JustJimAZ

  1. How to Write a How-To Part 2

    Picking up from last time, you have your vision, your documentation, and your audience in mind. Now let's talk about...

    Step 4: Your Voice

    This is how you write your piece. You know your audience, so this should be easy. We are just like you. This is not a doctoral thesis where you get bonus points for using SAT vocabulary words. No one (almost no one) is reading your tutorial trying to catch a grammatical error. If you can generally be understood when you speak, then ...
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  2. How to Make a How-To, Part 1

    I think it's safe to say we all love tutorials! We love to see how the end product was made. Even if we don't build it, I think we all appreciate ingenuity and I know we can learn something that will help us in our own pursuits.

    I don't know why everyone else joined AZHaunters, but I can tell you the reason I even started looking for Halloween forums was to find tutorials. From there, it was only a matter of time before I wanted to find people locally to meet with and share ...
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  3. Inspiration from Dean Koontz

    I believe Dean Koontz writes some of the most entertaining, imaginative, and readable "horror" fiction anywhere. He prefers the term "suspense fiction", probably because unlike some authors, his intent is not specifically to horrify or gross out his audience, but to tell engrossing stories with fascinating characters.

    As an example, Koontz has a series of books based on Frankenstein's monster - only the monster (Deucalion) is the good guy. Dr. Frankenstein, ...
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  4. Fire!

    What is it about a fire? Think about all the "Halloween-y" images that involve fire. Bonfires. Jack-O-Lanterns. Candles. Torches - with or without pitchforks. What would Halloween be without fire?

    As an advocate of The Art of Living Dangerously, and as a home haunter, I am always looking for a way to incorporate fire into my Halloween in a new way. Don't get me wrong - in the actual haunt, the only flames allowed are the silk or flickering LED variety. Part of The ...
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  5. Of Light and Shadow - Reprise

    The last time I wrote of the use of light and shadow, it was specifically about Carl Dreyer's "Vampyr". In that film, shadows act of their own accord - sometimes independently of the objects casting them, and sometimes with no original objects at all! It just seemed like such a great idea to me...

    Anyway, I got to thinking about the other ways old B&W directors had to use light and shadow to create effects. They had no computers, of course, but they also could not ...
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