Storytelling in Motion: B.K. offers reviews, retrospectives, and impressions of great examples of storytelling in film, television, and video games.
In this series of articles, B.K. takes a closer look at the history of speculative fiction genres, what binds them together, and what sets them apart.
B.K. takes us through the history, evolution, and rise to mainstream popularity of the post-apocalyptic genre.
B.K. takes a look at ten post-apocalyptic scenarios, and gives some advice for what to write and what to avoid.
In this series of three articles, we take a look at the origin, history, and sub-genres of fantasy literature. Part One covers the history of the genre. Part Two looks at the main sub-genres. Part Three examines the more niche sub-genres.
As broad in scope as B.K.’s series on the fantasy genre was, exploring all that is encompassed by the name Science Fiction is an undertaking of epic proportions! Like daring explorers setting out to discover uncharted worlds, we take the first steps into a future full of opportunities!
Like a mechanical octopus rising from the deep, the various ‘punk genres of speculative fiction can be surprising, amusing, and frightening! Discover more here about the history of the movement and the surprisingly broad range of sub-genres that have sprung from it!
Discover a realm of scheming cultists, gibbering monstrosities, elder gods, and the unthinkable vastness of the universe itself; and explore a genre which examines the insignificance of mankind in the face of these unknowable terrors.
An Author’s Journal
The Journey Home: The Making of What Once Was Home
A five-part retrospective journal on the writing of the novel, the twists it took, the sidetracks in the process, and what B.K. learned along the way.
Any war-time setting is an exciting backdrop for a narrative; but should the story be about the war, or those who are fighting it?
Learn more about the lives, philosophies, and accomplishments of authors who have left a mark on the world and secured their place in the halls of immortality.
Ray Bradbury (AUG 22, 1920 – JUN 5, 2012) was a prolific author who is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories, in addition to writing several film and television screenplays. His work helped shape the burgeoning genre of science fiction during the Golden Age of the 1950’s.
Expect more entries in this series in the near future, including the likes of Robert E. Howard, Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, and Seabury Quinn.
You can also find a profile of H.P. Lovecraft in B.K.’s genre study article: Cosmic Horror: A Study of the Unkowable.
B.K.’s Worldbuilding Workshop
Step into the workshop where it all begins and learn about methods and resources for crafting believable worlds that come alive.
Often when one thinks of worldbuilding, they think of crafting entire worlds drawn completely from the ether. B.K. answers the question: How do you worldbuild in a world that already exists?
Explore a brief overview of how you can use concepts of cultural anthropology to tie your characters to your setting, thereby establishing the glue that will bind the people of your fantasy world to the world itself.
Writing tools is a term often applied to the intangibles of our craft; our knowledge, skills, and techniques. I want to talk today about one of the more tangible writing tools at our disposal: World Anvil.
The Writing Desk
From crafting plots to getting to know your characters, B.K. takes a look at some of the finer points behind the craft of writing.
What if you could write a novel wherein a fictional character looks back on their own life and tells their own story.
Drawing from your own life experience is a great way to add vibrancy to your writing, and B.K. thinks you should write what you know, and love it too.
The Soap Box
They say never discuss religion and politics in polite company. This is the corner where B.K. breaks that rule.
14 April, 2018 Considering the gravitas of today’s events, I feel that opening dialogues about what is happening is the only responsible thing to do.