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The Conversations

Today is August 4. Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of my mentor, employer and friend, Blake Snyder. In the past, I’ve marked the date with a journal entry about Blake, his influence on me, and the memories … Continue reading

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All Her Angels

At long last. Episode 4 of “They Live Among Us” has arrived. Aptly titled “All Her Angels,” Episode 4 picks up where 3 left off: After meeting ne’er-do-well Craig at the Paradise, all-American succubus Lillith feeds on him. Caim parts with … Continue reading

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It’s About Courage

I stumbled across a gem of an article, posted today by INC. magazine. It talks about the one thing that a successful entrepreneur must have. No, not money, not great management skills, and not innovation. What you must have is courage. … Continue reading

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Passion Play

I’ve been described as a passionate person. Passion wields a double-edged sword, for you cannot write with it alone. You also cannot write without it. I’ve been in post production for several projects, one of them being Episode 4 of … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Today is Memorial Day. Contrary to popular opinion, Memorial Day was not established to celebrate outdoor barb-e-ques or furniture sales, although these events seem to hold more significance within our national cultural consciousness each passing year. Memorial Day began as … Continue reading

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Okie On

Yesterday, I was working on a couple of projects – newsletter materials for ScreenwritingU, and my outlines for the Center for the Cinematic Arts Gym Shorts collective. It was noon; I was hungry. The day before, I sat in front … Continue reading

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To V.O. or Not to V.O.

“…God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.” – Adaptation Recently, a friend contacted me in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday

Happy birthday, Ella Fitzgerald. You were my muse. I abandoned you. No more. Sing it.  

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If They Told You It Would be Easy, They Lied

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood appear on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler There’s more than a measure of truth Fowler’s words. There are days when I cannot … Continue reading

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Boston

I came home from a meetup to see all of the horrible news. Immediately, my mind went to April 19, 1995. A day that began almost mundane… and within a minute, turned into a horror. I remember flying into my … Continue reading

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What’s Your Essay?

I am taking a wee bit of a break, to take some needed rest and to prep for a busy shoot week. Last week, through a friend, I was re-introduced to Joan Didion’s breathtaking collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. I … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Creating Content

Last week, Adelaide Screenwriter posted an article about one of his favorite filmmakers. Like me, her name is Anne. Like me, she is a web series creator. And like me, she struggles to deliver her stories to a larger audience. … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Ride

Life is a roller coaster. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email which pushed a project back. Not a horrible thing, but frustrating. Not the end of the world, as the project is alive and well. But the … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. From the website: “International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical … Continue reading

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The Real Social Experiment

A couple of weeks ago, I was working with my partner. Conversation touched on many subjects, and eventually we were discussing communication in this fast-paced techno world. I expressed the desire to live off of the grid; to see what … Continue reading

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