“Relating” versus “connecting” to a story

Something I find myself dealing with a lot when examining how people are affected by storytelling, and what powers that storytelling has to affect us, the concept of "relating" to something comes up a lot. Note that by "relating" I specifically mean that identification process-- NOT just what I would call the process of "connection," … Continue reading “Relating” versus “connecting” to a story

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Choices of the Author, Death of the Author, and Something in between…

When it comes to literary interpretation, I have a few concepts I use as guides for understanding the meaning of a work. Since I got into some discussions where people didn't necessarily see the delineations I did, I thought I'd talk about some of the concepts I use to make it clear how I approach … Continue reading Choices of the Author, Death of the Author, and Something in between…

Apparently only dudes in Westworld are complex enough to have darkness

I've been watching Westworld on HBO, and I intend to watch it through to the end, but I'm not very satisfied with it. I mean, besides the fact that I've always had a huge mental block against sympathizing with robots as characters, as I still basically think they're always going to just be things, it's … Continue reading Apparently only dudes in Westworld are complex enough to have darkness

The challenges of plotting Mrs. Hawking part 4

Bernie and I have begun work on Mrs. Hawking part four, tentatively titled Gilded Cages, and we're running into some challenges. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, as we've had this happen with each subsequent installment, but this one has presented some difficulties that are thus far unique. The biggest thing to deal with is … Continue reading The challenges of plotting Mrs. Hawking part 4

31 Plays in 31 Days, #28 – “Loyal Servant of the Empire”

I hate how this turned out. It was written too fast and without the planning that it needs. It's an important scene from Mrs. Hawking part four, but it messes all the important parts up. In the flashback to Mrs. Hawking's youth in the Asian colonies, I want there to be some injustice happening there … Continue reading 31 Plays in 31 Days, #28 – “Loyal Servant of the Empire”