Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

How an Interdictor Could Have Fixed The Last Jedi

Posted on January 18th, 2018, by Michael Rountree

The whole “Rebels On The Run” theme kind of falls apart on reflection. The chase, as presented, feels absurd. What is needed is a plot device that prevents a fleet of starships from escaping, something that makes sense within the Star Wars universe…


My Fix For The Last Jedi

Posted on January 4th, 2018, by Michael Rountree

Visually, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a sumptuous feast. There are scenes that will make any long-time Star Wars fan salivate. However, there are a number of flaws with the movie, so many missed opportunities (one thing about the Jedi is that they do not miss opportunities), tonal incongruities, and plot weaknesses. I won’t […]

ARRIVAL: CHFR #2 at Winchester

Posted on September 16th, 2012, by Michael Rountree

One of the boys, lacking all manner of tact, asked why things looked so junky around here, but good Mr. Pemrunning just laughed and shrugged. “Boys,” he said, “You’ve reach the very end of the world out here! This is right where God is still in the business of creation, and if I took you any further up the line, well then, you’d fall plum off the edge of the planet!”

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How Many Kinds of Trains Are There?

Posted on October 18th, 2011, by Mike

For my nephew Jeremy, who is a “train expert”, I have a question: How many kinds of trains are there?

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The Discipline of the Hobby

Posted on August 31st, 2011, by Mike

I have heard it said that you must listen to your muse, and if you endeavor to create while your muse is not present, then nothing good will come of it. This has been applied to art in general, but also specifically to model railroading, which must be recognized as an art form. I agree that model railroading is truly an art, but I disagree with the notion that “good” art is only created when the inspiration is present.

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