James R. Hull

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2021-07-10: Idris Elba and Beasts of No Nation is the cure for ho-hum storytelling.

2021-07-08: I knew it was going to be a hot one today. 😅

2021-07-07: Working on a television series that isn’t spec is so much better than working on a series that is …

2021-07-02: When I was an animator at Dreamworks & I was starting to build what is now Narrative …

2021-06-29: I LOVED Luca, but the phrase “bean shaped mouth in a pear shaped head” to describe every …

2021-06-28: When your side hustle turned business nets you 3x more than a major studio with mouseears used to …

2021-06-17: Words cannot express how grateful I am for everyone of my subscribers to Subtext who helped analyze …

2021-06-16: I really miss my writing/animating buddy. 😢 James Horner Rocketeer Re-master

2021-06-15: My first documentation success story. While I was sleeping somebody needed help abd they were able …

2021-06-14: As annoying as Wish Dragon was as a complete copy of Aladdin…it actually turned out to be …

2021-06-14: Forrest Gump finally up in Subtext. Always thought this one was a bit off (Jenny’s Resolve …

2021-06-13: This one is starred and saved for periodic reading, Why we prioritize support over sales in our SaaS …

2021-06-12: I wonder how many storytellers know that the flow of the space-time continuum in their stories …

2021-06-12: That subtextual analysis of Swingers, written back in 2019 and updated for the new story engine in …

2021-06-11: Easily the most important choice you’ll make when writing a story. Setting the Four Throughlines.

2021-06-11: Bingo! Back in business on Monterey, looking dark and moody for the rest of the summer. 🌞🕶

2021-06-11: Subtext is looking good in Monterey’s Safari (love the top theme bar 🤩)

2021-06-11: Ending today with news that a musical I helped develop (in the story department) is being …

2021-06-11: Here’s the analysis of searching, which you haven’t seen I would highly …

2021-06-11: And, of course, there’s my life story in Jon Favreau’s Swingers which I finally added to …

2021-06-11: With the narrative engine complete, I’m going back through and publishing my backlog of …

2021-06-10: Today’s class on Episodes 7 and 8 of the first season of Succession went GREAT! If predictions …

2021-06-09: When a client writes to you to say they pitched the idea you helped them with and the production …

2021-06-09: Jupiter in Spatial Audio while reading Tchaikovsky’s Children of Ruin. 🥰

2021-06-08: Don’t mind me. I’ll be re-installing everything after switching to Monterey a bit too …

2021-06-05: My house is hilarious. 90’s West Coast rap downstairs. East Coast upstairs. (Obviously my …

2021-05-26: Want to know both the potential for conflict AND the cyclical progressions of growth for your story? …

2021-05-18: Introducing Scene Resolution in Subtext. Convert a single sentence premise into structure for every …

2021-05-18: Avoiding the False Victory–in which I draw an analogy between Save the Cat’s …

2021-05-17: A quick little something about Promising Young Woman for those confused by the praise it received.

2021-05-15: Want to see how easy it is to build a meaningful story with the click of a button? I’m …

2021-05-12: Made subtle yet important changes to Tenet in Subtext after last night’s Dramatica community …

2021-05-11: What it is it called when you work with brilliant filmmakers from around the world? Oh yeah. Dream …

2021-05-08: My kind of Saturday Night Live

2021-05-06: All matters of conflict in a narrative come down to this: being chased by a bear is not a problem. …

2021-05-04: When a client returns with a draft of their story that’s so compelling you can’t wait to …

2021-04-23: New Rock Sugar album! ReInventinator - pure 80s heaven!

2021-04-23: Episode Two of Season One of Succession is even better! Really interesting how the same narrative …

2021-04-23: Absolutely in love with the Premise Subtext came up with for the first episode of HBO’s …

2021-04-23: Turns out I was able to predict the Narrative Personality of Tenet just by watching the trailer. …

2021-04-19: Can’t stay up any longer. Guess I’ll be asleep when powered flight takes place on …

2021-04-16: Devastated. The Dome was my temple.

2021-04-15: So excited. Just led what was easily one of the best classes ever. I now have recorded a clear …

2021-04-15: New Endel Deeper Focus soundscapes are intense! Like living within a Hans Zimmer soundscape. I …

2021-04-12: The Father brings the total number of unique narrative structures in Subtext to 483.

2021-04-12: Definitely getting closer with this one…awareness distorting issues of destiny (the promise of a …

2021-04-12: Need to work on this one a bit. Not sure if Cassie ends up “staying present, and improving …

2021-04-12: The narrative Premise for The Father as seen in Subtext. The “no sense of the present” …

2021-04-12: The Father is adapted from a play and the reason it feels like a play is not simply setting and …

2021-04-11: Wow two nights in a row. I thought 2021 was going to be a snooze fest at the Oscars but Nomadland …

2021-04-11: Promising Young Woman was great. Started plugging the narrative into Subtext and guess what turned …

2021-04-09: Just going through Shawshank and seeing how the narrative structure predicted by Subtext plays …

2021-04-09: With Star Wars, there are 4 sources of conflict explored: searching for the plans (Doing), …

2021-04-08: Last week I unraveled a way to predict the order of thematic events in a story through a single …

2021-04-08: Last week I unraveled a way to predict the order of thematic events in a story through a single …

2021-04-07: Working on the new Storybeat Cards based on all the discoveries and new developments from last week. …

2021-04-06: When using your predictive narrative application to show exactly why The Shawshank Redemption is a …

2021-04-06: Because even something as ridiculous as Bad Trip can be written with a halfway-decent story. 😆 …

2021-04-06: Judging by the responses in my inbox this morning, Subtext’s new Scene Resolution feature is …

2021-04-05: Well hello, Grammarly. It’s been a couple months. Now that I’ve got Subtext figured …

2021-04-05: A writer/editor/user of Subtext sent me versions of Memento and The Prestige re-ordered to show the …

2021-04-03: Pretty much Neo’s final speech on the phone.

2021-04-03: Seriously?! And this is what Subtext predicts Ben should be talking about on the trip to Alderaan - …

2021-04-02: Just going to leave this here…as this is what Subtext predicts George should be doing in the latter …

2021-04-02: When you solve a computational problem that has plagued your mind for over 22 years, there can be no …

2021-04-02: When you have to use Bad Trip as an example of clear storyforming to a writer … 🤣

2021-03-31: I was wrong, Nomadland was not best movie of the year. Bad Trip was. 🤣

2021-03-30: It’s crazy how much impact a single = sign can have on an entire application. ☹️

2021-03-30: Second app is officially profitable. 🎉 😃 I could really get into this—what am I going to build …

2021-03-30: Who would’ve thought that breadth-first order and depth-first order would have anything to do …

2021-03-30: My first son is 22 today. The cliche is totally real, it goes by way too fast. And for those …

2021-03-29: Sometimes it takes five years to sell an original idea and have it turned into a movie 😊

2021-03-29: This week’s Building Subtext is out: Refinements to the Premise Builder. Small changes that …

2021-03-28: The world is huge. I am small The universe is infinite. My time is short. 🧘🏻‍♂️

2021-03-28: So cool building an app with someone else (my first after Subtext! 😃) Much easier the second time …

2021-03-27: Seems like a lot of writers are eager to start new projects this week. No better place to start than …

2021-03-26: The view from your writing desk when you don’t use Subtext.

2021-03-26: Just had my first support request where I could point them to my brand new feature that saves a ton …

2021-03-25: Oh man! And looking over the Plot Progression, just making that switch from a Changed Resolve to a …

2021-03-25: When asked about why it was so good (from a narrative structure standpoint), the fact that she …

2021-03-25: Made a slight tweak to the Storyform for Nomadland in Subtext. I had originally encoded Fern with a …

2021-03-25: Narrative First is now Narrative First, Inc. 😊

2021-03-24: Nub nub. E chug yub nub. Ko nee kopechkee ganut ga fling hoo haaaaaa

2021-03-24: For some reason, it’s a Return of the Jedi soundtrack night.

2021-03-24: Not saying you could end up with the same result, but Nomadland’s narrative structure is as …

2021-03-24: Not saying you could end up with the same result, but a meaningful narrative structure is as good a …

2021-03-24: Even something as simple and as understated as Nomadland works through a complete narrative …

2021-03-24: Wow, Nomadland.

2021-03-23: I’ve received more emails of congratulations and appreciation after today’s release than …

2021-03-23: Witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station! youtu.be/qomkz8fCK… …

2021-03-21: Best soundtrack for rolling out a major release or submitting a project you poured your soul into.

2021-03-20: And just like that, it is done. The Premise Builder in Subtext is now live. Have at it everyone. 😊

2021-03-20: Well, that sounds about right. 😊

2021-03-20: Holy F. If you have failed jobs in the Queue, you fix it locally and push it up, Laravel will finish …

2021-03-20: Meeting with someone 8:30 Sat morning is perfectly OK with me if you come with a beautiful work of …

2021-03-19: Totally random Premise generated from Subtext after choosing Temptation as the central Character …

2021-03-19: “What if the characters don’t know the Story Goal until the 2nd Act?” The Goal of …

2021-03-19: As we repeat the 80s and 40s, storytelling shifts back to your classic “Hero’s …

2021-03-19: Netflix interested in a new series…it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this bad boy, …

2021-03-19: Planning on rolling out the Premise Builder for Subtext this weekend. Three years in the making. If …

2021-03-18: This sounds like a good one, particularly given current events. And look at that–no examples …

2021-03-18: When I was teaching story at CalArts, one of my favorite things to do was to put together these …

2021-03-16: Getting closer to making the visions in my head a reality for all…

2021-03-16: Why write complete stories? Without the friendship between Red and Andy (the Relationship Story …

2021-03-16: Great stories never die! (Or should I say COMPLETE stories never die). Something I wrote seven years …

2021-03-16: This week’s episode of Building Subtext is all about An Objective Look at Story Structure. If …

2021-03-15: It’s really clear: if you’re not going to write a complete story, and leave the Main …

2021-03-15: So Mean Girls and Whiplash have the same exact structure EXCEPT for one key element. The former is …

2021-03-15: So Mean Girls and Whiplash have the same exact structure EXCEPT for one key element. The former is …

2021-03-15: When writers ask you for detailed structural breakdown of a Diff’rent Strokes episode you know …

2021-03-14: So I guess today is Daylight Savings.

