Author Archives: jdcburnhil

About jdcburnhil

Author of "Nightbird Descends," available from Smashwords and other fine e-book retailers.

Everybody To Their Limits

It’s been rather a while since I updated here, and some of you may be wondering why. Well, I recently suffered a strain injury in an anterior tentacle in a painful location, and it rather turned my life upside down … Continue reading

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Less Rules, More Tools – Scene and Summary

In my previous (warm, witty, unforgettable) blog post, I compared two models for analyzing narrative: the classic rising-stakes model taught in nearly every secondary school, and a more flexible system outlined by Robin D. Laws in Hamlet’s Hit Points. I … Continue reading

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Oh, What a Noble Mind Has Here Failed Its SAN Check

When I was a much younger eldritch spawn human, I madly loved RPGs, or role-playing games (the kind played with others on a tabletop; the computer versions only came around much later.) The reigning king in that era was still … Continue reading

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Engines revisited

I ran across an interesting post the other day on Patricia C. Wrede’s blog, particularly interesting for anyone who remembers my blog post on the engines of a story.  Wrede’s post doesn’t use the term “engines,” of course, but if … Continue reading

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Ordering in fiction: looking at Star Wars “Machete Order”

Unless you either: a) have never seen the Star Wars movies and want to avoid spoilers for when you do watch them, or; b) absolutely loathe the Star Wars movies and could not stand reading anything at all about them; then I … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: A Review of The Initiation (1984)

(This review of The Initiation was written to participate in the Final Girl Film Club! Do yourself a solid; go to Stacie Ponder’s Final Girl blog and check out what she and other smart and funny posters have to say!) … Continue reading

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Our Incubus is Different: A Review of Deadly Blessing (1981)

(This review of Deadly Blessing was written to participate in the Final Girl Film Club! Do yourself a solid; go to Stacie Ponder’s Final Girl blog and check out what she and other smart and funny posters have to say!) … Continue reading

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