸ™‚

My Eliza – This week, I wanted to try writing short fiction for a writer’s group on Minds. As a bonus challenge to myself, the story had to include two prompts: 1) the main character must get pulled over for speeding and told to get out of the car at gun point and 2) the main character must accidently swap phones during a job interview. I didn’t plan on posting it anywhere else, but it turned out so well that I did. You can find it here.

Other – My family decided to celebrate my niece’s birthday this weekend, I decided to fill out a job application in the middle of the week, and My Eliza took longer to write than I expected (even though fifteen hours is a ridiculously short time for me to write anything with a structure). Revision planning for The Twelfth Hour and building the editor for That’s Not an Argument got delayed consequently. Slow progress will likely continue because preparations for my move to another city are happening earlier than I expected as well, starting now. So we’ll see where I am in a week.

My Eliza

I randomly tried writing a short story under a time limit this week. I’m so used to writing long, complicated stuff that I assumed I couldn’t write short anymore, so I decided to prove it true or false. I think this experiment turned out ridiculously well for developing the concept from a prompt and writing it in two days with less than 3000 words, but let me know what you think.

You can read My Eliza here.

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service (Part 2)

Hello again, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children fans! Have you ever wondered what makes Advent Children’s high-speed motorcycle battles, giant swords, and physics-defying action awesome? What does this movie do that other action movies don’t? Would you believe that Loz throwing a motorcycle with his feet, friendship defeating Bahamut, and a gunshot wound threatening to kill Cloud all follow a consistent set of rules?

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service is a three-part series in which I debunk common misconceptions about what is arguably one of the most important CGI movies ever made. Part 2, now up on the Extra Life Community website, discusses how Advent Children tells its story and defines its world through action, visual language, and efficient dialog. You can find it here. If you missed part 1, which analyzes the story Advent Children tells, you can read that here.

Feel free to spread this around! If you want more movies like Advent Children, don’t be afraid to tell people why you love it and why they should love it, too. Everyone needs to know what’s beneath the fan service.

For those of you who don’t know, Extra Life is like a marathon for charity, but instead of running or walking, you play video games to raise money for a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice. The official Extra Life event happens November 4 this year, but you can raise money whenever you want year round. Check out the Extra Life website to learn more, donate, and sign up!

Weekly Update

I’m trying something new. We’ll see where it goes. Since I don’t finish things very often and have some large projects in the works, I thought I’d write updates to track and report my progress. Here’s what I did last week:

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service – Part 1 of a three-part article series on Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is up on the Extra Life Community website. You can find it here. Part 2 and Part 3 should be up in the next few weeks, depending on when the editor can get to them. In the meantime, I will probably start harassing reviewers on YouTube about how WRONG they are. πŸ˜›

That’s not an Argument – I’m working on a website prototype that lets you highlight and comment on text sections on any website and share your thoughts with friends. Originally, I envisioned it for supporting or discrediting news articles. I found another use for it this week, however, when I was trying to figure out how to provide comments to an author in a writer’s group I’m testing out. Anyway, this week I finished roughly coding the backend logic for saving and exporting json files and local data. Now it’s time to actually make the tools for navigating to websites and displaying them for editing!

MisCon – I spent the weekend at MisCon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Missoula, MT. It’s a good place to listen to people talk about writing. Also, for the first time ever, I participated in the writers’ workshop. I submitted a query letter, synopsis, and novel sample for a paranormal thriller I’m working on called The Twelfth Hour. My synopsis was absolute crap, but the actual novel sample was at least halfway decent. I can’t write a simple overview of a story, but I can write dialog! I guess all the years of writing scripts for silly amateur films and watching plays six to fifteen times each as a theater technician actually paid off. O.o After spending more than a decade writing novels in a closet, it’s nice to hear that I haven’t wasted my time writing terrible, uninteresting garbage. I just get lost in the details. Now I can fix it!

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service (Part 1)

Hey, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children fans! Have you ever wondered if Advent Children is more than fan service? Do you question why you like a film known for its poor story, weak characters, and unrealistic action scenes? Would it surprise you to know that criticisms of Advent Children have little to no basis in reality?

Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service is a three-part series in which I debunk common misconceptions about what is arguably one of the most important CGI movies ever made. Part 1, now up on the Extra Life Community website, analyzes Advent Children’s story, characters, and themes under a lens that has little to do with the game it’s based on. You can find it here.

Feel free to spread this around! Fans and haters alike need to know what’s beneath the fan service.

For those of you who don’t know, Extra Life is like a marathon for charity, but instead of running or walking, you play video games to raise money for a children’s hospital of your choice. The official Extra Life event is on November 4 this year, but you can raise money whenever you want year round. Check out the Extra Life website to learn more, donate, and sign up!