Miquiel Banks

The Shape Of Water Plot Breakdown is #1 on Amazon!

By April 8, 2018 Criticism, Movies, Storytelling

Good News again!

I have become a #1 Amazon Author for the fourth time – this is fun stuff!

The Shape of water was a very powerful movie and, even though not publicized, it managed to snatch some Oscars.

If you haven’t seen it, that’s fine.

But it was the poster that caught my eye.

I immediately noticed the Neteru and wondered, what is this all about?

So I watched it and was thoroughly impressed by what I saw.

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Screenplay Update

By April 8, 2018 Movies, Storytelling

Things are moving so quickly these days.

It’s hard to keep up!

On the big note, there are rumors surrounding the release of the Matrix 4 and like me, I know you are all excited about those rumors.

Imagine that, the Matrix on the big screen for the first time in 3D!!!

Great News Huh?

On a smaller note, my scripts are coming along wonderfully.

I considered using Celtx but after hearing bad reviews about management and their business decisions, I decided to stick with WriterDuet (Version 4).

I have finished two scripts and I’m now letting them sit so they can get cold and when I go back to edit them, I won’t be so close to the material.

Actually, I am co-writing another script, so I will have 3 scripts finalized and ready for sale this summer.

Watch out world, here I come!

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Mindjet Guest Blog

By April 8, 2018 Blogging, Storytelling

Good News Folks!

I have been commissioned to do a 4 part blog series on Mindjet, focusing on their powerful mind mapping software, MindManager (MM).

This is a big deal, trust me!

I used iMindMap 10 and I wasn’t impressed with all the bells and whistles, for me, MM has a bigger ambition.

They want to get shit done!

So I am using MM now on Mac, and it’s not as robust as the one on Windows, but it allows me to get my ideas flowing, organized, and I turn in my projects on time.

If you’re willing to read the guest blog, the link is below.

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Miquiel Banks Review of The Shape of Water goes to #1 on Amazon!

By March 25, 2018 Criticism, Movies, News, Storytelling

My review of the Shape of Water, the Oscar Winner, is gaining momentum on Amazon.

As of today, it is ranked #1 on Amazon!

This is a tremendous achievement and it’s my fourth time doing this.

I’d like to thank my strong support group, my beta team, and all the wonderful socialites that have pushed me to continue doing my movie breakdowns.

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Content and the Future of the Net

By March 3, 2018 News

We have two choices for the future.

The first one is giving away everything for free.

The second one is charging a small minimal price for outstanding content that can’t be found anywhere else on the Net.

Now, we can fight about what’s original, what’s important, and what’s worth reading.

But can we really fight about things like unique, one-of-a-kind, or eccentric?

These are the things, when measured against the stick of Contrast, that seem to hold their weight under scrutiny.

Does that make them eternal?

Does that make them more important?

Does that make them worth retaining?

For now, we must allow time to run its course and sit back and wait.

How about you?

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From Movie Reviews to Movie Breakdowns

By March 3, 2018 Criticism, Movies

Good Evening People,

It has come to my attention that I am NOT doing Movie Reviews, I am doing the maximum possible – I am doing complete Movie Breakdowns!

It is also come to my attention that the in-depth and extensive work that I’m doing is not the type of work that is being given freely away.

Therefore, I am migrating all my movie breakdowns from LinkedIn and into small Movie Breakdown packages that will be sold on Amazon.

That’s right People, I’m going back to Amazon and return to my life as a Published Author!!!

Get Ready and Let me know your thoughts….

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What’s the difference between Idea and Identity?

By October 7, 2017 Criticism, Storytelling

We all know the scenario.

The conversation gets heated and someone spouts out the same ole adage.

There are two things we should never discuss, Religion and Politics.

Now tell me, where does this “fake wisdom” come from?

How can we be technologically progressive, but ethically and morally primitive?

Who gave us permission to be morally immature?

Who made this acceptable?

Now I want to know, is this acceptable to you?

What if you could bypass the religion and politics argument?

That’s right, bypass it altogether.

And yes, there’s a catch.

The catch is that we must establish some standards.

The first standard is – TRUTH is what truly matters.

The second standard is – IDEAS and IDENTITY are not the same.

