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SIWC2015 Brain Dump

The Surrey International Writer’s Conference is a meeting for working writers and people who want to be working writers. This was my first year attending, although I had heard good things about it from friends who had been in the … Continue reading

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VIIF 2015 Part 1

My brain hurts. Last night ushered at Performance Works and saw some excellent improv that has now been buried buy subsequent events. Today had workshops with Adam Cawley on the Game of the Scene and Bill Binder on the Math … Continue reading

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Improve Intensive: part two

Joe Bill taught a course called “Your Power Improv Toolkit” this past weekend at the VTSL’s Improv Comedy Institute. There should be a “previous post” button that takes you to the first day’s summary up there somewhere. This is a … Continue reading

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Improv Intensive: part one

One of the incredible privileges of living where I do is we get some of the best people in the world coming through to share their wisdom. Joe Bill taught a course called “Your Power Improv Toolkit” this past weekend … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Screenwriting

I’m taking a course on screenwriting, and have just completed the zeroth draft of my first screenplay. It is not a masterpiece, but was an exercise in understanding screenplay structure. Here are some of the things I’ve learned. The course … Continue reading

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Some Other Rules

The title of this post is an extremely obscure joke: sum rules for total transition strength are a way of accounting for all possible transitions without actually measuring them individually. They serve as a sanity check on both theory and … Continue reading

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Puzzles vs Problems

Most of my life has been spent unraveling puzzles that are presented to the human race by nature, or god, or some equally malignant power. “How do you measure the e+/e- annihilation cross section in the range of 1 – … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Interactive Fiction

I’m old enough to have played Zork, but I never did. It and similar games were part of the atmosphere of my early academic career. So I’ve been aware of interactive fiction–although I would not have thought of it in … Continue reading

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Something for Everyone

So I’ve published a book. Darwin’s Theorem is a story about stories (the working title for a long time was “Metastory”) that’s also a mystery, a romance, an adventure, and various other things besides. Not quite science fiction, excessively didactic… … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Book-Building: print

E-books are a lot simpler than print. The great thing about e-books is you’ve got an HTML layout engine doing all the heavy lifting for you, and while you can’t control what the finished product will look like, you’ll at … Continue reading

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