Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapters 5 & 6

This week we continue our journey with Star-begotten by H.G. Wells.  Compared to the previous chapters, this week’s chapters take the ridiculous theory of Martianization and turn it into one that the characters more seriously explore and gather data on.  However, amidst the serious inquiry, we see a mirror held up to three of humanity’s flaws: our bias based on what we know, our tendency to draw conclusions from unscientific methods, and our tendency to see what we want to see.  As per usual, the following post is simply my own opinions, and you’re welcome to draw different conclusions.

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RV TV Reviews: The Dragon Prince



Unlike usual, for once I’m actually decently early to starting a series.  Going into The Dragon Prince, I had two expectations: I’d like the story concepts, but at the same time would cringe at everything else.  So, how did Netflix’s newest production play out?  Let’s jump into the review and work out what’s up with this series.

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How to Improve Your Online Communication Skills

Despite the vast amount of communication present in today’s social media world, it is more obvious than ever where deficits in communication skills arise.  Additionally so, many people who are great communicators in real life tend to be dangerously lax when online.  Regardless of the reasons why, communicating online is not the easiest skill-set for everyone.  One wrong communication misstep can lead to hurt feelings at best, or at worst earn you a terrible reputation that will make people avoidant of you.  Thus, it is an imperative skill to learn well for your online communication needs.

All this being said, this blog is not about making such statements and then throwing you into the lion’s den.  Today, I will be walking you through some really easy steps you can take to make sure that you’re improving, or at least staying on task, for your online communication.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapter 2, 3, and 4

Continuing on with “Star-begotten” by H.G. Wells, this week I made it through chapters 2, 3, and 4.  Within these chapters, we begin to see the descent of Joseph Davis into what is potentially madness.  However, the story is weaved incredibly well, making the entire scenario feel all too possible despite how ludicrous Martian cosmic rays sound.  Thus, this week, I feel it is imperative to discuss how the story establishes authority to create believability, and also what the events mean for our modern day.  As per usual, the following is just my own opinion on the story.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Coming Up with a Story

Everyone has a story they’re just dying to tell, right?  For experienced storytellers, stories are much like breathing.  Epic conflicts, dynamic characters, and fantastical worlds come naturally at any moment.  They might not be perfect at first, but the ideas flow fairly easily.  However, this sense of natural story-telling ability does not exist for everyone.  Every once in a while you will find someone who wants to tell a story but just has no story to tell.  Perhaps they made an original character they like but don’t know what to do with them.  Alternatively, perhaps their skills lie in another field (like art) and they want to delve into animation, webcomics, or something else.  Whatever the reason, not having a story can be a real struggle when you need one for whatever project you’re working on.

Thankfully, if you are one of those people struggling to come up with a story, not all hope is lost.  There are quite a number of ways you can go about finding a story to tell, and today I am here to walk you through some of those ways!  So cease your flailing, and let’s talk about four methods you can use to find a story to tell.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapter 1

This week I decided to start a longer length story to examine for my Friday posts for a while.  As such, my analyses for these will be a bit different than the usual short story ones.  Some posts may be theories, some may be an analysis on how elements are executed, and some will be the usual talk about what it all means.  However, hopefully you will still enjoy hearing my thoughts on them.

I start my journey off with Chapter 1 of Star-begotten.  Written by H.G. Wells, the story describes itself as a tale about a man who begins to believe that aliens are invading human life in some manner.  Much of Chapter 1 is spent exploring the protagonist’s, Joseph Davis, character.  However, within this chapter we see a brilliant execution that allows for one to believe both that Joseph is innocently blind, maliciously blind, and the only one not blind to events around him.  As per usual, the following are simply my own thoughts and just one opinion of many.

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Writing Climaxes and What Voltron Season 7 Teaches Us Not to Do



As per usual, I am a bit behind everyone else and only just finished Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defender this week.  By far I think this is the best season of the show, but this is not what I wish to talk about today.  I’ve reviewed the show in general, and while that was a few seasons ago, nothing has occurred that’s changed my opinion from that review.  Instead, however, I wish to analyze the show from a different perspective: what we can learn about writing from it.  Specifically, I want to talk about the climax and what it teaches us about plot twists and how executing them can go awry.  Obviously, you should beware some hefty spoilers for the end of the season.

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Some Thoughts on “The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost”

“The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells is best described as a tale within a tale.  On the surface level, it is an excellent ghost story that has just that little nagging sense of creepiness to get even the most ardent of sceptics.  Underneath this, though, the story has an interesting metaphor for ghosts and people.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the piece and just an opinion.

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