2021-03-14: This indie Batman half-hour was great. Super angry Batman!

2021-03-11: My favorite button in all of Subtext. 🤓

2021-03-11: The list grows larger … 😊

2021-03-11: Just finished the latest Writers Room - interesting to compare Do The Right Thing against Zootopia - …

2021-03-10: Having @tailwindcss notify of me new components feels like I’ve hired really great designers …

2021-03-10: John Dusenberry, Head of Story Development for a feature at Warner Bros. animation, will be …

2021-03-10: Kids can’t stream Peter Pan.

2021-03-10: You know I’ve got a problem when I stay up late to learn more about branchless programming!

2021-03-09: The fastest I’ve been able to get a storyform up after a Dramatica Users Group meeting…in …

2021-03-09: Alright Kaufman. I finally got you into Subtext. Even the craziest of intentions has some sort of …

2021-03-09: 🤣 When even your complex algorithmic method for finding narrative structure can’t make heads …

2021-03-09: My latest “vlog” on Building Subtext, this one about Developing the Four Throughlines. …

2021-03-08: More balance from The Princess Bride. The novel sits across from the Grandson. The heartfelt …

2021-03-08: This makes me inordinately happy to see. The Princess Bride on Subtext - all nicely balanced and …

2021-03-08: When you plug in judgment as the Grandson’s Problem (Evaluation in Dramatica) the narrative …

2021-03-08: Re-visited The Princess Bride this weekend as I double-check narratives with Be-er Main Characters. …

2021-03-07: I never realized this, but listening to the soundtrack for Ex Machina in the background - the last …

2021-03-07: What you want to say->story structure. Intent sets order.

2021-03-07: Subtext’s Premise Builder is pretty much feature complete now. 3+ years in the making. I feel …

2021-03-07: Looking back over old code, it almost breaks my heart to have remove the pieces I don’t need …

2021-03-05: When a single typo unravels the entire universe 🤣 When you’re using ‘mindset’ as a …

2021-03-05: Actual quote from actual writer: “[The InstantScenes do] help, because they turn the cryptic …

2021-03-05: Watching Tribes of Europa, this certainly isn’t your mother’s Hunger Games! 😂 On a side …

2021-03-05: Many conflate subject matter for structure (see previous tarot tweet). In a mind that sees the world …

2021-03-05: Someone once told me they thought Subtext/Dramatica sounded like tarot cards for writers. If by …

2021-03-05: Assuming Wandavision doesn’t take an immense left turn tonight, I’ll be publishing the …

2021-03-04: To be clear, when you choose “being irrational” for Character and “securing a …

2021-03-04: When you figure out something you’ve been working on for 22 years, Welcome to the Black Parade …

2021-03-04: Oh man, I just found out my very first client landed at the top of a very important industry list in …

2021-03-04: The writing/re-writing wheel still exists with Subtext. If you got the structure 100% right from the …

2021-03-04: Subtext tip: Different characters carry out the same Storybeat or Storypoint in the same Concern. …

2021-03-03: A virtual recital.

2021-03-03: Watching my brother’s world premiere of his Seven Family Miniatures — original compositions …

2021-03-03: I may or may not have just unlocked the mysteries of the universe (or, at the very least, …

2021-03-03: Best part about building Subtext? User requests ability to copy InstantScenes to clipboard. …

2021-03-02: Crazy watching old classes in Subtext where I talk about crowd-sourcing narratives (which it does …

2021-03-02: Somewhere in story structure land someone once pointed out that scenes “turn”, and that …

2021-03-02: As much as I lamented Wandavision and its “nothing” episodes, the season as a whole …

2021-03-02: For all those about to start writing something great in 2021, I offer the next installment in my …

2021-03-01: Watching VueJS Amsterdam conference during a late night session. Nitro for Nuxt looks incredible…and …

2021-03-01: The American dream, or should I say—”the rise of the brown man”—as portrayed in White …

2021-03-01: Last week I went over some pretty heady stuff when building a complete story from a Premise. You …

2021-02-28: The best part about White Tiger is that there was an actual relationship in addition to concerns …

2021-02-28: Writing a new story this year but not sure where to start? See if you can identify the type of Goal …

2021-02-27: Plugging in White Tiger’s story dynamics into Subtext, we get 1 match: Captain America: Civil …

2021-02-27: Yoga is deceptively difficult. Also. Wish I had started twenty years ago.

2021-02-27: Ok. White Tiger was Grrrreat!! It’s been so long since I’ve seen a complete story. So …

2021-02-26: Just finished recording another video about Building Subtext. Ended up coming up with a funny idea …

2021-02-26: Well, it’s settled. Subtext will be used to help design the narrative of a feature film to be …

2021-02-26: Excited about this added feature to InstantScenes - a toggle to switch between structuring a scene, …

2021-02-26: First studio-consult of the year this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing what a big-time animation …

2021-02-26: Spring has sprung 🌞🌺

2021-02-26: As I begin to develop a “beginners” section for Subtext, one area continues to baffle …

2021-02-25: I’ve decided to pull Setting #3 from Subtext below it’s a high level concept …

2021-02-25: Although, it just occurred to me that this is just for Holistic-minded stories, not Linear. Logan …

2021-02-25: In today’s Writers Room, I’ll be going over the intersection of Character and Plot. …

2021-02-25: After spending 20 years commuting up and down the 5 to Disney and Dreamworks, I much prefer my 2021 …

2021-02-24: Giving HelpScout a go after taking a break from the craziness that is Intercom (way too much for …

2021-02-24: There is nothing better than simply jumping on a 30-min. Zoom call to explain Subtext to …

2021-02-24: First thing I see every morning is a list of user-generated Illustrations for Subtext—human-friendly …

2021-02-24: I Care A Lot on Netflix…fun thriller, but again am I just projecting my own disassociation or …

2021-02-23: Re-writing this weeks article for Narrative First, I’m reminded of how awesome this movie is. …

2021-02-23: Now that I figured out a magical way to turn a Premise into a complete outline, I need to go back …

2021-02-22: Predicting Narrative Sequences from Theme This is the craziest thing in the world. Just ran The Social Network through my new narrative model …

2021-02-22: Landing on Mars autonomously is one thing, but can JPL maintain the integrity of a narrative …

2021-02-22: The first-ever video footage of a landing a rover (Perseverance) on Mars. Absolutely incredible …

2021-02-22: In preparation for the Free portion of Subtext coming soon, I resubmit an article I wrote over a …

2021-02-22: I’m working in a level of “non” perfectionism into Subtext as a means of supporting writers given to …

2021-02-21: Recorded another video for Building Subtext. This ones all about how Subtext helps you focus on the …

2021-02-20: I have so much fun making and editing these Building Subtext videos that I decided to create a …

2021-02-20: Doesn’t matter if it’s a half-hour episode, a giant epic novel, or your basic 2-hour …

2021-02-20: Wandavision did it! An ENTIRE episode where absolutely nothing happened. Amazing feat of engineering …

2021-02-19: Currently running Lord of the Rings through Subtext. The following “arc” for Frodo was …

2021-02-19: My daughter sent this to me - crazy good animation of Richard Williams visiting Milt Kahl’s …

2021-02-18: Cleaned up Subtext in anticipation of big changes coming. Love being able to show the Narrative …

2021-02-18: Touchdown!! 👽

2021-02-18: A primer on Cryptoart and NFTs, if you’re like me and woke up this morning not having a clue …

2021-02-18: It should probably not come as much of a surprise to anyone who has been following my work that …

2021-02-17: Pretty happy with the new Storypoint cards in Subtext. Had to do this now that creating a story …

2021-02-17: Unbelievably crazy good news about Subtext and AI just happened about an hour ago 😃 I CANNOT WAIT to …

2021-02-17: Interested in thinking more deeply about your story? Conflict Corner, our weekly class on practical …

2021-02-17: Never thought I’d ever be so happy to receive new glasses in the mail @WarbyParker I can see …

2021-02-17: Every time I drop into #screenwriting, I’m inevitably disappointed by the reaction. Writers, …

2021-02-16: Successfully installed the new version of Laravel Spark into Subtext. Been waiting for this for …

2021-02-16: The Crucial Element to Telling a Great Story spells it all out. Without that higher purpose, writing …

2021-02-16: The purpose of a Main Character is to give the Audience a sense of what the universal conflict feels …

2021-02-16: The acting in Judas and the Black Messiah was great, but the story? Ehh… there’s this …

2021-02-15: My new video series on Building Subtext in Public is starting here on my YouTube channel. Follow …

2021-02-15: Last week’s Writers Room is now avail for replay. I go over a really quick way to find the …

2021-02-15: Just a periodic reminder that the greatest thing you can do for your mental health well-being is to …

2021-02-14: Just used this post from Raycast (cool app) to help co-ordinate some of my distributed work this …

2021-02-14: Part Four of John’s practical workshop in Dramatica theory is now available for replay. …

2021-02-13: Just watched the 30-min on-boarding for circle.so thinking I could build my own version–until …

2021-02-13: On my application to OpenAI’s GPT-3 integration: Subtext is an app that generates meaningful …

2021-02-13: Connecting AI to Meaningful Storytelling And this is freaky scary… I just plugged in …

