Fun With TVTropes

Submitted by C B Wright on

I love TVTropes. I think it's one of the greatest websites in the history of ever, and I'm fascinated at the sheer volume of tropes that contributors have added to it.1

Anyway, last night I stumbled across the entry for Captain Ersatz and decided I had to add Liberty from Curveball as an example, because duh. And then I wondered what other tropes I could find that are represented in that work.

I have thirty so far.

A quick note on Music, Alienation, and Curveball

Submitted by C B Wright on

I like to listen to music when I'm writing. A lot of people do--there are people who find music or any other kind of noise distracting, but if I'm listening to the right music at the right time I find my ability to write increases a thousandfold, and "thousandfold" is a pretty good factor of increase. So for my writing projects I like to come up with playlists that reflect not necessarily the mood of the story, but the mood I want to be in when I'm writing the story. So my writing playlists are usually some combination of "songs that I like" and "songs that I like that are also sort of thematically appropriate."

I have posted the playlist I used when I wrote Pay Me, Bug!, and the playlist I use when I write The Points Between. I have yet, however, to post a playlist for Curveball. It's still a work in progress.

But I do want to talk about one song. It's a very important song that I play every time I sit down to write about CB. If you know me, you'd be surprised by the song. It's not what you'd expect.

Harry Harrison: 1925-2012

Submitted by C B Wright on

Harry Harrison has died.

Damn. Damn, damn, damn.

Douglas Adams, Fritz Lieber, Harry Harrison.

As a writer, these are my influences. If you should happen to read Pay Me, Bug! and you find more than a passing resemblance between Grif Vindh and "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, well, there's a reason for that. There are authors out there that made me want to write. Adams, Lieber, and Harrison did one better--they showed me how I wanted to write. I've been chasing their style for most of my life, and to a certain extent I suspect I always will.

If you haven't read any of Harrison's work, you should. Now.

Harry Harrison's author page on Amazon.com

Harry Harrison on BarnesandNoble.com

(Why I Have Problems With) Writing Women Well

Submitted by C B Wright on

A much earlier, less complete version of this essay can be found on my Google+ account, from about a year back. What’s funny is that the essay back then had pretty much the same opening—DC Comics manages to remain relevant. Poor bastards.

DC Comics has become something of a punching bag—deservedly so, in my opinion—because people have noticed that the way women are, on the whole, being portrayed in the DC Universe is… um… less than flattering to women in the real world. It’s as if the guys running DC hit their mid-life crisis at exactly the same time, and instead of buying a sports car and trying to pretend they’re 201 they figured it would be easier to make the entire outlook of the DC Universe resemble that of a 13 year old boy going through a particularly rough patch of puberty.

  • 1. This is what is known as “the sensible approach.”