Cryogenic Love

MJG Love Ballads, Tiny Life 7 Comments

Here are more little people, this time sweating out a hot summer in giant bricks of ice. Like the aurochs from ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, they gradually melt free of their frozen prisons, to gallivant across the world and teach us all a thing or two about the most stylish way to wear swimming trunks. Or perhaps this is …

Why Pixar’s ‘Brave’ missed bullseye

MJG and how to fix it 9 Comments

There’s something wrong with Pixar’s Brave. It’s not anything to do with the acting, the animation (which is pretty stunning, especially around Merida’s fluffy hair), or even the surface level script. The problem is deeper, in the structural bones of the story, and I’ll tell you why, with SPOILERS abounding. First off, what is Brave? It is a classic-style, though …

Synecdochic Picnic

MJG Synecdoche, Tiny Life 0 Comments

Look at this lovely couple having a picnic. Good thing there are no ants about. What fetching lime-green pants he has on! Bazinga. Can you spot the tiny picnic? (HINT- it’ just above the watermark ‘i’) And for comparison- Some points of note- Lime-green pants: I ‘rented’ them from Uniqlo, by buying, wearing (with great care), then re-bagging and returning …

story craft #17 Thin vs. Fat Stories

MJG Story Craft 2 Comments

What is the right balance of thin vs. fat in a fantasy or sf story? I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. I’ve had a few story sales to the pro and semi-pro markets now (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Ideomancer, etc..), plus dozens of rejections, and been trying to deconstruct the patterns that work. I think I’ve found the/a …

Onsen Stroll

MJG Japanese Tradition, Tiny Life 0 Comments

I shot these onsen stroll photos as a proof of concept, but liked them so much I went back and added a final component, in the fourth shot, so the stroll and outfits would make sense. “Keep up, Junior!” says Dad (in Japanese). Get it? It’s tricky to make water stay in the top of an aloe plant. Also tricky …

100th Day

MJG Japanese Tradition, Tiny Life 0 Comments

For some time I’ve been looking for a photographic subject to succeed haikyo. Haikyo was great, and doubtless still can be, though my passion for it has flagged in the last year or so. So, what would come next? For a while (years ago) I walked around Tokyo taking photos of architecture, people, traditional culture, and whatnot. I also took …