Mr. Horne's Book of Secrets

Writing

How I Knew Zootopia was Going to be a Good Movie

This is not a review of Zootopia. And before you get the wrong idea, let me reiterate: this is not a review of Zootopia. I don’t really do a lot of movie reviews on this blog, except in those cases where examining a…
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Why Superman Returns is the Best Superman Movie

Ahem… It’s time to talk about Superman. Boy, hasn’t he been having a rough time lately? True, there have always been complications surrounding him. I pity the poor comic book writers who are tasked with creating new stories for him.…
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Why I didn’t go to FanX

Hey. Let me begin this post by saying that I love everything about Salt Lake Comic Con. Well, I don’t like the crowds, but that’s hardly relevant. The point is that this post is in no way meant to bash…
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Why I Love Editors

I once had a short and sporadic run of volunteering for Leading Edge, BYU’s science fiction periodical. I had heard good things about the publication, and I really needed to get rid of my naivete when it came to the…
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On Having a Day Job

Wouldn’t you love to be something other than just a writer? Of course you wouldn’t! Writing is the greatest job in the world. Once you’ve got that, you would have to be a braindead lunatic to want a different career.…
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Making Sense of Writing Advice

“Beware of advice—even this.” -Carl Sandburg Standing on the Shoulders of Giants I like quotes. Not only do they provide good advice, but they lend an air of authority to your arguments (although this only works on people who respect…
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On the Importance of Quiet

Ever heard of a Starbucks writer? That guy at your local coffee shop who always has his laptop out and just sits there for hours typing at his table, and who, presumably, is churning out the next Best-Picture-winning screenplay? I…
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What I Learned from Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind

As a wannabe author, I often hear from former-wannabe authors that reading is just as important as writing. And I believe them. Certainly, I would not have been driven to writing if I hadn’t been a reader first. I’ve come…
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Looking Forward

Some people can put down a long, well-written blog post once a week without fail. Some people consistently find a subject relevant to today’s issues and provide glorious new insight. When I think about trying to become one of these…
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Hello Again, for the First Time

I finally got around to it. My old website, keyersofbryce.com, was a wonderful experiment while it lasted, but now it’s time for me to evolve. Welcome to talanhorne.com, a new website revolving around the blog of me, Alan Horne, software…
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