Cloning isn't a creative act.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/30 17:00
“[Modern voice actors] just watch anime and copy what they hear, so what they do sounds like copy of a copy of a copy. As a result, the depth and breadth of anime voice acting is dwindling rapidly."
The hard things, and why they're worth doing.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/28 08:00
A nasty spate of some upper respiratory illness has kept me away from the keys for a few days. It's mostly cleared up, but there's this annoying fog between my eyes, my fingers, and my brain that hasn't completely lifted yet. Apologies if the blogging seems less coherent than usual.
Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned keeps on keepin' on. I suspect this will be one of those projects that changes quite radically across drafts, because I'm going into such unexplored territory with it. The first time though, I'm not going to try to get everything right; I'm just going to figure out what the best ways are to get from one end of the story to the other, and then corral it all together the second, third, or fourth time around.
Write something unfilmable.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/17 08:00
Back from various real life runnings-around. Something that lodged in my head along the way was a complaint someone had about a Crichton-esque SF-tinged thriller currently cluttering up airport bookstalls: "This read like it was written to be filmed." I didn't think that was an accident.
See you shortly.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/09 20:00
For the next week or so I'll be mostly incommunicado as I deal with real life. Were this a more heavily trafficked blog, I'd say talk amongst yourselves.
Well, you can do that if you want. Nothing stopping you.
Tags: real life
On finding the real source of inspiration inside someone else's work.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/09 08:00
In trying to describe Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned to friends, I've sometimes fallen back on the old "X plus Y" trick so common to those pitching a project to a prospective reader, producer, editor, or other authority. In my case, I cited three major sources of inspiration for the project: Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas, James Cameron/Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain. No, really.
This in turn provoked another discussion: what I mean when I say something took inspiration from something else, as I've developed my own take on it over time.
What self-respecting writer doesn't write "for themselves" first and foremost?By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/08 08:00
I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself.
-- J.K. Rowling
It's so hard to poke holes in a sentiment like this, because on the face of it, it seems completely correct. What self-respecting writer doesn't write "for themselves" first and foremost? I know I sure don't. But all the same, I'm noticing a distinct difference between those who write "for themselves" and connect with others, whether en masse or not, and those who write "for themselves" and end up writing ... well, for themselves.
When you make the reader say, "I'd do that if I was them."By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/07 08:00
An older one, worth getting caught up on.
My fellow author Christian aka Leo King posted another one of his little video blogs about building sympathy for your characters. This time around he discusses the "everyman moment", where you put your character in a situation that inspires the reader to say "I'd do that if I was them." I like this idea, although I propose an extension to how it's to be approached.
Most people do not want to use their minds, but don't hold that against them. Rise to it instead.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/06 18:00
When I was younger -- we're talking in my late teens, early twenties -- I got into a argument-of-sorts with a then-friend that went along these lines. Most people, the overwhelming majority, do not want to use their minds. They want their newspaper to do their thinking for them, their TV to do their dreaming for them. They refuse to accept responsibility both for their intelligence and their imagination.
On why the problem is not belief or the absence of same.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/08/01 19:00
Much busy-ness this past weekend (Always Outnumbered on the brain), but something worth talking about:
There are a lot of beautiful, wonderful, and useful things one can learn from physicists and mathematicians, but our expertise is in something very far-removed from the question of how to live a good life in the face of significant challenges. It seems likely that one motivation for books with this defensive attitude about science is the current ugly environment of our politics and culture. ... Scientists who want more respect should stick to what they know, and avoid the temptation of “science-splaining” to the public. In particular they should avoid preaching about meaning, morality, and other issues that they know no more about than anyone else.
The quote in question is from physicist Peter Woit's review of Sean Carroll's book The Big Picture. Woit's big problem with the book can be summed up as such, in his words: "I just don’t think theoretical physicists have anything useful to tell the average person about meaning and morality, other than that it’s a mistake to search for it in our discoveries about physics."
Science fiction, rebooted.