TMM: Visual Inspiration

Tonight’s muse comes with a picture. Just one, and that’s all you get. Oh, and a question:

Isn’t it true that the best of stories always seem to be closer to reality than they are to fiction?

They transfigure their medium, becoming something else, much more valuable than words on paper, sentences glued together.

The best of stories are always more… more than all their components put together, more than just storytelling or mastery of the word. The best of stories are closer to revealing who we are than anything else we’ll ever create.

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Four Dystopian Novels That Are Eerily Close to Becoming True

Dystopia literally means “not-good place” and is a term used to describe a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Dystopian novels were all the rage back when during the Cold War, possibly as a way to warn people of the perils of such a totalitarian regime as the Communist one. As a fictional genre, dystopias have the uncanny characteristic of painting a rather hopeless future for society.

Here are four dystopian novels that are eerily close to becoming true: Continue reading Four Dystopian Novels That Are Eerily Close to Becoming True

How Do You Overcome The Dreaded Writer’s Block?

SPOILER ALERT: You can’t. I’m serious. You can’t overcome writer’s block, no matter what others tell you.

Odds are that your case of writer’s block is unique — this virus is constantly mutating, depending on its host. Continue reading How Do You Overcome The Dreaded Writer’s Block?

Titles, Opening Lines, and Endings

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There are a few books whose titles I consider to be brilliant (this might just be about personal preferences so…), such as:

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Darkness at Noon
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Heart of Darkness
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • The History of Love

Now, it’s obvious that a title can pique a reader’s interest enough so they actually open the book and try to read it. A great cover, an intriguing blurb, and a title that says something. I like titles that say something, even though I often choose for my own stories and novels simple titles (which is contradictory.)

My opinion? Continue reading Titles, Opening Lines, and Endings

10 Movies That Were Better Than The Book

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” – John Le Carré

A lot of writers sell the rights to their books to producers who seem to have nothing but the best intentions for their works. Unfortunately, most often than not, the end result is nothing but disappointing.

Indeed, on rare occasions, the opposite is true: the adaptation improves greatly the source material. Here are 10 movies that are better than the book they were based upon. Continue reading 10 Movies That Were Better Than The Book

Showcase: Francis Bacon

“OK, I got Velazquez portrait of the Pope Innocent X. Quite an ambivalent study of absolute power. And here comes Francis Bacon. Despite never having seen this painting in person, Bacon became so obsessed with it that he compulsively repainted it over and over again, each version more horrific than the previous. […] It’s not until an artist finds his obsession that he can create his most inspired work.”Anamorph

Continue reading Showcase: Francis Bacon