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June 25, 2014

5: Villains Are People, Too
Serenity

“Funny thing about black and white. You mix it together and you get grey. And it doesn't matter how much white you try and put back in, you're never gonna get anything but grey.” Angel (the series)

Writing a compelling villain is actually pretty simple: you give his goal, motivation and conflict the same respect as you would the hero's.

Don't believe me?
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Published on June 25, 2014 11:04 • 24 views

June 18, 2014

4. The I in Team
Firefly/Serenity, The Avengers

“The process of creating characters is creating differences.” Whedon, Serenity: The Official Visual Companion

(Incidentally, you should all get that book. It has a really comprehensive interview with Joss, and little snipped from the actors and creative teams, loads of notes on music, design, world-building etc, production sketches, concepts and
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Published on June 18, 2014 07:00 • 5 views

June 11, 2014

So, yesterday I shared some notes from my Joss Whedon workshop about introducing character cues very quickly. Today it's going to be Conflict and Subtext.

2. I Love You, But...
Dr Horrible, Buffy, Firefly

The main thing I realised when working on this section was how the best conflict isn' just A and B having opposite goals: it's about A having conflict inside herself which is stopping her from
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Published on June 11, 2014 07:39 • 8 views

June 4, 2014

So a few people who attended my workshop at the RT Booklovers Convention in May asked me if I'd putup a few notes. These are just that--a few notes--since I'd like to be able to present the workshop again some day, and if you've all drunk the milk then how will I sell the...cow...no, wait, what?

Anyway. Here's the first couple of points:

1. Be a Sketch Artist:
Dr Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog
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Published on June 04, 2014 07:22 • 12 views

May 28, 2014

Or: What I Did On My Holidays

So I've been busy for a while, what with the release of Impossible Things and (amongst a whole load of boring real life stuff) organising my trip to New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention. Oh, and writing my new book. I keep forgetting about that one.



Me, doing my best impression of the Chosen
at the Impossible Things launch

The book launch went really
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Published on May 28, 2014 07:19 • 17 views

February 2, 2014

And a happy February to you too!

Now, I've been busy organising things like the book launch for Impossible Things, and various interviews, talks and guest blogs relating to Impossible Things, and freaking out over the fact that its nearly release time for Impossible Things (!!!!!) and so blogging has fallen by the wayside. Also I've been busy attending the wedding of my lovely friend Lisa, who
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Published on February 02, 2014 07:25 • 44 views

January 8, 2014

Yes, that's right! You can now buy Impossible Things as an ebook from Amazon UK, Amazon US, and the iBookstore. Other formats to follow soon.

If you'd rather read it as a paperback, you don't have long to wait: only a month until 7th February!
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Published on January 08, 2014 15:59 • 26 views

December 19, 2013

In the world of Impossible Things, there is no such thing as Christmas. Except that there is, because wherever there's a winter there's a festival in the middle of it, from the Winter Solstice to Saturnalia and on to the our own Christmas, with all its holly, and feeling jolly, and...other things ending in olly.

In Krulland, land of ice and snow and more importantly, my hero Kael, Midwinter is a
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Published on December 19, 2013 08:58 • 35 views

December 2, 2013

Another little teaser. Don't worry, it's less scary than the first one!
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Published on December 02, 2013 06:01 • 30 views

October 31, 2013

The first teaser trailer for Impossible Things...
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Published on October 31, 2013 10:44 • 39 views