Let’s tackle the truth issue.

The allure of TRUTH is soul-stirring, but its capture is quite elusive.

Hold on, not quite – make that VERY elusive.

But that’s our world today, the ancients didn’t have these problems.

They based their conclusions on Sacred Geometry, Astral Theology, Astrology, Mathematics, The Hero’s Journey,
The Torus, Scientific Ethics, Ma’at, Vortices, Metaphysics, and the Fibonacci Sequence.

 

When all of these systems AGREE on something – it is TRUE.

When any system DISAGREES – it is NOT TRUE.

Therefore, TRUTH is not an arbitrary or absolute thing, it is the cumulative agreement of several disciplines.

 

And with such a rigorous system in place, it makes little sense to even entertain THEORIES.

Remember, the concept of Theory wouldn’t make sense to the ancients.

Theory means I believe it’s true.

They would laugh and respond, something is TRUE or NOT TRUE, it can’t be ALMOST or PARTIALLY TRUE.

At best, we should call theories PRACTICE.

At worst, we should call them OPINION.

Now that wraps up TRUTH, let’s move on to ideas and identity.

Our world today is so GRAY there’s no longer black and white.

That’s our problem.

We’ve divorced ourselves from true and untrue and reside in the world of what we THINK is true or what we opine is true.

And it’s a simple fix.

KEY POINT – We refuse to DIVORCE ourselves from ideas because we seek IMMORTALITY.

Some deduce if they can’t live forever, they can EXIST in the minds of people forever through their IDEAS.

And it isn’t a long jump from mixing their identities with their ideas to create an EMOTIONAL SIGNATURE (ES).

With ES, they’re able to go on and on and argue and debate their lives away, for no apparent reason.

When someone attacks an idea, they are attacking THEM.

Why does this CONCEPT even exist?

It has two options.

Either their EGOS are out of control or they can’t ascertain the edge of an idea’s existence.

Either way, their IDEAS and their IDENTITY are not the same.

When someone attacks Christianity, a Christian retaliates.

But why?

Why does the Christian feel the need to respond?

The person has given an opinion about the IDEA of Christianity, not this particular Christian’s way of life.

If we look deeper, we can argue the Christian’s EGO is so BIG that he is NOT speaking for himself, but for all of
Christendom.

Is this true?

Up to this point, we can argue this blog has been a THEORY.

Let’s try to visualize this and make it TRUTH.

Here’s an idea.

Here’s an identity.

When ideas live inside the identity, this is a NORMAL person.

When the identity lives inside an idea, this is an ABNORMAL person.

And when a person has MULTIPLE governing ideas, please watch out!

 

And this behavior is very powerful and socially-driven in areas where the GROUP is more important than the
individual.

Not just peer pressure, but PIER pressure.

Pier pressure is the kind that gives an ultimatum.

Either you accept this or you’re kicked out of the group.

We do this and if you do that, then you’ll be excommunicated.

Does this sound like someone we know?

When we migrate from differentiating between ideas and identity, we’ll be on the road to better conversations and better societies.

With better communication, our understanding of one another accelerates.

And instead of technological progress, we experience moral and ethical progress.

 

How does that sound?

 

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Forget Blogging, do you understand the Writing Process?

By September 30, 2017 Blogging, Books, Storytelling

Problem

Here’s the problem.

Writing is Visual Organization, Project Management, and Jigsaw Puzzling.

And we can argue about whether it’s creative, but we can’t argue the way it’s being taught is WRONG.
If it was right, then writing wouldn’t be a problem.

And it is.

A HUGE ONE!

Here’s the pain points I hear all the time.
• Why does it take so long?
• Why is it so hard for me?
• Why does this cost me so much of my time?

Here’s the frustrations I hear all the time.
• Why is my second act so weak?
• Why is my blog so flat in the middle?
• Why is my writing SO boring?

How can I get better?

First, let me say, I agree with you, but I’m here to tell you.

It’s NOT your fault.

Writing has three tiers of thinking and unfortunately, if you don’t work in the right tier, you’ll be confused.

But that doesn’t help you because without this information, your writing will ALWAYS be boring, hard, convoluted, flat, and confusing.

And that kind of writing doesn’t help you communicate.

