Danko's Flaming Heart

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 5, 2020




I couldn't have been older than 11 when I read The Flaming Heart of Danko by Maxim Gorky. And boy, did it cut me with the finest of fine glass. Even now thinking about the short story hurts somewhere deep in my soul.

And yet, I love it so ...




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Gimme Strength

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 19, 2020



Plenty has been said about giving characters flaws - we've talked about it around the site, on the Quackcast and out loud, to ourselves, on the bus and in the park.

Characters gotta have flaws!

But something I've thought about more lately, in the years well after starting my ...





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Quackcast Podcast Seeking Submissions for the 500th Episode!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2020




Hello Ducks,

The Quackcast is created and inspired from original content from the Drunk Duck πŸΊπŸ¦† community, current events in the Comic World, and thought-provoking ideas. It has been running since the end of 2010, which is nearly a decade, and the 500th Quackcast episode will be airing on Tuesday, October ...




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Writing More Than You Know

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 13, 2020



We're all aware of the classic tennet for writers and creators of all stories- write what you know in order for the story to be good.

We've explored before what it means to write what you know, and where this rule should be adhered to: at the core ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> GeMiTo 2073

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 29, 2020



Miriam and Karim make a pretty hot team. Miriam is a cyborg built for battle with the latest in military tech, Karim is a powerfully built man and a clever scientist to boot. The year is 2073 and the world isn't a safe place (is it ever?), high tech ...

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The Challenge of Writing Genius

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 7, 2020



Everyone loves a genius! The character that has the answers, or makes the deductions, or solves the puzzles for the team. The guy (or gal) that will have a gift for noticing what nobody else does, sees the connections that elude everyone else. Even in stories that aren't of ...

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Sexposition (Do NOT Google That)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 21, 2019



The word for ‘porn’ in Greek is unsurprisingly ‘porn’. But its vernacular synonym is a word that in reality means ‘tack-on’ or ‘added scrap’. It signifies the common (or at least until recently common) assumption that scenes with explicit sexual activity were there to pad the runtime for a movie ...

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I Was Wrong

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 8, 2019



I Was Wrong - The Character Arc

Last time I was here I talked about “The Old Warrior”. It's one of my favorite character types and story elements.

This time I'm going to go into another trope/theme that almost always works for me: The realization of a character ...





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QUACKCAST 438 - You just don't get it

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 6, 2019

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Sometimes your audience just doesn't pick up on the clever symbolism, the hints, the metaphor, the underlying themes and all the artistic cleverness in writing and ...



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On Reviving an Era

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 6, 2019



I had a meeting the other day with a director, who asked me “how do you approach a historical era to keep true to it?” and “how do you keep from being biased?”

I fear that I eclipsed the poor guy with my soap box lectures, but that aside, I ...



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