Using Music to Focus Your Writing

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley, Music At Night: And Other Essays There are writers who can only work with the blinds shut and the door closed (ideally out in the middle of the woods in a secluded cabin); there are also writers who need to work in … Continue reading Using Music to Focus Your Writing

Gears of War Art Director: Everybody Likes Our Female Characters, But Nobody Likes Female Characters

themarysue: The quotes from Chris Perna, art director of the Gears of War series, that have been floating around today actually say something a little more complicated than can be reasonably slimmed down to a single headline. A slightly longer summary? Perna says some puzzling things about gender presentation in character design, acknowledges that he’s … Continue reading Gears of War Art Director: Everybody Likes Our Female Characters, But Nobody Likes Female Characters

Writing Lessons from Videogames

I started reading and writing at an early age. I was always a bookworm, and until my teens the only shows I really watched were “edutainment” based: Wishbone; Magic School Bus; Jim Henson’s Storyteller; and there was this Sunday morning cartoon that was just variations of Greek myths. As I got older, I moved from … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Videogames