What Do You Do When A Critique Is TOO POSITIVE?

The first thing you do is fall to your knees and beseech your thanks to the gods, naturally. I mean, seriously, you got a critique of your fiction that has too many good things to say!? That’s fantastic, in both literal and figurative senses. Whatever else you bring to the table in this discussion, the plain fact is that you shared your writing with someone and you made them ecstatic. It’s like an early access video game winning Game of the Year. That’s pretty cool, bro or broette. Or bro of indiscriminate gender.

Dogs are just indiscriminate.

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“Hidden Figures”: We Loved It, Here’s What’s Wrong

My brother and I return for another podcast! Discussion topics include how to push along scenes, the nature of adaptation, and the top two movies (out of three) of 2016. Perfect to listen to while you do something productive!

More of Rob’s work can be found at https://gerbiljamblog.wordpress.com

How Nick Edinger’s “Seventh Sanctum Story” Underlines the Development of Transmuting Byzantine Processes Into Uncomplicated Terminations (Abstract)

Flight of the Mayfly: How Nick Edinger’s “Seventh Sanctum Story” Underlines the Development of Transmuting Byzantine Processes Into Uncomplicated Terminations

by Professor Trevor Testa




Seventh Sanctum Story” authenticates how a culture will attempt, through increasingly multifarious and intricate procedures, to generate austere delights, and, in such attempts, fail to grasp the heart of what, sincerely, is significant. The quintet of specimens that reinforce this proposition comprise of:

  • The complexities of the mechanism that produces an unpretentious ice cream indulgence
  • The extensive, cosmic and scholastic conspiracy that merely advises the nationals of ©Happyland to Stay Away from “Grief Ragnarok”
  • The extraordinary technology managed by Tactical Gas Entertainment to assemble (in essence) blares in facsimile of flatulence
  • The Antique Brainwave Scanner utilized to enlighten the protagonists regarding Shithead’s shrouded aptitude and acumen
  • Shithead’s convoluted stratagem to familiarize the citizenry of ©Happyland with compassion.


All these complex developments towards humble objectives satirize modern society’s anxiety over recouping attributes of existence that were continuously naturally obtainable. “Seventh Sanctum Story,” pertinent in such a perplexing epoch in history, advocates for the benefits of simply saying what you mean. These thematic associations reveal Nick Edinger as a tactical and considered writer; proficient in seamlessly cherry-picking the precise minutiae that facilitate him into articulating the narrative he aspires to communicate.


(Full essay can be found here.)

Glimmer Train Winter 2015: “Third World Kroger” by Greg Schreur


It’s funny how I end up reading these Glimmer Train stories at the right time. “Third World Kroger” is about a father, still mourning for his deceased son, encountering a mentally challenged man throwing his own shit in a bathroom that makes your local gas station seem royal. After complaining about the state of the world for most of the story, the dad helps the “retard” (as the help desk calls the man) get somewhere safe. He concludes “if this [better] future is ever going to arrive, I’ll have to do some work” (Schreur, 82). It’s not exactly Sartre’s burden of radical freedom, according to the philosophy class I’m in, but, like the events in the dad’s life, it’s a good start.

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Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: The Wide Window (Review)

Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf playing Jim Carrey as Sean Connery

It’s another day, another unfortunate episode in the life of the Baudelaires… only this time (sooner than expected), the formula’s breaking up a bit. There’s a subtle, but crucial difference between the book and Netflix endings for The Wide Window. The show, at least in the first two episodes, portrays the orphans as more proactive and uncompromising (though they should probably learn to keep their mouths shut when talking to Count Olaf). I’m interested in where the plot goes next season, because it’s in that point in the books where the Baudelaires break away from the adults’ cycle of stupidity. Wide Window (the book) ends with a “here we go again” sense of pace; I don’t imagine the next episode will be like that.

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We Are At War With “I Before E”


We Are At War With “I Before E”, Part 1

by Nick Edinger


A MAN sits at his computer, typing. He has a water bottle next to him. SPELLCHECK, a personification of the computer’s spellchecking system, stands beside him like a robot that’s turned off.



(typing at the computer)

All right, this document’s almost done… just need to go to tools, and… “Spelling and Grammar”



(suddenly lively and chipper)

Hi! I’m Spelly! I’m ready to help proofread all your documents! It looks like you wrote down “def-fi-net-ely.” Did you mean, “def-i-nite-ly?”



(clicking a button)

Add word.



…What? You can do that?

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