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The Third Industrial Revolution
Oprah Winfrey’s Beautiful Speech
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Speech
Logan
Under Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue
On The Argentine Tango
On John Steinbeck
The tragic tale of Darth Vader
The Art of South African Storytelling
Why I’m doing this
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Learn, Improve, Discover

The Five Act Structure, Broken and Rebuilt by David Fincher
Why an obsession over Story Structure can be Futile
Why Most People Fail At Writing, Period.
How to Force an NCX Table of Contents for your Kindle book using Calibre for free
How to educate yourself as a Writer
On The Argentine Tango
The Art of South African Storytelling
Why I’m doing this
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Social Action

The Third Industrial Revolution
OPINION: Decolonising the Decolonisation of South African Writing
The Long Road Ahead for the Rainbow Nation
Sisonke Msimang’s Public Lecture on the State of South Africa’s Identity
My thoughts on the state of South African publishing industry, if not the world’s.
The Ides of a South African March
Why I’m doing this
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Books

The Falling Dream Synopsis
Book: The Casualties of Wrath
Book: The Dreams of a New Land
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The Third Industrial Revolution

This documentary caught my eye recently, and I believe it'll enlighten the world in an intimate manner about the great crisis of our 21st Century - the Third Industrial Revolution. I'll be working on a few stories in the future regarding this, as I believe it's the story of...
By tcchristopher | 08/05/2018 | Social Action, Spotlight

The Five Act Structure, Broken and Rebuilt by David Fincher

Does a Three Act Structure, or it's expanded yet still conventional Five Act counterpart, rob us of depth but still satisfy our need to be told stories? What about another, deeper Five Act Structure, one based on Fractal Theory Storytelling?...
By tcchristopher | 31/01/2018 | Learn, Improve, Discover

Why an obsession over Story Structure can be Futile

As a companion piece to my previous post, Lessons from the Screenplay goes through what happens when the arguments over what Story Structure is, are closely examined. And perhaps, as a satisfying close, how a story's content rules over all....
By tcchristopher | 29/01/2018 | Learn, Improve, Discover

Why Most People Fail At Writing, Period.

This talk by John Truby focuses on Screenwriting, but the truths unearthed here are for Writing as a whole....
By tcchristopher | 29/01/2018 | Learn, Improve, Discover

The Falling Dream Synopsis

The book is coming out later this month on Amazon! It’s been a long journey for this novel and I’m happy to bring it to you! Here’s a tease for you!...
By tcchristopher | 19/01/2018 | Books

Oprah Winfrey’s Beautiful Speech

A speech for the ages from a Black woman who has broken every boundary that powerful and bad men have forced onto her....
By tcchristopher | 08/01/2018 | Spotlight

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Speech

An inspiring and riveting speech for all writers of stories true and bold....
By tcchristopher | 08/01/2018 | Spotlight

How to Force an NCX Table of Contents for your Kindle book using Calibre for free

If you’re creating a Kindle book for the first time, then you might it frustrating that the Word-based process doesn’t yield a functioning NCX Table of Contents (The ToC using the Kindle menu) for your book. Let’s find out how we can fix that using Calibre, a free eBook and...
By tcchristopher | 10/12/2017 | Learn, Improve, Discover

Book: The Casualties of Wrath

Caught between the war-torn South Africa and building a new life with his wife, Micah Pietersen struggles with the reality of being a stateless exile. The war for water has ruined his once-great home. His adopted home of Chile, the birthplace of his wife, Sofia, teeters on the edge...
By tcchristopher | 09/12/2017 | Books

Book: The Dreams of a New Land

As a collection of short stories, the Dreams of a New Land tells the tales of a multi-racial and multi-cultural South Africa, a land plagued with a dark and violent history. However, it also shows an African people searching for a new narrative beyond that of a post-Apartheid country...
By tcchristopher | 09/11/2017 | Books

OPINION: Decolonising the Decolonisation of South African Writing

I attended the Decolonising South African Editing event at Wits University. And as always with public debates in South Africa, things go wild....
By tcchristopher | 08/08/2017 | Social Action

The Long Road Ahead for the Rainbow Nation

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has declared that the motion of no confidence will be conducted by secret ballot. What does this mean?...
By tcchristopher | 07/08/2017 | Social Action

Logan

Let’s find out why Logan is Jackman’s best film to date, why it defies the state of masculinity in the modern world, and reminds us of what America stands for....
By tcchristopher | 01/06/2017 | Spotlight

Sisonke Msimang’s Public Lecture on the State of South Africa’s Identity

I am proud of and enamoured by Sisonke Msimang. Have a read of this excellent excerpt from her public lecture last week! It was mind-blowing, absolutely shattering, and confirms my belief in our people, how far South Africa has come, and how to figure where it must now go....
By tcchristopher | 20/04/2017 | Social Action

My thoughts on the state of South African publishing industry, if not the world’s.

