Category: Vital Insights


How Much Work Do Your Story Details Do?

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Essays, Random Crap, Stories, Vital Insights. 1 Comment

26th September

This picture is from the television series “Burn Notice,” currently burned. This screen-cap shows how you can subtly insert meaning into a shot, without calling attention to itself. (This applies to writing, too.) This scene takes place in an artist’s house, so there are always canvases hanging around. In this particular scene, these two characters … Read More »


Saturday Show #24: Richard Ford, Bernard Malamud, J.D. Salinger, and Friedrich Nietzsche

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Saturday Show, Stories, Vital Insights, Writing Group. No Comments

15th June

Saturday Show #24, The Austin Writing Group #13. Relevant Links and Show Notes:

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Things you can buy with your dollars:

Rock Springs by Richard Ford
Man on the Moon by Milos Forman
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
The Complete Stories Bernard Malamud
Borat
Isis and Osiris by Plutarch

Topics dujour:

~ Creating a bond with your … Read More »


The Secret Psychological Structure Behind Interpersonal Interactions

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Vital Insights. 1 Comment

29th October

There’s a secret structure to human interactions, and if you don’t know what it is, you’re losing.

Even worse, you’re being laughed at behind your back.

“The knowledge of how to build a nest in a bare tree, how to fly to the wintering place, how to perform the mating dance—all of this information is stored in … Read More »