So, let’s fix that little problem right now.

Potential

Are you tired of spending all night on one blog post and in the morning, you realize that you tried to cram 5 ideas into one?

Are you tired of writing blog posts that sound like cheap and plastered Christmas jingles?

Are you worried that when you FINALLY post your blog . . . no one will notice?

Imagine a world where you crank out four blogs before breakfast?

How about finishing one novel every year for ten years?

How about finishing four screenplays in one year?

How about blogging a book in six months?

Or the ideal fantasy.

Wake up, turn on the computer, and write a blog post in ten minutes and click PUBLISH!

Is that possible?

Absolutely!

Unfortunately, you have to learn a few principles and with this new info, I promise, the writing will get easier.
And better.

Pitfalls

I was just like you when I was younger.

I wanted to write something that would change the world and I would get worldwide accolades.

But that dream faded fast because I realized something early on.

Writing isn’t hard, it’s the PROCESS of writing.

And so I became a Tech Writer and soon learned how to do swimlanes and Process Maps.

I spent decades working on this skill and one day, I purchased a book that changed my life.

 

In his book, he explains the structure of a Short Story, but this architecture also applies to Blog Posts and any type of Short-Form Writing.

And by short-form, I mean writing that goes from one up to 30-something pages.

But here’s a problem, the book cover didn’t help, did it?

Me telling you isn’t going to help either.

This is why Writing is a VISUAL system of organization, so let’s move on to the Persuasions part.

Now I wrote all that and it sounds great, doesn’t it?

But that’s not what’s important, we must impart information to YOU.

The Reader.

Below is the infographic for you to SEE what the different levels are.

 

Persuasions

I’ll summarize his system into two parts (Story Structure and Storytelling).

Story Structure deals with the first part of writing, its elements and how a piece of writing looks.

Storytelling deals with how writing is revealed to the reader, how it FLOWS on the page.

First, you have to wrap your head around this before you move forward.

One approach is CRITICAL and the other is CREATIVE.

And you get five bonus points if you recognize that our brains have two parts – analytical and creative.

So remember, the first one is CRITICAL.

Story Structure is HOW a story is shaped and HOW writing works.

This blog post was written VISUALLY before I wrote the words, below are screenshots of the method I used for this blog post.

 

 

 

Now that wraps up the CRITICAL Part, so let’s go into the other one, which is CREATIVE.

Storytelling is WHY a story affects readers and WHY it works.

Predicament

So here’s why you’re having problems writing.

Sometimes, writing requires analysis.

Sometimes it requires creativity.

You can’t analyze while creating and you can’t create while analyzing.

That’s it – that’s all you need to know about the LIFE of a Writer.

Now that you know the requirements for YOU, let’s focus on your new project.

You want to crank out Blog Posts, so let’s go through the exercise.

This won’t take long.

I’ll provide the steps first, then I’ll provide an infographic to help you move forward.

The Writing Process is a simple checklist of items:
• Title and/or Headline
• Problem
• Potential
• Persuasions and Pitfalls
• Predicament
• Power Move
• Professional

Now armed with the steps, turn on your analytical brain and jot down several ideas, something you think will be
PROFOUND to the reader.

Good.

Now turn on your creative brain and go through the steps, veering off on tangents as you see fit.

Good.

Now, turn on your analytical brain and look at what you have in front of you.

Where does this fit?

Where does THAT go?

Just like a puzzle, you shift the parts around until they start to make sense.

After they make sense to the analytical brain, then you go through with the emotional brain.

Oh I’m sorry, did you think there were only two brains?

This is where you strip everything down to its essence and find the primal POINT.

Good.

Now you wait.

And this is the hardest part for ALL writers.

No one wants to wait, everyone wants to release their writing NOW.

But trust me, until you’ve learned to POLISH quickly as an Editor, please wait.

During this blog post, I needed some p words to match polish and the other areas, but I couldn’t figure it out.

So I reached out MasterWriter and I was given pages of Options.

 

With this tool, I was shown a more powerful way to package this Blog.

After finishing the first draft, then you let the draft COOL DOWN.

Just like exercise, writing requires cool down exercises.

After waiting a few days, you come back to your project and you TURN ON the analytical brain.

