What is DickJutsu?
DickJutsu (D-ick Joot-Zoo)
Noun: The subtle art of being a dick. For when a dick move is performed with such a level of care, cunning, and sheer balls that flak for it is unlikely to fall on its perpetrator. A portmanteau of “dick” and “jujitsu”.
My wife often labels me a dick when I make her read my writing, because I have a tendency to mindrape my reader(s) in my fiction. Particularly because I have few qualms with killing the major cast; as a matter of fact star characters, even with name-in-title protections are endangered in my writing. It comes from my intense dislike for the Deus Ex Machina trope.
For those of you who don’t know, Deus Ex Machina is latin for God From a Machine. It comes from when a Greek Tragedy would have the hero die or some other horrible thing transpire, they would use a pulley and trap-door system (i.e. a machine) pull an otherwise unseen actor on stage to fix things and make everything have a happy ending. It comes from when the Romans conquered Greece and stole their folklore and pussified it. In the modern terms it is why a movie hero can be shot fifty times and doesn’t even need a cane or have a limp in the sequel; the same reason why he can get hit in the face with a brick and then pinch his nose with both hands and ‘reset the bone’ and it doesn’t even make his eyes swell shut or give him a funnny whistling noise when he sneezes. I hate the Deus Ex Machina trope.
I much prefer the knowledge that…the main character very well could die. As a matter of fact, if it is likely he’ll die…I just may as well kill him. I don’t see why a book has to end with the hero winning anyway. After all, Rocky’s a classic and the bad guy won in the first movie.
So, in my writing alone, I am at least Black Belt level Dickjutsu.
I am also a former instructor of Shotokan Karate and have trained in Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Aikido, and other forms of martial arts. I have competed in tournaments with a sword and recently trained my wife to use a sword as her High School graduation project (yes I robbed the cradle, and yes she was legal at the time). So a martial arts theme kind of fits, right? Right!
I’ve also released a book, and one of the stories in it even has a happy ending. You can find it by clicking on the link, below: