Norsemen may well be the best Netflix series you haven’t seen. Flashback to how I imagine the creators devised their adult comedy:
Jonas Torgersen: “Let’s write a show about Vikings. We’re Norwegian, after all.”
Jon Iver Helgaker: “True, but History Channel’s already got a Vikings series. Hey, what if we mash up Vikings with something completely the opposite, like NBC’s The Office?”
Jonas Torgersen: “Yes! Our Vikings could be hilariously inept and self-deluded.”
Jon Iver Helgaker: “And it should have sex-, violence-, and anatomical-based humor.”
Jonas Torgersen: “Testicles are never not funny. Totally worth an R rating.”
Those of you who follow me on social media know that I like to make humorous responses to other people’s posts. Wisecracking comes to me spontaneously. But to draft this post, I had to use the analytical side of my brain. So, fair warning: I’m setting your expectations right now. This post about humor will not be funny at all — barren of banter, a wilderness of wisecrackery, and a desert of drollitude. If you want to get up and leave now, no one will think less of you.
There are many different ways to achieve humor. But there is…
Many people are familiar with the theory Six Degrees of Separation or the related game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The idea is that each person is separated from any other person in the world by no more than 6 hops*.
Since Emil Johansson and I are J.R.R. Tolkien fanatics, and because Tolkien’s writings feature an enormous cast of characters, we thought it would be fun to apply Six Degrees to Middle Earth. SIX DEGREES OF SAURON includes characters from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion.
For those few people who don’t know, Sauron is the…
How do you win a marathon? You run really fast for 26.2 miles without stopping.
Like winning a marathon, writing is easy to describe, but hard to execute.
Writing a good book is a magical art that blends creating interesting characters, placing them in intriguing settings, and weaving an engaging plot with page-turning action and authentic dialogue. Easy, right? Not so much.
And if writing well wasn’t difficult enough, writing picture books puts additional limits on the author. These children’s books are shorter than adult books, so there’s much less time for story arc or character development. …