2021-02-13: Spoke too soon. This is a bit depressing: Whether you’re building your plot from scratch or …

2021-02-13: Well, this pretty much sums up my whole product, and all I had to do was click a button: The …

2021-02-13: Seeing all the great feedback from copy.ai I am FORCING myself not to start adding GPT-3 to Subtext. …

2021-02-13: I really hope Wandavision doesn’t represent the future of television, where you have to wait …

2021-02-12: The great thing about coding your own narrative theory is it forces you to reconsider initial …

2021-02-12: After slaving over the intricacies of narrative theory for my re-write this week, it’s time to …

2021-02-12: Narrative First will soon be Narrative First, Inc. 😃

2021-02-12: Finally finished re-writing Steadfast Holistic Main Characters.Moulin Rouge!, Juno, and A Bronx Tale …

2021-02-12: First thing I do every morning is approve user-submitted Illustrations of story structure in …

2021-02-12: Even with so much content avail now, it’s challenging to find something good. The stories just …

2021-02-12: A film will never be a 100% perfect Storyform & there will never be a Storyform that matches a …

2021-02-12: When choosing a Goal for your story, it’s never the goal of the characters, but rather the Goal of …

2021-02-11: The new Laravel Spark looks great. Had to hand-roll my own last year and I’ve never been …

2021-02-11: In today’s Writers Room, I’ll go over these improvements & what it means for your …

2021-02-11: “Ignoring the reality around you keeps you present, but distorts the way you commit to …

2021-02-11: “Being in harmony with curiosity keeps you in the present moment, allowing you to address the …

2021-02-11: Making a few changes today in the way Subtext presents a Premise for certain stories. Instead of …

2021-02-10: Time to step away and hopefully find something great to watch. If you’re interested in …

2021-02-10: Conflict Corner went great today, and I think I might have even picked up a few pointers here and …

2021-02-10: The geniuses at Narrative First are up to it again today in Conflict Corner–the weekly class …

2021-02-10: The Storyform for The Vast of Night is now up in Subtext. Really liked how the Element of …

2021-02-10: Got huge Speculation vibes while watching Vast of Night, meaning all conflict centered around this …

2021-02-10: Surprised to find out that The Vast of Night had a reasonably discernible Storyform. It’s not the …

2021-02-09: Ford v Ferrari splits the difference as well, but the tragic circumstances of the narrative make …

2021-02-09: Elf mixes it up with a more “joyous” personality by splitting external and internal between …

2021-02-09: Moulin Rouge! flips it, with MC & Plot now internal (Subconscious/Becoming) and IC & Rel.s …

2021-02-09: Matrix is a typical personality with both Main Character and Plot dealing with external issues …

2021-02-09: Finished cleaning up initial round of Holistic Storyforms. Key to it all is the visualization of …

2021-02-09: Thinking of renaming Thematic Conversations to Thematic Movements. A lyrical ring to it 🎶 The former …

2021-02-08: The switch to Altruism over Morality makes so much more sense when it comes to films like The …

2021-02-08: Look up the definition of Morality on Google and you get “principles concerning the distinction …

2021-02-08: Here’s the same sequence found in The Sixth Sense, only now in Cole (the Influence Character)-a …

2021-02-08: Choose Disbelief & Altruism (character & plot) in Subtext and the app predicts an eerily …

2021-02-08: Going to be validating the idea of Thematic Conversations over the next couple of weeks. Initial …

2021-02-07: This is so crazy. If you plug into Subtext “being open-minded” for Character and …

2021-02-07: Well, this is fun.

2021-02-06: I’m beginning to think Travis Barker is the reason Blink-182 was so good. There isn’t one bad song …

2021-02-04: Building an app for someone instead of building an app for my story dev biz is …

2021-02-04: Also, after being asked if all this “gobbly-goop” was necessary when writing a story, I …

2021-02-04: Completed work yesterday on a 6-week project that I’m super excited about - Holistic …

2021-02-03: My watch now takes care of the bottom half of my face. Yay for staying warm in early morning walks. …

2021-02-02: Invoker sure is mighty pretty. Much nicer than TablePlus, plus ZERO config. Would have saved me …

2020-12-18: To Jon Favreau and Dave Filloni, thank you so very much. The season finale of The Mandalorian was a …

2020-12-17: My life is complete - Descript, the ultimate screencast/podcast/recording thingee - is now availble …

2020-12-13: How many times can I watch the opening prologue to Tenet before Tuesday????!

2020-12-11: Cloning repositories and cleaning up code on a morning walk, as you do.

2020-12-10: Geez…Disney…😲

2020-12-07: Cold, windy, overcast, and quarantined. It’s a Beethoven piano sonata day.

2020-12-05: Creating A Digital Experience Platform Tim describes a “Digital Experience Platform” in his video on modern website components. …

2020-12-05: Spending the night catching up on tutorials while doing a ton of busy work (mindless data entry). I …

2020-12-05: This Moment from the Waking Up app basically explains ALL you need to know about story structure and …

2020-12-04: The Mandalorian does it again!! 40-year dream come to life. 😀 THANK YOU!

2020-12-04: Really happy with how things are turning out writing and re-writing The Manual for Subtext. Went …

2020-12-04: Switching colors in Linear to match my app’s brand colors makes it all that much more real. 😊

2020-12-03: My favorite Dr. Seuss book growing up was Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Sa taps in on the …

2020-12-03: Somebody thought this would be really funny to put on my desk.

2020-12-03: Dune and Matrix 4 same day release on HBOMax as in theaters? Bye bye Arclight…(“When i was a kid I …

2020-12-03: The idea that I could build an interface—even if just for myself—so I could avoid my bank’s …

2020-12-02: On Elf: am I the only one who thinks all of James Caan’s scenes were shot in a totally different …

2020-12-02: Aaron Sorkin is incredible. Trial of the Chicago 7…great writing from beginning to end.

2020-11-30: The best thing about 2020 is being able to skip past the B-52s when listening to the Top 100 on 80s …

2020-11-30: Can’t wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday desperation to end. As someone who makes a living off …

2020-11-28: So super excited when I finally figure something out after beating my head against the wall all day. …

2020-11-28: Probably super obvious to everyone but me, but removing any padding/margin from transitioning …

2020-11-28: In love with last night’s Mandalorian episode even more once I realized who was playing the General.

2020-11-28: Absolute genius. The composer behind Succession discusses his themes for the show. Inspiring to hear …

2020-11-27: Home office vibes courtesy of Phillips, Vari, and Apple.

2020-11-27: Recognizing thoughts as thoughts makes all the difference in the world. (And being able to share …

2020-11-27: Well that was easy. Told myself last week I wanted to start focusing on developing new apps with …

2020-11-27: Fridays. The days I stay off Twitter because I don’t watch The Mandalorian until late at night, and …

2020-11-26: Stranger Things Season Three the second time around…65in screen instead of the 27in I used to …

2020-11-26: Full circle. Now I’m animating transitions with VueJS using what I know about spacing and …

2020-11-26: New Divide utilities in Tailwind are awesome. Feel like I could spend a couple days catching up on …

2020-11-26: Probably one of my favorite pages from The Daily Stoic. And one of the hardest to pull off.

2020-11-26: My essentials. Timepage, iAWriter, Subtext, and Superhuman.

2020-11-26: Been using Tailwind for 2 years now, and just learned sm: is NOT for mobile devices, but SMALL …

2020-11-25: Crazy tease

2020-11-25: Today’s Conflict Corner class in Subtext was most encouraging. I think I found a way to test …

2020-11-25: When you spend your usual writing time searching for “remote NuxtJS jobs” because it sounds …

2020-11-25: Having conquered my PWA splash screen issues, I basically just open and close my app all day. Both …

2020-11-24: Amazingly productive day. Such a difference when you fully commit. 😃

2020-11-24: Figured it out. I incorrectly assumed the @2 and @3 settings in Figma were supposed to match pixel …

2020-11-24: Wrangling PWA support in my Nuxt app today. Not super happy with the splashscreen support in the …

2020-11-23: Starting to write again after two months of not writing is not easy. Feel wobbly and uncoordinated, …

2020-11-22: “You are identical to what is perhaps the greatest mystery in the universe.” Thanks, Sam …

2020-11-22: Just read the Forward to “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey using my best impression …

2020-11-21: I have great users. 😊

2020-11-21: Witness the power of this fully-operational, fully-optimized app (thank you Nuxt :))

2020-11-20: First week of work with the M1 MBA: def sticking with the Air for my mobile future. LOVE the lack of …

2020-11-20: Raycast now opens GitHub repos in a flash…🥰

2020-11-20: Ah, much better. DankMono re-installed in new VSCode.

2020-11-20: Highlighted is such a great app. Anytime I mark something in Kindle, I add it here as well. Nice to …

2020-11-18: In one of the Moments from the Waking Up app, Sam talks about sharing from want vs sharing to help. …

2020-11-18: Upgrading to TailwindCSS 2.0 and praying for easy DarkMode/Typography integration (so people can …

2020-11-18: This week marks the 3 year anniversary of my writing app Subtext. 3 ½ years ago I had no idea …

2020-11-17: What used to take a minute to build in Nuxt now only takes 9 seconds on an M1 MBA. I have a feeling …

2020-11-17: I can’t stop laughing about how much faster this M1 is 🤣 and my own app I built? Ridiculous. I …

2020-11-17: Really surprised at how much I can run my entire business off my iPad Pro. Previous Mac died 3 hours …

2020-11-17: Never underestimate the power of the Batman soundtrack during your morning run on a ridge high above …

2020-11-16: “It’s not the story in my head,” said everyone. Of course it isn’t, your head can switch contexts in …

2020-11-16: 100% sure that the @Superhuman app is responsible for a 200% improvement in reaching out to …

2020-11-15: Time is art. Today kicks off the 5th month of the 13 month 28 day calendar. This month is the …

2020-11-15: Really enjoying Moments in the @WakingUp app from Sam Harris. I have it set to 1-3 times a day, …

2020-11-15: This popped up on iTunes Listen Now playlist and has promptly been played 532 times in a row just …

2020-11-03: Just realized, yesterday marked my 3rd year of daily meditation (1095 consecutive days). Best …

2020-10-19: Am I the only one who claps for themselves out-loud before entering a commit?

