The Authority of Canon

Sam, What decides the canon of story? Does it matter which comes first? Which should hold more weight, book or film? Discerning canon is an important aspect of literary scholarship because the authority of canon decides which stories we will keep telling long after their authors have returned to the dirt. After all, myths have…

Be a Filter, Not a Sponge

Sam, You only have to participate in one writing critique group to understand the vital importance of being a filter, not a sponge. The phrase “everyone is a critic” may as well be engraved on the tombstone of every artist because . . . everyone really is a critic. When it comes to art, every opinion matters…

Like Stepping Out of A Dream

Sam, I’m well over one month out of my time as a Disney Cast Member, returning to a summer similar to others before. I have returned to the pool to train the next team of swimmers, and I’m hunkering down on writing Project Stripes – this is a special year for me. However, this summer…

STAR WARS: The Force Awakens – The Film

Sam, The Force has awakened; it has awakened to a new generation indeed! Let me begin by saying I came to this film with low expectations. That was the purest in me. The main reason I set the bar low was because this story, this universe, was such a huge part of my childhood, the daily escapes…

Minor Character Necessity

Sam, There’s an interesting curiosity I’ve found in many of the stories I’ve been exposed to. A lot of the time people’s favorite characters are not the ones the story is centered around. They are, it is seen, in fact the minor characters. The supporting cast of goods or bads in a story might, at the…

Scoring Story

Sam, Whenever I’m suffering casualties from The Old Battle (the conflict between me and the Inner Critic) or on top of the world after a great writing session, I turn back to one thing: music. Song has the power, like reading, of escape. Whether I’m in need of a pump up at the gym or…