Five Ways Directing Theater Taught Me How to Write, Part Three: Casting!

In fifth grade, I wrote a story about a boy who travels into a post-apocalyptic future to do battle with ancient Zoroastrian gods.

Wait, I’m sorry, now Hollywood’s on the line. “What? Oh, dear, no, I’m holding out for forty million. Thanks, but no thanks!” Continue reading Five Ways Directing Theater Taught Me How to Write, Part Three: Casting!

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Five Ways Directing Theater Taught me How to Write, or My Student Loans: A Rationalization: Part One

Hey there, fellow writers! It’s me, Chris O’Neill, a writer just like you! Yup, just another book-loving writer of books, fresh out of book-writing college, where I majored in book-writing, and took courses like “Books: How to Write Them (Introductory)” and “Books: How to Write them (Advanced).” Why, I wrote so many books, my nickname around campus was Writey McAuthorface. They called me Galactus, Devourer of Words. Because I just…I mean, I was like a machine…I won all the awards…

FINE, I ADMIT IT, I’M A FRAUD, STOP LOOKING AT ME, NO ONE LOOK AT ME! Continue reading Five Ways Directing Theater Taught me How to Write, or My Student Loans: A Rationalization: Part One

PARANORMAL PICNIC INVESTIGATION: THE TOYNBEE TILES OF TRIBECA 

Just around the corner from your safe, warm home, there exists a secret, hidden world of hidden, secretive secrets, a place of mystery where the unidentified flying objects are all knives that want to stab you in the face even though no one is holding them…except Bigfoot. It’s a place filled to the brim with black ops snipers who are planning to take you out right now because you know too much DON’T LOOK DON’T TURN AROUND JUST RUN  Continue reading PARANORMAL PICNIC INVESTIGATION: THE TOYNBEE TILES OF TRIBECA 

Have I told you lately that I love you, and also that I’m on Facebook?

Hey there Internet, just a very quick plug for the BACK ROADS KINGDOM Facebook page. Please come on over and Like us! 

A real post is coming soon! This week, I’m reporting on our Paranormal Picnic investigation of the Toynbee Tiles! Check back soon! 

And now, since you came all the way here just for a plug, please enjoy this list of hilarious Autocorrect fails!

X-Files S1:E1 Recap: In Which Two Adorable Babies Try to Get to the Bottom of Aliens

image Going back to revisit THE X-FILES is, right from the start, much stranger than I imagined it would be. Because of time, mostly, and its nastiest corollary, age. The first and most striking thing is that the Mulder and Scully are babies now. Continue reading X-Files S1:E1 Recap: In Which Two Adorable Babies Try to Get to the Bottom of Aliens

On the Marvel Universe, the thing that is the very best thing there is

A few days ago, my wife woke me up by shouting from the living room that Spiderman is finally going to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have, as a result, had my least productive week in years. It didn’t matter that I was just reading the same information repeated on a thousand different websites: I still needed to read all of them. To make it real. Continue reading On the Marvel Universe, the thing that is the very best thing there is

What I meant when I said that thing about american fantasy

In my first post, I invoked a term that I’m not sure actually means anything: American fantasy. Of course, I’m not talking about fantasy works written in America by American writers with American accents, eating barbecue. I am fully aware that these are real things, especially barbecue. This was, in fact, exactly the type of fantasy I was weaned on: American writers transmitting Tolkien through the lens of D&D. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were for all intents and purposes my childhood spirit guides, my d20 Jiminy Crickets, and they are still so very much in my head all the time. No, what I’m talking about is whether there exists an actual sub-genre of fantasy that is for America what Tolkien’s works, and their innumerable spawn, are for western Europe. Continue reading What I meant when I said that thing about american fantasy