You know the kind. When nothing seems to go right. You go away for the week-end with your girl friend and one thing leads to another and now she's dead. You don't really think you killed her, but your memory is a little hazy in spots. Whether or not you did, it's obvious that when someone finds… Continue reading Did you ever have one of those days?
Is it okay to boycott art because you find the artist's beliefs distasteful? I'm thinking out loud hear, so please bear with me. I'm not sure where this is heading, but I'd like to hear your opinion. I read an article in today's NY Times about a boycott of the new Harrison Ford movie, Ender's… Continue reading When is it okay to boycott art?
Some men (and women) deserve to be rich and famous. Charles "Chuck" Foley is one such man. I read today of the passing of "Chuck" Foley, aged 82 and I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know of Mr. Foley's contribution to American culture. Mr. Foley invented Twister. In 1966 Eva Gabor and… Continue reading Right foot red
I have been told that I have a good ear for dialogue. And perhaps I do. But I think sometimes what passes for a good ear is really a matter of bad hearing. Not so very long ago my wife and I had dinner at a stylish Mediterranean restaurant. There was an elderly couple at the… Continue reading A Good Ear for Dialogue?
The estimable distractedbyzombies in his post, Intellectual Property says "I'm not sure I believe in the concept of intellectual property." Well, I'm pretty sure that I do, although not necessarily for the obvious reasons associated with "fame and fortune." As the published author of three books, I have no particular aversion to fame or fortune.… Continue reading A response to distractedbyzombies
I've been thinking recently about motivation, about understanding each character's motivation in a story. And then about how to write a scene that reveals that motivation to the reader. Once upon a time, I had a conversation with an up-and-coming film director about the difference between writing a book and writing a movie. In a… Continue reading A well-crafted book is like a teeter-totter
The town that I live in used to have an Independence Day Parade. We still have fireworks, but the parade has gone the way of the dinosaur and candy cigarettes. One year, the volunteer firemen decided the parade had gotten to be too much work and that was the end of the parade. (Is the parade… Continue reading Firemen and aldermen, marchers and mummers