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 (Austin ROT Rally Edition)

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 »


People Like Drupelets: What Kurt Vonnegut Knew About Overpopulation

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Essays, Stories, Vital Insights. 5 comments

3rd April

Written Under Duress by Frank Marcopolos, a Notorious Nothinghead

At invite-only professor parties, in the secret hallways of elk lodges, and in hushed tones in barbershops and hair salons, it’s all the rage these days for people who think they have “inside baseball” knowledge to say that we’re living in the matrix. The statement is usually … Read More »


Was Jack London Secretly a Gaian?

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Stories, Vital Insights. No Comments

20th March

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 the reservoirs of the bird’s instinctual brain. But human beings, sensing how much flexibility they might need in meeting new situations, decided to store … Read More »