On Matters of Small Yet Inflamed Importance

Do you ever have times in your life where you’re preoccupied with nothing but minutiae? Maybe it’s tax season and I’m thick in the middle of preparing mine — I’m surrounded by forms and receipts and spreadsheets, ugh — but lately I’m going through one of those phases where all I notice are details, dates, dress codes, tiny repairs around the house, and various other kinds of nitty-gritty — and I don’t really see the patterns or big picture. It’s a strange way to exist, and it makes my thoughts similarly higgledy-piggledy. And you know, semi-neurotic: definitely feeling more so

What Dance Central Taught Me About Creating Characters

Anyone who knows me right now knows what a crazy Dance Central enthusiast I am. You know, the Microsoft Xbox Kinect dancing game where you can get down to songs like “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” or “Poison.” But little did I know that my favorite time-waster could actually give me some lessons in writing — in particular, on the daunting yet fulfilling process of characterization. As someone whose been essentially trained as a writer and filmmaker to believe “CHARACTER IS EVERYTHING” in terms of writing a story, it’s fascinating to see how other disciplines work with character