A Comparison of Anachronisms (or, A Tomato in Sparta)

I’ve already mentioned my tendency to get inspiration from books in military reading lists, but most of those are, well, military-related. Politics, governance, various aspects of what it’s like to be in a war, strategy, the occasional riff on globalization—not technique, so much. And then I was reading Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, a novel [...]

Shaking Up the Week

Yesterday, I talked about the uses of a weekly routine in grounding a story or its characters in their world. The advantage, of course, is that it creates a set of predictable yet limiting events, gives people a feel for what the patterns are like. But there’s one other trick that can be done, once [...]

It Must Be Tuesday

Routines are a natural human behavior, whether the people engaging in them choose to admit it or not. And one of the most common routines in this day and age is the weekly schedule: the things that happen on this day, or these days, week in and week out. It’s not just an interesting observation, [...]