Process

Adventures in Editing

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It will no doubt come as no surprise to the regular readers of our little blog here to realize that I don’t edit. Basically, I sit down, I have an idea, and I vomit up great cataracts of effluvial verbiage, and then I’m done. Sometimes, if I’ve got time to kill, I might correct the spelling afterwards. I never fix the grammar, however, because I really don’t understand grammar rules in the first place.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Crusade: Behind the Scenes” by Joe Nazzaro (2010)

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I’m a pretty obsessive compulsive guy, and Babylon 5 is my favorite show in the history of ever. I’m easily as obsessive over the show - though I like to think I’m a bit more enlightened about it - as diehard Trekies are about their shows. It’s sad, really.

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PROCESS: "Why do most SF films suck?" -or- "Why did those stupid mountains in Avatar fly, anyway?"

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A lot of us wonder why most SF films - and really films in general - are so weak. For those of you not in the know, the way movies usually are born is thusly:

1) someone gets an idea - in the shower, on the can, in a drunken brawl which may or may not involve a public restroom, or, if you're Joss Whedon, in the dorm, with a bong in your hand, watching a Friday The 13th movie, down the hall from a bathroom. The point here is this: Nearly all successful ideas involve bathrooms in some ways. Unless you're George Michael, or my old High School lit teacher, obviously. Yikes!

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WEBSITES WE LIKE: "Atomic Rockets"

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If you're an untalented hack writer like me, or if you *want* to be an untalented hack writer like me, then I can not stress the importance and indespensibility of THIS SITE http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/index.html strongly enough. It's the Atomic Rockets site, home of actual real science for hard science fiction stories. Seriously, it's great.

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Well, it's official: "The Sci-Fi Channel" is really just not that in to Science Fiction

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A few days ago, "The Sci-Fi Channel" announced they'd be changing their name to "Syfy," (which a friend of mine immediately mispronounced as "Siffy") and discussed their intentions of rebranding. On the surface, it appears to be a latteral move - one embarasing name swapped out for essentially the same embarasing name spelled in illiterate fashion - and this is the kind of thing that Network Suits do all the time basically just to give themselves something to do:

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Process: Raiders of the Lost Ark Story Meeting Transcript

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This interesting bit of history fell into our laps today. As you have probably figured out, we are very interested in the process of how movies get made... whether it's fan films or bazillion dollar blockbusters, the craft of putting ideas on screen is a good chunk of what Republibot is about, philosophically.

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