I’m going to be starting reviews of movies and books on this blog. These reviews will cover history, story, characters/actors, and a segment called “The Philosophy of [the movie]” where the deeper meaning will be discussed. The hope is that I can make these reviews almost daily, but at the moment that is not possible. You can help make it possible by donating $1 or more to my Patreon at patreon.com/ThinkingMichael. The more support, the more reviews. Contributors will have #1 deciding vote in the future, but for now, let’s vote. To vote, all you have to do is leave a comment with your vote, and make sure you are a subscriber (via Facebook, email, or WordPress). Votes don’t count unless you are subscribed.
What should my first Thinking Michael review be of? The Godfather, or The Lion King?
Contains spoilers, so do not read if you haven’t seen the episode. Half this review will cover the episode itself, and the other half will cover what I think the episode did for the series. Continue reading →
I feel my timing with this article, and the fact it will explain, couldn’t be worse. If there was a time and place to start speaking out about all the political and social issues of our times, it would be now. But… Continue reading →
“Misconceptions regarding atheism extend to every single aspect of it, from the reason behind it to the very definition of it. So, I feel it’s necessary to start things off by defining the word. ‘Atheist’ is merely a combination of the prefix a, which means without, and theist, which means believing in one or many gods. Atheists are very simply without belief in gods. That’s it.
One could technically claim that Buddhists are atheists since their religion does not entail belief in gods, so therefore, being atheist does not by definition mean you don’t believe in spirituality as a whole. This is the primary reason I dislike the word. We could have literally hundreds of thousands of words in the dictionary for things that people could not be. Why not apply the word ‘alycanthropic’ for people who are not werewolves? What would the word be for people who do not believe in Kthulu? The word atheist is a word saying what someone is not. It’s a negative. It doesn’t say anything about what they are. We are all born atheists, and by that I mean we are all born not believing in gods.
The first two novels of my Remnant series are about a father and his daughter. One of the ways I pitched the story to myself, years ago before I started writing it, was me asking myself, “Why do all love stories have to be the same? Why do all love stories have to be about romance?” There are more types of love than romantic. Love is the most powerful, and the most defining, feeling that humans feel. It comes in different shapes and sizes. The only kind of love story that I think is truly interesting, and truly worth anyone’s time when it comes to fiction, is not two people falling in love and living happily ever after, it’s the love a parent has for their baby. There are many father and son, mother and daughter stories out there, but I don’t often come across father and daughter stories. The only one I can really think of is the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, but that was more about survival than about the characters. I wanted to do something different. Remnant and Resurrection are about survival, but are more about the characters. Continue reading →
In my experience, it seems most people think that writing is too easy to qualify as ‘work.’ And that is unfortunate, because it seems the only way to prove how wrong these people are, is by having them become a writer themselves.
Writers, whether they are novelists or short story writers, or even just poets, have to abide by a whole list of basic rules. Everyone, including and especially non-writers, hold writers by these standards: Continue reading →