2020-10-13: So amazing watching row after row created of users trying out a new feature 😃

2020-08-09: Perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written for film… music.apple.com

2020-07-29: I wonder what happens tomorrow with the counter. 😊 @calm

2020-07-25:

2020-07-23: Subscribing to Moretex is a no-brainer. First podcast I’m willing to sponsor without a second …

2020-07-16: Your daily does of inspiration to feel epic whilst trapped inside your house. …

2020-07-15: My theme song when I finally get local and prod servers to work nice in Nuxt after months and months …

2020-07-11: The Other Side Ryan’s words ring even clearer with Bionic Reading set: I’ve come to see this pandemic as a radical …

2020-07-06: 2 hours from idea to deploy, Nuxt to Netlify, and now there’s an app out in the wild that perfectly …

2020-07-04: Updating a 1200+ page site/app that serves thousands across the world with my phone while kicking …

2020-07-04: In case you wanted to know the lyrics to Star Wars:

2020-07-01: Am I Free? Somewhere around this time, I mark another year “working” for myself. 2020 is Year 4. I …

2020-07-01: Things is for Scheduling Tasks There is so much good about Sebastien de Deyne’s take on a Things 3. My favorite is something …

2020-06-30: The key to a great day of writing—Hans Zimmer essentials.

2020-06-30: Today’s cookie looks like the Millennium Falcon (original universe version 😝)

2020-06-30: ‪Trying out @CremaCo and now I have a coffee “playlist” 😋 ☕️ ‬

2020-06-28: The wider iPhone is a no-brainer. When reading, I always wish there was just slightly more room on …

2020-06-28: Very much looking forward to utilizing new Render functions in Vue 3. Evan does a great job of …

2020-06-28: 2020 theme song for the next 7 days in the U.S.

2020-06-28: We’re moving into a new area of narrative focus, a shift away from Learning and into Obtaining …

2020-06-27: Upgraded the Discuss Dramatica forums to the latest and greatest version of Discourse, still my …

2020-06-27: And at 5:40, here’s the soundtrack for Glory (Horner really liked Prokofiev)

2020-06-27: And here’s the original soundtrack for Braveheart from 1939.

2020-06-27: The original soundtrack for Aliens—first premiered in 1942.

2020-06-27: Two minutes into using @linear_app and I already know it will stick. Super slick app development and …

2020-06-27: The best kind of breakfast is the kind you don’t make yourself.

2020-06-27: After reading this review/marketing blog about Sonos’ new soundbar Arc, I’m sold. Especially since …

2020-06-26: Super sad to hear about Kelly Asbury passing away. He was my director on Spirit and Shrek 2. So …

2020-06-26: My iTunes 2019 Replay list is 90% Tony Robbins hype-music and 10% Blink 182. Totally different vibe …

2020-06-26: Stopping a timer in Timery is a frequent action for me, but a pain to set in motion. With the new …

2020-06-25: Our group analysis of the Blacklist spec script, Don’t Worry, Darling went great. It was such a …

2020-06-23: First pull request merged! 😊 Not at all as difficult as I thought it would be. This one a simple …

2020-06-22: Ok. So apparently I’ve been washing my hands for a lot longer than 20 seconds for most of my adult …

2020-06-22: Hand washing is probably my most favorite new app! 😃

2020-06-22: Spatial audio on AirPods Pro is mind-blowing.

2020-06-21: Livestream the solar eclipse if you’re not lucky enough to wake up in India ☀️ 🌙 m.youtube.com/watch

2020-06-17: Super happy with development on the latest version of Subtext. A preview of what’s coming next. …

2020-06-03: C’mon man. Now earthquakes too?!

2020-05-27: Launch scrubbed! 😕

2020-05-27: Those touchscreens! 😍

2020-05-27: Driving to the launchpad in style!

2020-05-27: Participating in the LIVE JAMStack Conference, put on by Netlify. It’s out of control what …

2020-05-26: Spent the holiday weekend conforming 1235 pieces of content to Nuxt’s new Content module. Not having …

2020-05-26: Repression and The Dark Knight Rises New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Steitz on an often unloved Nolan offering: At some point I …

2020-05-24: Having been inside for three months, this is truly spectacular (Elsmere Canyon in CA, USA).

2020-05-24: Love is the General. Seinfeld and Stern on what it takes to be great.

2020-05-23: Cleaning up Narrative First, this post from 2015 on how “great” Editorial is compared to …

2020-05-23: Holiday CMS Weekend Spending this Memorial Day weekend going through 14 years of Narrative First (1200+ items) and …

2020-05-22: I cannot wait to see this movie! Modern Trailer for Empire

2020-05-22: Over and over again, I am reminded of how smart it was to convert my entire ecosystem over to Nuxt. …

2020-05-20: The Sincere World of Vue Watching an interview with Nuxt core member Debbie O’Brien about her start and work in tech. Man, do …

2020-05-20: Quarantine Quote Never quite thought of Odysseus as obsessed, but in retrospect seems clear. “People try to get away …

2020-05-19: I woke up this morning so happy, with no idea why I woke up this morning so happy, with no idea why. Now I know why: Timothy Olyphant is playing Boba …

2020-05-15: My favorite writing platform, iAWriter (favorite for over ten years now) works with my personal blog …

2020-04-23: It is wonderfully windy out today.

2020-04-21:

2020-03-26: Reading The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed …

2020-03-19: Quarantine essentials.

2020-01-07: And we end the night with Molossus from Mr. Zimmer…what could be better?!

2020-01-06: I feel like I should win some sort of prize. Just ran a new article through Grammarly and found ZERO …

2020-01-04: Why is Max Richter so incredibly good? Seriously, I can’t think of another composer who so …

2020-01-04: The Mandalorian was everything the last three Star Wars films were not: funny, light-hearted, …

2020-01-01: 30 years ago I spent New Year’s Eve drawing Jiminy Cricket and ended up drawing for Disney …

2019-12-27: Reading Story Genius is a series of highs and lows. This quote is a definite high:

2019-12-27: Ok, I thought raising my wrist to activate Siri was cool enough…but now I just have to say the word …

2019-12-26: Pretty much the reason why you need to build the change you see:

2019-12-22: Silencia by Hammock popped up in Apple Music for me this week. Stunningly beautiful melodies to help …

2019-12-21: Tee hee. 😁 couldn’t wait, and snuck out.

2019-12-21: The shortest day of the year.

2019-12-20: The Soundtracks of My Life My dad would always drive me to Tempo Records on Lyons Ave. in Newhall after a Star Wars movie. …

2019-12-20: JAMstacking everything in 2020. Already half way there with Narrative First. Nothing but a great …

2019-12-20:

2019-11-30: Life before meditation:

2019-11-29: Double rainbow!! Rainbow 🌈 🌈 And considering all that happened this week, I consider both of them a …

2019-11-29: Marvel films may not be “cinema,” but at least they know how to tell a story…💤😴 …

2019-11-27: I had no idea this was a thing! Click the dinosaur and now you have something to do while …

2019-11-23: Late Friday night when you finally realize the Antagonist that’s been staring you in the face …

2019-11-19: Netlify is ridiculously simple and well thought out. Adding redirects took about 2 seconds.

2019-11-17: If you’re like me, and you’re about halfway through writing something for National …

2019-11-15: This is a pretty spectacular album for writing screenplays. Seven Worlds One Planet by Zimmer & …

2019-11-14: My friend Bobby Rubio made an absolutely beautiful short film that is now on Disney+ called Float. …

2019-11-14: Haven’t heard this many sirens at once before.

2019-11-14: You may also like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back… This AI is incredible!

2019-11-13: Really enjoying JAMStack Radio. Can’t believe it started in 2016, and I’m just now …

2019-11-13: Currently imagining how awesome it’s going to be to do what I love on a new MacBook Pro.

2019-11-12: Paddington 2 is super impressive if it was written without Dramatica. It basically follows a …

2019-11-12: Just tried out Overdub for Descript. Basically, you screw up a word or words in your podcast, and …

2019-11-12: As a former Disney animator, of course I’m streaming Steamboat Willie first.

2019-11-09: Continuous deployment is the greatest thing in the world. Also, branch deploys for automatic staging …

2019-11-08: Just ordered my Cortex Ugly Christmas Sweater. Only a couple days left to be the talk of the office!

