Worldbuilding: The Sounds of Living

Guys start working on the lot of rental community houses next door about 6 AM every morning. There’s the buzz and whine of saws, the tack-tack-tack of nail-guns, the ringing thump of heavy materials getting dropped into or hauled out of a truck bed. And sometimes an odd, hydraulic thumping Continue reading

Writing Crossovers: Cowboys & Samurai

I’m far from the first to point out the mutual attraction Americans and Japanese have for stories of the Old West and wandering ronin. To the point that stories have been used for inspiration back and forth; Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven being one of the best-known pairs of examples. But there are also stories of cowboys and samurai. Continue reading