About Fictional Matters

Fictional Matters looks at stories that matter, explores why they matter, and ponders the considerable craft involved in creating them.  It covers all things of interest to storytellers of any medium, including techniques, tools, and exemplars of the craft.

The proliferation of storytelling - in novels, movies, TV series, comic books, and countless other forms - in our world reveals a contradiction that lies at the very core of what it means to be human: that a latticework of lies and make-believe can often reveal truths that would otherwise remain buried beneath everyday life and the bounds of reality.  From Homer's epics to Shakespeare's plays to Star Wars and Harry Potter, the greatest and fictional constructs can shape the paths and outlooks of entire generations, and serve as perennial touchstones for peoples, cultures, and societies.

Fictional Matters' author claims no special insight into the depths of storytelling and the nature of its hold on the human heart.  He merely seeks to share his thoughts on storytelling - however deep or shallow they may be - with fellow sojourners.

Signature posts include:
  • Fictional Tips feature techniques and exercises for honing one's craft.
  • Fictional Tools of the Trade feature reviews of a writer's tools: pens, notebooks, keyboards, and the like.
  • Stories That Matter feature reviews of books, comics, movies, TV shows, and all forms of storytelling media that epitomize the potential of the storytelling craft to make a profound impact on the hearts and minds of an audience.

About the Nexus of Misc Blog Collective

The Nexus of Misc Blog Collective are a series of niche-oriented blogs, each of which centers on one of the myriad interests of the Nexus Writer.  The Writer's interests include writing itself, anime and manga, technology, pens and other creative paraphernalia, watches, and popular media like books, TV shows, and films.

The Nexus Pledge

Each member blog of the Nexus of Misc Blog Collective utilizes AdSense and related advertisement technologies, but vows to keep the ads to the sidelines and ensure that content always comes first.  You'll never encounter any pop ups or misguiding ads meant to coerce or trick you into clicking them.  The ads you see will be generated in part by your own browsing history and also by the content displayed on this site.  Ideally, if Google and company do what they're supposed to, you'll encounter ads that offer products and services that genuinely appeal to you.  Whether you click on them or not is entirely up to you.

Nexus of Misc member blogs will also occasionally feature affiliate links when linking to products available on Amazon.com other other online purveyors.  The Nexus Writer receives a percentage from every sale that results from those links, and does hope that those readers who find the products described here interesting would consider using those affiliate links, but there is absolutely no obligation to do so.  The Nexus Writer will only affiliate link to products and services that the Writer genuinely recommends, and any post reviewing the objects of those links will present both the benefits and disadvantages as viewed by the Writer.  While making money on product recommendations is always nice, the Nexus's primary goal in presenting affiliated links is to publicize and provide access to the products and services that the Writer has used or owned and personally recommends.