At this point, you’re working to ensure the project solves the primary PROBLEM and PAIN POINT (if it’s non-fiction).

We’ll deal with fiction in another blog post.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

I’ll finish the Power Move and the Professional part in another blog post, but here’s a few images for you to truly understand how diverse the Visuals can get for Writing.

 

 

 

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Is your Idea wearing the wrong dress?

By September 30, 2017 Criticism, Storytelling

Have there been innovations in thought?

Can we argue that infographics, Mind Maps, Goalscaping, Charts, and Diagrams are “innovative” ways of thinking?

Can we argue these are better ways of digesting data and content?

And a better question is – should we debate these issues?

It’s obvious the advent of Publishing was an innovation, but a deeper question is – for who?

Many hail the ability to print books as a revolution, but it can also be said the process in place before then was working.

If not for thousands, then for millions of years.

Before the book revolution, people built pyramids, great walls, architectural achievements we still don’t understand today, and transversed the universe, not just this planet.

Something was going on and it was great for humanity.

But now, books have helped many to scale the ladder of success, but at what expense?

Books are wonderful packages in and of themselves, but they don’t scale well with other books. In my youth, I spent all my time and money at the bookstore, reading every book I could find about Novel Writing and Screenwriting. Ask anyone who has done this and they will tell you – what you’re seeking is never contained in one book.

So that leads us to question – not just how, but WHY?

Why have we allowed tech to evolve, but not how we consume information?

Let’s move on.

You’re gonna hear all these revolutions taking place.

  • Infographics
  • Data Visualization
  • Process Mapping
  • Project Management

But we’re looking at the wrong thing, more appropriately, looking at them IN THE WRONG WAY.

By using text, we force the reader to drill down and care about the words, no matter how brilliantly they are written or the emotions they evoke.

It’s still TEXT.

However, when we step back and take the same information and visualize it, something magical happens.

The reader consumes the information and suddenly, it makes sense.

OMG!

I got it, I finally got it!

These are what people call the WOW effect and it’s simple.

The future of content will be its DESIGN, not its delivery.

Instead of asking WHAT will we deliver, we should be asking, HOW will we deliver?

For example, a newbie has an incredible idea for a Novel and they rush off to write it and then it falters on page 126.

Too short for a novel, too big a concept for a Novella, too off-basis for a collection of short stories.

The writer rushes to the experts and yell, “help me, help me, I’m in trouble!”

The experts yell back, “It’s YOUR fault, you have a weak second act.”

But I disagree.

If everyone stopped looking at the text and looked at the original idea/concept, it would be easy to spot the problem.

This idea has on the wrong Clothes!

That’s right, your problems with content delivery are FASHION-based.

Once the writer realizes the issue, she can take the concept and turn it into a blog, a journal entry, an infographic, a mind map, a process map, or something we haven’t discovered yet.

Now, when the clothing fits the idea, the wave of media frenzy takes off and the writer is happy.

We’re living in a new world, so the old ideas don’t work anymore.

We gotta get rid of that old stuff.

The most powerful thing in the world is an idea whose time has come.

WRONG!

ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

The most powerful thing in the world is an idea expressed so perfectly that it conveys information, evokes emotions, and resonates with its audience.

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This is my life – A Tech Writer after Hurricane Irma

By September 27, 2017 Assets, Blogging, Criticism

This is my life.

I get up, go to work, and solve problems.

Most of the problems are documents, procedures, and processes.

But today, this is a new challenge.

Today, I have to help my co-worker.

Driving through the scraps of trees and branches scattered on the street, in lawns, and in gutters, the path to work is a labyrinth of fearful fathers, angry mothers, and desperate college kids.

Between the ragged textures and rain-stained windshield, I find relief by tuning into 104.7.

As Q105 plays another song by Journey, I wonder how faithful things would work out today.

Would Cindy finally stop worrying about her son and accept God will step in and help?

I park and plop down on my desk and listen to my messages.

TECO needs this information for the power outages off Gandy.

VERIZON is down in Temple Terrace, Egypt Lake, Channelside, Westchase, and Carrollwood.

Our intranet is down.

Our sharepoint is down.

I go to my desk and go over the details.

I smile and repeat my mantra for the day.

This is my life.

