About

Who am I?

As it says on the front page, I’m Jason Lowrey. I’m a graduate from the Writing program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a reporter for a daily newspaper in northwest Georgia.

I’m a writer. I’m interested in stories and how we tell them. Being able to understand how the different pieces of a novel, movie or videogame fit together is a huge benefit for a writer. It gives us another tool to use when we sit down and start banging out words. I review and analyze different works to figure out what makes them tick. If you’re interested in that as well, you’re in the right place

What do you do?

This site was once dedicated to cars, but I found myself unable to add anything new to that discussion. I’ve started reviewing and analyzing anything related to storytelling and writing, those things are my passion. Every once in a while I may update my portfolio with a piece of nonfiction or fiction.

For the record I am a journalist, so I use AP Style in reviews. That means no Oxford comma and no italics for titles.

What’s the difference between a review and an analysis?

A review is whether or not a movie, book or game is worth buying. An analysis is a discussion of why a work does or doesn’t work. In the gaming industry they call it a postmortem. Analysis is just my word for it.

I will warn you now. I don’t hold back on spoilers when I do an analysis because I’m talking about the work as a whole. It would be impossible to describe something in its entirety without mentioning its major twist or climax. As for the reviews it depends entirely on how I handle the topic.

Why are the games, movies or books you review so old?

Simple. I’m a poor post-college graduate. If I don’t need to play a game immediately I’ll wait two years and pick it up for $20. As for books, I buy them almost by the bag-full at thrift stores. If I decide to review or analyze  a book 30-years-old, it’s because I find it interesting or have something to say about it.

What’s with the name?

An overdrive is the top gear in a transmission. When you’re cruising down the highway at 70 mph, the engine’s thrumming quietly along, and you’re getting good gas mileage, the transmission is in overdrive. It’s a gear designed to make cruising speeds quiet for the passengers, effortless for the engine, and economical for the owner.

So it’s necessary. Vital even.

I once thought about it in terms of writing. Every time a writer sits down to work, it’s hard at first because they aren’t warmed up. After a while, though, there’s a point where the writer starts cruising. The cursor starts to slide across the screen almost on it’s own because the words on coming so easily. That moment is why writers write—it’s what a professor of mine called “the exquisite feeling of writing.”

That feeling is absolutely necessary.

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