Here is what I know about Werner Herzog. He's a cranky but brilliant film maker. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings has reviewed his recent book. Review, Amazon link. From the review:
The bad films have taught me most about filmmaking. Seek out the negative definition. Sit in front of a film and ask yourself, “Given the chance, is this how I would do it?” It’s a never-ending educational experience, a way of discovering in which direction you need to take your own work and ideas.---
So this is way cool: @MaryRobinette is going to Ferguson to teach a free workshop on writing short stories: http://t.co/QeNYrAnGwGI don't embed Tweets often. This one was retweeted by @ChuckWendig .
— Jingle Patels (@ghostwritingcow) December 7, 2014
Short Stories ExplainedMary Robinette KowalSaturday, January 24, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CST)---
Class requirementsAn interest in writing and a willingness to learn are all you need to participate in this class. Bring your preferred writing tools, whether that's a laptop computer, notepad and pen, or a typewriter. If you don't have anything handy, paper and pens will be available.
FAQWhy do I need to register if it's free?It tells us how many chairs to set up. But if you don't know until the last minute, that's okay.We can do fiction or non-fiction stories? Really? Yes, with one caveat. This workshop is focused on stories, not journalism or articles. So if you want to tell a story that is based on real life, (narrative non-fiction) the tools are the same as those for things that are made up.
In more personal news, I have bought Brick Flicks, a book on stop motion movie making with LEGO for my nephew for Christmas. He's the 'Alaska' in the title of the blog post. He saw this one I made for my students and was very excited with the idea. Of course, now that I know such a book exists, I want it, too.
The C.B.T. is an English as a Second Language test my university students need to take. Every year a few forget and it is so frustrating to total a student's scores and think, 'maximum of 80%.'