I pull out my phone and browse my emails and Cindy knocks on my door, “Come on Miggy, we got a meeting in five.”

As we walk, Cindy’s conversation races from Project Milestones, the hiccups, and just how far behind the hurricane put us.

The more she talks, I realize she’s not concerned about work, she’s concerned about her son.

“How is your son doing?”

“I’m not sure, we lost contact after we had that big argument and now, he’s not returning my calls.”

Her eyes water a bit and I slow down and point at the water fountain, “you remember when he pushed the button too hard and he messed up the floor and people were slipping on the water after the Town Hall?”

She forces a laugh, but she’s not doing well.

I push her back to work, “Don’t worry about the meeting today, I’ll do the minutes and give you a break.”

She said thanks and we walk into the meeting.

I grab my pen, sit beside Cindy, and the lights dim and the VP goes over the problems we have right now.

The biggest problems are customers with Home Insurance Claims, then the next batch are those with Auto Insurance Claims, and then the Property damage claims. She explains that FEMA gave her direction, but it’s not sufficient, and she sighs, “anyone got any great ideas?”

My hand shoots up, “I think that we should segment our teams against the first responders and piggyback off their lead and from there, we can match our workload against theirs and at least, have a better direction.”

She rubs her chin, her bane softly bounces, and she rubs her chin again, “Hmmm, you might have something there. Well, that’s all I have for today people and we’ll talk about this tomorrow, now go and help somebody.”

As we walk from the conference room, I explain to Cindy my plan.

“Cindy, I got this covered, you should take an early lunch and go find your son and let him know that you were not at him, but at work. It’s ironic though, isn’t it? We’re at work and you can’t stop thinking about him.”

“Miggy, I’m really not getting it why you volunteered our team for that huge workload?”

“I got faith that things will work out.”

“Work out? Don’t you know we’ve got thousands of claims on our desk.”

“But you got one son, those claims will be there after lunch.”

“Ha ha ha ha, now you spitting out hallmark lines, I told you a thousand times, you should’ve been a copywriter.”

Cindy’s eyes dart behind me and I know what that means, the VP is approaching.

“Miggy and Cindy, ha, you sound like a bad folk acoustic band! Just got off the phone with TECO, they need a rep from your team out in the field.”

“That wouldn’t happen to be off Gandy?”

“Wow Miggy, how did you know?”

“It just seemed like that’s where Cindy needs to go.”

As the VP walks away, Cindy pauses and sighs, “How freaky is that? What’s the chance of that happening? Now I gotta get my stuff and get outta here.”

I stop her, give her stuff and her eyes GROW like excited yeast in an oven. “Oh My God, you always remember to get my bag after the meeting, thanks and I’m outta here.”

“Before you leave, can we do a quick prayer, just to see if it works.”

“You know what, I’ve been meaning to go with you, but since you got me a break from here, I’ll try it now.”

I grab her hand and she holds mine, a bit tight.

I say a short prayer and as we finish, she looks at me and manages to smile. “I hope my son knows how much. . .”

RING, RING, RING!

She smiles, “who’s calling me this early?”

She reaches into her bag and pulls out her phone, “Oh My God, how weird is that, It’s him.”

“And I’ll bet that he’s off Gandy where the TECO people are.”

She holds up her finger and speaks and then eyes me with a mother’s WARMTH, “That’s really weird, he’s stuck in traffic by TECO. Wow, I don’t know what to say. I guess it’s time for me to come and worship with you.”

“Don’t worry about it, go hug your son and help TECO assess the damage off Henderson and Himes. Ha, you know what’s really funny, remember when we played darts at Pete’s Place and the lights went out.”

She smiles and shakes her head, “Thank you.”

As she walks away, I listen to her voice go up and down like the new ride at Busch Gardens and her happiness bounces off the walls as she disappears outside in the rain.

A mother’s warm smile and big heart is enough to burn away the blemishes of bad memories.

And Cindy’s is so BIG right now, I’m certain the rain will be nice and get out of her way.

I tune into Q105 and the Fray sing about how to save a life.

I don’t know what that feels like, but I do know I just helped a mom know that her life is going to be ok.

I lean back in my chair and smile.

This is my life.

And it’s a good one.

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