The thing about pure heist movies

Brandon Sanderson has said that one of the two main ideas for the first Mistborn novel was to create a fantasy version of a heist story like Ocean’s Eleven or Sneakers. I probably wasn’t the only one to make the connection before reading that that was his intent, so it did come across. I think the idea of a fantasy caper story is interesting, but as much as I liked Mistborn, it didn’t really satisfy me as a heist story. Maybe that’s because other elements took over more after the first part of the book.

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Eventually there’s some stuff about the Authors Guild

In the Guardian piece I linked yesterday Clay Shirky was quoted saying, “Institutions will try to preserve the problem for which they are the solution.” Anecdotal evidence and intuition agree with this observation, but what does it really mean?

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Of interest to writers

Barry Eisler has an article in The Guardian today continuing to point out the problems with the arguments supporting legacy publishers against the Justice Department’s suit. It’s good, but what prompted this post was the great links in the article to some things I hadn’t come across before.

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Little Games

On Wednesday the New York Times Magazine published a really interesting article that talks a little about gamification and a lot about specifically the type of games, often found on Facebook and mobile devices, that capitalize on the snippets of “free” time everyone has between doing other things. It’s definitely worth a read; go check it out.

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First Drafting

There’s been a lot going on lately. I’m writing a novel, which I started a few months (a year?) ago and then let sit. I’ve been continuing to write it intermittently, and I am at a point where I really feel a need to finish it, hopefully this year. It’s been slow going. There are always other things that demand my attention, but this is important to me and I don’t want to let it slide anymore. Honestly I’m only around twenty pages in at this point, but still.

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+1 Brandon Sanderson Fan

Just finished reading the Mistborn trilogy, and I quite enjoyed it. Sanderson is a very talented writer. I’m definitely going to read Warbreaker and the new standalone Mistborn novel (The Alloy of Law) which is coming out this year. I think I’ll probably even start his new 10-part series, The Stormlight Archive, once he’s gotten further along with it. Say, halfway through at least.

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Pulled my nose out of the book just long enough to write this half-assed post.

I have been reading the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I’m about three fourths of the way through the second book now. I’m enjoying them.

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Status Report

I often think it would be cool to chronicle my projects here, since I enjoy reading about such things elsewhere, but then I drop the idea because I have a tendency to stall out on my projects. But I really would like to make progress on and complete something, so perhaps that thought should change.

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Perspective and Creation

Everything we do has consequences. Some are more noticeable than others, and many are expected: cleaning off the table usually results in a clean table. Inaction is an action with consequences as well, which can often be predicted without any extraordinary psychic talent. Certainly not all consequences are predictable, and many go unnoticed.

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