2019-11-07: Trying Sizzy out, because there’s nothing I love more than new developer tools. (They’re …

2019-11-07: Just held the most mind-blending class in the Writers Room in Subtext. The input from the attendees …

2019-11-05: Nuxt JS is essentially the Laravel of Vue JS (which I get is a framework of a framework of …

2019-11-05: Just figured out all my story issues in the shower. I respectively submit for Apple to make the next …

2019-11-05: “There’s nothing on your schedule for the rest of the day.” Music to my ears, …

2019-11-01: This is why I switched from PHP/Laravel to JAMStack… The old version of Narrative First: The new …

2019-11-01: Welcome to my sad Black Parade. Waited 20 minutes online to buy tickets to see My Chemical Romance …

2019-10-31: After 13 years, Narrative First is now an app. This latest rollout lays the foundation for a …

2019-10-31: Achievement #34256 unlocked: experience an E.T. style Halloween St. with streets packed with kids …

2019-10-31: Doesn’t matter what time of day–I always fall asleep when Snoopy does his Wotld War I …

2019-10-31: Clicking Netlify’s Verify DNS Configuration over and over again like its the Apple store on …

2019-10-29: It is ridiculous how effortless it is to spin up a static site with Netlify and JAMStack. …

2019-10-24: An overwhelmingly insight post on Superhuman’s on-boarding and the delight with which they …

2019-10-24: There can be no greater than feeling, than the feeling one gets when you finally roll out an …

2019-10-24: My afternoons with Sam Harris are turning out to be the best 15 minutes of the day. Waking Up app

2019-10-24: This garage tour of Google circa 1998 is just what I needed this week:

2019-10-23: Funny reading an article written before my extensive work on The Holistic Premise. Like looking at …

2019-10-23: Also, yesterday’s AWS debacle forced me to finally integrate 13 years of blog parts and …

2019-10-23: Now that the last chapter of my book this year is finished, I’m clearing out articles I …

2019-10-18: Feels amazing to finally finish this first stage of rewriting Subtext. No more page refreshes. …

2019-10-16: Diving into my first manual “copying over files” from a PR in GitHub. Thinking …

2019-10-14: The panic when I see a todo on Things that I have NO IDEA what it means, but seems super important.

2019-10-13: Joker is just Taxi Driver without Jodi Foster. Incomplete, at best, but not as ambiguous as everyone …

2019-10-12: Listening to this track from the Spirit soundtrack and man, do I miss animating on that film. One of …

2019-10-11: What is this I just discovered? Experimental Hans Zimmer music from Dark Phoenix?? What a great way …

2019-10-04: Writing a screenplay for some of your favorite actors while simultaneously developing an app that …

2019-10-02: Super excited to share this next article once it’s done. I basically rewrote Casablanca from …

2019-10-01: Never underestimate the power of a mid-afternoon meetup with Sam Harris and the Waking Up app to get …

2019-10-01: Have to keep reminding myself–when server charges go up, that’s a GOOD thing :) Means …

2019-09-30: You know you’re out of shape when you head back to the gym after six months, and massively …

2019-09-30: $1 Million for Darth’s helmet in Empire? Sounds like a bargain to me.

2019-09-30: Much prefer Insomnia over Postman when it comes to testing API calls. Can go from 0 to 100 in 5 …

2019-09-29: Think I’m going to try implementing Passport today. JWT-Auth just doesn’t seem to be …

2019-09-28: Improving a Revolutionary Theory of Story Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story and our generation’s …

2019-09-28: Saturday morning heaven.

2019-09-27: Frozen 2 looked super-lame until that last trailer. 😳 some seriously great animation in there too. …

2019-09-26: Great news! We finally found an unproduced screenplay worthy of putting up in Subtext. Had a feeling …

2019-09-26: Wow. Just finished reading Beside Ourselves, a 2018 Nicholls Fellowship Finalist, in preparation for …

2019-09-25: Started playing around with the new Descript, bringing the podcast back to life. While it …

2019-09-25: Fun with JWT Authorization today in Vue. Nice starting point is this Authentication Course from …

2019-09-25: As someone who writes on their phone for a living, the loss of cursor-control in iOS is unsettling. …

2019-09-24: Visualizing Story Structure A perfect visual explanation of the dissonance between the Main Character and Influence Character of …

2019-09-24: Thought my fellow creatives might appreciate this one this morning.

2019-09-23: Inspired by all the great documentation in the Laravel community, I’m going to really dive …

2019-09-23: Hearing the soundtrack from Hook playing in the living room is a perfect alternative then having to …

2019-09-23: Allowing Greater Creativity What an amazing weekend! In addition to finally breaking through a challenging aspect of building …

2019-09-22: Great. The best part about being an adult is that no one can tell you you’re playing your …

2019-09-22: I’m loving the no-case life, but how does everyone avoid scratching the back with those rivets …

2019-09-21: Seriously hot tip here about developing for Stripe that I didn’t know.

2019-09-20: Weird. My watch is always on now.

2019-09-20: I like the look and feel of Apple Books with their menus and interactivity, but I love the Kindle …

2019-09-19: There’s so many cool things coming out today and tomorrow that my head explodes thinking of …

2019-09-19: Not sure why Sayonara Wild Hearts keeps asking me if I want to skip this part–the whole point …

2019-09-19: Today’s class went exceedingly well. Talked about how to balance out a relationship at the end …

2019-09-19: People don’t like snark. For my Evergreen Newsletter for Narrative First, I added a link to my …

2019-09-19: This is the closest I will get to a Midnight Green iPhone this year.

2019-09-19: Poop. Just realized that I accidentally ordered the Space Gray instead of Midnight Green. 5am is …

2019-09-18: Ok. This game is pretty crazy.

2019-09-18: Nothing better than defeating the demon that is mapping Javascript objects of objects and filtering …

2019-09-18: If you want to see how to rollout and onboard new customers, you need to check out the whole …

2019-09-18: And the product video for the new Descript app is even better. Inspires all kinds of creativity and …

2019-09-18: Rebuilding a Vue component from the ground-up, because sometimes you just need to start all over.

2019-09-18: Edit Your Voice by Typing Ok. This is just about the coolest thing I have ever heard of in a podcast app: With Overdub, you …

2019-09-17: Just when I think I’m doing all I can to teach writers about Dramatica, I run across a YT …

2019-09-17: Want to know what it means to traverse a quad in the Dramatica theory of story? That circle graphic …

2019-09-17: This week on Narrative First, a continuation of my series on the Hegelian Dialectic: Writing a …

2019-09-17: 683 days in a row meditating and I think I’m just starting to get it. Watched Mingyur Rinpoche …

2019-09-17: I love how Marcus Aurelius concerned himself with haters 2000 years ago. We don’t have time to …

2019-09-16: When air guitaring to Blink-182 to start your afternoon, be sure to make sure your phone went back …

2019-09-13: I think I just finished the first draft of my book.

2019-09-02: When you haven’t picked up a pen in 3 years, yet somehow get inspired by Moleskine’s …

2019-08-28: Don’t know what it is, but every time I have to manually sign in to Stripe, I’m reminded …

2019-08-26: Going on record to say it’s not a dream. What better way to set up anticipation for the next …

2019-08-23: The combination of the Coffee House track from the Dark Noise app and a Cortex-bingeing day is …

2019-08-22: The best part of the end of August is when all the movers and shakers come back from vacation eager …

2019-08-20: Looking nice in the new Feedbin app! This year I started writing first thing every morning. So far, …

2019-08-20: Hi. I have a support request. Let me see what I can do. OK, fixed. Enjoy. But the whole WORLD gets …

2019-08-19: Terrence Malick AND a story??! I’m so in. The Hidden Life Also, his trailers always have the best …

2019-08-18: Hey Siri, build me a story based on Mission Impossible: Fallout. “Sry, Jim. I can’t do …

2019-08-17: Fifteen years, I chose XM Radio over Sirius because they ran a Film Score channel. I loved listening …

2019-08-16: 10 hours straight writing. No breaks. 8 hours ago I had the wrong storyform. Ten minutes ago I …

2019-08-13: Fine-tuning the Holistic Premise in Subtext, and this one for Eternal Sunshine feels so perfect…

2019-08-13: And just like that, I’m granted access to take Subtext serverless. 😃 Going to be a GREAT …

2019-08-12: On the other side of using my app Subtext to write something for high-profile client. This thing is …

2019-08-11: Not really sure what the hubbub was with Little Woods. Pretty sure there was one more Act left to …

2019-08-09: Driving down Sunset and blasting the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack after securing another …

2019-08-09: Friday afternoon story meeting.

2019-08-09: This episode of Acquired was great, particularly if you’re like me and building a product for …

2019-08-08: I love watching this video on Steadfast Main Characters I put together years ago. So good…and still …

2019-08-07: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…three hours of watching someone watch a movie. 🙄

2019-08-07: Morning writing buddy.

2019-08-06: Tenet trailer was totally not worth it 🤣 Wasn’t a total loss. Top Gun on big screen was great, …

2019-08-05: While rebuilding my system from the ground-up, I forgot to install Hazel–my go to for cleaning …

2019-08-05: Tickets purchased for Hobbs & Shaw tonight. Mostly for the glimpse on the big-screen of Tenet. …

2019-08-05: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far In Foot is evidence that creative constraints are a good …

2019-08-04: Delightfully surprised by the new way links open in Safari iOS 13:

2019-08-04: David Milch on Deadwood: “Heartfelt thanks for walking with me on my journey,” said Milch, who kept …

2019-08-04: The Farewell was fantastic. Expertly structured holism that explores burdens worth …

2019-08-03: The Farewell to Summer with Summer.

2019-08-03: Crisp and clean. With a new color palette.

2019-08-03: My annual rebuilding of Subtext is underway…which means its time to take advantage of the …

2019-08-01: Usage fees for Subtext tripled from a year ago. I could think of this one of two ways: one, I need …

2019-07-25: How I will be spending the latter half of 2019: Laravel Vapor Taking Subtext serverless thanks to …

2019-07-25: Watching and reading about Evan You’s talk at LaraconUS this year. So glad I made the right …

2019-07-24: And at 5:30pm I finally get everything back to normal. whew. 😅

2019-07-24: Looks like Subtext will be going serverless in August, thanks to Laravel Vapor 😃 #Laracon

2019-07-24: Looks like the clean sweep was the best solution to my Mojave-Beta-July-Mercury-Retrograde-woes. …

2019-07-23: Merry #LaraconUS -mas Eve, everyone!