On a South African radio show, a few writers and publishers got together to discuss the current revolutions taking place in South African publishing....
By tcchristopher | 18/04/2017 | Social Action

Under Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue

Moonlight. It's a masterpiece of poetic filmmaking. Let’s find out why....
By tcchristopher | 17/04/2017 | Spotlight

How to educate yourself as a Writer

Let’s explore the books and the lessons I have found to be crucial in my self-education as a fiction writer....
By tcchristopher | 16/04/2017 | Learn, Improve, Discover

On The Argentine Tango

Let’s explore the Argentine Tango, and why the Tango is the ultimate dancing expression of a subtle and knowing but wordless story between the masculine and the feminine....
By tcchristopher | 09/04/2017 | Learn, Improve, Discover, Spotlight

On John Steinbeck

What makes John Steinbeck a literary genius? Is it in the type of stories he wrote? Can the answers be found in his books? Is it in The Pearl, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, or Of Mice and Men? Is it in his style? Or is it...
By tcchristopher | 09/04/2017 | Spotlight

The tragic tale of Darth Vader

From his journey of desperate longing and betrayal to turmoil and redemption, let's explore one of the great tragic figures of modern storytelling, one responsible for turning George Lucas's magnum opus into the series that enthralled millions, if not hundreds of millions, of fans around the world for many...
By tcchristopher | 07/04/2017 | Spotlight

The Art of South African Storytelling

Let's find out how great and artful South African storytelling can be....
By tcchristopher | 01/04/2017 | Learn, Improve, Discover, Spotlight

The Ides of a South African March

Okay, here’s my end of March rant because I’ve had enough of South Africa’s chaos, and of standing aside by not speaking out about it. And for this, I’ll need to channel my favourite angry white man in this message. First, there’s a pervading myth about SA and books,...
By tcchristopher | 29/03/2017 | Social Action

Why I’m doing this

First up, I’ll be posting about things you may find obtuse, informative or just entertaining. Whether it’s a book, a writer’s principle, politics, social change, or just a beautiful woman in a tango pose, these posts will be about ideas both grand and small....

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Just a quick update - I'm at the end of publishing the Falling Dream! It's been a long road to this complex, challenging and difficult novel, spanning over 8 years to get here. But it'll be here soon! Sorry for the lack of updates recently; I've been working on my short film and two feature films to keep an income, but if you're able to, please come to my Patreon page at the top of this website and help me out 😁 Just by contributing $1 a month, you'll be helping me be as prolific as possible, ensuring that you get a constant stream of stories and thought-provoking content! [ 79 more words ]
http://ideasonthings.com/third-industrial-revolution/
T.C. Christopher
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Hey Everyone! Here's a quick update to let you know I'm still thinking about you as I juggle making my film, The Turning Son, and publishing my new novel, The Falling Dream:

Now I'm allowed to speak even further on this: I'm making a film! It's a short called the Turning Son and I'm #writing, #directing it as we speak, working with #screenwriting great, Tshego Monaisa, and #filmmaking legend, Adze Ugah! Should be on screens after June/July and perhaps one or two festivals!‬

#storytelling #filmmaking #nfvf #youthdevelopment #asibifilms
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Something for the budding writers to mull over. I know there are tons of varied opinions over story structure, but it's good to be open to constant learning.
T.C. Christopher
T.C. Christopher
Hey Everyone!

Sorry for being under the radar this month; I'm developing a film, The Turning Son, that I'm only now allowed to talk about! Watch this space 😁 #nfvf #youthdevelopment #asibifilms #writing #filmmaking

But my new novel, The Falling Dream, is still on track for release this month. This is the synopsis is below!

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The Falling Dream is a story set during the pseudo-crackdown and demagoguing that precedes a national general election in South Africa; a country where the former liberators have become the present oppressors.
The story follows three men struggling to survive against the consequences of the government's corruption; Thabo, Theunis and Fourie.
Thabo is a Black youth fighting to escape from the working class by getting into university. But he is torn between the legacy of his people and his desire to succeed. And to succeed is for him to stand against a government attempting to curtail the potential of the youth.
Theunis is an Afrikaner engineer struggling to save his grandfather's company against the State determined to scapegoat it, but in doing so, is forced to face the failures of his past, and what those horrors mean for his future.
And Fourie is a Coloured policeman tasked with capturing a monstrous killer, one whose game of cat-and-mouse drives the officer to the edge of his morality, as he tries to save them all before the paralysing crackdown on his corrupt station shuts down the investigation.
It is a story of those struggling to succeed in their beloved home; those faced with the consequences of their stereotypes and prejudices. Those willing to lift up their Falling Dream.
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Louis and the Nazis is the most sobering film he's ever done. But in 2018, it's not surprising. Hearing how much white supremacists in America want to exterminate Africans lays bare what's becoming more apparent about the state of the world, and worryingly, how it's always been.

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For me, August 2nd has always been a day to pay tribute, so... a teaser of what's to come. Happy Birthday, Jimmy 🙏🏿🙌🏿♥️ https://t.co/1Miu4jfWvg

Multiracial wins 👍🏽 Well done France!

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