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Read the Book, Watch the Movie

May 24, 2017

Screenwriters can learn a lot by viewing films created from novels that they have read.

Atop

March 15, 2017

Climbing to the top requires determination, dedication, perseverance and foresight.

Thanksgiving Classics

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving entertainment classics are far less numerous than those that set during the twelve days of Christmas. Nonetheless, you might want to take a look at these three landmark movies, created to celebrate and make fun of our November holiday.

Three Down, Two To Go – Some Thoughts After Reading Digital Fortress

September 11, 2012

The Digital Fortress I just completed Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. It’s the third book I’ve read by the super-successful writer (also include Angels and Demons along with The DaVinci Code), and in my opinion the most interesting and coherent of  the three books. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of an evening with Deception Point […]

Screenplay To Novel

August 30, 2012

Topsy-Turvey World Recently, I just finished writing my first screenplay. I wanted to create a novel  from the story, but putting together a screenplay meant possibly collecting more financial rewards from a lesser amount of work. On the up side after penning only about 22,000 words, I now have a marketable item, which can be […]

Nora Ephron

June 27, 2012

Noted Screenwriter Passes On I was sitting in a fast-food restaurant this morning watching CNN news with one of the most popular movie clips was aired……And that was the one where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant, while talking to her boyfriend. Everybody should recognize the popular scene as being part of When […]

Marilyn, The Reader

May 16, 2012

In the News Today, I turned on one of those morning news TV programs and learned that the Marilyn Monroe statue in Chicago was being taken down and moved to Palm Springs, CA. To be honest I never knew such an art creation had been put up. Once I realized what the statue was and […]

Flash Novels

November 20, 2011

Lightning during a storm The Writer Recently in the December issue of The Writer magazine, there appeared an article on ‘Flash Novels’ by Nancy Stohlman, a Colorado writer, who already has several books and an opera to her credit. In thi one page article article, Nancy embarks on a short discussion of a brave, new […]

Southern Gothic in Savannah

February 25, 2011

There’s definitely more to Southern Gothic than Roman statues and Greek columns. For it’s a writing style, or more specifically a genre that overlaps the much broader classification of Southern literature. According to most literary commentary, Southern Gothic originated from the Gothic-styled literature that was produced in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Both […]

Orson Scott Card On Writing

January 7, 2011

I have a confession to make. I love to read books on writing, especially those penned by successful authors. Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning sci-fi tale, “Ender’s Game”, is one of my favorites. Recently, I just came across a copy of  “Characters & Viewpoints” in the local library and at present I […]