2019-07-23: Will not read anything better this morning. The marketing luxury tactics of Superhuman. I was aware …

2019-07-22: When this crawls up your leg while you’re going to the bathroom, and every stick and twig you …

2019-07-21: 50 Years Later, Still Inspiring Well, that was a thrilling weekend. After 30+ hours of listening to real-time communications between …

2019-07-21: State of the art motion graphics 1969:

2019-07-21: When you finish writing next week’s article before you’ve even published the one for this week.

2019-07-20: Dreaming of Coffee “When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do? I love espresso and would happily …

2019-07-20: 50 year anniversaries of Moon landings should happen all the time. Kept me in my seat all day long …

2019-07-20: Just heard CAPCOM call home to tell his son he wouldn’t be home for dinner. 😆

2019-07-20: The passive-aggressive back and forth in Mission Control is classic. “Don’t worry about, …

2019-07-20: Was going to post something about how silly #SDCC is compared to guys actually landing on the moon. …

2019-07-20: 6 ½ hours from landing to finally going outside??! Just open the door and GO.

2019-07-20: Neil’s heartrate went up to 156 when he landed long. Mine sometimes gets up to 170 when I go …

2019-07-20: I’ve decided that flipping circuit breakers on the lander is just the same as hitting Cmd + R …

2019-07-19: A Vigilante breaks my Rotten Tomatoes 90% rule. 91%, but no story whatsoever. Watch the Apollo 11 …

2019-07-18: Have to admit–I love the new Top Gun trailer.

2019-07-17: Convert a Premise into Narrative Structure This is what popped up for me this morning, when I uploaded the narrative structure for Eternal …

2019-07-17: When your totally random Dramatic Argument generator seems almost too prescient:

2019-07-16: When refactoring and for some reason, it all worked the first time through. Not sure what to do with …

2019-07-15: Mood right now after running my first test: via GIPHY

2019-07-15: The Universe and Me Really excited about this one, this week: The Curse of the Hegelian Dialectic. Had a really strange …

2019-07-15: iOS 13 randomly asked me to enter Passcode over the weekend for iCloud, and this morning I was able …

2019-07-13: No starvation and unlimited arrows? This next generation of D&D players is lame. #daughterDM

2019-07-13: 50% of all story problems can be solved by splitting the Main Character’s personal problems as …

2019-07-13: Gary Clark, Jr. is the soundtrack for July’s in Southern California. Sounds like earthquakes …

2019-07-13: The 10x Engineer thread. Which is indistinguishable from satire. I like to think I can convert …

2019-07-12: When you look over a block of code you wrote two years ago, and realize you could do the same thing …

2019-07-11: Fixing an important typo on something I wrote NINE years ago, because it’s still relevant and …

2019-07-09: So what exactly is the Universe telling me when “Holiday Road” randomly pops up on …

2019-07-08: Stranger Things: Season 3 was phenomenal. Season Two was OK, which left me not all that excited …

2019-07-05: I haven’t felt a single earthquake. First one I was out writing and walking. Second I was …

2019-07-05: There is nothing more satisfying than cranking your Baratza grinder to just the right setting. ☕️🌞

2019-07-03: Narrative First made more in the first half of 2019 then it did in all of 2016. I can’t …

2019-07-02: “Hey Siri, build me an outline for a television show about a hit man who wants to quit because …

2019-07-01: My son, who is now 20, published a brand new composition last week: Brave Frontier. It blows me away …

2019-06-28: When you see Hegelian dialectic used in reference to story structure, run for ze hills. It’s …

2019-06-26: Building the storyform for Barry, and the idea that a theory of story could predict the specific …

2019-06-26: Superhuman has totally transformed the way I work. No longer do I scour chat windows in different …

2019-06-25: Heard from a #screenwriter yesterday who sold a television series to Spielberg and friends. He used …

2019-06-24: If you missed it, here’s a series of articles on the Holistic Premise. Greed leads to …

2019-06-21: Uhh. Got this for Father’s Day, and it makes ALL the difference. Have a feeling I’m going to get a …

2019-06-20: I love the focus on measuring experience in terms of milliseconds with Superhuman. Every update is …

2019-06-17: This clearly makes me a superior writer, right? 🙄

2019-06-16: Father’s Day in Pasadena, doing what my dad used to do for me. Free reign at Dick Blick’s Art …

2019-06-14: When you’re stuck in traffic, but still have a story meeting. #screenwriting #writingtips

2019-06-13: The Mustang was a thing of beauty. See it.

2019-06-13: When I heard fans were fixing the new Spider-Man poster, I figured it was another case of Audience …

2019-06-13: This book disturbed me so much, at one point I had to put it away for a couple months. Ended great.

2019-06-13: Just led an amazing class where we discussed the difference between the Holistic mindset and the …

2019-06-11: Pro tip: Put on the Dark Phoenix soundtrack. Then write. Or go for a run. You’re welcome.

2019-06-11: Building a complete story on your phone with your own app is awesome.

2019-06-10: Working with writers in Turkey now. And Indonesia. And other from the Ukraine. The internet is the …

2019-06-10: This month’s Dramatica Users Group meeting is all about Skyfall which will be …

2019-06-07: Scheduling “Lunch with [childhood hero]” is so fulfilling 😊

2019-06-07: Added the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless to the storyform for Dragon, because, you know, …

2019-06-06: Uhhhhh…Superhuman is crazy good. I’m finally going to be able to keep up with email. 🎉

2019-06-06: You know you hit the nail on the head when someone tells you that your work is “the biggest …

2019-06-06: Finally got setup with Superhuman. Impressed with the white-glove service so far (and for just …

2019-06-05: Well, after three days of trying I’m officially giving up on installing this first round of …

2019-06-04: Just solved a programming problem that I’ve been avoiding for almost two years now, and the …

2019-06-03: Custom watch faces would’ve been nice–but that new Solar face is all I’ve ever …

2019-06-03: WWDC is a conspiracy perfectly timed to keep us from enjoying the sunshine of the warmer months and …

2019-05-31: Six years ago, I took my last online date. She has been there through ups and downs, and supported …

2019-05-31: Visualizing Stories within Stories Yesterday, while explaining the Size of Mind Constant in context of narrative, I remembered this GIF …

2019-05-30: Rare that a screenplay could almost bring me to tears, but damn, The Olympian was great. Covering in …

2019-05-26: When you’re focusing all your creative energy on helping visualize a holistic understanding of …

2019-05-23: This looks nice 😃 (Got my invite for Flotato and making sure Subtext plays nice with it. So far, so …

2019-05-23: 45 minutes for one sentence. It’s a good sentence. And an important one. But man, one …

2019-05-20: You tell me the storyteller is King, and I’m in. #GameofThrones

2019-05-19: My 16-year old daughter just told me that the difference between The Matrix and Endgame was that in …

2019-05-13: Dude. That was wholly unsatisfying. None of it made any sense. Characters completely changed …

2019-05-12: You know that scene in Captain Fantastic where the kids go to a restaurant for the first time and …

2019-05-12: Disneyland parking: $25, 10 rows, 4 cars every 90 seconds. $2000/3min or $40G every hour. For …

2019-05-11: The season 2 finale of #CobraKai was incredible. Even better than the first season. That fight …

2019-05-07: A System More than the Sum of Its Parts Can’t sleep. An emergent property is a property which a collection or complex system has, but …

2019-05-07: Emergent Properties and the Science of Storytelling Doing a lot of development in the past couple of weeks on Relationships in Narrative. Everyone …

2019-05-07: This made me laugh so much. Observation humor. i.redd.it

2019-05-07: Learning about “friendly fraud” this fine beautiful Tuesday morning.

2019-05-06: Really looking forward to checking out Chernobyl tonight on HBO, written by one of the guys behind …

2019-05-05: Phenomenal. I feel so fortunate having had the opportunity to experience this series. #GameofThrones

2019-05-04: Missing Link was exquisite. The animation performances were stunning and the storytelling was …

2019-05-03: ‪I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited by a book release ever. Children of Time was so good. ‬

2019-05-03: So awesome how the thing that didn’t make any sense at the beginning of the week (persisting …

2019-05-01: Crazy. Just used Cloudinary to crop, scale, and focus on the face for character images in …

2019-04-29: The best part about working for myself is that I can take all day tomorrow to recover from The Long …

2019-04-28: Avengers was surprisingly great, and three hours went by in a snap. 😁 What a great way to revisit …

2019-04-28: Seeing Avengers because I have to.

2019-04-27: I know it’s fashionable nowadays to hate on Drip and love Convertkit, but I’ve received …

2019-04-26: No greater accomplishment then spending the entire coding some newness, only to have it all come …

2019-04-25: Something real about setting up payroll for your own company. Also. Tons of paperwork.

2019-04-25: Not reading this until June 1. Deadwood Coda Stopped here: The order of business for the day is a …

2019-04-24: Staying Faithful to Perceptions The Internet is a boundless source of inspiration. I wake each morning excited about what new thing …

2019-04-24: I like when giant magazines call you up for a pre-interview on tech in storytelling. 😁

2019-04-24: Loving my new watch face, courtesy of Grey Industries and the greatest podcast. Never thought to …

2019-04-24: Just wrote 1.1K words on writing about the conflict within relationships because EVERYONE–even …

2019-04-24: There’s nothing quite likely watching someone else use your app. It reminds of bringing …

2019-04-23: Listening to Brene Brown on vulnerability just makes me super grateful that I had parents who …

2019-04-23: David Milch on Alzheimer’s and ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ The sun sets on genius.

2019-04-23: Easter lookout.

2019-04-19: Why I love where I live.

2019-04-17: Well, there goes my April and May. Intercom’s new Product Tour looks insane and is exactly the …

2019-04-14: Just approved the first user-generated Source of Conflict for Subtext. This is going to be huge!!

2019-04-14: Tiger won the Masters! For some reason, that’s incredibly hopeful to me for 2019.

