Fractured Fragment Friday: Mysterious Cryptid Leaves Varying But “Lasting Impression”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Mysterious Cryptid Leaves Varying But “Lasting Impression”

Today is the release day for “Lasting Impression.” The story came into my mind with the image of a strange creature fading into the woods. I thought it might be a good origin story for Sheriff Audrey Harper in “Sasqwhat?” and then the story rolled out from there (and in typical PANTSER fashion, the creature … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Encounter with Strange Life Form Leaves a “Lasting Impression”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Encounter with Strange Life Form Leaves a “Lasting Impression”

“Lasting Impression” came into my mind with the image of a strange creature fading into the woods. I thought it might be a good origin story for Sheriff Audrey Harper in “Sasqwhat?” and then the story rolled out from there (and in typical PANTSER fashion, the creature wasn’t what I first thought it was, either.). … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: An Attempt To Make Crime Truly “Victimless”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: An Attempt To Make Crime Truly “Victimless”

“Victimless” came from annoyance with the number of television programs I’d seen recently that try to paint convicted criminals who happen to have children as pitiful victims themselves. The push seems to be to stop punishing parents who are criminals because their innocent children will suffer (almost feels like an opportunity for these parents to … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: a Workaholic Discovers That “There’s No Present Like the Time”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: a Workaholic Discovers That “There’s No Present Like the Time”

Peter looked up from the case at the woman who had just spoken. She had waist-length, reddish-blonde hair that she wore tied back in a braid. The hair framed a smooth face of indeterminate age; Peter had never been good at judging this, but there was something about her that made him feel she was older than she looked. Maybe she’d had surgery to smooth things over, but those intense green-blue eyes were also at once wise and youthful.
Her dress looked like it had been thrown together from a slew of diaphanous scarves, and as she turned and set her lunch bag on a shelf behind the counter, the colors seemed to change as the layers shifted back and forth over each other. It was interesting to watch – a bit too interesting, and Peter felt his face getting hot as he turned his attention back to the case.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t even realize you were there,” he said.
“Hmmm, I do not hear that often. I wonder if I’m losing my charm,” she said. Continue reading

Writing Wednesday: Lost in Translation of The Wheel of Time
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Writing Wednesday: Lost in Translation of The Wheel of Time

I am not a purist. I’m willing to accept changes to a story I like when it moves to another format if those changes help with the translation. You see, moving a piece of literature to video is as much a form of translation as moving from one language to another.

There are things that work well in literature, but are very hard to do in film, such as showing what a character is thinking. At the same time, there are things that film is good at – showing and establishing settings, for one thing (a picture is worth a thousand words.) There is also the issue a film-maker needs to deal with of how to compress a huge story into something viewable. Continue reading