Stories: Anatomy of a Fiction Hero, Part 2

In part one I gave a few examples of different types of heroes and how they play out on screen (or on the pages). But what makes a good hero, or for that matter a good villain? Some villains are great at making us grind our teeth every moment they’re on screen (Dolores Umbridge). When…

This Amazon Book By… Who?

James Altucher wrote recently about how one of his books was plagiarized on Amazon. (Newsletter only, so no link.) He’s had it up on the site for some time, but someone from Bangladesh was able to copy the whole book, create an author account using James’s name in all caps (and use their own name…

The Evolution of Food and Brain Power

Some point around the Paleolithic period early humans started using rudimentary tools. I like to imagine someone getting angry and throwing a stick at a tree, accidentally knocking fruit down and realizing, hey, that’s a cool trick. We may have slowly gotten smart enough to try things like that, and reveled in the ability to make fire.…

SEO Stories and the Learning Curve of Mentors

Most of the time when people blog about SEO techniques they talk about them in an abstract way. I was thinking about my path into this industry today and chuckled at a few memories of following the wrong people many years ago. Thought they’d be good to share here. 1. “SEO is dead!” and the bandwagon…

Anatomy of a Fiction Hero, Part 1

Heroes in stories aren’t always purely good or evil. In fact, the best ones usually aren’t. But there seems to be a balancing act to create a likeable character that slants one way or another. You can create a villain who is indeed an asshole that the reader (or viewer) enjoys. The kind of villain…