2019-04-14: Summer is a B-3 or a B-4. I’m an F-6. ☕️

2019-04-14: So good I highlighted it last year. Still so good, I’m putting it here: Which will help your …

2019-04-13: Locke was incredible. More movies with just Tom Hardy driving please.

2019-04-13: Thinking of taking Subtext serverless. Mainly because of this podcast. Lots to learn this weekend.

2019-04-12: More from the sleep files. This time, my sleep debt.

2019-04-12: Wind and Taxes and Sleep.

2019-04-10: Super excited about a new show I’m in called Writing with Subtext. A writer familiar with my …

2019-04-10: This will also never ever get old for me. A heat map of people listening to my voice to learn about …

2019-04-08: Watching Mississippi Burning for the first time for Dramatica class tomorrow night. Gene Hackman is …

2019-04-08: After four years in business, I finally ordered business cards. I think that makes it official now.

2019-03-14: First time with Tony Robbins. Hoping for a major breakthrough.

2019-03-11: Wow. This writing every day is having a huge impact on my work. Editing something I wrote only 2.5 …

2019-03-07: Great discussion today in the Writers Room about Genres and Sub-Genres. All about the difference …

2019-03-06: Once a year I get up at the crack of dawn to watch a bunch of Laravel experts do their thing. Ten …

2019-03-04: Just really love the iAWriter and Working Copy combo for blogging. All the articles and blog posts …

2019-03-03: Don’ care how many times I read Of Mice and Men. It’s beautiful every time.

2019-03-02: On Keeping a Journal Derek Sivers on keeping a journal: You’re doing this for your future self. Future you will want to …

2019-02-27: Earlier this morning, I rewrote a popular article of mine called Applying Pressure to the Main …

2019-02-22: Nothing beats a fresh bag. @bodhileafcoffee ☕️

2019-02-22: This, to me, is the hardest thing to learn when growing your own company. So, instead, celebrate …

2019-02-21: I just spent two hours (and five yesterday) banging my head against the keyboard because I …

2019-02-21: Wrote a little something on Quick Easy Wins on Narrative First this morning. Inspired by …

2019-02-20: This thing actually works! My technology controls my coffee which controls my technology which …

2019-02-17: David Milch Writes One Episode of True Detective Milch is credited as a co-writer on the fourth episode of Season 3, “The Hour and the Day.” He did …

2019-02-17: Cleaned up Things too, and now I’m ready for the week! Just need to find some way to remember …

2019-02-17: Finally took the time this afternoon to triage a year-and-a-half of podcasts in Castro. Maintenance …

2019-02-15: Reading Jobs-to-be-Done from Intercom and floored by the simplicity of this statement: When you’re …

2019-02-15: ‪Someone is experimenting with writing Throughlines that don’t integrate fully within the context of …

2019-02-14: Just finished running an online class where I was able to explain how stories operate and the Size …

2019-02-14: When you use your own app to do work, and suddenly realize how incredibly awesome it is that you …

2019-02-14: Why can’t it rain all the time? Makes writing so much easier.

2019-02-12: Sam Raimi’s The Gift just makes me miss the late 90s–a time when you could write a story …

2019-02-12: Watching Raimi’s The Gift for the Dramatica Users Group meeting tonight. Cate Blanchett, …

2019-02-12: Sometimes I write articles just to see how awesome they’ll look in Fiery Feed’s Dark …

2019-02-11: No Editing and no Cinematography Awards…crazy. Old institutions are just dying and no one …

2019-02-11: It’s wonderful to see phenomenal storytelling rewarded handsomely again in Hollywood. Lord …

2019-02-11: Author Murakami on not dreaming: I don’t dream. Stories are stories; a dream is a dream. And for …

2019-02-10: A little light reading tonight: “I think that losing the sense of free will has only improved …

2019-02-10: Dear Lord, Will Smith as the Genie is frightening. 😱

2019-02-10: Feeling really good about the next iteration of Subtext. Managed to get File Uploads out of Blade …

2019-02-07: What took 2.5 hours yesterday of frustration to not figure out, took 20 minutes to resolve this …

2019-02-07: The fact that VueJS would use Robotech to name their latest release just confirms that it’s …

2019-02-04: I was planning on pruning my email list tomorrow. Chillers gave the whole thing meaning with his …

2019-01-27: I always assumed Dark Knight Rises lacked a storyform–until I turned on the Subtitles. That, …

2019-01-24: It’s ridiculous how easy it is to change things out in VueJS. Once you have the components …

2019-01-24: Today’s Writers Room in Subtext was crazy rewarding. Started out going over new features and …

2019-01-24: So weird using my own app to work on client’s stories. I mean, don’t get me …

2019-01-16: Just wrote 600 words on the beauty that is Roma. An effortless dream you need to experience.

2019-01-15: Writing for Fun and Not Profit Basecamp moves off of Twitter and into a personal blog. Looks like micro.blog called it. 😁 Personal …

2019-01-15: Paul Jarvis’ new book Company of One is fantastically motivating. Read 15% of it so far and …

2019-01-14: I discovered the trick to writing. And I know it’s nothing new, but it’s new to me. Just …

2019-01-13: Teen Titans Go to the Movies was surprisingly great! ⭐️

2019-01-09: Buying a ticket for Laracon Online is a no-brainer. $12 for a year’s worth of inspiration? Ok.

2019-01-06: The Picture-In-Picture on the Twitter app is pretty dope.

2019-01-02: Not Selling Yourself Seth Godin on What is Marketing? As soon as we take responsibility for the marketing we do and the …

2019-01-01: So, Bird Box: Malkovich is a Trump supporter. The door is the border wall. And the bird box is your …

2019-01-01: Hmm. Turns out, if you start watching HEAT at 10:57pm, you’ll see a hooker killed at the …

2018-12-29: It’s official. The Christmas music has stopped. And the 1940s station has started. It’s …

2018-12-29: I highly recommend the Dice Ex Machina app when rolling for your abilities. Only rolled one sub-10 …

2018-12-29: Shaking things up in 2019–going to be a Goliath for this year’s D&D campaign. …

2018-12-28: When a friend–without warning–puts you on FaceTime with a big-time Hollywood director to …

2018-12-27: Wanderlust was terrific. Complete storyform, naturally. I’ll be uploading to Subtext for sure. …

2018-12-23: Finally finished editing a podcast I recorded back in April of this year! Have ten more to go …

2018-12-23: And the writing and directing on Wanderlust is out-of-control. Lucy Tcherniak’s work on …

2018-12-23: Wow. Toni Collette should win five Oscars for her work in Wanderlust (Netflix). 😳

2018-12-22: Transcribing and editing podcasts by the hearth.

2018-12-21: I used to love these last two weeks of the year because it meant I didn’t have to work. Now, I …

2018-12-21: As far as I’m concerned, the New Year starts today! Went up in the hills behind my house to …

2018-12-21: The sun reached its lowest point ten minutes ago! It’s all uphill from here 😃

2018-12-20: This is confusing to me. I like broccoli more than In-n-Out now. 🥦 > 🍔

2018-12-19: The key to coffee is just coffee. No sugar. No coconut milk. Nothing. Just coffee. Tip for the new …

2018-12-16: Just saw #Spiderverse – easily the GREATEST animated movie of all time!!! No–the …

2018-12-16: Going to see #Spiderverse now…think the last time I was this excited was for The Empire …

2018-12-14: As a father of five (one’s already in college), I can totally relate to this post on Learning, …

2018-12-14: My favorite Mouseketeer.

2018-12-14: 2018 was an amazing year for us here at Narrative First. Read all about it in our Annual Report. …

2018-12-12: Haha!!!! I DID IT! I smashed Sam AND Ben! Ben’s trying to say it was a “Stage Win” …

2018-12-12: Super Smash Bros. is super frustrating. My kids kill me in this game. I can’t even tell …

2018-12-12: Things Dark Mode for iOS came just in time to keep me from switching back over to OmniFocus. Thanks …

2018-12-11: Subtext now makes accommodations for the Steadfast perspective in a narrative. Instead of Problem …

2018-12-11: Six weeks in, still not sick of Christmas music 🎄

2018-12-10: The latest iTunes clips Spider-verse 😳😳😳😳 Feel like I did when I saw The Matrix–like I’m …

2018-12-10: Can being made conscious of something be a Source of Conflict? Sure. You had no idea there was a …

2018-12-10: The nice thing about staying off of Facebook is that you don’t have to wade through …

2018-12-10: Took my first ECG this morning with my Apple Watch. I’m proud to say that my heart works as …

2018-12-10: Another night of disappointment. Waited forever for The Favourite to start–and it never did. …

2018-12-09: Mrs. Maisel Season 2 = True Detective Season 2. Only Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have …

2018-12-08: Completely speechless. How is this real?!

2018-12-08: I used to come here all the time to buy Dungeons & Dragons modules when I was a kid. …

2018-12-07: Rapidly Developing Dreams I was writing the next lesson in an email course we offer on Narrative First–one about best …

2018-12-06: Just helped a screenwriter figure out every beat in Act 3 of their screenplay…in 45 minutes …

2018-12-06: Super excited about going over searching tomorrow in the Writers Room. Just watched it again. Such a …

2018-12-03: When you send out a mass email to your subscribers, and they all respond asking for the SAME feature …

2018-12-03: I find it almost impossible to keep this mindset, but I know its the reality of things today. …

2018-12-01: Turns out the soundtrack for searching is not just for hacking your daughter’s …

2018-12-01: Drip’s Visual Email Builder is beyond great. Stayed away from it because I remember how much I …

2018-12-01: “searching” was brilliant. Captivated from beginning to end.

