Tag: fiction

‘Double vision’ in ‘Make Your Home Among Strangers’

In her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jennine Capó Crucet presents a young woman protagonist who is developing a sense of self. She perceives herself as relatively accomplished, as, while teen pregnancies seem to be the norm in her family and high school…

‘I Didn’t Break The Lamp’ is out!

The story “Exit Interview” took years to develop in my imagination. I’m glad to be able finally to share it.

A ‘retcon’ overwrites the past; a ‘procon’ overwrites the future

Power Corrupts: Election Rigging. Launches May 2, 2019.

“Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short,” to use Wikipedia’s definition, “is a literary device in which established facts in a fictional work are adjusted, ignored, or contradicted by a subsequently published work which breaks continuity with the former.” If the hero’s sidekick dies in…

Why is Jack Sparrow Obsessed with Eunuchs?

Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is enigmatic, charismatic, jovial, and mischievous. He’s an integral part of what has made the Pirates of the Caribbean (PotC) franchise so beloved. Now infamous in the blockbuster cinema canon, Sparrow has been immortalized with his own…

Your characters’ memories and perception of time

How can you portray time as coming toward a person or as a person as moving through time?

How rapidly do events happen within your character’s timeline and how do they perceive that speed?

How does your character perceive and remember a sequence of rapid-fire events?

When the truth is revealed, does your character give up their false memories and false narratives?