I wrote this for a textbook in progress, as a preamble to start a discussion on plot, and I’m not sure I want to include it. So here I am posting this, hoping whomever reads it can leave me feedback and let me know what they think. Did you learn something? Is this obvious? Too … Continue reading What Kind of (Fiction) Writer Are You?
Meet Kubaba. She’s a Sumerian Queen. Although it’s been a while since I’ve been working on my Sumerian project, all the same interesting information about Sumerian culture keeps on trickling in to me. This one is about the first Sumerian (or maybe Akkadian?) queen, ergo first queen in recorded human history. Meet Ku-Bau. She’s a … Continue reading The First Queen in Recorded Human History?
I haven’t done this in years, but I thought I might test out the query and new opening of a novel I had at first given up on, and that I recently revised. Wish me luck. 🙂 If you’re interested in participating in the contest, here is a link. I would really appreciate comments … Continue reading Son of a Pitch Query Contest
Thanks to my friends for bringing my attention to this awesome video about my favorite historical character. Enjoy… Continue reading Gilgamesh: explained
Found another great video essay about making film. Enjoy this gem about the Coen’s brothers’ secret to rhythm and dialog. Continue reading Shot, Reverse Shot: The Coen Brothers
Reposting this amazing recording of the Gilgamesh Epic in its original Akkadian. I should point out that the earliest version of the Gilgamesh stories were poems written in Sumerian, not in Akkadian. The Akkadian version (written hundreds of years later) is the best known complete version. Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the … Continue reading Gilgamesh in Akkadian
This came up because I was reading a book by Stephanie Feldman titled The Angel of Losses. I really liked it, in spite of the fact that it was kind of a mess, structure-wise, meandering and digressing at every turn, and I could feel at times the frustration of the writer trying to contain this … Continue reading Story Makers and Story Chasers – a theory