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Stephan
Writer, Photographer, Chief Engineer of the Story Factory.
Movies

The Matrix Resurrections

Mild Spoilers Ahead! A lot of what I tend to explore in my own writing is ‘What if this world

TV

Writing Yellowjackets

As mentioned in my recent newsletter: It’s been a while since I enjoyed a TV show as much as I’ve

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Newsletter

Notes From The Engine Room 1 / 2022

Meta Letta  Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s 2022? The year in which the classic disaster movie Geostorm was set; the year of Dead

Trixi Tassels Firebreathing
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Notes From The Engine Room 36

Meta Letta  I should never have bragged about being ahead of schedule in the last two weeks. When will I

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Notes From The Engine Room 35

Your Mileage May Vary may well have been the theme of this year's Spotify Unwrapped, the annual release of the company's release of individual stats of our listening habits.
Chen Man Dior
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Notes From The Engine Room 34

Ahead of the festive purchasing season and, more importantly, the imminent awards season, there is a lot of music and movie news about. Releases abound, and with each release there's a marketing machine, feeding the engine of Hot Takes that truly drive the opinion economy.
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Writing Succession

It’s hard to deny the success of HBO show Succession, what with its BAFTAs, Primetime Emmys, Golden Globe, and Writers

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Notes From The Engine Room 33

I love a scrappy up-and-coming band, trying hard to prove themselves with fresh, slightly raw material. They don’t know if their ideas, their creative vision will land, or with whom.
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Notes From The Engine Room 32

One thing established photographers do from time to time is writing articles about the equipment they use; partly to illuminate their methods, and partly as a collection of affiliate links to rake in a bit of extra revenue.
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Notes From The Engine Room 31

At the time of writing we're a mere 58 days away from 2022; two years into what some hoped would be our glorious revisiting of the Roaring 20s. It's a hope that feels like it's been eroded, bit by bit, headline by headline, development by development.
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