Hey DreadHeads, new video is up, covering this sci-fi that I’ve really enjoyed. Check it out.
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Been a minute since I rewatched this classic, which is now old enough to vote in the US. Yes kids, 18 years since Firefly aired, and 18 since it got booted from Fox.
That shouldn’t shock anyone. Ask The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. just how well Fox supports good westerns.
Anyway, I’m partway through the pilot and still loving it. The characters, the dialogue, the speed of the story, it’s no wonder the show continues to find new fans even after all this time.
One thing that aids that? Its cancellation.
The brevity that was heaped upon it when Fox pulled the plug has helped to keep the overall story tight and tidy, especially with the conclusion that the movie Serenity provides.
It’s the same principle that makes 8-episode streaming series so successful. There is a such thing as too much.
Just ask The Hobbit trilogy.
Plus the perception of injustice–“How could you cancel something so great?!”–gives it the oh-so-coveted victim status that the new century thrives on.
There are comics that continue the story, and some of them have been good, but they run into the Hobbit problem after a few issues.
Too much of a good thing isn’t still a good thing. Too much is just too much.
Something to keep in mind with my own work. It’s why I’ve taken a liking to shorter pieces. Satiate the appetite and move on.
Get back to work.
Hello, DreadHeads. The newest Dresden Files novel dropped today, after five years without a full-length adventure in magical Chicago. We’ll get another one in September, so Butcher is rewarding our patience.
I’m about a third of the way through PEACE TALKS and I love returning to familiar ground. That got me thinking about why we enjoy series books as readers, and I have some ideas:
5: Large-scale escapism
Series books that are well-developed tend to give us a huge world where our imaginations can run free. This very real itch is what online RPGs scratch at in the human psyche. Even with their costs and dangers, we prefer them to our own reality, and vacations there are cheap.
Harry Dresden’s apartment, Hogwarts, the Millennium Falcon, these are all great examples. Bonus points if the world has abundant foods that you can recreate. You then get to hold a real piece of this fake place in your hand.
4: The progress of a character
The weak become strong, the ugly turn beautiful, the poor become wealthy…but most important, fools gain wisdom and they learn from their mistakes.
You know. All the stuff that real people never do.
3: The progress of a world
Hunger Games does this one well with regard to the setting as a character. I think in general we are excited by changes in our surroundings and those changes are a lot cheaper to render in a fictional landscape.
This point is connected to the next one, which is…
2: Flipping over stones
Perpendicular to “changing the world” is “exploring the world.” Dresden spends a dozen years in Chicago before he dies and has to navigate the ghost world version beneath it. Then he goes to an island on Lake Michigan, where he learns about monsters from beyond reality. There it’s always something to discover, and with a series you get to see something new all the time.
A point that dovetails nicely into…
1: Delightful anticipation
Don’t you love having something new to look forward to? I do. And while it’s nice to see how a long story comes together in the end, the journey is a long, joyful walk that doesn’t require us to rush.
What do you like about a series?
Hey there, DreadHeads! 2 down, 10 to go. Here’s what happened in February and what’s going down in March.
3 more episodes last month, and there will be another 3 this month. I’m still organizing content for the eventual DP StoryTime podcast, that one isn’t in production until I have my current book farther along. Find the podcast wherever you subscribe, and follow along!
29 pieces done in February, including 3 for my next big release. I’m using AutoDesk Sketchbook to do digital art for that book, and I love how it is all coming together. I am also drawing the cover for this one, it is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait to share it with you!
Blogging is all but dead, I only keep this page going as a placeholder for an eventually larger, sexier, more powerful website.
I did finish a draft of WAC, it’s rough but very workable, and once I finish the art I will polish the text.
I also picked at a story called HOMEWORLD which will be one of the first DP StoryTime adventures once that gets underway. Having a few ideas in process helps me to keep the wheels turning in case I stall on one.
Once this thing gets moving it’s going to be a ton of fun.
Yeah I lost zero weight in February. Well, maybe a pound or two, but life was just a kick in the pants. We had a baby last month so we’re still in adjustment-and-new-sleep-schedule mode at House Dread.
I’m going all-out tyrannical on it for March and I will weigh 205 pounds by the end of the month. Mark it.
During my art sessions I either listen to podcasts or watch B-minus programming on Amazon, and this show has been pretty interesting so far. It’s about Prohibition in the south and the lasting impact it has had on the region.
It’s good research for a future project I have. 🙂
That’s all, folks. Get back to work. 👍
Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Tales From the Road: The One That Got Away https://anchor.fm/brotruckbooks/episodes/Tales-From-the-Road-The-One-That-Got-Away-e4g196
Got some patriotic nonfiction for you!
Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Ep 50 Ungrateful Colonials https://anchor.fm/brotruckbooks/episodes/Ep-50-Ungrateful-Colonials-e4g15c
Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Ep 049 Giant Robots FROM SPACE!!! https://anchor.fm/brotruckbooks/episodes/Ep-049-Giant-Robots-FROM-SPACE-e4g176
Here is the “End of June Report” https://anchor.fm/brotruckbooks/episodes/End-of-June-Report-e4g14o
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I’m 5/12ths of the way done with the art for my next book. Follow me on Insta and Twitter (@DreadPennies) for updates in real-time.
Just knocked this one out Saturday, biggest piece in the book.
Silas and Josie.
Kay, the ghost hunter.
Kerstan, a ghost who helps the good guys.
The Headless Horseman with shotguns, riding a mammoth. Because yolo.