2018-11-27: The new Descript 2.0 is awfully purty. And the new tagline is awesome: “A word processor with …

2018-11-25: Focusing on writing documentation this week for Subtext. Going to be thinking of it as writing a …

2018-11-19: The narrative storyform for Leave No Trace is now available in Subtext. A brilliant example of …

2018-11-16: Uploaded the storyform for Star Wars: The Force Awakens based on this article. ) Yet another example …

2018-11-14: Fixed the narrative storyform for the first season of True Detective in Subtext. Seems I had Rust as …

2018-11-13: Uploaded the narrative storyform for The Endless into Subtext this morning. First one in over three …

2018-11-11: More shots and thoughts from the Deadwood movie: We were on the new Gem set. A dozen or so cast …

2018-11-11: If you ever wanted to see how to take real life events and turn them into a compelling and brilliant …

2018-11-10: In an attempt to make myself part of the tragedy, I will say I stepped outside to thicker, …

2018-11-10: Subtext v.2 Released From the Subtext updates page: The latest and greatest version of Subtext is now LIVE! This release …

2018-11-08: Finally, finally figured out the source of an error today that has been hassling me for days now. So …

2018-11-04: Apparently there are 365 days in a year–not 360 as previously reported. Which means my …

2018-11-03: Thirteen years and one day ago my life was super easy. Thirteen years and two twins later, I’m lucky …

2018-11-01: Find Expert Help Writing Your Story This NaNoWriMo If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this November, you’ll want to check out …

2018-10-30: Wait. What just happened? I think this app is ready to ship.

2018-10-30: Super bummed there aren’t new MacBook Pros today. That iPad Pro looks great–especially …

2018-10-29: Why the NSA Called Me After Midnight and Requested My Source Code Great story.

2018-10-29: Kristin Aardsma from Basecamp on customer service: They want our expertise, our consult. When I …

2018-10-29: First year of meditation.

2018-10-28: Hmmmm. What kind of an HBO show only takes two months to shoot, and requires “mock gunfire …

2018-10-28: The most beautiful woman in the world was born today (Oct. 27th). Happy Birthday to the one I love.

2018-10-28: The Killer’s new song “The Man” is really the Bee Gee’s “You Should Be …

2018-10-26: Just when you think you’re all ready to ship, something that was working doesn’t work …

2018-10-24: Saw Paul Dano’s Wildlife today. Sublime storytelling with a strong narrative running …

2018-09-29: Drafting a Mission Statement Justin Jackson provides a mission statement formula for creatives who make things on the Internet …

2018-09-22: Made a video today showing off one of the new features for Subtext: assigning multiple players to …

2018-09-19: Why Discord is a Thing Now Thanks to Jack over at Statamic, I now know why all the developers I know are moving from Slack to …

2018-09-15: Appiversary Last August marked the one-year anniversary of when I started to build Subtext,my Saas for writers. …

2018-09-12: My dad always gets me an inspiring book for my birthday. Sometimes it focuses on business. Sometimes …

2018-09-11: Tonight’s Dramatica Users Group found us looking at The Conversation–Francis Ford …

2018-09-06: Proof of Concept So this is pretty incredible. While I couldn’t fully use the latest version of Subtext because …

2018-08-25: Spent the morning quickly building out a new Model for the Storybeats in Subtext. Was planning on …

2018-08-24: Laravel Nova is incredible. Taylor finally released it this week, but I’ve been so busy …

2018-08-22: A watershed day for Narrative First: Broke through a block in developing the next version of …

2018-08-14: Continually Learning Something New Dramatica Users Group Meeting with Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley. Tonight’s film was the …

2018-08-06: A trio of blog posts over the weekend covering the cult of Dramatica. And my intention to make those …

2018-08-04: Installing Chatter, a forum package, into Subtext because it’s time to start surrounding …

2018-08-02: The Importance of Documentation The one thing I keep putting off when it comes to Subtext, my Saas for writers, is the …

2018-08-01: What a great way to end the day…if you’re more of a short story writer, and …

2018-07-31: After a couple of hours wrestling with Screenflow, I finally managed to get an excerpt of …

2018-07-31: Recorded the most amazing Writer’s Room today in Subtext (my SaaS for Narrative First). …

2018-07-26: Watching Taylor Otwell’s Keynote for #Laracon 2018. Soooo many ideas for improving the Subtext …

2018-07-25: Laracon Day One First day of #Laracon was great. Watched Nova presentation as best I could. At first, I was less …

2018-07-25: Found a great resource for live-blogging #Laracon 2018 this year. Always get inspired by these …

2018-07-25: The Dramatica theory of story is really not that complicated.

2018-07-21: Analytics and Storytelling Statistics never work as well as we might hope. Since we’re humans, statistics don’t change minds. …

2018-07-21: On the Awesomeness of Our Subtext Service Novelist Mike Lucas discusses what he considers Subtext Awesomeness: The Narrative Argument: One of …

2018-07-11: Last night at the Dramatica Users Group Meeting we analyzed the Firefly episode “Out of …

2018-07-09: The Dog Days of Summer Teacher Alan Jacobs on how leaving Twitter and social media: has made me significantly calmer about …

2018-07-04: A Great Source of Inspiration The Work of Work “Most work is NOT coming up with The Next Big Thing. Rather, it’s making better …

2018-07-02: Great review of Subtext, our SaaS for writers from a novelist who learned more than simply how to …

2018-07-01: Just a reminder–the Narrative First Writer’s Room opens this Tuesday @ 1pm PDT. Stop by …

2018-06-29: The weekly community meetings for Subtext are a hit. Subs up today 😁 Love it when I hit on something …

2018-06-29: A Basis for Mental Relativity Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley on the difference between Dramatica and Mental Relativity: …

2018-06-22: The unique narrative structure of The Death of Stalin–an insanely great political …

2018-06-20: The storyform for Pretty Woman is now in Subtext, based on our Users Group analysis. Come witness a …

2018-06-19: Beyond excited for this one—Subtext now exports your story structure directly into Fountain!! Grab …

2018-06-18: Part 3 of our videocast series, “An Introduction to Subtext” is now live. Watch as I …

2018-06-14: The storyform for one of the stories in The Accountant is now in Subtext. There’s a lot of …

2018-06-12: Analyzing Jaws with super genius Chris Huntley-½ of the duo that invented the Dramatica …

2018-06-12: Here’s that article on Deduction and Induction and the problem with taking a …

2018-06-09: For Those of Us Making a Difference Seth Godwin on paying for software: I like paying for my software when I’m buying it from a company …

2018-06-08: Subtext weekly update. Over 100 registered users, working on 190 stories with 267 narrative …

2018-05-30: Yesterday, I hosted my first demo of Subtext-my SaaS for rapidly developing complete stories. The …

2018-05-26: Subtext, our story development service, right where it belongs.

2018-05-25: With the latest version of Subtext firmly in place and running smoothly, I can now revert my …

2018-05-17: Uploaded the story structure for my favorite Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” to Subtext. See …

2018-05-08: The 400th storyform added to Subtext, my SaaS for writers: Han’s substory from the original Star …

2018-04-29: Sleeping More When You Do What You Love DHH of 37 Signals caught my attention (like he usually does) on Twitter today. This time, it’s …

2018-04-26: Early start to the day. I have seven weeks of podcasts to edit, a big-budget screenplay to load up …

2018-04-25: Being an Entrepreneur Seth Godin describes what I love about my weekdays: Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a …

2018-04-25: The Story Structure of I, Tonya Resumed uploading storyforms into Subtext this morning. Today’s feature is I, Tonya–the …

2018-04-20: In celebration of the Season Two premiere of Westworld this weekend, we present the narrative …

2018-04-03: First Look at the Story Structure of Raiders of the Lost Ark The Story Structure of the Raiders of the Lost Ark A tweet from director friend @ClayKaytis inspired …

2018-03-30: Explaining Complicated Things in an Easy Way “It’s the mark of a charlatan to try and explain simple things in complex ways and it’s the mark of …

2018-03-23: Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story Quite happy with this latest article: Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story, the …

2018-03-13: Dramatica Users Group Meeting Tonight, we looked at _The Accountant_—a Ben Affleck thriller with ALOT of story 😄. Turns out the …

2018-03-07: Pretty excited about this week’s podcast and how it all came together. It covers something I …

2018-03-05: Uploaded the storyform for Three Billboards. First one with hand-off Influence Characters. In …

2018-03-03: Three Billboards was great–and it had to be written with Dramatica! That’s the first …

2018-03-03: Reworking the Analysis of Coco Working through an analysis of Coco with other Dramatica aficionados, a mistake in my article this …

2018-02-22: Explaining the Greatness that is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Like the show itself, there is so much to love about the storyform for the first season of The …

2018-02-21: Particularly proud of this analysis of Lady Bird. The integration with the Narrative First app is …

2018-02-14: First article of 2018: Dramatica: A Journey Towards a Better Understanding of Story. There really is …

2018-02-14: A Dramatica analysis of Dr. Strangelove from last night’s class. Satire without a story. …

2018-02-12: The Magic of Quickly Building Ideas for the World So, this is what I was working on this weekend, and what I’m releasing tomorrow: Storyform …

2018-02-09: Teaching Story Structure at Career Day So easy, even a Kindergartener could understand 🤓 Thank God for Summer, who stepped in & helped …

2018-01-20: Apparently I didn’t start going to Dramatica classes until 1998, not 96 like I used to think. Which …

2018-01-18: Next week, I get to visit the Dramatica archives. Which is just like visiting the DisneyARL, only …

2018-01-10: Dramatica Story theory is all about helping you effectively communicate that message your heart …

2018-01-09: Analyzing La La Land with Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley and a handful of Dramatica Story …

2018-01-05: And with that, we’re done! 360 storyforms complete with Thematic Arguments reducing Dramatica’s …

2018-01-05: Pretty amazed at how off many of the encodings are for the Dramatica Comprehensive Analyses in DSE. …