Raisin Rant: The 2012 Sausage Fest

Posted Feb 29 2012

An ABC News Picture Last week, Congressman Darrel Issa convened a panel to discuss the pressing issue of contraceptives for women. Everyone who needed to be there was included. Unless, of course, you think possibly a woman needed to be there. So here’s my question for Congressman Issa: where do you get the giant brass […]

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Fiction Friday: The Twilight Story

Posted Feb 18 2012

(Yeah, I know it’s Saturday Sunday. Give me a break.) Last week we analyzed Twilight using the beat sheet developed by the late Blake Snyder. This week, we’ll look at it based on the precepts of Robert McKee, Hollywood’s grand master teacher of script-writing and author of Story. Assuming Twilight is a story in 3 […]

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Fiction Friday: A Look at Twilight’s Plot a la Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet

Posted Feb 10 2012

There are many ways to analyze plot structure in novels, plays and movies. The one I’m most familiar with are the Act/Scene/Beat breakdown taught by Robert McKee in his book Story and in his seminars. Another, one that’s probably a little easier for the neophyte, is the beat sheet shared by the late screenwriter Blake […]

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I Kissed a Vampire

Posted Feb 8 2012

(Credit to ftwapples, who’s got an amazing singing voice and several other parodies on YouTube.) So, if you’ve been hanging around the Raisin Chronicles at all lately, you know I’m currently obsessed with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. One thing I don’t get, though, is how hot Bella finds it that Edward is so cold. She […]

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Fiction Friday: Love Stories and Lumpy Goods

Posted Feb 3 2012

Still Twilit here…. In the world of negotiation/gamesmanship, a “lumpy good” is something over which people are unwilling/unable to compromise. One example we’re all familiar with is Palestine. Neither side is willing to share the city. Each feels that if they don’t win complete control of the geography, they’ve lost. Another is Solomon’s Baby. Well, […]

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